Mother Teresa

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According to Special Days in August (https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/26/special-days-in-august-2016/), the 26th is Mother Teresa’s birthday.  This means that she will be our study and timeline addition of the day.  Below are the online resources I found for us as we learn about this wonderful lady and perhaps one of the greatest and most inspiring humanitarians of modern history.

A short biography for kids http://www.pitara.com/magazine/people/online.asp?story=16

Timeline – http://www.softschools.com/timelines/mother_teresa_timeline/48/

Worksheet Printables – http://www.schoolexpress.com/fws/cat.php?id=2655

The Life of a Healer a video biography – http://www.watchmojo.com/video/id/10485/

A wonderful selection of quotes – http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mother_teresa.html

And because Mother Teresa will be such an inspiration to us, we can’t complete the study without trying to feed the poor and hungry. We’ll cover all the rest of our subjects (math, geography, science, art, grammar) through this site today  http://freerice.com/category

Just in case you don’t know about about the Free Rice site…
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Special Days in September, 2016

Sept-colourSeptember is loaded with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!  So, if your needing a reason to celebrate, a special topic to study, or a food to add to the menu, this list of Special Days in September, 2016 has lots to choose from!

September Themes

  • ADHD Awareness
  • Animal Remembrance
  • Atrial Fibrillation Month
  • Baby Safety
  • Back to School
  • Backpack Safety America
  • Be Kind to Editors and Writers
  • Sea Cadet
  • Campus Safety
  • Chicken
  • Child Awareness
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety
  • Children’s Good Manners
  • Classical Music
  • College Savings
  • Coupon
  • Courtesy
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • DNA, Genomics, and Stem Cell Education
  • Fall Hat
  • Guide Dogs
  • Gynecology Cancer Awareness
  • Happy Cat
  • Hat Month
  • Head Lice Prevention
  • Healthy Aging
  • Hispanic Heritage
  • Home Furnishings
  • Hunger Action
  • Library Card Sign-up
  • Literacy
  • Little League
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness
  • Library Card Sign-Up
  • Million Minute Family Challenge (Sept. – Dec.)
  • Mold Awareness
  • One-On-One
  • People Skills
  • Piano
  • Preparedness
  • Prosper Where You Are Planted
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness
  • Read a New Book
  • Responsible Dog Ownership
  • Save a Koala
  • Save a Tiger
  • Sea Cadet
  • School Success
  • Self Improvement
  • Self-Awareness Month
  • Sewing
  • Shameless Promotion
  • Skin Care Awareness
  • Square Dancing
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Subliminal Communications
  • Update Your Resume
  • Women’s Friendship

September Food Themes

  • All American Breakfast
  • Apple
  • Better Breakfast
  • Blueberry Popsicle
  • Chicken
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness
  • Cholesterol Education
  • Food Safety Education
  • Fruit and Veggies — More Matters
  • Honey
  • Ice Cream Shake
  • Mushroom
  • Organic Harvest
  • Papaya
  • Potato
  • Rice
  • Wild Rice
  • Whole Grains

September 2016 Daily Specials  (the * behind the special day means that the day falls on a different date from year to year)

Sept. 1

  • Calendar Adjustment Day
  • Cherry Popover Day
  • Chicken Boy’s Day
  • Emma M. Nutt Day
  • Enthusiasm Week begins
  • No Rhyme Nor Reason Day
  • Nutrition Week begins
  • Self-University Week begins
  • Waffle Week begins

Sept. 2

  • Bison-ten Yell Day
  • Blueberry Popsicle Day
  • Great Fire of London – 1666
  • Lazy Mom’s Day *(1st Fri.)
  • US Treasury Dept. established 1789
  •  VJ Day 1945

Sept. 3

  • Afternoon Tea Day
  • American Flag 1st Flown in Battle 1777
  • Bacon Day * ( Sat. before Labor Day)
  • Buffalo Chicken Wings Days * (Sat. and Sun. before Labor Day)
  • Hummingbird Day * (1st Sat.)
  • National Wilderness system established 1964
  • Skyscraper Day
  • Treaty of Paris signed  1783
  • National Welsh Rarebit Day
  • Writing Day*  (1st Sat.)

Sept. 4

  • Father’s Day (Australia and New Zealand) * (1st Sun.)
  • Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer born 1848
  • Macadamia Nut Day
  • Newspaper Carrier Day
  • Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week begins
  • Missionary Marcus Whitman born 1802
  • Waffle Week Begins *(1st full week)
  • Wildlife Day

Sept. 5

  • Bacon Day
  • Be Late For Something Day
  • Cheese Pizza Day
  • International Day of Charity
  • Labor Day *(1st Mon.)
  • Cowboy/Outlaw Jesse James born 1847
  • Suicide Prevention Week begins
  • Voyager 1 launched 1977

Sept. 6

  • Jane Addams born 1860
  • Another Look Unlimited Day * (Tues. after Labor Day)
  • Coffee Ice Cream Day
  • Fight Procrastination Day
  • Iguana Awareness Day
  • 1620 – Pilgrims Set Sail to the New World
  • Read a Book Day

Sept. 7

  • Acorn Squash Day
  • Queen Elizabeth 1 born 1533
  • Feel the Love Day
  • Google founded 1996
  • Artist, Grandma Moses born 1860
  • Neither Rain Nor Snow Day
  • Raggedy Ann patented 1915
  • Salami Day
  • Threatened Species Day

Sept. 8

  • Date Nut Bread
  • Iguana Awareness Day
  • International Literacy Day
  • 1519 – Magellan Set Sail for the 1st Around the World Voyage
  • Pardon Day
  • Physical Therapy Day
  • Popcorn Festival begins
  • 1st Star Trek TV broadcast 1966
  • Virgin Mary born  20 BC

Sept. 9

  • California Statehood 1850
  • Chrysanthemum Day
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day
  • Stand Up to Cancer Day * (2nd Fri.)
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • Trail of Tears Commemoration Day * (weekend after Labor Day)
  • Wienerschnitzel Day
  • Wonderful Weirdos Day

Sept. 10

  • Clean Out Your Garage Day * (Sat. after Labor Day)
  • Drive Your Studebaker Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Farmer’s Consumer Awareness Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Sewing Machine Patented 1846
  • Suicide Prevention Day
  • Swap Ideas Day
  • TV Dinner Day

Sept. 11

  • Assisted Living Week begins
  • Day of Service and Remembrance
  • Emergency Number Day
  • Grandparents Day *(Sun. after Labor Day)
  • Eid al-Adha *
  • Hot Cross Bun Day
  • Hug Your Hound Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • I Want to Start My Own Business Day
  • Libraries Remember Day
  • Make Your Bed Day
  • No News Is Good News Day
  • Odd Day
  • Pet Memorial Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • 9-11-2001 Remembrance Day / Patriot Day
  • Vegetarian Awareness Week * (2nd full week)

Sept. 12

  • Boss/Employee Exchange Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning married 1846
  • Chocolate Milkshake Day
  • Day of Encouragement
  • Lascaux Cave Painting Discovery 1940
  • Line Dance Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • UN Day for South – South Cooperation
  • Video Game Day

Sept. 13

  • Ants on a Log Day * (2nd Tues.)
  • Bald is Beautiful Day
  • Celiac Awareness Day
  • Chocolate Day
  • Author, Roald Dahl born 1916
  • Defy Superstition Day
  • Fortune Cookie Day
  • Milton Snavely Hershey (founder of Hershey’s Chocolate) born 1857
  • Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
  • Peanut Day
  • Positive Thinking Day
  • Programmers’ Day (256th day of the year)
  • Snack a Pickle Time
  • Uncle Sam Day

Sept. 14

  • Creme Filled Donut Day
  • Eat a Hoagie Day
  • Margaret Sanger born 1879
  • 1814 – Star Spangled Banner Composed by Francis Scott Key
  • World Maritime Day

Sept. 15

  • Author Agatha Christie born 1890
  • Farm Animals Awareness Week * (3rd week)
  • Felt Hat Day
  • Greenpeace founded 1971
  • International Day of Democracy
  • Dot Day
  • LGBT Awareness Day
  • Linguine Day
  • Make a Hat Day
  • Neonatal Nurses Day
  • Penicillin discovered 1928
  • Software Freedom Day
  • President William B. Taft born 1857

Sept. 16

  • Anna Bradstreet Day
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
  • Collect Rocks Day
  • Illusionist David Copperfield born 1956
  • Gedaliah
  • Guacamole Day
  • POW/MIA Recognition Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Mayflower Day
  • Mexican Independence Day
  • Play-Doh introduced 1955
  • Ozone Preservation Day
  • Author, H.A. Rey born 1898
  • Stay Away from Seattle Day
  • Step Family Day
  • Tradesmen Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Working Parents Day
  • Wrinkled Raincoat Day

Sept. 17

  • Apple Dumpling Day
  • Big Whopper Liar Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Citizenship Day
  • Coastal Cleanup Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Constitution Day
  • Constitution Week begins
  • Eat an Apple Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Red Panda Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Time’s Up Day
  • Singer/Songwriter Hank Williams born 1923
  • Wife Appreciation Day * (3rd Sat.)

Sept. 18

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)  created 1947
  • Cheeseburger Day
  • Clean Hands Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • 1851 – 1st Edition of the New York Times Published
  • Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Global Be Responsible Day
  • Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day
  • Keep Kids Creative Week *(last week)
  • Pollution Prevention Week * (3rd full week)
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Week begins
  • Respect Day
  • Roadrunner Cartoon debut 1949
  • Singles Week
  • US Air Force Founded 1947
  • World Water Monitoring Day

Sept. 19

  • Balance Awareness Week begins
  • Butterscotch Pudding Day
  • Mickey Mouse 1st appearance 1928
  • Pollution Prevention Week begins
  • Talk Like A Pirate Day
  • Woman Road Warrior Day * (3rd Mon.)

Sept. 20

  • Artist Dale Chihuly born 1941
  • Punch Day
  • Women’s Friendship Day

Sept. 21

  • Alzheimer’s Day
  • Banana Festival
  • Coastal Cleanup Day
  • International Day of Peace
  • Miniature Golf Day
  • Peace One Day
  • Pecan Cookie Day
  • School Backpack Awareness Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Author H.G. Wells born 1866
  • World Gratitude Day

Sept. 22

  • American Business Women’s Day
  • Autumal Equinox *
  • Band Aid Invented 1922
  • Car Free Day
  • Centenarian’s Day
  • Dear Diary Day
  • Elephant Appreciation Day
  • Scientist Michael Faraday born 1791
  • 1st Day of Fall
  • Hobbit Day
  • Ice Cream Cone Day
  • International Day of Radiant Peace
  • Mabon *
  • Peace Corps established 1961
  • White Chocolate Day
  • World Rhino Day

Sept. 23

  • Autumn Stroll Day
  • Checkers Day
  • Missionary John Hyde born 1858
  • Innergize Day * (Day after Equinox)
  • Love Note Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Author William Holmes McGuffey born 1800
  • Native American Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Neptune discovered 1846
  • Pot Pie Day
  • Activist Victoria Woodhull born 1838

Sept. 24

  • Bluebird of Happiness Day
  • The Bullwinkle Show 1st aired 1961
  • Cherries Jubilee Day
  • Family Health and Fitness Day *(last Sat.)
  • Fish Amnesty Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Jim Henson born 1936
  • Hunting and Fishing Day *(4th Sat.)
  • Kids’ Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Monopoly (board game) introduced
  • Neighborhood Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Public Lands Day *(last Sat.)
  • Punctuation Day
  • Rabbit Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving
  • Teach Ag Day

Sept. 25

  • Ataxia Awareness Day
  • Bill of Rights ratified 1789
  • Comic Book Day
  • Dog Week begins
  • Gold Star Mother’s Day *(last Sun.)
  • Mars Observer launched 1992
  • Math Story Telling Day
  • One-Hit Wonder Day
  • Save the Koala Day
  • Poet, Author, Song writer Shel Silverstein born 1930
  • World School Milk Day

Sept. 26

  • Johnny Appleseed born 1774
  • Better Breakfast Day
  • Poet T. S. Eliot born 1888
  • Family Dinner Day * (4th Mon.)
  • Composer George Gershwin born 1898
  • The Muppet Show 1st aired 1976
  • Pancake Day
  • Shamu (the whale) Day

Sept. 27

  • US Revolutionary /Patriot Samuel Adams born 1722
  • Ancestor Appreciation Day
  • Chimney Safety Week begins
  • Chocolate Milk Day
  • Corned Beef Hash Day
  • Crush a Can Day
  • Evangelist / Philanthropist George Mueller born 1805
  • Rosetta Stone Deciphered 1822
  • World Tourism Day

Sept. 28

  • Artist Caravaggio born 1573
  • Confucius born 551 BC
  • Fish Tank Floorshow Night
  • Good Neighbor Day
  • International Right to Know Day
  • Public Lands Day
  • See You at the Pole * (4th Wed.)
  • Strawberry Cream Pie Day
  • World Rabies Day

Sept. 29

  • Coffee Day
  • Confucius Day
  • Physicist Enrico Fermi born 1901
  • Happy Goose Day
  • Heart Day
  • Inventors Day
  • Scotland Yard Formed 1829
  • VFW Day
  • William the Conqueror invaded England 1066
  • World Maritime Day *

Sept. 30

  • Ask a Stupid Question Day *(last school day)
  • Hot Mulled Cider Day
  • Hug a Vegetarian Day * (last Fri.)
  • International Translation Day
  • Mud Pack Day
  • Stapler patented 1841

Here’s my list of my favorite resources for help with Special Days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Specific Special Days in September learning resources will be coming soon.

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.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/september-2016.html

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/september.htm

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

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/september#vegetarian

Happy September!

betty jo

An Olympic Games Update

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That’s our latest chalkboard wall mural! And, part of our 2016 Olympic Games studies.  We’ve loved learning about Brazil, how to speak a little Portuguese, watching the events, and athlete interviews.

We picked up some awesome books during our weekly library trip.

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I posted our resource list last week and have made some tweeks since actually beginning the study.  Sadly, one of the Portuguese language links ended up with some inappropriate for children (or parents) phrases.  That link along with a couple of others have been removed.

After seeing broken bones, bandage wraps, bruises, and other injuries, I added a link to a couple of great articles for kids about sports safety and athlete health.  Learning good sportsmanship has now been added to the resources.  And, some more faith, science, and math connections, too.

Oh, and what about an Olympic Party?  Sounds fun!  I found a resource for foods, recipes, and decorations!

You can see the newly revised Learning Resources for the Olympic Games here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/08/03/free-learning-resources-for-the-olympic-games/

If you’re interested in more about our chalkboard wall, you can see our art projects here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the-wall/

Hope you’ll be enjoying the Rio games with your family, too!

betty jo

 

 

Snoopy!

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Back in October, 2014 we spent a couple of days learning about Peanuts as tribute to the anniversary of the first publication (10/2/1950).  The online resources we used then still work, so I’m passing them on to you.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/10/02/peanuts/

And, if you haven’t seen the 2015 Peanuts Movie, I recommend it. Our family loved it!

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betty jo