Week 13 – Arthur Christmas

Although next Monday is still November, the rest of the week is in December, so we are starting Christmas activities! You may, of course, substitute your own personal holiday traditions in place of ours. I would love to hear about them!

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (Again, please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Watch movieWrite letter to SantaGeographyBake cookiesFlex
Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano

Crochet

The project she is working on (currently she is making herself a poncho)

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download materials

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – in download materials

Count and sort Christmas tags

Count and group Christmas tree decorations

Storytime

Activity

Write letter to Santa (link to letter template)

Geography – app, map, Atlas, activity

Bake cookies

Next week: Winnie the Pooh X-Mas!

Week 12 – Frozen 1

I’m writing this at the end of September, so I’m hoping there’s a light dusting of snow on the ground by the time we watch the first Frozen movie. I’m not holding my breath, though.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (Again, please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Watch movieMake paper snowflakesExperiment: states of matterMake rock candyFlex
Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano

Crochet

The project she is working on (currently she is making herself a poncho)

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download materials

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – in download materials

Count paper pieces from the paper snowflakes; group them based on size/shape

Talk about weather and temperatures (in Celsius)

Storytime

Make paper snowflakes (link to instructions)

Experiment with states of matter: solid/liquid/gas (boil an ice cube)

Make rock candy (link to recipe) list of ingredients[JD1] 

Activity

Next week: Arthur Christmas!


 [JD1]Ingredient List

  • A wooden skewer (you can also use a clean wooden chopstick)
  • A clothespin
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2-3 cups of sugar
  • A tall narrow glass or jar

Week 11 – Onward

Onward is like a fun movie, especially for us, as our household is heavily into Dungeons and Dragons.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (Again, please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Watch movieMake a pop-up dioramaMake a dungeon mazePlan a menu for the Manticore’s restaurantFlex
Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano

Crochet

The project she is working on (currently she is making herself a poncho)

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download materials

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – in download materials

Count dice (addition, groups)

Storytime

Activity

Make a pop-up diorama (link to basic instructions)

Make a dungeon maze (on paper)

Plan a menu for the Manticore’s restaurant (appetizers, mains, desserts)

Next week: Frozen 1!

Week 10 – Abominable

I absolutely LOVED this movie. Family, travel, adventure, yetis, magic – it seriously has it all. So much fun!!

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (Again, please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Watch movieMake pork bunsMake paper flowersLearn about endangered speciesFlex
Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano

Crochet

The project she is working on (currently she is making herself a poncho)

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download materials

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – in download materials

Count blueberries, group berries

Measure distances with a ruler

Storytime

Activity

Make pork buns (link to recipe) ingredient list[JD1] 

Make paper flowers (link to instructions)

Learn about endangered species (link to resources)

Next week: Onward


 [JD1]YEAST ACTIVATION:

  • 1 tsp active dry yeast powder
  • 1/4 cup / 65 ml warm water
  • 1 tbsp white sugar

DOUGH:

  • 1/2 cup /125 ml warm water
  • 4 tbsp /70g white sugar
  • 2 cups / 300g plain flour (all purpose)
  • 1 cup / 155g cornflour / cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup / 65 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder

PORK FILLING:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped escalot or white onion (Note 1)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce , regular or light (not dark)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce (can sub Hoisin)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornflour dissolved in 1 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups Chinese Barbecue Pork , diced (Note 2)

Week 9 – Coco

I adore this movie. And I cry. A lot. It’s a perfect way to introduce the Day of the Dead to your kids.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (Again, please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Watch movieRemember the deadBake traditional Mexican foodLearn about Dia de Los MuertosFlex
Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano

Crochet

The project she is working on (currently she is making herself a poncho)

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download materials

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – in download materials

Count flowers/petals and group them (fake flowers or real)

Count and group nuts

Storytime

Activity

Remember the dead: go through old photo albums

Bake traditional Mexican food (link to 15 traditional recipes)

Learn about Dia de Los Muertos (+ watch Elena of Avalor special episode)

Next week: Abominable

Week 8 – Hocus Pocus

Yet another movie that I did not watch in childhood. This one is a tad bit scarier for younger kids, and lots of fun for adults.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (Again, please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Watch movieelephant toothpastepumpkin carvingLearn about SamhainFlex
Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano

Crochet

The project she is working on (currently she is making herself a poncho)

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download materials

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – in download materials

Count pumpkin seeds after cleaning them

Count candy packages and group them (do some subtraction)

Storytime

Activity

Experiment: elephant toothpaste (link to experiment) ingredient list[JD1] 

Pumpkin carving: pick stencil and draw it on pumpkin, help scoop seeds (adult do carving)

Learn about Samhain (link to worksheets)

Next week: Coco


  1. [JD1]Ingredients for Elephant Toothpaste Experiment:
  1. A clean 16-oz plastic soda bottle.
  2. 1/2 cup 20-volume hydrogen peroxide liquid (20-volume is a 6% solution; you can get this from a beauty supply store or hair salon)
  3. 1 Tablespoon (one packet) of dry yeast.
  4. 3 Tablespoons of warm water.
  5. Liquid dishwashing soap.
  6. Food coloring.
  7. Small cup.
  8. Safety goggles.

Week 7 – Curious George Halloween

Curious George is super cute, and throw in a little Halloween fun… your kids don’t want to miss this. You’ll have a smile on your face throughout watching this for sure!

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (Again, please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Watch movieDraw pumpkin facesFinger paintingLearn about monkeysFlex
Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano

Crochet

The project she is working on (currently she is making herself a poncho)

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download materials

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – in download materials

Count and group buttons

Math with pumpkins (on paper)

Storytime

Activity

Draw pumpkin faces (website)

Finger painting with Crayola washable paint on paper

Learn about monkeys (link to web) (Factsheet)

Next week: Hocus Pocus!

Week 6 – ParaNorman

I’m going to be honest with you here; I BARELY remember this movie. I saw it in theatres, loved it, bought it, and haven’t seen it since. I’m pretty sure Dragon will love it, so here it is. Warning: could be a bit scary for younger audiences.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (Again, please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Watch movieTake stop motion picturesPut pictures together into movieMake shoebox dioramaFlex
Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano

Crochet

The project she is working on (currently she is making herself a poncho)

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download materials

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – in download materials

How many zombies were on the council? (7) How many were judges? (1) How many were not judges? (6)

Count fairy tale objects (like beans or coins)

Storytime

Fairy tales

Activity

Film script in stop-motion (2 days: taking the pictures + putting them together on computer, find music to go with it)

Make a shoebox diorama (web instructions)

Next week: Curious George Halloween!

Week 5 – Halloweentown

My Dragon LOVES Halloween, so we’ll be watching Halloween movies all month! I didn’t watch this movie until I was already an adult, so there’s no nostalgia for me, but it’s super cute and Dragon loves it.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (Again, please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Watch movieDraw monster maskHalloween scriptHalloween storyboardFlex
Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano

Crochet

The project she is working on (currently she is making herself a poncho)

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download materials

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – in download materials

There are how many children in the family? How many girls? How many boys?

Count and group with cheerios/chocolate chips

Storytime

Activity

Draw a monster mask (web templates)

Write a short Halloween script (2 days: writing + storyboarding)

Next week: ParaNorman!

Week 4 – Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell is a super cute movie and has several sequels that are definitely worth watching. This movie was the first one that Dragon paid attention to at around 18 months old. So of course, I had to include it in her lessons.

Here is the link for the downloadable materials. (Again, please let me know if you have any problems so I can fix it!)

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Watch movieNature walk
(weather dependent)
Lego kitPuzzleFlex
Summary of the week

Daily details:

Dance

Ballet and martial arts on alternate days

Music

Singing, listening to different pieces, learning piano

Crochet

The project she is working on (currently she is making herself a poncho)

Basic Information

We talk about the days of the week and play games with the cutouts of the names. We do the same thing with the names of the months of the year. You can find the print-outs here.

Printing words

Download materials

Counting objects/math-type activities

Practice counting objects and writing how many of each type – in download materials

Count leaves after collecting them on nature walk

There used to be four fairy friends – now that Tinker Bell has joined them, how many are there?

Storytime

Activity

Nature walk – look for different kinds of leaves, acorns, maple keys, flowers, etc (weather dependent – you want no rain the day before as well as day of)

Build a Lego kit

Puzzle – put a puzzle together

Next week: Halloweentown!