Monday, January 4, 2016

6 Unit Study Themes for a Year

     One of the ways I've approached homeschooling is aiming for weekly themes, so that we can focus our studies on one major concept per week.  I have come up with many ways to do this, and by using several different subjects.  I am currently switching off amongst these unit studies and I allow my daughter to pick out what she would like to learn about.  I figured after all my research, it would be nice to share the unit studies I've organized.  Feel free to use them and fine tune them to fit your family preferences.  All of these subjects can easily be researched online and through your local library.  My favorite search engines are Google and Youtube.  Let me know how it goes and if you need any help.    

    *Based on 36 weeks of lesson plans.

     LETTER & NUMBERS:

    Weeks 1-26: A - Z
    Weeks 27-36: 1-10
      

     ANIMALS :

     September - Farm Animals
           1.     Pigs
           2.     Cows
           3.     Chickens
           4.     Sheep

     October - Nocturnal
           5.     Owls
           6.     Mice
           7.     Bats
           8.     Spiders

     November - Insects
           9.     Ladybugs
          10.  Ants
          11.  Bees
          12.  Butterflies

     December - Reptiles
          13.  Lizards
          14.  Snakes
          15.  Turtles
          16.  Alligators

    January - Mammals
          17.  Bears
          18.  Elephants
          19.  Tigers
          20.  Gorillas

     February - Birds
     21.  Parrots
     22.  Flamingos
     23.  Penguins
     24.  Peacocks

     March - Domestic Pets
     25.  Cats
     26.  Dogs
     27.  Rabbits
     28.  Goldfish

     April - Dinosaurs
     29.  Triceratops
           30.  Brontosaurus
           31.  Pterodactyl
           32.  Tyrannosaurus Rex

     May - Ocean Life
           33.  Dolphins
           34.  Whales
           35.  Seals
           36.  Starfish


     CLASSIC FAIRY TALES:

     September
           1.     The Three Little Pigs
           2.     Jack and the Beanstalk
           3.     Chicken Little
           4.     Tortoise and the Hare

     October
           5.     Three Billy Goats Gruff
           6.     The Boy Who Cried Wolf
           7.     Goldilocks
           8.     Hansel and Gretel

     November
           9.     Cinderella
          10.  Beauty and the Beast
          11.  The Nightingale
          12.  Alice in Wonderland

     December
           13.  Snow White
           14.  Peter Pan
           15.  Snow Queen
           16.  Gingerbread Man

     January
           17.  Peter and the Wolf
           18.  Sleeping Beauty
           19.  Pinocchio
           20.  Puss in Boots

     February
           21.  Rapunzel
           22.  Aladdin
           23.  The Twelve Dancing Princesses
           24.  The Little Mermaid


     March
           25.  Frog Prince
           26.  Princess and the Pea
           27.  Rip Van Winkle
           28.  The Little Red Hen

     April
           29.  Little Red Riding Hood
           30.  Rumpelstiltskin
           31.  Thumbelina
           32.  The Ugly Duckling

     May
           33.  Emperor’s New Clothes
           34.  The Pied Piper of Hamelin
           35.  The Sorcerors Apprentice
           36.  The Elves and the Shoemaker



     TIME PERIODS IN AMERICAN HISTORY:

     September
Colonial America (1492-1763) - How America began.

     October
Revolutionary Period (1764-1789) - The American Revolution. 

     November
New Nation (1790-1828) - Establishing the government--the Federalists and the Republicans become first political parties.

     December
            Western Expansion & Reform (1829-1859) - Presidents aim to expand the borders of America westward.

     January
            Civil War (1860-1865) - Southern states set up an independent government--the Confederate States of America; outbreak of the Civil War.

     February
            Reconstruction (1866-1877) - North defeated the South in the Civil War; work to unite the country again.

     March
            Gilded Age (1878-1889) - Industrial work and a wave of immigrants marked this period in American history.

     April
            Great War & Jazz Age (1914-1928) - Foreign affairs and musical rebellion.

     May
           Depression & World War II (1929-1945) - Stock market crash leads into the Great Depression.     World War II leads to the introduction of the atomic bomb.


      FAMOUS ARTISTS:

     1. Alexander Calder
     2. Leonardo DaVinci
     3. Mary Cassat
     4. Edgar Degas
     5. Jacob Lawrence
     6. Paul Gauguin
     7. Winslow Homer
     8. Katsushika Hokusai
     9. Paul Klee
     10. Michelango
     11. Georgia O'Keefe
     12. Piet Mondrian
     13. Georges Seurat
     14. Pablo Picasso
     15. Andy Warhol
     16. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
     17. Grant Wood
     18. Faith Ringgold
     19. Henri Matisse
     20. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
     21. Jackson Pollock
     22. Wassily Kandinsky
     23. Frederic Remington
     24. Marc Chagall
     25. M.C. Escher
     26. Norman Rockwell
     27. Edward Hopper
     28. Paul Cezanne
     29. Joan Miro
     30. Henri Rousseau
     31. Rosa Bonheur
     32. Claude Monet
     33. Frida Kahlo
     34. Edvard Munch
     35. Rembrandt Van Rijn
     36. Vincent Van Gogh


     SCIENCE:

Here is a link that can be broken down into doing one science experiment per week:
46 Fun Science Experiments for Kids





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