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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:

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!


1) “The Mighty Deeds of Captain Lewis” American Folk Song

Listen to “The Mighty Deeds of Captain Lewis” – Anonymous

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

Watch The Element of Line and Elements of Art: Line. Try The Hand Line Design or Crazy Hair Design. You will need white paper and a black pen or marker.

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.)

Learn: Read about the different moon names. Which one will you experience next? You can read more about the Moon in Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock (for Mom to read and share a summary).

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

Enjoy this math story and activity about the owl.

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.

Read this short myth below before watching the video class.

Watch this fascinating video class from guest teacher Angelina Stanford.

Ages: This event is best for upper middle school to adult.