RBE Lessons for Home – Lesson 1

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This series of lesson outlines are modelled after the Right Brain Kids home learning lessons. They can be a terrific way to supplement and build upon the knowledge learned during TweedleWink classes. They can also be used as a stand alone homeschool curriculum. The lessons cover a range of subjects like science, music, art, vocabulary, and culture.

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Science: The Solar System

Learn about the planets and asteroid belt that orbit around our Sun – that’s our solar system! Play with the planets by creating a solar system on the floor, in the air, in playdough form or on paper. Hands-on play will leave your child remembering the content of this lesson – as a happy memory – for years!

Arts and Crafts

Make a solar system model with these kits:


Books


Videos


Music

The Solar System Song:


Apps


Art: Claude Monet

Learn about the artwork of French artist, Claude Monet. Monet became known as an “Impressionist.” The brush strokes in Impressionistic work are lively and spontaneous, capturing the feeling of the moment. Monet is well known for peaceful images of of waterlilies at his home in Giverny.

Online

Monet Art Projects


Art Project: Tissue Paper Waterlillies

You will need:

  • tissue paper (blue strips for water, pink for flowers, green for leaves)
  • blue paper (or paper, painted with blue watercolor beforehand)
  • glue
  • paintbrushes or Q-tips

Instructions:

  1. Invite your child to create a pond–either by painting a blue background on art paper, or by using a blue piece of construction paper.
  2. Create ripples in the pond–either by adding a pearl-base glossy paint atop your surface, or by gluing blue tissue strips as waves.
  3. Cut green paper into lily pad shapes. Glue onto your piece.
  4. Cut pink tissue paper into squares or circles. Find a point at the center of the shape, pinch, and twist into an open waterlily shape. (For more depth, layer two colors together before twisting.)
  5. Glue pink flowers onto the green lily pads. Allow to dry. Sign!

See: collection of Monet-inspired artwork from a 4th grade class


Vocabulary: Musical Instruments

Learn about musical instruments and explore music at an even deeper level. Music enhances all areas of learning, from language development to neural engagement (builds IQ!) to spatial-temporal skills needed for math, science, art, and invention.

Take a look at your listening library and make sure that you have good examples of classical music and a variety of instruments and rhythms at home. Incorporate music in to your night time rest and relaxation. Use it as a background for homework or cooking/dinner preparation. Sing along! Dance! Play! Enjoy!

Here are some great ideas to make more connections.

Arts and Crafts

Make your own musical instruments from this list of 20 DIY Musical instruments collated by Meaningful Mama:


Online Resources

DSO KIDS: Dallas Symphony Orchestra:

The New York Philharmonic KIDZONE

  • game room
  • dressing rooms
  • composer’s gallery
  • instrument storage room
  • instrument laboratory

SFSKIDS: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – Fun and Games with Music

  • instruments of the orchestra
  • the music lab
  • what’s up at the symphony?

Science: Parts of a Flower

Learn about the parts of a flower! Here are some ideas to deepen your child’s understanding and appreciation for their “inner workings.”

“Parts of a Flower” Montessori Materials

Montessori Lesson Ideas

  • puzzle
  • model
  • watercolor
  • flower matching
  • math flower stamping
  • songs (“My Garden”, “Little Flower”)

Fresh flowers, Nature Walk

Can you remember what it was like to be a child, pick a flower and pull the petals back to see what was inside? Every flower species is unique. Once your child learns the basic parts, he/she can then discover how those parts take form in various flower blossoms.

“Parts of a Flower and their Functions”

Cartoon Animation by Make Me Genius (6:24 minutes). PLEASE NOTE: the English pronunciation and grammar in the narration is not always polished, but the content is wonderful!


Culture: Kenya

Part of the TweedleWink program is an activity called the “magic carpet ride”, where the children are encourage to use their imaginations as they visit new places in their minds. Part of this activity involves visiting other countries and experiencing their cultures. This lesson features Kenya and the Kenyan language (Swahili).

Before You Embark

Prepare your child’s mind with picture images so that your imaginary journey is rich and meaningful. If you have a globe, world map or atlas, locate Kenya with your child. Then, go on-line and explore great travel sites: point out the clothing, language spoken, or try a recipe for dinner!

People and Places

National Geographic Kids: Kenya – Facts & Photos, Video, Map

Language

Swahili Video Flashcards


Food

Recipe for Pilau: My African Food Map – Kenyan Style Pilau


Crafts

Make a Masai warrior shield

Related:

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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