Homeschool Lesson Plan: Kindness To Living Things


*Lesson is appropriate for children ages 3-8 (tailored for my three children ages 3, 5 and 7).

Poetry:

Read Aloud:

Music:

Math:

Journal:

  • 7 year old: “If I could talk to animals I would…”
  • 5 year old: Read and copy sight word sentence – “I like to look in the nest.”
  • 3 year old: Trace the word “KIND” and draw a picture of how you can be kind.

Activities:

  • Make pinecone, peanut butter, bird seed bird feeders
  • Go on a nature walk to hang up homemade bird feeders, install our nests and pick up trash.

Centers:

Homeschool Lesson Plan: Eggs and Nests

*Lesson is appropriate for children ages 3-8 (tailored for my three children ages 3, 5 and 7).

Poetry:

Read Aloud:

Music:

Math:

  • Counting Bird Activity Set – This is an awesome FREE resource I found, from Life, Abundantly. Print and cut out ahead of time or have kids help cut out. I laminated ours for future use.
    • 7 year old: Rolling dice and multiplying them using groups of eggs in the nest. Picking a numbered egg and using anywhere from 2-4 eggs that add up to that number.
    • 5 year old: Lining up eggs and counting them. Rolling two dice and adding the total of those dice to the nest.
    • 3 year old: Lining up eggs and counting them. Rolling dice and putting that many eggs into nest.
  • Eggs In A Nest Division Worksheet (7 year old)

Journal:

  • 7 year old: “If I needed to build a nest…” (Who am I? Where? What will I use?) & draw a picture of your nest.
  • 5 year old: Read and copy sight word sentence – “I see three eggs in the nest.” Draw a picture of your nest.
  • 3 year old: Trace an egg and the word “EGG” & draw a bird inside of your egg.

Activities:

  • Nature hike to collect nest supplies (i.e. small twigs, straw, grass, moss).
  • Make homemade play dough, using this great recipe from Fun Learning for Kids. For a more natural look, don’t add food coloring. Let kids do all the scooping, pouring, stirring and kneading. I added cinnamon. It smells nice! And I added quite a bit of cornstarch while kneading to make the dough less sticky. It made it nice and soft.
  • Make bird nests using supplies from hike and playdough.

Centers:

  • Playdough
  • Plastic easter eggs with corresponding colored counting bears
  • Books – spring themed

Homeschooling In the Wake of Coronavirus

Homeschooling Covid-19

We are practicing social distancing. Doctors appointments have been cancelled. Social engagements put off. Activities erased from the weekly calendar. My husband is working from home. My children’s schools are closed until further notice. This is life during a pandemic. Covid-19.

I see all of the above alterations to our daily lives as not only important but imperative. I believe it is my job to protect my family and others, to slow the spread, to help flatten the curve.

I feel especially grateful that my husband’s job has afforded our family the opportunity for me to not work, to stay at home with my children. And it seems serendipitous that the small handful of remote jobs I have applied for in the last year have not come to fruition. Because now I am presented with a job for which I have no formal training and no roadmap! This new position? Teacher. Of homeschool. To my three children. In three different grades. Insert surprised, wide eyed emoji here.

I can’t say the thought of homeschooling my kids has never crossed my mind. But when considering this option in the past, the scarcity of non-faith based curriculum seemed like a huge obstacle. It is easy enough to find individual activities and crafts on Pinterest, but I have yet to find a reliable resource for longterm secular homeschooling.

While I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around the severity of the situation we find ourselves in (following a week of spring break, we never returned to school and will likely not for some time), I have quickly gone all-in on developing a curriculum for my children. They deserve full enriching days, opportunities to learn and to move their bodies and I deserve the sanity that comes from a daily routine.

Thus I humbly present (in the hope that we work smarter not harder – together – during this unique situation), Homeschooling In The Wake of Coronavirus.

Our days are loosely based on the following schedule:

  • Make Bed/Brush Teeth/Get Dressed
  • Breakfast
  • Audiobook (we signed up for the 30 day free trial of Audible.com — so far so good!) & Legos/Magnatiles/Trains
  • Outside Time (bikes, hike up rock hill, slack-line, sports on the side of the house)
  • Homeschool & Snack
    • Daily Meeting– Good Morning Song (I’ve been playing Hair Up from Trolls to dance our feelings out before we start school), Calendar (reviewing today’s date – my 5 and 7 year olds write this in their journals), Weather Check
    • Journal– Maddie writes a short paragraph using a prompt I’ve come up with and draws a picture, Benj write a sentence using his sight word flashcards and draws a picture, Marg practices tracing her name and draws a picture
    • Math
  • Lunch
  • Quiet Rest/Alone Time (my refrain has been, “we all need time to recharge our batteries before we get back together for the afternoon”)
  • Chores
  • Homeschool & Snack
    • Read Aloud– Daily Poem & Picture Books
    • Song
    • Literacy Worksheets
    • Activities
  • Centers
    • Art Table– Watercolors, Coloring Pages, Stampers, Perler Beads, Orbeez, Playdough
    • Dining Table– Puzzles, Screws, Cubes, Counting Bears
    • Living Room– Books
  • Dinner
  • Tidy Up House
  • Watch Show or Play Family Game
  • Showers/Read Aloud/Bedtime

I will be linking to lesson plans under the “Homeschooling” tab as I develop them and test them out on my kids, so please check back if you are in need of some fresh ideas! And if you have any awesome ideas that have gone over great with your kids, please share them here or on the Keep Calm and Soldier On Facebook Page!