Homeschool

Lesson: Juneteenth

Today we did a short lesson on Juneteenth. This is the day we celebrate the end of slavery. Even though slavery was abolished with the emancipation proclamation on January 1, 1863, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865.

(This also can lead to interesting discussions about how much faster information and people travel now).

We watched a few short clips. The first was about Juneteenth. We watched the book Juneteenth for Mazie. Then had a short discussion

Next we watched Brain Pop’s clip on Slavery. And had another short discussion about what slavery is.

We followed that with Brain Pop’s clip about Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad.

We concluded our lesson with an activity about quilts and how they were possibly used to help slaves escape.

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Creating a floating boat

After listening to the podcast How To Turn Failures Into Robots from Big Life Kids Podcast S was inspired to create a boat out of a plastic bottle.

So we did a bit of brainstorming & then found this video on YouTube. So S wrote down the materials needed so we would be ready for the morning. Rice, 2 pencil, 2 foam, bottle.

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Homemade Bag Ice Cream

Today’s science lesson is brought to you by ice cream! When you find a box of Rock Salt in your cupboard you say, why not?!I am working on being more transparent with my lessons. So today that means actually spending some time on the science behind Ice Cream & not just saying “cooking is science.” (Note: we did the science aspect at the end after we got to eat it as they were more focused then on learning).The science behind the bag ice cream. Our recipe:

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Activity: Dry Erase Pockets

Both my kids like using the dry erase markers so we got a couple of the Dry Erase Pockets. We have used these for many activities. The nice thing is you can or a paper inside & they can write on top of it, erase it, do it again, but not change the original. Continue for examples of use!

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Activity: Alphabet Hunt

Today when I needed to fold laundry I gave S an Alphabet Treasure Hunt.

I took our storage bin*, put alphabet letters in it, and half marbles. And then gave him a treasure map with the uppercase letters on it. He had to dig through the bin to find the letters in that to them up on the treasure map.

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Weather Unit: Rain

We have had some crazy weather lately, so we decided to do a unit on weather.

Today was no exception. Sunny & warm 1 minute, then dark & bad storms the next. And then not even 10 minutes later back to sunny & clear like nothing happened.

So we took these moments of rain to come in & start our unit. As expected today we started with rain.

We started with a basic “what is weather”. Then who studies weather. Next we talked about how they use tools to make their predictions. Next we talked about rain, precipitation, and how it is measured. And then we ended by making our own rain gauge.

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(Caption: Tools. Rain gauge. And a picture of our rain gauge.)

Instructions for the Rain Gauge:

Materials:

* 1 – 1 liter bottle.

* Sharp knife

* Tape

* Ruler

* Sharpie

Steps:

* Cut off top of bottle (around 4″ or so)

* Turn the top upside down & place it into the bottle.

* Line up the edges & tape in place.

* Use a ruler to mark intervals on the side of bottle. (0 at the bottom & go as high as you like).

* Place it outside & wait for rain.

A did a great job paying attention and engaged. (Took about 20 minutes). But of course the sun was back out by the time we were done. But now we are prepared for the next rain!

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STEM 3 Little Pigs

Today after school we decided it would be a great day to do our 3 Little Pigs Activity.

To prep for this I wrote down my ideas, did a bit of searching, and came up with my ideas. Here I have a few options depending on time & how it is going. The nice thing about this is I now have some ideas set for future days if needed. 🙂

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File Folder Activities

With our part day school we find ourselves with some small chunks of time that are enough to do something but not enough time to really go home. Or, we need an activity to help them as I am making dinner. So I have created some File Folder Activities. These are things that they can do which are all contained within a file folder.

I printed off different activities (found a lot of ideas on Pinterest), laminated the pieces, taped them to the inside of a file folder, and then used Velcro dots so the pieces can move around but also stay in place.

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Thankful Tree

This month we are focusing on being Thankful and ways to show Kindness towards others. To help with this we have crated a Thankful Tree where the leaves are handwritten notes of what we are thankful for.

So to help spread this mindset we started our tree on our Family Diner night so our friends could join with us. I was very happy with how engaged everyone was and the time and thought they put into their leaves.

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Kiwi Crate: Music (& feelings)

Today we have been focusing on Feelings. (Happy, silly, scared, worried, strong, ect.) So the Kiwi Crate box fit right in today with Music.

We started by talking about what are ways that you can show emotion. They came up with things like: drawing, words, face (smile, frown), dancing. Then dancing lead us to talk about what you hear when you dance sometimes…music!

So we read the story & had great discussions about many aspects of music, instruments, & feelings.

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