August - An Idea for Every Day - Week 1
- Coloring Book Day (8.2.20) - Online and print suggestions.
- Watermelon Day (8.3.20) - Art (paper plate craft, drawing or purse); Earth science (research and report).
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (8.4.20) - Reading (book suggestions); Cooking (traditional and nontraditional recipes); Writing (opinion and persuasive writing).
- Traffic Light Day (8.5.20) - Physical fitness (gross motor, following directions, running, awareness); STEM (problem-solving model proposal); Bible (coordinating colors with verses).
- Gossip Day (8.6.20) - Social emotional (discussion, object lesson, game, avoidance methods); Bible (family rule implementation).
- Water Balloon Day (8.7.20) - Math (writing word problems, data collection, measurement); Physical fitness (following directions, gross motor, aim, throwing).
- Global Sleep Under the Stars Night (8.8.20) - Backcountry camping tips.
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Leader Coloring Book Options
- Buyable Books reviewed at Gear Hungry. Of the options reviewed, we'd choose the Coloring Book for Adults: Amazing Swirls by Elena Bogdanovych via Happy Coloring and not just because they deem it the best choice. It genuinely looks like it would be fun to color. We enjoy the whimsical drawings and swirling patterns. To view a walk through, visit Coloring Queen before you buy.
- Printable Pictures are available in abundance at Just Color with convenient browsing options available. Browse by latest additions, most popular, specific categories (mandalas & art therapy; nature; travels; art; history & stories; special events; and popular keywords) or scroll through them all. The page we're printing off to color right now: seaworld. Make sure you go and browse yourself for recommendations based on picture selections and so you can see other people's finished work. Join their Facebook group if you want to contribute your own.
Learner Coloring Book Options
- Buyable Books reviewed by Scary Mommy and sorted by age group. Of the ones reviewed, we'd choose DDMY's 3D Coloring Puzzle Set. Not only do they get to color, but they'll also get to assemble their 3D model. I know our learner would love this!
- Printable Pictures are once again available in abundance at Just Color for kids. Still with convenient browsing options, but differing in categories. You can choose from animals; various themes; educative; art; Disney classics; Disney/Pixar; Dreamworks and others; Movies; Anime & Mangas and Superheroes. The one our learner would likely choose: Brachiosaurus egg.
Whatever the activity in which you engage, do it with all your ability, because there is no work, no planning, no learning, and no wisdom in the next world where you're going. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (ISV)
|Watermelon image by stevepb via Pixabay|
In Egypt we used to eat all the fish we wanted, and it cost us nothing. Remember the cucumbers, the watermelons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic we had? Numbers 11:5 (GNT)
|Chocolate Chip Cookie image by Izabelle Acheson via Unsplash|
Any grain offering that is baked in an oven or prepared in a pan or on a griddle belongs to the priest who presents it; it is his. Leviticus 7:9 (HCSB)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Reading
Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking
As far as we see it, you have two options: traditional or nontraditional. The traditional links you to the original Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe, and the nontradtional links you to Taste of Home for 25 variations. To be honest, the Nestle Toll House is not my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe, but it is the original; so we'll point you in that direction. If I were to choose one of the nontraditional recipes, I'd choose the Toffee Chip Thins by Lynae Lang. She combines chocolate, coconut and toffee in a cookie base made of graham cracker crumbs. Leaders, my mouth drools typing it!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Writing
With your learner, we recommend that you incorporate some opinion writing into the baking experience. This can either be done pre-baking or post-baking. For pre-baking writing, your learner must state their case for which type of cookie to bake. In post-baking writing, learners express which cookie was their favorite, or (if you only made one type) what is the best cookie they've ever eaten. Learners can either state their opinion (PreK-3rd template via Teachers Pay Teachers or OREO template by Genia Connell via Scholastic) or attempt to persuade you (via Daily Teaching Tools - scroll to Persuasive Essay Maps) depending on their level of readiness.
|Traffic Light image by Harshal Desai via Unsplash|
Your word is like a lamp that guides my steps, a light that shows the path I should take. Psalm 119:105 (ERV)
|Gossip image via pxfuel|
And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to them. Ephesians 4:29 (TPT)
"What's the matter, Josh?" Avery said at my sleeve. "You mad about somethin'?"
"Naw," I said. "I ain't mad...what gives ya a silly idea like that, anyway?"
"Well, yer so quiet-like. Usually you join right in the funnin'"
"Funnin'!" I said sourly. "Is that what that was?"
Avery looked at me in surprise.
He started to say something back but I cut in, "I mean, it don't seem fair somehow to stand talkin' about - about people with them not even there to defend themselves or nothin'."
"We weren't saying nothin' bad," argued Avery.
"Well - 'bad' all depends," I continued. "I mean, iffen she - she's a nice girl, then she might not like a bunch a fellas pickin' her over like that - like she was just somethin' to gawk at or somethin'."
"I mean," I went on, "why don't we just forget that girl and go play Fox and Goose or somethin'?"
"You don't like her much, do you? I mean, what's she done - ?"
I looked Avery square in the eye. I wanted to tell him just how dumb he was - but he was my friend. He flinched some at my look and scuffed his feet back and forth on the solid ground.
"It's got nothin' to do with likin' or not likin'," I finally said. "I don't even know her - yet. Neither do you. Nor do any of those other fellas. But standin' around talkin' about her doesn't do anybody any good. We might as well be playin' or somethin'."
"I'll get the guys," said Avery, but before he turned to go he said one more thing - quiet and almost condemning - "You're gettin' more like your preacher uncle every day, you know that? Ever'body in town knows he won't tolerate nobody talkin' 'bout nobody," and Avery wheeled and was gone.
|Water Balloon image via pxfuel|
- Water Balloon Pinata
- Addition, Subtraction and Comparison - Record how many balloons each person popped. Use the data to write addition, subtraction and comparison word problems.
- Fractions - Record the fractions of balloons each color represents. After every batter swings, update your fractions on a new line. Use the data to write fraction based word problems.
- Angles - As you hit each balloon with varying intensities, estimate the degree of movement the balloon traveled. To reach a better estimate, identify the type of angle: was it acute, obtuse, straight, reflex or full rotation movement? After answering this question, you should better be able to determine the degree of movement. Use the degrees of movements as numbers in your angle word problems.
- Water Balloon Bowling
- Make a Ten - Record pins hit each frame. Use to write "making a ten" word problems.
- Ordering Numbers - Every player keeps track of their score. Use the scorecards to write ordering number word problems. You could even do this logic problem style (how-to via Maths and Bugs).
- Algebraic Equations - Keep track of your score (learn how to at Kids Learn to Bowl). Then use the sheet to "lose numbers" for use in writing algebraic word problems.
My people are guilty of two evils:They have abandoned Me, the spring of living waters;And instead, they have settled for dead and stagnant waterfrom cracked, leaky cisterns of their own making.Jeremiah 2:13 (VOICE)
|Night Sky image by George Hodan via Public Domain Pictures|
And even though I know how very far apart we are,It helps to think we might be wishin' on the same bright star.
The sun has one kind of beauty, the moon another, the stars yet another; indeed, each star has its own individual kind of beauty. I Corinthians 15:41 (CJB)
Before You Go
- Which of these activities sparks the greatest interest for you?
- You must choose either watermelons or chocolate chip cookies to take with you when camping. Which do you choose and why?