The August 2014 calendar is filled with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! If you are wanting special studies, occasions to celebrate, or some menu suggestions you can find it here!
August Awareness and Observance Themes
August Food Themes
August 2014 Daily Specials (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)
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 in. Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.
Have a happy August!
Haha! “Word Crimes” music video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc
Have a happy Monday and a great week!
“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.
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.)
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!
Here’s a math lesson gone wrong! No matter how bad some of ours have been, it’s never been this bad… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnICFjDn97o
Happy Monday and have a happy week!
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:
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,