Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Crafts, decorations, recipes, themed lesson ideas…..Oh yeah, this time of year lots of us are visiting Pinterest!  This is a clever video/ “Pinterest” parody of that Taylor Swift song

Happy Monday and happy last week of October! b0b068eda6b8c9d858e999e2e648661bbetty jo



Special Days in November, 2014


This post has been updated for 2018




The topic of earthquakes came up back in August when we studied skyscrapers, then again in September as part of our disaster preparedness studies.  Since we live close to the New Madrid fault line, and the boys were interested, we took a bit of a detour from our regular lessons to focus on learning about earthquakes.  As to be expected when the boys pick the topic of study, it was fantastic.  Below are the online resources we used as we researched, experimented, and learned about earthquakes.

Earthquakes explained, facts, and information

Extensive list of earthquake related vocabulary words and their definitions

17 Bible references to “earthquakes”

Live Earthquake Map and Stats  From Around the World (Even now that our earthquake study is over, we’re still checking this site daily.  We’re amazed at the seismic activity that goes on everyday!)

Information about the most severe earthquakes on record past and present

I hadn’t planned on making a lapbook with this study, but Z asked if we could.  So of course we did, and it turned out wonderfully.  We made a few booklets on our own and printed off some of these resources too.   earthquake lapbook printables


Great “What To Do” video

“Deadliest Earthquake”  Documentary (B and I watched this together without the younger boys.  There’s some rather disturbing images shown.)   (Sorry, but the link doesn’t seem to be working, so you’ll have to “copy and paste” it)

Old Zoom video instructions of how to make a seismometer.   Ours turned out great!

And here’s printable instructions for the Zoom seismometer if you need them

Hands-on activities and projects.  One of these even involves Oreos!  Yes, I’ll buy Oreos in the name of “science”!

This interactive “Stop Disasters” game was tough!  We were set up as city managers and assigned the task of building, upgrading, and educating the people on safety. We were given 25 minutes to get our city in order before an earthquake hit.  The first time through the game, we were fired!  And that was the “easy” level!

We took this online earthquake quiz twice.  Once before our study and again when we were finished  (we did much better the second time)

And of course we had to find some earthquake jokes for J –

Q: What do cows produce during an earthquake?   A: Milkshakes!

Q: What did the ground say to the earthquake?    A: You crack me up!

Q: What is an Earthquakes favorite song?   A: “Shake, Rattle and Roll!”

Actually, not “Shake, Rattle and Roll” but this one was our song through our earthquake study   ((Sorry, but the link doesn’t seem to be working, so you’ll have to “copy and paste” it)

betty jo




October 2 marks the anniversary of the very first publication of Peanuts (1950)!  This is one of the October “special days” the kids were interested in.  Yeah, I’m interested, too.  I grew up on Peanuts.   Below are some resource links to follow as we learn and have fun with Peanuts.  

See the first Peanuts Comic!

Peanuts History Article,8599,2022745,00.html

Charles Schultz biography and printables

Faith Based Video

Read Peanuts comic strips free online

Character Profiles

Step by step instructions for how to draw Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and other Peanuts characters

Blank Comic Strip Printables for making our own comics

The Peanuts  theme song

Theme Song Piano Lesson

Theme Song Piano Tutorial

Easy Theme Song Piano Tutorial for Beginners

Peanuts Quiz (easy)-

What’s Your “Peanuts” IQ?

Peanuts Quiz (difficult) –

And in case you’re wondering, I am going to give this study credit for literature (winks), art, music, history, and creative writing.  We may get a PE credit too  –  football kicking and baseball pitching seem to go along with the whole Peanuts theme.

Good Grief!

betty jo