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:
- Summer Foods
- City Life
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.
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.
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. 🙂
- 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.
- 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.
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?
Thank you for reading!