October’s Special Days Activity Companion

 

 

Once again I’ve teamed up with Fran from Funschooling and Recreational Learning for another e-book!  This one will have activities for everyday throughout the month of October!  Families, homeschoolers, classrooms, after school program teachers, and club leaders are going to love these fun (and educational) calendar activities.

Stay tuned for sneak peeks, additional resources, and special pricing!

For the August and September Activity Companions click here

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Relaxation VS Stress – Resource List

Understanding stress and how to relax are life lessons I want my boys to grasp.  According to Special Days in August, the 15th is “Relaxation Day” and the perfect time for us to focus on this topic.  I’ve gathered some resources for our homeschooling lessons and want to share them with you.

“Relax” Synonyms and Antonyms

Free K-12 Teacher Guides –  What stress is and how to manage it.

Best Foods for Stress Relief

Bible Verses About Stress

Top Relaxation Techniques for Children

Relaxation Music and Nature Sound Playlist 

Make a Stress Ball

Massage Tips

Articles with Audio for Students:

The Story on Stress

Five Steps for Fighting Stress

Help Yourself Destress 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Great American Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21 is the date of the Great American Solar Eclipse.  However, there is much to learn and observe before the event!  Below is the collection of online resources we’ll be using for eclipse lessons and to prepare for the viewing.

Everything You Need To Know About the Solar Eclipse – Explanations, Diagrams, DIY Safe Viewing Projects, and more!

Animated and Interactive Eclipse Maps  –  Find out when and where

Eclipses: Crash Course Video

Eclipse Live Stream

Eclipse History –  NASA’s collection of historical eclipses starting with about 5000 BC including Chinese, Babylonians, and Greeks to current times.

Ancient People and the Solar Eclipse  –  Video

Solar Eclipse Folklore, Myths, and Superstitions

Eclipse in the Bible

A Day With Two Dawns  –  Free Eclipse Ebook and Resources from Apologia

Eclipse Kit   –  Resources and STEM activities from NASA

Lapbooking and Notebooking Printables

Eclipse Quotes

Eclipse Vocabulary List with Games and Puzzles 

Free Eclipse Printables and Resources

Eclipse Art Projects

Math Lesson  –  Geometry of a Solar Eclipse

Our town is one of the prime totality viewing spots. We’ve decided to avoid the crowds that are expected at the various events and have our own back yard party.

For the party!

Ideas and Planning Tips

Music Playlist

Snacks

Sun, Moon, and Stars Coloring Sheets (most of these are suitable for teens and adults)

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Special Days and Science

There are many opportunities for science lessons on each Special Days list!  Scientist and Inventor birthdays, invention and technology patents, animal days  health related observances and awarenesses, food themes,  conservation topics, weather related themes. discovery and disaster anniversaries, and even more!  (See right sidebar for the current month’s list or use the search bar to access other months.)

For an example of how many science themed lessons are possible from a typical Special Days list,  here’s what some of the August themed science study choices are.

  • Botony – Cactus, Daffodil,
  • Anatomy – Eyes
  • Chemistry – Gold, Nuclear Tests, Salt
  • Health – Immunization, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Fresh Breath, Sarcoidosis, Relaxation,
  • Geology with Labs – Water Quality, Sand, Wind, Mt. Vesuius (earthquakes),
  • Zoology – Catfish, Sea Serpent , Lion,  Lizard, Elephant, Honey Bee, Orangutan, Mosquito, Whale Shark
  • Nutrition, Growing information, and Facts – Coffee, Kiwifruit,Orange, Peach, Papaya, Potato, Zucchini
  • Astronomy with Labs- Solar Eclipse, Meteor Showers, Echo 1, Viking 1 &2, Gemini 5, Pluto
  • Scientist/Inventors/Inventions/Discoveries/Technology – Escalator, Pierre Charles L’Enfant, Neil Armstrong, Mimeograph Machine, Marvin Minsky, Florence Merriam Bailey, Phonograph, Wrench, Aviation, Canals, Roller Coaster, Radio, Lionel Cowen, Lee DeForest, Antoine Lavoisier, Carl Bosch, Charles Franklin Kettering,  Waffle Iron, Kinetoscope, 1st Solar Power Car, Slinky.

I absolutely do not expect to cover all of those science themes and days. I will have to narrow it down as I work on our weekly plans.  Some of our choices will not be a complete study but will be quick review discussion of past lessons. Others might be as simple as an online search of images or video or a definition while other science days will include more in-depth lessons and activities and could continue over several days.

Nearly all of our science lessons for the past 3 years have come from the ever growing Special Days lists. We check with our local library for books and videos. Also, a quick “Google” search will provide all kinds of ideas and resources for a DIY science study.  I highly recommend including the words ” for students”, “for kids”, or “lesson plans” to rule out search results that won’t be of much help to you.  Also, I will often include the word “free” in my search!

There are a few online resources that I tend to use over and over and I’ve listed those by topic below.

Scientists Biographies Resources:

Inventions Resources:

Resources for Animal Days (Zoology):

Resources for health related themes:

Chemistry –

Physics

Geology

Astronomy

  • Sky Guides                                                                                      https://www.almanac.com/astronomy
  • Text, Videos, Games                                                                               https://www.kidsastronomy.com/
  • NASA Space Place                                                                                               https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/

This post is actually ‘Part 4’ of a series in which I’m explaining how my family learns across the curriculum with topics selected from the Special Days list. For the series introduction click here. For Part 1,  how we use famous birthdays for biographies with resources, click here. And, Part 3 – geography with resources click here.   Part 4 – electives and extras will be coming soon!

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