Mothers Day Brunch

Betty Jo:

Happy Mother’s Day! Even though I miss my mom terribly, I know we’ll be together for Mother’s Day again someday.

Originally posted on Still Learning Something New:

mothers day 1I miss my mom every day.  She’s been in heaven for twelve years.  I try not to be sad about her being gone, especially on Mother’s Day.  She would want me to celebrate, not mourn.   I love Mothers Day, the flowers, the special brunch, and cards from my kids, but oh how I wish she could be included more than with just memories.

Sometimes I allow myself to get a bit carried away with my imagination when I’m missing her.  I wonder what awesome things she’s doing up there.  Is she at a Mothers Day brunch in heaven?  I rationalize my wild thoughts, “Since there is a “Wedding Supper of the Lamb, and other mentions of heavenly feasts in the Bible, why not a brunch for mothers?”

I imagine what this brunch looks like.  Flowers of marvelous colors in silver vases.  And crystal bowls filled with fruit.  And bread.  And…

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Learning Resources for May

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May is the end of the school year for many families, but it’s not the end of learning!  Here’s some wonderful resources for learning through the month of May.

 List of Special Days in May –

http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/04/29/special-days-in-may-2015/

May Prayer Calendar for Children – 

http://cherigamble.com/2015/04/28/may-2015-prayer-calendar-for-children/

May Writing Prompts –

http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/may/

May Themed Worksheets and Activities – 

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

Online Learning Resources for May’s Calendar –

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

15 Things To Do in May –

http://diyhomeschooler.com/15-things-to-do-in-may-2015/

May Themed Bible Based Object Lessons and Activities 

http://www.christianitycove.com/

May Themed Arts and Craft Projects 

http://www.kinderart.com/seasons/may.shtml

May Related Math Lessons 

http://www.yummymath.com/2014/05/

May Stargazer Guide –

http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2015/04/27/stargazers-guide-to-may-2015/

May Science Calendar – 

http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/may-2015-science-calendar/#.VUOYGflViko

Resources for Specific May Themes –

  • Bikes – History, Fun Facts, and Safety Resources –

http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/26/bicycle-lessons/

  • Strawberry – Activities and Resources –

http://www.franw.com/2013/05/strawberry-craze.html

  • Wetlands – Science Resources –

http://www.earthskids.com/ek_science-pond-wetland.htm

Presidents With May Birthdays –

  • Harry Truman born May 8, 1884
  •  John F. Kennedy born May 29, 1917

Learning Resources for Presidents –

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

May Statehood Anniversaries –

  • Minnesota – May 11, 1858
  • South Carolina – May 23,1788
  • Rhode Island – May 29, 1790
  • Wisconsin – May 29, 1848

States Facts, History, and Videos –

http://www.history.com/topics/us-states

Resources for May “Daily Specials” –

 (The following is not even close to being complete.  May is when our state required “school” days are finished, and we take a bit of a break from daily studying.  Thus, I don’t have many resources to share from past studies. Hopefully, I’ll be updating the daily specials with resources as we go through the month, so check back.  And, if you have special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them in.)

May 3 – 1st Comic Book published 1934 –  Resources and Activities –

http://www.franw.com/2015/04/create-comic.html

May 4 – Orange Juice Day – Orange Resources and Activities –

http://www.franw.com/2015/01/orange-resources.html

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo – Resource List –

http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/a-fun-list-of-cince-de-mayo-ideas-and-resources/

May 8 – World Red Cross Day –   Stories of those helped by the Red Cross  –

http://www.redcross.org/stories/

May 12 – Florence Nightingale born 1820 –

http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdnight.htm

May 13 – 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607 – Interactive John Smith and Jamestown Game

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/interactiveadventures/john-smith/

May 14 – Skylab launched 1973 –  Watch this documentary from 1974

May 15 – Endangered Species Day * – Projects and Lessons –

http://kidworldcitizen.org/2014/10/02/endangered-species-projects-lessons-kids/

May 18 – Museum Day – 50 Famous Art Museums Around The World –

http://tammieadventuresinhomeschooling.blogspot.com/2015/03/50-famous-art-museums-around-world.html

May 23 – World Turtle Day – Learning Resources –

http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/world-turtle-day/

Happy May Learning!

betty jo

Special Days in May, 2015

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May is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures, artists and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!  Whether you are looking for something special to celebrate, observe, learn about, or a food to add to the menu, this Special Days in May 2015  list gives you a variety of choices.

May’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances –

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Better Hearing and Speech
  • Better Sleep
  • Bikes
  • Civility Awareness
  • Clean Air
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Date Your Mate
  • Eco Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Family
  • Foster Care
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Gifts From the Garden
  • Good Car Keeping
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Heal the Children
  • Healthy Vision
  • Inventors
  • Jewish-American Heritage
  • Military Appreciation
  • Older Americans
  • Photograph
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Preservation
  • Recommitment
  • Revise Your Work Schedule
  • Smile
  • Teen CEO
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-violet Awareness
  • Victorious Woman
  • Wetlands
  • Youth Traffic Safety

Mays Food Themes –

  • Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celiac Awareness
  • Egg
  • Grapefruit
  • Hamburger
  • Kiwi
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Vinegar

Daily Specials For May 2015
(the * means that the date varies every year)

May 1

  • Batman Day
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Choose Privacy Week begins
  • Empire State Building dedicated 1931
  • Activist Mary Harris Jones born 1830
  • Hawaiian Lei Day
  • Herb Week begins
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • No Pants Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Pen-Friends Week begins
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • School’s Principals’ Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847
  • Space Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Tuba Day *(1st Fri.)

May 2

  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • Join Hands Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Kentucky Derby *(1st Sat.)
  • Louisiana  Purchase 1803
  • Inventor Elijah McCoy (“the real McCoy”) born 1844
  • Play Your Ukulele Day
  • Scrapbooking Day *(1st Sat.)

May 3

  • Be Kind to Animals week begins *(1st full week)
  • 1st Comic Book (Famous Funnies) published 1934
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • Paranormal Day
  • Postcard Week begins ( 1st full week)
  • Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • World Laughter Day *(1st Mon.)
  • World Press Freedom Day
  • Update Your References Week begins *(1st full week)

May 4

  • Bird Day
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • 1st Colony (Rhode Island)  to declare independence from Great Britain 1776
  • Columbus reached Jamaica 1494
  • Green Peace launched 1971
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Kent State University Vietnam War Protest 1970
  • Kids Win Week  *(Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Public Service Recognition Week*(1st Mon.)
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day
  • Screen-Free Week begins *
  • Small Business Week *
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins
  • Walking Week begins *(1st Mon.)
  • Wildflower Week begins *(Mon. of 1st full week)

May 5

  • Asthma Day *(1st Tues.)
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • Oyster Day
  • Teacher Day *(Tues.of 1st full week)
  • Totally Chipotle Day
  • Office Fax introduced 1964

May 6

  • Beverage Day
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Great American Grump Out *(1st Wed.)
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • Tourist Appreciation Day

May 7

  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • National Day of Prayer (US) * (1st Thurs.)
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Tourism Day

May 8

  • Child Care Provider Day *(Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Iris Day
  • Military Spouses Day *(Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • No Socks Day
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Babysitter’s Day *(Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Belly Dance Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Birth Mother’s Day *(Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Fair Trade Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Migratory Bird Day *(2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Train Day *
  • Windmill Day *(2nd Sat.)

May 10

  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Food Allergy Week begins *
  • Mother’s Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week begins *
  • Shrimp Day
  • Transportation Week begins *(week with 3rd Fri.)

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Etiquette Week begins *(2nd Mon.)
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Reading is Fun Week begins *(2nd full week)
  • Twilight Zone Day
  • World Trade Week begins *

May 12

  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day

May 13

  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity *(2nd Wed.)
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day

May 14

  • Ascension Day *(40 days after Easter)
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Skylab Space Station launched 1973
  • Underground America Day
  • 1st Webster’s Dictionary Published 1847

May 15

  • Author L.F. Baum born 1856
  • Bike Week begins *(3rd week)
  • Bike to Work Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Day of Families
  • Endangered Species Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • International Pickle Week begins *(3rd week)
  • NASCAR Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Police Officer Memorial Day
  • Straw Hat Day

May 16

  • 1st Academy Awards 1929
  • Armed Forces Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Biographer’s Day
  • Isra Al Mi’Raj *
  • Love a Tree Day
  • Sea Monkey Day
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

  • Backyard Games Week begins *(3rd week)
  • Physician Edward Jenner born 1749
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins *(3rd week)
  • New York Stock Exchange begins 1792
  • Pack Rat Day
  • Stepmother’s Day *(Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • World Telecommunications Day

May 18

  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Victoria Day *(Mon. before May 25)
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day
  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536

May 20

  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Weights and Measures Day

May 21

  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22

  • 1st Atlas published 1570
  • Biological Diversity Day
  • Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  • Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844
  • Frozen Yogurt Week *(4th week)
  • Maritime Day
  • Toothpaste Tube invented 1892
  • Wig Out Day *(Fri. before Memorial Day)

May 23

  • Feminist Margaret Fuller born 1810
  • Lucky Penny Day
  • Shavuot
  • South Carolina Statehood 1788
  • Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Pentecost *
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • Memorial Day *(last Mon.)
  • Missing Children’s Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson born 1878
  • Star Wars premiered 1977
  • Tap Dance Day
  • Towel Day

May 26

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • Indian Removal Act signed into law 1830
  • Astronaut Sally Ride born 1951
  • Tiananmen Square Protest 1989
  • Actor John Wayne born 1907

May 27

  • Activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer born 1818
  • Conservationist Rachel Carson born 1907
  • Cellophane Tape introduced 1930
  • Golden Gate Bridge opened 1964
  • Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Poet May Swenson born 1913

May 29

  • Patriot Patrick Henry born 1736
  • Paperclip patented 1867
  • President John Kennedy born  1917
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • Rhode Island Statehood 1790
  • Wisconsin Statehood 1848

May 30

  • Compact Disc introduced 1981
  • International Jazz Day
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Water a Flower Day
  • Wireless Telegraph patented 1872

May 31

  • Macaroon Day
  • Poet Walt Whitman born 1819
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No Tobacco Day

I make my monthly special days lists by using several sources including old calendars, holiday books, newspapers, and the web. 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://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-may

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/may-2015.html

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

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

Happy May!

betty jo