Happy Monday and Happy Homeschooling!
Here’s the October, 2016 Special Days list! It’s filled with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and even some spooky stuff! I you’re looking for something special to add to your lesson plans, a day for a celebration, or something different to add to your menu, this list will give you some awesome ideas!
October’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances
October’s Food Themes
Daily Specials for October, 2016 (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)
Here’ is the collection of my favorite “go to” resources for special days studies https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/
My apologies, but I haven’t had the opportunity to update the Learning Resources list for October, 2016 (yet). However, most of the resources from 2015 will work just fine https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/10/01/learning-resources-for-october-2015/
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.
September 19 is “Talk Like a Pirate” Day and the boys have picked it (again for the 3rd year in a roll) for our Special Day study. I have been over and updated our resource list for 2016. Now, I need to find and dust off our lapbook.
Click here for Pirate Learning Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/09/19/arrrrgh-pirates/
September 17 is the beginning of “Constitution Week” and the beginning of my lesson planning for this coming up week’s studies. Here’s the collection of free Constitution resources and activities.
September 17th, 1787 is the anniversary of the United States Constitution and the start of Constitution Week. So often we hear or read about “Constitutional Rights” and freedoms being debated, taken away, or altered in various ways.
This week my kids will be reviewing, researching, and notebooking all things constitutional so it will be clear to them just what our constitutional rights are.
Below are some of the resources we will be incorporating into our Constitution Week homeschool studies.
Constitution Day History and Quizzes http://www.ducksters.com/holidays/constitution_day.php
US Government Learning Adventures, Glossary, and Games for all ages and levels https://bensguide.gpo.gov/
Mini posters of how a bill becomes a law, the Bill of Rights, and branches of government (you will need an account to get the downloads, but it isn’t complicated and it’s free) http://www.kidsdiscover.com/celebrate-constitution-day/
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September 13 is “Roald Dahl Day” and our top pick for this week’s learning!
We started reading The BFG yesterday and I can already tell that it’s going to be one of our favorite stories. A movie marathon (with the help of our local library) is part of this week’s agenda, too: The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Here’s our family’s list of the online resources as we learn about Roald Dahl and his career as one of the most popular children’s authors of all time.
Biography, Timeline, Quotes, Printables, and More http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/news/celebrate-roald-dahl-100-with-teaching-ideas
Lesson Plans and Literature Study Guides for Dahl’s best known stories https://www.roalddahl.com/create-and-learn/teach/teach-the-stories
Character Study Notebooking http://activityvillage.co.uk/roald-dahl-character-studies
Printable Quote Notes http://activityvillage.co.uk/roald-dahl-lunch-box-notes
Coloring Pages and Craft (scroll down a little bit for the pdf’s) http://www.corkcitylibraries.ie/hollyhill/colouringcraftsdownloads/