I really like the idea of using themes that reflect the changes in the seasons for teaching pre-school. Expanding on Dawn's list of Kinderthemes, I came up with five themes per month last year. This year, I reduced the themes to four and changed some of them that I used last year (mainly moving some of them to months where they make more sense for our family). I think that this will help my planning for my Living and Learning Lists as well as provide a focus for our week. Since I am planning this a bit far in advance, I am expecting to tweak things a bit as we go along. I am hoping to tuck the books, crafts, and ideas into a basket the week before we plan to learn about them and then we'll have a Learning Basket to work from at our own pace. We are also planning on homeschooling more formally this year... but that is a topic for another post!
Without further ado, here are the themes that I would like to use for our Learning Baskets this year:
12 Days of Christmas
Snowflakes and Snowmen
Hearts and Valentines
Rainbows and Shamrocks
Knights and Dragons
Nativity and 12 Days of Christmas
I will post our basket for the last week of August next week! The topic will be the Seashore!