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Every day we will post the previous day’s activities, videos, and links so you can always get them here no matter when you join the challenge.
Monday’s Tip Video
1) Math Fun with Pi Live Event
This event was originally recorded in March in conjunction with Pi Day, but honestly you can have fun with math and circles all year long (and it is getting to be pie season — so there is that). Click here to see the (short) supply list and watch.
Ages: We had some kids as young as age 4 love this Live Events and it is good up to middle school! Gather just a couple of supplies and enjoy.
2) Learn about Antony van Leeuwenhoek, inventor of the microscope
Watch one or more of these: Leeuwenhoek and Microscopic Life, worm by candlelight, and newly discovered Leeuwenhoek microscope. You may also want to explore Leeuwenhoek’s drawings at Lens on Leeuwenhoek.
Record what you have learned in your nature notebook. How might Leeuwenhoek’s work on microscopes help you to observe the world around you?
If you can find these books at your library they would add to this topic:
- Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek: Genius Discoverer of Microscopic Life by Lisa Yount
- Greg’s Microscope by Millicent E Selsam
Ages: This activity is from our “Famous Naturalists Lesson Plan Lists” and is good for middle elementary through high school
3) Read “The Yak” by Hilaire Belloc
Click here to download a printable version (or read it from your screen). Just enjoy this fun poem together. After reading it you can:
- Click here for photos and facts about the yak.
- Draw a picture to go with the poem.
- Take a few days to memorize this one.
Ages: While this poem originally appeared in our Preschool Harvest Morning Time plans it is a favorite of all ages. My family has it memorized and even the teens love it.
4) Autumn Jokes
One of the easiest ways to bring delight to your days is to just laugh together. Share a few of these with your kids.
Ages: We include jokes throughout our 3.0 Seasonal Plans Series. Everyone loves a joke!
Tuesday’s Tip Video
1) “The Mighty Deeds of Captain Lewis” American Folk Song
At the time of Lewis and Clark, there were many fallacies surrounding the West. For example, it was thought that mammoths were still alive and roaming that part of the country in addition to the presumed existence of mountains made of salt. “The Mighty Deeds of Captain Lewis” explores some of those misconceptions with its strophic verses.
Play the piece for your family. Listen for the playing of the hammered dulcimer, a harp like instrument played with the fingers and small mallets known as hammers. It was a popular instrument during colonial times and beyond. You can see a video about it here.
Ages: This activity from our Early Modern 2 History Plans is perfect for upper elementary to high school.
2) Learn about the elements of art: Line
Ages: This activity from our elements of art study in our Fall 3.0 plans will work for middle elementary through high school
3) Learn about the names of the moon
Read: “Moon, Moon, So Round and Yellow” by Matthias Barr pg. 68 (Scroll to the correct page. The page numbers are at the bottom.)
Practice: Record the moon names in a nature notebook or learning journal. Make a point to observe the moon several times this month. Older students, what is a blue moon? When will the next blue moon be? (Hint: SOON!) Set up a page or two in your nature notebook or learning journal to record the moons over several months. What part of the sky in relation to your house does the moon come up? What phase is it? Which moon of the year are you in?
Ages: All ages. This activity is from our My Book House True Good and Beautiful Morning Time Plans.
4) Bedtime Math Activity
Ages: Bedtime math always include activities for wee, little, and big kids. This fun one was highlighted in our Start Small MT plans.
Wednesday’s Tip Video
1) Learn about animals in the pond
Watch as a young man explores a pond in summer. Summer Pond Exploring: Baby Turtles and Frog Eggs! Talk about the life cycle of both Turtles and Frogs. How are they the same? How are they different?
Ages: While this activity originally appeared in our Preschool Sunshine Term plans it can be enjoyed by kids up through elementary school.
2) Fold a turtle
Watch How To Fold A Turtle. You will need paper that can be cut into a square.
Ages: All ages love origami!
3) Rock Around the Clock
Got kids who love to move and groove? Click here to learn the dance.
Ages: Good luck getting teens to do this one, but your younger kids will love it. (Psst. moms and dads should dance too!) Movement was included in our Early Summer 3.0 plans.
4) Finding the Gospel in Greek Mythology
In this fascinating Live Event replay session Angelina Stanford will use the myth “Orpheus and Eurydice” to demonstrate how myths should be ready and also how Christians should approach the reading of myths.
Join us and be amazed at what myths have to offer the modern Christian when read well.
Ages: This event is best for upper middle school to adult.
Thursday’s Tip Video
1) Learn about William Grant Still
This episode of Classics For Kids explores the life and music of William Grant Still.
Level Up: Older kids might also enjoy this brief documentary of the African-American composer.
Ages: This listening activity from our Early Summer 3.0 plans is good for all kids. The documentary is one of our LEVEL UP activities we have added to help make the plans work for a wider age range. Students through high school will enjoy that.
2) Picture Study of J.M.W. Turner
Before Thomas Kinkade, there was J.M.W. Turner the painter of light. Turner was a British painter of the Romantic period that inspired impressionist painters, such as Monet. His later paintings feature barely recognizable objects focusing instead on color and light.
Conduct a Picture Study of Norham Castle, on the River Tweed. Have students look at the painting for about 1-2 minutes. Then remove the painting and ask them to tell what they saw. Remember – the ability to do a detailed picture study takes practice. If this is a first attempt for your family they may not remember much. It’s ok.
Ages: This art appreciation activity from our Early Summer 3.0 plans is good for all ages. The podcast is one of our LEVEL UP activities we have added to help make the plans work for a wider age range. Students through high school will enjoy that.
3) Fall Leaves Fall Memory Palace
Join Pam in this Live Event replay to memorize the poem “Fall, Leaves, Fall” by Emily Bronte using the ancient and fun memory palace technique.
Using zany images and a virtual walk through her memory palace living room, you will have a poem learned by heart that you can share with dad at the dinner table tonight!
Note: The activity starts at minute [7:30]. In the first part of the video I explain what a memory palace is. Some kids might lose interest during that part. 😉
Ages: Kiddos in elementary school love memory palaces the best.
4) Shadow Puppet Handicraft
This activity is a little more involved but could bring days of joy to your homeschool.
Directions: Print the shadow puppets on dark cardstock. Brown or dark grey work best. Alternately, you can print on regular paper, staple the printed paper to a darker heavier paper and cut both sheets at once. Attach craft sticks or bamboo skewers to the backs of the puppets.
When you are ready for your production, throw a light colored sheet over a table. Place a lamp or some flashlights under the table with your students. Be sure the light is in front of those holding the puppets. Hold the puppets between the curtain and the light source.
Your ocean creatures can put on a comedy show with these ocean jokes or write a script or tell an impromptu story.
Ages: Preschool (with cutting help) through upper elementary.
Friday’s Tip Video
Listen: Bugle calls are beautiful and useful. Reveille makes us jump out of bed, while Taps is both a lullaby which signals the end of the day and a melancholy song of memorial. Listen to Krakow’s bugler who still plays the same tune as the one played in the middle ages: St. Mary’s Basilica Bugle Tower. Be sure to read the short history below the video. Other countries have their own bugle tunes and signals. Listen to The Last Post from Australia. How does it compare to America’s taps? Which one do you like better? You can listen to many more bugle calls at the US Army website.
Practice: Make a playlist with a few bugle calls and play them throughout the day. For example, wake up to Reveille, eat breakfast after call to mess, and Retreat can signal the end of the school day. Have fun with it and enjoy learning some bugle calls.
Ages: This activity from our My Book House True Good and Beautiful plans is interesting to all ages.
2) “The Train” poem
Read: “The Train” by C.H. Crandall
Listen: Read this poem twice. On the first reading, just listen and enjoy. On the second reading, notice the pattern of the poem. Do you hear the short lines gradually getting longer towards the middle and then shorter again towards the end? What does it make you think of? Does it perhaps make you think of the sound of a train coming, passing in front of you, and then gradually fading into the distance? Picture yourself in the position of the writer. Imagine you are hearing and feeling the train as the poem is read again. What words catch your ear? What words make you “feel” and “hear” the train?
Practice: This poem has a unique meter. Can you count the syllables in each line? Do you see a pattern? The poet also uses both simile and metaphor to describe the train and its movement. Find the similes and metaphor (like a drove of cattle, the cyclops of the train, like a piano string). Choose a different form of transportation and write a simile and metaphor to describe it and its movement.
Ages: All ages will enjoy this poem from our My Book House True Good and Beautiful plans. The practice section will be best for upper-elementary and middle-school-aged children.
3) Farm Equipment Activity
Book suggestion:Tractor Mac Builds a Barn
Ages: Preschool to middle school will love this activity from our Farm Explorations pack.
Book suggestion: The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown
Level Up (for older kids): Read here and discuss the oddities and interesting bits of scarecrows from ancient times to the modern world
Ages: This lesson with a level up option is from our Farm Explorations and perfect for all ages.