Happy Monday and Happy Homeschooling!
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)
Homeschool Humor! Special Edition! (Not) Back To School!
Happy Monday! And, Happy (back to) Homeschooling!
Twelve Days of Homeschool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN4o3OxFzqA&index=5&list=RDRWa0rzvesCE
Happy Monday! And, Happy (back to) Homeschooling!
There are many opportunities for science lessons on each Special Days list! Scientist and Inventor birthdays, invention and technology patents, animal days health related observances and awarenesses, food themes, conservation topics, weather related themes. discovery and disaster anniversaries, and even more! (See right sidebar for the current month’s list or use the search bar to access other months.)
For an example of how many science themed lessons are possible from a typical Special Days list, here’s what some of the August themed science study choices are.
I absolutely do not expect to cover all of those science themes and days. I will have to narrow it down as I work on our weekly plans. Some of our choices will not be a complete study but will be quick review discussion of past lessons. Others might be as simple as an online search of images or video or a definition while other science days will include more in-depth lessons and activities and could continue over several days.
Nearly all of our science lessons for the past 3 years have come from the ever growing Special Days lists. We check with our local library for books and videos. Also, a quick “Google” search will provide all kinds of ideas and resources for a DIY science study. I highly recommend including the words ” for students”, “for kids”, or “lesson plans” to rule out search results that won’t be of much help to you. Also, I will often include the word “free” in my search!
There are a few online resources that I tend to use over and over and I’ve listed those by topic below.
Scientists Biographies Resources:
Resources for Animal Days (Zoology):
Resources for health related themes:
This post is actually ‘Part 4’ 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 1, how we use famous birthdays for biographies with resources, click here. And, Part 3 – geography with resources click here. Part 4 – electives and extras will be coming soon!
Jazz Slang (Parental Guidance Alert! Not all the words in this glossary are appropriate for children!)
Read Aloud – When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat
Later, Cool Cats! Catch ya on the flip!
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
States Notebooking Printables http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/06/free-state-notebooking-pages-2.html
States Lapbook Printables http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__usa.php
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/
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
Math lessons are easily added to a 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).