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USAB Month by Month Planning for 2017-2018 – Keeping It Simple

The following includes Amanda’s planning suggestions for each month of the upcoming school year! Amanda will be talking about planning using her free 2017-2018 Planner, available here.

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Over the next few days, I’m going to offer tips on planning for the upcoming school year, one month at a time. Today, let’s talk about August 2017.USAB august bird fence

Special days in August?

The total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. If you’d like to observe that with your children, the Space Unit Study Adventure is the perfect companion for grades K-12 and takes 4 weeks to complete, AND it includes eclipses. Enter the Space study in the box for the first week of August. Remember, the Planner is interactive, just pull it up and type the study’s name in the box. There, August is planned. That was easy.

If you haven’t downloaded the free 2017-2018 Planner yet, do it now and join us as we plan next year: http://bit.ly/2swVkFs

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Today, let’s talk about planning for September of this coming school year.

Special days in September?

Autumn begins on September 22, 2017. To take a closer look at this season, enter Autumn Treasures in the third week of Autumn box. USAB September bird sign

What about the other weeks of August?

For elementary age children, September can be a good time to explore outdoor-related topics:

For Jr/Sr high grades, September can be a good month for geography explorations – a month of Passport Geography adventures, use the Scout level for Jr/Sr high grades:

If you need to download the free 2017-2018 Planner: http://bit.ly/2swVkFs

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Today we plan for October, one of my favorite months. I love the changing leaves, star-gazing bonfires, apple orchard trips, and harvest festivals to enjoy.

Now for the planning. First, are there special days in October?USAB October bird fence

Other suggestions for October?

For elementary age children:

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Today, we are back with some timely ideas for your November planning. It’s typically a busy month at the beginning of the holidays, and a perfect time to use our unit studies – ready to use and no prep required!

There are quite a few special days in November that can be integrated into your plan for the month:

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If you are just joining us as we plan for the upcoming school year, you need to download the free 2017-2018 Planner: http://bit.ly/2swVkFs

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Today, we are planning for December, a favorite month of many, and a busy time for most of us, as well. You can keep homeschooling through this season, and our unit studies keep learning meaningful and simple.

First, what special days are in December?

If you would like to add other studies in December, consider:

If you are just joining us as we plan for the upcoming school year, you need to download the free 2017-2018 Planner: http://bit.ly/2swVkFs

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January 2018 is in the spotlight for planning today. We’ll be starting a new year, and there’s so much to explore!

Winter will be well underway by this time, and with the approach of the February Winter Games 2018, be sure to include the Winter Wonders Download N Go™ (DNG) unit study in one of the January planner boxes.

Special days in January?

January is National Braille Literacy Month, and a good time to use the Discover the Senses DNG study. This study includes Braille in the section on studying eyes and vision.

January 5th is National Bird Day, and would be a good time to study one of our favorite kinds of birds with Dynamic Ducks DNG unit study.

January 19th is National Popcorn Day – perhaps a good time to pursue the Hoppin’ Popcorn DNG unit study.

The Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 28th – great time to explore China with Expedition China DNG study.

With the Winter Games 2018 beginning in February, this is a good month to explore geography studies and learn about countries that will be competing in the Olympics. Examples: Expedition Africa, Expedition Australia, Passport UK, and Passport Germany, to name a few. And yes, our brand new Winter Games 2018 Unit Study Adventure will be available in late 2017, giving you time to get ready for the games!

If you are just joining us as we plan for the upcoming school year, you need to download the free 2017-2018 Planner.

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Planning February 2018 today, and what a fun month it is going to be! We’ve got loads of suggestions, and remember – what you don’t use this coming February can be planned for the following February!

Special days in February:

If you are just joining us as we plan for the upcoming school year, you need to download the free 2017-2018 Planner.

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Today we are planning for March 2018!

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March is an exciting month for many learning adventures. It marks the beginning of a change of seasons and much more! Let’s look at the special occasions in March:

March is National Irish American Heritage Month – a good time to explore the Emerald Isle with Expedition Ireland Download N Go™ unit study.

March 3rd is National Anthem Day. America’s National Anthem is a topic of study in the Patriotic Holidays Unit Study Adventure™ and in the Flag Day DNG study.

March 11th is Johnny Appleseed Day, and he is a topic of study in the Gardens Unit Study Adventure. It’s time to plan the garden, too!

March 14th is Learn About Butterflies Day and the Butterflies DNG study provides an interactive and fascinating look at butterflies.

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th – get ready for the celebration with the St. Patrick’s Day DNG

March 20th is the first day of Spring 2018 – perhaps explore this season with Spring Surprises DNG.

March 23 is National Puppy Day, and a great time to explore our canine friends with the Dogs Unit Study Adventure.

Enjoy your weekend, and I’ll see you here on Monday with plans for April 2018!

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Today we are planning for April 2018!

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April is a month of wonder and spring showers and flowers everywhere. Easter Sunday is on April 1st in 2018, so keep both Easter studies in mind for putting in your plan for either late March or early April. The Easter Unit Study Adventure is a 4-week study for grades K-12, and the Easter Promise DNG study is a 1-2 week study for grades K-4. These studies focus on the Christian holiday and the final days of Christ through to His ascension to Heaven.

April 11th is National Pet Day, and the Dogs Unit Study Adventure is a great one to begin now.

April 13th is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, and he is studied in the Scrapbooking Unit Study Adventure (he was one of three American presidents that enjoyed scrapbooking), the

Gardens Unit Study Adventure, and the American Government Unit Study Adventure.

April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day – Baseball Unit Study Adventure

April 22nd is Earth Day – time to plant your garden or your patio garden and our Gardens Unit Study Adventure is the perfect learning tool.

April 28th is Arbor Day – fun time to explore Tremendous Trees DNG study.

 NOTE: If you are just joining us as we plan for the upcoming school year, you need to download the free 2017-2018 Planner.

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Here are a few ideas for planning for May 2018:

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Space Day and Star Wars Day are on May 4th, and a fun opportunity to learn about space with the 4-week Space Unit Study Adventure for grades K-12.

Cinco de Mayo is on May 5th, and makes for a good time to explore Mexico with Expedition Mexico.

Mother’s Day is on May 13th, and the Mother’s Day Download N Go™ unit study provides a fascinating learning adventure into the holiday, mothers from the Bible, and much more to add meaning to the holiday for the whole family.

Memorial Day is on May 28th this year – consider using the 1-week Memorial Day Unit Study Adventure for grades K-12.

This wraps up our planning posts for the 2017-2018 school year, and I hope that you find them helpful. I’ve compiled these posts into a single planning blog post that you can find here.

Thanks for joining us as we look forward to a fantastic year of learning adventures with you and yours.

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