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 Art: Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo was an amazing painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.
“Muffin Stories: Leonardo da Vinci” (8:29 mins)
RENAISSANCE ARTIST Leonardo Da Vinci (13:21 mins)
- Leonardo da Vinci for Primary Children
- Leonardo da Vinci online activities and printable worksheets
- Leonardo da Vinci for Kids – painting, nature study
NOTE to non-Christian PARENTS: Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned by the Catholic church to paint religious images. Jesus’ last supper with his disciples is depicted in the above media.
TweedleWink Vocabulary: Birds
Bird-watching not only helps boost your child’s knowledge about birds and their daily habits, it helps the right brain. Quiet observation encourages children to slow down to a relaxed alpha wave state. In a busy technology-centered world, these types of activities are truly healing and give balance to the brain.
HOW TO START
Begin your family bird-watching journey with a walk in the park. Take along your binoculars and a bird guide book. Here’s how you can begin bird watching at home:
SIMPLE BIRD FEEDER
What you will need: toilet paper tube, peanut butter, birdseed (millet and sunflower seeds), string.
- Pour birdseed into a shallow cookie tray.
- Spread peanut butter onto the outside of the toilet paper tube.
- Roll the tube over the bird seed until it is well coated.
- String up onto a nearby branch (or put the roll onto the branch directly, as shown.)
- Watch and see what comes!
You will likely soon see birds nibbling at your bird feeder.
- Have a bird guide book handy, or camera so that you can take a picture to identify it.
- Keep a bird watching journal to document your discoveries! Your child can draw a picture, adding the bird’s species, as you discover it.
- Older children can create different types of bird feeders with different kinds of seeds. They’ll delight in noticing the different varieties that visit each type of feeder!
ON-LINE BIRD FUN
- Bird Guide – Identify the birds you see with this handy resource.
- Online Bird Memory Game
- The Great Backyard Bird Count – count the number of birds and enter it online; or play:
For big kids: Remember the bird colors, shapes, sizes, and habits
TweedleWink Vocabulary: Optical Instruments
Children love it when they can play with actual objects that match, or build upon, information in flashcards. Here’s a few ideas about how to follow the Optical Instruments set.
LITTLE ONES (age 0-3)
Younger children love to try on different silly sunglasses… Peer through binoculars… and see a leaf close-up with a magnifying glass.
CRAFT IDEA: Make a simple play telescope with a paper towel roll.
BIG KIDS (age 4+)
Older children usually want to take this exploration a step further. They either want to see the REALLY big picture via a telescope, or uncover the REALLY small, often unseen world through a microscope and slides.
CRAFT IDEA: Make a telescope that works!
TweedleWink Science: Water Cycle
You can create your own miniature water cycle at home, with a jar of water. It’s relaxing to watch the water bead upon the walls and inside lid, and drip back down into the reservoir. To teach your child the full water cycle, including transpiration and run-off, read on!
AT-HOME WATER CYCLE
(Courtesy of elementary teacher, Pat Candler, from Corkboard Connections)
You will need: plastic container, rock, grass, aluminum foil and water.
- Clean your container.
- Place a rock inside to represent a mountain.
- Add grass for the vegetation, leaving at least 1/3 of the space free.
- In the remaining space, form a bowl with aluminum foil to represent a small pond.
- Fill with water.
Mrs. Candler writes: “To power up the water cycle, normally you close the container and put it in the sun. Because it was rainy on the day we were doing this (Murphy’s law!), I brought a large lamp from home that gave off a lot of heat and put the containers under the lamp. Soon we were observing evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation, and run-off!”
1. COLORING FUN – coloring sheet from the EPA, called “Thirstin’s Water Cycle Adventure”
2. EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS
- LEARN ABOUT PLANET EARTH: Water Cycle (2:45 mins)
- MAGIC SCHOOLBUS: “Wet All Over” (25:53 mins)
- Bill Nye the Science Guy: Water Cycle (23 mins)
TweedleWink Art: Beadwork
Learn about seeded beadwork from different cultures – bead crafts are fun to do!
Join in the fun! Moms and Dads who craft with their kids create precious memories that last a lifetime.
MONTESSORI PRACTICAL LIFE LESSONS
You can also use this opportunity to use beads in Montessori fine motor skill lessons, such as: threading, posting and sorting.