Monthly Curriculum

January

  • Winter
  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Bears- “Blueberries for Sal”, “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”
  • Breadmaking
  • Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?
  • Bill Martin Jr.
  • “Corduroy” by Don Freeman- buttons
  • Mozart’s Birthday- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • National Puzzle Day

February

  • Hearts
  • Valentine’s Day-
  • Love and Appreciation- “Snuggle Puppy” by Sandra Boynton
  • Black History Month- Ezra Jack Keats and “The Snowy Day”
  • Mo Willems
  • He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands- Kadir Nelson
  • Groundhog Day
  • Mardi Gras
  • Chinese New Year
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month- Dentist and Teeth

March

  • Eggs
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Rabbits, pets
  • Spring
  • Rainbows
  • National Nutrition Month
  • Women’s History Month
  • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
  • St Patrick’s Day- Irish music and culture

April

  • Rain- April Showers
  • Jungle and Rainforest
  • Ponds, reptiles, amphibians
  • Earth Day
  • National Library Week
  • Arbor Day
  • National Frog Month
  • Firefighter Day
  • National Kite Month

May

  • May Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Trees
  • Gardening
  • Flowers- Flower Month
  • Bees and honey
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • National Transportation Week

June

  • Water, rivers, lakes, pools
  • Camping
  • Summer
  • Father’s Day
  • Caterpillars and butterflies
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Insects- “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly”
  • National Safety Month
  • First Hot Air Balloon Flight
  • Zoo and Aquarium Month- “Dear Zoo”- Rod Campbell, “Good Night Gorilla”,

July

  • Independence Day
  • Sun/stars
  • Beach
  • Ocean Life
  • National Ice Cream Month
  • National Picnic Month
  • Teddy Bear Picnic day
  • First Moon Landing- Outer space, astronaut, Moon
  • Good Night Moon
  • Canada Day- July 1st

August

  • House
  • School
  • Friendship
  • All About Me
  • Richard Scarry- “Busy Town”
  • Construction- “Good Night Good Night Construction Site”
  • Castles, Dragons, Royalty, Jewels- “Puff The Magic Dragon”
  • Sports Day- August 1st
  • National Aviation Day- airplanes, helicopters, blimps

September

  • Autumn
  • Leaves/Trees
  • Farm
  • Apples
  • Orchard
  • Seeds
  • Classical Music Month
  • Labor Day- careers and community helpers
  • International Literacy Day- fables and fairy tales
  • Grandparent’s Day- First Sunday after Labor Day
  • National Dog Week

October

  • Harvest
  • Vegetables
  • Pumpkins
  • Black cats
  • Halloween
  • Dinosaur Month
  • Family History Month
  • Farm Animals Day
  • World Space Week
  • Fire Prevention Week

November

  • Beans
  • Turkey
  • Corn
  • Thanksgiving
  • Native Americans
  • Community helpers
  • Aviation Month
  • X-Ray Discovered- November 8th
  • Veteran’s Day- November 11th

December

  • Winter
  • Snow
  • Holidays
  • Polar Express
  • Polar Animals
  • Gingerbread
  • Read A New Book Month
  • National Roof Over Your Head Day

Educational Fun in Bloomington, Indiana

This is a dynamic list of educational places and programs for families in Bloomington, Indiana. I am adding to it regularly, so check back with us again soon.

If you have an idea of something fun to do with your kids that is not listed below, I’d love to hear about it.

  • Monroe County Public Library
  • Wonderlab
  • Bloomington Parks and Recreation
  • Community Orchard
  • Bloomington Music Together
  • Musical Beginnings at the IU Jacobs School of Music
  • Bloomington United Gymnastics School
  • Fountain Square Mall
  • College Mall

The Privilege of Self Education

A dear friend recently said to me, “When I am learning something new, I am alive. When I am growing, I am happy. When I am working on a project, I have a purpose.”

“But when I am stagnant, I feel stuck and depressed. I run and hide and escape from my life. I wallow in fear and depression.”

His words resonated deeply with me because I too, need to constantly feel challenged and inspired to take on new projects.

When I am not reading anything new or feeling excited by any new shows, my days feel hollow and too routine.

When I have no bigger picture goals or resolutions to work on, I languish in laziness.

I guess this is why I am constantly seeking new intellectual pursuits, personal development projects, and reading material.

Learning all the time is good for our brains, bodies, and hearts. We can continue to cultivate knowledge and skills on a daily basis. One never really graduates from a lifelong education.

Self education is a privilege to be embraced and appreciated!

The above conversation with my friend helped me to reflect on my current state of self education. I’m a relatively new mother, so I was sort of ‘on hiatus’ from personal projects for a couple of years while I was too busy parenting an infant. Now that my son is daily becoming an older toddler, it’s becoming a bit easier to return to old projects and take on new creative ideas.

Professional projects:

  • I’m creating and organizing my early childhood curriculum little by little, as I have time in between the daily fun and chaos of my toddler classroom.
  • I take professional development courses for my career.
  • Ongoing classroom photography and adding products to my educator portfolio.

Personal projects:

  • I’m learning how to blog on WordPress as well as navigate some of the major social networking tools.
  • I recently read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and have been “KMing” my possessions. I’m more than halfway done with physical possessions and am starting to take a look at “digital” possessions as well.
  • I am converting my boxes of memorabilia into a more meaningful type of project.
  • I’m taking on some new author studies, since it’s been awhile since I’ve had much time to read. First up is The Shining by Stephen King.
  • I am building some new relationships in the local unschooling/homeschooling community and daydreaming about a possible startup inspired by the Sudbury Valley School.

Personal development goals:

  • Practicing meditation and yoga
  • Using my Y membership more
  • Continued study of Buddhism

It helps to see my projects and goals all laid out. Maybe there are too many; maybe I should focus more on just a couple at a time. I’m going to reflect more on this over the next couple of weeks and if needed, I’ll readjust to what’s realistically possible.

What is your latest project? Why is it important to you? What will help you take it to the next level?


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi