What Do You Want To Be?

carrer-direction_3“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  I suppose that all of us were asked that at one time or another.  You’ve probably asked a child that question yourself.  I’ve asked my kids and this coming up week, I’ll be asking again.  According to the Special Days in April list, this coming up week is “Explore Your Career Options Week”.  ( http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/03/28/special-days-in-april-2/ )

Below are the online resources that we’ll be using for our homeschooling lessons as we explore  careers, the steps it takes to get them, and how much money they are worth.

Bible Verses About Choosing A Career  http://www.openbible.info/topics/choosing_a_career

“If $ were no object, what would you like to do?” Good advice on choosing a career in a short video  http://www.upworthy.com/something-every-teacher-should-watch-and-student-and-person

Free Online Career Test (higher grades and adults)  http://www.yourfreecareertest.com/

Explore Careers Web Site (elementary and middle grades)  http://thefunworks.edc.org/index.php

Educational Materials for Careers, Guidance, and Workforce Development http://www.careerkids.com/careers/

Here’s a look at how various college majors fare in the job market, based on 2010 Census data   http://graphicsweb.wsj.com/documents/NILF1111/#term=

How To Build a Student Resume  http://homeschooltipsandresources.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-student-resume-part-2.html

Job Interview Tips  http://money.howstuffworks.com/business/getting-a-job/10-job-interview-tips.htm#page=0

As homeschooling parents, we have an unique opportunity to encourage our children about their interests, and developing talents.   And, as the kids grow and mature, we can provide learning opportunities that are tailored to helping them prepare to use those interests and talents in their future, whether it be college, a vocation, military, ministry, or a just a job.   Though the question, “What do you want to be?” is what we may ask, as homeschooling parent’s we have one to ask ourselves too, “How can I help them become what they want to be?”

betty jo

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Autism Awareness

autism_acronymAutism Awareness is one of several themes for the month of April.  Today, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day.  It’s the specific day set aside that focuses on education, resources, information, help, and encouragement to those who are effected by autism.

This time last year I wrote about my sweet J!  As I reread that post this morning I realized that I had no reason to write another personal account about autism.  I still believe that their are blessings in having a child on the “spectrum”.  That post can be found here  http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/02/autism-i-am-aware/

Today I asked my almost 11 year old, J , what was one thing that he would like the world to know about him.  His answer was, “My mom makes mistakes”!  And that is truth.  I’ve made thousands of mistakes concerning him and I’m sure there will be thousands more.  So many times it’s “trial and error” experimenting to figure out what strategies work with him regarding behavior, home schooling, relationships, therapies, and rules.  And some solutions are successful for only a short time before experimenting starts up again.

Wanting a little more insight about possible answers to my question.  I asked again, but to moms of autistic kids.  These are some of the replies to the question, “What is one thing you would like the world to be aware of about autism and your child?”

It’s so hard to narrow it down to one thing. There are so many things I wish the world would understand. I guess the biggest thing is he loves deeply and the things that come across as “weird” or “insensitive” or “immature” are just him trying to make sense of an incredibly confusing, overstimulating world that uses irony and sarcasm way too much. In reality, he is incredibly creative, intelligent, and empathetic beyond his years.

“Mine would be that my son is not trying to be a smartie pants or disrespectful most of the time. He mimics responses like a recorder.  Once we tell him what his remark means or comes across like, he wants to know what would be appropriate.  Staring off is not ignoring, it is the way he thinks.”

It is not a lack of discipline!”

“There is no box!”

“I think it is the simple fact that they want people to understand that they are just kids — yes they process things different, yes things that are not a big deal to some kids like tags on clothes is a huge deal to a kid on the spectrum, yes they have their quirks and their moments and their melt downs — however they are kids — they just want friends and not to be looked at like they are aliens and judged harshly —- they feel, they hurt, and they do not need your sympathy they just need your understanding.”

Below are some of my online picks for learning about autism and keeping up to date with current information.

I have a homeschool blogger friend, Sylvia, who shares many autism related articles including her lovely testimony of experiences with her daughter.  This link will take you to her blog’s search results for her autism articles.  http://www.faithfulmomof9.com/?s=autism&submit=Search

For better understanding of those labeled autistic, this is the most wonderful account I’ve ever seen!  http://nhne-pulse.org/carly-fleischmann-autistic-girl-who-used-computer-to-ask-for-help/

This animated video was made by a boy who has autism.  This is a great resource to share with our families and friends.  http://blog.theautismsite.com/hi-im-david-and-i-have-autism/

And in case you’re interested, this link takes you to an online autism assessment/screening  http://www.childbrain.com/pddassess.html

About autism… I’m “Still Learning Something New” daily!

betty jo


April Fool’s Day – Learning Resources

April-Fools-Day2April Fool’s Day isn’t the type of holiday that warrants a day off from homeschooling lessons.  However, it is one of those holidays that can be a homeschooling lesson theme.  Here’s some resources for teaching and learning on April Fool’s Day.

History -  “As April Fools’ is celebrated in different ways throughout the world, it is unknown exactly how the tradition originated. Some cultures saw it as the first day of spring, celebrating with general merriment and feasting, and certain calendars may consider it the first day of the year. One theory for the terming of an April Fool was that some refused to follow these calendars that recognized April 1st as the first day of the year, which resulted in being called an April Fool.”  And more history and information from here  http://wilstar.com/holidays/aprilfool.htm

Bible -  Study of “the fool” based on Proverbs 26  https://bible.org/seriespage/fool-proverbs-261-11

Language Arts – Worksheets and Word Game Printables  http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/april-fools-day/printables/

Science – Videos and Experiments  http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/blog/informal-science-education/celebrate-april-fools-day-with-floating-paper-airplanes-three-cup-monty-and-the-dangers-of-dihydrogen-monoxide/

Math – Magic Trick instructions using numbers – http://easycalculation.com/funny/tricks/trick1.php

Yes! I have some googly eyes in the craft box. My kids look in the fridge about 100 times a day (hoping the food selection has changed?) . This will be funny!

1522066_528375657279404_2026485770_nLast year we had some fun pranking each other.  Here’s the resources we pulled some ideas from.  I checked, and it seems the links are still good.  http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/31/foolish-studies/

Have a fun day of foolish studies!

betty jo



Homeschooling Humor – Spring Cleaning Edition

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1526516_836679513025458_1837903376_nAnd More Cleaning Jokes Here (because cleaning is what we’ve got going on in our homeschool this week)  http://www.maids.com/blog/cleaning-jokes-that-are-actually-funny/

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Happy Monday

betty jo

Special Days in April

1425821510_1384133517April is bursting with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures 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 in April gives you plenty to choose from.

April’s Themes,  Awareness, and Observances

  • Amateur Radio
  • Autism Awareness
  • Card and Letter Writing
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Confederate History
  • Decorating
  • Frogs
  • Garden
  • Guitar
  • Holy Humor
  • Humor
  • Jazz Appreciation
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Kites
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Listening Awareness
  • Math Education
  • Military Child
  • Pet 1st Aid
  • Poetry
  • Recycling
  • School Library Media
  • Straw Hat
  • Stress Awareness
  • Young Child
  • Youth Sports Safety
  • World Habitat Awareness


April Food Themes

  • Celery
  • Child Nutrition
  • Cranberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Pecan
  • Soy Foods

April 1

  • April Fool’s Day
  • Atheist Day
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Poetry and The Creative Mind Day
  • Reading Is Funny Day
  • Tatting Day
  • US Air Force Academy Day
  • Whistlers Week begins

April 2

  • Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Day of Hope
  • 1st Easter Egg Roll at the White House lawn 1877
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Reconciliation Day
  • Walking Day
  • World Autism Day

April 3

  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Find a Rainbow Day
  • Scientist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Johan Gutenberg 1st used movable type to print a book  1451
  • Author Washington Irving born 1783
  • 1st Pony Express Mail Route 1860
  • Tweed Day
  • World Party Day

April 4

  • Martin Luther King Fr. assassinated 1968
  • NATO established 1949
  • Rat Day
  • Tell a Lie Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • Walk Around Things Day

April 5

  • Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • Go For Broke Day
  • Scientist Joseph Lister born 1827
  • Love Our Children Day
  • Money Smart Week begins
  • Pillow Fight Day
  • One Day Without Shoes Day
  • Read A Road Map Day
  • Robotics Week begins *
  • Scientist Walter Sutton born 1877
  • Booker T. Washington born 1856

April 6

  • 1st Animated Cartoon was copyrighted 1906
  • Fresh Tomato Day
  • Jump Over Things Day
  • North Pole discovered 1909
  • Artist Raphael born 1483
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • Tartan Day (Scottish Heritage)
  • Teflon invented 1938
  • Twinkie invinted 1930
  • US Army Day
  • US Entry Into WWI 1916

April 7

  • Beaver Day
  • Dare Day
  • Explore Career Options Week begins
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Public Health Week begins
  • Snailpapers Day
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Buddha born 563BC
  • Empanada Day
  • Roma Day
  • Zoo Lovers Day

April 9

  • Appomattox Day (US Civil War ends 1865)
  • Baby Massage Day
  • Cherish an Antique Day
  • Winston Churchill Day  (first person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States 1963)
  • Name Yourself Day

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • Day of Silence
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • Pet Day
  • Submarine Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day *

April 12

  • American Civil War begins 1861
  • Author Beverly Cleary born 1916
  • Big Wind Day
  • D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • 1st Human Space Flight 1961
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Licorice Day
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Blame Somebody Else Day
  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • Environmental Education Week begins
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Library Week begins
  • Palm Sunday *
  • Scrabble Day

April 14

  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Passover begins *
  • Reach As High As You Can Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828
  • Week of the Young Child begins

April 15

  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Library Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912

April 16

  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895

April 18

  • Cleaning For A Reason Week begins
  • Good Friday *
  • Juggler’s Day
  • San francisco Earthquake 1906
  • Teen Literature Day

April 19

  • Auctioneers Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • Hunger Clean Up Day *
  • Husband Appreciation Day
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord)  1775
  • Record Store Day

April 20

  • Coin Week begins
  • Cuckoo Day
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Easter
  • Karaoke Week begins*
  • Look Alike Day
  • National Park Week begins
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day
  • Sky Week begins *
  • Volunteer Week begins *
  • Wildlife Week begins *

April 21

    • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
    • Egg Salad Week begins
    • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
    • Henry VIII Became King of England  1509
    • Innovation Day
    • Kindergarten Day
    • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
    • Rome Founded 753 BC
    • naturalist and conservationist John MuirPlayground Safety Week begins
naturalist and conservationist John Muir

April 22

  • Chemist Celebrate the Earth Day
  • Earth Day
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Roller Skates patented 1823

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • Homerun Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day
  • Author William Shakespeare born 1564
  • St. George’s Day

April 24

  • Gathering of the Nations PowWow begins
  • Guide Dogs Day
  • International Astronomy Day
  • Poem in Your Pocket Day
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day *

April 25

  • Arbor Day *
  • DNA Day
  • Fiddler’s Frolic Days begin
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • World Penguin Day
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Go Birding Day *
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900
  • Save the Frogs Day
  • Sense of Smell Day *
  • Veterinary Day *
  • Weekend of Prayer and Fasting *

April 27

  • Dance Week begins
  • Freedom Day
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Raisin Day
  • Tell A Story Day

April 28

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • Poetry Reading Day
  • President James Monroe born 1758

April 29

  • Dance Day
  • Zipper patented 1851

April 30

  • Honesty Day
  • Louisiana Statehood 1812
  • Vietnam War ended 1975
  • Walpurgis Night

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.





Happy April

betty jo