6 Unit Study Themes That Can Be Used for a Whole YEAR!

One of the ways some of us approach homeschooling is aiming for weekly themes, so that we can focus our studies on one major concept per week.  I have come up with many ways to do this, and by using several different subjects.  You can also switch off amongst these unit studies and allow your child to pick out what they would like to learn about.  Feel free to use these and fine tune them to fit your family preferences.  All of these subjects can easily be researched online and through your local library.  My favorite search engines are Google and Youtube.  Let us know how it goes and if you need any help.    

    *The following unit study ideas are based on 36 weeks of lesson plans per year.

ANIMALS:

September - Farm Animals
1.     Pigs
2.     Cows
3.     Chickens
4.     Sheep

> October - Nocturnal
5.     Owls
6.     Mice
7.     Bats
8.     Spiders

November - Insects
9.     Ladybugs
10.  Ants
11.  Bees
12.  Butterflies

December - Reptiles
13.  Lizards
14.  Snakes
15.  Turtles
16.  Alligators

January - Mammals
17.  Bears
18.  Elephants
19.  Tigers
20.  Gorillas

February - Birds
21.  Parrots     
22.  Flamingos     
23.  Penguins     
24.  Peacocks     

March - Domestic Pets
25.  Cats     
26.  Dogs    
 27.  Rabbits     
28.  Goldfish  
   
April - Dinosaurs
29.  Triceratops
30.  Brontosaurus
31.  Pterodactyl
32.  Tyrannosaurus Rex

May - Ocean Life
33.  Dolphins
34.  Whales
35.  Seals
36.  Starfish

CLASSIC FAIRY TALES:

> September
1.     The Three Little Pigs
2.     Jack and the Beanstalk
3.     Chicken Little
4.     Tortoise and the Hare

> October
5.     Three Billy Goats Gruff
6.     The Boy Who Cried Wolf
7.     Goldilocks
8.     Hansel and Gretel

> November
9.     Cinderella
10.  Beauty and the Beast
11.  The Nightingale
12.  Alice in Wonderland

> December
13.  Snow White
14.  Peter Pan
15.  Snow Queen
16.  Gingerbread Man

> January
17.  Peter and the Wolf
18.  Sleeping Beauty
19.  Pinocchio
20.  Puss in Boots

> February
21.  Rapunzel
22.  Aladdin
23.  The Twelve Dancing Princesses
24.  The Little Mermaid

> March
25.  Frog Prince
26.  Princess and the Pea
27.  Rip Van Winkle
28.  The Little Red Hen

> April
29.  Little Red Riding Hood
30.  Rumpelstiltskin
31.  Thumbelina
32.  The Ugly Duckling

> May
33.  Emperor’s New Clothes
34.  The Pied Piper of Hamelin
35.  The Sorcerors Apprentice
36.  The Elves and the Shoemaker

TIME PERIODS IN AMERICAN HISTORY:

> September
Colonial America (1492-1763) - How America began.

> October
Revolutionary Period (1764-1789) - The American Revolution. 

> November
New Nation (1790-1828) - Establishing the government--the Federalists and the Republicans become first political parties.

> December
Western Expansion & Reform (1829-1859) - Presidents aim to expand the borders of America westward.

> January
Civil War (1860-1865) - Southern states set up an independent government--the Confederate States of America; outbreak of the Civil War.

> February
Reconstruction (1866-1877) - North defeated the South in the Civil War; work to unite the country again.

> March
Gilded Age (1878-1889) - Industrial work and a wave of immigrants marked this period in American history.

> April
Great War & Jazz Age (1914-1928) - Foreign affairs and musical rebellion.

> May
Depression & World War II (1929-1945) - Stock market crash leads into the Great Depression.     World War II leads to the introduction of the atomic bomb.

LETTERS & NUMBERS:
- Weeks 1-26: A - Z
- Weeks 27-36: 1-10

SCIENCE EXPERIEMENTS:
Here is a link that can be broken down into doing one science experiment per week:
46 Fun Science Experiments for Kids

FAMOUS ARTISTS:
     1. Alexander Calder
     2. Leonardo DaVinci
     3. Mary Cassat
     4. Edgar Degas
     5. Jacob Lawrence
     6. Paul Gauguin
     7. Winslow Homer
     8. Katsushika Hokusai
     9. Paul Klee
     10. Michelango
     11. Georgia O'Keefe
     12. Piet Mondrian

     13. Georges Seurat
     14. Pablo Picasso
     15. Andy Warhol
     16. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
     17. Grant Wood
     18. Faith Ringgold
     19. Henri Matisse
     20. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
     21. Jackson Pollock
     22. Wassily Kandinsky
     23. Frederic Remington
     24. Marc Chagall

     25. M.C. Escher
     26. Norman Rockwell
     27. Edward Hopper
     28. Paul Cezanne
     29. Joan Miro
     30. Henri Rousseau
     31. Rosa Bonheur
     32. Claude Monet
     33. Frida Kahlo
     34. Edvard Munch
     35. Rembrandt Van Rijn
     36. Vincent Van Gogh

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