The Farms Unit Study from Five Senses Literature Lessons is an engaging unit study for children who enjoy picture books and are ready for some adult-directed learning with lots of hands-on fun. Every lesson has a book list, memory verse, and hands-on activities that will help your child gain life skills while having fun learning about animals and farms.
This is a short unit study designed to take about a month with children ages 3 to 6 years old.
To learn more about our Level system which uses colors instead of ages or grades, please see our blog post on what each level means and how to find the right level for your child.
Because these lessons are designed by an occupational therapist, they also include a range of physical activities to develop your child’s fine and gross motor skills. At Five Senses Literature Lessons, we are committed to educating the whole child and engaging the body along with engaging the mind.
This is a full-color, downloadable PDF document with links to videos and external resources, book and supply lists and corresponding activities for a full month of learning.
Simple Lessons that Lead to Life-Long Learning
We at Five Senses Literature Lessons know that children are innately curious about the world around them and do not think about what they are learning in terms of subject area. Children don’t see the world in terms of math or reading or science. A simple game can touch on topics in each of those subject areas and more. In addition to the traditional school subjects of reading, writing, math, science and social studies, there are important things to learn about the world through art, music, food, dance, and play. The Farms Unit Study seeks to help you introduce to your child a range of experiences through exploring animals and plants.
Each lesson includes a memory verse and a song to sing each day. There are activities for cooking with your child, simple art projects, physical games and field trips. Each activity is based on the related book and theme for the week and has layered benefits. Art projects and cooking activities exercise your child’s fine motor control, getting those little hands ready for writing as they get older. Physical games, dances, and other activities help work your child’s gross motor control and development. Music and art help demonstrate to your child different forms of expression. Cooking and jumping up and down and taking a walk are all activities that provide many options for new sensory input for your child.
Farms Unit Study helps you lay a foundation for your child for full-engagement living and learning. Everything in your child’s world is something that they can experience and learn from and this program helps give you the tools to show them how.
Learning Through Literature
Each lesson starts with a wonderful picture book. By looking at the pictures in the story, your child is able to imagine themselves there in the story with our characters. The act of not only hearing the story but also seeing it, engages both the sense of hearing and vision, bringing the story to life.
The stories included in the Farm Unit Study curriculum include a variety of classics, modern stories, Newberry Award winners and Reading Rainbow books. The books are available on Amazon and at most local libraries. We have gone to great effort to ensure the books are currently in print and readily accessible for most families. We’ve even found that many of the books are available on YouTube being read aloud.
To see the full list of books included in the lessons, click here.
WRITTEN BY AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST FOR ALL CHILDREN
Children learn best when all of their senses are engaged, and the topics are presented in a way that respects childhood development. Too many curricula for children skip over the importance of play and exploration, moving straight into reading, writing, and math. Subjects are often taught in a way that isolates them from other ideas making them feel more foreign and complicated than they need to be.
As an occupational therapist, I have a unique perspective on childhood development. Children use games and play to explore their world naturally. By using play and fun activities, you can tap into their natural curiosity and feed their minds while helping them develop the physical skills needed for success in academics and life.
Five Senses Literature Lessons is designed to be used with any child, regardless of where the child stands concerning academic readiness. Such flexibility is possible because the curriculum is developmentally appropriate and respects the child. It is adaptable and expandable to suit your child’s interest and pursue growth in your child’s abilities in a gentle and fun way
Easy to Use Starting Day One
We’ve designed our curriculum to be easy to use and with limited start-up or prep time required. The supplies needed are simple and often things you’ll have around the house. We’ve created a simple list of supplies needed for the entire lesson at the start of each lesson so you can review it before starting any activities. We’ve embedded hyperlinks to all external resources, YouTube videos, and appendix pages to make it easy to navigate from any computer or tablet. And all the subjects are color-coded and clearly indicated so you can find the right activity for a given day easily.
In addition to the bonus information and links to external resources in the curriculum, we’ve provided additional resources here on our website and our Pinterest page to give you more ideas of activities to do with your child if they want to dive deeper into a particular unit. We are constantly updating the content on our Pinterest and Blog with new ideas, helpful hints, and inspiration.
We believe home education should be fun and engaging for both you and your child. It is our goal to provide you with support and inspiration along with a simple, developmentally appropriate framework for educating your child.