Themes

Celebration Education uses themes to organize our K-6 learning for the year. Each year is a different theme, as chosen by families. Each week we explore a different topic inspired by the theme. Weekly classes integrate several school subjects such as math, reading, social studies, science, language arts, etc.
Theme for 2022-2023 school year:
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Join Phileas Fogg on a journey around the world in 80 days as you learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math all while exploring the world's cultures!

Read the book here.

Celebration Education also did this theme in 2014-2015.

Ways this theme can be experienced:

Here's the schedule for the year: 

Download a printable version 

September 8: Opening Celebration

chapters 1-3

Component I
 

  1. September 12-16: England
    chapter 4 heraldry, castles, Stonehenge, Black Death, jousting
     

  2. September 19-23: Europe
    chapter 5 architecture, newspapers, Joan of Arc, stock exchange, Galileo, scientific method, pizza dough, geography
     

  3. September 26-30: Egypt
    chapter 6 hieroglyphs, pyramids, pharaohs, mummies
     

  4. October 3-7: Africa
    chapter 7 African face mask, map making, solar power, Suez Canal
     

  5. October 10-14: Middle East
    chapter 8 Islamic tile design, shortest route, planets, kites
     

  6. October 17-21: Yemen
    chapter 9 mehndi, geography, budgeting, compasses, trade routes

October 26: Celebration: Brain Day

Component II

  1. October 31 - November 4: India
    chapter 10 four-color theorem, cartography, population, shoes, caste system, chess
     

  2. November 7-11: Flora and Fauna of India
    chapter 11 elephants, diorama, tree diameter, animal tracks, jungles, Bengal tiger
     

  3. November 14-18: Asian Religions
    chapter 12-13 Holi, adjectives, gematria, sacred gates, finger cymbals, Diwali
     

  4. November 28 - December 2: Transportation of India 
    chapter 14 cricket, modes of transportation, circumnavigation, transportation design, palanquins
     

  5. December 5-9: Indian Arts
    chapter 15 rangoli, Antakshri, Taj Mahal, symmetry, legal system, belly dancing
     

  6. December 12-16: Bay of Bengal
    chapter 16 panorama, fish types, map scale, knot tying, coral reefs, clownfish

December 19: Celebration: Joy to the World

Holiday celebrations around the world

Component III

  1. January 9-13: Southeast Asia
    chapter 17 batik, currency, planets, mangoes
     

  2. January 16-20: China
    chapter 18 new year's dragon, Great Wall, ice cream, barometer, silk
     

  3. January 23-27: Hong Kong
    chapter 19 Chinese drum, substance abuse, Yang Hui Triangle, rolling ball structure, chopsticks
     

  4. January 30 - February 3: Chinese Transportation
    chapter 20 sumi-e, cars in China, speed, maglev train, helicopters, Marco Polo
     

  5. February 6-10: Japanese Arts
    chapters 21-22 Wabi-Sabi, manga, landscapes, tsunamis, ikebana, haiku
     

  6. February 13-17: Japan
    chapter 23 zen garden, 19th century Japan, soroban, sushi, otedama

February 22 Celebration: Chinese New Year

Component IV

  1. February 27 - March 3: Weather
    (chapter 21) storms, how seasons are made, weather tracking, wind, El Nino, treasure map
     

  2. March 6-10: Pacific Ocean
    chapter 24 ocean life, ocean currents, 24-hour clock, paddle-wheel, squid dissection
     

  3. March 13-17: San Francisco
    chapter 25 fog, icons of San Francisco, earthquakes, Fisherman's Wharf
     

  4. March 20-24: US Flora and Fauna
    chapter 26 Bison, animal classification, cells
     

  5. March 27-31: US Religions
    chapter 27 religious symbols, fallacies, brine shrimp, acceptance
     

  6. April 3-7: Bridges
    chapter 28 water lilies, bridges of the world, jump a gap, build a bridge

April 12: Celebration: Art and Science Fair

Component V

  1. April 17-21: Native Americans
    chapter 29 Native American colors, legends, math games, three sisters, Native American foods
     

  2. April 24-28: US Arts
    chapter 30 qualities of art, scaling, music, musical groups, art relay
     

  3. May 1-5: US Transportation
    chapter 31 Route 66, plane capacity, telegraph, transcontinental railroad
     

  4. May 8-12: New York
    chapter 32 apples, tour New York City, price comparisons, hot air, Broadway, Coney Island
     

  5. May 15-19: Atlantic Ocean
    chapter 33 shell painting, Titanic, coral, buoyancy
     

  6. May 22-26: Homecoming
    chapters 34-37 scrapbooking, book report, international dateline

May 31: Closing Celebration