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: Constellations
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little stars…” Learn about constellations! Anytime we teach children to memorize patterns, we strengthen the regions in the brain responsible for math and language. Here are some great ways to play with these special patterns at home.
1. FREE MATCHING CARDS
Find the Constellations – Print and laminate. Cut out the cards. Use as a matching activity. Pick a card and see if you can find that constellation on the star map. Use a washable marker to trace it on the star map.
2. FREE CONSTELLATIONS CARDS
28 constellations (4 per page):
- Cassiopeia, Ursa Major, Orion, Cepheus
- Sagittarius, Ursa Minor, Draco, Scorpius
- Bootes, Hercules, Cygnus, Gemini
- Auriga, Taurus, Cetus, Leo
- Andromeda, Capricornus, Aquila, Pegasus
- Canis Major, Lyra, Libra, Perseus
- Delphinus, Aries, Pisces, Aquarius
3. CONSTELLATION DOT-TO-DOTS
4. CONSTELLATION LACING CARDS
Constellation Lacing Cards – Print, cut, laminate. Using a hole punch, make a hole in the middle of every circle in each constellation picture. Cut a long piece of string or yarn. Tie a knot at the end and wrap the other with tape, or dip in glue and let it dry.
6. CONSTELLATION FLASHLIGHT PLAY
- Download and print out this image. There are 16 labels.
- Paste the paper labels to cardboard backing. Allow to dry & cut out.
- Poke holes in the points indicated.
- Tape one constellation to the end of a standard flashlight, making sure that the edges are sealed.
- Turn off lights, turn on flashlight & shine onto a ceiling, a wall or piece of paper!
- Constellation Hunt Game – find the constellations
- Educational Videos on the Constellations – Watch Know Learn
You can also try:
8. CONSTELLATION BOOKS
- “Find the Constellations” by H.A. Rey (author of Curious George)
- National Geographic’s “Zoo in the Sky” by Jacqueline Mitton
9. CONSTELLATIONS APP
Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide by Vito Technology
10. CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS
“I Want to Know: Stars and Constellations” (3:29 minutes):
See the night sky on your computer just as you would see it in 3D with the naked eye, binoculars, or telescope. You can turn on functions to view the constellations, planetary pathways, and more.
See the program in action:
TweedleWink World Cultures: India
BEFORE YOU EMBARK…
Prepare your child’s right brain with vivid picture images so that your imaginary journey is rich and meaningful. If you have a globe, world map or atlas, locate India 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: India – Facts & Photos, Video, Map
“Children’s Lessons in Hindi” – this is a Sampler of a Larger Moving Flashcard Video Series in HINDI featuring: Alphabet • Numbers • Animals • Birds • Insects • Fruit & Vegetables • Flowers • Colors • Action Words • Occupations • Parts of the Body • Days of the Week/Months of the Year • Parts of the Family • Compass Directions • Vehicles • Parts of India
- Cardamom Rice Pudding – Rice pudding is truly a comfort food. Try this version of India’s Cardamom rice pudding that your family will really enjoy!
TweedleWink Vocabulary: Butterflies
Types of Butterflies. In addition to learning the many different species, it is a great opportunity to tie in other concepts such as:
- Life Cycle of a Butterfly
- Butterfly Migration Routes
- Parts of a Butterfly
Here are some FREE resources from the web!
- This lesson is wonderful for math dot recognition and matching! Take a look!
- Includes a graphing extension + color word flashcards and butterfly-caterpillar color cards, which can be used for several games as well as an “Itty Bitty booklet” activity. (14 pages)
- Color, cut and place in order!
If you are able to create a temporary home for a caterpillar, your child can see it evolve into the different stages as it becomes a butterfly! This observation notebook helps your child learn as he/she watches and takes notes from day to day.
7. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Book or Video
- Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- App: The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends – by StoryToys
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Animation
8. The Cat in the Hat Learning Library – My Oh My a Butterfly!
TweedleWink Science: Biomes
Biomes are regions of the world with similar climate (weather, temperature), plants and animals. There are terrestrial biomes (land) and aquatic biomes, both freshwater and marine.
- For Your Child’s RIGHT BRAIN – BEAUTIFUL video depicting biomes around the world:
- For Your Child’s LEFT BRAIN – Great website for kids: Kids Do Ecology
- Many Biomes, One Earth – Sneed B Collard
- Take a walk or a drive to see natural biomes, or aquariums,in your area.
- Create a “biome box” or play mat and fill with toy plantand animal figurines. (Encourage your child to play with it!)
- Draw a picture of your favorite biome. (Moms and Dads can draw one, too!)
TweedleWink Science: Parts of an Insect
The parts of an insect: a three-part body (head, thorax, and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes, and two antennae.
1. CUT AND PASTE
First, cut out colorful pieces for each insect part (older children can cut by themselves):
- 1 head
- 1 thorax
- 1 abdomen
- 6 legs
- 2 eyes
- 2 antennae
Then, encourage your child to paste them onto a piece of cardboard (or piece of paper) to create their very own insect.
You can do the above activity with playdough, too!
3. COLOR & LEARN
Enchanted Learning “Print-outs” – Enjoy these FREE teacher-created coloring pages, sequencing cards, and activity sheets!
Roll your dice, look for the number on the insect piece, then and put your insect puzzle pieces together! Great for dot to number math play! (We love it when a lesson combines science with language or math!!)
40 free flashcards to print and use with your child. They contain a picture with a phrase (A bee on a flower.) Print 1 copy to use as flashcards. Print 2 copies to use as matching or memory cards!
6. NATURE WALK
Of course, once you begin to study insects, the natural next step to discover more is… outside!