Happy Monday and Happy Homeschooling!
The 2018 August calendar has loads of special days! The following list is made up of August’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , famous birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more. So, if you want an occasion to celebrate, pick up some trivia, or add foods to your menu, this is the right place for you. And, of course you’ll find multiple opportunities for “on the calendar” themed studies for your classroom, homeschool, co-op/support group, or club.
Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a free PDF of Special Days in August, can be found at the end of this list.
July 22, 2018 is the official start to the 30th 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 http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/sharks.cfm
Watch Discovery Shark Videos 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/
Unit Studies, Printables, Crafts, and Activities http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/shark-week-educational-resources-free-printables-unit-studies-more/
Fun Activities https://faithandgoodworks.com/shark-week-activities/
Crafts, Activities, and Recipes https://adayinourshoes.com/kids-activities-for-shark-weekfood-crafts-recipes-and-more/
“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” asks Indiana Jones, and this homeschooling mama is asking that too! I know some people who have pet snakes and enjoy them and others who have extreme fear of them. Growing up in Kentucky, I’ve even heard rumors of snake handling in churches! Personally, I’m in more of a basic “just avoid them” category. Honestly, I’d rather avoid a snake study but “July 16 – World Snake Day” was marked on our list of Special Days in July , which means it’s an interest study request. I don’t want to say no to an interest study, and it’s been a while since we did an animal research project, so …
Here’s my collection of cross curriculum snake themed resources to share with you for when you find yourself facing a snake study.
Labeled Anatomy Diagrams:
Live Science Article – Why We Fear Snakes
Snakes in Religion search results
Read Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Songs About “Snakes” (Heads up! Not all will be appropriate for families)
Snakes in Art – Statues, paintings, pottery, drawings, and more, from ancient to modern day, and from all over the world. (Again, Heads up! Not all will be appropriate for families, but you can easily choose which pieces suit your study.)
Printable Snakes and Ladders Game – “When you download the game, you will get a printable board and a set of question cards. With every move the player has to answer a question in order to stay on their new position. This game comes with the questions of the World of Knowledge game. But you can create your own set of questions. But you can also play it without any questions, just roll the dice and have fun!”
I couldn’t find a “snake” math resource so I’m thinking I can use some printable math task cards for the above Snakes and Ladders game.
There’s hundreds of thousands of snake related videos on Youtube and I’m sure we’ll watch a few of them. Since we’re fans of “Good Mythical Morning” I have this one saved for ‘fun?‘ and a crazy PE idea (not real snakes but maybe a rubber one or two).
I’ve already been to my local library’s website and put some snake books on the hold shelf. We don’t have a zoo in our area, but we do have nature centers and pet stores, so I think a field trip can be easily planned to wrap up our snake study.
These photos are showing a few of the flowers we have growing in our backyard. We’ll be looking at them closely as we venture on to our next summer school study.
American Flowers Week begins June 28th and that’s a wonderful time to begin a summer school study about flowers! Here’s a fantastic list of free cross curricular resources for learning about and with flowers!
“American Flowers Week is the advocacy, education and outreach campaign …” Find out more about the celebration and how to participate at their website! https://americanflowersweek.com/
Video Tips, How To’s, and Projects from Flower Experts
Video Math Lesson with Fibonacci Flowers
What flowers do you have growing in your yard to homeschool with?