July - An Idea for Every Day - Week 4
As we near the end of July and the days get shorter, we realize our time for summer is coming to an end too. Likely, thoughts of school are buzzing through your head: "How's it going to be different this year? What can I do to make my learner feel safe and secure? How long will this last?" These questions zoom through my head too, leader. And we need to muster our courage and lead with confidence knowing God goes before us and walks alongside us. We are never alone. Standing in the love and grace of God, we lead with confidence knowing that because God is fearless, we can be fearless too! We will face this next school year, with all of it's uncertainty and unfamiliarity, with confidence - because we lean on Our Rock who never changes. Taking confidence in God as a cue, our learners will bloom. He knows the plans He has for us, and we trust in that. Period.
In an effort to aid you in finding encouragement for each passing day, we've paired activities (academic, social emotional or entertaining) with daily holidays. Check out the upcoming holidays ranging from July 19, 2020 to July 25, 2020 (click the link to "jump" to the correlating day's description).
- Ice Cream Day - In-the-bag and machine made ice cream recipes.
- Moon Day - Reading, creativity building, speaking skills, longitude and latitude, science (geology and astronomy), following directions, and impact craters.
- Junk Food Day- Nutrition, informational and narrative writing, alphabetic knowledge, fiction reading, debating, decision making, and collaborating.
- Hammock Day - Four varieties from which to choose - following directions, weaving, art, organization, problem-solving, and engineering.
- Gorgeous Grandma Day - Noticing details, drawing, writing, and social skills.
- Amelia Earhart Day - Biographies, character traits, and timeline creation.
- Merry-Go-Round Day - Encouragement to get out and play. Plus a link to a virtual carousel.
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"There is nothing better for people to do than to eat, drink, and find satisfaction in their work. I saw that even this comes from the hand of God." Ecclesiastes 2:24 (GW)
In-the-Bag Ice Cream
- For chocolate-flavored ice cream without a machine, visit In the Kids Kitchen. With only four ingredients and some common supplies, your kids will shake up ice cream in no time. What's even better, In the Kids Kitchen explores the science behind ice cream making magic.
- Find vanilla ice cream at Kidstir. It's a similar recipe, without the science lesson, and with, well, vanilla.
Machine Ice Cream
- Baker Bettie claims the best ice cream is made with a custard base, and when you try her recipe, she'll take the time to prove it to you. She'll discuss the benefits of machine-made versus no-churn methods, share tips before starting, detail every step of custard creation, explain why you should chill the mixture, tell you what to expect while churning, guide you through the finishing process and suggest ice cream variations. As you can see, you're in dedicated hands with Baker Bettie.
- For an easier option, visit Barefeet in the Kitchen for a Philadelphia-style ice cream. She'll talk to you about mix-in options, pairing ideas, why she favors this recipe, how to make it and variations to it.
|Moon image by Pixabay via Pexels|
To Him who made great lights,For His mercy endures forever -The sun to rule by day,For His mercy endures forever;The moon and stars to rule by night,For His mercy endures forever.
|Donuts photo by Sharon McCutcheon via Pexels|
Some of you say, "We can do anything we want to." But I tell you that not everything is good for us. So I refuse to let anything have power over me. I Corinthians 6:12 (CEV)
Junk food is an object that easily claims power over us. We reach for it when we're happy, sad, socializing, tired or bored. It serves to comfort us. We hope these ideas we've been stewing on help you approach the topic of junk food in a fun and nonconfrontational way.
Your Preschool to First Grade learners will find Little Pea, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, hilarious. It's about a pea who has to eat candy every day for dinner and DOES NOT like it. They'll laugh out loud when they see what his dessert is when he finally eats the candy. Deborah Moran is ready to guide you through Little Pea before, during, and after activities at Better Lesson. You'll start with modeling clay and end with a healthy ABC book.
Gregory the Terrible Eater, by Mitchell Sharmat and illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey, is a fun book about a goat who frustrates his parents by eating human food instead of junk, and we think it's ideal for your Second to Third Grade learner. Open this PDF file for Wolf Creek's lesson plan for healthy eating instruction. We suggest using this My Plate coloring page (PDF) for gluing on pictures of their choices in the described activity. Integrate writing by having learners add a scene that describes Gregory eating their plate.
What exactly is "junk food" anyway? Gather your Fourth to Sixth Grade learners and have them answer that question. Without using any resources, other than the power of their own mind, learners draft a definition of junk food (Lexico's definition as a model), elaborating with examples and nonexamples. Next, propose the idea that "junk food" is an outdated, ambiguous term and task them with choosing a better one. After groups settle on alternate "junk food" names, have them prepare to defend their proposal. Noisy Classroom outlines five detailed steps in debate preparation that your learner might find helpful. We especially like the suggestion that each argument should be named with a title no longer than three words. After learner debates, determine which alternate "junk food" name wins based on the strength of the team's debate.
In the end, we all realize it's not as much about staying away from the junk food as it is limiting it's power. It really is okay to eat, just don't let it overtake you.
|Hammock image by freestocks.org via Pexels|
But so many people were coming and going that Jesus and the apostles did not even have a chance to eat. Then Jesus said, "Let's go to a place where we can be alone and get some rest." Mark 6:31 (CEV)
- Make a table hammock with Just a Mum New Zealand, a Queen-sized sheet and a strong, sturdy table.
- Weave a hammock for your learner's toys with Tinker Lab, paper plates, yarn, scissors, and Popsicle sticks or chopsticks.
- Organize your locker with a locker hammock and PBS's Design Squad.
- Design your own hammock in this STEM Challenge from The Secret Life of Homeschoolers. Using only natural materials, your learner will build a hammock that can hold an Barbie-doll sized figure.
|Grandma photo by Edu Carvalho via Pexels|
I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also. 2 Timothy 1:4-6 (CSB)
Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because theLord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and He won’t abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (CEB)
Preschool to First Grade
Second to Third Grade
- Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan a YouTube read aloud by Nate Connelly
- Flying Ace: The Story of Amelia Earhart by Angela Bull via Open Library
- Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic by Robert Burleigh a YouTube read aloud by Denise Garvey
Fourth to Sixth Grade
- Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming via Open Library
- Amelia Earhart: Flying Solo by John Burke via Open Library
And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing—a good city to grow up in. Zechariah 8:5 (MSG)
Before You Go
- Which of these days are you most anticipating?
- The name of a "Gorgeous Grandma" in your life.