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Happy Thanksgiving
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Issued by George Washington during his first year as President, the proclamation designated November 26 as "a day of publick thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God."

Read the text of the General Thanksgiving Proclamation here.

Thanksgiving Internet Scavenger Hunt

Download Free Thanksgiving Readers: 

Read: 7 Fun Facts For Thanksgiving

Halloween: Vids, Downloads, and Spooky Stuff
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Visit Listenwise to hear a public radio story on the History of Witches, and what led to the Salem Witch Trials.

Learn about the brain with a look at the neuroscience of zombies.

Check out these read-aloud ghost stories for kids.

Write your own Halloween tale with Scholastic's scary story starters

Use forensic science to help solve four lethal poisoning cases in 1920s New York City.

Read about one roadschooling family's unscheduled stop in the Twilight Zone.

Play some online Halloween games

Practice reading comprehension with some K-12 Halloween articles. 

Knowing Poe: Learn about “Poe the Person” through interactive features that allow you to tour his house, learn about his education, or solve the mystery of his death. Learn more about “Poe the Writer” with activities exploring his techniques. And in the “Poe Library,” along with a list of his works, you’ll find primary source documents, such as letters and original manuscripts; and the many and varying references to his works both here, and around the world.

Study Suspense in Poetry: Speaking of Poe, visit TeachersFirst’s The Raven to learn more about such literary devices as alliteration, assonance, internal rhyme, metaphor and simile, and personification.  Move the mouse over highlighted words to see what devices are being employed. There's also an interactive version of The Highwayman.

Design your own haunted house

National Parks Adventures
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Tags: national parks list of national parks national park pass national park service

The National Park Service turns 100 this summer, and to celebrate, they’ve been running, among other things, the Every Kid in a Park program allowing families to visit various parks, nature centers, natural wonders, and historic sites for free.

Visiting these places has always been one of my favorite pastimes. As a city girl growing up in Brooklyn, I learned to appreciate the outdoors experiences my parents provided through tent camping and day trips we would take during the summer months. Leaving the “asphalt jungle” even for short spurts was like stepping through a magic portal to novel environments and settings. Those trips awakened in me a desire for travel, knowledge and adventure that is with me to this day -- and my husband and I have tried to pass on that sense of wonder to our own children through our camping adventures. (Although, with an RV, it’s more like “glamping” in comparison to what my parents did).

We’ve had a lot of fun in our national parks, and look forward to returning to and visiting more in the future. For homeschoolers, the parks are awesome places for on-site history and science studies, with access to knowledgeable “instructors” and free educational materials, both at the locations, and on websites. Here are some of our favorite places -- and related free resources:

Read these articles describing the interesting science going on at our national parks:

Arizona

 

Grand Canyon

Petrified Forest

California

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