RBE Lessons for Home – Lesson 5

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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.

Videos


Online Games and Printables

Projects

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:


Vocabulary: Birds

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.

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Getting Started

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.

Instructions:

  1. Pour birdseed into a shallow cookie tray.
  2. Spread peanut butter onto the outside of the toilet paper tube.
  3. Roll the tube over the bird seed until it is well coated.
  4. String up onto a nearby branch (or put the roll onto the branch directly, as shown.)
  5. Watch and see what comes!

Bird-Watching

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!

Online Fun

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.

Craft Project Ideas


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:

Books

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.

  1. In your bowl, place a rock inside to represent a mountain.
  2. Add some grass for the vegetation.
  3. In the remaining space, form a bowl with aluminum foil to represent a small pond.
  4. Fill with water.
  5. Cover the bowl with cling wrap.
  6. Place your model under the sun, where it is warm; or use an incandescent lamp as a heat source.
  7. 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!

Videos

Educational videos that teach about the Water Cycle:


Art: Beadwork

Learn about seeded beadwork from different cultures – bead crafts are fun to do!

Colours of South Africa – Zulu Beads


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.


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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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