Welcome to Japan! こんにちは (Kon’nichiwa)! We will start our exploration with detailed mapping skills, a brief history overview, and a deeper dive into ancient Japan. This week will include math and science lessons that connect seamlessly to the unit theme.
Fall September 5th SendAustralia.Desert.Reptiles.Things That Go. October 3rd SendPeru.Cooking + Favorite Foods.Finance.Entrepreneur. November 7th SendEngland + Ireland.Germs, Viruses + Fungus.Inventions.Fashion. Winter December 5th SendRussia.Outer Space.Espionage.Bears. January 9th SendBrazil.Toys.Recycling + Conservation.The Body. February 6th SendNorway.Mountains.Pirates.Antarctica. Spring March 6th SendNigeria.Monkeys.State Parks + Camping.Decomposers. April 3rd SendCuba.Frontier.Robots.Sports. May 1st SendHawaii.Tide Pools.Sing + Theater.County Fair.
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Get ready to take learning up, up, and away this week! We’ll explore the history of man-made flying machines, including a look at da Vinci’s original designs, while also tackling a variety of subjects from math to literacy and everything in between.
Did you know the Leonardo da Vinci conceived of the idea of a parachute long before one was ever tested? Let’s make our own da Vinci parachute!
From domesticated pets to the wildest creatures on the earth, there is so much that goes into caring for our furry, feathered, and scaled friends! In this unit, we’ll explore some amazing human and animal connections from around the world (including several true stories!) and explore how we can take care of the animals we share our planet with.
Here’s what you need for Week 2: Butterflies + Migration: Books (find at your local library or order below on Amazon): A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long (or read it here on OpenLibrary) When Butterflies Cross the Sky: The Monarch Butterfly Migration by Sharon Katz Cooper (or listen to thisContinue reading “Level 2: Butterflies + Migration and Savanna + Safari Supplies”
We are so excited for this week’s wild ride through the African savanna! Our lessons will also introduce your child to different areas within Africa, focusing a lot on Kenya (including several overlaps with our Level 3: Kenya Unit for homeschool families in both levels).
Get ready to take flight this week with a variety of migratory animals! We’ll dig deep into some map work, learn about science with butterflies, and even make our own butter. Ready to fly? Click here to download your weekly skills tracker. Note: Occasionally we include project upgrades (for kids ready for more) and modificationsContinue reading “Level 2: Butterflies + Migration Unit”
Here are a few examples of subjects commonly mislabeled as “boring” and how to change up your approach.
Butterflies are amazing insects! 🦋 They can be found in all habitats, from rainforests to deserts to grasslands—no matter where you live, you have butterflies! This unit will be filled with lots of science, plenty of math, and even a biographical story for a splash of history.
Here’s what you need for our Butterflies + Migration and Savanna + Safari units.
Week three of Kenya is filled with science, art and culture! We will explore the monsoons and the waterfalls of Kenya, we will learn about the beautiful woodworking skills of Kenyan artists and the mask traditions of its tribes, and we will enjoy learning about some fabulous flamingos and some delicious cuisine.
Education in medieval times was very different from today. Most people (especially peasants) couldn’t read or write—even many nobles couldn’t read or write. It was mostly the clergy who had all the education. If a noble family wanted to educate their children, they would either do it themselves or get a priest to tutor them. (source)Continue reading “Castles Unit: DIY quill activity”
If you’ve been homeschooling longer than…let’s say 30 seconds, you’ve probably had someone challenge you on how you plan to make sure that your homeschooled child is “socialized.” As common as this question is, though, the truth is that it’s rooted in some serious misconceptions about home education.
Here’s what you need for Week 1: Flowers: Books (find at your local library or order below on Amazon): What’s Inside a Flower? And Other Questions About Science and Nature by Rachel Ignotofsky The Big Book of Blooms by Yuval Zommer The Night Flower by Lara Hawthorne (or listen to this read aloud) Blockhead: TheContinue reading “Level 2: Flowers and Birds Supplies”
Language has always been a subject I knew my oldest daughter would explore. From a very young age, she showed an interest and appreciation for different languages–and a knack for imitating them, even in her toddler babble. The problem? I only speak English fluently.
Earthworms are one of our favorite springtime creatures—let’s use them to work on some estimation and measurement practice! What you need: playdough ruler small sticky notes (or you can cut up a large sticky note) googly eyes (optional) What to do: Start by creating three worms” out of playdough (googly eyes optional!) and arranging themContinue reading “Spring Unit: Earthworm estimation + measuring activity”
This unit is all about the creepy, crawly little creatures that outnumber us by millions! 🐝🐛🦋🐞🐜🦟🦗🕷(But don’t worry—they’re actually much more interesting than scary!) You will learn about a few specific insects and spiders while also refining your child’s fine and gross motor skills, crafting, and even taking a field trip or two.
Virtually every bird begins at the nest! And one of the most intricate nests in the animal kingdom is made by the weaver bird. Click here for a video depicting how this tenacious builder creates its elaborate home. Next, let’s weave our own nests with this simple activity. What you need: 6-8 sticks yarn rubberbandsContinue reading “Birds Unit: Bird nest weaving craft”
We’re kicking off our castles unit with a royal structure of our own!
Let’s kick off our Insects + Spiders Unit by comparing and contrasting insect and spider anatomy.
are many things that make a spider different from an insect, but one major one is their life cycle. In today’s simple craft, we’ll bring the spider life cycle to life in a hands-on way your child can refer to again and again.
Have you ever wondered how a waterfall forms? When you have a river running over rocks with different rates of erosion, eventually you create a new watercourse: a waterfall! This page shares more about how a waterfall forms, but here are the main points to share with your child: A waterfall forms when a riverContinue reading “Waterfall kinetic energy experiment”
Here’s what you need for Level 2 and Rocks and Rivers, Lakes + Ponds.
If you think of something stagnant and boring when you hear rocks, it might be time to give them a second look! In this week’s geology-rich unit, we’ll explore rocks under and above the earth’s crust for a deeper understanding of how rocks form, change, and explode! Click here for our printable tracker to keep aContinue reading “Level 2: Rocks Unit”
The frog life cycle is one of the most incredible mtamorphoses of the anuimal kingdom. If your child has never seen it before, watch this beautiful video that shows you each stage of the metamorphosis. Next, solidify the lesson with this simple thumbprint craft. What you need: paper plate green paint thin green and blackContinue reading “Rivers, Lakes + Ponds Unit: Frog life cycle”
Here’s what you need for our Level 1 Rocks and Rivers, Lakes + Ponds Units.
There is so much more to the earth than the crust we walk on! While we often think of planets as big hunks of rock, our earth is actually made up of several layers, or what scientists call the geosphere. Let’s break down the earth’s layers with this hands-on felt puzzle. What you need: 8×12Continue reading “Rocks Unit: Felt Earth’s layers puzzle”
A recent study demonstrated that motor rich learning activities directly improved mathematical performance. Even more significantly, the study identified that gross motor movement (whole body) activities yielded larger improvements than participation in fine motor activities in relation to math performance.
Here’s what you need for the Level 2 Quilts and Light, Shadows + Rainbows Units.
There’s so much more to light than meets the eye! In this science-rich unit study, we’ll explore everything from the color of light to the power of its energy through hands-on activities and experiments that will bring complex concepts to life for your child.
Here’s what you need for our Quilts and Light, Shadows + Rainbows Units.
If all you think about when you think of quilts is the afghan on your grandma’s couch, think again. Quilts can teach us the beauty of culture, family, and diversity—especially when it comes to gaining understanding of cultures different from our own.
When white settlers started to make their way west in the Westward Expansion, many of them did so in a covered wagon. The Oregon Trail was one popular route that took emigrants to Oregon and other western destinations. The trail was about 2,000 miles long, and an estimated 250,000 to 650,000 migrated on it fromContinue reading “Quilts Unit: Covered wagon craft”
From famous stories to famous discoveries, so much of our modern-day culture has roots in ancient Greece! Throughout this week, we’ll explore this fascinating country and culture while strengthening your child’s skills in a variety of subjects, including math, science, and literacy.
γεια σας! (Or yeia sas, which is Greek for hello!) This week will we immerse ourselves in all things Greece. Besides learning about the people and culture of this ancient and modern civilization, we will also practice important fine and gross motor skills.
The Acropolis is one of the most famous archaeological sites of Greece. Part of why it has been able to last so long is the strength of its column design. Let’s learn more about that with this activity today that will also help reinforce shapes for younger children.
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