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

 

 

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Special Days in November, 2017

 

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SPECIAL DAYS IN OCTOBER, 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 – 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Days in April, 2017

 

Click here for Special Days in April updated for 2019!