First Day of School (and some ideas for Ocean Theme Unit)

LittleMan had his first day of school on Monday. We’re only a few days into it but so far so good. I half expected a tantrum or at least some defiance but it looks like he’s excited and mostly compliant, at least for now.

I had thought it would be fun if we dressed as zombies for the first day of school but LittleMan had other ideas.
First Day of School from Suzy Homeschooler (1)
I think costumes on the first day might become a tradition…we both love an excuse to cosplay, lol!

In an effort to get him excited, we gave him a little lap desk wrapped up like a present.
First Day of School from Suzy Homeschooler (2)
It worked! He thought the desk was just grand and he loves the novelty of having somewhere special to do his school work. I do hope to upgrade to a proper wooden desk and chair next year but for now, given our space constraints and the fact that our classroom is also our dining room/living room, this will do just fine.

This year we are going with weekly theme units. We like the idea of larger [longer] unit studies when LittleMan is older, perhaps even project-based education, however given his age, one week seemed short enough for him to not loose interest. For the first week, ocean theme.

Ocean Theme Unit from Suzy Homeschooler (1)
We are using parts of a free preschool printable pack from Homeschool Creations.
Ocean Theme Unit from Suzy Homeschooler (2)
Also some endangered ocean species nomenclature cards I picked up for $0.10 on sale from Montessori Helper. Sorry the sale is over, but if you can stomach far too many promotional emails in your inbox then I suggest getting yourself a free membership so they’ll notify you via email whenever they have a sale. Almost weekly something will go on sale for 10 cents or 99 cents. I only buy from them when they have a dime-sale item I like, which is admittedly pretty often.

Ocean Theme Unit from Suzy Homeschooler (3)
Beyond printed materials, we are of course doing hands on activities to learn. Such as this lesson in octopus defense mechanisms. Simply a toy octopus in a clear jar with clear water, discuss how easy it is to see the octopus, have the child use an eye dropper to add black food dye to the water and discuss how difficult it is to see the octopus now and why the octopus might not want to be seen.

We’ll be sharing more on our ocean theme unit including lap book, sensory bin, hands-on activities, and a song we made up to learn the 5 zones of the ocean, later this week.
Also, IF I can manage to get my camera situation sorted out and snag some decent pictures, I’ll take you on a tour of our classroom area and share some ideas for homeschooling in small spaces.

Happy back to school! I hope it goes smoothly for all my readers, regardless of if you are home, public, or private schooling this year.

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