I love planning educational activities for my children. Since my older daughter is in grade four, she has a more structured curriculum. However, with my youngest daughter starting kindergarten, I have begun to plan some more structured activities for her. While I like to follow her lead for certain activities, I do like to plan out some basic learning objectives for each day.
I don’t want to overwhelm my daughter with a lot of structured learning time, so I plan a few “themes” to span over the entire month. From these themes, I’ll schedule 2 – 3 activities per day, as well as do a lesson from the book: Teach Your Child How to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. I also ensure that she has large blocks of time open for play and free exploration.
Within this post, you’ll find our focal points for the month. You will also find links to any of activities that I have found online. Plus, if you sign up for Deliberate Homeschooling’s newsletter, you can download a printable calendar of all these activities PLUS you’ll be notified when new calendars are ready!
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THEME FOR THE MONTH: About me
INVESTIGATE: Apples, Bananas
NUMBERS: 1, 2
LETTERS: A, B
CELEBRATIONS: Grandparent’s Day
- Look in a mirror and draw a self-portrait
- Sing “Special Me” song
- Sing A Song for Grandma & Grandpa (the lyrics are here)
- Work on our Grandparent’s Day craft (handprint craft with grandparents’ poem)
- Complete “Who Am I” on Starfall (Internet Connection needed)
- Bake homemade granola bars for Grandparents
- Play Apple Memory Game (download is in our Subscriber Library)
- Watch and do “A” video on Starfall (need a computer with flash and a mouse for the free version)
- Provide “A” playdough placemat and make an A shape (download is in the Subscriber Library)
- Read: The Apple Pie that Papa Baked
- Go apple picking (or go to the grocery store to buy apples)
- Bake an apple pie
- Start making our alphabet book; write the letter “A”.
- Apple art – draw or paint a picture of an apple
- Read: 10 Red Apples
- Watch / sing along to Ten Apples Up on Top
- Counting apples (real ones or the pictures from the memory game)
- Read: The Boy Who Loved Bananas
- Discuss our favourite foods
- Sing: Apples and Bananas
- Provide “B” playdough placemat and make a B shape (download is in the Subscriber Library)
- Read: Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana
- Field trip to the grocery store to buy items for baking activity
- Bake banana muffins (use the recipe and baking cards provided in the link)
- Watch and do “B” video on Starfall
- Have a letter scavenger hunt (try to find A’s and B’s); letter printable is in the subscriber’s library
- Read: Tikki, Tikki, Tembo
- Research the meaning of our names in a name book
- Practice writing our names
- Go for a neighbourhood walk
- Discuss where we live in relation to other buildings and landmarks
- Draw or paint a picture of our home
- Practice writing the number two
- Bake a cake (look at numbers in the recipe)
- Play “birthday party” use birthday bin items
- Read: The Night Before My Birthday
- Discuss birthday traditions / look at past birthday photos
- Write the letter “B” and add it to our alphabet book
- Do this balloon painting activity
So there you have it! A full month of learning and fun for a preschool or kindergarten child! Feel free to use any or all of these activities in your homeschool plans for September. Also, if you want the downloadable calendar listing all of these activities, simply subscribe to my newsletter and it’s yours!
Do you plan some structured activities for your children? What kind of activities do you like to do?