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Posted by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 5:48 PM
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Well, I'm always looking for ways of keeping both our homeschooling and this group interesting and progressive. So I thought of a new sticky post. Right now it's a work in progress, once we've added a bunch of ideas I'll add it to the directory of helpful posts announcement.

Essentially, I'm trying to find themes - month, topic, letter, etc and a brief description of how to use them..

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by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 5:48 PM
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by G.O. Shannon on Dec. 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM
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Monthly Theme Ideas

I try to have at least 4 themes a month, so we can do 1 per week. I start with January because we homeschool year round. This thread are Themes associated with the month itself. I'll add another for individual topics. These are actually from my Home Education Website, not all the worksheets and such are traditional Preschool stuff, I start working with my boys at 2.5 so by the age of 4 they are really doing K to 1st grade level stuff, so look at the info first to ensure it meshes with your child's level. I haven't added all the links I have as of yet, I'll come back in and add a little more later...

January: New Year, Winter, Cold, Snow, Snowman Sequencing, Patterns, // //  // // //

February: Imblog(Bride's Day/Valentines Day),  Ground Hog Day, Black History Month // // // // // // //

March: Dr. Seuss Birthday, Women's Rights Day, Spring *(Ostara), Water Preservation Day, Weather (in like a Lion out like a Lamb), Equinox,  Women's History Month, St. Patrick's, Sping Season // // // // // // // //

April: Senses (Helen Keller), Rain (April Showers bring May Flowers),  Animals,Poetry Month, Easter, Earth Day, Librarian's Day // // // // //

May: Beltaine (May Day), Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Amnesty International Day, Peace Day // // // 

June: Litha (Summer Solstice), Solstice, Italy Day, End of School, Flag Day, Father's Day // //

July: Independence Day, Summer, Canada Day, Moon Day, // // // //

August: Summer, Heat, Inventor's Month, Youth Day, Back to School, Aviation Day, Lugnasadh // //

September: Mabon (Autumnal Equinox), Literacy Day, Labor Day, 9-11, Citizenship, Yom Kippur //

October: Samhain (Hallowe'en), Fire Prevention Week, // //

November: Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Aviation History Month, Native American Month //

December: Winter Solstice (Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza), Winter, World Aide Day, // // //


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by New Member on Mar. 17, 2009 at 7:36 AM

These are themes I've used with pre-kindergartners before.  Usually I use the theme and find activities in each area to go with the theme- literacy, math, science, art, music, large motor games, etc.

1.      Winter Fun

2.      Mittens and Hats

3.      Snow, Snowmen

4.      Christmas and winter holidays

5.      Polar Bears

6.      Penguins

7.      Gingerbread

8.      Valentines Day and hearts

9.      Friendship and love

10. Fall Fun

11. Names and Letters

12. Apples

13. Pumpkins

14. Leaves

15. Back to School

16. Family and Friends

17. Farm

18. Halloween

19. Thanksgiving

20. Bats, Spiders, Monsters

21. Bears

22. Colors

23. Shapes

24. Summer Fun

25. Water

26. Zoo Animals

27. Ocean Animals

28. Pond

29. Flags

30. Weather

31. Safety

32. Healthy Bodies

33. Dr. Suess

34. Eggs

35. Spring Fun

36. Easter

37. Community Helpers

38. Flowers

39. Bugs

40.  Caterpillars to Butterflies

41.  Monkeys

42. Dinosaurs

43. Fairytales

44. Trains, Planes, Cars, etc

45. Frogs

46. Hibernation

47. Kings and Queens

48.  Feelings

49. Pajamas

50. Camping

51.  Babies

52. Beach

53.  Bees

54.  Bubbles

55.  Puppies and Kittens

56.  Pets

57.  Wild West

58.  Sports

59.  Ducks

60.  Eric Carle

61.  Forest Animals

62.  Gardens and plants

63.  Ice Cream

64.  In the Jungle

65.  Manners

66.  Outerspace

67.  Olympics

68.  Pirates

69.  Recycling

70.  Super heros

71.  Going on Vacation

72.  Veggies and Fruits

73.  Construction and building

74.  Circus

75.  Dentist and teeth

76.  Everyone is different

77.  Fire safety and firemen

78.  Earth and planets




Are you looking to do more activities and teaching with your kids at home?  Check out my blog for some ideas!

by New Member on Mar. 26, 2009 at 1:06 AM

These are some GREAT  ideas!!!  Im so unimaginative and these really really help.  Thanks a bunch.

by G.O. Shannon on Mar. 28, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Science & Math Based Themes:

I know, I know, I've been promising this forever! But it's just finished and at the publisher. I'll add the link when the article is up and running for y'all to enjoy!! I included basic experiments and explanations for those of you a bit more intimidated by the dreaded science & math concepts  - but they can be so much fun  for the structured/unstructured learning kids totally thrive on!

by on Jun. 4, 2009 at 9:18 PM

 we do everything by theme as well. it makes it fun for the children as well as myself. I have always loved theme type things. We are just really getting started with my 2 yr old. we have always played games and taught him things but were just now adding in his own themes along with my older child.

for june were doing swim on into summer

were starting with water safty (for both kids) then moving into oceans. my daughter will be getting more advanced stuff like the reef and the 7 seas ect while my son will be learning the basics like aniaml names and colors of the animals.

were also doing a nuts about reading program with my children. we have acorns we posted all over the wall and her job is to fill them up with titles of books she can read all by herself. since my 2 yr old cant read i will just write the titles of books i read to him and we will see who wins by the end of the month.

were starting a letter of the week as well with my son. letter of the week is fun for us cause we find as many things with that letter as we can. we will start with letter "O" since we will be doing the ocean. ( i dont like to go in order) we will be wearing orange and eatting things shaped like "O" like cookies. we lable everything we see that starts with "O" as well such as his oscer the grouch poster.

both kids are learning signs as well so we will do signs based on our theme such as fish, shark, water, swim, ect. we normlaly do 2 for my son and 5 for my daughter a week (based on age)

we watch movies and read books based on our themes as well. so this month were getting the magic school bus (they have 2 different ocean ones i found)

my daughter will be making an ocean in a bottle and my son will "atemp to finger paint the ocean" were also glueing gold fish to paper plates to make the ocean and we will play fish tag.

My daughter has autism but she can laugh, cry, and love just like yours. she may never dress herself but she can go to college and become a dr.  she may never make friends her own age but shes my friend for life. and please if u ever get the chance to meet my daughter, stop looking at her like shes a brat, she cant help her stairs or attitudes u can help urs. get to close u might get bit but it wont give u autism. do yourself a favor look it up. 


by Member on Jul. 19, 2009 at 8:48 AM
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My four year old and I are working on a shadows theme.There are lots of things to learn about shadows that translate to a greater understanding of other subjects. Here are some of the activities:

- Use a small reading light to project shadows onto the wall to make different shapes and talk about how if you move closer to the light, the shadow is bigger because it blocks out more of the light.

- Use a variety of translucent, transparent and opaque objects such as see-through color paddles, jars of colored water, plastic gladware containers and toys. Shine the light through these objects. Discuss how the shadows look different because some objects let light pass through and some do not. This activity can be extended to include color theory if you double up the color paddles or jars of colored water.

- Starting early in the morning on a sunny day, take your child outside each hour to trace his or her shadow with sidewalk chalk. Write the time beside each shadow to make a sundial of your child's shadow.

- Discuss how night time is a shadow and demonstrate with a flashlight and globe or ball.

- Do an online subject search at your local library for children's books with a theme of shadows and check them out. I found a surprising number of books about shadows at our public library.

- Create a shadow puppet theater show with your child.

- Point out shadows and reflections during daily activities. Point out that shadows go in the opposite direction of the light source. Show your child how if he or she is facing the sun, the shadow trails behind. Look at how long the shadows are at different times of day.

- Project your child's profile onto a large sheet of paper and trace it. Let your child decorate his or her profile.

- Take a pad of newsprint with you on a walk and trace shadows of trees, leaves, plants and anything else that will stand still long enough.

We've had a lot of fun with this theme.

I post a lot of activities like this in my education activities column on Examiner. Check it out and leave some comments:) Here is one of my latest articles and other titles are linked:

Preschool 101: TV-free ways to keep kids busy while you work, part one

If you'd rather copy and paste:

Starr Weems de Graffenried

Author of Brain Child and Teach Your Child Spanish Through Play.

by on Aug. 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Quoting fog:

Oh my gosh I love that site.  Thanks for posting it.

by Member on Aug. 14, 2009 at 9:04 AM

I publish themed lesson plans on my blog, the lessons I do with my 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter.  So far I have fourteen posted:




A is for Apples

B is for Bugs

C is for Cookie

Day and Night


Farm Animals


April Showers

May Flowers



My lesson plans are available for free, with just a click of the button.  I've written them in a schedule - format, what one could do before breakfast, and through-out the day, including some field trips.  For instance, the unit on sight has:

1. list of books, by title and author that are relevent to topic

2. songs and fingerplays to teach your child for the week

3. suggested materials to add to the dramatic play and blocks area for the week, like put candles on the toy table, add a broken or toy camera, and a phone book and a toy phone to the  "house" area.  Put toy road signs and small cars in the blocks area.

4. a list of materials needed for the week to do all the projects, so you can gather them over the weekend.

5. daily shedules waking up in the morning, until bedtime - with two periods of "free play" when your toddler/preschool child should amuse himself so you have time for housework or to teach older children.  Also included is regular outside play, nap, meals, and two craft/art projects a day.

6. recipes for any specific cooking projects in the week.  Sight week has a recipe for home-made playdough.

I hope others may find my blog useful.

Nurturning Creative Young Minds and Wiggly Bodies

by on Aug. 18, 2009 at 6:57 AM

Ty for the theme ideas.  Now I know what to do.  I plan on making it fun, but go all over different subjects.  I figure I'm going to throw in family trips so they can see what animals are in the Zoo, farms,  pets etc.  My son loves animals. 

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