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June Resources

Here is a wonderful list of free resources for learning (and teaching) through the month of June,  Check back often for updates and more resources to be added throughout the month.

  Click here for the Special Days in June list updated for 2020!                                 

June Themes

Statehood Anniversaries

  • Kentucky – June 1, 1792
  • Tennessee – June 1, 1796
  • Arkansas- June 15, 1836
  • West Virginia – June 20, 1863
  • New Hampshire – June 21, 1788
  • Virginia – June 25, 1788

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

Presidents with June Birthdays

  • George H.W. Bush – June 12, 1924
  • Donald Trump – June 14, 1946

Learning and Review Resources for all presidents – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

June Daily Specials

June 1 – Volunteers Week begins – Easy Volunteering Activities for Kids – http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/quick-easy-crafts/easy-volunteer-activities-for-kids.htm

June 2 – Business Etiquette Week begins – How to conduct your business by showing respect and consideration – http://www.a-to-z-of-manners-and-etiquette.com/business-etiquette.html

June 3 – Egg Day – Experiments, Facts, and Resources – http://www.franw.com/2012/04/bird-eggs.html

June 4 – Aesop born – Learning Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/06/04/story-telling-with-aesops-fables/

June 5 – 1st Hot Air Balloon Flight 1783 – Learning Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/05/hot-air-balloons/

June 6 – Russian Language Day –  Free Introduction, Basic, and Advanced Lessons with audio  http://www.russianforfree.com/lessons-russian-language-contents.php

June 6 – Yo-Yo Day – Check out this yo-yo video series – http://www.monkeysee.com/play/1079-how-to-yo-yo

June 7 – Daniel Boone Day – Learning Resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/22/daniel-boone/

June 7 – Chocolate Ice Cream Day – Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2011/07/ice-cream.html

June 8 – World Oceans Day – Celebration and Activity Ideas – http://www.worldoceansday.org/

June 9 – Donald Duck debut 1934 – Watch The Wise Little Henhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5dowCyaP7I

June 11 – Great Barrier Reef Discovery 1770 – Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/11/reef/

June 12  –  Baseball Invented 1839  –  History, Facts, Rules, Records                 http://www.baseball-almanac.com/

June 14 – Flag Day – Learning Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/14/flag-day/

June 16- Mathematician M.C. Escher born 1898 – Learning Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/17/mathematical-art/

June 19 – Garfield’s (the cartoon cat) birthday – Learning Resources and Activities- https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/19/garfield-the-cat-not-the-president/

June 19 – Scientist Blaise Pascal born 1623 –  Learning Resources and Activities for Pascal and His Triangle – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/06/18/blaise-pascal/

June 21  –  Make Music Day  –  Online Music Making –                                         http://fun2think.com/free-online-music-making-for-kids/

–  Musical Instrument Crafts  –http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/musicalinstrumentsartscraftstideashandmadekids.html

June 22 – Great American Backyard Campout *– Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/22/the-great-american-backyard-campout/

June 24-Fairy Day and UFO Day – Learning Resources for Both – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/24/faries-vs-aliens/

June 25 – Log Cabin Day – Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/25/log-cabin/

June 26 – Velocipede (bicycle) patented 1819 – Bicycle Facts, Safety, and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/26/bicycle-lessons/

June 27  –  Helen Keller born 1880 – Biography and Printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdkell.htm

June 28  –  American Flowers Week begins *  –  USA Map with Flowers Coloring Page  https://americanflowersweek.com/2017/06/14/usa-map-of-state-flowers-free-promotional-material-for-american-flowers-week/

My “Go-To” Resource List for Special Day lesson planning each month  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Happy June Learning!

betty jo

History, Fireworks, Food, and Family Fun – A 4th of July Unit Study and Resource List

4th-of-JulyThe 4th of July, America’s birthday, is a fantastic opportunity for family fun, fireworks, food, and summer school learning!  I’ve found some great cross curricular and multi level resources to share as we celebrate,  explore, create, learn, review, and play through a unit study.

American Revolution Timeline starting with The Stamp Act (1765) and ending with The Treaty of Paris (1783)  http://www.ducksters.com/history/revolutionarywartimeline.php

Early America Resources – Documents, Photos, Biographies, and Videos https://www.varsitytutors.com/earlyamerica

Tour Revolutionary War Battlefields                                  http://johnsmilitaryhistory.com/revvirtual.html

‘Revolutionary War’ Famous Paintings                                                    http://www.reenactmag.com/7-paintings-define-revolutionary-war/

Museum of the American Revolution – Impressive collection of objects, works of art, manuscripts, and printed works!                                                       http://www.amrevmuseum.org/collection

Interactive version of John Trumbull’s famous painting “The Declaration of Independence” http://www.quiz-tree.com/Declaration-of-Independence-Trumbull.html

Guns of the Revolutionary War                                                            http://www.reenactmag.com/important-guns-revolutionary-war/

History/Geography/Math Game Printable  – “Find the Lost Redcoat”             https://www.education.com/activity/article/The_lost_redcoat/

banner_2465Liberty’s Kids is an entertaining and a favorite video resource for homeschooling families to introduce the events and people of the American Revolution.  Here’s the link to the viewers guide for all 40 episodes.  http://www.tv.com/shows/libertys-kids/episodes/

And, the link to the Liberty’s Kids Youtube channel and playlist.  All the episodes are available to view.   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pJi9mLIy38m2e_u3sboKQ

Schoolhouse Rock 4th of July Cartoon  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmSVnP-oDRs

4th of July Vocabulary List and Word Puzzles                                                   https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/july-4th-vocabulary/

July 4th Writing Prompts                                                                                                    https://writeshop.com/july-4th-writing-activities/

Patriotic Writing Paper Printables                                       http://www.busybeekidsprintables.com/Patriotic-Stationery.html

Calligraphy Resources                                                                  https://www.franw.com/2015/08/calligraphy-resources.html

Patriotic Quotes                                                                   https://www.countryliving.com/life/g1841/patriotic-quotes/

How to Speak Like a Colonist                                                     http://mrscagle.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/0/6/21062918/talk_like_a_colonist.pdf

Devotions, Quotes, Prayers, and Bible verses for Independence Day  http://www.graspinggod.com/4th-of-july.html

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“Why do we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks?”  According to Slate, that answer is , “Because John Adams wanted us to.”  Link here for the full article.  http://www.slate.com/articles/life/explainer/2012/07/history_of_fireworks_in_america_why_do_we_celebrate_fourth_of_july_with_fireworks_.html

Boom Pow Whizz” is an awesome article explaining the history of fireworks with a couple of suggested art and language arts activities.   https://antiquitynow.org/2013/07/03/boom-pow-whizzz-the-history-of-fireworks/

Fireworks and Flags Math Activities  http://www.yummymath.com/2016/4th-of-july/

Learn about the chemistry of fireworks and use the handy chart of to identify what chemical compounds are used to produce different colors  http://www.scifun.org/CHEMWEEK/fireworks/Fireworks2017.htm

And here’s more firework chemistry including a highlighted periodic table http://sciencenotes.org/firework-colors-chemistry/

And to find out more about the elements that make the firework colors  http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table

What’s inside a firework and step by step explanation of what happens when lit  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/fireworks/anat_nf.html

How It’s Made – Fireworks  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hatDxw8-GRM

How It’s Made – Sparklers  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LJ-lAANCw8

Steve Spangler’s – 4th of July Science  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZp7VTYJvQw

Homemade Fireworks Instructions (advanced and probably dangerous!)                  https://www.thoughtco.com/homemade-fireworks-projects-607331


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BBQ and Grilling Safety Guide with kids    https://www.ultramodern.com/how-to-grill-with-kids/

Kids Grilling Recipes and Tips  http://www.kids-cooking-activities.com/easy-grilling-recipes.html

My family’s favorite 4th of July treat is this yummy and easy layered dessert using store bought angel food cake – cut into cubes, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and whipped cream.

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Fun Learning Activities                                                                             http://www.franw.com/2013/06/4th-of-july-americas-independence-day.html

4th of July themed Bible games and activities  http://www.christianitycove.com/?s=4th+of+july

4th of July Party Games  http://www.rd.com/advice/parenting/4th-of-july-10-fun-party-games/

4th of July themed Interactive Games  http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/july4/games.htm

Patriotic Music for Kids  http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/various-artists/album/americas-favorite-patriotic-songs-for-kids

And don’t forget to check with your local library!  We found these …

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And we don’t have to stop this study here!  “The Pennsylvania State House bell was rung to summon the people of Philadelphia to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776.  Though the bell wouldn’t be called the Liberty Bell  until years later, the bell’s message of liberty certainly rang that day.”

The Liberty Bell –  Learning Resource List  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/08/the-liberty-bell/

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betty jo

Learning Resources for June

june_clipart Wow, June already!  Here’s a great resource list for learning (and teaching, too) all through the month.  I’ll be updating the themes and daily specials with more resources as we go along, so check back.  And, if you have special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them in!

BIG List of Special Days in June, 2015 https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/05/28/special-days-in-june-2015/

June’s Prayer Calendar for Children – http://cherigamble.com/2015/05/28/june-2015-prayer-calendar-for-children/

Resource Links for Learning from June’s Calendar http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-june

Elementary Resources for June’s Holidays – http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

Summer Themed Bible Based Resources and Activities – http://www.christianitycove.com/

June Theme Vocabulary Word Lists –

http://myvocabulary.com/index.php?dir=general&file=search_result

Daily Writing Prompts for June – http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/june/

June Themed Arts and Crafts – http://www.kinderart.com/seasons/june.shtml

June and Summer Themed Math Lessons – http://www.yummymath.com/

Stargazer’s Guide to June – http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2015/05/25/stargazers-guide-to-june-2015/

15 Things To Do In June – http://diyhomeschooler.com/15-things-to-do-in-june-2015/

June Science Calendar – http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/june-2015-science-calendar/

June Themes

  • Adopt a Cat – Learning Resources and Activities

http://www.franw.com/2014/08/domesticated-cats-resource-page.html

  • Audio Book Appreciation – Huge Collection of Free Audio Books

http://www.loyalbooks.com/

  • Child Vision – How does vision happen? Video, articles, and quiz

http://kidshealth.org/kid/htbw/eyes-movie.html?tracking=59983_B

  • Effective Communication  –   Free Communication Course with Simulations

http://www.e-learningforlife.org/Courses/EK-8057/8057start.html

  • Okra – Make an Okra Stamp –

http://redeemyourground.com/okra-stamping

  • Skyscraper – Learning Resources –

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/09/03/resources-for-learning-about-skyscrapers/

Statehood Anniversaries

  • Kentucky – June 1, 1792
  • Tennessee – June 1, 1796
  • Arkansas- June 15, 1836
  • West Virginia – June 20, 1863
  • New Hampshire – June 21, 1788
  • Virginia – June 25, 1788

States Facts, History, and Videos – http://www.history.com/topics/us-states

Presidents with June Birthdays

  • George H.W. Bush – June 12, 1924

Learning and Review Resources for all presidents – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

June 2015 Daily Specials

June 1 – Sun Safety Week begins * – Facts, Resources, and Tips – http://www.sunsafetyalliance.org/

June 1 – Volunteers Week begins – Easy Volunteering Activities for Kids – http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/quick-easy-crafts/easy-volunteer-activities-for-kids.htm

June 2 – Business Etiquette Week begins – How to conduct your business by showing respect and consideration – http://www.a-to-z-of-manners-and-etiquette.com/business-etiquette.html

June 3 – Egg Day – Experiments, Facts, and Resources – http://www.franw.com/2012/04/bird-eggs.html

June 4 – Aesop born – Learning Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/06/04/story-telling-with-aesops-fables/

June 5 – 1st Hot Air Balloon Flight 1783 – Learning Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/05/hot-air-balloons/

June 6 – Yo-Yo Day – Check out this yo-yo video series – http://www.monkeysee.com/play/1079-how-to-yo-yo

June 7 – Daniel Boone Day – Learning Resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/22/daniel-boone/

June 7 – Chocolate Ice Cream Day – Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2011/07/ice-cream.html

June 8 – Inventor Frank Lloyd Wright born 1867 – Learning Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/17/aviation-week-learning-resources/

June 8 – World Oceans Day – Celebration and Activity Ideas – http://www.worldoceansday.org/

June 9 – Donald Duck debut 1934 – Watch The Wise Little Hen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5dowCyaP7I

June 11 – Great Barrier Reef Discovery 1770 – Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/11/reef/

June 14 – Flag Day – Learning Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/14/flag-day/

June 16- Mathematician M.C. Escher born 1898 – Learning Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/17/mathematical-art/

June 19 – Garfield’s (the cartoon cat) birthday – Learning Resources and Activities- https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/19/garfield-the-cat-not-the-president/

June 19 – Scientist Blaise Pascal born 1623 –  Learning Resources and Activities for Pascal and His Triangle – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/06/18/blaise-pascal/

June 21 – Father’s Day – Crafts, Printables, and Recipes http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-lesson-plans/fathers-day/

June 24-Fairy Day and UFO Day – Learning Resources for Both – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/24/faries-vs-aliens/

June 25 – Log Cabin Day – Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/25/log-cabin/

June 26 – Velocipede (bicycle) patented 1819 – Bicycle Facts, Safety, and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/26/bicycle-lessons/

June 27 – Great American Backyard Campout – Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/22/the-great-american-backyard-campout/

Happy June Learning!

betty jo

Teaching July

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We had a few fantastic “special days” studies last July.  Below are those special day posts.  Each one has the links to the teaching resources we used.  I’ve checked the links and they seem to  be working.

Ramadan, 2014 began in June and continues until  July, 28 with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. .(This past winter, our local homeschool group hosted a holiday history fair.  B chose to come back to this study for his presentations.  It’s a very good study.)  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/12/studying-ramadan/

International Joke Day – July 1   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/01/just-joking/

This was our study following the 4th of July, it would have been better if we had done it first with the fireworks display to follow.  We learned a lot and found it interesting.  We’ll be visiting topic again this year.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/05/fireworks/                   We learned about the Liberty Bell as part of our July studies last year, too.  The resources for that study were awesome!  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/08/the-liberty-bell/

Artist Rembrandt born July 14 – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/15/rembrandt/

July born Presidents:

  • Calvin Coolidge – July 4, 1872
  • John Quincy Adams – July 11, 1767
  • Gerald Ford – July 14, 1913

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

We haven’t yet made any decisions yet about our July 2014 special day learning, but I’m pretty sure ICE CREAM will make our list (more than once)!  And, we may have a go with the July 24th unschool holiday, “Learn Nothing Day”, though I don’t know how that would be possible.  Here’s the “Special Days in July” list for 2014  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/06/26/special-days-in-july/

Happy July learning,

betty jo

Superstitions

 

Because we’ve been having an abundance of craziness and busyness this week, I  thought that we wouldn’t “do school” today.   But… it’s Friday the 13th!

I’m wowed by the resources and links I have saved up for a study on superstitions do use on a Friday the 13th.  Surely we’ll be able to make a little time to learn about superstitions because this stuff is INTERESTING!  Below are the sites and resources I found to share with you just in case you can make time for a little superstition too.

Origins of common superstitions explained at Live Science http://www.livescience.com/33507-origins-of-superstitions.html

Behavioral psychology  in regards to superstitions discussed from Kids Net Encyclopedia  http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/su/Superstition

13 Superstitious Writing Prompts             https://cecileswriters.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/superstitious-prompts/

Free Printable “Black Cat” border writing paper  https://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_bp_holidays.htm

20 +free superstition worksheets  from Busy Teacher (you’ll need an account, but it’s easy to set up)  http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-vocabulary/superstitions-worksheets/

Common Superstitions and Why We Have Them (article, video, graphics)   https://medium.com/ecom-tips/common-superstitions-why-do-we-have-them-b701245e8ca7

Superstition origins video from Mental Floss (this one’s for the older kids)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFyDUaSi-5w

Mathematical Properties of the Number 13                                            http://www.numbergossip.com/13

To keep this study in the right perspective we’ll include 1 Timothy 4:7 with this study.  “ People tell silly stories that don’t agree with God’s truth. Don’t follow what these stories teach. But teach yourself to be devoted to God.

And finally some music, which my kids will consider ancient history, but saying such a thing may bring them some bad luck!

betty jo

 

Rembrandt

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According to my July’s special days calendar,  artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, was born July 14, 1606.  He will be the subject of our homeschool/summer school lesson of the day.  (And an excuse to bake a birthday cake.  Studies are always better with cake.)

I so agree with Rembrants parents.  They recognized that their son had talent and provided him with opportunities to study so that he could be his possible best.  And because of that,  he developed into one of the world’s most famous artists.  If only they would have taught him money management skills too, as he became bankrupt from overspending.

Below are the links we will be following for our Rembrandt study.

For a brief biography, gallery, quiz, printables, and more we will go here  http://www.gardenofpraise.com/art44.htm

For notebooking, we will use the free artist biography page  https://practicalpages.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/latest-famous-artists-biography-pages/ (Sorry, but you’ll need to copy and paste the link.)

For a tour and documentary of the Rembrandt House we will click here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmcR4Iqzuio

Because we like mysteries, we’ll research the theft of this piece.  It has never been recovered.

(Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee)

(Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee)

And we may even make a bit of a mess and try some impasto (Rembrandt style 3D) painting.  http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/impasto-presto!-lesson-plan/

Artist studies are one of my favorite homeschooling subjects.  I always try including artists on our history timeline or our calendar studies.  For other artist posts click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/12/leonardo-da-vinci/, here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/06/raphael/, and here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/07/art-day-sistine-chapel-style/

For my listing of July’s special days, click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/28/julys-special-days/

betty jo

Our Homeschooling Week Ending July 12

Our homeschooling summer school week was relaxed (as summer school should be.)  Only B and E had places to go and they didn’t need me to take them.  I enjoyed my time at home working on the plans for our everything American history studies starting in September.  I also had some awesome opportunities to share homeschooling ideas with a few ‘newbies’.

We have been picking peppers and tomatoes daily from our homeschooling garden science project.  We’ve had the privilege to share some too!

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1005107_485942168154307_1317046148_nE17 was in the kitchen this week.  This newest recipe was a huge hit.  Sauteed steak, mushrooms, and onions stuffed in a pepper half and topped with cheese and baked.  She also made yummy potato wedges to go with.

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Z went to the Dome Theater show at our local library.  He particularly enjoyed the volcano parts. 1006244_479259862155981_1664348938_n 1069822_479260218822612_1523928843_n.

Z and J have started a new chapter book series, Cork and Fuzz by  Dori Chaconas.  I’m impressed with these tales of an unlikely friendship and I’m happy the boys are enjoying them.  We will be checking out more of them soon.  Our local library has the entire collection.

1000983_485942254820965_484467499_nWe had a much appreciated break from the humidity and heat the past couple of days.  It was wonderful spending time in the yard and taking some summer school studies outside.

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968833_485942391487618_315644075_nWhile spending time in our backyard, we enjoyed the neighbors rose bushes.  I love their garden which boarders our yard.  They do all the work and I get to witness all the beauty.

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betty jo

For more about our science project garden click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/14/homeschool-gardening/  and here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/watching-our-garden-grow/

For more about this week’s summer school studies click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/08/the-liberty-bell/  and here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/12/studying-ramadan/

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Studying Ramadan

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According to my special days calendar for July,  the Muslim holiday Ramadan started on the 9th and continues for thirty days.  Other than knowing that it is a time of fasting followed by a celebration for those of the Islamic faith, I know very little about the holiday.  With the current estimated Muslim population being over 1.6 billion, I think learning more about Ramadan is something we need to add to our summer school calendar studies.

Below are the links we are using for our Ramadan study.

The Homeschool Buzz has a free download for a Ramadan activity book designed  for children 5 to 7 years.  I think this is an excellent source for all of us who are not familiar with the holiday regardless of age.  I learned a great deal and I’m sure others who are not of the Muslim faith would also.  I appreciate  the work and creativity put into this resource and the willingness to share.  You can download the Ramadan activity book here.  http://pakistanhomeschooler.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/ramadan-activity-book-free/

For a Ramadan guide that is not in a pdf format click here  http://www.msichicago.org/scrapbook/scrapbook_exhibits/catw2004/traditions/countries/ramadan.html

Several basic Ramadan information links here  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/ramadan.htm

The Huffington Post has put together a photo album of current Ramadan pictures from around the world   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/10/ramadan-2013-pictures_n_3573707.html

For traditional Ramadan recipes from around the world click here  http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Ramadan/Detail.aspx

Click here for my July’s special days calendar  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/28/julys-special-days/

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The Liberty Bell

PhiladelphiaLibertyBell_000“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof”  Leviticus 25:10

The Pennsylvania State House bell was rung to summon the people of Philadelphia to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776.  Though the bell wouldn’t be called the Liberty Bell  until years later, the bell’s message of liberty certainly rang that day.

The Liberty Bell and the mystery of it’s crack will be our homeschool/summer school lesson of the day.  Below are the links we will follow for this brief study.

For starters we will take an up-close look at the Liberty Bell in this short virtual tour.

Next, we’ll read some famous quotes about the Liberty Bell. http://www.ushistory.org/libertybell/quotes.html

I like these Liberty Bell themed notebooking pages for copywork and journaling.  http://notebookingfairy.com/2011/05/liberty-bell-notebooking-page/

I’ll also print off a detailed coloring sheet from Activity Village http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/fourth_of_july_colouring_pages.htm

And while we are coloring we will be listening to The Liberty Bell March.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6Dd0EaEbqg

There is Liberty Bell curriculum available for free from the National Park Service.  We will read a few of the articles and I’ll be asking the discussion questions that it suggests in the lesson plans.  https://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/historyculture/stories-libertybell.htm

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4th July

Even though today is a holiday, it is not going to be a day off from homeschool/summer school.  The learning possibilities are too numerous to pass up by not having some lessons.

We will be starting here with a slide show of a trip across America on the Google home page.  https://www.google.com/

I download the freebie, Why We Celebrate the 4th of July,  from Simple School and Currclick yesterday for J and Z.   We got started on it and I think it is very nice. It contains some historic information and copy work,  It even has a couple of things the older kids can use, too.   http://www.currclick.com/product/48874/Simple-Schooling-Why-We-Celebrate-the-4th-of-July?it=1   (You will need an account to get the free download.  If you don’t already have one, I highly recommend you getting one and sign up for their e-mail newsletters and updates.  This is my favorite resource site.)

Also, Activity Village is offering some free 4th of July  printables that we’ll be using. http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/fourth_of_july_activities_for_kids.htm

Quiztree has an interactive art and history activity that we will take a look at.  I think this is very cool.  You hover the mouse over each person in Trumbull’s famous painting, The Declaration of Independence, and the name of the person appears at the top of the screen.  http://www.quiz-tree.com/Declaration-of-Independence-Trumbull.html

We’ll follow this link for music appreciation  http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1801-1900/1st-performance-of-samuel-f-smiths-america-11630412.html?utm_source=This%20Week%20in%20Christian%20History%20-%20Christianity.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=07/03/2013

Movies are are the planner for today also.  E suggested we watch The Patriot, and she and B can, but that’s not suitable for my younger boys.   We all can watch this episode of Liberty’s Kids though.

Finally, we’ll end up our studies in the kitchen.  We’ll be making this simple angel food cake, blueberry, strawberry, and whipped cream layered dessert.

4th dessert 2We even have a community service project tonight.  We will be passing out mosquito repellant bracelets with our church at our city’s fireworks display.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

betty jo