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 a 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 us 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.

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
    Daisys: Cub Scout – Tiger Cub Handbook
    4-H Club
  3. Household Responsibilities
    Watering front 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.  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. So, our focus in based on interests.  We have not done any structured time for learning or used any structured curriculum, other than an outline like the one below.  We are firm believers that we are all 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 (Her goal this year is to say something nice about her brother each evening to her dad when she’s getting ready for bed. 🙂 )

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 — includes reading books, flag, map, language, music/dance/art, activity, themed dinner, watching videos)
  • “People” relates to short studies of a person (one a month — includes reading books,  watching videos, and an activity [maybe 🙂 ]. )
  • “Events” is my attempt to keep up with important calendar dates that happen during the month (how often varies — 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: Life of Fred – Apples and Butterflies
    Book: Alice in Numberland
  2. Science
    Science Journal
    Book: 175 Amazing Nature Experiments
    Book: Science Around the Year
  3. Social Studies
    Social Studies Journal
    Monthly Country/State Studies Studies
    Language: My First European Dictionary and Berlitz, Jr. French
    Book: I Know a Place
    Book: Childcraft – Children Everywhere
    Book: Children Just Like Me
    Book: Golden Book Geography
  4. Creative Expression
    Poetry Journal
    Books: A Child’s Garden of Verses
    Book: A Child’s First Book of Poems
    Monthly Artist Focus
    Monthly Musician Focus
    Weekly Music Class
    Chess: Chess for Kids


  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, and 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


  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
  14. Chapter Books on her own:
    Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn #2
    Magic Tree House: Midnight on the Moon #8


  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’s: Journey Between Earth and Sky — Empathy and Resolving Conflict
  11. Sewing: Shelf Liner sewing
  12. Music: Air Supply and The Carpenters
    Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
  13. Movie: Snoopy Is Getting Married
  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


  1. Classics Book Club: Lottie and Lisa
  2. Core Book: Love Your Neighbor As Yourself, What does it mean to love yourself?
    Proverbs 6:12-15, 6:16-19
  3. Virtue: Responsibility/Work/Self-Discipline
  4. Theme: Space
  5. Theme: Gratitude
  6. Theme: Fall – Pumpkins
  7. Theme: Earth’s environments – Lakes
  8. Theme: Thanksgiving (Pinterest Board)
  9. Place: Virginia
  10. Manners: Being a Great Guest
  11. Daisy’s: Journey Between Earth and Sky – Skills
  12. Artist: Pieter Bruegel
  13. Music: Barry Manilow and Barbra Streisand
  14. Cooking: Fiber (Experiment: Jam with pectin, bran muffins, baked beans with apples, lentil soup)
  15. Sewing: Foam Purse and Button Solar System
  16. Movie: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
    This Is America, Charlie Brown: The NASA Space Station
    This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers
    Parent Trap (original)
    Parent Trap (1998)


  1. Classic Books: A Day on Skates
    Skating Shoes
    Story of Ferdinand
    Mary on Horseback
  2. Core Book: Commandments 6-7
    Proverbs: 6:23, 8:10-11
  3. Virtue: Responsibility/Work/Self-Discipline
  4. Theme: Body
  5. Theme: Earth’s environments – deserts
  6. Place: Spain
  7. Cooking: Sauces (Experiment: Roux/cornstarch, biscuits and gravy, pesto sauce pizza, fondue)
  8. Sewing: hair ribbons and button clock
  9. Manners: Family Time
  10. People: Jane Goodall
  11. Artist: Mary Cassat
  12. Daisy’s: Journey Between Earth and Sky – Taking care of the planet
  13. Music: Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon
  14. Movies: Ferdinand (new in theaters)
    Mickey Mouse Club (old ones)
    Babes in Toyland


  1. Classics Book Club: The Hundred Dresses
  2. Classic Book: Theater Shoes
  3. Core Book: Ruth
    Proverbs 9:10-11, 10:1
  4. Virtue: Compassion and Faith
  5. Theme: Animals
  6. Theme: Environments – mountains
  7. Place:
  8. Cooking: Baking Powder (biscuits, pancakes, muffins)
  9. Sewing: Scented Sachets
  10. Manners: Body Basics
  11. People: Janet Collins
  12. Artist: Cezanne – paper still life
  13. Daisy’s: Journey – 3 Cheers for Animals
  14. Music: Abba and Bee Gees
  15. Movie: Milo and Otis
    Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story


  1. Classics Book Club: Henry and Mudge (All 29 books)
  2. Classic Book: Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter
    Movie Shoes
  3. Core Book: The Beatitudes (Peacemakers)
    Proverbs 10:2, 10:3
  4. Virtue: Compassion and Faith
  5. Theme: Tall Tales
  6. Theme: Animals
  7. People: Abe Lincoln
  8. Place: South Korea
  9. Event: Winter Olympics
  10. Cooking: Rice (Experiment: white/brown rice, fruited rice, creamy rice, rice pudding)
  11. Sewing: Baby  doll quilt
  12. Manners: Be a good sport
  13. Daisy’s: Journey – 3 Cheers for Animals
  14. Artist: Self-Portrait
    Frida Kahlo (Little People, Big Dreams)
  15. Music: Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder
  16. Movie:
    Peter Rabbit (BBC version)
    Peter Rabbit (new one in theaters)
    The Journey of Henry Box Brown
    D2: The Mighty Ducks


  1. Classics Book Club: Happy Times in Noisy Village (Sweden)
  2. Classic Book: New Shoes
  3. Nonfiction Book: Girls Who Looked Under Rocks
  4. Core Book: Jesus Heals a paralytic (Luke 5:17-26 and Matthew 9:1-2)
    Passover and Days of Unleavened bread
    Proverbs 10:4, 10:5
  5. Virtue: Responsibility/Work/Self-Discipline
  6. Theme: Animals
  7. Theme: Spring Theme – Butterflies (Pinterest Board)
  8. Important Event: Women’s History Month
  9. People: Emily Dickinson, Book: The Mouse of Amherst
  10. Places: Sweden, Norway and Minnesota
  11. Cooking: Fruit (Experiments: Ripening bananas, dips and spreads for fruit and veggies, watermelon butterfly salad, baked apples, apple cobbler)
  12. Sewing: Baby Quilt
  13. Event: Great Grandpa turns 100!
  14. Manners: Speaking, actions and reactions
  15. Daisy’s: Journey – 3 Cheers for Animals
  16. Artist: Hans Dahl
  17. Music: Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley
  18. Movie: It’s a Mystery, Charlie Brown!
    Davy Crockett


  1. Classic Books: Ballet Shoes
    Dad, Jackie and Me
  2. Core Book: Good Samaritan
    Proverbs 10:8, 10:9-10
  3. Virtue: Compassion and Faith
  4. Theme: About me (treat others like me)
  5. Theme: Baseball
  6. Person: Jackie Robinson Day (April 15)
  7. Manners: Table Manners
  8. Place: Louisiana
  9. Cooking: Potatoes (Experiment: Grow potato plant, baked fries, potato skins, twice baked potatoes)
  10. Sewing: Cross-stitch
  11. Important Event: National Poetry Month
  12. Daisy’s: Journey – 3 Cheers for Animals
  13. Artist: Degas
  14. Music: Jazz Appreciation Month- Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
  15. Movie: Charlie Brown, All Stars!
    Jackie Robinson Story
    A Ballerina’s Tale
    Ballet Shoes


  1. Classic Book: Dancing Shoes
  2. Core Book: Jesus feeding the crowds (Matt 15:32)
    Proverbs 10:11-12, 10:14
  3. Virtue: Honesty, Loyalty and Friendship
  4. Theme: Insects
  5. Theme: Electricity
  6. Place: Sweden
  7. Manners: Getting along with other kids
  8. Cooking: Toast (Experiment-broiling buttered toast, French toast, toast tarts, herb and chive spread and strawberry butter)
  9. Sewing: Cross-stitch
  10. Artist: Monet
  11. Music: The New Christy Minstrels and Peter, Paul and Mary
    Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli
  12. Movie: This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
    Maya the Bee
    Shirley Temple: A Little Princess
    A Little Princess


  1. Classics Book Club: Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  2. Classic Book: Tennis Shoes
  3. Core Book: Officer’s servant (Luke 7:1-10)
    Proverbs 10:17, 10:19
  4. Virtue: Honesty, Loyalty and Friendship
  5. Theme: Inventions/thinking
  6. Theme: Tennis
  7. Theme: Chess
  8. Event: Juneteenth
  9. Place: Uganda
  10. Manners: Getting along with other kids and how to be a good friend
  11. Cooking: Cheese (Experiment: make cheese, parfaits, cheeseburger, enchilada)
  12. Sewing: Apron
  13. Art Book: Orange Splot
  14. Music: Carol King and James Taylor
  15. Movie: This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Great Inventors
    Garrett’s Gift
    Donald Duck’s Modern Inventions
    Searching for Bobby Fischer


  1. Classic Book: The Borrowers
    Family Shoes
  2. Core Book: Proverbs 10:26, 10:31-32
  3. Virtue: Honesty, Loyalty and Friendship
  4. Theme: Ocean/Beach
  5. Theme: Family
  6. Place: Illinois
  7. Important Event: Special Olympics
  8. Important Event: Fourth of July
  9. Manners: Considerate to People with Special Needs, Books:
    Give Me a Sign, Helen Keller
    Andy and His Yellow Frisbee
    Susan Laughs
    Thank You, Mr. Falker
    Ian’s Walk
    My Brother Charlie
  10. Cooking: Dairy (Experiment: make butter, make yogurt,  make pudding)
  11. Art Book: Body Paint
    Swatch, the Girl Who Loved Color
  12. Music: Clara Kathleen Rogers and John Philip Sousa
  13. Movie: American Tale


Moving whatever we didn’t get to, to this month

  1. Classic: Peter Pan
  2. Classic Book: Traveling Shoes
  3. Theme: Teeth
  4. Place: Egypt
  5. Movie: Peter Pan
    Charlie Brown – Tooth Brushing, It’s Dental Flossophy

















Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *