A Teachable Month - MAY

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A Teachable Month - MAY


A Teachable Month - Teachable Moments and a Daily Student Journal!

If you're an "Unschooler", or you're developing your own lessons for your children out of the world around you, you know how difficult a job this can be!  Here is a fantastic new tool just for you!  TEACHABLE MONTHS are each a full month of teachable moments.  In each month, we've looked at holidays and observances, historical occurrences, births, deaths, scientific developments and art masterworks that were unveiled in that month in history, sporting events taking place during the month - all sorts of activities directly from our experience with the world, and we've turned each one into a fully detailed teachable moment!

This isn't a mere list of things you can turn into teachable moments.  Each event (and there are two or more per day, for every day of the month) is fully described, often with accompanying photos and film.  Words are defined, as in all Steps courses, before the student reads about that event, so that the student's vocabulary increases every day and they are able to understand what is read the first time they read it.  Locations mentioned as a part of the event are located on a map, globe or the Internet, developing a better sense of the reality of what's being studied, as well as the student's understanding of geography.  The student is often asked to do further research, and aided in that effort with just enough direction, developing their study and research skills.  And the student is always asked key questions to assist their investigation into how they feel about each event, each sport or work of art or historic event or holiday.  Critical thinking skills are sharpened every day.

There's more.  Each day, the student develops their own private journal, filled with their observations, ideas, and reactions to teachable moments as well as questions put directly to them meant to stimulate critical thinking.  They also keep a running "weather report", a daily observation of weather basics which allows them to observe the change in the seasons for themselves.

Of course, you can and should use only what you want to use.  But if you're looking for a half-way point between an established curriculum (like the rest of Steps) and you doing all the work - then you've found it!  For ages 9-up who read well, and extraordinarily precocious 7-8 year-olds who also read well.  Over 180 pages of activities!

For the month of May, here is the table of contents, IDEALLY TO BE STARTED BY THE STUDENT ON MAY 1:

General Info                                                            
Before Starting
May Events That Are Not On A Set Date              

The Kentucky Derby                                    
National Teacher’s Day                                
NBA Playoffs                                                
Mother’s Day                                                 
Armed Forces Day                                        
Monaco Grand Prix                                      
French Open (Tennis)                                   
Memorial Day                                                

APRIL DAY BY DAY                                                           

April 1            May Day; The Empire State Building        
April 2            Catherine the Great; Prokofiev/Peter & The Wolf
April 3            Bing Crosby; Joe DiMaggio
April 4            Solar Impulse 2 and Solar Power
April 5            Cinco de Mayo; Karl Marx
April 6            Sigmund Freud; Orson Welles; The Hindenburg; Willie Mays
April 7            Robert Browning; Tchaikovsky; The Lusitania
April 8            WW II Ends
April 9            J.M. Barrie/Peter Pan
April 10          Fred Astaire; Ariel Durant
April 11           Irving Berlin; Salvador Dali
April 12          Katharine Hepburn; Florence Nightingale
April 13          George Braque; Stevie Wonder; Clive Barnes & Critics
April 14          Lewis & Clark; Israel Independence Day; George Lucas
April 15          L. Frank Baum/Wizard of Oz; The 1st McDonald’s
April 16          Van Gogh/Record Sale of Art; The Sedition Act of 1918
April 17          U.S. School are Desegregated by the Supreme Court
April 18          Umar Khayya’m; Mt. St. Helen’s Volcano
April 19          Malcolm X; South Pacific (the Musical)
April 20         Charles Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic; Jimmy Stewart
April 21          Plato; Amelia Earhart crosses the Atlantic
April 22         AC Doyle/Sherlock; Richard Wagner; Laurence Olivier
April 23          UNASUR; Cannes Film Festival; Kagemusha; All That Jazz
April 24          Peter Minuit buys Manhattan; Queen Victoria
April 25          A.C. Clarke/Communication Satellites; The Doppler Effect
April 26          John Wayne; Dow Jones
April 27          Buddha’s Birthday
April 28          Thales (1st Scientist); Ian Fleming/James Bond
April 29          Bob Hope; John F. Kennedy; Sir Edmund Hillary
April 30          Joan of Arc; Mel Blanc (Voice over master for cartoons)
April 31           Walt Whitman; Clint Eastwood

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