Our trip to Olympic National Park last summer lit a spark in our preschooler. He refers to our adventures there almost daily, and whenever he is looking for something to do, he suggests we hop on a plane and go back.
We try to base our learning activities around his interests, so when Homeschool Complete offered this unit study on parks for review, we had to go for it!
Homeschool Complete creates all-inclusive curriculum for grades K-2 as well as a variety of themed unit studies appropriate for Kindergarten through 6th grade. Their unit studies incorporate all subject areas — Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Fine Art, Physical Fitness, and Bible — into one curriculum package that follows a unified theme and include one to two weeks of activities. They also include lots of teaching tips and very thorough lesson plans to help support those who are new to homeschooling.
While the Parks unit study is officially suggested for grades 1-3, we gave it a whirl anyway. I never buy into suggested ages 🙂
Themed studies like this work great for my young kids because the connection across subject areas helps keep their attention and give a cohesive, purposeful feel to all of our activities.
Like all unit studies from Homeschool Complete, the Parks unit included a themed calendar with suggested activities and a 100 chart. We got a lot of use out of these simple tools, discussing the calendar in the mornings over breakfast and practicing counting and identifying numbers on the 100 chart. We tossed our chart into a Smart Pal to make it more durable, and this guy has been toting it in the car every day to work on his numbers.
Several other activities in the unit — such leaf rubbing, measuring area, and building a model geyser — are great for kids of any age, and from the suggested readings, my kids both loved Our Great Big Backyard. We had fun taking a few activities and adapting them for younger children, too. One day’s study included sorting animal names into the categories “Pets,” “Farm,” and “Wild.” Since we wanted to include our little guy and he’s not so skilled on the reading right now, we pulled animal stickers from our Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pads and sorted those. I was amazed at how confidently both of our boys took on this activity. They started singing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and cracking themselves up by making up verses for all of the wild animals, too!
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