Funschooling News #26 Special Days Edition

Special Days & Holidays For November

Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her November 2018 Special Days Calendar. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, and monthly event and food themes.

November Food Theme

Learn about peanuts and do some peanut experiments.

🗺November 11Geography Awareness Week – Visit a national or state park in your area or plan a special trip somewhere. Learn how to Funschool Geography.

November 11Origami Day – Have some fun folding easy origami projects. These sites have more projects to try: The Spruce Craft: Origami &
Origami-Make.org


👩November 12:  Suffragist/Reformer Elizabeth Stanton born 1815 – Learn about Elizabeth Stantonthen watch this informative video about the history of women’s suffrage: Women’s Suffrage: Crash Course US History #31

November 13Indian Pudding Day – Make some today! 


November 14Inventor Robert Fulton born 1765 – Watch this Documentary: Robert Fulton and the American Dream: Engineer and Inventor – Biography to learn more about him.

♻November 15America Recycles Day – Turn your trash into something useful with the ideas in this post.

November 16: Button Day – Purchase a big bag of buttons from a craft store and have fun using them in creative ways. Check out this video if you need some ideas.

🌳November 17Take A Hike Day – There are a lot of benefits to hiking, read about them in this article. Enjoy the fall season by taking a hike this week!

I hope something in this post makes you smile!

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Funschooling News #25 STEM Edition

Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News STEM Edition!


Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make your week a little more fun and interesting? 
This week’s learning activities include projects that turn leaves into an really fun learning tool. There’s a lot of chemistry in this issue.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s November’s Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 

🍁Leaf Resources on Funschooling & Recreational Learning🍁

YouTube Fall and Leaves Playlist 
The videos below, and others, can be found in this playlist.

Preparation of Stomata Slide

Photosynthesis in Leaf Disks Experiment


 
Use iodine to test a leaf for starch | Plant Physiology | Biology




Science Experiment: Producing electricity from a leaf!!!



Leaf Math & Art

Relaxing Activity: Trace around a leaf on a plain piece of copy paper, then, using a pen, draw enough different sized circles to cover the inside the leaf. Optional: Use different colored pens.

Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant



How To Draw Fall Leaves



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Funschooling News #24 Special Days Edition

Special Days & Holidays For November

Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her November 2018 Special Days Calendar. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, and monthly event and food themes.

November 4King Tut’s Tomb discovered 1922 – Visit a museum that has Egyptian artifacts. Watch the documentary: In Search Of History – The Mysteries of King Tut


November 5:  Doughnut Day – Whip up a batch of Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts, then watch this informative video about the history of donuts: The American History of Donuts – US 101

✅November 6Election​ ​Day​ ​(US) – Learning about the history of voting.

November 7Scientist Marie Curie born 1867 – Watch this Marie Curie Documentary to learn more about her.

🎲November 8Game Inventor Milton Bradley born 1836 – Read about this businessman and game inventor and play some of the games sold under this brand. Create a game of your own to play.

November 8: STEM & STEAM Day – 5 Ways to Celebrate National STEM/STEAM Day – Tips for celebrating the day.

November 9Berlin Wall opened 1989Learn the history of the wall with the documentary: History Channel – Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall and the news report: Nov. 10, 1989: Celebration at the Berlin Wall

November 10Domino DayPlay with dominoes! Use them as a game or as a tumbling toy. This post has some great ideas.
Video: 25,000 DOMINOES: A Tribute to Domino Day

November 10: Great Wall of China opened to tourism 1970Who built the Great Wall of China? Get the facts with the site offered, and with the documentary: National Geographic – The Great Wall of China – Documentary

I hope something in this post makes you chuckle!

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Creative’s Inspiration 30 Writing and Artist Prompts for the Harvest Season


Just added to Funschooling Press!


This instant digital download offers 30 prompts to help inspire your creativity!

Writers and poets, artists, and musicians! If you’re a creative, then this is a great resource for you.

Harvest Inspirations is exactly that, open-ended inspiration, with tools to help you get unblocked, change your perspective, or challenge yourself to keep things interesting.

It starts with 30 Harvest-related prompts that are perfect for the harvest season (Thankfulness, Squirrels, Parade, Family Gathering, etc.) if those are enough to spark your creativity then go with it! If you need a little more, that’s okay too! There’s a ‘Perspective Page’ that gives you some questions to ask yourself with 6 examples! Then there’s the ‘Try This’ page, that gives you 20 activities that you can do with each and every prompt, that’s 600 possibilities, and that’s not even including the ‘Workout Web’, ‘Blockbuster Pages’ and ‘Create A Comic/StoryBoard’ page!

As a creative who has been educating for 25 years, I know that creativity is one of the unsung fundamentals of an intelligent mind. Whether you’re a Creative looking for inspiration, a student (of any age) looking to build your brain and skills, or a teacher trying to inspire creativity without blocking it, this publication is for you.

This 9 page document has 1 printer friendly chart of words, and 1 chart with a fall inspired picture background.
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Funschooling News #23 STEAM Edition


Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News STEAM Edition!


Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make your week a little more fun and interesting? 
This week’s learning activities include projects that turn Pumpkins into an really cool learning tool.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s October Special Days Calendar and November’s Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


Pumpkins Resources


The 3 Sisters: Squash – Pumpkins


Jack O’ Lanterns


Pumpkin growth time-lapse: 
From the seed to the mature fruit in 108 days and nights




Pumpkin Carving Tips & Tricks




Professional Pumpkin Carver Jonathan Barwood Gives Carving Advice

Top 15 Best Pumpkin Carvings Ever!



Pumpkin Playlist


Pumpkin Math & Physics

How much math do you think you’d use if you were to grow a giant pumpkin? The first video shows how much work goes into growing one! 
What kind of maths would you use to construct a machine that chucks a pumpkin as far as possible?

Giant Pumpkin. Pumpkin Show – Modern Agriculture



The Physics of “Punkin Chunkin”

The idea is to chuck the pumpkin as far as possible.

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Funschooling News #22 Special Days Edition

Special Days & Holidays For October & November


Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her October 2018 Special Days Calendar and the November Calendar can be found here. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, monthly event and food themes, and more. 

Betty Jo and I have created a Special Days Companion filled with 120+ activities you can do as a family during the month of October. To find out more about this wonderful product, click here.

Here are a few of the things on her list and some helpful activities and links:

One of the fun holidays featured during the month of October is Halloween. This resource page has some fun Halloween activities to do, and animals and foods to learn about. This post has informational resources about the history of Halloween.

Not into Halloween? Celebrate the season of Fall with some of the fun activities in the post provided.

🗽October 28Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886 – Learn about the Statue of Liberty with the video Statue of Liberty Decoded Why Was it Made? provided in the link. 

🐈October 29: Cat Day – Start your own cat study in honor of the day! Use the resources in the post provided to help get you going.

🍬October 30Candy Corn Day – Candy corn has been around for more than 100 years! Learn more about this classic candy. Find out how they are made too!

🎃October 31: All Hollows Eve/Halloween – Learn about Halloween and do some fun activities.

🚪October 31
Knock Knock Jokes Day – Have some fun telling knock knock jokes…and be sure to make up some of your own!

🦃November🦃


🐕November 1
Cook for Your Pets Day
 – Have fun planning and making treats and healthy foods for your favorite pet.

November 1: Vinegar Day – Take some time to do one of the 5 fun Experiments with vinegar offered in this post.

📙November 2Book Lovers Day – This link will give you access to Free classic ebooks on Project Gutenberg.

November 3 Poet Wm. C. Bryant born 1794 – Listen to Bryant’s works. Learn about the man here
I hope something in this post makes you chuckle!

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Funschooling News #21 STEM Edition

Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News STEM Edition!


Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make the rest of your week a little more fun and interesting? 
This week’s learning activities include projects that turn toothpicks into an excellent learning tool.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s October Special Days Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 

How to Demonstrate Engineering Principles | Science Projects




Building a Toothpick Bridge



Check out how strong this bridge is! My Toothpick Bridge

The Spangler Effect – Toothpick Table Tricks Season 01 Episode 45


Toothpick Math

Use toothpicks to do math.

Below you will find a couple of videos with toothpick puzzles.
Puzzles help us to solve problems and think more creatively.
If you like these, you can check this pdf out with more puzzles to try.

3 Toothpick Puzzles to Drive You Nuts!!



10 Mind Bending Matchstick Puzzles
*Just use toothpicks!

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Funschooling News #20 Special Days Edition

Special Days & Holidays For October


Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her October 2018 Special Days Calendar. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, monthly event and food themes, and more. 

Betty Jo and I have created a Special Days Companion filled with 120+ activities you can do as a family during the month of October. To find out more about this wonderful product, click here.

Here are a few of the things on her list and some helpful activities and links:

One of the fun holidays featured during the month of October is Halloween. This resource page has some fun Halloween activities to do and animals and foods to learn about.
Not into Halloween? Celebrate the season of Fall with some of the fun activities in this post.
🐍October 21Reptile Awareness Day – Learn about a favorite reptile or choose a lizard from the post offered. Sea Turtles can be found here.
Watch the YouTube video collection on my: Lizards Playlist

📘October 21: Friends of the Library Week – Find out how your library can save you money! Go to the library and find out what they have to offer you. Ask for or arrange a tour.


October 22Daniel Boone born 1734 – Still Learning Something New offers great resources that include: Biographical information, quotes, printables, an interactive map, pioneer games and more.

October 23: Mole Day – A Mole is a unit of measurement used in Chemistry. Learn how you can celebrate the day here.


🌱October 24Food Day Choose a fun food to learn about or find out:


🎩October 25Magic Week Begins – Magic has a long history! Take a bit of time to learn about some of the best magicians of our time and learn a trick or two.

October 26Frankenstein Day – Read about Mary Shelley’s famous creation. 
October 26: National Pumpkin Day – Learn about one of ‘The Three Sisters’, Squash.
October 26: Red Cross Founded 1836.

📚October 27Tell A Story Day – There are a lot of really fun ways to tell a story, check out this post, and choose a way to tell a story that appeals to you most. 

I hope something in this post makes you smile!

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Witches Brew Word Search with Bonus Coloring Page

Now available on Funschooling Press:

Find the 50 manually placed words hidden within this Witch themed word search. A bonus cauldron color page is included in the purchase. 

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Funschooling News #19 STEM Edition

Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News STEM Edition!


Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make the rest of your week a little more fun and interesting? This week’s learning activities include projects that turn ordinary apples into extraordinary learning experiences.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s October Special Days Calendar, you can link to it here. You’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


It may seem unusual to think of an apple as the focus of a STEM project, but I assure you, quite a bit can be done with apples that include science, engineering, and the math parts of STEM…and maybe even the technology part too…depending on how you look at it. I’m going to add a little chemistry into the mix this week as well! I hope you enjoy it.

Note: After doing LOTS of apple experiments with my kids and in my programs, I think it’s only fair to let you know that some apples have more iron in them than others, and that can really effect the oxidation experiments. I recommend trying a variety of apples for these types of experiments to truly find ways to stop oxidation. You will also need extra apples to snack on! 😊

Apples are a fun food to study. If you would like to make your own apple study, I offer the following resource pages: 
Apple Research Project and Apple Resources

Apple Oxidation & The Scientific Method: 
A fun, at-home science experiment

Apple Oxidation Experiment

Video: Why Do Apples Turn Brown?

What Happens When Apple Meets Magnet

Science For Kids With HudsonAlpha: Enzymes & Apple Juice



5 Delicious Apple Hacks


Apple Math, Engineering, & Technology

Use apples to do math as well!
Here are a couple of videos on how to cut an apple to make something a little more special out of it. The first is a swan and the second is a puzzle.
This is where math, engineering, and technology come together in a really fun way.
I highly recommend that you go to YouTube and put the words: ‘Apple Art‘ into the search box to see some of the amazing and fun things people have done with this ordinary fruit.

How to Make an Edible Apple Swan!


Apple Puzzle

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