Happy Monday and Happy Homeschooling! Happy Fall, too.
Do you have dance classes for your homeschool PE? We do, and it’s always fun! We’ve been working on the “Skeleton Dance” and next will be the Monster Mash!
|Monster Mash, by Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers|
The ‘Monster Mash’ is a fun song co-written by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and Leonard Capizzi, in 1962. After every major record label turned the song down, Gary S. Paxton’s, of Garpax Records, decided to produce it. The song reached the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20, 1962, remained #1 for two weeks, and sold a million copies that year!
In 1973 it hit #3 on the UK Singles Chart and sold a million copies again!
Not bad for a one-hit-wonder!
As a matter of fact, it has been considered a Halloween favorite every year since its release 50+ years ago.
Can you guess how the “Monster Mash” got its name?
A few dances were popular at the time of its release, the “Twist” and the “Mashed Potato” were two of them, and they inspired the…
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Fall Festival Party Games to DIY!
Tonight is our local homeschool group’s family night and the theme is “Fall Fest”! Our families are encouraged to bring a DIY carnival type game. Complicated construction or expensive materials are just not necessary for great games! Recyclables and dollar store materials combined with a little creativity is all it takes for fantastic festival fun!
I found lots online resources as I looked around for some ideas, and I’m passing the best ones on to you for your fall parties or just some seasonal play activities for you to make with your children.
Wonderful collection of activities and games! Pumpkin Golf, Can Game, Pumpkin Bowling, and Candy Corn Toss are just a few of the easy to make and easy to set up game ideas offered here http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/party-games/21-halloween-party-games-and-activities
We decided to take this Spider Launch game to the party. There’s other awesome ideas from this assortment of 25+ Simple Carnival…
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Before Columbus Day, there is Leif Erickson Day (Oct. 9)! Here’s a wonderful list of “Viking” resources!
Recently a friend asked about our Viking studies from last fall. Here are the links I had saved. I thought I’d pass the collection on to those of you who might be thinking about a Viking study as well.
Movies to include: Veggie Tales: Lyle the Kindly Viking, Brave, and How to Train Your Dragon
Interactive History Games http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/vikings/
Unit Study and Labook Printables http://www.homeschoolshare.com/viking_adventure.php
And another Unit Study and Lapbook Printables http://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/middle-ages-to-reform/vikings-lapbook/
Leif Erickson Biography Resources http://cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/History/Explorers/Leif_Ericsson/index.htm
paper dolls printables (this site is interesting, it is written in (perhaps?) Scandinavian so I have very little idea what it says, but wonderful art to browse) http://www.ungafakta.se/pyssel/klipp/klippdockor/
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October’s free resource list is updated for 2019!
Recently, I was asked what resources to use for teaching from the Special Days posts. Every month has different topics, but I turn to the same tried and trusted web sites as I collect resources for our Special Days learning. Below is a list of those I find to be the most helpful when preparing our “from the calendar” studies. I hope that you will find them helpful, too.
Special Days and Biographies – How to and resource list https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/21/special-days-and-biographies/
Resources for Presidents Birthdays https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/
Special Days and Geography – How to and resource list https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/29/special-days-and-geography/
Special Days and Science – How to with resource list https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/08/05/special-days-and-science/
A monthly calendar “resource of links and things to do, things to learn and things to explore” http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-almanac
Wonderful resources, activities, crafts, recipes, and open ended ideas often related to seasons, holidays, and monthly themes for families and independent…
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