Funschooling News #23 STEAM Edition


Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News STEAM Edition!

Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make your week a little more fun and interesting? 
This week's learning activities include projects that turn Pumpkins into an really cool learning tool.

If you missed the first part of this week's newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New's October Special Days Calendar and November's Calendar, you can link to it here. You'll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 



Pumpkins Resources


The 3 Sisters: Squash - Pumpkins


Jack O' Lanterns


Pumpkin growth time-lapse: 
From the seed to the mature fruit in 108 days and nights




Pumpkin Carving Tips & Tricks




Professional Pumpkin Carver Jonathan Barwood Gives Carving Advice

Top 15 Best Pumpkin Carvings Ever!



Pumpkin Playlist


Pumpkin Math & Physics

How much math do you think you'd use if you were to grow a giant pumpkin? The first video shows how much work goes into growing one! 
What kind of maths would you use to construct a machine that chucks a pumpkin as far as possible?

Giant Pumpkin. Pumpkin Show - Modern Agriculture



The Physics of "Punkin Chunkin"

The idea is to chuck the pumpkin as far as possible.


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Funschooling News #22 Special Days Edition


Special Days & Holidays For October & November


Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her October 2018 Special Days Calendar and the November Calendar can be found here. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, monthly event and food themes, and more. 

Betty Jo and I have created a Special Days Companion filled with 120+ activities you can do as a family during the month of October. To find out more about this wonderful product, click here.

Here are a few of the things on her list and some helpful activities and links:

One of the fun holidays featured during the month of October is Halloween. This resource page has some fun Halloween activities to do, and animals and foods to learn about. This post has informational resources about the history of Halloween.

Not into Halloween? Celebrate the season of Fall with some of the fun activities in the post provided.

🗽October 28Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886 - Learn about the Statue of Liberty with the video Statue of Liberty Decoded Why Was it Made? provided in the link. 

🐈October 29: Cat Day - Start your own cat study in honor of the day! Use the resources in the post provided to help get you going.

🍬October 30Candy Corn Day - Candy corn has been around for more than 100 years! Learn more about this classic candy. Find out how they are made too!

🎃October 31: All Hollows Eve/Halloween - Learn about Halloween and do some fun activities.

🚪October 31
Knock Knock Jokes Day Have some fun telling knock knock jokes...and be sure to make up some of your own!

🦃November🦃


🐕November 1Cook for Your Pets Day - Have fun planning and making treats and healthy foods for your favorite pet.

November 1: Vinegar Day - Take some time to do one of the 5 fun Experiments with vinegar offered in this post.

📙November 2Book Lovers Day - This link will give you access to Free classic ebooks on Project Gutenberg.

November 3 Poet Wm. C. Bryant born 1794 - Listen to Bryant's works. Learn about the man here
I hope something in this post makes you chuckle!

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Funschooling News #21 STEM Edition




Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News STEM Edition!

Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make the rest of your week a little more fun and interesting? 
This week's learning activities include projects that turn toothpicks into an excellent learning tool.

If you missed the first part of this week's newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New's October Special Days Calendar, you can link to it here. You'll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


How to Demonstrate Engineering Principles | Science Projects




Building a Toothpick Bridge



Check out how strong this bridge is! My Toothpick Bridge

The Spangler Effect - Toothpick Table Tricks Season 01 Episode 45



Toothpick Math

Use toothpicks to do math.

Below you will find a couple of videos with toothpick puzzles.
Puzzles help us to solve problems and think more creatively.
If you like these, you can check this pdf out with more puzzles to try.

3 Toothpick Puzzles to Drive You Nuts!!



10 Mind Bending Matchstick Puzzles
*Just use toothpicks!


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Funschooling News #20 Special Days Edition



Special Days & Holidays For October


Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her October 2018 Special Days Calendar. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, monthly event and food themes, and more. 

Betty Jo and I have created a Special Days Companion filled with 120+ activities you can do as a family during the month of October. To find out more about this wonderful product, click here.

Here are a few of the things on her list and some helpful activities and links:

One of the fun holidays featured during the month of October is Halloween. This resource page has some fun Halloween activities to do and animals and foods to learn about.
Not into Halloween? Celebrate the season of Fall with some of the fun activities in this post.
🐍October 21Reptile Awareness Day - Learn about a favorite reptile or choose a lizard from the post offered. Sea Turtles can be found here.
Watch the YouTube video collection on my: Lizards Playlist

📘October 21: Friends of the Library Week - Find out how your library can save you money! Go to the library and find out what they have to offer you. Ask for or arrange a tour.

October 22Daniel Boone born 1734 - Still Learning Something New offers great resources that include: Biographical information, quotes, printables, an interactive map, pioneer games and more.

October 23: Mole Day - A Mole is a unit of measurement used in Chemistry. Learn how you can celebrate the day here.

🌱October 24Food Day - Choose a fun food to learn about or find out:

🎩October 25Magic Week Begins - Magic has a long history! Take a bit of time to learn about some of the best magicians of our time and learn a trick or two.

October 26Frankenstein Day - Read about Mary Shelley's famous creation. 
October 26: National Pumpkin Day - Learn about one of 'The Three Sisters', Squash.
October 26: Red Cross Founded 1836.

📚October 27Tell A Story Day - There are a lot of really fun ways to tell a story, check out this post, and choose a way to tell a story that appeals to you most. 
I hope something in this post makes you smile!

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Funschooling News #19 STEM Edition


Hi! Welcome to Funschooling News STEM Edition!

Are you looking for some inexpensive, family-friendly activities that will help make the rest of your week a little more fun and interesting? This week's learning activities include projects that turn ordinary apples into extraordinary learning experiences.

If you missed the first part of this week's newsletter that features activities off Still Learning Something New's October Special Days Calendar, you can link to it here. You'll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


It may seem unusual to think of an apple as the focus of a STEM project, but I assure you, quite a bit can be done with apples that include science, engineering, and the math parts of STEM...and maybe even the technology part too...depending on how you look at it. I'm going to add a little chemistry into the mix this week as well! I hope you enjoy it.

Note: After doing LOTS of apple experiments with my kids and in my programs, I think it's only fair to let you know that some apples have more iron in them than others, and that can really effect the oxidation experiments. I recommend trying a variety of apples for these types of experiments to truly find ways to stop oxidation. You will also need extra apples to snack on! 😊

Apples are a fun food to study. If you would like to make your own apple study, I offer the following resource pages: 
Apple Research Project and Apple Resources

Apple Oxidation & The Scientific Method: 
A fun, at-home science experiment



Apple Oxidation Experiment

Video: Why Do Apples Turn Brown?
What Happens When Apple Meets Magnet



Science For Kids With HudsonAlpha: Enzymes & Apple Juice



5 Delicious Apple Hacks



Apple Math, Engineering, & Technology

Use apples to do math as well!
Here are a couple of videos on how to cut an apple to make something a little more special out of it. The first is a swan and the second is a puzzle.
This is where math, engineering, and technology come together in a really fun way.
I highly recommend that you go to YouTube and put the words: 'Apple Art' into the search box to see some of the amazing and fun things people have done with this ordinary fruit.

How to Make an Edible Apple Swan!




Apple Puzzle


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Funschooling News #18 Special Days Edition


Special Days & Holidays For October


Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her October 2018 Special Days Calendar. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, monthly event and food themes, and more. 

Betty Jo and I have created a Special Days Companion filled with 120+ activities you can do as a family during the month of October. To find out more about this wonderful product, click here.

Here are a few of the things on her list and some helpful activities and links:

One of the fun food themes featured during the month of October is Popcorn Poppin’. This resource page has some fun ways to use popping corn before and after it's popped.

🐺October 14Wolf Awareness Week - Learn about wolves and start a study with the links provided in this post.
Watch the YouTube video collection on my: Wolves Playlist

October 15I Love Lucy Premier 1951 - Take some time to learn about this classic comedy and watch some old reruns to find out why it was so popular. Maybe it will inspire you to make a funny skit of your own.

🕮October 16: Noah Webster born 1758 - In honor of Webster's birthday, use a dictionary. Go to the suggested post to find some activities that encourage dictionary use in fun ways.
October 16th is also Dictionary Day and Learn A Word Day.

📖October 17Author Arthur Miller born 1915 Learn about the accomplishments of this classic screenwriter and playwright. Go to the library and find some of his works. Read The Crucible by Arthur Miller (pdf).

😎October 18Alternative Fuel Day - Learn about renewable energy. TryExperiments You Can Do With The Sun

October 19Author/Illustrator Ed Emberley born 1931 - Learn about this fun and creative children's author.

👾October 20Monster Mash Day - This song was in the #1 position...two different years! Have some fun doing the mash and learning about this fun song.
Still Learning Something New has a Monsters post that includes links to videos, treat ideas, quizzes, and other fun stuff.


I hope something in this post makes you smile!

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