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March 12th, 2013, 09:32 AM
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I have heard a lot about project-based preschools where the focus is a specific around for about a month. I have decided to do something like this at home. Each block will include a "field trip," new toys, lots of books, and possibly a movie centered around the theme. For example, this month we are focusing on the human body. I bought Juliana a pretend doctor set. We also checked out several library books showing bones, organs, etc. We talked about things like breathing with our lungs and the heart pumping our blood. The "field trip" was her doctor's appointment and we'll be taking the dog to the vet. I haven't decided on the future learning blocks yet but we'll be visiting Alaska in July so we'll probably do something related to that, and going to the beach for Memorial Day weekend so I might do weather or something like that. We may also do bugs, plants, animals, sea life, etc. They have 3 week-long themes at Gymboree also so I may coordinate with them depending on the topic.

Has anyone else tried anything like this with their LOs? Obviously this is going to be completely up to her how much she participates but I like the idea of reinforcing learning from several different angles.

(Btw, Juliana is 31.5 months old.)
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March 12th, 2013, 09:36 AM
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I love this idea!!!
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March 12th, 2013, 02:32 PM
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I love it too. You could do pretty much any topic and adjust the difficulty for age and capability.
I am going to look into doing this with Eliana.
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March 12th, 2013, 03:11 PM
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I love it too. You could do pretty much any topic and adjust the difficulty for age and capability.
I am going to look into doing this with Eliana.
Let me know how it goes! I'd love to share tips. I think trying to come up with creative field trips may be the most challenging. Obviously there is the zoo and aquarium but I guess when we talk about bugs, we'll have to go for a walk in the woods or something. And then we may not see anything exciting. But then I can get some youtube videos on termites, ants, etc. I'd rather it be more hands on then video-oriented.
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March 12th, 2013, 04:13 PM
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I think this is fantastic! When I was nannying, I did something pretty similar! I think the biggest surprise was following the kid's lead and seeing what they were interested in! I obviously changed it up, but we spent 3 weeks on Weather of all things! They just soaked it up, and with Pinterest there is no shortage of amazing 'homeschool' and age based activity ideas!!!
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March 12th, 2013, 05:49 PM
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I love this, I have heard of it in the past and am hoping to do it with my own children when they are old enough to understand it.
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