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Lionel Trains – Special Day August 25

COMICAD lionel trains catalog

According to Special Days in August the 25th is the birthday of Joshua Lionel Cowen, one of the best known toy train manufacturers of all time.  A couple of years ago, we made Cowen and toy trains a Special Day study. Below are the web links we followed as we learned.

Biography of Inventor Joshua Lionel Cowen  http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/cowen.htm#ON%20THE%20WEB:

Vintage films on Youtube

Inside Lionel’s Train Factory  Part 1

Inside Lionel’s Train Factory Part 2

Showroom Layouts, Part 1  –

Showroom Layouts,  Part 2  –

Play Interactive Train Games  http://www.trainarcade.com/

Read Train Stories, Play Train Games and Watch Train Videos  http://trc.trains.com/Trains%204%20Kids.aspx

Classic railroad songs playlist from the Smithsonian  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUSRfoOcUe4bjeu8QIfbrejTyT0hYVncE

And we couldn’t build an electric train, but had fun making a toy train out of recyclables!  This ended up as a bank.  Perhaps Z will start saving for a Lionel of his own?


Do you keep a timeline for your studies?  This “Timeline Add-on : Toys” is currently on sale for only $ 0.22!  http://www.currclick.com/product/36820/Timeline-AddOns-Toys?term=toys+timeline&test_epoch=0&it=1

This was one of several history studies that the kids deemed “Not Boring”!

betty jo











Learning Resources for July

july_clipartJuly’s calendar has wonderful learning opportunities!  Here’s a resource list to help teach and learn through the month.

BIG List of Special Days in July, 2015 –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/06/30/special-days-in-july-2015/

July Prayer Calendar for Children –  http://cherigamble.com/2015/06/25/july-2015-prayer-calendar-for-children/

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

July Science Calendar –  http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/2015-july-science-calendar/

July Themed Elementary Printables and Activities –  http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

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

July Themed Vocabulary Word Lists –  http://myvocabulary.com/

July Daily Writing Prompts –  http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/july/

July Themed Arts and Crafts –   http://kinderart.com/seasons/july.shtml

July Stargazer’s Guide –  http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2015/06/29/looking-up-july-2015/

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

15 Things to do in July –  http://diyhomeschooler.com/15-things-to-do-in-july-2015/

Specific July Themed Resources –

Presidents with July Birthdays

  • Calvin Coolidge – July 4, 1872
  • George W. Bush – July 6, 1946
  • John Quincy Adams – July 11, 1767
  • Gerald Ford – July 14, 1913

Awesome learning resources for the presidents – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

July Statehood Anniversaries

  • Idaho – July 3, 1890
  • Wyoming – July 10, 1890
  • New York – July 26, 1788

States Printables – http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__usa.php

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

Daily Specials for July, 2015  (I’ll be updating the daily specials with more resources as we go along, so check back.  And, if you have any special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them. I appreciate all the help I can get!)

July 1 – International Joke Day – Our favorite kid’s joke resources and tips – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/01/just-joking/

July 4  –  Independence Day –

July 5 –  Shark Week begins – Webcams and videos  –  http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/

July 8 –  Liberty Bell cracked 1835  –  Learning Resources  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/08/the-liberty-bell/

July 14 –  Artist Rembrandt born 1606 – Learning Resources and Activities –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/15/rembrandt/

July 17 –  Eid al Fitr – Ramadan Study Resources  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/12/studying-ramadan/

July 17 –  Hymn Writer Isaac Watts born 1674  –  “Tea Time” biography and resources  –  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2013/07/tea-time-with-isaac-watts/

July 28 – Author Beatrix Potter born 1866  “Tea Time” biography and resources – http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2015/07/tea-time-with-beatrix-potter/

July 29 – International Tiger Day – Facts, Listen to “ROARS”, Coloring printables, and more – http://www.tigers-world.com/

Happy July Learning!

betty jo

Learning Resources for New Year’s


It’s been a wonderful holiday break from homeschooling for us, but it’s time to get back into the swing of lessons and learning.   New Year’s celebrations will be our last lesson focus of 2014 as well as our first lesson focus of 2015.  Below are the online resources we’ll be using for our study.

New Year Countdown Interactive Map  –  http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/newyearmap.html

Traditions, recipes, games, poetry, and how to say “Happy New Year” from Around the World  –   http://www.fathertimes.net/traditions.htm

And Year Review and Resolution printables  http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2014/12/free-family-new-years-resolution-printable.html

And New Year’s themed art and craft ideas  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/newyearscraftsactivitieskids.html

A hands-on Bible Study with a New Year’s object lesson and playdough  http://www.christianitycove.com/new-years-lesson-committing-to-gods-hands/6281/

Times Square Ball math lesson  –  http://www.yummymath.com/2014/evolution-of-the-times-square-ball/

Photos of Celebrations Around the World  –  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/31/photos-new-years-world_n_6402768.html

How to Make Fireworks is an interesting science article and with the noises we’re hearing from around our neighborhood, an appropriate New Year’s science lesson  –  http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/brainstuff/how-to-make-fireworks.htm

The top news/current events from 2014  –  http://www.ourlittleearth.com/

Wishing you a wonderful year of learning!  Happy 2015!

betty jo

Learning Resources for Special Days in December, 2014


With it being already the 2nd of December, I thought I’d go ahead and post the learning resources for part of December.  I’m quite behind with getting it finished due to Thanksgiving, decorating, and designing our Christmas studies.  I’ll update as I can, but at least this gives us a start on December’s special days learning.

For the list of Special Days in December  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/11/26/special-days-in-december-2014/

Random Acts of Kindness Calendar (these suggestions won’t require much planning or cost much)  – http://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/random-acts-christmas-kindness-printable-advent-calendar/

December Prayer Calendar –  https://cherilynngamble.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/december-2014-prayer-calendar-for-children/

Daily Writing Prompts –  Learning Resources for December’s Special Days

Wonderful list of December resources and activity ideas  http://www.franw.com/2013/12/december-activities.html

This is my collection of Advent resources from last year.  Each one of these helped make everyday until Christmas more special  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/06/countdown-to-christmas/

Also this time last year we studied Christmas traditions from around the world.  It was an awesome study.  We used these resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=melting+pot

President’s with birthdays in December

  • Dec. 5 – Martin Van Buren born 1782
  • Dec. 28 – Woodrow Wilson born 1856
  • Dec. 29 – Andrew Johnson born 1808

December has several important historic events –

  • Slavery and Abolition (Dec. 2)
  • California Gold Rush (Gold discovered at Sutter’s Mill Dec. 5 1848)
  • Bill of Rights (Dec. 15)
  • Boston Tea Party (Dec. 16)
  •  Battle of Wounded Knee (Dec. 29)

These are topics for educational films found here  http://www.havefunwithhistory.com/HistorySubjects/index.html

December’s Daily Specials

Dec. 2 – Missionary Mary Slessor born 1848 – Find a biography suitable for most any reading level  http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpslessor.html

Dec. 2 – CT Studd born 1860  Pick one of these biographies to read  http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpstudd.html

Dec. 6 – Mitten Tree Day – Read the delightful story here  http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/the-mitten   Then donate a pair of gently used or new mittens to a clothing charity.  Also, if you have any mixed matched mittens (I know we do)  don’t toss them, use them for these cute mitten puppets  http://craftsbyamanda.com/2014/03/easy-mitten-puppets.html

Dec. 6 – St. Nicholas Day  –  Biography, Traditions, Games, and Stories  http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/home/

Dec. 7 – Letter Writing Day – How to Write Christmas Letters and Printables  http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/write-christmas-letters-free-templates/

Dec. 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 1941 —  Interactive timeline and map  http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/interactive/pearl-harbor/?ar_a=1

Dec. 9 – Petrified Forest National Park established 1962 –  http://www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm

Dec. 11 – Northern Lights Recorded for First Time 1719 –  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/Aurora_article.php

Dec. 12 – Poinsettia Day – Make some out of paper tubes, paint, glue, and glitter  http://craftklatchwithmona.blogspot.com/2012/11/christmas-flower-ornament-recycling.html

Dec. 16 – Missionary Amy Carmichael born 1867  Read her biography  http://www.faith2share.net/Mission/Missionaries/AmyCarmichael/tabid/275/language/en-GB/Default.aspx

Dec. 17 – Missionary Isobel Kuhn   Read a short biography about her http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1901-2000/the-kuhns-rainy-season-bible-school-11630767.html

So that’s it for today, but check back later in the month for the rest.  Enjoy your December learning and remember to make every day special!

betty jo



The topic of earthquakes came up back in August when we studied skyscrapers, then again in September as part of our disaster preparedness studies.  Since we live close to the New Madrid fault line, and the boys were interested, we took a bit of a detour from our regular lessons to focus on learning about earthquakes.  As to be expected when the boys pick the topic of study, it was fantastic.  Below are the online resources we used as we researched, experimented, and learned about earthquakes.

Earthquakes explained, facts, and information  http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-earthquake.htm

Extensive list of earthquake related vocabulary words and their definitions http://www.brighthubeducation.com/science-homework-help/53594-earthquake-vocabulary-words/

17 Bible references to “earthquakes”  https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=earthquake&qs_version=NIV

Live Earthquake Map and Stats  From Around the World (Even now that our earthquake study is over, we’re still checking this site daily.  We’re amazed at the seismic activity that goes on everyday!)   http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/

Information about the most severe earthquakes on record past and present    http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0001767.html

How to Prepare for an Earthquake                                                                   https://thesurvivalmom.com/just-moved-prepare-earthquake/?fbclid=IwAR0zXhL63aqEkPFzwmBUd0mdiPOTibEHhaBEAFoDYCoZtcS5ZQFM3OQNlz4

I hadn’t planned on making a lapbook with this study, but Z asked if we could.  So of course we did, and it turned out wonderfully.  We made a few booklets on our own and printed off some of these resources too.   earthquake lapbook printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/earthquakes.php


“Earthquake Safety” video for kids and by kids and FEMA


“Deadliest Earthquake”  Documentary (B and I watched this together without the younger boys.  There’s some disturbing images shown.)

Old Zoom video instructions of how to make a seismometer.   Ours turned out great!  http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ess05.sci.ess.earthsys.seismometer/making-a-seismometer/

Other Learning Resources from PBS (with grade level recommendations)  https://ket.pbslearningmedia.org/search/?q=earthquakes

Hands-on activities and projects.  One of these even involves Oreos!  Yes, I’ll buy Oreos in the name of “science”!                                    http://www.exploratorium.edu/faultline/activezone/activities.html

This interactive “Stop Disasters” game was tough!  We were set up as city managers and assigned the task of building, upgrading, and educating the people on safety. We were given 25 minutes to get our city in order before an earthquake hit.  The first time through the game, we were fired!  And that was the “easy” level!                                             http://www.stopdisastersgame.org/

Richter Scale Math Lesson                                                       https://www.yummymath.com/2019/california-earthquakes-and-the-richter-scale/?fbclid=IwAR0QAPbop11AA_I7o8CsLvMcx2ZfGryCTGrYWmFqoeEXTiRscZSl0RVk7hw

We took this online earthquake quiz twice.  Once before our study and again when we were finished  (we did much better the second time)  http://www.softschools.com/quizzes/science/earthquakes/quiz273.html

And of course we had to find some earthquake jokes for J –

Q: What do cows produce during an earthquake?   A: Milkshakes!

Q: What did the ground say to the earthquake?    A: You crack me up!

Q: What is an Earthquakes favorite song?   A: “Shake, Rattle and Roll!”

Actually, not “Shake, Rattle and Roll” but this one was our song through our earthquake study


betty jo




October 2 marks the anniversary of the very first publication of Peanuts (1950)!  This is one of the October “special days” the kids were interested in.  Yeah, I’m interested, too.  I grew up on Peanuts.   Below are some resource links to follow as we learn and have fun with Peanuts.  

See the first Peanuts Comic!   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:First_Peanuts_comic.png

Peanuts History Article   http://content.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2022745,00.html

Charles Schultz biography and printables  http://makingartfun.com/htm/f-maf-art-library/charles-m-schultz-biography.htm

Faith Based Video https://www.museumofthebible.org/book/minutes/147

Read Peanuts comic strips free online  http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts

Character Profiles   https://www.peanuts.com/characters/

Step by step instructions for how to draw Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and other Peanuts characters  http://www.dragoart.com/tags/tuts/1/2945/how-to-draw-charlie-brown-characters.htm

Blank Comic Strip Printables for making our own comics  http://www.printablepaper.net/category/comics

The Peanuts  theme song   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQybajU2GNk

Theme Song Piano Lesson   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh5C1F1QNAg

Theme Song Piano Tutorial   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tidspc7AYkE&t=24s

Easy Theme Song Piano Tutorial for Beginners   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8ASSPA8OLE

Peanuts Quiz (easy)-

What’s Your “Peanuts” IQ?

Peanuts Quiz (difficult) –


And in case you’re wondering, I am going to give this study credit for literature (winks), art, music, history, and creative writing.  We may get a PE credit too  –  football kicking and baseball pitching seem to go along with the whole Peanuts theme.

Good Grief!

betty jo

Learning Resources for October, 2014


October is always a favorite time of the year for my family.  It’s also a favorite month for learning!  October has a good variety of themes, foods, and daily historic events.  This link will take you to the list of Special Days in October, 2014  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/09/27/special-days-in-october-2014/

Below are the resource links to take you to special day studies we’ve done with our homeschooling through Octobers in the past.  I’ve also included some links that I’m thinking we’re about to use with this October’s lessons.

October Prayer Calendar Printable http://cherilynngamble.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/october-prayer-calendar/

October Writing Prompts  http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/october/

Octbricks  –  31 Days of Legos  –  http://www.educatinglaytons.com/2014/09/31-days-legos/

Autumn and Halloween Background Lined Paper printables  http://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_background_paper.htm

Fall Themed Interactive Games  –  http://www.primarygames.com/seasons/fall/games.htm

Bats! Cross curriculum resources   –  http://www.franw.com/2011/10/bats.html

Fire Safety  –  A “Must Read” article  http://www.unplannedhomeschooler.com/2014/08/how-my-kids-reacted-to-night-time-fire.html   And,  http://repurposemylife.com/teaching-children-fire-safety/   Also,  Fire Facts http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/fire.html

The Salem Witch Trials was one of our best studies last year.  Though not a “special day”, it was a nice tie in with a Halloweenish theme.  Also, this resource post has been one of the most popular posts I’ve put together.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/30/salem-witch-trials/

Human Anatomy can be another Halloweenish theme.  Here’s some creative learning ideas  http://www.homeschool-activities.com/human-body-for-kids.html

Crafts are great all year long, but the autumn ones are some of the best!  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/autumnfallartscraftideaskids.html

October offers some of the best “food themes” of the year!

Apples  –  Cross curriculum research project  –  http://www.franw.com/2013/09/apple-research-project.html

Pumpkins  –  Here’s a “big ole’ list” of pumpkin themed resources  –  http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/pumpkins-free-printables-activities-recipes/

Candy  –  Play, Invent and Explore  –  http://www.housingaforest.com/candy-potions/

Popcorn  –  http://www.franw.com/2014/10/popcorn-project.html

Presidents Born in October:  (This link takes you to our family’s resources used for studying any president.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/)

  • Oct. 1    –  Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Oct. 4    –  Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Oct. 5    –  Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Oct. 14  –  Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Oct. 27  –  Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • Oct. 30  –  John Adams born 1735

Oct. 2  –

Oct. 4  –  Fall Astronomy Day  This link takes you to my “go to” site for all things astronomy.  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/

Oct. 11  –  Elenore Roosevelt born 1884  –  Here’s a nice short biography, reading comprehension quizzes and language arts printables  http://www.gardenofpraise.com/ibderoos.htm

Oct. 13  –  Columbus Day  –  Resources and Printables  http://embarkonthejourney.com/christopher-columbus-resources-printables/

Oct. 15  –  Poetry Day  –  Homeschool Poetry Resource List  –  http://homeschoolencouragement.com/poetry-ultimate-homeschool-resource-list/    And, since October is at times spooky and odd,  here’s a link to study guides, summaries, and quizzes to Edgar Allen Poe’s Poetry  http://www.gradesaver.com/poes-poetry/study-guide/short-summary/      Also, here’s a research guide and resources for a Poe Study  http://www.franw.com/2013/10/edgar-allan-poe-research-project.html

Oct. 16  –  Noah Webster born 1758 and Dictionary Day (this site has much more than a dictionary!  You’ll find games, Webster biography, language history, daily buzz words, and a way to add your own made up word to a dictionary!)   http://www.wordcentral.com/edu/index.htm

Oct. 16  –  World Food Day  –  Photo Collection What the World Eats  –  http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/what-the-world-eats-shocking-photos

Oct. 19  –

Oct. 20 –  Monster Mash Day  –  The Monster Mash song is the first one on this  Youtube Halloween song playlist  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0R_oDEvYUY&list=PLA8F349F78FC52532     And, these kids can teach you the dance moves!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ8DOL-KeWw

Oct. 22 –  Daniel Boone born 1734  (We’ll definitely be playing the pioneer games again. They were awesome and they were outside!)   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/22/daniel-boone/

Oct. 30  –  Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 1938  –  Read an article and listen to the recording here  http://www.ibtimes.com/war-worlds-radio-broadcast-turns-75-listen-orson-welles-famous-hoax-1447470

Oct. 31  –

I’ll be posting some other resource links as our studies for October develop.  I’m thinking owls and perhaps spiders.  Haunted places and monsters are being considered, too.  What are some of your October themed lesson plans?  And got links?

Happy October Learning

betty jo