I would like to take a moment and share with everyone some of the themes, topics and resources that I will be using for our children for the months of July and August. I have decided to combine these months since the beginning of our new school year starts in the middle of July. My hope in sharing these ideas is that perhaps it can help someone else find some new resources. Please note that I will not be mentioning every item.
Themes: Seasons – Summer, Weather, The Beach / Ocean, The Moon, Whales, Amelia Earhart, Alexander Calder, John Glenn, Davy Crockett, Branches of Government, Bears.
Curriculum used:McRuffy Language Arts (for language arts and handwriting), McRuffy Math, Berenstain Bears Part 2 Curriculum, McRuffyScience, Magic School Bus Science Kits, Typing Instructor for Kids (for our son who is in 3rd Grade), Story of the World Volume 1, Storybook Artists, Usborne Children’s Book of Art Study (with worksheets that I have created), Science Chapter Tests (with chapter worksheets that I created), American President’s Notebooking Pages, Muzzy(Spanish), The Story of the Orchestra, Poetry Speaks to Children and USA State Studies.
Paid membership links that will be used: BrainPop (Moon, Seasons, Amelia Earhart), BrainPop Jr. (The Moon, Summer), Discovery Education(Postcards from Buster: Riding the Wave: Cocoa Beach, Let’s Explore: Down by the Water, The Magic School Bus: Goes to Mussel Beach, Reading Rainbow: Humphrey the Lost Whale, Amelia Earhart, Animated Hero Classics: The Wright Brothers), Enchanted Learning.
Links that will be used:
John Glenn(born 1921) plus this Discovery Education video: Astronaut John Glenn Is the First American to Orbit Earth
First Moon Landing (Apollo 11/ 1969) plus this Discovery Education video: One Small Step as well as The Moon printout, model and quiz at Enchanted Learning.
Whale lapbook (plus Power Point Presentations found HERE)(Discovery Education video: Reading Rainbow: Humphrey the Lost Whale)
Plus lessons at BrainPOP, BrainPop Jr, and these videos at Discovery Education: Peep and the Big Wide World: Stormy Weather / Peep in Rabbitland, Earth Science: Weather and Climate, Weather Smart: Heat, Wind, and Pressure
Branches of Government: BrainPop: Branches of Government, project: three branches of government , Discovery Education videos: This is Our: Government, Understanding the Constitution: The Judicial Branch, Understanding the Constitution: The Executive Branch, Understanding the Constitution: The Legislative Branch. I will also be using worksheets that I have picked up over the last few years (sorry I do not have a link for most of these).
Shell Identification Cards (to go along with our beach study)
Porthole art project (I plan to have the kids make these at the beginning of the unit study about beaches).
Field Trips planned for this month: The beach and our local aquarium.
Books that will be read in addition to our printable reading list (link here):
- Godspeed, John Glenn
- The First Moon Landing
- Alexander Calder
- The Journey of a Whale
- Whales the Gentle Giants
- Whales by Gail Gibbons (sorry I could not find a link on this one)
- Amelia Earhart
- The Wright Brothers
- Davy Crockett Saves The World
- Weather Words
- What Will The Weather Be?
- The Kids Book of Weather Forecasting
- Watch Me Grow Bear
- Poetry Speaks to Children
- 17 Kings and 42 Elephants
- Ramona the Pest
- Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
- Granddaddy’s Gift
- Apple Banana Cherry
- If You Give a Pig a Party
- The Surprise Garden
- The Little Red Hen
- Me on the Map
- Chameleon’s Colors
- I Stink!
- Let’s Read About George Washington
- Healthy Eating, Now I Know
- Franklin and the Thunderstorm
- Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
- So You Want to be President
- How Oliver Olson changed the world
- A River Ran Wild
- The Great Kapok Tree
- Spaghetti and Meatballs for all
- The Real Princess: A Mathmatical Tale
What resources do you plan to use in the month of July and August?