June 21 is the first day of summer! Here’s a list of free cross curricular summer themed resources and activities:
Reasons for the Seasons – Ted Ed Video Lesson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD_8Jm5pTLk
Seasons and the Sun – Crash Course Kids Video Lesson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b25g4nZTHvM
Search your city’s sunrise/sunset times, sun distance, sun altitude, and more https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/
Day and night world map https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunearth.html?iso=20180618T1406
Bible Verses for the Summer http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/bible/bible-verses-for-the-summer.aspx
Ancient Solstice Celebrations Article http://www.kidzworld.com/article/890-summer-solstice-the-first-day-of-summer
“The Longest Day” Math Lesson https://www.yummymath.com/2018/the-longest-day-2/
“How Much Pee is in the Pool?” Math Lesson https://www.yummymath.com/2018/how-much-pee-is-in-that-pool-2/
Summer Theme “Would You Rather” Questions http://minds-in-bloom.com/20-would-you-rather-questions-for-2/
Home Remedies (these make for some good science labs when the unfortunate happens)
Testing Sunscreen Effectiveness – Science Fair Project
Pesticide and Repellent – Science Fair Projects
Make a Thermometer http://www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=1715
Make a Barometer http://www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=1745
Summer Astronomy Events, Maps, and Guides https://www.almanac.com/astronomy
Dream Vacation Writing Prompts https://writeshop.com/dream-vacation-writing-prompts/
Camping Writing Prompts https://writeshop.com/writing-prompts-about-camping/
Camps and Summer Vacation Vocabulary https://myvocabulary.com/word-list/camps-and-summer-vacation-vocabulary/
Summer Crafts and Activities https://artfulparent.com/100-summer-crafts-activities-for-kids/
Animated Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream Summary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1wMfOwlAZ8
A Mid Summer Night’s Dream from “No Fear Shakespeare” ( Shakespeare’s language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English) http://nfs.sparknotes.com/msnd
Famous Paintings of Summer http://blog.bridgemanimages.com/here-comes-the-sun-famous-paintings-of-summer/
Vivaldi’s Summer with Nature and String Instruments Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhkoUQ7HdIQ
Billboard’s Top Summer Songs https://www.billboard.com/articles/list/513566/top-30-summer-songs
ICE CREAM! ice Cream in a Bag Recipe and learn about the history of Ice Cream https://www.franw.com/2011/07/ice-cream.html
Healthy Summer Snack Recipes https://www.superhealthykids.com/30-kid-friendly-summer-snacks/
Swimming Pool Games http://www.medallionenergy.com/blog/40-swimming-pool-games-play/
DIY Backyard Games https://www.brit.co/diy-outdoor-games/
And, don’t forget about your local library! Many have special summer programs!
Happy Summer Schooling!
EXTRA! EXTRA! Read and Write All About It!
“Newspapers in Education Week” begins on the first Monday in March. This has been a homeschooling project week for our family for several years. We read newspapers, make recycled newspaper crafts, and write articles. In the past couple of years we have published a
school family newspaper. Below are some fantastic resources we’ve used in the past along with some new ones we’re going to be using this year.
Newspapers in Education Cross curricular pre-k through high school resources and ideas.
Newspaper Printing Press Virtual Tour
America’s Historic Newspaper Pages from 1789-1963
“School Journalism” is a wonderful site for video instruction, lesson plans, and reporter training for both teachers and students! (Hover the mouse over the “Journalism Lesson Plans” option on the top left to access the learning resources. These are geared toward higher grades.)
Elements of News is a simple slideshow presentation explaining what makes a story “newsworthy”.
News Article Writing Guide geared for upper elementary and middle school levels.
How To Write An Editorial is a helpful 3 Part Lesson Guide and Creative Writing Activities for all grade levels.
Create A Comic Activity Ideas and Resources
Writing Tips Slide Show for Asking and Receiving Advice and Formal Complaints.
Write a Weather Report Tips, Format, and Writing Guide with Examples
Write a Review Lesson Plan, Activities, Resources
Write a Food Review Step by step guide
Write a Sports Article 3 Ways, Tips, Examples
Tabloid Tales “Learn about the power of exaggeration by writing news stories to accompany actual tabloid newspaper headlines!”
Spotting Fake News Quick Tips and Guide
Write Ads 7 Step Writing Guide
Wacky Headlines Prompts and activities for creative writing
Interactive Printing Press Create and publish your own newspaper.
Newspaper Templates Printable Notebooking /Writing Pages
The first full week in March is Celebrate Your Name Week!
- Sunday – Namesake Day
- Monday – Fun Facts About Names Day
- Tuesday – Unique Names Day
- Wednesday – Discover What Your Name Means Day
- Thursday – Nametag Day
- Friday – Middle Name Pride Day
- Saturday – Decendants Day
Below are some wonderful free resources for learning about names and some activity ideas for added fun.
Celebrating Names Activity Guide and Resources
Name Origins, Crest, and History (also related ‘for sale’ products)
What’s In a Name Game from Funschooling and Recreational Learning
“The Name Game” from the 1965 Hit Song by Shirley Ellis at Youtube
“The Name Game” Lyrics and Music for Karaoke at Youtube
12 Names of Jesus Printable Cards from The Purposeful Mom
Praying and Pronouncing the Names of God from Tony Evans
Names of Large Numbers Chart (because we need a math lesson this week too!)
I hope you’ll enjoy Celebrating your family’s names!
Betty (A diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning My God is plentiful) Jo (A diminutive of Josephine meaning May Jehovah add. Also diminutive of Joanne meaning God is gracious.)
The 2018 Winter Olympic Games have begun! And, Winter Olympics based homeschooling has begun, too! The links below are the cross curricular free resources we’ll be using as we explore South Korea and the 2018 Winter Games.
Brief History, Geography, and Facts of South Korea https://www.ducksters.com/geography/country.php?country=Korea,%20South
Printable South Korea Maps – http://www.freeworldmaps.net/asia/southkorea/
Country Notebooking Printables – http://www.notebookingnook.com/freebie-country-study-notebooking-pages/
South Korea Video Tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq5_J9nArE8
Learn Korean Phrases https://www.fluentu.com/blog/korean/korean-travel-phrases/
Korean Food and Recipes http://www.easykoreanfood.com/
Olympic Games Official Website – Sports, Athletes, Photos, News, Schedule, History, and More https://www.olympic.org/
Olympics Themed Math – https://www.yummymath.com/2018/winter-olympics-pyeongchang-february-9-25/
Bible Verse/Winter Olympic Coloring Pages – https://www.childrens-ministry-deals.com/collections/winter-olympics-sunday-school-childrens-church
Bible/Winter Olympic Discussion Questions https://whatsinthebible.com/the-sochi-winter-olympics-2014-five-questions-to-engage-your-kids/
2018 Educational Kit from the Olympic Museum –https://www.olympic.org/museum/visit/schools/teaching-resources/lesson-material/experiencing-discovering-the-og-special-pc2018#
Non- Commercial Use Free Clipart (enter “olympics” into the search bar) http://clipart-library.com/
Olympic Themed Interactive Games http://www.primarygames.com/socstudies/olympics/olympics.htm
How to Draw Soohorang (the tiger mascot) video lesson https://www.artforkidshub.com/how-to-draw-soohorang-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-mascot/
Olympics Printable Worksheets – Wordsearch, Crossword, Anagrams, True/False Quizzes https://www.historyonthenet.com/worksheets/olympics-worksheets/
Science of the Winter Olympics Video Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB6B38A6C0540EEB6
How It’s Made Videos : Skating Rinks
Gold (Au79), Silver (Ag47), and Bronze (Copper-Cu29) Information from this Interactive Element Chart http://humantouchofchemistry.com/pages/periodictable.html
Gold, Silver, Bronze Element Videos http://www.periodicvideos.com/
Winter Olympics Inspired Crafts, Games, and Activities https://tipjunkie.com/winter-olympic-activities-and-crafts-for-kids/
I hope we ‘Win the Gold’ with Winter Olympic learning!