Learning Plan: Age 6


Well, the new year has started!  This is our first official year, paperwork included, as a private school here in California.  California doesn’t have homeschoolers.  Those who are homeschooling without the support of a public school system (like a charter school), file paperwork just like any private school here in the state.  So, we decided to have a name for our school.  It took us awhile to decide, as we wanted something we could use until they’re out of school.  We also wanted something meaningful to our mission as homeschoolers. It took us two days of lots of not so great ideas to come to one that, knowing us and our life’s goal of living the give way, should’ve been obvious to us. We settled on Wayfinder School, as we are constantly focused on find the right way to live and learn. As soon as we said it, we realized how perfectly it encapsulates our home. (And we couldn’t believe it took us so long to come up with it! Doh!)

Core Phase Learning Plan

We loosely follow many different educational philosophies, but I have really found a connection with my own beliefs about life and education with a philosophy called TJEd.  One of the components that resonated with me was the phases of a child’s development.  We are currently in the core phase with our kids. This is a phase where the emphasis is not on academics, but on developing good character through a number of ways, including work in the house, studying our core book, learning what is right and wrong, etc.   So, this is always our number one focus.  The academic plan listed below is completely secondary to these core items.

  1. Core Book
    Theme – Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
    Proverbs Study continued
    Monthly Virtues, Book: The Children’s Book of Virtues
  2. Life Skills
    Life Skills Journal
    Sewing [her choice]
    Cooking [her choice] Book: The Science Chef
    Manners Book: 365 Manners Kids Should Know
    Friendship Skills Book: Theme Book Series – Friends
    Girl Scout Daisys
    4-H Club
  3. Household Responsibilities
    Watering yard
    Cleaning her room 3x a week
    Help empty dishwasher
    “Babysit” her brother when I need him out of the way 😉
    Clean or help as directed when needs arise

Academic Plan

Wow! When I write it all out, it looks like so much!! I’m not sure if we’ll cover all this (we didn’t! LOL!).  But, she reads so much, and loves to learn about all kinds of things, that I’m pretty sure we’ll cover a majority of this.  And, these things can be anything from a 5 minute activity to a month of activities.  But, I’ve noticed that when life is full of other activities, the academic plan goes to the wayside, and I’m totally ok with that!

We are focused on core behavior growths, not academics.  This plan is purely to give us a little structure if needed.  It also is a record for me of what she’s done.  You’ll notice a theme when it comes to media.  I was feeling a little need for some pop culture…not too modern, but when I started looking at music and looking up composers, I got so bored! LOL! It seems like that’s the kind of thing kids are supposed to learn, which is true, but it’s also true that my kids can learn it another year. 🙂

This is the plan for a first grade, six year old girl (oldest).  I put up a Learning Plan: Age 5, last year as well.  I feel like I always need to add a caveat to my plans.  Our focus is natural learning and delight driven learning, based on her interests as well as things I think she’ll be interested in.  We do not have any structured time for learning or use any pre-made curriculum, other than an outline like the one below.  We are firm believers that people are natural learners, born with an insatiable curiosity for the world and those around us.  My goal as a mentor is to provide lots of opportunities to satisfy that curiosity, within our own family environment.

August 2017 – July 2018 Learning Plan

Main Theme: Practice Makes Progress Not Perfect

Character Goal: Stay Positive

The generic plan for activities (all are optional.):

  • Kids’ Classic Book Club description can be found here.
  • Classic book refers to a classic book we are reading together that is not a book club book.
  • “Places” is a geography study (One each month — related to readings or holidays or areas she may be less familiar with — may include reading books, flag, map, language, music/dance/art, activity, themed dinner, watching videos)
  • “People” relates to short studies of a person (one a month — may include reading books,  watching videos, and an activity. )
  • “Events” is my attempt to keep up with important calendar dates that happen during the month (how often varies — may includes books, videos, and a few activities.)
  • “Themes” can refer to a few days or a whole month of delving into a subject. (Generally chosen by me and her and include things like decorating the house, themed snacks/baths/meals/toys, and a number of related activities and books.)

Specific Areas of Interest Throughout the Year

  1. Math
    Math Journal
    Book: Alice in Numberland
  2. Science
    Science Journal
  3. Social Studies
    Social Studies Journal
    Monthly Country/State Studies Studies
    Book: I Know a Place
    Book: Children Just Like Me
  4. Creative Expression
    Monthly Artist Focus
    Monthly Musician Focus

August

  1. Classics Book Club: Adventure at the Beach
    Swiss Family Robinson
  2. Core Book: Books of the Bible and Proverbs 4:10-15, 4:18-22
  3. Theme: Sun and Moon
  4. Important Event: Solar Eclipse
  5. Cooking: Salad dressing/dressings (Experiment: make mayonnaise, Three-Bean Salad, honey-yogurt dressing)
  6. Manners: Being a good host
  7. Music: Beach Boys and The Supremes
  8. Movies: Happy Feet,
    Swiss Family Robinson
    March of the Penguins
    Aristocats
    A Boy Named Charlie Brown
  9. Chapter books on her own
    Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery
    Cam Jansen and the The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones
    Cam Jansen and the First Day of School
    Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Television Dog

September

  1. Classics Book Club: Magic Tree House #1 – Dinosaurs Before Dark
  2. Classic Book: Mr. Apple’s Family
  3. Core Book: Fall Holy Days
    Proverbs 4: 20-22, 6:6-10
  4. Virtue: Courage and Perseverance
  5. Theme: Snoopy
  6. Theme: Fall and Apples
  7. Places: United Kingdom
  8. Artist: Charles Schulz
  9. Daisy’s: Juliette’s bridging ceremony
  10. Cooking: Eggs (Make: fried egg on her own) and grilled cheese
  11. Sewing: Shelf liner sewing
  12. Music: The Andrews Sisters and Cole Porter
  13. Movie: You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown
    The Peanuts Movie
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Dumbo
  14. Chapter Books on her own:
    Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn #2
    Magic Tree House: Midnight on the Moon #8

 October

  1. Classic Book: The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
  2. Core Book: Fall Holy Days
    Proverbs 4:23-27
  3. Theme: Castles (mainly consisted of visiting a couple in Wales and England)
  4. Theme: Time (Did not end up doing anything for this.  Apparently, getting her a cute snap watch, like this, in the middle of a five hour drive, is enough to have her learn how to read a watch!  Natural learning at its finest!)
  5. Theme: Fall – Leaves
  6. Theme: Earth’s environments – forests and rivers
  7. Place: Germany
  8. Manners: Out on the Town
  9. Persons: The British Royal family
  10. Daisy – Good Neighbor Badge
  11. Sewing: Shelf Liner sewing
  12. Music: Air Supply and The Carpenters
    Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
  13. Movie: Snoopy Is Getting Married
    Sing
    Lost and Found
  14. Chapter Books on her own:
    Cam Jansen and the Triceratops Pops Mystery
    Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Monkey House
    Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
    Mercy Watson Fights Crime

 November

  1. Classics Book Club: Lottie and Lisa
  2. Core Book: Love Your Neighbor As Yourself, What does it mean to love yourself?
  3. Theme: Space
  4. Theme: Gratitude
  5. Theme: Fall – Pumpkins
  6. Theme: Thanksgiving (Pinterest Board)
  7. Place: Germany
  8. Artist: Pieter Bruegel
  9. Music: Barry Manilow and Barbra Streisand
  10. Cooking: Fiber (Experiment: bran muffins)
  11. Movie: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
    This Is America, Charlie Brown: The NASA Space Station
    This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers
    Wall-E
    Parent Trap (original — we fast forwarded a lot!)
    Mary Poppins

December

  1. Classic Books:Skating Shoes
    Story of Ferdinand
  2. Virtue: Responsibility/Work/Self-Discipline
  3. Manners: Family Time
  4. Artist: Mary Cassat (read Suzette and the Puppy, no art activity)
  5. Daisy’s – Outdoor Art Maker badge
  6. Music: Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon
  7. Movies: Ferdinand (new in theaters)
    Mickey Mouse Club (old ones)
    Snoopy’s Reunion
    Snow Buddies
  8. Chapter books on her own:
    Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds
    Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard
    Tornado
    (Sick all month!! Into a couple weeks of January)

January

  1. Classics Book Club: The Hundred Dresses
  2. Proverbs 6:12-15, 6:16-19, 6:23, 8:10-11, 9:10-11, 10:1 (got so behind on these!)
  3. Virtue: Compassion and Faith
  4. Theme: Animals
  5. Place: Egypt
  6. Manners: Body Basics
  7. Daisy’s: Model Car badge, Count It Up and Talk It Up leaves,  selling cookies, Journey 3 Cheers for Animals, World Thinking Day Badge, Robotics Badges (Apple store activity)
  8. Music: Abba and Bee Gees
  9. Movie: Air Bud (we stopped it right when everything was going great. LOL!)

February

  1. Classics Book Club: Henry and Mudge (All 29 books)Artist: Monet

Got pregnant and super sick!!

February to July

Things she did:

  1. Finished a couple sewing projects, started a cross-stitch
  2. Worked with wood with my dad.  Made: doll table, chairs and cradle, tool box, tug boat, dog house (which was more like a wood cube with no sides 🙂 ), carousel, birdhouse
  3. Math: tons of Lego, workbooks she picked, measurements for building projects, calendar, time, money
  4. Science: STEM Lego girls, mud play, bugs/outside stuff, baking/cooking with grandma, Ranger Rick, tons of books, gardening, watched three caterpillars turn to butterflies, Magic School Bus show
  5. Writing: letters, lists, workbooks, crossword puzzles, word searches, mad libs
  6. Reading: At least 10 picture books a day, reading “storytime” to her brother,  chapter books (I tried to have her leave the ones she read on my desk so I could put them down.)  I’m sure she didn’t get them all to me, but here are the ones I know for sure:
    The Secret Valley
    The Milly Molly Mandy Storybook
    More Milly Molly Mandy
    Ten True  Animal Rescues
    Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper
    The Paintbrush Kid
    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Farm
    Hello, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
    The Littles
    The Littles Go Exploring
    The Littles and the Big Storm
    Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight 54
    Cam Jansen and The Chocolate Fudge Mystery
    Cam Jansen and The Mystery of the Carnival Prize
    Cam Jansen and The Mystery Of The Gold Coin
    Cam Jansen and the Wedding Cake Mystery
    Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig
    The Courage of Sarah Noble
    Mary on Horseback
  7. Audio Books: I use Librivox for these.  All free and only classics that have no copyrights anymore.
    Bowser the Hound
    The Adventures of Johnny Chuck
    Mrs. Peter Rabbit
    The Adventures of Buster Bear
    The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer
    The Adventures of Paddy Beaver
    The Adventures of Peter Cottontail
    The Adventures of Poor Mrs. Quack
    The Adventures of Reddy Fox
    The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse
    The Adventures of Sammy Jay
    The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel
  8. Read Aloud Books We Finished: The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories
  9. Art: books about artists or types of artists, painted, created her own crafts from her Childcraft book
  10. History: historical fiction and nonfiction, social studies activities in some workbooks, Bible stories, grandparents stories
  11. Imaginative play/social play: beach trip, family, doctor, explorer, teacher, librarian
  12. PE: running, climbing, swinging, jumping, jump rope, sandbox, trampoline, pool/water play, swimming, scooter, bike, walks, playground
  13. Bible: Officer’s servant (Luke 7:1-10), Solomon, Jesus Heals a paralytic (Luke 5:17-26 and Matthew 9:1-2), Passover and Days of Unleavened bread, Good Samaritan, Jesus feeding the crowds (Matt 15:32)
    Proverbs 10:2-5, 8-12, 14, 17, 19, 26, 31-32
  14. Girl Scouts: 3 Cheers for Animals, Buddy Camper Badge, Game Board Challenge Badge, selling cookies, Pottery badge
  15. In the Kitchen: Cooks by herself (scrambled eggs and fried eggs), smoothies, simple cookies

Things we didn’t get to this year (mainly due to pregnancy):

  1. Math
    Book:
    Life of Fred – Apples
    Life of Fred – Butterflies
  2. Science
    Book: 175 Amazing Nature Experiments
    Book: Science Around the Year
  3. Social Studies
    Language: My First European Dictionary and Berlitz, Jr. French
    Book: Golden Book Geography
    Book: Childcraft – Children Everywhere
  4. Creative Expression
    Poetry Journal
    Books: A Child’s Garden of Verses
    Book: A Child’s First Book of Poems
    Chess: Chess for Kids
  5. Classics: Theater Shoes, Tennis ShoesDancing Shoes, New ShoesFamily Shoes, Ballet ShoesMovie Shoes, Traveling Shoes (These are more appropriate for an older girl, 9 or so),
    Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
    The Borrowers
    Beatrix Potter series
    Happy Times in Noisy Village (Sweden)
    Dad, Jackie and Me
    Peter Pan
    Mary on Horseback
    A Little Princess
  6. Cooking: Sauces (Experiment: Roux/cornstarch, biscuits and gravy, pesto sauce pizza, fondue), Cheese (Experiment: make cheese, parfaits, cheeseburger, enchilada), Dairy (Experiment: make butter, make yogurt,  make pudding), Baking Powder (biscuits, pancakes, muffins), Fruit (Experiments: Ripening bananas, dips and spreads for fruit and veggies, watermelon butterfly salad, baked apples, apple cobbler), Rice (Experiment: white/brown rice, fruited rice, creamy rice, rice pudding), Toast (Experiment-broiling buttered toast, French toast, toast tarts, herb and chive spread and strawberry butter)
  7. Virtue: Honesty, Loyalty and Friendship
  8. Theme: Inventions/thinking, Tennis, Chess, Family. Tall Tales, Animals, Butterflies (Pinterest Board), About me (treat others like me), Baseball, Teeth, Body, Insects, Electricity
  9. Event: Juneteenth, Wimbeldon, Special Olympics, Fourth of July, Women’s History Month, National Poetry Month
  10. Place: Uganda, Illinois, Sweden, Norway and Minnesota, Spain, India
  11. Manners: Getting along with other kids and how to be a good friend, Be a good sport, Responsibility/Work/Self-Discipline, Speaking, actions and reactions, Compassion and Faith, Table Manners, Getting along with other kids
  12. Considerate to People with Special Needs, Books:
    Hannah
    Give Me a Sign, Helen Keller
    Andy and His Yellow Frisbee
    Susan Laughs
    Thank You, Mr. Falker
    Ian’s Walk
    My Brother Charlie
  13. Music: Carol King and James Taylor, Clara Kathleen Rogers and John Philip Sousa, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder, Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley, Jazz Appreciation Month- Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, The New Christy Minstrels and Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli
  14. Art Books:
    Swatch, the Girl Who Loved Color
    (Body Paint)
    Frida Kahlo (Little People, Big Dreams)
    (Self-Portrait)
  15. Artist: Cezanne (paper still life), Hans Dahl, Degas, Monet
  16. People: Abe Lincoln, Jackie Robinson Day (April 15), Emily Dickinson, Book: The Mouse of Amherst, Jane Goodall, Janet Collins
  17. Environments – Ocean/Beach, deserts, mountains
  18. Movie: This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Great Inventors
    Garrett’s Gift
    Donald Duck’s Modern Inventions
    Robots
    Searching for Bobby Fischer
    American Tale
    Milo and Otis
    Peter Rabbit (BBC version)
    The Journey of Henry Box Brown
    D2: The Mighty Ducks
    It’s a Mystery, Charlie Brown!
    Davy Crockett
    Milo and Otis

    Charlie Brown, All Stars!
    Cinderella
    Leap!
    Ballerina
    Jackie Robinson Story
    A Ballerina’s Tale
    Ballet Shoes
    Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story
    Peter Pan
    Charlie Brown – Tooth Brushing, It’s Dental Flossophy
    This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
    Maya the Bee
    Shirley Temple: A Little Princess
    A Little Princess
  19. Sewing: button clock, baby  doll quilt, baby quilt, scented sachets (mother’s day gifts)
  20. Nonfiction Book: Girls Who Looked Under Rocks

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