Bells

Carillon of Peter And Paul Cathedral in Saint-Petersburg
Wikipedia: Bell- Etymology, history, styles of ringing, church and temple bells, bellfounding and more. Also,
Campanology - The study of bells.

Owlcation: Interesting Facts About the History of Bells - Article includes information about: Introduction of Bells Across the World, How Were Bells Made, Tuning of the Bell, What Are Handbells?, Bell Towers, What is Bell Metal?, and a list of Famous Bells Around The World. Site includes photos and videos.

Discover Bell Ringing: Site offers a way to find local ringers, music of the bells, history of bell ringing, up the bell tower, learning to ring, technique of ringing, bell mechanism, and other bell related things.

Brosamer's Bells: Bell History - Offers a short article and a photo gallery of old bell information that includes pricing information, informative text, descriptions, part names, and more. Pictures can be viewed on line or downloaded.

History of Bells.com: History of Bells - Information about the cultural history of bells, and bell facts. There are more featured articles on the bottom of the page.

How To Draw Cartoons Online: How to Draw a Cartoon Bell

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Tim's Printables: Christmas Bell Templates, Colored Christmas Bell Templates

FreePatternsArea: Bell Shaped Christmas Decoration Craft Cut Out Pattern - Download the pattern, print it out, and cut it. Right click on your mouse to capture the pattern you want and save it to your computer or copy and paste it into a file 
graphics. 

First Palette: Bells - Offers a page with 4, 2, and 1 bell to download and use.

DLTK: Christmas Bells and Christmas Bells Coloring Pages


Videos

YouTube: Bells Playlist - This list includes more than 30 bell related videos about the history of bells, listen to bell ringers, learn how to draw bells, and origami bells, and bell crafts.
Here's one of the videos in the list...




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Tangle & Zentangle Art


Art and meditation can take on many forms and Zentangle patterns combine both of these awesome things in a creative way. 

If this idea has piqued your interest, there are a few rules you'll need to know before you begin drawing with dots, lines, curves, S-curves, and orbs, and the sites offered below will help you gain an understanding of how to use them to create Zentangle art. 


You'll find some videos at the bottom of this post that offer instructions on how to make these designs as well.


Note: Please feel free to play with the concept of only using dots, lines, curves, S-curves and orbs to make art as well. Consider it a challenge to only use those things in a drawing!

To start creating, you will need: Paper, a pencil, a fine-tipped pen, and an ultra fine-tipped pen

You will also need: A ruler and scissors to cut paper into 3.5" squares or tiles.

Sites to learn from...


Zentangle - Learn how to get started with this meditative art from the people who designed it.


IAMBORED: 30+ Easy Zentangle Patterns to Give You Great Ideas For Your Own Zentangle Art - Answers the question: What is Zentangle? and offers some interesting pattern ideas.


Craft Whack: Inspired by Zentangle Patterns and Starter Pages - Offers printable patterns and ideas for making the designs created a little more interesting.


wikiHow to Make a Zentangle - Explains what a Zentangle is and the difference between a Zentangle and a doodle.


Renee Tougas: A Beginners Guide To Beginning Zentangle  - The author of this site shares her experience with Zentangle, as a beginner.


TanglePatterns: From the site: An index and graphic guide to the best Zentangle® patterns on the web and how to draw them. Also, What is a Zentangle? and why a pattern is not always a tangle.

Art For Kids & Robots: Totally Easy Zentangle - This site offers a couple of kid-friendly Zentangle activities.

Tim's Printables: Circle Templates, Pentagon Template 3", Triangle Template 3", Kite Template 3", Square Template 3" - Use the templates to design creative drawings within or on the outside of the template.

YouTube: Tangle & Zentangle Art Playlist - Includes videos for beginners and advanced designers and pattern ideas.

Here's one of the videos in the list...




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Funschooling Geography

When you make learning fun, a whole new world of possibilities open up and things become much more interesting!
A subject like geography can be very hands-on and one-on-one experiences are really easy to accomplish. 
We find it fun to explore and discover our world in hands-on or experienced-based ways by visiting various places around us and on line. 

Here are some of the places we like to visit so we can learn more about them first hand:

Beaches, Intracoastal areas, estuaries, parks, preserves, historical places and monuments, historical areas around us, old trees, old streets, native American reservations, fresh water lakes, ship yards, different states, different counties, natural events or occurrences, wooded areas, forests, National parks, playgrounds, our yard, our neighborhood, man-made ponds, orchards, groves, zoo, fire stations, police stations, planetariums, science centers, museums, aquariums, recycling centers, farms, cultural centers, farmer's market, fish hatcheries, a pumpkin patch, space centers, air museums, pioneer settlements, preserves, etc..

Here are resource pages for some of the things we've covered that would be recorded under Geography:

The following links will take you to a post on Funschooling & Recreational Learning.

AmericaHawaii - Mayflower - Maryland

The World: Ireland - Ancient GreeceGreat Fire of London - Castle Resources

Animals: Click to link up to animal related posts on this blog.

Foods: Cranberries - Apples Chocolate - French Fries - Pizza - Oranges - Sweet Potatoes - Peanuts - Tomatoes - Beans - Popcorn - Corn Dog - Marshmallows - Strawberries - Cabbage - Pumpkins

Misc..: Volcanoes - Lighthouses - Chinese New Year - Rocks & Minerals - Outdoor Charades - Mummies & Mummification - Pine Trees - Leaf Hunting - Visit A Public Garden

Weather: Snowflakes - Clouds - Hurricanes - Meteorology - Sun Experiments

Seasons: Summer - Autumn/Fall - Winter - Spring - When To Plant

What is geography?

If you are open to the idea of designing your own one-of-a-kind study, then knowing how to record a topic may be important to you, especially if you need to document what's been learned for evaluations or record keeping purposes. 
In short, Geography is the study of the Earth's physical features, how people affect the Earth, and how people are affected by the Earth. This includes but is not limited to:

Mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, storms, climate, temperature, rivers, deserts, bodies of water, land formations, seasons, latitude, longitude, cities, buildings, digging, clearing forests, mapping, countries, animals, gardening, foods, rocks and minerals, etc..
Wikipedia has an Outline of Geography if you would like to gain a better understanding of the vastness of the subject.



Online Games & Resources

The following links will take you off Funschooling & Recreational Learning.


Cool Math: Geography Games


Sheppard Software: Geography Games




Education.com: Geography

Geography activities that are hands-on and crafty.


National Geographic: Fun Geography & Activities

Enchanted Learning: Geography Activities
Some of these activities may require a membership to print.

Mr. Nussbaum.com: World Geography for Kids
From the site: The Mr. Nussbaum world geography section features numerous interactive maps, activities and games, videos, research information, printables, and much more.

Mr. Donn: Geography
Geography, Lesson Plans, Games, Presentations



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Oysters & Pearls

WikipediaOyster - Information about salt-water bivalve molluscs - types, anatomy, etc..
Pearl - Information about the gemstone, pearl. Etymology, definition, physical properties, fresh and saltwater pearls, creation and much more.

American Pearl: A Brief History of Pearls: How Pearls are Harvested - Article about harvesting pearls, early history of pearl harvesting, and caring for oysters before harvest.


Sustainable Pearls: Harvesting Pearls - A short article about how pearls are harvested.

LiveScience: How Do Oysters Make Pearls? - How natural pearls begin in an oyster shell.

How Stuff Works: Animals: How do oysters make pearls? - Article talks about the natural production of pearls within the oyster's anatomy and how cultured pearls are created.

Oceana: American Oyster - Describes what an oyster is, how it grows/reproduces, and about depleted population due to over-fishing.

Metal Floss - 15 Shucking Amazing Facts About Oysters - This list offers some interesting facts about oysters, such as their ability to filter water, hold back fierce waves, their nutritional value, depletion and restoration projects, and more.

Ideo: Columbia.edu: Commonly seen organisms in Oyster Gardens - PDF: Information about creating an oyster garden - includes predators and reef associates. Includes pictures.

Original Oyster House - 10 Oyster Facts You Didn't Know - Info about oyster gender, oyster beds, human consumption, species, nutrition information, and more.

A-Z Animals: Oyster - Oyster facts, where they can be found, lifespan, color, food, predators, habitat and more.

Nat Geo Sites: Oysters - About oysters: As a food, habitat and range, shells, behavior, and threats to survival.

Rondale's Organic Life: 6 Surprising Things You Should Know About Eating Oysters - Farmed oysters vs wild and the best time to eat them.


Recipes

Food Network: Oyster Recipes - Fried Oysters, Char-Grilled Oysters, Oyster Po' Boy, Grilled Oysters Rockefeller, and more.

Southern Living: South's Best Oyster Recipes - Offers a variety of ways to enjoy oysters including: Grilled, baked, as a pot pie, stew, and a few other methods.

NYT: Cooking: Butter-Fried Oysters - A classic recipe.


Videos

YouTube: Oysters & Pearls Playlist -  Videos include: How pearls are harvested, how pearls are formed, and how to shuck and eat an oyster.
Here's one of the videos that can be found in the list...



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