I am in the process of revamping our daily homeschool routine. What worked two years ago doesn’t always work the same way with different children. Plus, I now have a second grader, a Kindergartener, and a Tot. So our day is going to be modified somewhat.
Our focused learning time is 1 hour per day, 4 days a week. You can see how that is working in future posts as I plan to continue blogging in detail through our school year. One thing that will not change will be our curriculum. We have been having so much fun the past two years without purchasing a single curriculum package!
How can you make sure that your child is learning everything and having fun without buying curriculum? Thematic units! These days younger students are required to learn at a quicker rate than ever before. The day can slip away from us before we have even taught social studies! So before you commit to a curriculum package you might want to take a little time and plan a unit around subjects that your child needs to know. Here are some of the subjects that were taught through our TN unit last summer:
1. Reading- We read two different stories about TN and talked about what an author and illustrator do
2. Social Studies- We located TN on the map and learned the state symbols
3. Music- We sang one of our state’s songs every day and identified the different instruments being played (ex. banjo, mandolin, and guitar)
4. Science- We learned about the Mocking Bird (state bird)
5. Math-You could make up word problems focusing on TN, you could add the distance from one city to another in TN
6. Writing- Write a report on TN. Learn how to address an envelope with the city, state, and zip code.