June 21 is the first day of summer and the start of fantastic summer time learning! Here’s a list of free cross curricular summer themed resources and activities:
Reasons for the Seasons – Ted Ed Video Lesson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD_8Jm5pTLk
Seasons and the Sun – Crash Course Kids Video Lesson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b25g4nZTHvM
Search your city’s sunrise/sunset times, sun distance, sun altitude, and more https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/
Day and night world map https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunearth.html?iso=20180618T1406
Bible Verses for the Summer http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/bible/bible-verses-for-the-summer.aspx
Ancient Solstice Celebrations Article http://www.kidzworld.com/article/890-summer-solstice-the-first-day-of-summer
“The Longest Day” Math Lesson https://www.yummymath.com/2018/the-longest-day-2/
“How Much Pee is in the Pool?” Math Lesson https://www.yummymath.com/2018/how-much-pee-is-in-that-pool-2/
Summer Theme “Would You Rather” Questions http://minds-in-bloom.com/20-would-you-rather-questions-for-2/
Home Remedies (these make for some good science labs when the unfortunate happens)
Testing Sunscreen Effectiveness – Science Fair Project
Pesticide and Repellent – Science Fair Projects
Make a Thermometer http://www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=1715
Make a Barometer http://www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=1745
Summer Astronomy Events, Maps, and Guides https://www.almanac.com/astronomy
Dream Vacation Writing Prompts https://writeshop.com/dream-vacation-writing-prompts/
Camping Writing Prompts https://writeshop.com/writing-prompts-about-camping/
Camps and Summer Vacation Vocabulary https://myvocabulary.com/word-list/camps-and-summer-vacation-vocabulary/
Summer Crafts and Activities https://artfulparent.com/100-summer-crafts-activities-for-kids/
Animated Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream Summary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1wMfOwlAZ8
A Mid Summer Night’s Dream from “No Fear Shakespeare” ( Shakespeare’s language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English) http://nfs.sparknotes.com/msnd
Famous Paintings of Summer http://blog.bridgemanimages.com/here-comes-the-sun-famous-paintings-of-summer/
Vivaldi’s Summer with Nature and String Instruments Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhkoUQ7HdIQ
Billboard’s Top Summer Songs https://www.billboard.com/articles/list/513566/top-30-summer-songs
ICE CREAM! ice Cream in a Bag Recipe and learn about the history of Ice Cream https://www.franw.com/2011/07/ice-cream.html
Healthy Summer Snack Recipes https://www.superhealthykids.com/30-kid-friendly-summer-snacks/
Swimming Pool Games http://www.medallionenergy.com/blog/40-swimming-pool-games-play/
DIY Backyard Games https://www.brit.co/diy-outdoor-games/
And, don’t forget about your local library! Many have special summer programs!
Happy Summer Schooling!
The 2018 Winter Olympic Games have begun! And, Winter Olympics based homeschooling has begun, too! The links below are the cross curricular free resources we’ll be using as we explore South Korea and the 2018 Winter Games.
Brief History, Geography, and Facts of South Korea https://www.ducksters.com/geography/country.php?country=Korea,%20South
Printable South Korea Maps – http://www.freeworldmaps.net/asia/southkorea/
Country Notebooking Printables – http://www.notebookingnook.com/freebie-country-study-notebooking-pages/
South Korea Video Tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq5_J9nArE8
Learn Korean Phrases https://www.fluentu.com/blog/korean/korean-travel-phrases/
Korean Food and Recipes http://www.easykoreanfood.com/
Olympic Games Official Website – Sports, Athletes, Photos, News, Schedule, History, and More https://www.olympic.org/
Olympics Themed Math – https://www.yummymath.com/2018/winter-olympics-pyeongchang-february-9-25/
Bible Verse/Winter Olympic Coloring Pages – https://www.childrens-ministry-deals.com/collections/winter-olympics-sunday-school-childrens-church
Bible/Winter Olympic Discussion Questions https://whatsinthebible.com/the-sochi-winter-olympics-2014-five-questions-to-engage-your-kids/
2018 Educational Kit from the Olympic Museum –https://www.olympic.org/museum/visit/schools/teaching-resources/lesson-material/experiencing-discovering-the-og-special-pc2018#
Non- Commercial Use Free Clipart (enter “olympics” into the search bar) http://clipart-library.com/
Olympic Themed Interactive Games http://www.primarygames.com/socstudies/olympics/olympics.htm
How to Draw Soohorang (the tiger mascot) video lesson https://www.artforkidshub.com/how-to-draw-soohorang-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-mascot/
Olympics Printable Worksheets – Wordsearch, Crossword, Anagrams, True/False Quizzes https://www.historyonthenet.com/worksheets/olympics-worksheets/
Science of the Winter Olympics Video Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB6B38A6C0540EEB6
How It’s Made Videos : Skating Rinks
Gold (Au79), Silver (Ag47), and Bronze (Copper-Cu29) Information from this Interactive Element Chart http://humantouchofchemistry.com/pages/periodictable.html
Gold, Silver, Bronze Element Videos http://www.periodicvideos.com/
Winter Olympics Inspired Crafts, Games, and Activities https://tipjunkie.com/winter-olympic-activities-and-crafts-for-kids/
I hope we ‘Win the Gold’ with Winter Olympic learning!
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
Eclipse History – NASA’s collection of historical eclipses starting with about 5000 BC including Chinese, Babylonians, and Greeks to current times.
A Day With Two Dawns – Free Eclipse Ebook and Resources from Apologia
Eclipse Kit – Resources and STEM activities from NASA
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!
Sun, Moon, and Stars Coloring Sheets (most of these are suitable for teens and adults)
Each month the Special Days list will include multiple opportunities for geography studies! (See right sidebar for the current month’s list or use the search bar to access other months.) Some months will have a “Heritage” theme. For example September is ” Hispanic Heritage” so the countries of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America could be included in the month’s lesson plans. Other geography lessons can be based on Statehood Anniversaries and Country Independence Days which are also included as entries in the Special Days posts. In fact, we just finished a study on The Bahamas that we began on their Independence Day (July 10, 1973).
Both the kids and I look forward to our geography studies! We generally include mapping activities, fun facts (natural resources, population, currency, landforms, etc.), event timeline, famous people, key words and phrases of the language or lingo, culture, music, art, landmarks, religion(s), holidays, unusual customs, a recipe, a video tour, a postcard art project, and occasionally another hands-on project. We have a binder that we continue adding to as we learn about places.
Our local library has a good selection of books and DVD’s to help with geography studies. We also get a lot of our information from web searches using the country’s name and “travel tips. I find it good advice to preview everything before sharing with your family!
Below is my online “go-to” list when preparing for a geography study.
We enjoy watching “Geography Now” videos and will check there first when looking for ‘country’ videos. We will usually find a virtual tour or travel guide on Youtube to watch, too. (When using the Youtube search bar, I will include the words “for students” or “for kids”. This saves me quite a bit of time previewing because bad language or an inappropriate image is less likely) .
“Get all sorts of information on any country including a map, a picture of the flag, population and much more!”
Maps and Facts http://geology.com/world/world-map.shtml
Around the World Craft Ideas http://www.freekidscrafts.com/world-crafts/
Country Notebooking Printables http://www.notebookingnook.com/freebie-country-study-notebooking-pages/
States Videos and Facts http://www.history.com/topics/us-states
States Notebooking Printables
States Lapbook Printables http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__usa.php
Crosswords, Word Searches, and Writing Pages Every State http://www.printable-worksheets.com/states
Printable Maps http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps.htm
Blank Timeline Printables http://notebookingfairy.com/timeline-notebooking-pages/
Christian Resources and Prayer Projects for Country Studies https://joshuaproject.net/global/countries
Recipe Collection from Around the World for Families http://globaltableadventure.com/
Learn the Basic Key Words and Phrases with Audio of Many Foreign Languages http://www.surfacelanguages.com/
Foreign Language Courses http://www.languagetutorial.org/
As I’ve said before, I love combining several subjects into one topic! I keep a daily journal and subject checklist and will often be able to checkoff Geography, History, Art/Music Appreciation and Application, Cultures, Religion, and various sciences such as Zoology, Geology, Botany during a week long (or longer) geography based study.
Language Arts naturally fits into a geography study with the subjects of
- Reading Comprehension,
- Foreign Language
- Composition and Penmanship
Math lessons are easily added to a geography study.
- Figuring travel time and costs to visit,
- Calculate currency conversions.,
- Use map key measurements to calculate distances from home to the place being studies
- Graphing a map
- Half a recipe or cook for a party
- Temperature ranges and averages
- Statistics – Population, Gross National Income, %’s, and graphs
- Math usages from data – tallest mountains, sea level heights, river widths/lengths, area in square miles and/or meters.
- Anything with numbers that comes up during a Special Days – Geography study.
(This post is actually ‘Part 3’ 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 2 how we use famous birthdays for biographies with resources, click here. And, Part 4, science studies click here).