Flower Values

What you’ll need: The chart provided below, printed out, or paper and pencil, a calculator, a website, book, or another source of spring flower names

What to do: Choose 5-10 of your favorite spring flowers (common or scientific names) and figure out the number value for each word.

If you need a little help with Spring flower names, Names of Flowers can help you out, but feel free to look for names on your own via other websites, books, and any other resources you want to use. If you did the Wildflower Project, many of those flower names can be used.

Begin by writing down your flower choices. If you use lined paper, rather than the chart provided below, you will need 3 line: One for letters, one for their number value, and one to leave blank so letters and numbers do not get mixed up together.

Next, either print out the chart provided, or make your own letter to number values.

Often times, A=1, B=2, C=3 is used, but you can use A=26, B=25, C=24, or you can use any values you want.

Write the name of the flower you want to figure out the value of, then write a number value under each letter. Write the total value on the value line.

When you are done, compare the name values.

Which one has the highest and lowest value?

Does the longest word have the highest value?

Does the shortest word have the lowest value?

Do any have the same value?


Copy and save the Flower Values graphic below and print it out if you want.

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Wildflower Research Project

As the weather warms up, and nature starts to awaken from its slumber, the beauty of the season begins to burst free. Much of that beauty is reoccurring in the form of wildflowers that can be found on the roadside or in private and public gardens. If you enjoy the colors and smells of Spring, you may find these activity suggestions inspiring enough to grow something on your own.

#1 As wildflowers bloom on the roadside, in your yard, in public gardens, or in your neighborhood, take pictures, and then spend some time learning how to identifying them.

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#2 Collect different types of wildflowers when possible, make a flower press, or learn how to preserve them. Think of some ways you can use the flowers: Cards, pictures, scrapbook pages, writing/drawing journal, wildflower identification cards, nature journal, poems, display them in a vase, etc.

#3 Grow your own wildflowers in an selected area, as a garden, or in a planter. By growing your own, you can keep track of what you have planted. Collect seeds at the end of their growing cycle and save them for the next growing season. Label them clearly so you know what you are growing.

#4 Take some time to sit and enjoy wildflowers. Observe the insects and other creatures that come to visit. Take pictures/videos, draw or write about them. What do they do? How long do they stay?

#5 As you learn about the wildflowers you identify, find out how they can be used. Which ones are edible and/or medicinal? Learn about the rules of collecting them in order to ingest them.

For example: You will not want to collect wildflowers on a roadside that has been sprayed with chemicals, or has a lot of car traffic, because they are not edible or usable medicinally. Also, some wildflowers need to be collected carefully and boiled to be enjoyed.

Most public gardens will ask you not to pick or cut flowers.

Tip: Grow your own wildflowers in areas away from the roadside if you would like to ingest them.

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From Bud To Bloom

For this activity, please choose a tree in your yard or somewhere very close by.

Next, choose one or more methods to document your observations: Drawing, writing/journaling, picture or video recording, or an audio recording device.

Observation Suggestions

What kind of tree is it?

Find out its name and the type of tree it is.

Guess how old your tree is.

How often will you observe your tree?

Everyday? Once a week? Once every two weeks? Once a month?

What does your tree look like without its leaves?

Observe how the branches formed.

How thick is the trunk? Measure it if you can.

Take a rubbing of the bark on your tree with a crayon and paper.

Guesstimate how thick the thickest branch is.

How tall is your tree?


If your tree has leaves, or needles, observe how its structure looks and consider how it formed, to the best of your ability. Observe new growth when possible.

Watch as your tree bursts to life with flowers, seeds, and/or leaves. Notice if the flowers have a smell, what the pollen looks like, how the seeds or fruit form and disperse. Notice how the leaves form and grow. Take a fully matured leaf and make a stamp print of it, draw it, or take a picture of it. Back and front.

Observe parts of your tree through a microscope.

Use a small microscope or a magnifying glass to get a closer look at your tree.

Where is your tree located?

Is it close to your house?
It is in the shade or full sun?

It is in a neighbor’s yard?

In a park?

What Can You Look For?

Does your tree have buds on it?

Are bugs crawling on it?

Does it have a nest?

What birds visit your tree?

Do other animals live in it or hang out in it? If so, who comes to visit?

How does the weather effect your tree?

What does your tree look like with ice/snow?

What happens when it rains?

What happens when it is windy?

What does it look like on a clear, sunny day?

The more you observe your tree, the more you will learn. As your tree changes with the spring season, notice how it blooms and grows.

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Snowy Trivia

1.  Who is “Snowflake Bentley” and what did he do to get his nickname?

2. Who wrote “Frosty The Snowman” and in what year?

3. Who invented fake snow? When and why was fake snow invented?

4. How is real snow formed?

5. When and where did the biggest snow storm occur in the United States? The world?

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Flag Fun Page

How many words can you make from the words:

American Perseverance

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Research Challenge

Find out what the United States Civic Flag looks like and when it is used.

Flag Word Scramble

Flag Day Activities

DLTK has fun Flag Day In The United States activities to check out.

Online Puzzle

The Jigsaw Puzzles: First American Flag How long will it take you to do this online jigsaw puzzle?

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Coloring Pages: American FlagChoose from a variety of pages to print.


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Chocolate Resource Page

Chocolate Information & Articles
Exploratorium: Chocolate – Discover…..The sweet science of chocolate. This is an excellent place to begin your study of chocolate!

Science Museum of Minnesota: Where are cacao trees grown? Find out here.

Field Museum: Chocolate – Just for Kids: History, activities, process of making and much more.

Cornell University: Chocolate: Food of the Gods. There is a lot of information about chocolate on this site. Includes the history of the product, how it grows, health information and much more.

Washington Edu: Discovering the Sweet Mysteries of Chocolate – Brief history and the science of chocolate for kids.

AncientFoods: The History of and the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica  A long, informative article about the history of the culture of chocolate, the cacao tree and its cultivation, iconographic and archaeological evidence, and medical uses. The same article can be found here: HeritageDaily: Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica.

Smithsonian MagA Brief History of Chocolate – Offers a brief, yet informative, history of chocolate. Also, Healers Once Prescribed Chocolate Like Aspirin – Article: (From the site) From ancient Mesoamerica to Renaissance Europe, the modern confectionary treat has medical roots.

Smithsonian: “Chocolate is a Fighting Food!” – Chocolate bars in the Second World War – This article has information about war rations offered to American soldiers and a story about the wartime chocolate memories of the author’s grandfather.

The Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club: Chocolate History Timeline – Chocolate History Timeline from 2000 B.C. to 1938 WW II.

Hershey: Our-Story – Discover Hershey: There’s more to Hershey then meets the eye. Find out who Milton Hershey was, and how chocolate is made.

Cadbury: Discovering Chocolate – The Great Chocolate Discovery – This article discusses how chocolate was discovered, how ancient Mayans and Aztecs used it, and its introduction into Spain and Europe.

Chocolate.org: Chocolate and the Aztecs  – History of chocolate, the Aztecs, and the Spanish: Introducing Cacao, Meet the Aztecs, The Aztecs Were Followers, and Chocolate Lives On.

ICCO: International Cocoa Organization: The Chocolate Industry – Who are the main manufacturers of chocolate in the world?

Wikipedia: History of Chocolate – General information about the history of chocolate. Also, Cocoa Butter.

Fox News Food & Drink: 6 of the World’s Most Expensive Chocolates – Find out what the most expensive chocolate is and who makes it.

WorldAtlas: Top 10 Cocoa Producing Countries – Information about the world biggest and smallest producers of cocoa.

Cocoa Project – This site offers different aspects of a cocoa study.

FAO: Growing Cocoa – Information about growing cocoa.

Medical News Today: Chocolate: Health Benefits, Facts, and Research – Learn about the health benefits of chocolate!

US National Libary of Medicine – Chocolate in History: Food, Medicine, Medi-Food – Offers: Introduction, the concept of Diet, Chocolate as Medicine: the Mesoamerican Tradition, Chocolate as Medicine: the European Tradition, Last Chapters, and Conclusions: Chocolate as Medi-Food. This is a technical article.

PennLive: A spoonful of … chocolate? Cacao has a history of medicinal use – Site offers a book review of: ‘Chocolate as Medicine: A Quest Over the Centuries’ –  the history of chocolate’s medical uses.

Chocolate Activities

Chocolate Activities

FranW.com – Chocolate ActivitiesI offer more chocolate related posts, including resources and recipes such as a chocolate egg cream, chocolate covered pretzels, lip balm, bubble bath and a hot cocoa base here.

Homeschool Share: Chocolate Unit Study – Free unit study.

Homefires: Chocolate Curriculum – This curriculum was designed for groups or individuals. I wrote it, I hope you enjoy it!

Activity Village: The Chocolate Bar Game A game played with dice.

All Chocolate Kitchen: Chocolate Sculptures – Take a look at some of the beautiful things that can be made with chocolate.

BoredPanda: 13 Of The Most Creative Works Of Chocolate ArtSite offers a variety of works of art made from chocolate.

Aol.Finance: 10 fun jobs that pay well Scroll down to Chocolatier.

Chron: The Salary of a Chocolate Maker – Find out how much a chocolate maker makes and what you need to become one.

Melting Mug: Recipe:  Xocolatl, The Original Hot Chocolate – Learn a little history about the drink and how to make it a couple of different ways.

Experiments in Tempering Chocolate – What tempering is and comparisons of different techniques to see which work best at home.

Business Insider: Cocoa Butter Prices Are Surging Article about the high price of cocoa butter and what some companies are doing about it.

Glee Gum: Make your own chocolate kit – Interested in making your own chocolate? You can buy a kit here!

Bloomberg: Brexit Could Reopen U.K.’s 30-Year EU Chocolate War, Clegg Warns – Information about a modern day chocolate war.

All Free Crafts: Chocolate Covered Spoons – Instructions for how to make these treats.

Printable World Map.net – Choose a map to print out.

Ranker: Best Songs About Chocolate  Some songs may not be suitable for all audiences.


Cooking Channel:  Outrageous Chocolate ArtA short video that features some interesting items made with chocolate.

Fox Business: The world’s most expensive chocolate: Here’s what it tastes like – A short video about the chocolate bar.

Vimeo: Chocolate: Exhibition Walk-throughTake a short virtual tour of the Field Museum.

YouTube: Chocolate Playlist How chocolate is grown and made, chocolate art, hot chocolate recipes, chocolate modeling clay recipe and how to, factory tours, how luxury chocolates are made, and other interesting chocolate related videos.
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October Special Days Volume 1 Resource Page

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To purchase this 16 page ebook filled with 120+ great ideas that companion the days listed below, for $5, please contact me directly.

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Oct. 1 Model T Ford introduced 1908
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Ford’s Model T
Oct. 2 Farm Animals Day
Oct. 3 SOS (distress code) established 1906
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: SOS
Oct. 4 Cinnamon Roll Day
Oct. 5 Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Robert Hutchings Goddard
Oct. 6 Mad Hatter Day
Alice In Wonderland: Mad Tea Party Ideas and Games
Oct. 7 Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Niels Bohrs
Oct. 8 Face Your Fears Day
How Stuff Works: Inside the Mind – How Fear Works
Oct. 9 Chess Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Chess
Oct. 10 Cake Decorating Day
Oct. 11 Apollo 7 Launched 1968
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Apollo 7
Oct. 12
Cookbook Launch Day
Oct. 13 US Navy Established 1775
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: US Navy
Oct. 14 President Dwight D. Eisenhower Born 1890
Still Learning Something New: Resources for Presidents
Oct. 15 I Love Lucy Premier 1951
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: I Love Lucy
Oct. 16
Noah Webster born 1758/Dictionary Day/Learn A Word Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Words Within Words
Oct. 17 Author Arthur Miller born 1915
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Arthur Miller
Still Learning Something New: Salem Witch Trials
Oct. 18 Alternative Fuel Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Experiments You Can Do With The Sun
National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Learning About Renewable Energy
Oct. 19 Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Ed Emberly
Oct. 20 Monster Mash Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Monster Mash
Still Learning Something New: Monsters!
Autumn Leaves
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Fall Leaves
Oct. 21 Apple Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Apple Research Project
Oct. 22 Daniel Boone born 1734
Still Learning Something New: Daniel Boone
Oct. 23 Mole Day
ACS: Chemistry for Life: Mole Day
Oct. 24 Food Day
PBS: Videos – What Do Animals Eat?
Oct. 25 Magic Week begins
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Magic Tricks Resource Page
Oct. 26 Red Cross Founded 1836
Oct. 27 Tell A Story Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Tell A Story
Oct. 28 Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886
Oct. 29 Cat Day
Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Domesticated Cats Resource Page
Oct. 30 Candy Corn Day
National Confectioners Association: Candy Corn History, How is Candy Corn Made, Fun Facts
Oct. 31 All Hollows Eve/Halloween
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September’s Special Days Activity Companion

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9/1 –  Emma M. Nutt Day
The A-Z of Manners & Etiquette: Telephone Etiquette
 9/2 – Great Fire of London – 1666
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Great Fire of London
9/3 – Skyscraper Day
Still Learning Something New: Skyscraper Resource List
9/4 – Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer born 1848
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9/5 – Cheese Pizza Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Pizza Project Resource List
9/6 – Iguana Awareness Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Lizard Resource Page
9/7 –  Grandma Moses Born 1860
Still Learning Something New: Grandma Moses Resource List
9/8 – Popcorn Festival Begins
Funschooling and Recreational LearningPopcorn Project
9/9 –  Teddy Bear Day
Kid Search: Teddy Bear Facts
9/10 – Sewing Machine Patented 1846
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9/11 –  I Want My Own Business Day
9/12 – Video Game Day
Funschooling and Recreational LearningVideo Games
9/13 –  Author, Roald Dahl Born 1916
Still Learning Something New: Dahl Resource List
9/14 – Star Spangled Banner Composed by Francis Scott Key, 1814
Funschooling and Recreational LearningThe Star Spangled Banner
9/15 –  Make a Hat Day
iKat Bag: Cardboard Hat Patterns and Instructions
9/16 – Illusionist David Copperfield born 1956
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Magic Tricks Resource Page
9/17 –  Constitution Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: U.S. Constitution Research Page
Still Learning Something New: Constitution Resource List
9/18 – Cheeseburger Day
National Day Calendar: National Cheeseburger Day
9/19 –  Talk Like a Pirate Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Pirate Resource Page & Knots
Still Learning Something New: Pirate Resource List
9/20 – Artist Dale Chihuly born 1941
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Dale Chihuly Resource Page
9/21 –  Banana Festival
LiveScience: Bananas: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts
9/22 – Scientist Michael Faraday born 1791
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Michael Faraday Resource Page
9/23 –  Neptune Discovered 1846
Planets for Kids: Planet Neptune Facts
9/24 – Jim Henson born 1936
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: The Jim Henson Resource Page
9/25 –  Poet, Author, Song Writer Shel Silverstein Born 1930
Shel Silverstein: Silverstein Biography and Resources
9/26 – Johnny Appleseed born 1774
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Johnny Appleseed Resource Page
9/27  Rosetta Stone Deciphered 1822
Sept. 28 – Strawberry Cream Pie Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Strawberry Craze
National Day Calendar: National Strawberry Cream Pie Day
9/29 –  Confucius Day
Funschooling and Recreational Learning: Chinese New Year
Quotations Page: Confucius Quotes
Activity Village: Traditional Chinese Games
9/30 – Hot Mulled Cider Day
Time & Date: Hot Mulled Cider Day

Food Network: Mulled Cran-Cider

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Pizza Project

Pizza History: Timelines, articles, & videos:
Bella Napoli: History of Pizza
History.com: A Slice of History: Pizza Through the Ages
Life In Italy: History of Pizza
Wikipedia: History of Pizza

Cooking and Growing Pizza:

Make your own pita pizza.
How to grow a Pizza Garden.
Fun and Games:
Pizza Game – Pin the Toppings on the Pizza
Cut out 3 large circles from poster board or construction paper, each an inch or two smaller than the other; make the largest brown (crust), the next red (sauce), and the smallest white (cheese). Glue them together.
Cut out pizza toppings from a magazine or store flyer, put removable glue on the back of each piece and store them on waxed paper until you are ready to use them.
How to Play
Have the player remove a topping from the waxed paper and put on a blindfold. Spin them around a few times and head them in the direction of the pizza. Have them stick the topping to the pizza.
Tip: Play this game while waiting for pita pizzas to cook up or for the delivery person.
Pizza Activity – Dough Throwing
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Experiments You Can Do With The Sun

Have some fun with the sun by doing solar experiments!

You Will Need

 A hot sunny day, dark colored construction paper, various objects that won’t melt: A key, leaf, pencil, scissors, etc., crayons, cookie sheet, potholder, aluminum foil, a glass jar, tea bag, old crayons, inexpensive XX-large garbage bags, rubber bands, scissors, 25+’ string, and a wide open space

Make Solar Prints

Choose a flat, sunny location, put a piece of dark construction paper on in, then place variety of objects that won’t melt on top of the paper (key, leaves, shells, pencil, etc.) and leave it in the sun for 30 minutes or so. Compare the areas that were exposed to the sun to the covered areas. 
If it is windy, place a small rock on top of lighter objects.

Make Sun Tea

Fill a clean jar with water, add a tea bag, cover, and place it in the sun for an hour. The jar may be very hot so have a potholder handy to take off the lid. Remove the tea bag, stir in some sugar, add fruit and ice to the jar if desired, and enjoy.

Refresh Old Crayons

 Refresh old crayons by turning broken ones into a whole new mixed up version. You will need some old crayons (paper removed), aluminum foil, a cookie sheet, and a potholder to do this. Cookie cutters can be used to make cool shapes, otherwise you can carefully shape aluminum foil. Put your shapes on a cookie sheet, cover the bottom of the aluminum foil with crayon pieces, and leave it in direct sunlight for 30 minutes or so. Check on their progress from time to time. If the crayons do not melt well, cover the top with plastic wrap. Once the crayons have melted, allow them to cool for a bit, then grab some paper and see how they work.

Make A Solar Balloon

This experiment works best in a wide open space such as an open field, park or large backyard. Open up an XX-Large bag such as a leaf bag or something bigger, fill it with air, and close it with a rubber band. Tie a really long string around the rubber band, leave it in the sun and watch what happens. Watch the following video for another way to make a solar balloon.

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French Fry Project

Have you ever wondered where French fries got their start or how they are made for commercial use?
Keep reading to find out!

French fries have been around for centuries, and while no one is exactly sure who invented them first, we do know that they originated in either Belgium or France. There’s an interesting history in the argument about who fried the potato first, and if you’re interested in learning more about it, you’ll find some information below.

What can you do with French fries other than eat them? 

Experiment with them!

Experiment #1: How Long Does A French Fry Take To Decay?

You will need: Any French fry & A plate
Directions: Make French fries or purchase them from a restaurant. Then place a few on a plate and observe them each day until they decay. Try comparing a commercial fry to a homemade one.
Experiment #2: French Fry Taste Test: 
What Type Of Potatoes Make The Best French Fries?
You will need: A variety of fresh potatoes, washed and dried, a cutting board, a sharp knife, olive or vegetable oil, salt, pepper and your favorite herbs and spices.
Oven proof pans, fryer, or skillet, and paper towels
Directions: Cut your potatoes into even strips. Then place them in separate bowls and toss them with a little oil to prevent them from browning while you cut the other potatoes. Cook your potatoes using your favorite cooking method: Baked, deep fried or pan fried.
If you decide to bake them, put some oil on the pan and season it before adding them to the oven, otherwise, season your fries as soon as you get them out of the oil and onto the paper towels.
Taste each potato type and choose which potato makes the best French fry in your opinion. Try different cooking methods too.
If you need them, some cooking methods with instructions can be found in the video selection.
How do you like to eat your French Fries?
Start a French fry cookbook and fill it with pictures of your favorite recipes and ways to eat them. 

Maybe your favorites ways to enjoy them include…
Topping them with chili and cheese.
Drizzling them with gravy.
Sprinkling them with your favorite herbs and spices.
 Served with ketchup, mustard, mayo or vinegar.
Find answers to any of the questions or things you want to know about French fries.
Find out what French fries are called in other countries.
Find out some of the fun ways French fried potatoes are served.
Today I Found Out: This History of French Fries – An interesting historical account of the French Fried Potato.
Wikipedia: French Fries – How French fries are eaten, their origins, and variations.


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A World To Discover January Vol 1

Ben Franklin – Historical information about Ben Franklin. Read or listen to his
autobiography as well.

Nikola Tesla – Information about Tesla’s life and accomplishments. Links and videos.

Geometric Designs – Geometric Designs made from simple shapes. Tutorials, videos, and free downloads.

Fractals – Fractals in nature and design. Links and videos.

Ancient Greece – Contributions, Mythology, History and more. Links and videos.

Seasonal Foods
Apples Research Project – Facts, leading questions, information, videos, recipes, and links to other resources.

Oranges – General and nutritional information, diseases, educational resources, ideas for orange peels and videos.

January Related Posts
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