This is part two of my homeschool year plan series. You can find part one here.
This year I’m adding more subjects for my oldest to study to create a comprehensive and fun homeschool year. Before, when I was still working full-time, I couldn’t find the time for more than the three R’s on a consistent basis. Now that I’m at home full-time, I have time to cover them. I’m pretty excited about it.
Even with more time, I want to be efficient, especially since I still have to take care of a baby and preschooler during school time. Therefore, I’ve decided to cover certain subjects during a specific part of the school year, instead of covering all of them all year long. I think this will make it easier to do a few topics at a time, covering each more in-depth.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
We’re studying simple machines for our STEAM topic that runs August through December. We’ll be using ideas from my STEM/STEAM Pinterest board. I’m hoping to have STEAM Saturdays once a month to bring together my sun and his friends all in the name of STEAM fun. Should be fun, right?
Integrated SSSGH (Science, Social Studies, Geography, and History)
We will have a theme for each month of Integrated SSSGH that will run January through May. The topics are: All About Me (family history, our house and community, etc.), Maps, Continents (a two-month study), and Oceans.
This is the only topic that I don’t have a plan for and that’s because I still need to read up on it to make sure I’m implementing it correctly. I do have a running list of topics that makes excellent project-based learning criteria that includes a YouTube channel that covers architecture, cooking/health, ancestry, aviation, pottery, human body (brain and nervous system), video game development, film making/stop motion, and Minecraft. Yes, those ideas all came from my sun. I have my work cut out for me, so I have to make sure I’m ready to roll when I tell him it’s time to play ball.
Come back tomorrow for my third and final post in this series!