In Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in 80 Days, the calm, orderly main character, Phileas Fogg, makes a wager that he can travel around the world in eighty days. He does this on October 2, 1873. Today we have fun holiday in honor of this fictional occasion, “Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day”! If your family hasn’t read Around the World in 80 Days, October 2 would be a perfect time to start. Of course, anytime is a good time to begin such a thrilling adventure.
We chose to “read” this classical story via audio a couple of years ago and the whole family loved it! The reader from “Loyal Books” was excellent. Please note that Around the World in 80 Days is not a children’s book. There are some rather mature scenes in Verne’s tale, however my youngest (11 at the time) was fine after some discussion. Actually, this book inspired a lot of discussion.
Here’s a collection of resources to add some extra fun and some lessons to the reading.
Learn to Play Whist (this is the game that Phileas Fogg was playing when he begins his adventure) https://cardgames.io/whist/
Listen to the audio book http://www.loyalbooks.com/book/around-the-world-in-eighty-days-by-jules-verne
Read the book http://literatureproject.com/around-the-world/index.htm
Vocabulary Lists (the vocabulary is intensive) https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/204437
Oh, and the movie from 2004 staring Jackie Chan? Let’s just say it was barely based on the book. Just barely.
According to the Special Days in August list, the 14th is the anniversary of the invention of Wiffle Ball. Wiffle Ball is one of the best backyard activities! The game doesn’t require expensive equipment, a large area, or a lot of people. It’s wonderful for PE and science (and history too)! Here’s some resources to learn about the history of the game, the science behind the Wiffle ball, and the rules on how to play.
“It all began in the summer of 1953 …” http://www.wiffle.com/pages/welcome.asp?page=welcome
The Science of How a Wiffle Ball Works https://www.popsci.com/article/technology/how-it-works-wiffle-ball-pitch
Wiffle Ball Pitch – Science Video
Have fun learning and playing!
July 28, 2019 is the official start to the 31st year of Discovery’s Shark Week! This must be a popular summer learning theme for homeschools, summer schools, and families, because there’s awesome resources available! Here’s the resource links to what is being shared in the Facebook home education groups and through my e-mail subscriptions.
Free Lesson Plans https://www.discoveryeducation.com/?s=sharks
Watch Discovery Shark Videos (PG Rating) https://www.discovery.com/playlists/watch-shark-week-for-free
Sharks Study Resources https://www.franw.com/2016/01/sharks.html
Shark Week Journal and Printables https://homeschool.bookshark.com/sharkweek/
All About Sharks – Resources and Activities http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/25-shark-week-resources/
Shark Themed Resources https://themultitaskinmom.com/shark-week-resources/
Shark Week Freebies and Activities https://hiphomeschoolmoms.com/shark-week-freebies-and-activities-for-kids/
Shark Week Video Writing Prompts http://www.teachhub.com/shark-week-video-writing-prompts
Finish this Story – Sharks http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/shark-story-starters-fun-shark-week-resources/
Shark Attack Writing Prompt https://www.writersdigest.com/prompts/shark-attack
Unit Studies, Printables, Crafts, and Activities http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/shark-week-educational-resources-free-printables-unit-studies-more/
Chalk Pastel Shark Week Art Tutorials https://www.hodgepodge.me/shark-week-art-tutorials/?fbclid=IwAR1kOndUBJDNQgO-d99kVW_ecFzye5c6aScOQoBz6xIwxoUVzsrAMTm_qKw
Fun Activities https://faithandgoodworks.com/shark-week-activities/
Crafts, Activities, and Recipes https://adayinourshoes.com/kids-activities-for-shark-weekfood-crafts-recipes-and-more/