In the Spring, I do a plant unit with my K's, though I
don't think it's anything earth-shattering. I collect glass
jars from parents during the year (pickles, spaghetti
sauce, salsa and other acid-based foods come in glass
jars). Then I have the kids put a few red kidney beans (the
kind you buy at the grocery store in a little bag) inside
paper towels, get the paper towels a little bit wet, and
then put the jar in our windows. They get to watch the bean
sprout. Of course that leads to the "parts of the plant"
booklet that we do.
We hatch chickens from eggs. True, last year we only got
one chick, but it was exciting.
I just started a unit on Sound, since I have a K/1 combo
this year. Our first "experiment" was with wooden rulers,
hanging 9" over the end of a table, holding the other 3"
tightly onto the table, and pressing the open end. What
sound does it make? What causes that sound? (Vibration.)
Next one will be rubber band on a paper cup. I may get the
glass jars out early and let the kids "play tunes" on them,
towards the end of the unit. Admittedly this unit came from
a book on Science units, not sure who the publisher was.
As for social studies, we started with citizenship and will
roll into community workers. I touch on history all year,
every time there's a holiday that has a historical