Friday, July 22, 2011

Themed Lesson Plans

Since I have a 2.5 year old and a 1.5 year old I have decided to start doing a week long theme each week of things they are interested in and could benefit from learning about. In addition to our 1500 book challenge and regular goals we are going to start our first themed week next week (we've been experimenting for the past 3 weeks to sort of refine t his idea).

Since there are 23 weeks left in the year we're going to count backwards from 23. I have also arranged on a calender to work around dates like Christmas, our family vacation to the beach, and camping trips so that the homework correlated and is applicable for that weeks activities!

Make sure to check back every week to see our full lesson plan!

#23 - Rocks
#22 - Ocean Life (we'll be going on vacation to the beach and the end of this week).
#21 - Travel (we'll be talking a lot about what they did)
#20 - Colors
#19 - Gardens/Flowers
#18 - Dogs/Pets (we plan on getting the girls a puppy at the end of this week).
#17 - Making Music
#16 - Butterflies and Creepy Crawlies (free downloadable worksheets)
#15 - Weather (free downloadable worksheets, and power point)
#14 - Singing Time
#13 - Clocks & Time
#12 - Rhyming
#11 - Fall/Autumn
#10 - Halloween Traditions
#9 - Building/Construction
#8 -  Farming and Harvest Time
#7 - Cooking & Kitchen Safety
#6 - Thanksgiving Traditions
#5 - Winter
#4 - Holiday Decorations & Their Meanings
#3 - Family Traditions
#2 - Christmas
#1 - Calenders

Our regular weekly schedule includes: (Not all of these are done each day, we rotate days on many things)

Flash Cards (Words & Simple Sentences for Evie, and Letters & Simple Sight Words for Inara)
Hooked On Phonics Drills (We are currently using Hooked on Phonics Baby for Inara, and Hooked on Phonics Pre-School for Evie).
Counting Time & Addition (Done on Brill Kids Little Math)
Sight Words on the Computer (Done on Brill Kids Little Reader)
Handwriting (Evie works on letters under supervision and with help, Inara is allowed to just draw.)

Colors Practice (Varies depending on the week and theme. Example sometimes we use balls or next week we'll be using polished stones.)
Shapes Practice (Varies depending on week and theme. We have wooden blocks for weeks that our theme does not include a good shape practice.)
Pattern Practice (Varies depending on the week and theme, next week we'll be doing color patterns using polished stones.)
Art or Crafts (Sometimes this is just drawing a coloring page, creating their own art on blank paper, or doing a craft project. We also color with sidewalk chalk, play with play-dough or other easy and entertaining arts.)
Signing Practice (We do signing drills, sing songs in sign language and watch the Signing Time Program.)

ABC Practice (Singing, signing, watching Leap Frog Letter Factory, Watching Hooked On Phonics ABC's, or other practice.)
Music Time! (Usually consists of silly songs, singing while playing, or watching fun Youtube videos and learning the signs or actions for various songs, just anything to get music in the day.)
Gymnastics Practice (Both girls are in gymnastics class and we  practice on the trampoline doing tumbling, flips, and rolls.)
And Finally Reading Time (I try to break this into 3 different sections and the goal is to get all three done everyday although that doesn't always happen. Reading alone, Having someone read out load to each girl, and Read-Along books)

Our goal isn't to change our routine it's to enhance it by having themed books, puzzles, patterns, work sheets, art projects, and additional goals. My long term goal is to get them into the mindset of learning everyday, and having their minds and bodies kept busy. If you have themes you've done or are going to do that you'd like to share please do! Post your blogs so we can all see!

I will try to post links next to the themes above as I get the full schedule for that week done, this way anyone who would like to follow along can!


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