Child-Centered Homeschooling
 
This Sample lesson plan is intended for Kindergarten to 1st Grade and is all about FEELINGS.

The scope and sequence (what the unit covers):

Language Arts:  Reading, Listing Feelings, Alphabetizing, Journal Entries or Pictorials for not writers, Definitions

Science:  Your Body's Reaction, How Animals Show Emotions, Observation

Social Studies/ History:  Feelings Thru Time

Reasoning and Problem Solving:  How To Deal With Our Emotions

Math and Spelling:  A Separate Curriculum Of Your Choosing

Monday:  Library, here we come!  Take a trip to your local library and check out several good books about feeling that will be of interest to your child.  Videos can be a good option too.  Ask the librarian for help.  Begin the week by previewing the books.  Begin keeping a journal of emotions.  This can be drawings, writings, pictures cut from magazines ~ whatever works for your learner.  In the journal, provide a definition for each of the emotions ~ this can be from a dictionary, from you, or from the child.  Use today just to set up the journal.  You can begin working in tomorrow and continue the rest of the week.
Help your child create a list of various emotions.  If appropriate, you can help your child alphabetize the list.  Read a book from the library together.

Tuesday:  Let's Read!  Read one or two of the books from the library together.  Talk about emotions with your child.  What emotions have they experienced?  How do they show their emotions?  Has there been a time when they were proud or not so proud of how they reacted?  Today would be a great day to read Munro Leaf's book "How to Behave and Why."  Use this book to reason and problem solve about how we should behave.  Begin working on the journal today and continue each day until it feels complete to both you and the student. 

Wednesday:  Emotions in Science!  Continue reading Munro Leaf's book.  Do some research (online, through books, etc.) on how our bodies react to our emotions.  Also explore how animals display their emotions.  Animals can't talk to us, so how do we know how our pets are feeling?  Continue with your journal.

Thursday:  Emotions Throughout Time!  Were people always so willing to express their emotions?  We they even allowed to show their emotions?  Why or why not?  Consider creating a Venn Diagram to list "then and now" of displaying emotions.  Finish your journal today.

Friday:  Field Trip!  Put it all together.  Take a trip to the zoo or the park to watch animals.  How are they displaying their emotions?  While there, be sure to watch people as well.  How are they displaying their emotions?  Are they acting appropriately?  If not, what could they have done differently?  What will you do to keep control of your emotions?

Final Notes:
Typical lessons will last approximately 2 hours per day, give or take (including independent reading time if the student is a self-reader).
Math and Spelling will need to be taught separately from this integrated curriculum. 
Have fun!   
 


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