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April 2017
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National Park Art! Visit a nearby National Park this month to celebrate 100 years of National Park Service. Sketch, paint, or photograph the views that inspire you the most. At the same time, learn the history of the National Park Service, the establishment of Parks across the country, and the geography of their locations.

View photos online or in books -- see Apps and Books on National Parks -- and sketch the scenes you see.

Create a collage of your National Park sketches, drawings, paintings, or photos, as described in "Collage Day", below. Display your collage in a special area of your home for all to see!



Visual Diary Ideas! Here’s a cool sketchbook idea that can combine Math Skills and Social Studies with Art. Create a grid on paper or in your sketchbook. Divide the grid (using Math Skills) into “boxes” or “frames” that best suit you. Your boxes/frames can all be the same size, or you can create irregular boxes or frames if you prefer.

Fill each box or frame with a small sketch each day, or sketches every other day, or weekly. The point is: you’ll have a “Visual Diary” of your life – and of things that capture your interest – enclosed in frames or boxes. What a fun concept!

See examples here: Visual Diary Examples.

Add Social Studies into the mix by visiting your local library and viewing Civil War sketchbooks or sketchbooks of famous artists. Use the sketchbooks to learn about historic events of various eras. And use the inspiration and ideas to enhance your own sketches. Start sketching what inspires you today!



Art for All! Learn through Art Activities this year! Kids love it! Today, put together a sketchbook, or gather paper and pencils in a folder, and we'll get started drawing, learning, and having fun this year!

Sketch a view from your window today. Don't worry about perfect lines, accuracy, or precision. Sketch your view, take a picture of it, and email it to us. We'll showcase some of the photos on our site. Remember to keep your drawing in your sketchbook or art folder, too.



Collage Day! Create a Collage – crazy, cute, or colorful! For over 50 collage ideas, see Collage Art Ideas to help you get started. Then take a picture of your collage creation and send it to us. We’ll include some of your photos here on our Everything Homeschooling site.

Collage Photo Book or Scrapbook. Continue experimenting with collage ideas throughout the coming year. What unique items can you use in your collages? Place your collage creations in a photo book or scrapbook – it’s a wonderful way to capture and keep memories all year long!

Collage Artists. Who were some of the original Collage Artists? See the work of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Georges Braque. What can you learn about them, and from them? What is Dada art or Dadaism? Who were the Cubist artists and what is Cubism? Who were some of the Surrealist collage artists and what is Surrealism? The ideas, information, and inspiration are endless! Experiment and enjoy!



Previous Learning Activities:

Ferris Wheels! Have you ridden a Ferris wheel? Build your own mini Ferris wheel, find out when the Ferris wheel was invented, ride the Ferris wheel at a county fair, and read more about Ferris wheels at your local library.

    1. Ferris Wheel Invention: Click Here
    2. Build a Ferris Wheel: Click Here (PDF instructions)
    3. Watch how to make a Ferris Wheel: Click Here (short video)
    4. Read about Ferris Wheels: Books from your library could include Mr. Ferris and His Wheel and The Great Wheel, among others. Discuss inventions to better understand creativity, critical thinking, reasons for inventions, and other historical events from the era.



Learn Math by Cooking! What math skills can you learn by cooking and baking? How many tablespoons are in a cup? How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? If you double a recipe, or cut a recipe in half, what happens to the measurements? How are fractions helpful in baking? Have fun cooking up math, at the links below:




Hubble Telescope! Make your own model of the Hubble Telescope. Learn more about the Hubble Telescope project, too. See the links below:




Build a DNA Model! What is DNA? What do the letters stand for? What are the main components of DNA? How does DNA work? What does double helix mean? How is DNA evidence collected and used? Build your own DNA model, and learn more about DNA at the links below:

    1. Twizzlers - Gummy Bears DNA Model: Click Here (Model #1 at top of PDF)
    2. Pipe Cleaner - Pasta DNA Model: Click Here (Model #2 on the PDF)
    3. Sweet DNA Model: Click Here
    4. Paper-folding DNA Model: Click Here (PDF format)
    5. Learn about DNA: Click Here.



Learn about Paper Structures! Can flimsy paper support itself? Can it support objects heavier than itself? Why? How might you prove paper's ability to hold weight? What types of items can you create with paper? How are architects and engineers using paper and cardboard to design emergency shelters? What is "origamic architecture"? Try these hands-on activities, using paper, newspaper, and origamic architecture.




Read a Book a Day! This week, focus on reading one book per day. Then discuss what you like about the books. Which was your favorite book, and who was your favorite author? What have you learned from reading the books? Did the books inspire you to write similar stories or books? For several book suggestions, click the links below:




Famous Women! View the lists of some famous women, at the links below. Or browse your local library for books and biographies on famous women.
Create a display featuring a collage of favorite famous women, including photos, cutouts, silhouettes, descriptions, and your own replications or reproductions of things they accomplished. Or create a timeline of women in history.
View Exhibits and Collections of photos and documents at the links below. Read the "Time for Kids" articles on Famous Women. Print the Activity Pages on Famous Women. Browse the Resources and more on Women in History, available at the History.net link, below.




Drawbridges! Make your own drawbridge with the step-by-step directions, below. To learn more about the history of drawbridges, their purpose through history, and how they work, see the history of drawbridges on our "Today's Lesson" page:



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