Category Archives: Literature

Around the World in 80 Days

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

Several Free Printables                        https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:around%20the%20world%20in%2080%20days/Price-Range/Free

Study Guide                                                                                                    https://www.shmoop.com/around-the-world-in-eighty-days/

Map of the trip                https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Around_the_World_in_Eighty_Days_map.png

Interactive Game               http://www.freeworldgroup.com/games6/gameindex/aroundtheworldin80days.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.

betty jo

 

 

Special Days in November, 2017

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SPECIAL DAYS IN OCTOBER, 2017

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Special Days in June, 2017

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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 – Resource and Activity List

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2019/08/21/poetry-resources/

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Days in April, 2017

 

Click here for Special Days in April updated for 2019!

March Resources

 

There’s tons of learning potential from the March calendar!  Here’s a collection of resources to use for March themes and special days lessons.

BIG List of Special Days in March 2020  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2020/02/27/special-days-in-march-2020/

My “Go-To” List of  lesson planning resources for all months https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

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

Resources for Specific March Themes 

March Statehood Anniversaries

  • Nebraska – March 1, 1867
  • Ohio – March 1, 1803
  • Florida – March 3, 1845
  • Vermont – March 4, 1791
  • Maine – March 15, 1820

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

Presidents with March Birthdays

  • Andrew Jackson – March 15, 1767
  • James Madison – March 16, 1751
  • Grover Cleveland – March 18, 1837
  • John Tyler – March 30, 1790

These are the resources we use to learn and review the presidents https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

Resources for March’s Daily Specials  –  (Some of the following are studies we’ve done in Marches past, others are recommended by other homeschoolers, and the rest are the result of  online searches for topics we may be interested in learning about.  Check back throughout the month for more resources as they become available.)

March 1  –  Yellowstone Park established 1872 – Facts, history, videos, photos, and more http://yellowstone.net/

March 2 – Author Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) born 1904 – Printables, crafts, and recipes http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/learning-with-dr-seuss-100-free-dr-seuss-themed-printables-crafts-recipes-and-activities/

March 1 –  Celebrate Your Name Week begins * (1st full week) –  Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2018/03/03/celebrate-your-name-week/

March 2  – Newspapers in Education Week begins * (1st Mon.)  –  cross curricular learning with newspapers and how to’s and tips for writing articles for your own newspaper  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2018/03/05/newspapers-in-education-week/

March 3  –  Alexander Graham Bell born 1847 – Biography and printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdbell.htm

March 4  –  Jane Goodall born 1934 – Educators resources and printables http://www.wildchimpanzees.org/educators/activities.php

March 4  –  Grammar Day – Lessons and quizzes                                                   http://www.grammar-monster.com/

March 4  –  Composer Antonio Vivaldi born 1678  –  Biography, music selections, and quiz  https://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=39

March 5 – Boston Massacre 1770 – Watch a short informative video with political pictures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRxJh9mcfmk

March 6 – Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti born 1475 – We did a wonderful study on him a couple of years with an art project that still gets talked about today! https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/07/art-day-sistine-chapel-style/

March 7 –  Iditarod Race begins *                                                                                            http://iditarod.com/

March 7 –  International Festival of Owls begins * (1st full weekend) –  Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2012/10/owls.html

March 8 – Aardvark Week begins – Videos and facts  http://www.arkive.org/aardvark/orycteropus-afer/video-03b.html

March 9  –  Explorer Amerigo Vespucci born 1451  –  Biography and printables  http://www.cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/History/Explorers/Amerigo_Vespucci/index.htm

March 10 – Harriet Tubman born 1820 – Biography and printables http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdtub.htm

March 11 – Johnny Appleseed Day – Research, projects, and activities http://www.franw.com/2013/09/the-life-of-john-chapman-and-legend-of.html

March 12  –  Alfred Hitchcock Day  –  What, Why, and How to Celebrate https://filmschoolrejects.com/13-ways-to-celebrate-national-alfred-hitchcock-day-efdb8d335c9a#.35ewvpfex

March 12  –  Kidney Day * (2nd Thurs. in March) – Health, Facts, and Diagrams

March 13  –  Uranus discovered 1781                            http://www.kidsastronomy.com/uranus.htm

March 14  –  Scientist Albert Einstein born 1879  –  Lesson plans, ideas, and activities  http://www.homeschooling-ideas.com/albert-einstein-for-kids-lesson-plan.html

March 14  –  Pi Day – Activities, information, and videos                                   http://www.piday.org/

March 15 – World Speech Day – Public Speaking Tips          https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/101-public-speaking-tips/

March 15  –  Chocolate Week begins * (3rd full week)  –  Research, projects, and activities  http://www.franw.com/2013/12/chocolate-activities.html

March 16  –  Panda Day  –  Lapbook Lessons and Printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/giant_panda_lapbook.php

March 16  –  Brain Awareness Week begins *  –  Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/03/11/brain-awareness-week/

March 17  –  St. Patrick’s Day – Learning resources and activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/03/15/learning-resources-for-st-patricks-day/

March 18  –  Mount St. Helen erupted 1980 – Information and facts  http://www.livescience.com/27553-mount-st-helens-eruption.html

March 19  –  Explorer/Missionary David Livingstone born 1813  –  Read his biography and learn about Victoria Falls                                                                                                            http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/david-livingstone.html

March 20  –  Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day (Fred Rogers born 1928) – Watch episodes of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood                                                                                                   http://pbskids.org/rogers/

March 21 – Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born 1685 – Biography and printables http://makingmusicfun.net/htm/f_mmf_music_library/hey-kids-meet-johann-sebastian-bach.htm

March 22 – World Water Day – Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/22/world-water-day/

March 23 – Patrick Henry delivered “Give Me Liberty” speech 1775 – Liberty’s Kids has an episode about this      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJT4j9zSDlA

March 24 – Harry Houdini born 1874 – Resources for learning magic tricks  http://www.franw.com/2014/11/magic-tricks-resource-page.html

March 25  –  Tolkien Reading Day – Lit Study guides available for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy                                                                        http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/index_author_t.html

March 25  –  Manatee Appreciation Day * (last Wed.) –  Lapbook Lessons  and Printables http://www.homeschoolshare.com/manatee_lapbook.php

March 26 – Poet Robert Frost born 1874 – “Tea Time” biography http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2013/03/tea-time-with-robert-frost/

March 30 – Artist Vincent Van Gogh born 1853 – Appreciation lesson plans and activities  http://www.vangoghgallery.com/lesson_plans/

March 31 – Eiffel Tower opened 1889 – Fun facts  http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/engineering/eiffeltower.html

Happy March Learning!

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Resources

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There are fantastic opportunities to learn from the February Calendar.  Here’s a collection of free resources for teaching and learning this month!

The BIG list of February’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures, composers and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2020/01/28/special-days-in-february-2020/

Printable Special Days in February

Here’s my “go to” list for ideas, lesson plans, printables, book suggestions and art projects for calendar studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Presidents with February birthdays

  • Ronald Reagan – Feb. 6, 1911
  • William Harrison – Feb. 9, 1773
  • Abraham Lincoln – Feb. 12, 1809
  • Presidents Day –  * (3rd Mon.) ,
  • George Washington  – Feb. 22, 1732

We study and review the presidents this way –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=President%27s+Day

Bird Feeding – Resources, Lesson Plans, and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2020/02/09/for-the-birds-ornithology-resource-list/

E-books, research projects, and family learning activities to go along with February themes such as Chocolate, Strawberries, Bird Watching, Library, Susan B. Anthony, Bubble Gum, Circles   –http://www.franw.com/

Black History Month  –  Biographies, interactives, and printable worksheets  http://gardenofpraise.com/blackhistory.htm

Free Resources for Specific Special Days in February  (Check back during the month, I’ll add to the resource list as more resources become available)

Feb. 1  –  Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week begins  –  Resources and Activities  –http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/celebrate-children-authors-illustrators-20675.html

Feb. 1 –  Robinson Crusoe Day  –  Activity Guide  –  http://workathomehomeschoolingmom.com/2011/01/free-resources-for-robinson-crusoe-day/

Feb. 1  –  Serpent Day  –  Notable Snakes  –  http://nerdist.com/national-serpent-day-the-snakest-snakes-to-ever-snake/

Feb. 1  –  1st US Supreme Court 1790  –  Lesson Plans, Interactives, and Discussion Guide  –  http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/educators/

Feb. 2 – Groundhog Day  – The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club- livestream, teacher’s resources, history, and more –  http://www.groundhog.org/

Feb. 2 – Super Bowl  *  –  Cross Curriculum Learning Resources and Activities –https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/31/the-super-bowl/

Feb. 3 – Artist Norman Rockwell born 1894 – PDF Family Guide from the Norman Rockwell Museum –  http://www.nrm.org/pdfs/family-guide.pdf

Feb. 4 – Thank a Mailman Day – Printable Pack –  http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/thank-mail-carrier-day-printable-pack/

Feb. 4 – Artist Appreciation Day – This was unanimously our family’s favorite art study ever! –https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/07/art-day-sistine-chapel-style/

Feb. 5 – Weatherman’s Day –  For anything weather related, this is the best “go to” site  –http://www.weatherwizkids.com/

Feb. 6  –  Baseball’s Babe Ruth (George Herman) born 1895  –  Articles, Stats, and Photos  –  http://baseballhall.org/hof/ruth-babe

Feb. 7 –  Author Laura Ingalls Wilder born 1867 –  –  Be sure to check out what’s available at the library.  Ours has her picture stories for younger kids as well as The Little House collection and the tv shows on dvd.  http://marinecorpsnomads.com/2013/02/complete-little-house-on-the-prairie-series-lapbook-set.html

Feb. 8 – Kite Flying Day (It’s February!  I do not see us out flying kites.)  NASA has a kite simulator and other kite information.  Scroll down for the category “Kites”  http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/airplane/guided.htm

Feb. 9 – Opening Ceremony of Winter Olympics –  Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2018/02/09/south-korea-and-the-2018-winter-olympics/

Feb. 9 – Random Acts of Kindness Week begins – ideas for your family to make a difference –http://wearethatfamily.com/2011/06/100-ways-for-your-family-to-make-a-difference/

Feb. 10 – French and Indian War Ends 1763 – study resources –http://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/exploring-to-revolution/french-and-indian-war/

Feb. 11 – Inventor’s Day/Thomas Edison born 1847 –   Edison Unit Study  https://redheadmom8.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/thomas-edison-unit-study/

Feb. 13  –  Stamp Collectors Day  –  Lesson Plans and Activities   http://stamps.org/Education

Feb. 13  –  Artist Grant Wood born 1892  –  Artist, Art, and Project Lesson Plan  http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/10/how-i-teach-grant-wood.html

Feb. 14  –  Frederick Douglass Day  –  Biography and worksheet printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdfdoug.htm

Feb. 14 – Huge list of Valentine’s Day Resources –http://www.thebettermom.com/blog/2013/01/30/free-valentines-day-resources

Feb. 15 – Galileo Galilei born 1564 –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/25/galileo/

Feb. 16 – King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923 –  Article, photos, and a quiz –  http://www.ducksters.com/history/ancient_egypt/king_tuts_tomb.php

Feb. 17  –  Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)  –  Learning Resources  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=President%27s+Day

Feb. 20  –  Photographer Ansel Adams born 1902  –  Gallery                               http://anseladams.com/

Feb. 21 – Washington Monument dedicated 1885 – Photos and history –http://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm

Feb. 23  –  Composer George Frederick Handel born 1685 – Biography and Music Audio Show   http://www.classicsforkids.com/shows/shows.php?id=258

Feb. 24 – Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786 – Read Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tales online in the language of your choice –  http://www.grimmstories.com/

Feb. 25 – Artist Rierre Renoir born 1841 Biography, lesson resources, and gallery –http://makingartfun.com/htm/f-maf-art-library/renoir-biography.htm

Feb. 26 – Grand Canyon National Park established 1919 – Explore online –http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

Feb. 27 – Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807 – Tea Time Study –http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2014/02/tea-time-with-longfellow/

Feb. 28 – Smokey the Bear introduced 1944 –  Story, history, and fire prevention –http://www.smokeybear.com/kids/?js=1

Happy February Learning!

betty jo