Current Events Resources

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“Oh, you homeschool?  Your children won’t know about the real world…”  Blah, blah, blah.

As home educators we have a huge advantage when it comes to teaching world events as they unfold.  We are not limited to only an occasional news study.  We are not tied to a lesson plan that leaves no room to learn about something important happening.  Homeschoolers (for the most part) are highly aware of the “real world”.

For our family, world current events always has a part in our weekly studies.  Current events lessons can inspire prayer projects, set the stage for discussions/debates,  lead to geography/culture studies, and make great essay/report assignments.  It’s so very important for all of us to know what’s happening in the world.  Even as we “shelter” the children,  through current events studies they will gain knowledge of the world.  Also, they will understand some of the reasons why we are “sheltering” them.

For record keeping purposes, current events counts towards social studies and will often include other subjects such as reading comprehension, geography, arts, science, history, politics, and religion, too.

This past week  I was asked to share some resources for adding current event studies to the homeschooling curriculum.  Below are the links  to free online current events sites for kids .  The ones with the * in front of them are sites that our family frequently uses, the others were recommended by other homeschoolers.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/

http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

*  http://www.timeforkids.com/

www.studentnewsdaily.com

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/

*  http://www.youngzine.org/

*  http://www.dogonews.com/

And here’s a couple of  additional links we like to follow with our current event studies.  Sometimes we just need some good news or at least know what those of Christian faith are actively doing about the bad news.  (Sometimes I choose not to include the younger boys, as the articles can occasionally be mature and graphic.)

*  http://www.persecution.com/

*  http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

http://gospelforasia-reports.org/

There’s a few free current event printable worksheets and templates to choose from  here (you’ll need an account, but it’s free and a site that will be good to have for resources for any subject or grade level)  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:current+events/Grade-Level/Homeschooler/Price-Range/Free

For updates and articles concerning teaching, parenting, and education, The Native Speaker’s Academy has awesome weekly posts.  http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8fb495371ca5be23e1601ecc0&id=44fb271459&e

Do you have a favorite resource for current event studies?  Do you have a neat way your family includes current events into the homeschooling week?  Please share in the comments, inquiring minds will want to know!

betty jo

Teaching July

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We had a few fantastic “special days” studies last July.  Below are those special day posts.  Each one has the links to the teaching resources we used.  I’ve checked the links and they seem to  be working.

Ramadan, 2014 began in June and continues until  July, 28 with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. .(This past winter, our local homeschool group hosted a holiday history fair.  B chose to come back to this study for his presentations.  It’s a very good study.)  http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/12/studying-ramadan/

International Joke Day – July 1   http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/01/just-joking/

This was our study following the 4th of July, it would have been better if we had done it first with the fireworks display to follow.  We learned a lot and found it interesting.  We’ll be visiting topic again this year.  http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/05/fireworks/                   We learned about the Liberty Bell as part of our July studies last year, too.  The resources for that study were awesome!  http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/08/the-liberty-bell/

Artist Rembrandt born July 14 – http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/15/rembrandt/

July born Presidents:

  • Calvin Coolidge – July 4, 1872
  • John Quincy Adams – July 11, 1767
  • Gerald Ford – July 14, 1913

http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

We haven’t yet made any decisions yet about our July 2014 special day learning, but I’m pretty sure ICE CREAM will make our list (more than once)!  And, we may have a go with the July 24th unschool holiday, “Learn Nothing Day”, though I don’t know how that would be possible.  Here’s the “Special Days in July” list for 2014  http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/06/26/special-days-in-july/

Happy July learning,

betty jo

Special Days in July

 

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Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, the July 2014 listing of special days gives you plenty to choose from.

July Awareness/Observance Days and Themes

    • Air-Conditioning Appreciation
    • Anti-Boredom
    • Bereaved Parents Awareness
    • Bioterrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness
    • Black Family
    • Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
    • Cell Phone Courtesy
    • Dog House Repair
    • Family Reunion
    • Freedom From Fear of Speaking
    • Herbal Prescription Awareness
    • Irrigation
    • Make a Difference to Children
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Read An Almanac
    • Share a Sunset
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Beautification
    • Wild About Wildlife
    • Women’s Motorcycle
    • Zine

July’s Food Themes

  • Baked Beans
  • Blueberry
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Grilling
  • Horseradish
  • Lettuce
  • Grilling
  • Horseradish
  • Hot Dog
  • Ice Cream
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Nectarine
  • Picnic

July 2014  Daily Specials:  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date every year)

July 1

  • Battle of Gettysburg 1863
  • Canada Day
  • Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
  • Princess Diana born 1961
  • International joke Day
  • Postage Stamp Day
  • Second Half of the Year Day
  • Transistor Introduced 1948
  • Unassisted Homebirth Week begins
  • 1st US Zoo (Philadelphia) 1874

July 2

  • Civil Rights Act passed (US) 1964
  • I Forgot Day
  • Made in the USA Day
  • World UFO Day
  • 1st Zeppelin Flight 1900

July 3

  • Compliment Your Mirror Day
  • Disobedience Day
  • Earth at Aphelion
  • Eat Beans Day
  • Idaho Statehood 1890
  • Stay Out of the Sun Day

July 4

  • Musician Louis Armstrong born 1900
  • Freedom Week begins
  • Independence Day (US) 1776
  • Indivisible Day
  • President Calvin Coolidge born 1872
  • Country Music Day
  • Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
  • Special Recreation Week begins *(1st full week)

July 5

  • P.T. Barnum born 1810
  • Bikini Day
  • Cherry Pit Spitting Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Hop a Park Day
  • Tour de France *

July 6

  • Build a Scarecrow Day * (1st Sun)
  • President George W. Bush born 1946
  • Fried Chicken Day
  • 16mm Movie Camera and Projector introduced 1923
  • Music For Life Week begins *(1st full week)
  • World Kiss Day

July 7

  • Carver Day
  • Chocolate Day
  • Father – Daughter Take a Walk Together Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Macaroni Day
  • Pinocchio first printed 1883
  • Strawberry Sundae Day
  • Tell the Truth Day

July 8

  • Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Liberty Bell cracked 1835
  • SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)
  • Video Games Day
  • 1st Issue of The Wall Street Journal 1889

July 9

  • 1st Rock and Roll Song to reach #1 on Pop Music Charts , “Rock Around the Clock” 1955
  • Sugar Cookie Day

July 10

  • Clerihew Day
  • Don’t Step on a Bee Day
  • Author Candice Ransom born 1952
  • Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  • Wyoming Statehood 1890

July 11

  • President John Qunicy Adams born 1767
  • Collector Car Appreciation Day* (2nd Fri.)
  • Cow Appreciation Day *(2nd Fri.)
  • Author Patricia Polacco born 1944
  • Slurpie Day
  • Author EB White born 1899
  • World Population Day

July 12

  • Barn Day
  • Julius Caesar born 100 BC
  • Different Colored Eyes Day
  • Inventor George Eastman born 1854
  • Etch a Sketch introduced 1960
  • Paper Bag Day
  • Pecan Pie Day
  • Naturalist, Henry Thoreau born 1817

July 13

  • Barbershop Appreciation Day
  • Embrace Your Geekness Day
  • Fool’s Paradise Day
  • French Fry Day
  • “Live Aid” organized 1985
  • Puzzle Day

July 14

  • Bastille Day
  • Coral Reef Awareness Week begins
  • President Gerald Ford born 1913
  • Author Laura Numeroff born 1953
  • Pandemonium Day
  • Pick Blueberries Day
  • Rabbit Week begins
  • Town Criers Day *(2nd Mon.)

July 15

  • Apollo 18 launched 1975
  • 1st Boeing 707 1954
  • Get Out of the Doghouse Day
  • Gummi worm Day
  • Artist Rembrandt Van Rijn born 1606
  • St. Swithin’s Day
  • Tapioca Pudding Day

July 16

  • Explorer Roald Amundsen born 1872
  • Appollo 11 Lift Off 1969
  • Baby Food Week begins
  • Fresh Spinach Day
  • Ventriloquism Week begins
  • World Snake Day

July 17

  • Disneyland Opened 1955
  • Peach Ice Cream Day
  • Hymn writer Isaac Watts born 1674
  • Wrong Way Corrigan Day
  • Yellow Pig Day

July 18

  • Author/Illustrator Felicia Bond born 1954
  • Caviar Day
  • Astronaut John Glenn born 1921
  • Gymnast  Nadia Comaneci scored 1st perfect “10″ in Olympics 1976
  • Ice-Cream Day
  • Nelson Mandela born 1918

July 19

  • Cow Appreciation Day
  • Physicist/Astronomer Edward Charles Pickering born 1846
  • Woody Wagon Day *(3rd Sat.)

July 20

  • Author Ernest Hemingway born 1899
  • Ice Cream Day *(3rd Sun.)
  • Ice Cream Soda Day
  • Lollipop Day
  • 1st Moon Landing/ Walk 1969
  • Toss Out the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day
  • Ugly Truck Day

July 21

  • Hug Your Kid Day *(3rd Mon.)
  • Ice Cream Day
  • Junk Food Day
  • Monkey Day
  • Parenting Gifted Children Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Zoo Keeper Week begins *(3rd week)

July 22

  • Artist Alexander Calder born 1898
  • Hammock Day
  • Pied Piper arrived in Hamelin 1284
  • Penuche Fudge Day
  • Rat Catchers Day
  • Salad Week begins *(4th week)
  • Spoonerism Day

July 23

  • Gorgeous Grandma Day
  • Hot Dog Day
  • Hot Enough for Ya Day
  • Ice Cream Cones 1st introduced 1904
  • Mosquito Day
  • Pneumatic Tires invented 1888
  • Telegrapher patented 1829
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24

  • Military Leader Simon Bolivar born 1783
  • Cousins Day
  • Drive-Thru Day
  • Author Alexander Dumas born 1802
  • Aviator Amelia Earhart born 1897
  • Learn Nothing Day
  • Mormon Pioneer Day
  • Tell an Old Joke Day

July 25

  • Carousel Day
  • Culinarians Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Hot Fudge Sundae Day
  • Talk in an Elevator Day *(last Fri.)
  • Thread the Needle Day

July 26

  • All or Nothing Day
  • Apollo 15 launched 1971
  • Aunt and Uncle Day
  • Artist George Catlin born 1796
  • Cowboy Day *(4th Sat.)
  • Dance Day *(Last Sat.)
  • FBI Created 1908
  • Lumberjack Day
  • New York Statehood 1788
  • One Voice Day

July 27

  • Bagpipe Appreciation Day
  • Bugs Bunny debut 1940
  • Parent’s Day* (4th Sun.)
  • Take Your Pants for a Walk Day
  • Walk on Stilts Day

July 28

  • Hamburger Day
  • Milk Chocolate Day
  • Author/Illustrator Beatrix Potter born 1866
  • Ramadan Ends *

July 29

  • Author Sharon Creech born 1945
  • Eid-Al Fitr *
  • International Day of Friendship
  • Lasagna Day
  • NASA established 1958
  • Rain Day

July 30

  • Author Emily Bronte born 1818
  • Cheesecake Day
  • Comedy Day
  • Father-in-Law Day
  • Inventor Henry Ford born 1863
  • Paperback Book Day

July 31

  • MTV debut 1981
  • Mutt’s Day
  • Author J.K. Rowling born 1965

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, my old journal notes, and the web.  These lists started years ago as a holiday study, then we changed focus and learned with monthly themes (this is when the food additions started).  That evolved into historic based  special days (Middle Ages, and Early US) being added to our homeschooling lessons.

As my family moves along in our time period studies, (we’re in the 1800′s now and will be moving on to Modern World History during our next school year), I’ve started looking for more recent events to add to the “daily specials”.  The greatest lessons learned throughout the years of special days studies have been that every day HAS ALWAYS BEEN and WILL ALWAYS BE SPECIAL, and we will always have something new to learn.

If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/july.htm

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/july

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2014/06/july-activity-calendar-2014/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/july-2014.html

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-july

Happy July!

betty jo