Sunday, March 28, 2010

Homeschool planning for April

~One thing that really can get me frazzled is planning homeschool lessons for 4 different grade levels. Not to mention the fact that I tend to forget what I want to do for some of my children. So in light of that, I am going to post my planning here on my blog. One, someone else may be able to use some of the links that I am going to provide. Two, you may be able to help me by listing links or ideas that you have come across. This post is a work in progress and I will update it possibly through out the entire month. Also, if you have any ideas or links for any of the below themes, I would love it if you would let me know in the comment section! Thanks!~

(You will probably notice that most of my lessons deal primarily with my preschooler. I am trying to find & plan activities for my older children who are 1st, 4th, & 6th graders. If you know of any ideas for those grade levels that center somewhat on these themes too, please let me know. :0)

~One other thing that I should note. There are many links but I do not do everything that you will see at these links. I do what I think will work for us and leave the rest for later. Sometimes I intend to do something that I see but realize that I don’t have time so I will save it for later. Sunshine Girl will cycle back through the letters for Pre K so I mark these ideas to keep things fresh for her. I also have another Little Man who will begin these activities within another year. ~

March 29 – April 2

Preschool (Click here to see how we used these lesson plans in our school)

Themes: N is for Nest, Easter, Birds

Links & Ideas:

N is for Noodles (scroll down)

More N is for Noodles

N is for Nest

N is for Numbers

Rice Krispie bird’s nests

Easter Egg games

Easter & Spring Fun (many links)

Easter Lapbook

Easter at Making Learning Fun

Easter egg grass growing (for our nature table)

The Parable of the Lily

We will also talk about birds, do some bird watching, and feed the birds. We like to count the birds that come to our bird feeders also.

We will talk about animals that fly and my plan is to raise some butterflies. That’s my plan, anyway!

Edited: After searching through my books for this week, I decided to focus on baby animals and animals born alive & hatched from an egg.

Baby Animals Printables (scroll down but there are other great ideas on the page too!)

Books to use this week: (These are books we have in our home library.)

The Parable of the Lily Liz Curtis Higgs

Baby Farm Animals Golden Book

Baby Animals Cary Jordan

Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? Joan L. Nodset

Are You My Mother? P. D. Eastman

Older children

Themes: Spring Nature Study, Easter

Easter & Resurrection lapbook

Spring Nature Study

April 5 – April 9

Preschool & First Grader (Click here to see how we used these plans in our school)

Themes: U is for umbrella, Weather, rainbows

Rainbow printables

Rainbow Lapbook

More rainbow ideas

Weather Links at Making Learning Fun

Older Children (Click here to see how we used these plans in our school.)

Themes: Spring Nature Study (continued), Weather especially focused on Tornadoes

Tornado lapbook

Spring Nature Study (see above)

April 12 – April 16 (Extending this lesson for a few more weeks)

Preschool & First Grader

Themes: V is for vegetables & Seeds, plants, and flowers

The Carrot Seed

Collage Carrot

Edited: Growing Vegetable Soup lapbook

Older Children

Themes: Continue Spring nature study, Seeds, plants & flowers (ideas to come), Earthworms & composting

Gardening – planting season for us

We are going to be making two more composting areas. One will be a yard waste compost. I will let the boys build a neat little fence for that. We also are going to start using worms for composting. We ordered worms from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm.

Edited: Earthworms unit study and lapbook

Edited: Using parts of this lapbook to study seeds, plant, & flowers

Homeschool helper ~ plants lapbook

Squidoo ~ plant lapbook

April 19 – 23


Themes: This is Sunshine Girl’s birthday week so we will do a birthday lapbook and possibly a study about her. Still planning all of this.

Edit: I will use some parts of this All About Me lapbook

Edited: Birthday Learning Fun Ideas

Older Children

Themes: ~Still planning~

Edited: Older Children will continue with plants, seeds, & flowers

April 26 – 30 (Moving to May)


Themes: Z is for zoo, Z is for zebra, Zoo animals ~Still planning~

Older Children

Themes: ~Still planning~

~As I update this post with links, I will post in different colors so the changes will be easier to see. Also, I look forward to hearing your ideas for any of the above themes. Please feel free to leave a comment with your ideas or links. Thanks!~

One last thing before I go. I love to use the seasonal/monthly planning that I find at By Sun and Candlelight. I glean many ideas from her. Here is a link to her April planning.

1 comment:

  1. I am soooo excited about following your homeschool in April!


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