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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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Art: Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo was an amazing painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.
- Flashcards: da Vinci – Famous Works
Online Games and Printables
- Leonardo da Vinci – The School Run
- Leonardo da Vinci online activities and printable worksheets
- Leonardo da Vinci Art Projects for Kids
Catapults were first invented in Ancient Greek and Roman times. Leonardo redesigned the catapult around 1485, and used the springlike energy stored in bent wood to give power to the swing arm.
Build a catapult – use the Pathfinders Leonardo da Vinci Catapult Kit or Make Your Own Catapult from Popsicle Sticks:
Bird-watching not only helps boost your child’s knowledge about birds and their daily habits, it helps the right brain. Quiet observation encourages children to slow down to a relaxed alpha wave state. In a busy technology-centered world, these types of activities are truly healing and give balance to the brain.
Begin your family bird-watching journey with a walk in the park. Take along your binoculars and a bird guide book.
Make a Simple Bird Feeder
What you will need: toilet paper tube, peanut butter, birdseed (millet and sunflower seeds), string.
- Pour birdseed into a shallow cookie tray.
- Spread peanut butter onto the outside of the toilet paper tube.
- Roll the tube over the bird seed until it is well coated.
- String up onto a nearby branch (or put the roll onto the branch directly, as shown.)
- Watch and see what comes!
You will likely soon see birds nibbling at your bird feeder.
- Have a bird guide book handy, or camera so that you can take a picture to identify it.
- Keep a bird watching journal to document your discoveries! Your child can draw a picture, adding the bird’s species, as you discover it.
- Older children can create different types of bird feeders with different kinds of seeds. They’ll delight in noticing the different varieties that visit each type of feeder!
- Bird Guide – Identify the birds you see with this handy resource.
- Online Bird Memory Game
- Printable Bird Memory Game
- The Great Backyard Bird Count – count the number of birds and enter it online
For big kids: Remember the bird colors, shapes, sizes, and habits.
Vocabulary: Optical Instruments
Children love it when they can play with actual objects that match, or build upon, information in flashcards. Here’s a few ideas about how to follow the Optical Instruments flashcards set.
Little Ones (age 0-3)
Younger children love to try on different silly sunglasses, peer through binoculars, and see a leaf close-up with a magnifying glass. An easy craft idea would be to make a simple play telescope out of a paper towel roll.
Bigger Kids (age 4+)
Older children usually want to take this exploration a step further. They either want to see the big picture via a telescope, or uncover the small, often unseen world through a microscope and slides. A more challenging craft idea would be to make a telescope that works!
Science: Water Cycle
Learn about the water cycle with the following online resources:
- Enchanted Learning – Water Cycle
- Natural Water Cycle Game
- BrainPop Water Cycle Game
- Turtle Diary Water Cycle Games
- The Magic School Bus Wet All Over: A Book about the Water Cycle
- The Water Cycle!: With 25 Science Projects for Kids
- Water (National Geographic Kids: Level 3)
Water Cycle Model
Make a Mini Water Cycle at home following the instructions from Science Sparks:
You will need: large plastic or metal bowl, rock, grass, aluminum foil, cling-wrap, and water.
- In your bowl, place a rock inside to represent a mountain.
- Add some grass for the vegetation.
- In the remaining space, form a bowl with aluminum foil to represent a small pond.
- Fill with water.
- Cover the bowl with cling wrap.
- Place your model under the sun, where it is warm; or use an incandescent lamp as a heat source.
- Watch as the water evaporates from the “pond”, condenses on the cling wrap, and drips back down into the bowl.
You can also make a 3D Water Cycle Model out of Lego!
Educational videos that teach about the Water Cycle:
Learn about seeded beadwork from different cultures – bead crafts are fun to do!
- CBC Kids: Do You Know What Beading Is?
- Zulu Beadwork Culture – symbols and meanings
- How to Make a Zulu Bead Bracelet
For the Older Child:
Montessori Practical Life Lessons
For the younger child: you can also use this opportunity to use beads in Montessori fine motor skill lessons, such as: threading, posting and sorting.
- Right Brain Kids: Foundations of Genius
- Right Brain Kids: TweedleWink Program
- Right Brain Kids: Wink Program
- More TweedleWink Lessons for Home
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