Free Social Studies Lesson Plans: Living History Wax Museum

I'm a history nerd. So it saddens me to hear people say they hate history. But I don't blame them. People usually dislike it because they weren't taught it properly. Their only contact was via boring textbooks, uninspiring paper and pencil lessons and rote memorization of facts. Nothing could be more antithesis to the way history should be learned.

History is about more than dead people long past. It's a medium for learning new ideas and processes. It's a vehicle for change. And the best way to learn is through immersion and student-directed, hands-on activities. When students should experience history through senses and actions, they begin to see the big picture. Here's a cross-curricular activity that teaches reading, writing, speaking, research, art and drama: a Living History Wax Museum.  Interactive Social Studies Lesson Plans: Living History Wax Museum

Free Printable Origami Paper Crafts - Bubblews

Origami is Japanese folded paper art and kirigami is the art of cutting paper to create stand up, pop up or 3D figures. Here are free printable origami and kirigami patterns and templates. Use these for homeschool social studies lessons exploring Japanese culture. Serve tea and almond cookies, listen to Japanese music and read books from Japan, like my favorite, Zen Shorts!   Free Printable Origami Paper Crafts 

September 11 Lesson Plans to Teach about World Trade Center Attacks

September 11, 2001--dubbed 9/11 for the atrocity of the terrorist attacks that hit the U.S. --is a day no adult American can forget. But how can we teach children about the World Trade Center, Flight 93 and Pentagon attacks in ways they can understand? How do you explain war and terrorism to kids? How do you commemorate what they never experienced? Here are free lesson plans to help. 9/11 Lesson Plans to Teach Kids About September 11 World Trade Center Attacks - Bubblews

Free Printable Hidden Pictures Puzzles from Highlights Magazine

Remember Highlights magazine from when we were kids? I loved Highlights hidden picture puzzles. Hidden picture puzzles have an image with little pictures hidden inside. Here are free printable hidden picture puzzles from Highlights magazine and other websites. Hidden picture puzzles are similar to Scholastic I Spy books.  Free Printable Hidden Pictures Puzzles from Highlights Magazine

Ramadan First Moon Sighting Eid Al-Fitr in Detroit, Dearborn, Michigan

Ramadan is the Muslim religious season of abstinence, which is followed by the celebration Eid al-Fitr. Ramadan is celebrated in the month of Shawwal in Islamic calendar, which equates to August in the Western calendar most years. In 2014 Ramadan began the end of June and will finish with first moon sighting--July 28, 2014.  Ramadan is a penitential season. If focuses on the Five Pillars of Islam. These pillars include Sha'hadah (declaration of faith), Salah (prayer), Zakat (almsgiving, charity), Saum (fasting from food, drink and sexual relations) and Hajj (pilgrimage). Here's printable guide to understanding Ramadan, for non-Muslims. Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr in Detroit and Dearborn, Mich. - Yahoo News

Free Printable Hidden Picture Puzzles from Highlights Magazine

Remember Highlights magazine? I loved Highlights hidden picture puzzles with little image hidden inside a larger one. They're similar to Scholastic I Spy books. Here are free printable hidden picture puzzles. Great for teaching perceptual and visual skills.

Highlights Kids (click here) has gobs of free printable hidden picture puzzles from past issues of Highlights magazines. Print in black and white. After children find all the hidden pictures,  they can color the picture.

 All Kids Network (click here) has four free printable hidden pictures coloring pages.

  Family Fun (click here) now called Spoonful, has free printable puzzles, connect the dots, mazes, find the difference and hidden pictures. There are party themed free printable puzzles: cowboys, animals, Hawaiian, Luau, Mexican fiesta, at the beach and more. Family Fun also free printable seasonal and holiday puzzles, mazes, connect the dot and hidden picture activities.

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Free Printable Fourth of July Crafts and Games for Homeschool Families

4th of July is right around the corner. You can turn any holiday into a party, indoor or outdoor, with a few simple activities. As a homeschooling family, we focused on the historical, cultural, educational and religious significance of holidays. We always included music, food and crafts particular to the event. These activities help families explore the significance of holidays. Here are Free Printable Fourth of July Crafts and Games to help!

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