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This series of lesson outlines are modelled after the Right Brain Kids home learning lessons. They are a terrific way to supplement and build upon the knowledge learned during TweedleWink classes. They can also be used as a homeschool curriculum.
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“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little stars…” Learn about constellations! Anytime we teach children to memorize patterns, we strengthen the regions in the brain responsible for math and language. Here are some great ways to play with these special patterns at home.
If you have the BrillKids Little Reader Program, download our Constellations Flashcards:
Download and print out – 28 constellations (4 per page):
- Cassiopeia, Ursa Major, Orion, Cepheus
- Sagittarius, Ursa Minor, Draco, Scorpius
- Bootes, Hercules, Cygnus, Gemini
- Auriga, Taurus, Cetus, Leo
- Andromeda, Capricornus, Aquila, Pegasus
- Canis Major, Lyra, Libra, Perseus
- Delphinus, Aries, Pisces, Aquarius
Free Constellation Printable Pack from Fun with Mama – contains 55 pages and includes a variety of activities.
Constellation Lacing Cards
Constellation Lacing Cards – Print, cut, laminate. Using a hole punch, make a hole in the middle of every circle in each constellation picture. Cut a long piece of string or yarn. Tie a knot at the end and wrap the other with tape, or dip in glue and let it dry.
Constellation Flashlight Play
- Download and print out this image.
- Paste the paper labels to cardboard backing. Allow to dry & cut out.
- Poke holes in the points indicated.
- Tape one constellation to the end of a standard flashlight, making sure that the edges are sealed.
- Turn off lights, turn on flashlight & shine onto a ceiling, a wall or piece of paper!
Make a Star Finder
Make a Star Finder – Learn your way around the night sky by finding some of the constellations.
Constellation Night Sky
Make a Constellation Jar following the instruction from Design Mom:
- Quiz: How well do you know the zodiac constellations?
- Mindy’s Constellation Exploration
- Constellations Game
- Star Map Tracker – Stargazing with Augmented Reality
- Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide by Vito Technology
- Star Walk 2 – Identify Stars in the Night Sky
- Constellations: The Story of Space Told Through the 88 Known Star Patterns in the Night Sky
- What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky
- Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations
- Star Stories: Constellation Tales From Around the World
- 50 Things To See With A Telescope – Kids: A Constellation Focused Approach
- “Find the Constellations” by H.A. Rey (author of Curious George)
- National Geographic’s “Zoo in the Sky” by Jacqueline Mitton
Stellarium Web Online Star Map
Stellarium – see the night sky on your computer just as you would see it in 3D with the naked eye, binoculars, or telescope. You can turn on functions to view the constellations, planetary pathways, and more. More about Stellarium.
Prepare your child’s right brain with vivid picture images so that your imaginary journey is rich and meaningful. If you have a globe, world map or atlas, locate India 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: India – Facts & Photos, Video, Map
“Children’s Lessons in Hindi” – this is a Sampler of a Larger Moving Flashcard Video Series in HINDI featuring: Alphabet • Numbers • Animals • Birds • Insects • Fruit & Vegetables • Flowers • Colors • Action Words • Occupations • Parts of the Body • Days of the Week/Months of the Year • Parts of the Family • Compass Directions • Vehicles • Parts of India
- Cardamom Rice Pudding – Rice pudding is truly a comfort food. Try this version of India’s Cardamom rice pudding that your family will really enjoy!
Types of Butterflies. In addition to learning the many different species, it is a great opportunity to tie in other concepts such as:
- Life Cycle of a Butterfly
- Butterfly Migration Routes
- Parts of a Butterfly
- DIY Butterfly Math Counting Cards – this lesson is wonderful for math dot recognition and matching.
- Printable Booklet: Colors & Life Cycle of a Butterfly – includes a graphing extension + color word flashcards and butterfly-caterpillar color cards, which can be used for several games as well as an “Itty Bitty booklet” activity (14 pages).
- Life Cycle of a Butterfly Coloring Page
- Butterfly Life Cycle Sequencing Cards – color, cut, and place in order!
- Butterfly Observation Notebook for Kids – if you are able to create a temporary home for a caterpillar, your child can see it evolve into the different stages as it becomes a butterfly! This observation notebook helps your child learn as he/she watches and takes notes from day to day.
Books, Videos, and Information
- Fun Butterfly Facts for Kids
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Book or Video:
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Animation
- The Cat in the Hat Learning Library – My Oh My a Butterfly!
Biomes are regions of the world with similar climate (weather, temperature), plants and animals. There are terrestrial biomes (land) and aquatic biomes, both freshwater and marine.
- Video depicting biomes around the world:
- Kids Do Ecology: Biomes – website with information and games.
- The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems
- What Is a Biome?
- Seek & Find Biomes: Tundra, Alpine, Forest, Rainforest, Savanna, Grassland, Desert, Freshwater & Marine
- Amazing Biome Projects: You Can Build Yourself
- Many Biomes, One Earth – Sneed B Collard
- Take a walk or a drive to see natural biomes in your area.
- Create a “biome box” or play mat and fill with toy plants and animal figurines. (Encourage your child to play with it!)
- Draw a picture of your favorite biome.
Science: Parts of an Insect
The parts of an insect: a three-part body (head, thorax, and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes, and two antennae.
Build an Insect
Using coloured paper, cut out your own colourful pieces for each insect part. Alternatively, you can use the template on page 14 of this insect workbook.
- 1 head
- 1 thorax
- 1 abdomen
- 6 legs
- 2 eyes
- 2 antennae
Encourage your child to paste them onto a piece of cardboard (or piece of paper) to create their very own insect.
Colour and Learn
- Enchanted Learning “Print-outs” – Enjoy these FREE teacher-created coloring pages, sequencing cards, and activity sheets!
- Parts of an Insect Game – Roll your dice, look for the number on the insect piece, then and put your insect puzzle pieces together! Great for dot to number math play!
40 free flashcards to print and use with your child. They contain a picture with a phrase (A bee on a flower.) Print 1 copy to use as flashcards. Print 2 copies to use as matching or memory cards!
Of course, once you begin to study insects, the natural next step to discover more is… outside!