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Apple Fun

Apple Fun

September is a great time to have fun with apples. Previous post highlighted some activities and lesson ideas to use with apples. Some may be repeated and others may be new on this post. I especially enjoy bringing a variety of apples into the classroom for the children to taste. During this month I like to include lessons on the five senses, and highlight the lesson on taste, a day before our apple tasting activity.

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Preparing for Seed Lesson

Preparing for Seed Lesson

It isn’t too early to start preparing for an upcoming lesson on seeds. I usually introduce a Botany lesson on seeds about the third week of school, depending on how the first few weeks have been going. Prior to a discussion on seeds, a simple lesson on the parts of a plant are given. Then the various parts of a plant are talked about separately over the following three or four weeks. 

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New School Year

New School Year

Many schools have begun the new school year and others start in September. Classroom routines, rules, and character education lessons are likely a part of your first weeks of school. Often lessons follow such as those involving living and non-living exercises, land-air-water exercises, and plant and animal ones. These types of lessons are the start of a good foundation to build on during the coming months.

May you all have a great start to your new school year! I will share some pictures of past years that include some of the lessons commonly presented during the beginning of the school year. These can be found in Weeks 1 and 2 and then Week 3 Day 1 in the curriculum pages.

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Summer Activities

Summer Activities

Summer activities for the classroom or the home often involve an ocean theme. There is so much one can choose from and share with children. A variety of lessons on things related to an ocean theme can be found in Weeks 34-Day 3 through Weeks 36-Day 5 of the curriculum pages. These include lessons on things such as coral reefs, shells, tide pools, crustaceans, and sponges.

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Farm Field Trip

Farm Field Trip

I first need to apologize for such delayed blog posts. We had a recent move, are building, things still in boxes, etc. I did however, have an opportunity recently to join a friend on her farm one morning for a field trip she was presenting for two homeschool families. If you have my Cultural Curriculum, lessons on farm and farm animals can be found in Week 32 Days 4 and 5.

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Getting Ready for Spring

Getting Ready for Spring

In just a few short weeks it will be the season of Spring in the northern hemisphere. There are so many things one can choose to do for springtime activities and lessons. I will share a few and perhaps you can began to prepare some now to share with the children at home or in the classroom.

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Winter Activities

Winter Activities

January is a great time to enjoy a variety of art activities that involve snow. Have a review of words that are related to winter. Cutting snowflake designs out of a coffee filter is always popular and making a snowflake magnet is fun too. Older children can make a winter word list, draw a winter picture and write about it, or make a booklet about winter.

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Africa

Africa

This month the continent of Africa is introduced. Up to this point North America and South America have been discussed. Children continue to stamp their ‘passports’ as each continent is introduced. A variety of lessons such as those on Egypt and the different biomes that make up Africa can be highlighted as you discover this continent over the coming weeks.

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