May Resources

May is the end of the school year for many families, but it’s not the end of learning!  Here’s some wonderful resources for learning through the month of May.

BIG list of May holidays, theme, historic events, famous birthdays, and more  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/04/26/special-days-in-may-2017/

My “go-to” list of educational calendars and resources for every month https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Resources for Specific May Themes –

Presidents With May Birthdays –

  • Harry Truman born May 8, 1884
  •  John F. Kennedy born May 29, 1917

Learning Resources for Presidents https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

May Statehood Anniversaries –

  • Minnesota – May 11, 1858
  • South Carolina – May 23,1788
  • Rhode Island – May 29, 1790
  • Wisconsin – May 29, 1848

States Facts, History, and Videos –  http://www.history.com/topics/us-states

Resources for May “Daily Specials” –

 (The following is not yet complete.  May is when our state required “school” days are finished, and we take a bit of a break from daily studying.  So, I don’t have many resources to share from past studies as I have with other months.  I’ll be updating the daily specials with resources as we go through the month, so check back.  And, if you have special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them in.)

May 3 – 1st Comic Book published 1934 –  Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2015/04/create-comic.html

May 4  –  Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)  –  K-8 Unit Study and Printables    http://www.yearroundhomeschooling.com/free-star-wars-printables/

May 4 – Orange Juice Day – Orange Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2015/01/orange-resources.html

May 5  –  Cartoonist Day  –  Charles Shultz and Peanuts  are our favorites!  –  Learning Resources and Activities    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/10/02/peanuts/

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo – Resource List      http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/a-fun-list-of-cince-de-mayo-ideas-and-resources/

May 6  –  English Channel Tunnel opened 1994  –  Fun Facts  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/wonder/structure/channel.html

May 7  –  Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833  –  Biography, Quiz, and Music  https://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=191

May 7  –  Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840  –  Biography, Quiz, and Music  https://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=17

May 8 – World Red Cross Day –   Stories of those helped by the Red Cross  http://www.redcross.org/stories/

May 12 – Florence Nightingale born 1820     http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdnight.htm

May 13 – 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607 – Interactive John Smith and Jamestown Game  http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/interactiveadventures/john-smith/

May 14 – Skylab launched 1973 –  Watch this documentary from 1974  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rhpxpdrVKM

May 15 – Endangered Species Day * – Projects and Lessons http://kidworldcitizen.org/2014/10/02/endangered-species-projects-lessons-kids/

May 18 – Museum Day – 50 Famous Art Museums Around The World http://tammieadventuresinhomeschooling.blogspot.com/2015/03/50-famous-art-museums-around-world.html

May 23 – World Turtle Day – Learning Resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/world-turtle-day/

Remember to check back throughout the month for new daily resources that will be added as they become available!

Happy May Learning!

betty jo

Special Days in May, 2017

May is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures, artists and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!  Whether you are looking for something special to learn about, celebrate, observe, or a food to add to the menu, this Special Days in May 2017 list gives you an awesome variety of choices!

May’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Better Hearing and Speech
  • Better Sleep
  • Bikes
  • Civility Awareness
  • Clean Air
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Date Your Mate
  • Eco Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Family
  • Foster Care
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Gifts From the Garden
  • Good Car Keeping
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Heal the Children
  • Healthy Vision
  • Inventors
  • Jewish-American Heritage
  • Military Appreciation
  • Older Americans
  • Photograph
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Preservation
  • Recommitment
  • Revise Your Work Schedule
  • Smile
  • Teen CEO
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-violet Awareness
  • Victorious Woman
  • Wetlands
  • Youth Traffic Safety

Mays Food Themes

  • Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celiac Awareness
  • Egg
  • Grapefruit
  • Hamburger
  • Kiwi
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Vinegar

Daily Specials For May 2016   (the * means that the date may not be the same each year)

May 1

  • Batman Day
  • Beltane
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Chocolate Parfait Day
  • Choose Privacy Week begins
  • Empire State Building dedicated 1931
  • Activist Mary Harris Jones born 1830
  • Hawaiian Lei Day
  • Herb Week begins
  • Law Day
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • Pen-Friends Week begins
  • Public Service Recognition Week * (1st Mon.)
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847
  • Walking Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • World Laughter Day * (1st Mon.)

May 2

  • Asthma Day * (1st Tues.)
  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • Louisiana  Purchase 1803
  • Inventor Elijah McCoy (“the real McCoy”) born 1844
  • Play Your Ukulele Day
  • Truffle Day

May 3

  • 1st Comic Book (Famous Funnies) published 1934
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Great American Grump Out * (1st Wed.)
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • Paranormal Day
  • Textiles Day
  • Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • Bird Day
  • 1st Colony (Rhode Island)  to declare independence from Great Britain 1776
  • Columbus reached Jamaica 1494
  • Green Peace launched 1971
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Kent State University Vietnam War Protest 1970
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • National Day of Prayer * (1st Thurs.)
  • National Day of Reason * (1st Thurs.)
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day
  • Weather Observers Day
  • World Password Day

May 5

  • Astronaut Day
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • No Pants Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Oyster Day
  • Totally Chipotle Day
  • Office Fax introduced 1964
  • Space Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Tuba Day * (1st Fri.)

May 6

  • Beverage Day
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • Join Hands Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Kentucky Derby * (1st Sat.)
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Tourist Appreciation Day

May 7

  • Be Kind to Animals week begins * (1st full week)
  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Infertility Survival Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lemonade Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • Postcard Week begins  * (1st full week)
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Tourism Day
  • Update Your References Week begins * (1st full week)

May 8

  • Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • Etiquette Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Have a Coke Day
  • Iris Day
  • Kids Win Week * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • No Socks Day
  • Principal’s Day *
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • Wildflower Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Lemuria
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Teacher Appreciation Day * (Tues.of 1st full week)

May 10

  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity * (2nd Wed.)
  • Lipid Day
  • Lupus Day
  • Receptionists’ Day  * (2nd Wed.)
  • School Nurse Day * (Wed. of 1st full week)
  • Shrimp Day

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Twilight Zone Day

May 12

  • Child Care Provider Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Military Spouses Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day

May 13

  • Apple Pie Day
  • Archery Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Babysitter’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Belly Dance Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Birth Mother’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Fair Trade Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day
  • Migratory Bird Day * (2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Windmill Day * (2nd Sat.)

May 14

  • Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Food Allergy Week begins *
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Mother’s Day (US)  *
  • Reading is Fun Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week begins * (on Mother’s Day)
  • Skylab Space Station launched 1973
  • Underground America Day
  • 1st Webster’s Dictionary Published 1847

May 15

  • Author L.F. Baum born 1856
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Day of Families
  • Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
  • Mercuralia
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • Straw Hat Day
  • Transportation Week begins * (week with 3rd Fri.)

May 16

  • 1st Academy Awards 1929
  • Biographer’s Day
  • Drawing Day
  • Love a Tree Day
  • Pencil Day
  • Sea Monkey Day
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

  • Cherry Cobbler Day
  • Hypertension Day
  • Physician Edward Jenner born 1749
  • New York Stock Exchange begins 1792
  • Pack Rat Day
  • Walnut Day
  • World Telecommunications Day

May 18

  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Bike to Work Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Defense Transportation Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • Doo Day Day *
  • Endangered Species Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day
  • NASCAR Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Pizza Party Day  * (3rd Fri.)
  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536

May 20

  • Armed Forces Day * (3rd Sat..)
  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • Learn to Swim Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Pizza Party Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Weights and Measures Day

May 21

  • Backyard Games Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Bike Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • International Pickle Week begins * (3rd week)
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Stepmother’s Day * (Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • Strawberries and Cream Day
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day *
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Vejovis
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • World Trade Week begins * (3rd full week)

May 22

  • 1st Atlas published 1570
  • Biological Diversity Day
  • Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  • Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844
  • Maritime Day
  • Toothpaste Tube invented 1892
  • Vanilla Pudding Day
  • Victoria Day * (Mon. before May 25)

May 23

  • Crohn’s and Colitis day
  • Feminist Margaret Fuller born 1810
  • Lucky Penny Day
  • Rosalia
  • Shavuot
  • South Carolina Statehood 1788
  • Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother’s Day
  • Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Scavenger Hunt Day
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Ascension Day * (40 days after Easter)
  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • Missing Children’s Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson born 1878
  • Star Wars premiered 1977
  • Tap Dance Day
  • Towel Day
  • Wig Out Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)

May 26

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • Don’t Fry Day * (Friday before Memorial Day)
  • Heat Awareness Day * (last Fri.)
  • Indian Removal Act signed into law 1830
  • Astronaut Sally Ride born 1951
  • Tiananmen Square Protest 1989
  • Actor John Wayne born 1907

May 27

  • Activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer born 1818
  • Conservationist Rachel Carson born 1907
  • Cellophane Tape introduced 1930
  • Golden Gate Bridge opened 1964
  • Grape Popsicle Day
  • Ramadan begins *
  • Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Brisket Day
  • Hamburger Day
  • Poet May Swenson born 1913
  • Whooping Crane Day

May 29

  • Patriot Patrick Henry born 1736
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • President John Kennedy born  1917
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • Memorial Day * (last Mon.)
  • Paperclip patented 1867
  • Pink Flamingo Day
  • Rhode Island Statehood 1790
  • Wisconsin Statehood 1848

May 30

  • Compact Disc introduced 1981
  • Hole in My Bucket Day
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • International Jazz Day
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Shavuot *
  • Water a Flower Day
  • Wireless Telegraph patented 1872

May 31

  • Autonomous vehicle Day *
  • Macaroon Day
  • Save Your Hearing Day
  • Speak in Sentences Day
  • Poet Walt Whitman born 1819
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No Tobacco Day

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.

 

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/http://

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-almanachttp://

http://food.unl.edu/food-calendar

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/https://

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history

https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/

Wishing you a happy April!

betty jo

April Resources

There are many opportunities for learning from April’s calendar.  Here’s my list of learning resources for April related themes and special days!  Some of these are from our past Aprils studies, others are resources we’ll be following as we learn this April, and the rest of the resources are recommended by other homeschooling families.  Check back throughout the month as other resources will be added as they become available.

BIG List of April’s themes, holidays, historic and scientific anniversaries, famous birthdays, and more!  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/03/26/special-days-in-april-2017/

My favorite educational calendar resources for learning every month  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

April Themes Resources

Astronomy – Interactive games, videos, songs, and worksheets  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/

Autism Awareness  –  Resources and tips for homeschooling a child on the spectrum  https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-help/homeschooling-a-child-with-autism/

Card and Letter Writing  –  The basic steps for proper letter writing   http://creation.com/letter-writing-right-and-proper

Confederate History  –  Facts, Events, Battles, and People of the American Civil War  http://www.ducksters.com/history/confederation_of_the_united_states.php

Financial Literacy – Teaching ideas, tips, and fun  http://www.themint.org/

Frogs  –  Learning Project and Resources  http://www.franw.com/2014/07/frog-research-project.html

Garden  –  Big List of Ideas and Resources    http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/homeschool-in-the-garden-a-big-list-of-ideas-and-resources/

Kites  –  Fun Facts –   http://www.kitekids.co.uk/facts.html   And,  How To Build Kites Instructions  –  http://www.my-best-kite.com/how-to-build-kites.html

Listening Awareness  –  Active Listening Skills and Tips   http://www.my-best-kite.com/how-to-build-kites.html

Pet 1st Aid  –  Tips for Pet Owners https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/First-Aid-Tips-for-Pet-Owners.aspx

Poetry – Lesson Plans, Themes, and Printables  http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm

World Habitat Awareness  –  Facts, Project Ideas, and Games  http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/

Presidents with April Birthdays

  • Thomas Jefferson born April 13, 1743
  • Ulysses S. Grant born April 27, 1822
  • James Monroe born April 28, 1758

Presidents Learning Resources and Activities  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

April Statehood Anniversaries

  • Maryland – April 28, 1758
  • Louisiana – April 30, 1812

States Facts, History, and Videos  –  http://www.history.com/topics/us-states

Specific Special Days in April Resources  

April 1  –  April Fool’s Day  –  Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/04/01/april-fools-day-learning-resources/

April 2  –  Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805  –  Read his fairy tales, biography and more  http://hca.gilead.org.il/

April 3

April 4  –   Tell a Lie Day – 10 Ways to Tell If Someone Is Lying To You  http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/10-ways-tell-someone-lying-you.html

April 5  –  Easter Island “discovered” April 5,1722 – Lesson Plans, Work Sheets, Program Links, Photos  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/worldhistory/easter_island/teachers_resources.shtml

April 5  –  Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856  –  Biography and Printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdbookr.htm

April 6  –  Artist Raphael born 1483 – Learning Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/06/raphael/

April 7 – Poet William Wordsworth born 1770 – Video Reading of Daffodils  https://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/video/detail/77369

April 8  –  Draw a Picture of a Bird Day  –  Step by step instructions  https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/learn-to-draw-birds

April 9  –  Winston Churchill Day  –  Biography, Timeline, Games, Photos and more  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/winston_churchill/

April 10 – Farm Animals Day – Lesson Plans, Themes, Printables, and more  http://www.theteachersguide.com/onthefarm.htm

April 10  –  Passover begins *  –  Teaching Guide and Lapbook Printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/passover_lapbook.php

April 11  –  Submarine Day – Facts,  Instructions to Make a Submarine, Experiments, and a Quiz  http://www.submarinesafaris.com/kids_learn.php

April 12  –  Big Wind Day  –  Wind Information and Experiments/Projects  http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-wind.htm

April 14  –  Dolphin Day  –  Across the Curriculum Resources  http://www.franw.com/2013/11/dolphins-research-resource.html

April 15  –  National Park Week begins *  –  Virtually Explore and Learn about our National Parks    https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

April 16  –  Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867 – Wright Brothers and Aviation Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/17/aviation-week-learning-resources/

April 17  –  Bat Appreciation Day – Resource Page  http://www.franw.com/2013/10/bat-resource-page.html

April 18  –   Juggler’s Day –  How to Juggle Lessons for Beginners   http://www.thejimshow.com/juggle/

April 19 – Bicycle Day – History, Fun, and Safety https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/26/bicycle-lessons/

April 20 – Chinese Language Day –  Mandarin Lessons  http://www.learnchineseez.com/lessons/mandarin/

April 21  –  Naturalist John Muir born 1838  –  Lesson Plans and Student Activities  http://vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/educational_resources/default.aspx

April 21 –  Queen Elizabeth II born 1926  –  Monarchs Resources and Lesson Plans  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/famous_monarchs/

April 22  –  Earth Day  –  Across the Curriculum Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/21/homeschooling-on-earth-day/

April 23  –  Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564  –  Learning Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/23/happy-birthday-william-shakespeare/

April 24  –  Dance Week begins  –  “Homeschool Mom Approved” Youtube Dance and Exercise  Instruction Videos    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/10/get-up-and-move-a-break-time-playlist/

April 25  –  World Penguin Day  –  Across the Curriculum Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/20/penguins/

April 26  –

April 27  –

April 28  –  Save the Frogs Day *  –   Research Project and Resources   http://www.franw.com/2014/07/frog-research-project.html

April 29  –  Go Birding Day *  –  Bird Watching Activities and Identification Resources   http://www.franw.com/2014/03/bird-watching-activities.html

Remember to check back throughout the month for updates!

Happy April Learning!

betty jo