Wow! How did we get here? When did I become the parent of a 1st grader?! Well, since this is the technical end of Kindergarten I thought I would post our plans for next year! Then you can all laugh at me for not sticking with it, lol. So here is our general monthly outline: Unit 1 - SS: I’m like you, You’re like me Birthdays Firsts Science: We Planted a Tree Sep 21: Peace Day - Can you say peace? Unit 2 SS: People Say Hello Halloween Science: Alejandro’s Gift (Desert biome) The Gift of Nothing The Pumpkin Blanket Unit 3 SS: Everyone is Special and Unique: Learning About Acceptance Room for One More Science: The Great Animal Search (Animal Studies/habitats) Thanksgiving Unit 4 SS: Winter Holidays The Peace Book Science: The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle (Mangrove ecosystem) Unit 5 SS: Beatrice’s Goat Science: Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook Presidents Peaceful Piggy Meditation Unit 6 SS: Elsina’s Clouds (Africa) Religion Valentine's Day Science: See the Ocean (Ocean Biome) Unit 7 SS: Circles of Hope Science: The Flower/How a Seed Grows Unit 8 SS: Be a Friend: Learning About Friendship and Fairness Science: The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest (Rainforest Biome) Unit 9 Ss: Children Around the World Science: Bug Safari (Insects) Ongoing: All About Spelling - goal 1 lesson a week. Draw then Write Readers - 1 per day Explode the Code - as useful Math U See - goal 1 lesson a week Math games - as desired Nebel Science (Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding - pace 2 weeks per topic 101 Science poems - as desired Kids Celebrate! Activities for special days - keep up on holidays this year! Sacred myths - 1 story per week (35) Additional Books to have available to read: Amelia Bedelia Frog and Toad are Friends Series Fun with Dick and Jane Geronimo Stilton Junie B Jones Magic Tree House One Fish, Two Fish Green Eggs and Ham Fox in Socks Cat in the Hat Religions: What is Religion? Many Ways: How families practice their beliefs and religions Poetry: A child’s garden of verses A light in the attic Random house book of poetry for children Read-alouds: Lilly’s purple plastic purse Little bear Mrs. Piggle wiggle Peter Pan Book of nonsense The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of life Health: k-3 It’s not the stork! A book about girls, boys, babies, bodies, families and friends Spiritual studies: Zen shorts A pebble for your pocket The gift of you, the gift of me Somebody loves you, mr hatch All the places to love Music: Choose one composer at a time and play it a lot. Read short biography of that composer. Sounds like a lot? It's really not. Hey that rhymed. :) Ok, so all of this really takes less than 30 mins a day. We read a book, and see how our interests go. We might read more, find videos on the subject, do a craft or some cooking etc. Mostly I try to expose him to these subjects and go as we're inspired. So we work about 10 minutes a day on math and reading (most days), then read a book on a subject 1-2 times a month and learn about the parts we are interested in. Nebel Science takes an hour or so a week and is purely experiential, my son LOVES it! So that's our outline. Let's see if it happens!