Right Brain Kids are releasing a series of their lessons on their facebook page that you can follow at home with your child. Here are some of the samples of lessons they have available that cover subjects like science, music, art, and culture…
Lesson 1 - TweedleWink Science: The Solar System
Learn about the planets and asteroid belt that orbit around our Sun… our solar system! Play with the planets in class by creating a solar system on the floor, in the air, in playdough form or on paper. Hands-on play will leave your child remembering the content of this lesson–as a happy memory–for years!
ARTS, CRAFTS & CARDS
Here are some amazing sites to explore this content further with your child:
- interactive solar system
- learn about: planets, their moons, saturn’s rings, comets, meteorites and asteroids
- How was our solar system born? Join scientists as they journey into the mesmerizing mysteries of space.
Lesson 2 – TweedleWink Art: Claude Monet
Learn about the artwork of French artist, Claude Monet. Monet became known as an “Impressionist.” The brush strokes in Impressionistic work are lively and spontaneous, capturing the feeling of the moment. Monet is well known for peaceful images of of waterlilies at his home in Giverny.
ARTS & CRAFTS – TISSUE PAPER WATERLILIES
You will need:
- tissue paper (blue strips for water, pink for flowers, green for leaves)
- blue paper (or paper, painted with blue watercolor beforehand)
- paintbrushes or Q-tips
1. Invite your child to create a pond–either by painting a blue background on art paper, or by using a blue piece of construction paper.
2. Create ripples in the pond–either by adding a pearl-base glossy paint atop your surface, or by gluing blue tissue strips as waves.
3. Cut green paper into lily pad shapes. Glue onto your piece.
4. Cut pink tissue paper into squares or circles. Find a point at the center of the shape, pinch, and twist into an open waterlily shape. (For more depth, layer two colors together before twisting.)
5. Glue pink flowers onto the green lily pads. Allow to dry. Sign!
Lesson 3-5 – TweedleWink Vocabulary: Musical Instruments
Learn about musical instruments and explore music at an even deeper level. Music enhances all areas of learning, from language development to neural engagement (builds IQ!) to spatial-temporal skills needed for math, science, art, and invention.
Take a look at your listening library and make sure that you have good examples of classical music and a variety of instruments and rhythms at home. Incorporate music in to your night time rest and relaxation. Use it as a background for homework or cooking/dinner preparation. Sing along! Dance! Play! Enjoy!
Here are some great ideas to make more connections.
17 DIY Musical Instruments for Kids by Marigold Haske
SUPER-awesome ON-LINE RESOURCES
1. DSO KIDS: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
- game room
- musicians’ lounge
- composer’s gallery
- instrument storage room
- instrument laboratory
- instruments of the orchestra
- the music lab
- what’s up at the symphony?
Lesson 5 – TweedleWink Science: Parts of a Flower
Learn about the parts of a flower! Here are some ideas to deepen your child’s understanding and appreciation for their “inner workings.”
1. “Parts of a Flower” Montessori Materials
- Printable word cards, picture cards, coloring sheet, writing page, sentence strips, and DIY children’s booklet.
- flower matching
- math flower stamping
- songs (“My Garden”, “Little Flower”)
3. Fresh flowers, Nature Walk
Can you remember what it was like to be a child, pick a flower and pull the petals back to see what was inside? Every flower species is unique. Once your child learns the basic parts, he/she can then discover how those parts take form in various flower blossoms.
4. “Parts of a Flower and their Functions”
Cartoon Animation by Make Me Genius (6:24 minutes).
PLEASE NOTE: the English pronunciation and grammar in the narration is not always polished, but the content is wonderful!
Lesson 6 – TweedleWink World Cultures: Kenya
Part of the TweedleWink program is an activity called the “magic carpet ride”, where the children are encourage to use their imaginations as they visit new places in their minds. Part of this activity involves visiting other countries and experiencing their cultures. This lesson features Kenya and the Kenyan language (Swahili).
BEFORE YOU EMBARK…
Prepare your child’s mind with picture images so that your imaginary journey is rich and meaningful. If you have a globe, world map or atlas, locate Kenya with your child. Then, go on-line and explore great travel sites: point out the clothing, language spoken, or try a recipe for dinner!
1. PEOPLE & PLACES
- Facts & Photos, Video, Map
Swahili Video Flashcards
“My African Food Map – Kenyan Style Pilau” (5:51 min).
TweedleWink playhouse art project: Make a Masai warrior shield
If you enjoyed these and would like to see more, follow TweedleWink on Facebook. The TweedleWink program is 48 weeks long so there are many more lessons to follow!
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