This series of TweedleWink lesson outlines provided by Right Brain Kids is a terrific way to supplement and build upon the knowledge from the TweedleWink Program. They can also be used as a homeschool curriculum. To view more lessons, follow TweedleWink on Facebook. I keep a copy of these lessons here for my own easy reference:
(I have added additional resources that I have come across)
TweedleWink Science: The Periodic Table
Early exposure to the periodic table gives your child a greater awareness of all life around him. He begins to understand that life is made up of elements–important tiny building blocks. He learns their names. And he sees that they are each a part of a “family.”
Children with this type of educational foundation soon make quick connections from these lessons to: nutrition, photosynthesis, respiration, soil and farming, rocks and minerals, ecology and more!
Here are some fun things you can do at home.
3 FUN WAYS to anchor the facts after class (or DVD lesson):
- HANDS-ON: “The Photographic Card Deck of the Elements” by Theodore Gray, 118 cards (full-color)
The Elements Song by Tom Lehrer
More on Peter Weatherall and They Might be Giants on Learning with Music.
- ON-LINE: Elements Games by Sheppard Software
- HANDS-ON: Make your own periodic table using colored paper, or a learning tool like this: “Connecting Color Tiles: Periodic Table” set by ETA Hand2Mind
TweedleWink World Cultures: Italy
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 Italy with your child. Then, go on-line and explore great travel sites: point out the clothing, language spoken, or try a recipe for dinner!
PEOPLE & PLACES
National Geographic Kids: Italy – Facts, Photos, Videos, Map
Italian Children’s Songs for Kids by Coccole Sonore Edu
FOOD & CRAFTS
Cooking in the kitchen with the kids:
Paper plate pizza:
- You will need a paper plate, crayons, yellow highlighter, colored paper, child-friendly hole punch, glue.
- DOUGH – Give your child a white paper plate. This is the dough!
- TOMATO SAUCE – Invite your child to color the paper plate with red and orange crayons.
- CHEESE – Next, add a layer of yellow highlighter over your base colors. Blow, or fan the plate for this layer to dry.
- PEPPERONI – Cut pink or red colored paper into circles (for pepperoni) or small squares (for ham/turkey ham). [KEY: circles = challenging, rectangles = easier, random shapes = easiest]
- BLACK OLIVES – Cut small black circles (parent may do this if too difficult), then have child punch holes in the centers.
- OTHER VEGGIES – Get creative and add other veggies! Cut out red tomato slices, brown mushroom shapes, green pepper slices, yellow pineapple triangles–you name it!
TweedleWink Art: Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter who used vivid colors and wild brush strokes in his paintings. Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” is his most famous piece.
Color “Starry Night” with your child:
You can also try this:
Get more ideas from this collection of Starry Night Depictions:
TweedleWink Science: Types of Clouds
Learn all about clouds–the types, textures, appearance, altitudes, and what they tell us about the weather. On the right-brain side, clouds are a source of calm and inspiration. Our children often look up into the sky and try to move them with their minds! Try it!
Experience the “feel” of different clouds!
- Cirrus – chalk
- Stratus – mayonaise
- Cumulus – cotton or shaving cream
- Cumulonimbus – colored shaving cream
You can create a cloud lamp by wrapping a low-watt, protected, hanging light with quilt batting.
(CAUTION: Make this “cloud light” only for a quick lesson. We could not find directions to make one that ensured it would be safe for longterm use!)
Here’s one you won’t be able to do but it’s pretty cool to watch:
You can also try these activities: