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With a husband and four boys, one would think we’d have a football fan or two around the house.  That’s not exactly the case, though. Most of the football season is ignored, however the Super Bowl does spark some interest.  And, where there is a spark of interest, there’s learning!

Here’s some resource links for Super Bowl related lessons:

Player profiles, Super Bowl history and more from the Super Bowl Website –     http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/49

Biblical Truths from Football  –  http://kidsintheword.net/5-biblical-truths-you-can-teach-your-kids-from-football/

Football Music – lesson plans and songs  http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/multimedia/series/AudioStories/touchdown-songs.aspx

Football Science Video Collection –  http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/football/index.jsp

Football Rules –   http://www.nfl.com/rulebook/beginnersguidetofootball

Football Themed Writing Paper –

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Football-Writing-Paper-370666

Graphing Math Activity for younger students –http://www.2teachingmommies.com/2014/01/graphing-through-super-bowl.html

Superbowl Related Math Activities for older students or for family math

http://www.yummymath.com/?s=super+bowl

And More Football Math –  http://illuminations.nctm.org/Lesson.aspx?id=872

Super Bowl Printables, Crafts, and Activities – http://www.dltk-kids.com/searchresults.html?q=superbowl

Super Bowl Party Games – http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/super-bowl-sunday/

Kid Friendly Super Bowl Recipies…

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Special Days in February, 2016

month_A_02Here is the list of February 2016 holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures, composers and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this listing of special days gives you plenty to choose from.

February Food Themes

  • Avocado
  • Bake for Family Fun
  • Banana
  • Beans
  • Berry Fresh
  • Canned Food
  • Celebration of Chocolate
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Lovers
  • Exotic Vegetables
  • Great Pies
  • Hot Breakfast
  • Grapefruit
  • Potato Lover’s
  • Snack Food
  • Star Fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potato

February Awareness and Observation Themes

  • African American History
  • American History
  • Bird Feeding
  • Black History
  • Boost Self Esteem
  • Dental Health
  • Dog Training/Education
  • Expect Success
  • Friendship
  • Heart
  • Haiku Writing
  • Hoof Care
  • Humpback Whale Awareness
  • Laugh Friendly
  • Library Lovers
  • Love the Bus
  • Low Vision
  • Mend a Broken Heart
  • Plant Seeds of Greatness
  • Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall
  • Responsible Pet Owner
  • Spunky Old Broads Month
  • Time Management
  • Youth Leadership

February’s Daily Specials  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Feb. 1

  • Be an Encourager Day
  • Bureau of Forestry created 1905 (US)
  • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week begins
  • G.I. Joe Day
  • Hula in the Coola Day
  • Serpent Day
  • 1st Single rpm Record released 1949
  • Reader’s Digest 1st published 1922
  • Robinson Crusoe Day
  • Spunky Old Broads Day
  • 1st US Supreme Court 1790

Feb. 2

  • Candlemas
  • Green Week begins
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Marmot Day
  • Sled Dog Day

Feb.3

  • Carrot Cake Day
  • The Day the Music Died (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson and their pilot died in an aviation accident 1959)
  • Artist Norman Rockwell born 1894

Feb. 4

  • Apache Wars begin 1861
  • Artist Appreciation Day
  • Create a Vacuum Day
  • Homemade Soup Day
  • Income Tax established 1913 (US)
  • Aviator Charles Lindbergh born 1902
  • Rosa Parks born 1913
  • Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • Thank a Mailman Day
  • USO Day

Feb. 5

  • Baseball’s Hank Aaron born 1934
  • Blame Someone Else Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Chocolate Fondue Day
  • Loop-the-loop Centrifugal Railway patented 1901
  • Theologian Dwight L. Moody born 1837
  • Nutella Day
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • Western Monarch Day
  • Wildlife Federation founded 1936 (US)

Feb. 6

  • Baseball’s Babe Ruth (George Herman) born 1895
  • Digital Learning Day
  • Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Massachusetts Statehood 1788
  • Monopoly Game introduced  1935
  • Pay a Compliment Day
  • President Ronald Reagan born 1911

Feb. 7

  • Author Charles Dickens born 1812
  • Fettuccine Alfredo DayDay
  • Jello Week begins *
  • Risk Awareness Week begins
  • Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • Super Bowl *
  • 1st Unattached Spacewalk 1984
  • Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
  • Author Laura Ingalls Wilder born 1867

Feb. 8

  • Bake Pizza Week begins
  • Boy Scouts (US) founded 1910
  • Celebration of Love Week begins
  • Chinese New Year *
  • Family Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
  • Jell-o Week begins
  • Kite Flying Day
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day
  • Oatmeal Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Opera Day
  • Author Jules Verne born 1828

Feb. 9

  • Bagels and Lox Day
  • Fat Tuesday *
  • Happy Chocolate Day
  • President William Harrison born 1773
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week begins
  • Read in the Bathtub Day
  • Stop Bullying Day

Feb. 10

  • Ash Wednesday *
  • Lent begins *
  • Reformer Samuel Plimsoll born 1824
  • French and Indian War Ends 1763
  • Umbrella Day

Feb. 11

  • Be Electrific Day
  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • Thomas Edison born 1847
  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • Inventor’s Day
  • Make a Friend Day
  • Nelson Mandela released 1990
  • Peppermint Patty Day
  • Shut-in Visitation Day
  • White Shirt Day

Feb. 12

  • Great Backyard Bird Count begins *
  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Scientist Charles Darwin born 1809
  • President Abraham Lincoln born 1809
  • Lost Penny Day
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Safety Pup Day

Feb. 13

  • Get a Different Name Day
  • Lupercalia
  • 1st Public School opened 1635 (US)
  • Radio Day
  • Stamp Collectors Day
  • Tortellini Day
  • Artist Grant Wood born 1892
  • World Whale Day *

Feb. 14

  • Arizona Statehood 1912
  • Comedian Jack Benny born 1894
  • Creme Filled Chocolates Day
  • Frederick Douglass Day
  • Ferris Wheel Day (Inventor George Ferris born 1859)
  • Have a Heart Day
  • League of Women Voters Day
  • Library Lovers Day
  • Oregon Statehood 1859
  • Pi Day
  • Race Relations Day
  • Quirkyalone Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15

  • Susan B Anthony born 1820
  • Author Norman Birdwell born 1928
  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week begins * (3rd Mon.)
  • Flag Day – Canada
  • Scientist Galileo Galilei born 1564
  • Gum Drop Day
  • Hippo Day
  • Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)

Feb. 16

  • Almond Day
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Nylon introduced 1937
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923

Feb. 17

  • Human Spirit Day
  • Athlete Michael Jordan born 1963
  • My Way Day
  • Newsweek Magazine 1st Published 1933
  • Pancake Day *
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day

Feb. 18

  • Battery Day (Inventor Volta born 1745)
  • Hernando Cortes sets sail for Mexico 1519
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Pluto discovered 1930

Feb. 19

  • Chinese New Year *
  • Scientist Nicolaus Copernicus born 1473
  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • Iwo Jima Day (battle began 1945)
  • Phonograph patented 1878
  • Temporary Insanity Day

Feb. 20

  • Photographer Ansel Adams born 1902
  • Cherry Pie
  • Hoodie Hoo Day (Nothern Hemisphere)
  • Love Your Pet Day
  • Social Justice Day
  • Student Volunteer Day
  • Toothpick patented 1872
  • Women in Blue Jeans Day

Feb. 21

  • Card Reading Day
  • The Communist Manifesto  by Karl Marx first published 1848
  • Confederate Constitution 1862
  • Daytona 500 *
  • Engineer’s Week begins *
  • Entrepreneurship Week beginsbegins
  • International Friendship Week begins * (last full week)
  • Mother Language DayDay
  • Pancake Week begins * (4th week)
  • Polaroid Camera 1st demonstrated 1947
  • Single Taking Day
  • Sticky Bun Day
  • Washington Monument dedicated 1885

Feb. 22

  • Be Humble Day
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Engineers Week begins
  • Future Farmers of America Week begins
  • Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin born 1962
  • President George Washington born 1732
  • World Thinking Day

Feb. 23

  • Banana Bread Day
  • Curling is Cool Day
  • Diesel Engine Day
  • Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Dolly the Sheep Cloned 1997
  • Composer George Frederick Handel born 1685
  • Play Tennis Day
  • Polio Vaccine 1st used 1954

Feb. 24

  • Missionary Gladys Aylward born 1902
  • Dia de la Bandera (Mexico)
  • Gregorian Calendar introduced 1582
  • Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786
  • Artist Winslow Homer born 1836
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day * (4th Wed.)
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
  • Clam Chowder Day
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day *
  • Let’s All Eat Right Day
  • Paper Currency introduced (US) 1862
  • Peace Corp Week begins
  • 1st Power Driven Vacuum Cleaner introduced 1902
  • Artist Rierre Renoir born 1841

Feb. 26

  • Buffalo Bill born 1846
  • Carnival DayDay
  • French Fry Friday * (4th Fri.)
  • Grand Canyon National Park established 1919
  • Author Victor Hugo born 1802
  • For Pete’s Sake Day
  • Pistachio Day
  • Levi Strauss born 1829
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

  • Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807
  • Polar Bear Day
  • No Brainer Day
  • Author John Steinbeck born 1902
  • Strawberry Day
  • Sword Swallowers Day * (last Sat.)
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Week begins

Feb. 28

  • Academy Awards *
  • Chocolate Souffle Day
  • DNA discovered 1953
  • Floral Design Day
  • Scientist Linus Pauling born 1901
  • Public Sleeping Day
  • Smokey the Bear introduced 1944
  • Tooth Fairy Day

Feb. 29

  • Leap Year – *2016

I make my monthly special days calendars 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 to the list.

Happy February!

betty jo

Snow Week

I’ve updated our snow week resource list just in time for Winter Storm, Jonas!

Still Learning Something New

Winter Storm Jonas!  The weather forecast has us in a “Winter Storm Warning” area!  Ice, Snow, Wind, maybe even Blizzard Conditions!  The local public and private schools will be canceling for “snow days” but not us.   “Snow Days” make some awesome learning days! Below is a great resource collection for winter studies.
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Why it’s good for us to get outside even when it’s cold –  http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/15/but-its-cold-out-there/
Winter Weather Science Lessons, Safety Tips, and Activities  http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-winter-storms.htm
Bring some snow inside for observation and experimentation.
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A study of snow wouldn’t be complete without some research into the life and discoveries of homeschooled farmer boy turned scientist, Snowflake Bentley.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V1cxjcRXCw
 Bentley Biography, Photos, and a Quiz  http://www.nashua.edu/novakc
/Snowflake/snowflake1.htm

Printable Writing Paper for Notebooking/Journaling. (The kids tend to write nicer/better when we use decorated paper.  I appreciate these for not using much ink.)  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/snowflakes-writing-paper

 Bible Focus –  Psalm 147:15-18

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