Solar System 2 weeks of learning fun.
Week 1 Jan 25-29 ----solar system covers 2 weeks
Day 1 Sun
Day 2 Mercury
Day 3 Venus
Day 4 Earth
Day 5 Mars
Week 2 Feb 1-5 continue solar system
Day 1 Jupiter
Day 2 Saturn
Day 3 Uranus
Day 4 Neptune
Day 5 Pluto & astro belt
Art Project: Each day make a picture, drawling, or construction paper cutout of each plant and the sun then at the end of the 2 week put them together on a wall or table and create a solar system it's also a fun idea to put it on the ceiling of their bedroom.
Suggestion for older kids is have them present 5 points on what they learn at the end of the day in a speaking format with note cards to be turned in. Can also be a casual dinner conversation.
Solar System video Resources
Great youtube playlist of educational solar system videos
I was able to access many episodes about individual planets in the series "How the Universe Works" I have amazon prime and some episodes are free here.
I find Worksheets based on subject and education level at Teachers Pay Teachers my #1 place to search for any printable work.
I try to find and share as many free options as possible but I have 3 paid subscription that to me are worth it. ABCmouse ($99 yr) , IXL.com ($19 a month) and Education.com ($69 yr with discount) Education.com has a ton of free resources as well.
In total I pay about $35 a month for 3 great resources for 2 kids.
My preschooler does only ABC mouse daily and Education.com a few times a week.
My 1st Grader work on IXL.com daily and then either Education.com or ABCmouse as a fun option.
1. To start the day we watch a Circle time video during breakfast or I put on PBS while I set up.
2. Next we watch a theme video on the Subject of the Day. Afterwards I ask them a few question and discuss the main point I want them to learn. (at youtube.com you can find anything)
3. After the video we do a hands on project or worksheet based on the theme. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ has a ton)
4. Next I set them up with there Daily Interactive and make lunch. (free options at Education.com)
5. Reading time I read a book, story or passage about the theme and we discuss the main points. (great resource getepic.com)
6. Finish up daily interactive goals and hands on project clean up and finish school day by 3pm
7. Free time dinner bed and then to it again.
Homeschooling a New Normal
It's not easy and I don't have all the answers but here is what I have been doing with my kids. After almost a complete year of homeschooling I have figured out something that works for us. It's all about themes each week is a theme with a focus in that subject each day.