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If you’re looking at the calendar, you may have noticed that tomorrow is Groundhog’s Day. You might even be considering incorporating something about it into tomorrow’s school plans …. if only there a quick way to put together a mini-unit …..
Well, you’re in luck. Albeit last minute, we’ve found some fun resources for learning about Groundhog’s Day with your children!
Facts & History: Read this short page to learn about how Groundhog Day came to be, here in the United States.
And maybe all of this talking about Groundhog Day has got you thinking about that super-funny movie with Bill Murray? You can rent it from Amazon right now and watch right on your computer for only $2.99 or buy it as a digital download for only $4.99!
What are your favorite resources for learning about Groundhog Day?
This post was written by Christina S., a LessonPathways.com team member and homeschooling mom of 11 years. When she’s not finding great resources to share with our LessonPathways family, she’s busy working on her site, HomeschoolingInDetroit and chatting away on Twitter.
CurrClick just announced they will be launching a FREE Club for American Girl Doll enthusiasts.
If you’re not familiar with CurrClick already, they offer great downloadable resources and online classes for kids.
We are planning a FREE online American Girl Club for girls ages 5-12. The American Girl dolls each represent a period in American History so this club will be a history enrichment club. Each meeting would consist of a unit study, craft, snack (prepared at home by the parent), and anything else our coordinators can think of!
CurrClick is looking for parent coordinators. If you are interested, just fill out this quick survey.
Over the centuries, people have celebrated Christmas in many different ways. As Christmas approaches, this is a wonderful time to share with your family the history, crafts and stories of years gone by.
At my house, we have started counting down the days until Christmas. We are shamelessly singing Christmas songs at the top of our lungs, and we are enjoying our egg nog and gingerbread coffee creamers immensely. The tree is lit and the halls are decked. It is really beginning to look, sound and smell a lot like Christmas around here. We seem to partake in many traditional Christmas traditions, but why? Where did these traditions originate? This brief history of Christmas will explain why we celebrate Christmas and the many wonderful traditions associated with the holiday.
Activities for Fun and Learning
Hands-on activities make learning more memorable and more fun. Here are some activities to share with your family this Christmas season.
Make an Orange Pomander Pomanders were a traditional Christmas gift in Tudor times – designed to combat all those nasty smells of daily Tudor life!
Meeting Santa Claus Mr. Edwards met Santa on his way to the Ingall’s home for Christmas dinner. Have your child imagine and describe what he thinks it would be like to meet Santa.
Hand Dipped Candles Read and follow the directions on the page to make the candle(s). Be sure to read the tips at the bottom of the page. How do you think night time activities were affected by only having candles for light?
Make a Marshmallow Snowman Ornament If you like to add homemade ornaments to your Christmas tree each year, this marshmallow snowman Christmas ornament is quick and easy for kids or adults to make
Tools for Learning
Incorporate these online games, printables, and activities to teach your child about Christmas.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Students usually have a lot of fun doing this. The teacher can give clues for students who have trouble recalling parts of the song.
This post was written by Christina S., LessonPathways.com team member and veteran homeschool mom. When not helping out around here at LessonPathways.com or other work-related project, she’s busy homeschooling or tweeting as @MrsStrick on Twitter.
In her quest to find great resources for educating her own children, she has found some she’d like to share with you. Read on and enjoy!
Hanukkah, also known as “The Festival of Lights” (and sometimes spelled “Chanukah”) is an eight-day Jewish holiday starting on the 25th day of Kislev, which may occur at any time from late November to late December (source: wikipedia).
This year, Hanukkah begins on December 1.
While my family is not Jewish, I wanted my children (and myself!) to learn more about Jewish culture and traditions. It’s important to me that we learn as much as we can, out of respect for our friends that are Jewish and because Jewish culture is deeply intertwined with our own Christian history.
All of the resources here were found on the internet and are completely free! They are listed here for you, in the friendly “LessonPathways.com” Pathway format we’ve all grown to know and love. I hope your family finds them useful in your homeschool (or classroom) studies too!
As I mentioned, I am still learning about Jewish culture and traditions. If I’ve made an error, please let me know. If you’ve got a great resource I missed, please share it in the comments section below!
Have you ever wished there was some way for your budding author to become published? Do you feel like your kids are missing out by not having a school newspaper or a place to showcase their literary talent?
The Homeschool Literary Quarterly is an online, quarterly literary magazine published and sponsored byWriteGuide.com, a Company Devoted to the Teaching of Writing.
Our purpose is to
(1) Promote the literary arts within the homeschool community.
(2) Provide a place where homeschool writers can showcase their work, and receive intelligent commentary from readers.
(3) Assist homeschoolers who are considering a career in publishing or writing.
We think this is a great idea! They are calling for submissions for their upcoming newsletter. The deadline is November 15th. Encourage your child to polish up his or her best piece of fiction, poetry, an essay or even his or her best book review and you might see it in the next issue!
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