July Links and Ideas

**July is National Blueberry Month!  How about using Pickyourown.org to find a U-Pick blueberry farm near you?  What about whipping up a batch of blueberry muffins in time for National Blueberry Muffin Day on July 11th?   Yum!


**The Nature Conservancy’s  bird of the month is the Bald Eagle.   Why not spend a few days learning about this beautiful creature?

**International Day of Friendship is July 30th,  giving you time to write and mail  letters to new friends and old.

**Apollo 11 orbited the moon in July 1969.   Check out this kid-friendly NASA website and find out what’s going on in space right now.


Research topics/ideas with a July connection:

Amelia Earhart

Annexation of Hawaii

U.S. Patent Office

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sitting Bull

June Links and Ideas


June is here!  A few links and ideas to add a bit of interest and learning fun to the month.

Nature study ideas for June-  The Nature Conservancy’s bird for June is the Cerulean Warbler.   The rose and honeysuckle are the flowers for June.  Why not take a day to learn more about these beautiful creations?

June is National Safety Month.  Have a family safety meeting. Do your children know how and when to call 911?  Ask your children to draw maps of your home and label the best exits in case of emergency. Then have them organize and execute a family fire drill.


June 17th is National Eat Your Vegetable Day.  Chayote anyone?  Why not browse the produce section with your children and together choose a new-to-you vegetable to prepare and eat together?

Are you headed to camp meeting this month?  Perhaps you will want to mention that on the AHE-List and arrange to meet up with other homeschooling families.  Make a few new connections!

Research topics/ideas with a June connection:

Author Helen Keller, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and American patriot Nathan Hale were all born in June.

D-Day in Normandy took place on June 6th, 1944.

King John set his seal to the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215.






Free SDA Resources for a Reformation Day Themed Study

Interested in planning a study on the Great Controversy or Adventist History?   Now is a great time to prepare, especially if you’d like to finish the unit in time to coincide with Protestant Reformation Day- October 31st, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg.

Here is a list of  FREE Seventh-day Adventist Resources to help you plan your study.  Some of the links are more extensive or will take more time to use than others, so plan now to review them to choose the ones that fit the needs and learning styles of your household.

Truth Triumphant for Youth- A 23 chapter story of the Church in the Wilderness first published by Pacific Press in 1944.  Would work great as a read-aloud for the month of October.  Engaging reading full of pictures and diagrams.

Audio version of The Great Controversy -All 42 chapters available for free download and listening

Printable coloring pages of Seventh-day Adventist Church pioneers.  At total of 31 pages

Visionary for Kids – Several of the free magazines cover the topic of the Great Controversy.  The sidebar lists the issues.

Our Adventist Heritage – a full collection of multimedia study resources from the Atlantic Union Conference Teacher Bulletin

Adventist Pioneer Stories – listen online courtesy of the University Park Community SDA Church


I Am Fearfully & Wonderfully Made ~ A Free Unit Study

Here’s a free unit study for lower elementary students focusing on developing awareness of the heart, stomach, brain and intestines.  The 29 page downloadable unit study features activity and coloring sheets as well as comprehension checks.

fearfully made unit study

Click HERE to go directly to the download link.  It’s on the right sidebar.    This unit study is courtesy of the Atlantic Union Conference Teacher Bulletin.

The Bird Count is Coming – Mark Your Calendars!

GBBCblogbutton_En_1_2014The Great Backyard Bird Count begins in just under a month.    This is an awesome opportunity for your homeschoolers to make an impact on science!
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

The bird count is easy, fun and is an excellent foundation for a unit study on birds!  We will feature many resources to help you plan and build an exciting and interesting nature study for your children.   Visit The Backyard Bird Count site to learn more and get started with this great project!

No-Cost Art Appreciation Resources

Interested in  adding art study /art appreciation to your homeschool program?  Try these great resources that can get you started – for free!


Masterstroke –  Six half-hour videos. “Masterstroke is a documentary series investigating some of the most famous and interesting religious art in history. At a time when many couldn’t read, art was used as the basis for an understanding of God. Each program explores the stories behind both the paintings and the artists.”  **SDA Resource from HopeChannel**

Art Through the Year– Nine interactive lessons (video/online/printable handouts).  An art journey with Sharon Jeffus, an art instructor, art education author and homeschool mom.

Garden of Praise – 40+ printable art lessons/activities.   Each lesson includes a biography of the artist,  study and worksheets, a greyscale print of the picture, a variety of puzzles and word search/scrambles and links for further research. Glass Squares

Artist Study: Charlotte Mason Style – Resource page.  This Hubpage features valuable ideas on how to create your own artist study outline/curriculum with lots of inspiration for places to view art in person, incorporating notebooking or lapbooking into your art study and more.  An excellent resource page.