Free September Unit Studies and Lessons
Planning lessons around holidays, historical events, and seasonal themes can be a fun way to homeschool. It’s an excellent way for kids to learn about the world around them, including topics that aren’t usually covered in a textbook. Our family has enjoyed occasionally adding seasonal and holiday-themed lessons to our homeschool routine.
Below is a list of free unit studies, lesson plans, and activities for September. All of the holiday dates given are for 2021. Because the dates of some holidays vary, I will update this post each year.
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Children’s Good Manners Month (all September)
Children’s Good Manners Month is a time for parents to focus on teaching courtesy, respect, and thoughtfulness.
- Free Manners Lesson– lesson plan
- Cutesy Crafts– table manners game
- File Folder Fun– printable manners game
- Cornerstone Confessions– printable table manners activity
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th to October 16th)
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. The start date was chosen because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15th. Also, Mexico’s Independence Day is on September 16th.
- Woo! Jr. Kids– lesson plan and worksheets
- Classroom Doodles– worksheets and coloring pages
- National Hispanic Heritage Month– teacher’s guide
First Day of School (varies)
Many homeschoolers choose to start their homeschool years in August or September, like public schools in the U.S.
- Freedom Homeschooling– how to make the first day fun
- Primary Playground– all about me printable
- Wonder in His World– first day craft
Labor Day (September 6th)
Labor Day celebrates the contributions and achievements of American workers. It’s observed on the first Monday of September.
Rosh Hashanah (sundown on September 6th to sundown on September 8th)
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. The festival begins on the first day of Tishrei, which is the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. This is sometime during September or October on the Gregorian calendar. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that ends with the Yom Kippur holiday.
California’s Statehood (September 9th)
California became a state on September 9, 1850, under the Compromise of 1850.
- Year Round Homeschooling– state unit study
- Ben and Me– state unit study
- Learn in Color– state report lapbook
Patriot Day (September 11th)
Patriot Day commemorates the lives of those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and those who perished when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.
- Freedom Homeschooling– video collection
- Cynce’s Place– notebooking pages
- Homeschool on the Range– teaching ideas
- Teachers Pay Teachers– timeline activity
Grandparent’s Day (September 12th)
Grandparent’s Day is a special day for celebrating and honoring our grandparents. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
National Video Games Day (September 12th)
National Video Games Day is a day to gather with friends or family and play video games together.
- Year Round Homeschooling– unit study
- Teachers Pay Teachers– favorite video game worksheet
- Teacher’s Notepad– writing prompts
Yom Kippur (sundown on September 15th to sundown on September 16th)
Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is a time when members of the Jewish faith forgive the sins of others and repent for their own sins against God. Yom Kippur is observed on the 10th day of Tishrei, which is the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. Yom Kippur occurs sometime during September or October on the Gregorian calendar.
Constitution Day (September 17th)
Constitution Day commemorates when the Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
- Center for Civic Education– lesson plans
- Hillsdale College– video-based course
- Teachers Pay Teachers– printable worksheets
- In All You Do– copywork and writing prompt worksheets
- The Homeschool Mom– unit study
Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th)
Arrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day is a fun day when people all over the world talk like pirates.
- Pirate Monkeyness– English to pirate translator
- Ninja Mom Designs– talk like a pirate printable
- Pirate Unit Plan– unit study
- Homeschool on the Range– Treasure Island unit study
- Internet Archive– Treasure Island Ebook
First Day of Fall / Autumnal Equinox (September 22nd)
On the Fall Equinox, which marks the first day of fall in the northern hemisphere, the Sun crosses the Earth’s celestial equator. Both the northern and southern hemispheres equally receive the sun’s rays on the equinox.
- DIY Homeschooler– equinox unit study
- How to Homeschool My Child– fall unit study and printables
- Year Round Homeschooling– leaves unit study
Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday (September 26th)
Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman, was born today in 1774. He was a pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Ontario.
- Cynce’s Place– notebooking pages, worksheets, and activities
- Homeschool Share– lapbook printables
- How to Homeschool My Child– activity guide
World Tourism Day (September 27th)
World Tourism Day was started by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The day’s purpose is to raise awareness about the importance of tourism.
Have fun learning this September! I will add more unit studies and lessons next year. Be sure to pin this post so you can find it next September.
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