Funschooling News #29 Special Days Edition

 

November Theme

Family Stories


Breakout the pictures!

Take time to reminisce and tell stories

 about family and friends.


Visit an adult center and take time to 

listen to the stories being told there.

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 25Author/Illustrator Marc Brown born 1946 – Learn more about the creator of the PBS cartoon Arthur (and related books) and play some of the theme related games available here.

Watch: Arthur * Es 04×05 The Blizzard; The Rat Who Came To Dinner

Activity Suggestion: Go to the library and read some books about Arthur’s adventures.

November 26: Cartoonist Charles Schulz born 1922 – Visit the Charles Schulz museum to learn more about the creator of Peanuts. Watch Charlie Brown adopts Snoopy 

Activity Suggestion: Make a simple cartoon of your own.

🌡November 27Scientist Anders Celsius born 1701 – This link will take you to a video that offers a short biography about the scientist. Video: Who Invented the Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Scales? 

Activity Suggestion: For the next week, change Fahrenheit to Celsius using this mathematical formula. Compare where you live to different temperatures around the world…Change Celsius to Fahrenheit as well.


November 28French Toast Day – Whip up a batch of your favorite French toast and do something a little extra special with it: Add toppings like strawberries (or another fruit), whipped cream, cream cheese, a drizzle of honey, raisins, nuts, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, or something else of your choosing. 

Video Recipe SuggestionHow to Make French Toast!! Classic Quick and Easy Recipe


🍫November 29Chocolates Day – Do you like chocolate? Have some fun making chocolate bubble bath, lip balm, chocolate covered pretzels, and other fun foods. Learn about the history and benefits as well.

📚November 30: Author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) born 1835 – Learn about this author and listen to some of his stories or download a few and read them.

I hope something in this post makes you smile!


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Funschooling News #27 STEM Edition

Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News STEM Edition!

Do you enjoy taking nature walks? If you do, collect some pine needles and pine cones while you’re out. The inexpensive, family-friendly activities offered below will help make your week a little more fun and interesting with these unique learning tools.

Supervision is suggested for some of the activities offered in this post.

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.

🎍Pine Tree Resources on Funschooling & Recreational Learning🎍

YouTube Playlist: Pine Tree Resources & Info 
The videos below, and others, can be found in this playlist.

One Minute Microscope: Pine Leaf Cross Section



Medicinal Teas – Pine Needle Tea





Pinecone Hygrometer – Experiment of the Week


Pine Cone Math & Art

The Spirals in a Pine Cone




How to: Pine Cone Fire Starters

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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 #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 #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 #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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Funschooling News #17 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 put old, clean water bottles to good use.

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. 


Leaky Bottle and Water Pressure

You’ll need a water bottle, water, and a nail for this activity.


Water Bottle Science Experiments

Here are some more experiments you can do with water bottles. I hope you enjoy them!

Soda Bottle Rocket Car-Physics of Toys
 Homemade Science with Bruce Yeany

Cloud in a Bottle – Science Experiment! 
Fun and Easy Science Project! Homeschool Science!



Make Non Stop Heron’s Fountain With Plastic Bottle

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Timing

Use a water bottle to do math as well!
Here’s a video that features water bottle trick flips by Dude Perfect
I hope you’ll be inspired to make up your own tricks once you get the hang of flipping water bottles.

Water Bottle Flip 2 | Dude Perfect

With this activity, you’re learn how to time a flip…with fluid.

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Funschooling News #15 STEM Edition

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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 put those old CD’s to good use.

If you missed the first part of this week’s newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New’s September/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. 


CD Hover Craft


Play with air power!  

What You’ll Need:
 An old CD, hot glue or super glue, a pop-top water bottle cap that covers the hole in the CD, and a large balloon


CD Science Experiments

Here are some more experiments you can do with old CDs. I hope you enjoy them!

Make Rubber Band Powered Car With Recycle CD Disc – DIY Kids Projects


 
School Science Projects Electric Generator

Free Energy Device with Magnet 100% Free Energy – New



Sacred Geometry

Use and old CD to do math as well!
Here’s a video that features a cultural drawing.

Flower of Life : How to Draw One Using a CD/DVD or Compass

Think of some other fun things you can draw using a old CD!
Here’s another activity that can be done with circles.

https://www.franw.com/2011/08/circle.html

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Funschooling News #11


Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News!


I’m offering more great family-friendly activities that will help make your week a little more fun. This week’s activities include domino related resources. This very inexpensive item can be turned into an awesome learning tool!

 Be sure to scroll all the way down to the Special Days section where you’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 

Dominoes


Dominoes are another wonderful and inexpensive learning tool!
Dominoes have been around since the 18th century and not only are they used to play a great strategy game, they can be used to build structures and toppling runs. Some of those domino runs can be very interesting to watch!
Here are three sites that have information about dominoes if you would like to learn more about them or how to make your own set of toppling dominoes… check them out.

Maze Guys: Dominoes – This site has a lot of information about dominoes, including how to make your own set, records, tip and tricks, and more.

Domino-Play – This site offers tips for set up, types of dominoes, history and more.


OhOh – DIY Graphic Domino Game For Kids – Instructions for making your own set of wooden dominoes.

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Domino Runs


Have you ever had the opportunity to watch a complex domino run run its course? The amount of time, creativity, and patience needed to put those runs together is amazing. If you decide to make your own, start small, then build on from there. The videos below offer some tips to get you started, tricks to challenge your skills, and something to strive for. The last video talks about the history of calendars.

How To Make A Domino Tower



5 Simple Domino Tricks! ft. 
AllAroundAudrey (Domino Tutorials)


The Amazing Triple Spirtal (15,000 DOMINOES)


Visit my Domino Playlist for more videos, including ones that show how to play the strategy game.

How Was The Calendar Invented?

Special Days & Holidays Sept 9-15 

Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her September 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 September. 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:

Have a Fun Food Day! September 13 is Peanut Day
Celebrate this fun food by learning about them, do some experiments, enjoy a few delicious recipes, and learn some of the ways they can be used. 

🐻September 9Teddy Bear Day – Learn about the Teddy bear and watch a The Teddy Bear (Documentary). Have a Teddy Bear picnic!


September 10Sewing Machine Patented 1846 – Many people helped to create the sewing machine, learn about the history of this very useful invention.


💲September 11: I Want to Start My Own Business Day – Find out the basics of starting your own business.

🎮September 12Video Game Day Learn about the history of video games from the 1940’s on. 


📗September 13Author, Roald Dahl born 1916 – Still Learning Something New has information about Dahl’s life, lesson plans, quotes, coloring pages,trivia, and much more.


September 141814 – Star Spangled Banner Composed by Francis Scott Key – Learn about the creator of the Star Spangled Banner.


🎩September 15Make a Hat Day – Make your own hat to celebrate the day!


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Funschooling News #10


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I’m offering more great family-friendly activities that will help make your week a little more fun. This week’s activities include vinegar related resources. This very inexpensive item can be turned into an awesome learning tool!

 Be sure to scroll all the way down to the Special Days section where you’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


5 Fun Vinegar Experiments


Vinegar is one of the most convenient and inexpensive items you have in your home for science projects. If you click on the link below, you will find 5 great science experiments that are fun for all ages. 

The last experiment is best done outside.

For these activities you will need: White vinegar, baking soda, a cooked chicken leg bone, 1-2 eggs, a recycled water bottle, balloons, measuring spoons and cups, a jar with a lid, a bowl, funnel, a spoon, a magnifying glass, a zip-top bag (sandwich sized), bathroom tissue and tape 

Optional: Dish soap, food dye, a length of yarn, scissors, and a ruler
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Vinegar


When you mix vinegar with other things, really cool things can happen! The first three videos will show you some of the fun things you can do with this and a few other inexpensive household items. The last video features a Ted talk by Arthur Benjamin about Fibonacci Numbers. 

Vinegar and Salt Experiment


How to Turn Milk into Stone!


Dancing Raisins Science Experiments for Kids at Home


The Magic of Fibonacci Numbers | Arthur Benjamin

Special Days & Holidays Sept 2-8 


Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her September 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 September. 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 September’s food themes is Apples. This link will take you to an apple research project that’s filled with links and videos about apples. It includes: Fun facts, questions to help you start your project, experiments, and other fun things.

🔥September 2Great Fire of London – 1666 – Information about the Great Fires of London, 1666, fire safety, and videos about the fire and candle experiments.
Watch the YouTube Playlist that that features the: Great Fire of London 1666 (Documentaries) and candle experiments.

September 3Skyscraper Day – Still Learning Something New offers resources that feature fun facts, how skyscrapers work, virtual field trips and much more. Make your own skyscraper from tooth picks or craft sticks.

September 3: American Flag 1st Flown in Battle 1777 –Information about US flag facts, flag craft, a research question, and links to informative sites.

September 4Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer born 1848 – Biographical information about Lewis Howard Latimer and his accomplishments. Includes a link to experiments and a video about Latimer’s life.


September 5Cheese Pizza Day – Pizza history, recipes, games and activities. Make your own pizza from start to finish or have some fun with personalized pita pizzas.

September 6 1620 – Pilgrims Set Sail to the New World – Mayflower resources include information about the captain, the voyage, crafts and other activities.

September 7Artist, Grandma Moses born 1860 – Still Learning Something New offers links to resources such as word finds, info about Grandma Moses, learn how to draw resources, and much more.

🦎September 8Iguana Awareness Day – LOTS of lizard related resources are available in this post.

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