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: Paul Cézanne
Paul Cézanne was a French painter who usually painted still life art using geometric shapes. He believed that everything in the world was made up of either a sphere, a cone, a cylinder or a cube.
CHILDREN’S ON-LINE DISCOVERY
“Cézanne’s Astonishing Apples!” from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Kid’s Zone.
- CÉZANNE: Learn about his life and see how his paintings changed over time
- LOOK CLOSELY: Zoom in to see Cézanne’s actual strokes
- THINGS TO DO: Basic Shapes – online drawing program
- INTERACTIVE BOOK: “An Apple a Day”
FUN AT HOME
Create your own still life:
- Gather fruit, perhaps a pitcher, or a vase of flowers.
- Let your child choose and arrange the objects.
- Then, paint or sketch what you see…
- Hang up your pictures and admire your work
“Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience.” – Paul Cézanne
TweedleWink Vocabulary: Nature
Increase your child’s neural connections to the the new nature words in his vocabulary with nature walks – collecting leaves, flower, bits of bark and rocks for hands-on play later at home.
Boost outdoor learning through these fun activities:
- COLOR FIND – Paint the inside of a clean egg carton in varied colors. Bring it with you on your nature walk and look for things that match.
- SCAVENGER HUNT – Use discovery nature cards (pictured above) or a printable check sheet filled with 20 things you might find on a typical walk
The list includes: bird, tree roots, ant, spiderweb, green leaf, acorn, flower, log, mushroom, two similar rocks, squirrel, tall grass, stick that looks like the letter Y, flying bug, brown leaf, cloud, dandelion, animal footprints, wild berries (do not eat), pine cone.
- NATURE JOURNAL – Bring a notebook and a pencil to sketch leaf shapes, flowers, trees, insects, birds and interesting animals that you come across. Your child can draw the pictures. You add the words!
- TOUCH AND TALK – If you are taking a walk with a baby or toddler, let them touch and feel the different objects as you verbally label them. “This is an oak tree. Do you feel it’s bark. The surface is rough.”
- MATCHING GAMES – As you walk, you can gather items for a matching game to play later, at home. Collect objects in twos: 2 pinecones, 2 identical leaves, 2 identical stones, etc. Later, you can line up one set of objects and give your child the rest, to match.
Exploring Nature Educational Resource
This is an awesome site with lots of educational resources. Here are just a few of the activities that we like:
- Matching animal tracks worksheet
- Make your own “Nature Colour Wheel“
- Leaf People – Outdoor Art Activity
Indoor Nature Activities
Just because you can’t be outside doesn’t mean you can’t bring nature into the house. Try these awesome Indoor Nature Activities from “How We Learn”.
TweedleWink Art: Paul Gauguin
Paul Gauguin was a French Post-Impressionist. In Gauguin’s world, colors collided on the canvas. He threw out the rule book. He believed that cows could be red, rivers could be pink, and trees could have many shades of blue.
“In painting as in music one should look for suggestions rather than description.” – Paul Gauguin
There is a delightful web page called “The Magic Palette“. It features paintings from a variety of famous artists to color. Gauguin’s featured paintings are: “M. Loulou” and “Miraculous Source.”
PLEASE NOTE: This coloring game needs a Java plug-in. If you do not have one, the site will direct you to a free download.
ANOTHER A NOTE: Paul Gauguin and many other artists and musicians have quite “colorful” life stories. (Think: Mozart) So, when teaching children about these art history, focus on the positive… their most inspirational pieces of art and their ground-breaking techniques.
PAUL GAUGUIN FOR KIDS
TweedleWink Vocabulary: Garden Tools
Learn about garden tools! There is something very healing about caring for growing plants. This segment goes hand-in-hand with the nature lesson. You can help your child experience the wonder of growing life through planting your own outdoor or indoor garden.
There are many ways to begin!
- indoor potted plants
- indoor herb window garden (think: mint, parsley, rosemary)
- outdoor potted plants
- outdoor container garden (use a wooden frame, or recycle old tires for circle gardens*)
- outdoor family garden (give your child a corner to choose and raise his own crops)
Help your child see the beneficial effects of composting to create fertile soil for new plant life. Learn more about composting.
TweedleWink Science: Animal Cells
Cell structure is fun to teach when you have a hands-on model. If your child helps create this model, then the information is anchored even more deeply… with a happy memory!
HOMEMADE ANIMAL CELL MODEL
- Edible Models
- giant cookie
- cake top
- bagels, doughnuts
- Inedible Models
- pillows, even quilts
ANIMAL CELL STRUCTURE – animation for children (4:18 min)
MAKING AN ANIMAL CELL CAKE by a young student for homework – includes information about each cell part (2:22 min)
Animal Cell Structure (4:17 min)