The week ahead in St. Louis holds many learning opportunities for homeschoolers. It will be the end of one month and beginning of another that ushers in many December holidays and historical dates to remember. With Cyber Monday starting the week off, you might even find some great learning toys and tools at a great price.
Here’s what the week holds in terms of learning opportunities for St. Louis homeschoolers:
November 28 – Cyber Monday offers many online deals for learning toys and tools. Visit Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies to enter for a total of 13 prizes.
Planet Fun – Shop several local vendors while your children log some PE hours – Monday night from 5-8 p.m.
Toys R Us have Leap Frog learning toys on sale (Buy 2, get 3rd free).
This date in history is when Ferdinand Magellan entered the Pacific Ocean on his way to voyage around the world.
November 28 is also the date of the first sky-writing demonstration – 1922 scrolled out the words: “HELLO USA!”
November 29 – Visit the St. Louis County, City or St. Charles County library and pick up a copy of Little Women because this is the date, in 1832, that the author Louisa May Alcott, was born.
November 30 – While you’re at the library on Tuesday, also pick up a copy of Gulliver’s Travels for your high school student to enjoy. This is the date, in 1667, that Jonathan Swift was born.
Don’t leave the library till you also have a copy of one of Mark Twain’s classics, because he was born on this day in 1835. If the weather is nice, consider making it a road trip to Hannibal. The author was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
December 1 – On this day in 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks was arrested because she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. This began the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Rosa was a seamstress in Montgomery.
December 2 – In 1823, President James Monroe presented The Monroe Doctrine.
It is also the day that French pointillist painter, Georges Seurat was born (in 1859). Good day to visit the Art Museum in Forest Park.
December 3 – If you have a budding pre-med student, you will be interested to know that this is the day that the very first human heart transplant was performed by Dr. Christian Barnard.
You might also want to make a slight road trip over to Illinois because they will be celebrating the day Illinois was admitted to the Union as the 21st state in 1818.