May Homeschool Goals: Dinosaurs, Cell Theory, and More Ice Cream!

Happy May, friends! It seems like April came and went with a blink of an eye. It went by so fast! And now that it’s May guess what? We have spring fever! Yes, even I have spring fever because I want to get out of the house more and go places.

Last week, we were on our Spring Break and I found myself dreading working on this week’s school lesson plans. I thought to myself, “Noooo! I just want school to be over with now.” But we have to keep moving along and working hard before we take our long break.

One very good thing about it now being May is the weather will be sunnier and warmer, which means I can take the kids out for more field trips. After homeschooling for four years now, I have come to learn during the spring, there needs to be more time for going outside to play and taking more field trips. If the kids are doing more fun activities and getting out of the house more, then they will feel motivated to work on their lessons.

This is another reason why I love that we are eclectic homeschoolers. We can count our field trips and even those spontaneous days of going out somewhere fun as school!

I’m proud of myself because I was able to complete the lesson plans for the week in under two hours. It feels good finally finding my groove in lesson planning. It also feels good to set goals regularly, like monthly goals.

Last Fall, I started something new and started thinking of monthly goals with each new month. I discovered it was a great way to stay on track throughout the month and access all of the kids’ accomplishments and education gains at the end of the month.

So for today’s post, I am sharing what our goals are for the month of May.

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May Homeschool Goals for Preschool

Over the weekend I researched possible spring/summer lesson themes for preschoolers. Based on my search, I was able to narrow it down to five themes for my toddlers to work on beginning today (May 1, 2017) and ending in July (July 21, 2017). We are going to spend at least two weeks on each theme. If all goes well, this will work out perfectly because we are ending our unit two weeks before my due date.

Here are our preschool themes:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Gardening
  • Summer Foods
  • City Life
  • Patriotic
  • Beach/Ocean

I usually order all of our school materials and resources through Amazon Prime. I have already placed an order for our Dinosaur theme and it will arrive tomorrow (Tuesday). I’m excited to work on the new activities with my little ones. They love it when I have fun activities and lessons for them.

Next week, I will share a more detailed guide on our Dinosaur theme along with the activities, lessons, and resources we will use.

May Homeschool Goals for High School

For the month of May, Elijah will continue working on his core subjects. One new subject he is adding this month is Physical Education. The spring soccer season is back in action for May and June. Yep, I count my son’s soccer as P.E. because he is staying active and exercising when playing soccer! 🙂

Here’s what Elijah will be studying for his core subjects:

  • Biology: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration and Cell Cycle, Mitosis, and Meiosis
  • English: Descriptive essay writing; reading and analyzing the speeches of Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy; free reading comic books and novels
  • U.S. Government: Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Federalism
  • Honors Algebra: Linear equations

For Biology, we will continue to use CK-12 and the Flex Textbooks. I also plan on ordering a brand new microscope for Elijah’s Biology Lab. For English, U.S. Government, and Honors Algebra, we will continue to use Time4Learning (T4L).

May Homeschool Goals for Junior High

Michala (Mj) will also continue studying her core subjects. We’re using T4L and IXL for all of her core subjects, as well as checking out books from the library for reading enrichment.

Here’s what Mj will be focusing on for this month:

  • English: Analyzing texts (inferences, author’s purpose, etc.), evaluate point of view (fact and opinion, compare and contrast, etc.), and grammar
  • Life Science: Cell Theory, Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells, Cell Structures, and Plant and Animal Cells
  • Math: Decimals, fractions, and multiplication
  • Social Studies: Colonial America and the American Revolution.

For Social Studies this month, Mj will learn about the military campaigns during the American Revolution, creating the constitution, and Washington’s presidency. She will also continue reading Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein.

May Homeschool Goals

Annual Ice Cream Truck Photograph

One other homeschool goal for this month is taking the kids’ annual ice cream truck photograph. We moved to Michigan two years ago and so far for each year in the month of May, the kids have taken an ice cream truck photograph together. I decided to make it a thing and try to do it every year.

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The kids’ annual ice cream truck photograph from last year.

May Homeschool Field Trips

And last but not least, here are the field trips we have planned for this month:

  • Slow Roll Detroit: Beginning May 1st, bicyclists meet up for a bike ride through the city of Detroit. The bike season is or 25 weeks and thousands of people register to participate in the weekly bike rides. We’re hoping to attend a few as a family. 🙂
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The kids and I are excited to attend Slow Roll in Detroit this May!
  • Lake Days: We have two lake metro parks we enjoy visiting throughout the summer. Each park features many different activities for families, such as swimming at the beach, boat rentals, and play areas for kids.
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We love spending time at the lake!
  • Motor City Comic Con: My teens are very excited to attend this year’s Motor City Comic Con! They are big comic book readers. This year we’re planning on dressing up in costumes!
  • Opening season at Yates Cider Mill: From summer until late fall, Yates Cider Mill sells custard and other yummy treats. Yates has become our family spot for after church and on hot summer days.
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Yates Cider Mill is our favorite place to get ice cream!

 

As you can see, the month of May is going to be really busy for us!

What are your goals for May with your family?

 

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20 Comments

  1. Courtney

    May 1, 2017 at 21:59

    These sound like great goals! I’ve always admired moms who homeschool because not only does it require so much patience but it also requires you to be well-educated on so many different subjects. You sounds like you’ve got really great & ambitious goals for both yourself and your kids!

  2. Elizabeth

    May 1, 2017 at 22:09

    Looks like you are doing a great job with homeschooling! I love the idea of having a fun ice cream break.
    xo, Elizabeth // txelizabeth.com

  3. Obi Ka

    May 1, 2017 at 23:00

    goals are great and a great way to keep everyone and the kids on track. love your dress and the kids clothes too!

  4. Missy

    May 2, 2017 at 09:38

    Hey, you can’t go wrong with more ice cream! I love seeing pics of you and your sweet family having fun together.

  5. Tina Kempa

    May 2, 2017 at 11:08

    Having a plan is so important and goals really help us stay focused on our plans. My freshman daughter has been partially homeschooled this year and it is really a lot of work. Your post made me feel encouraged that it is doable! I love your blog! Great job with your planning and execution! I’m way inspired <3

  6. Jolene Martinelli

    May 2, 2017 at 12:22

    It’s great that there’s so much more awareness and support for homeschooling out there now. I’ve regretted not pulling my son from school years ago, but he’s finally found a groove after a long battle.

  7. jithin

    May 2, 2017 at 13:09

    Homeschooling is a great idea.It requires a lot of effort also. I appreciate your dedication to give good quality education to the children.

  8. Claudia

    May 2, 2017 at 15:52

    Wow you are doing an extraordinary job with homeschooling! Your kids seem to be having the experience of a lifetime and such cool field trips!

  9. Anh Luu

    May 2, 2017 at 21:30

    What an informative AND adorable post!! Love that you set such awesome goals. It’s always good to be intentional :).

  10. Candy Rachelle

    May 3, 2017 at 09:06

    Eclectic home-schoolers kinda remind me of Montessori school…only at home. This is really informative with great ideas!

    http://www.keepingupwithcandy.com

  11. Jayme

    May 3, 2017 at 13:31

    Love, love, love this post! I’m a former teacher Turned stay at home Mom and this is a great resource for me! Going to follow you for sure!

  12. Daleya

    May 3, 2017 at 17:25

    Sounds like a lot of work and organization is involved in your planning efforts. Your family is lucky! Especially love the ice cream truck social.

  13. Erica Gerald Mason

    May 3, 2017 at 21:16

    Love your goals and your family plan for homeschooling! Your children will have such a well-rounded education!

  14. E H

    May 4, 2017 at 00:08

    Love these goals, and the fact that there is always space in your schedule for more ice-cream! I did homeschool my two little kids for 2 years at home, but now they are in a regular school, and I am so amazed that you are able to continue with your kids in the homeschooling journey – it is so much work! Looks like your family loves it – wishing you success in conquering this month of material to study!

  15. Yeu Doi

    May 4, 2017 at 01:12

    Great goals for May. Lots of fun and ice cream! You must be a good organzer!

  16. Sauumye

    May 4, 2017 at 16:58

    Monthly goals are a great way to teach. I have always appreciated mom that home school their kids. And I’m all in for the more Ice Cream goal!!

  17. Only By Land

    May 4, 2017 at 21:05

    The kids are so lucky to have a teacher as organized and passionate as you are! We need more teachers like you in the world! I have a 3 year old who loves dinosaurs by the way!

  18. Sandy Brandon

    May 5, 2017 at 00:41

    Oh my gosh!! I feel as though it was a God thing that led me to your post today!! I have 2 granddaughters that I am raising and I have about 90% decided that I will be homeschooling them next y ear. I am scared for a number of reasons, but I know that it is what is best for them for a variety of reasons, at least for a year. I won’t go into that here, but let’s just say that your post really spoke to me and gave me encouragement that I can do this!! Thank you so much for sharing your lesson plan outlines as I had literally no clue what I am getting ready to get into. This post hsa given me a better understanding of what I am getting ready to face. A friend of mine does home school and she will be my local support system. So again , THANK YOU for your post!!

  19. Latonya

    May 17, 2017 at 11:45

    I like the monthly goals post. I might start doing this in August.
    In our homeschool, the girls will continue working on math. My oldest needs to focus more on word problems while my youngest needs to strengthen her division skills. They will also write one paper. That’s all I have for now. 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      May 17, 2017 at 22:19

      Math and Writing sound like great goals! I’m learning that it’s okay to do a little at a time.

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