If you're an "Unschooler", or you're developing your own lessons for your children out of the world around you, you know how difficult a job this can be!  Here is a fantastic new tool just for you!  A TEACHABLE MONTH is a full month of teachable moments. (We'll intorduce a new Teachable Month every month over the next year, until there is one for each month.  We're starting with May!) 

In each A TEACHABLE MONTH, we've looked at holidays and observances, historical occurrences, births, deaths, scientific developments and art masterworks that were unveiled in that month in history, sporting events taking place during the month - all sorts of activities directly from our experience with the world, and we've turned each one into a fully detailed teachable moment!

A TEACHABLE MONTH is NOT a "list" of things or ideas that you can turn into teachable moments.  Each event (and there are two or more per day, for almost every day of the month) is fully described, often with accompanying photos and film.  Words are defined, as in all Steps courses, before the student reads about that event, so that the student's vocabulary increases every day and they are able to understand what is read the first time that they read it.  Locations mentioned as a part of the event are located on a map, globe or the Internet, developing a better sense of the reality of what's being studied, as well as the student's understanding of geography.  The student is often asked to read about the event, and often to do further research, aided in that effort with just enough direction, developing their study and research skills.  And the student is always asked key questions to assist their investigation into how they feel about each event, each sport or work of art or historic event or holiday.  Critical thinking skills are sharpened every day.

There's more.  Each day, the student adds to their private journal, filled with their observations, ideas, and reactions to teachable moments as well as questions they've been asked, put directly to them and meant to stimulate critical thinking.  The student also keeps a daily "weather report", observing some weather basics which allows them to get a better feel for the change in the seasons.

Of course, you can and should use only what you want to useAnd if you're looking for comprehensive homeschool curriculum. Teachable Months in no way replaces the full Steps program

But if you're looking for a half-way point between an established curriculum (like the rest of Steps) and you doing all the work - then you've found it!  For ages 9-up who read well, and extraordinarily precocious 7-8 year-olds who also read well. 

HERE IS A SAMPLE LIST OF EVENTS COVERED IN A MONTH,
 to provide you a clear idea of the sort of subject matter Teachable Months provides.  You'll find history, science, the arts, sports, weather, lots of variety!  This is for the month of May, almost 180 pages of May Teachable Moments!

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
General Info                                                           
Before Starting                                                         

MAY EVENTS THAT ARE NOT ON A SET DATE:        

The Kentucky Derby                                    
National Teacher’s Day                                
NBA Playoffs                                                
Mother’s Day                                                 
Armed Forces Day                                        
Shavou’ot                                                       
Pentecost                                                        
Monaco Grand Prix                                      
French Open (Tennis)                                   
Memorial Day                                                

APRIL DAY BY DAY:                                                          
April 1            May Day; The Empire State Building        
April 2           Catherine the Great; Prokofiev/Peter & The Wolf
April 3           Bing Crosby; Joe DiMaggio
April 4           Solar Impulse 2 and Solar Power
April 5           Cinco de Mayo; Karl Marx

April 6           Sigmund Freud; Orson Welles; The Hindenburg; Willie Mays
April 7           Robert Browning; Tchaikovsky; The Lusitania
April 8           WW II Ends
April 9           J.M. Barrie/Peter Pan
April 10          Fred Astaire; Ariel Durant
April 11           Irving Berlin; Salvador Dali
April 12          Katharine Hepburn; Florence Nightingale
April 13          George Braque; Stevie Wonder; Clive Barnes & Critics
April 14          Lewis & Clark; Israel Independence Day; George Lucas
April 15          L. Frank Baum/Wizard of Oz; The 1st McDonald’s
April 16          Van Gogh/Record Sale of Art; The Sedition Act of 1918
April 17          U.S. School are Desegregated by the Supreme Court
April 18          Umar Khayya’m; Mt. St. Helen’s Volcano
April 19          Malcolm X; South Pacific (the Musical)
April 20         Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic; Jimmy Stewart
April 21          Plato; Amelia Earhart crosses the Atlantic
April 22         AC Doyle/Sherlock; Richard Wagner; Laurence Olivier
April 23          UNASUR; Cannes Film Festival; Kagemusha; All That Jazz
April 24          Peter Minuit buys Manhattan; Queen Victoria

April 25          A.C. Clarke/Communication Satellites; The Doppler Effect
April 26          John Wayne; Dow Jones
April 27          Buddha’s Birthday
April 28          Thales (1st Scientist); Ian Fleming/James Bond
April 29          Bob Hope; John F. Kennedy; Sir Edmund Hillary
April 30          Joan of Arc; Mel Blanc (Voice over master for cartoons)
April 31           Walt Whitman; Clint Eastwood