Themed unit studies play an essential role in our homeschooling curriculum. Unit studies (also called thematic units or integrated studies) use a hands-on approach to effective learning as children learn by experiencing and discovering first-hand through different activities. For us, unit studies are a way to bring a subject to life by exploring the theme from many different dimensions: through fresh shelfie set up, books that come to life, sensorial bins, language, and math activities with a twist and so much more. Unit studies add an emphasis to a particular area of study, allowing us to engulf in it fully. Holidays are the most beloved themed unit studies with my children as we decorate the entire Learning Space, and I rotate the materials weekly to keep the engagement ignited and the love of learning burning. Below are the activities we have done during the months of September and October) activities. All activities are arranged by the area of study, rather than chronologically.
The story of a 🚙Little Blue Truck (buy the book here) will touch your child's ❤️heart, as it teaches to be friendly, helpful and considerate. On its way, the 🚙Blue Truck makes friends: 🐮🐔🐸 who in turn will help him push the Dump Truck stuck in the mud. Children love to role-play and use animal figurines bringing the story to life!
Fall-🍁 inspired 📌pin-poking with a push-pin.
It is ✨amazing how this fun yet simple ✍🏻️fine-motor activity does not get "old" with my children! All I have to do is to offer a new🍁template esthetically presented 😉.
You will also need a padding such as felt, washcloth or a sponge, which would allow the pin to poke right through the paper and not into a table. You can also offer your child a colored cardstock to keep their interest alive. Pin-poking is a wonderful activity to teach a child hand-control, fine-motor strength, proper pencil grip, and concentration. For more on pin-poking, read here.
See here 🎃Pumpkin and Squash to Montessori 3 Part 🔖Cards Matching.
MATH 🎃Pumpkin 🔢Counters 🔍on our 🍁Autumn shelf: Number 11= 1 💛golden 🔟ten-bar + 1️⃣❤️red bead. See here "Making Teens with 🎃Pumpkin Counters (Montessori Math Intro to Teen Board)."
See here "🍁Fall-Inspired Odd and Even (Numbers & Counters)."
Our 🍁Autumn/🎃Halloween inspired PRACTICAL LIFE shelf (perfect for 2-3 yr old) with lots of fine-motor stimulation such as tonging, tweezing, picking:
- parts of the 🍂leaf work;
- tonging acorns, wooden 🍁maple leaves, and 👻Halloween styrofoam balls (see details here);
- dried corn 🌽kernels picking.
•LEARNING SPACE• 🍁Fall- 👻 Halloween ✨inspired 🙌🏻PRACTICAL LIFE 📸Shelfie 🔍in action• TONGING• See here 🍁Fall 👻Halloween Inspired Tongs Transferring (Montessori 🙌🏻 Practical Life).
This Practical Life 🌽corn tonging activity is one of 👦🏼Adrian's ❤️favorites since he was 2 yo., providing countless ⏱hours of concentration while challenging fine-motor control! And this 🍂Fall, having more 💪🏻strength in those little ✋🏻fingers, Adrian would not stop until every single kernel is picked! While a child can use just fingers to picking, for variety offer tongs (buy the spork tongs here) or a tweezer and also a sorting tray or a jar where a child can transfer the picked kernels to.
Read about the benefits of this amazing fine-motor activity here "Tonging 🌽Corn Kernels at 2 yo (Fall Inspired Fine Motor Activity)."
See here "🍂Fall Inspired 🌼Flower ✂️Arranging Activity."
See here Making 🎃Pumpkin 🍪Cookies (Montessori Practical Life).
Read here "🎃Halloween Inspired 🌽Corn 🙌Sensory 🚜 Bin & 🚜Tractors 📚Books ."
See here a video post "DIY 🔶Orange Slime🕯️Light Table (🎃Halloween Inspired 🙌🏻 Sensorial 🖐️👀👂👅👃 101🎥Series)."
See here "🎃Halloween 👻 Inspired 🙌🏻SENSORY BIN with a 🔢Math Twist."
See here "🍂Fall and 🦃Thanksgiving Inspired 🐇🐿 Forest Animals 🙌 Sensory Bin."
See here "🐛Bugs 🐜Insects and other 🐞🐝🕷️Arthropods" Sensorial invitation to explore.
Read here "🍂Fall-Inspired SMALL WORLD PLAY ♻️ Green Doll 🏡 House" post, where I wrote in details about the developmental benefits of SMALL WORLD pretend play.
See here "🍂🌰🌼Fall Inspired Weighing Activity with ⚖️ Balance scales."
Also, see here "🎄Christmas Tree from Montessori Number Rods and Knobless Cylinders."
See here "✂️ DIY 🍂Fall Inspired 🖼Puzzle."
Can you tell that blue is Adrian's favorite color! (Buy these Oil Pastels here).
See here "🍂Fall Harvest Inspired 🍡Popsicles 🌾Scarecrow DIY Craft."
See here "🍂Fall Inspired 🍁Autumn Tree 🎨 Art & Craft."
See here "🖍️Shading over First 🍁Autumn 🍂 Leaves."
See here 🖍️Coloring 🎃Pumpkins.
See here "S" for Scarecrow (🔠 Letter Series) post.
With this fun 🙌🏻 hands-on 🔡 Language activity, 👦🏼Adrian gets to express his creativity while learning proper letter-tracing. We are using Thankful Woodblock Stamp Set (buy here) & Rainbow Finger Inkpad (buy here). For more on Letter Series read here our "🔠 Letter Series (Montessori Language)."
See here "🐛Bugs 🐜Insects and other 🐞🐝🕷️Arthropods" Unit Study.
🎃Halloween Inspired LEARNING SPACE
🍂Fall & 🎃Halloween Inspired 📚 Books:
- Halloween Fun for Everyone! Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat (buy here);
- Little Blue Truck's Halloween Board book (buy here);
- Little Blue Truck Board book (buy here ) & Little Blue Truck Farm Sticker Fun! (buy here);
- Woods and Forests, My First Discoveries book (buy here);
- The Tree, First Discoveries book (buy here);
- Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun Hardcover (buy here);
- Look What I Did with a Leaf! Naturecraft (buy here);
- Fall, First Step Nonfiction (buy here).
What is🔍 on our🎃Halloween Inspired Shelfie:
- Halloween Memory Game Basket;
- Books (we absolutely love Awesome Autumn book - buy here);
- Fall-Inspired Stamps;
- Nature Play Dough basket (see our🍁 Fall Inspired Natural Play Dough Cookie Cutter DIY Craft here);
- Halloween Golf-Tee hammering and balancing activity (see below).
See here a 🎥 video post "⛳️Golf Tee 🔨Hammering •Ball Balancing •🙌🏻 Practical Life."
See here 🍁Fall Inspired Natural Play Dough 🍪Cookie Cutter DIY Craft.
See here Adrian's first Pick-Your-Own Raspberries experience.
Pumpkin Train Ride.
See here our "🦃Thanksgiving Inspired Homeschooling 101 Unit Study."