Special Days in August


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

  • Admit You’re Happy
  • Adventures
  • American Indian Heritage
  • Artist Appreciation
  • Back To School
  • Cactus
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety
  • Family Fun
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten
  • Golf
  • Happiness Happens
  • Hug
  • Immunization Awareness
  • Inventors
  • Motorsports
  • National Parks
  • Science, Medicine, and Technology
  • Water Quality
  • What Will Be Your Legacy
  • Win with Civility

August Food Themes

  • Catfish
  • Celery
  • Family Meals
  • Fennel
  • Kiwifruit
  • Orange
  • Panini
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Picnic
  • Sandwich

August 2014 Daily Specials  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Aug. 1

  • Braham Pie Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Clown Week begins
  • Colorado Statehood 1876
  • GI Joe action figure introduced 1964
  • Girlfriend’s Day
  • Francis Scott Key born 1779
  • Ann Frank made her last diary entry 1944
  • Author Herman Melville born 1819
  • Raspberry Cream Pie Day
  • Respect For Parents Day
  • Simplify Your Life Week begins *(1st week)
  • Spiderman Day
  • US Air Force Day

Aug. 2

  • Chinese Valentine’s Day *
  • Declaration of Independence signed 1776
  • Author Holling C. Holling born 1900
  • Engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant born 1754
  • Escalator Patented 1892
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • Mustard Day *(1st Sat.)

Aug. 3

  • Assistance Dog Week begins *(2nd week)
  • Columbus Set Sail 1492
  • Exercise With Your Child Week begins *
  • Family Day *(1st Sun.)
  • Farmer’s Market Week begins *
  • Friendship Day *(1st Sun.)
  • National Kids’ Day
  • Panama Canal opened 1914
  • Single Working Women’s Week begins *
  • Sister’s Day *(1st Sun.)
  • Watermelon Day

Aug. 4

  • Musician Louis Armstrong born 1901
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Coast Guard Day
  • President Barack Obama born 1961
  • Single Working Women’s Day
  • US Dept. of Energy created 1977

Aug. 5

  • Astronaut Neil Armstrong born 1930
  • Green Peppers Day
  • Little Orphan Annie comic strip first appeared 1924
  • Night Out *(1st Tues.)
  • Tisha B’Av *
  • Underwear Day *
  • Work Like A Dog Day

Aug. 6

  • Actress/Comedian Lucille Ball born 1911
  • Sandwich invented 1762
  • Scientist Alexander Fleming born 1881
  • Fresh Breath Day
  • Hiroshima Day
  • Root Beer Float Day
  • Poet Alfred Lord Tennyson born 1808
  • Wiggle Your Toes Day

Aug. 7

  • Spy Marta Hari born 1876
  • Hobo Week begins *
  • Lighthouse Day
  • Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
  • Professional Speakers Day
  • Purple Heart Day
  • Sea Serpent Day

Aug. 8

  • Elvis Week begins *
  • Frozen Custard Day
  • Happiness Happens Day
  • Mimeograph Machine patented 1876
  • Odie Day (Garfield’s dog)
  • Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night
  • The Date to Create

Aug. 9

  • Art Appreciation Day
  • Book Lover’s Day
  • Garage Sale Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Indigenous People Day
  • Veep Day
  • Electric Washing Machine patented 1910

Aug. 10

  • Duran Duran Appreciation Day
  • President Herbert Hoover born 1874
  • Kool-Aid Day  * (2nd Sat.)
  • Lazy Day
  • Missouri Statehood 1821
  • Mount Rushmore Construction began 1927
  • President Richard Nixon resigned 1974
  • Smithsonian Day  (Institution established 1846)
  • S’mores Day
  • Umpire Appreciation Day *(2nd Sun.)

Aug. 11

  • Daughters’ and Sons’ Day
  • Play In The Sand Day
  • Presidential Joke Day
  • Shark Week begins *
  • Weird Contest Week begins *(3rd week)

Aug. 12

  • Middle Child Day
  • 1st PC introduced 1981
  • Phonograph invented 1877
  • Vinyl Record Day
  • World Elephant Day
  • Youth Day

Aug. 13

  • Bambi first premiered 1934
  • Author/Film Director Alfred Hitchcock born 1899
  • Lefthander’s Day
  • Annie Oakley born 1860

Aug. 14

  • Be Kind to Humankind Week begins
  • Creamsicle Day
  • Navajo Code Talkers Day
  • V-J Day
  • Whiffle Ball invented 1953
  • Wizard of Oz premiered 1939
  • Woodstock Music Festival 1969
  • World Lizard Day

Aug. 15

  • Napoleon Bonaparte born 1769
  • Chauvin Day
  • Chef Julia Child born 1912
  • Lemon Meringue Pie Day
  • Lion Day
  • Relaxation Day

Aug. 16

  • Airborne Day
  • Goecaching Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Gold discovered in the Yukon 1896
  • Homeless Animals Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Roller Coaster Patented 1898
  • Tell a Joke Day

Aug. 17

  • Aviation Week begins *
  • Missionary William Carey born 1761
  • Davy Crockett born 1786
  • Thrift Shop Day

Aug. 18

  • Bad Poetry Day
  • Cupcake Day
  • Virginia Dare born 1587
  • Friendship Week begins *
  • Explorer Meriwether Lewis born 1744
  • Mail Order Catalog Day
  • Serendipity Day

Aug. 19

  • Aviation Day
  • President Bill Clinton born 1946
  • Hot and Spicy Food Day
  • Potato Day
  • Inventor Orville Wright Born 1867
  • World Humanitarian Day

Aug. 20

  • Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
  • President Benjamin Harrison born 1833
  • Lemonade Day
  • Radio Day
  • Voyager 1 launched 1975
  • Voyager 2 launched 1977

Aug. 21

  • Ecological Debt Day
  • Gemini 5 launched 1965
  • Hawaii Statehood 1959
  • Mona Lisa Stolen 1911
  • Senior Citizen’s Day

Aug. 22

  • Daffodil Day *(4th Fri.)
  • Eat a Peach Day
  • Hoodie Hoo Day (Southern Hemisphere)
  • Tooth Fairy Day

Aug. 23

  • Independence Day (Mexico)
  • Ride the Wind Day
  • Spongecake Day
  • Valentino Day

Aug. 24

  • US Capital Building and White House burned 1814
  • Pluto Demoted Day
  • Strange Music Day
  • Mt. Vesuvius Erupted 79AD
  • Waffle Day
  • Waffle Iron Patented 1869

Aug. 25

  • Banana Split Day
  • Inventor Lionel Cowen born 1880
  • Kiss and Make Up Day
  • Make Your Own Luck Day
  • Safe at Home Week begins *(last Mon.- Fri.)
  • Second-hand Wardrobe Day

Aug. 26

  • Inventor Lee DeForest born 1873
  • Dog Day
  • Chemist Antoine Lavoisier born 1743
  • Mother Theresa born 1910
  • Women’s Equality Day

Aug. 27

  • Banana Lovers Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Just Because Day
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson born 1908
  • 1st Tarzan story published 1912

Aug. 28

  • Bow Tie Day
  • Cherry Turnover Day
  • Crackers Over the Keyboard Day
  • Dream Day (Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech 1963)
  • Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day
  • Radio Commercials Day

Aug. 29

  • According to Hoyle Day
  • Day Against Nuclear Tests
  • More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Aug. 30

  • Bat Night
  • Author/Illustrator Donald Crews born 1938
  • Frankenstein Day  (Author Mary Shelly born 1797)
  • Holistic Pet Day
  • Neighborhood Day *(last Sat.)
  • Toasted Marshmallow Day

Aug. 31

  • Bat Night
  • Kinetoscope patented 1887
  • Love Lawyers Day
  • 1st Solar Power Car demonstrated 1955
  • Trail Mix Day

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!

betty jo







Current Events Resources


“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.timeforkids.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/


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


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


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