Category Archives: Extra Curricular

May Resources

May is the end of the school year for many families, but it’s not the end of learning!  Here’s some wonderful resources for learning through the month of May.

BIG list of May holidays, theme, historic events, famous birthdays, and more                                           Special Days in May updated for 2019!

My “go-to” list of educational calendars and resources for every month https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Resources for Specific May Themes –

Presidents With May Birthdays –

  • Harry Truman born May 8, 1884
  •  John F. Kennedy born May 29, 1917

Learning Resources for Presidents https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

May Statehood Anniversaries –

  • Minnesota – May 11, 1858
  • South Carolina – May 23,1788
  • Rhode Island – May 29, 1790
  • Wisconsin – May 29, 1848

Special Days and Geography –  How to and resource list  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/29/special-days-and-geography/

Resources for May “Daily Specials” –  (The following list is not yet complete. I’ll be updating the daily specials with resources as we go through the month, so check back.  And, if you have special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them in.)

May 1  –  Save the Rhino Day  –  Lapbook Printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/rhinos.php

May 2  –  Play Your Ukulele Day  –    http://www.franw.com/2017/04/ukulele.html

May 3  – 1st Comic Book published 1934 –  Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2015/04/create-comic.html

May 4  –  Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)  –  K-8 Unit Study and Printables    http://www.yearroundhomeschooling.com/free-star-wars-printables/

May 4 – Orange Juice Day – Orange Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2015/01/orange-resources.html

May 5  –  Cartoonist Day  –  Charles Shultz and Peanuts  are our favorites!  –  Learning Resources and Activities    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/10/02/peanuts/

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo – Resource List      http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/a-fun-list-of-cince-de-mayo-ideas-and-resources/

May 6  –  English Channel Tunnel opened 1994  –  Fun Facts  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/wonder/structure/channel.html

May 7  –  Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833  –  Biography, Quiz, and Music  https://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=191

May 7  –  Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840  –  Biography, Quiz, and Music  https://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=17

May 8 – World Red Cross Day –   Stories of those helped by the Red Cross  http://www.redcross.org/stories/

May 11  –  Artist Salvador Dali born 1909  –  Lesson Plans, Resources, Project Ideas  http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/2011/03/salvador-dali-elephants-and.html

May 12 – Florence Nightingale born 1820     http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdnight.htm

May 13 – 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607 – Interactive John Smith and Jamestown Game  http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/interactiveadventures/john-smith/

May 15 – Endangered Species Day * – Projects and Lessons http://kidworldcitizen.org/2014/10/02/endangered-species-projects-lessons-kids/

May 18 – Museum Day – 50 Famous Art Museums Around The World http://tammieadventuresinhomeschooling.blogspot.com/2015/03/50-famous-art-museums-around-world.html

May 22  –  Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844  –  Artist study, projects, and printables  https://homehearts.com/2014/05/22/mary-cassatt-a-unit-study/

May 23  –  Crohn’s and Colitis day  –  Article with audio  for kids  http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/ibd.html?ref=search#kha_11

May 23 – World Turtle Day – Learning Resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/world-turtle-day/

May 24  –  Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883  –  Multi Level, and Cross Curricular Bridges Study  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/05/27/bridges/

May 30  –  Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922  –  Historic Footage  video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3l7wvOxuME

Remember to check back throughout the month for new daily resources that will be added as they become available!

Happy May Learning!

betty jo

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April Resources

There are many opportunities for learning from April’s calendar.  Here’s my list of learning resources for April related themes and special days!  Some of these are from our past Aprils studies, others are resources we’ll be following as we learn this April, and the rest of the resources are recommended by other homeschooling families.  Check back throughout the month as other resources will be added as they become available. And, if you have favorite April resources, let me know!

BIG List of April 2019 themes, holidays, historic and scientific anniversaries, famous birthdays, and more!                                                            https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2019/03/26/special-days-in-april-2019/

My favorite educational calendar resources for learning every month  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

April Themes Resources

Astronomy – Interactive games, videos, songs, and worksheets  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/

Autism Awareness  –  Resources and tips for homeschooling a child on the spectrum  https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-help/homeschooling-a-child-with-autism/

Card and Letter Writing  –  The basic steps for proper letter writing   http://creation.com/letter-writing-right-and-proper

Confederate History  –  Facts, Events, Battles, and People of the American Civil War  http://www.ducksters.com/history/confederation_of_the_united_states.php

Financial Literacy – Teaching ideas, tips, and fun  http://www.themint.org/

Frogs  –  Learning Project and Resources  http://www.franw.com/2014/07/frog-research-project.html

Garden  –  Big List of Ideas and Resources    http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/homeschool-in-the-garden-a-big-list-of-ideas-and-resources/

Kites  –  Fun Facts –   http://www.kitekids.co.uk/facts.html   And,  How To Build Kites Instructions  –  http://www.my-best-kite.com/how-to-build-kites.html

Listening Awareness  –  Active Listening Skills and Tips   https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ips/active-listening.html

Pet 1st Aid  –  Tips for Pet Owners https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/First-Aid-Tips-for-Pet-Owners.aspx

Poetry – Lesson Plans, Themes, and Printables  http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm

World Habitat Awareness  –  Facts, Project Ideas, and Games  http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/

Presidents with April Birthdays

  • Thomas Jefferson born April 13, 1743
  • Ulysses S. Grant born April 27, 1822
  • James Monroe born April 28, 1758

Presidents Learning Resources and Activities  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

Country Independence Days and Statehood Anniversaries

  • Georgia Independence – April 9, 1991
  • Zimbabwe Independence – April 18, 1980
  • Rome Founded – April 21, 753 BC
  • Sierra Leone Independence – April 27, 1961
  • Togo Independence – April 27, 1960
  • Maryland Statehood – April 28, 1758
  • Louisiana Statehood – April 30, 1812

Special Days and Geography Resources and Activities    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/29/special-days-and-geography/

 

Specific Special Days in April Resources  

April 1  –  April Fool’s Day  –  Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/04/01/april-fools-day-learning-resources/

April 2  –  Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805  –  Read his fairy tales, biography and more  http://hca.gilead.org.il/

April 3

April 4 –  Explore Your Career Options Week begins *  –  Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/04/06/what-do-you-want-to-be/

April 4  –   Tell a Lie Day – 10 Ways to Tell If Someone Is Lying To You  http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/10-ways-tell-someone-lying-you.html

April 5  –  Easter Island “discovered” April 5,1722 – Lesson Plans, Work Sheets, Program Links, Photos  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/worldhistory/easter_island/teachers_resources.shtml

April 5  –  Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856  –  Biography and Printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdbookr.htm

April 6  –  Artist Raphael born 1483 – Learning Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/06/raphael/

April 7 – Poet William Wordsworth born 1770 – Video Reading of Daffodils  https://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/video/detail/77369

April 8  –  Draw a Picture of a Bird Day  –  Step by step instructions  http://www.yedraw.com/how-to-draw-birds.html#.XJrQlZhKiM8

April 9  –  Winston Churchill Day  –  Biography, Timeline, Games, Photos and more  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/winston_churchill/

April 10 – Farm Animals Day – Lesson Plans, Themes, Printables, and more  http://www.theteachersguide.com/onthefarm.htm

April 11  –  Submarine Day – Facts,  Instructions to Make a Submarine, Experiments, and a Quiz  http://www.submarinesafaris.com/kids_learn.php

April 12  –  Big Wind Day  –  Wind Information and Experiments/Projects  http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-wind.htm

April 14  –  Dolphin Day  –  Across the Curriculum Resources  http://www.franw.com/2013/11/dolphins-research-resource.html

April 14 – Citizen Science Day  –  Project Ideas to Advance Scientific Research            https://scistarter.com/

April 16  –  Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867 – Wright Brothers and Aviation Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/17/aviation-week-learning-resources/

April 17  –  Bat Appreciation Day – Resource Page  http://www.franw.com/2013/10/bat-resource-page.html

April 18  –   Juggler’s Day –  How to Juggle Lessons for Beginners   http://www.thejimshow.com/juggle/

April 18 – Poem In Your Pocket Day *    Tips and Resources   http://www.thebookchook.com/2015/03/tips-and-resources-for-poem-in-your.html

April 19 – Bicycle Day – History, Fun, and Safety https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/26/bicycle-lessons/

April 20 – Chinese Language Day –  Mandarin Lessons  http://www.learnchineseez.com/lessons/mandarin/

April 20  –  National Park Week begins *  –  Virtually Explore and Learn about our National Parks   https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

April 21  –  Naturalist John Muir born 1838  –  Lesson Plans and Student Activities  http://vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/educational_resources/default.aspx

April 21 –  Queen Elizabeth II born 1926  –  Monarchs Resources and Lesson Plans  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/famous_monarchs/

April 22  –  Earth Day  –  Across the Curriculum Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/21/homeschooling-on-earth-day/

April 23  –  Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564  –  Learning Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/23/happy-birthday-william-shakespeare/

April 24  –  Dance Week begins  –  “Homeschool Mom Approved” Youtube Dance and Exercise  Instruction Videos    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/10/get-up-and-move-a-break-time-playlist/

April 25  –  World Penguin Day  –  Across the Curriculum Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/20/penguins/

April 26  –

April 27  –

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month

Remember to check back throughout the month for updates!

Happy April Learning!

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Em’s Treasures

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The end of “Entrepreneurship Week” (February 20 – 25) seems like the perfect time for me to take the opportunity to tell you about my daughter, Emily, and Em’s Treasures!  She has had an interest in crafting since she was a little girl.  We would include crafts and art projects with our homeschooling work, but that wasn’t enough for her. She spent hours of her spare time creating and making.  By the time she was a teenager, she was getting comments such as,  “You should sell that!”, and “Would you make one of those for me?”  After her graduation in 2014, Em enrolled in the certificate entrepreneurship courses through Coursera.  Her plan was to make a business out of what she loved doing, and on a time scale that would allow her to continue studying for her Christian Leadership degree, providing childcare a couple of days a week,  coach Silver Lining Homeschool Colorguard, and read avidly.  She not only earned the certificates but earned them with honors.  She immediately went to work applying what she had learned about entrepreneurship to her crafting, and began attending craft shows and vendor events .

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She sold some of everything and earned more than enough money to cover supply expenses.  After a couple of other vendor events she realized the hair bows generated the most interest and that bows were not offered by the other vendors.  The hair bows continued to be her best sellers in the events that followed.

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She’s even made bows exclusively for homeschoolers!

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Though it’s the hair bows that have the majority of her focus and attention,  Emily still takes requests for  gifts, cards, and decorations.

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Em’s Treasures is gaining repeat customers and has accepted a few custom bow orders.  Recently, she had the opportunity to create an original design for a local school’s cheer squad. This is the largest order she has been offered so far. and the first of her designs to be exactly duplicated.  Also, this was the first order to be shared with another vendor who specializes in monogramming.

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Currently, Emily is preparing for the upcoming spring vendor events in our area. She’s planning to take her collection to some local boutiques to sell on commission .  Here’s a little of what Emily has started for her spring lineup.

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16938548_625973984264049_255494105368490263_n  Em’s Treasures now has a Facebook business page and can accept payment through Paypal to accommodate out of town orders.  Emily could use your help with growing her business.  If you would be so kind as to give her Facebook page a “like”, it would be much appreciated.   An order would be most appreciated, too!                                                               https://www.facebook.com/Ems-Treasures-477293785798737/

Thanks from a proud mama!

betty jo

The Super Bowl

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A few years ago I put together a cross curriculum resource list for Super Bowl related lessons.  I have updated the post for 2017 and super Bowl 51!.

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/31/the-super-bowl/

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betty jo

 

 

 

Free Learning Resources for the Olympic Games

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Our first Special Days unit study of the new school year will be based on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.  I’ve been lesson planning and collecting resources.  And, I’ve found some fantastic free online learning resources to share with you!

Homepage for the Rio 2016 Olympics!  https://www.rio2016.com/en

Olympic Sports Schedule  http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2016/08/01/rio-olympic-schedules-every-sport/

Meet mascots Vinicius and Tom and learn what they are and who and what they represent  https://mic.com/articles/150180/who-are-the-rio-2016-olympics-mascots-what-to-know-about-vinicius-and-tom#.Td7dxiHhF

Free Summer Olympic Lapbook Printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2016/06/olympics-unit-study-lapbook/

Brazil facts, interactive, and printables  http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-brazil/

Great selection of Oylmpic and Brazil free printables for all subjects and levels (you’ll need an account and it’s free to set up and won’t take long)   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Price-Range/Free/Search:summer+olympics

4 Olympic Bible verses and homeschooling ideas  http://whatsinthebible.com/the-2014-olympic-games-four-bible-verses-plus-four-homeschooling-ideas/

Olympic Maps!  Maps and information of participating countries, Brazil, Reno, the torch relay, venues, history, events, and more  http://www.mapsofworld.com/search_result.html?cx=partner-pub-0641096029648877%3A5rb90cypfn0&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=2016+summer+olympics&siteurl=www.mapsofworld.com%2F&sa=Search

Olympic Current Event Articles for kids  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/searchresults.htm?cx=partner-pub-8444815193000008%3A4cxkf2wk1zr&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=2016+summer+olympics&sa=Search

Olympic Atheletes’ faith based current event articles for families  http://christianexaminer.com/search

Olympic Vocabulary List with interactive and printable puzzles  https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/olympic-sports-vocabulary/

“Lighting the Olympic Torch”, “Swimsuits – What A Drag”,  “Which Olympic Sport…”  math lessons adaptable for any level.  I use this site often and anticipate other Olympic math lessons to be released throughout the next few days  http://www.yummymath.com/

Olympics history and trivia interactive quizzes  http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/sports/olympic_games/olympics_history.html

Watch videos that teach about the elements gold and silver  http://periodicvideos.com/

“Mr. Science” with Hooked on Science and a kid scientist explain how your big toe can determine your athletic potential.  http://www.hookedonscience.org/

Play Olympic Interactive Games  http://www.primarygames.com/socstudies/olympics/games.htm

“How to Be a Good Sport” article and tips for kids  with audio and printing options   http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/good-sport.html?WT.ac=p-ra#

“What If I Don’t Like Sports?”  article and tips for kids  with audio and printing options  http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/no-sports.html?WT.ac=k-ra

List of “Sports  Injuries” and athlete health articles with audio and printing options  http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/?search=y&getfields=subject.description&q=sports+injuries&site=kh&client=ms_k_en&output=xml_no_dtd&gsaRequestId=7457070404200936186&filter=0

Learn to speak Portuguese (the official language in Brazil) with flash cards and games. Lots of other Brazil  .http://www.learn-portuguese-now.com/

Portuguese language printable worksheets and quizzes  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/search/?page=1&query=learn+to+speak+portuguese

Lots of Olympic activities, printables, and craft ideas  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/olympic-games

Brazil and Olympic themed crafts and activities.  I love the coloring page of Rio!  http://www.activitybucket.com/archives/7531

BIG list of Olympic arts and crafts  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/olympicscraftsideasactivitieskids.html

Fun and easy DIY backyard Olympic Games  ( Javelin Throw, Balance Beam, Discus Throw, Bean Bag Toss and Water Bucket Relay)  http://hoosierhomemade.com/backyard-olympic-games/

Party, food, and activity ideas  http://www.blessedlearners.com/olympic-games-at-family-fun-friday/

Let the Games Begin!  (August 5, 2016)

betty jo

 

 

 

Learning Resources for Special Days

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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 learners  http://www.franw.com/

Calendar of Books  http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/readingresources/tp/current-calendar.htm

“Food, Nutrition, and Health By the Month”  http://food.unl.edu/fnh/seasonal-ideas

Monthly themed bulletin boards, lesson plans, activities, and writing prompts https://www.theteacherscorner.net/monthly-resources/

Seasonal Themes with Resources     http://www.theteachersguide.com/

Daily Feature Video  https://www.brainpop.com/

Wonder of the Day  http://wonderopolis.org/

This Month in History  http://www.historyplace.com/specials/calendar/

Bible based object lessons, games, projects, and science experiments which will often correspond with themes and holidays  http://www.christianitycove.com/

Vocabulary lists to go with just about any seasonal or holiday topic  https://myvocabulary.com/

Seasonal and holiday themed math lessons and activities  http://www.yummymath.com/

Monthly Science Calendar with resources  http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/

Writing Prompt Calendar     https://writeshop.com/tag/calendar/

Calendar Related Writing and Literacy Activities and Lesson Plans http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/

Science Activities for Every Month of the Year  –  http://igamemom.com/science-activities-for-every-month-of-the-year/

Crafts for holidays and themes  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/

Special Days art lessons, craft projects, and activities  http://kinderart.com/seasons/

Elementary level printables with monthly themes including holidays, statehood anniversaries, and president’s birthdays  http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

Seasonal and holiday interactive games and printables  http://www.primarygames.com/seasons/seasons.htm

I’m going to keep this handy resource list on the sidebar under the current Special Days icon link.  And, if you need some help developing a special day study, just let me know!

Happy Learning!

betty jo