I am ridiculously excited to jump into our kindergarten homeschool year! I feel like we’ve been thinking about it and planning for so long and I’m ready to see how it looks in real life. Our first official day (because I have type A tendencies and need an official start date) will be the Tuesday after Labor Day. Since the late summer holiday symbolizes the end of the season, we’ll be jumping into our first fall-themed unit study, APPLES!
I decided to try out thematic learning for kindergarten for the subjects other than math and language arts. I wanted to ensure those core subjects are set solidly into our routine, but I’m sure I will also be integrating them into the themes.
Each month we will have a theme that encompasses science, arts and crafts, home economics (cooking), field trips, a historical figure, and additional reading into our days. My plan is to share it with you each month ahead of time so you are able to incorporate some of the activities into your fall days if you are interested AND so you can offer me suggestions ahead of time if you happen to know of some good links or ideas that fit the theme! Thank you in advance 😉
I worry I might be overzealous with my planning, but the beautiful thing about homeschool is that I’ll be able to adjust along the way. So here it is, our Kindergarten Homeschool September unit study: APPLES!
How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World // Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie // Apples // Ten Apples Up On Top // Apples Apples Apples // Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze
Apple Cinnamon Oat Muffins // Apple Pie // Slow Cooker Applesauce // Apple Squash Soup
Comparing Apple Varieties Using the Different Senses // Oxidation of Apples in Different Solutions
An apple orchard of course! I haven’t decided which one yet, but The Charlotte Agenda has compiled a list of all pick-your-own orchards within a two hour drive of Charlotte. Local friends, please send me your suggestions!
Apple Stamping Craft // Popsicle Stick Apple Core Craft // Apple Parts Cut and Paste
Jonathan Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed! I will most likely use a lot of the printouts that I found through Mama’s Learning Corner (pictured above) and try to find this Johnny Appleseed book at my library.
My plan is to have this all mapped out and we’ll work our way through it however it fits into our schedule. Each weekend of September I’ll glance at our week ahead and pick a couple items tasks to incorporate so I can acquire the necessary supplies. I’ve also already put at least 10 apple books on hold at the library, so I encourage you to do the same because I noticed they are starting to be snatched up.
Like I mentioned before, if you have additional resources or links that you think would be additive, please leave them in the comments for all to enjoy! Thank you teachers, fellow homeschoolers, and creative mamas!
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I Love that you will be sharing everything homeschooling and I will be definitely talking your ideas for eeekend projects with my 3 1/2yo
The apple theme could definitely fit into math and ELA. Not sure what the kindergarten standards are since I taught 5th/6th but check about comparing them could be science and math and using the correct terms. You obviously have good books but maybe she can write about about an apple. There is a website called teachers pay teachers that you may want to check out. It’s amazing and I used it a lot when I taught. Teachers designer curriculum and activities based Kent he standards. Some lessons are free but often you have to pay but to me it’s worth it because it was all there and quick. If you’re every stuck with an idea they have something.
Brittany Dixon says
Thanks so much Angie! I’ll check out that site!
Looks great! You should start a Homeschool tab, this will be fabulous! Will K be joining in?
Brittany Dixon says
She is actually going to go to mom’s morning out 3 days a week. I wanted it for the one on one time with Hailey but now that it’s getting closer, I kind of want them both at home!
Thank you so much for sharing all this! It’s organized so well and males more sense than other resources I’ve looked at!
I want to be in your class!
Love this! You are giving me ideas of things to do with my 4 year old on weekends. Let us know what orchard you go to. I am in Charleston so not too far from them.
Brittany Dixon says
Oh Charleston, how wonderful! Yes, I’ll let you know where we decide to go for sure!
Go to Sky Top orchard! It never disappoints! And if you can go on a weekday do it. Weekends are busy!!!
I can’t wait to read more about this, it sounds like a great start!
Love this! Sometimes when I read about homeschool or tot school plans they seem to have an overwhelming number of crafts and activities but what you have planned seems so reasonable to me. My son is only 18 months old but I’d like to start doing some tot school activities with him and this is very inspiring!
JOHN J STATHAS says
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Do you know the origin of this, teacher? Could be added to your curriculum, if not already there. And, for taste, peanut butter on a Granny Smith is pretty tasty! Have fun with Hailey as you begin your homeschool adventure.
Oh! This is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m going to use some of your ideas with my plans for preschool at home with my 4-year-old this year!!
You have so much fun planned. We just bought a new book on Amazon and the kids already love it called Annie the Apple Pie Fairy. The illustrations are really fun.
A powerful apple lesson on using kind words…http://faithit.com/teachers-apple-experiment-viral-expose-bullying/