Special Days in October, 2016

month_a_10 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

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog
  • AIDS Awareness
  • Animal Safety and Protection
  • Audiology Awareness
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Bat Appreciation
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bilingual Child
  • Blindness Awareness
  • Book
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Children’s Magazine
  • Class Reunion
  • Clocks
  • Computer Learning
  • Co-op Awareness
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cut Out Dissection
  • Cyber Security Awareness
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Depression Education and Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Down Syndrome Awareness
  • Drum
  • Dyslexia Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Energy Management
  • Ergonomics
  • Eye Safety
  • Fair Trade
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Thought
  • German-American Heritage
  • Global Diversity
  • Go On A Field Trip
  • Halloween Safety
  • Health Literacy
  • Improve Your Home
  • International Dinosaur
  • Liver Awareness
  • Kitchen and Bath
  • Medical Librarian
  • Menopause
  • Orthodontic Health
  • Pastor Appreciation Day
  • Photographer Appreciation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Polish American Heritage
  • Positive Attitude
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness
  • Protect Your Hearing
  • Raptor Month
  • Reading Group
  • Right Brainers Rule
  • Roller Skating
  • Sarcastic Awareness
  • Self-Promotion
  • Spina Bifida Awareness
  • Squirrel Awareness
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • Starman
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness
  • Walk To School
  • Window Covering Safety
  • Work and Family

October’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apple Jack
  • Bake and Decorate
  • Caramel
  • Cheese
  • Chili
  • Cookie
  • Country Ham
  • Cranberry
  • Eat Better, Eat Together
  • Eatable Roots
  • Farm to School
  • Pasta
  • Persimmons
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn Poppin’
  • Pork
  • Pumpkins
  • Rhizomes
  • Rhubarb
  • Sausage
  • Seafood
  • Spinach Lovers
  • Tackling Hunger
  • Vegetarian Awareness

Daily Specials for October, 2016  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Oct. 1

  • CD Player Day
  • Card Making Day *(1st Sat.)
  • President Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Fire Pup Day
  • Frugal Fun Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Homemade Cookies Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • Lace Day
  • Vegetarian Day

Oct. 2

  • Carry a Tune Week begins * (week with the 7th)
  • Change A Light Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Farm Animals Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi born 1869
  • Get Organized Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Great Books Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • Inter-generation Day *(1st Sun.)
  • International Day of Non-violence
  • Comic Julius “Groucho” Marx born 1895
  • Mystery Series Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Peanuts Comic first published 1950
  • Work From Home Week begins *(1st full week)
  • World Communion Day *(1st Sun.)

Oct. 3

  • Captain Kangaroo premier 1955
  • Child Health Day *(1st Mon.)
  • Arthur James Herriot born 1916
  • Kids’ Goal Setting Day
  • Richard the Lionheart crowned King 1189
  • No Salt Week begins
  • Rosh Hashana *
  • SOS (distress code) established 1906
  • Spinning and Weaving Week begins * (Mon. of first full week)
  • Techie’s Day
  • Virus Appreciation Day
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention/Blue Shirt Day *(1st Mon.)
  • World Habitat Day *(1st Mon.)

Oct. 4

  • Blessing of the Animals Day
  • Cinnamon Roll Day
  • Fall Astronomy Day *
  • Frappe Day
  • Golf Day
  • President Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • St. Francis Day
  • Sputnik launched 1957
  • Author, Edward Stratemeyer born 1862
  • Ten-Four Day
  • World Animal Day
  • World Space Week begins

Oct. 5

  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Balloons Around the World Day *(1st Wed.)
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • Walk to School Day *
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Come and Take It Day
  • German-American Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • Inventor George Westinghouse born 1846

Oct. 7

  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Denim Day  *(1st Fri.)
  • Diversity Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Story Telling Weekend begins *(1st Fri.)
  • World Smile Day *(1st Fri.)

Oct. 8

  • Face Your Fears Day
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend *
  • Activist Jesse Jackson born 1941
  • Pierogy Day
  • Touch Tag Day
  • Universal Music Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Alvin C. York Day

Oct. 9

  • Chess Day
  • Chestnut Week begins *(2nd full week)
  • Clergy Appreciation Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Cupcake Day
  • Curious Events Day
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Fire Prevention Day
  • Fire Prevention Week begins *
  • First 2-way Telephone Conversation 1876
  • Musician John Lennon born 1940
  • Metric Week begins * (week with the 10th)
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Pro-Life Cupcake Day
  • Washington Monument opened 1888
  • World Post Day

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Canadian Thanksgiving * (2nd Mon.)
  • Columbus Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Author James Marshall born 1942
  • Metric Day
  • Native American Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • School Lunch Week begins *
  • World Mental Health Day

Oct. 11

  • Apollo 7 lauched 1968
  • Ashura *
  • Boer War Began 1880
  • Face Your Fears Day *(2nd Tues.)
  • Free Thought Day
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Remember Forever Day
  • Eleanor Roosevelt born 1884

Oct. 12

  • Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day *(2nd Wed.)
  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • Emergency Nurses Day *
  • Fossil Day
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction *(2nd Wed.)
  • Moment of Frustration Day
  • Old Farmer’s Day
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814
  • Top Spinning Day * (2nd Wed.)
  • Yom Kipper *

Oct. 13

  • Earth Science Week begins
  • English Language Day
  • Molly Pitcher born 1754
  • Skeptics Day
  • Margaret Thatcher born 1925
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • World Sight Day *(2nd Thurs.)
  • US Navy Established 1775

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Dessert Day
  • Egg Day *(2nd Fri.)
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • William Penn born 1644

Oct. 15

  • Bridge Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Get Smart About Credit Day *(3rd Thurs.)
  • Grouch Day
  • I Love Lucy Premier 1951
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • Poetry Day
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • Sweetest Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 16

  • Marie Antoinette executed 1793
  • Boss’s Day
  • Bullying Bystanders Unite Week * (3rd full week)
  • Character Counts Week *(3rd full week)
  • Chemistry Week * (3rd full week)
  • Dictionary Day
  • Food Bank Week begins *(the week of the 16th)
  • Forest Products Week begins * (3rd Sun.)
  • Freedom of Speech Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Friends of the Library Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Learn A Word Day
  • Save for Retirement Week begins *
  • Noah Webster born 1758
  • World Food Week begins

Oct. 17

  • African American Poetry Day
  • Boss’s Day *
  • Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Eradication of Poverty Day
  • Author Arthur Miller born 1915
  • Mulligan Day
  • School Bus Safety Week begins * (Mon. of 3rd full week)
  • Nuclear Science Week begins *
  • Sukkot *
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • No Beard Day
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity * (3rd Tues.)
  • World Menopause Day

Oct. 19

  • Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Electric Light Bulb Introduced 1879
  • Hagfish Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Day * (Wed. of 3rd full week)
  • Revolutionary War ends 1781

Oct. 20

  • Get Smart About Credit Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Information Overload Day
  • Monster Mash Day

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day
  • 1st Light Bulb 1879
  • Inventor Alfred Nobel born 1833
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day

Oct. 22

  • Daniel Boone born 1734
  • Make a Difference Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Nut Day

Oct. 23

  • Capistrano Day
  • iPod Day
  • Massage Therapy Week begins * (last full week)
  • Mole Day
  • Mother-In-Law Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Peace, Friendship, & Goodwill Week begins * (last full week)
  • Pele (soccer champion) born 1940
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
  • TV Talk Show Host Day

Oct. 24

  • Bologna Day
  • Disarmament Week begins *
  • Food Day
  • Peace, Friendship, and Good Will Week begins
  • Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week begins *
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day

Oct. 25

  • Magic Week begins
  • Pasta Day
  • Artist Pablo Picasso born 1881
  • Punk for a Day Day
  • Sourest Day

Oct. 26

  • Erie Canal opened 1825
  • Gun Fight at the OK Corral 1881
  • Hillary Clinton born 1947
  • Mincemeat
  • Mule Day
  • Red Cross Founded 1836

Oct. 27

  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • Navy Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • Tell A Story Day

Oct. 28

  • Chocolates Day
  • Frankenstein Day * (Last Fri.)
  • Make a Difference Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Plush Animal Lover’s Day
  • St. Jude’s Day
  • Physician Jonas Salk born 1914
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886

Oct. 29

  • Cat Day
  • Gateway to the West (St. Louis Arch) completed 1965
  • Hermit Day
  • Internet Day
  • Oatmeal Day
  • The New York Stock Exchange crashed (beginning of The Great Depression) 1929
  • Visit a Cemetery Day

Oct. 30

  • President John Adams born 1735
  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Candy Corn Day
  • Create a Great Funeral Day
  • Diwali *
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • Mischief Night (Devil’s Night)
  • The National Organization for Women (NOW) founded 1966
  • 1938 Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 

Oct. 31

  • All Hollows Eve/Halloween
  • Books for Treats Day
  • Caramel Apple Day
  • Carve a Pumpkin Day
  • Day of the Dead
  • Girl Scout Founder’s Day
  • Knock Knock Jokes Day
  • Magic Day
  • Mount Rushmore Completed 1941
  • Nevada Statehood 1864
  • Reformation Day
  • Samhain

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.





Happy October!

betty jo


Pirates Ahoy (Again)


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/


betty jo



Constitution Week Resources

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.

Still Learning Something New


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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Roald Dahl

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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. FoxMatilda, 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/

Trivia and Quizzes  http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/for_children/kid_lit_authors_a_-_k/roald_dahl.html

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nychpI was drinking coffee and preparing for the days schooling.  I was watching the morning news when the first attack happened and saw the second plane crash into the other tower.  I heard about the third and fourth plane crashes as those reports came in.  My children (just three of them back then)  were witnessing all of it.  We were discussing it last night and the memories are still just as shocking and sickening for them as they are for me.

A couple of years ago, when these kids were teens and young adults, we put together a remembrance study geared towards their maturity level.  Here’s the links for the online resources we used.  I checked them and all are still working and relevant.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/09/11/911-remembrance/

And, here’s the resources for younger children that we’ve been using for Patriot Day as our youngest two boys learn about those horrible events that happened to their country just a few years before they were born   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/09/10/teaching-resources-for-patriot-day/