Homeschool Unit Study Schedule for Preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st Grade

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Are you looking for a fun way to introduce science and social studies unit studies into your homeschool calendar? Remove the burden of planning by following my easy-to-follow lessons geared toward preschoolers, kindergarten, and 1st grade level children and their siblings. These are lessons I created to do with a weekly homeschool co-op. We met each week for 2 ½ hours and had 6 children between the ages of 1-7. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, family, or co-op!

Fives Senses

Build a crawl-through ear as you study hearing, make an edible eyeball, try to identify mystery objects simply by their smell, present on various aspects of the five senses, and more during this three week hands-on study of the five senses. (I repeated this lesson a few years later and added an additional lesson, which I have left out since we didn’t do it initially.)

Frontiersmen & Tracking

Fry up Daniel Boone’s favorite fried chicken recipe and take a walk outdoors in search of tracks and you study frontiersmen and tracking. (We repeated this lesson again a few years later when studying Western Expansion.)

Native Americans

Hunt for arrowheads, build tepees, paint totem poles, draw Pueblo chalk drawings, present on specific Native American tribes, and more during this fun four week hands on study of Native Americans. (We repeated these lessons again a few years later.)

Military

Act like privates while training at boot camp, paint camo-style hats, set up a tent, battle using army men, and more in this 1 week lesson on military!

Horses

Use this fun, hands-on lesson or “play date” activity to explore horse breeds, gaits, diet, and more!

Kings & Queens

Bake medieval meals, create a medieval village, hold a jousting tournament, and more during this 4 week hands-on study of the medieval period! (I repeated this lesson a few years later and added an additional lesson, which I have left out since we didn’t do it initially.)

Animal Classification

Examine pond water and yeast cells under a microscope, test out various insect mouths, dissect a fish, create an egg model, perform a play about mammals, present on a specfic animal phylum or genius, and more during this five week unit study on animal classification! (We repeated these lessons again a few years later.)

Rock Classification

Make and eat “sedimentary” Seven Layer Bars, create “metamorphic” Snickers bars, do some rock mining, and more during this one week study on rock classification. (We repeated this lesson again a couple years later.)

Planets

Make planet pizzas as you study planets, form the lunar phases using Oreo cookies as you study the moon, paint “Starry Night,” blast off rockets, and more in this 4 week unit on our solar system.

Sheep/Weaving

Make and eat edible sheep, card and dye wool, paint sheep paintings, and more in this fun lesson on sheep and weaving.

Grain/Bread/Yeast

Bake bread loaves, compare whole wheat and white flour, inflate balloons using yeast and baking powder, and more!

Plants & Bees

Go on a seed hunt, act out germination, create seed mosaics, make and eat a plant parts salad, dissect a flower, decorate sunflower cookies, compete in a photosynthesis relay race, got on a plant scavenger hunt, and more during these fun lessons on plants! (We repeated these lessons again a couple years later.)

Japan

Make an origami butterfly, a carp fish kite, a Japanese meal, and more during this less on Japan!
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