Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mondays Homeschool Humor

Here are some funnies to lighten up your start to this homeschooling week!



I hope you have a great Monday and that the rest of the week is even better than that!

betty jo


Special Days in October, 2013


Updated for 2017

October is time for colorful leaves, jackets, pumpkins, and candy!  October has a lot of special days on the calendar as well!  This month is packed with  holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!  Whether you’re looking for something special to study, celebrate, or add to the menu, this listing of special days should give you plenty to choose from.

October’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Animal Safety and Protection
  • Apple
  • Audiology Awareness
  • Bake and Decorate
  • Bat Appreciation
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bilingual Child
  • Blindness Awareness
  • Book
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Caramel
  • Cheese
  • Chili
  • Clocks
  • Co-op Awareness
  • Country Ham
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cut Out Dissection
  • Cyber Security Awareness
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Down Syndrome Awareness
  • Dyslexia Awareness
  • Eat Better, Eat Together
  • Eatable Roots
  • Ergonomics
  • Financial Planning
  • Global Diversity
  • Go On A Field Trip
  • Improve Your Home
  • Liver Awareness
  • Pastor Appreciation Day
  • Persimmons
  • Photographer Appreciation
  • Pizza Month
  • Popcorn Poppin’
  • Positive Attitude
  • Reading Group
  • Right Brainers Rule
  • Roller Skating
  • Rhubarb
  • Sausage
  • Sarcastic Awareness
  • Spina Bifida Awareness
  • Spinach Lovers
  • Squirrel Awareness
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • Strategic Planning
  • Tackling Hunger
  • Vegetarian

Oct. 1

  • Fire Pup Day
  • Homemade Cookies Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • President Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Lace Day
  • Vegetarian Day

Oct. 2

  • Balloons Around the World Day
  • Farm Animals Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi born 1869
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Peanuts Comic first published 1950

Oct. 3

  • Captain Kangaroo Day
  • Arthur James Herriot born 1916
  • Hummingbird Day
  • Look At Leaves Day
  • Richard the Lionheart crowned King 1189
  • SOS (distress code) established 1906
  • Techie’s Day
  • Virus Appreciation Day
  • Walk To School Day

Oct. 4

  • Frappe Day
  • Golf Day
  • President Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • Sputnik launched 1957
  • World Animal Day
  • World Diversity Day
  • World Smile Day

Oct. 5

  • Card Making Day
  • Frugal Fun Day
  • Long Walk Day
  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Inter-generation Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • World Communion Day

Oct. 7

  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Bullying Prevention Day
  • Child Health Day
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • Poetry Day
  • Sukkot Ends
  • World Habitat Day
  • World Smile Day

Oct. 8

  • Face Your Fears Day
  • Draconid Meteor Shower

Oct. 9

  • Chess Day
  • Cupcake Day
  • Curious Events Day
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Fire Prevention Day
  • First 2-way Telephone Conversation 1876
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Pro-Life Day
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • World Post Day

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Tuxedo Day
  • World Sight Day

Oct. 11

  • Boer War Starts 1880
  • Egg Day
  • Ferryboat Day

Oct. 12

  • Farmers Day
  • Fossil Day
  • Free Thought Day
  • Moment of Frustration Scream Day
  • Skeptics Day
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814
  • Universal Music Day

Oct. 13

  • Chess Day
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • English Language Day
  • Fall Astronomy Day
  • US Navy Established 1775

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Dessert Day
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Native American Day
  • Thanksgiving (Canada)

Oct. 15

  • Eid al-Adha
  • Grouch Day
  • I Love Lucy Day

Oct. 16

  • Chamber of Commerce Day
  • Dictionary Day
  • Good Spelling
  • Hagfish Day
  • World Food Day

Oct. 17

  • Black Poetry Day
  • Pro-Life Day
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • No Beard Day

Oct. 19

  • Bridge Day
  • Electric Light Bulb Introduced 1879
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Rainforest Day
  • Sweetest Day

Oct. 20

  • Information Overload Day
  • Monster Mash Day

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day
  • Virtual Clean Your Desktop Day

Oct. 22

  • Daniel Boone born 1734
  • Nut Day

Oct. 23

  • Canned Food Day
  • iPod Day
  • Mole Day
  • Pele (soccer champion) born 1940

Oct. 24

  • Bologna Day
  • United Nations Day

Oct. 25

  • Denim Day
  • Frankenstein Friday
  • Artist Pablo Picasso born 1881
  • Pasta Day
  • Punk for a Day Day
  • Sourest Day

Oct. 26

  • Make a Difference Day
  • Mule Day
  • Red Cross Began 1836

Oct. 27

  • Mother-in-Law Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • School Library Day
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • Tell a Story Day

Oct. 28

  • National Chocolate Day
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886

Oct. 29

  • Cat Day
  • Hermit Day
  • Internet Day
  • Visit a Cemetery Day

Oct. 30

  • President John Adams born 1735
  • Candy Corn Day
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night

Oct. 31

  • Caramel Apple Day
  • Day of the Dead
  • Halloween
  • Knock Knock Jokes Day
  • Magic Day
  • Mount Rushmore Completed 1941
  • Nevada Statehood 1864
  • Reformation Day
  • Samhain

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.

If you are wanting to add church history to your calendar click here for a wonderful timeline resource

The cute October calendar at the top of this post can be printed from here

Happy Fall, Ya’ll!

betty jo

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Free Educational Finds of the Week


The following links are to the free resources that we have been exploring this week as part of our homeschooling studies.  And, this week the resources have been fabulous!

We gave this site a try this week and will be visiting again often for math games.  Everything from counting to probability.

Literacy Lava PDF magazines for teachers that promote reading and writing with children of any age

Videos, lessons, and experiments  for science class

Social Studies and current events

Just for fun!  Free movies, videos, games and songs

Crafts, recipies, printables, and more

Education News for parents/teachers

I hope that these links will be helpful as you look for something to make your studies a little more interesting and a little more fun.

betty jo

Homeschool Humor



Happy Monday!  And happy “Pajama Day” (for those of us participating in International Homeschool Spirit Week)!

Here’s a few funnies to  start off another homeschooling week!


International Homeschool Spirit Week’s theme for Tuesday is “School Away From Home Day”!

8662598ffc6cd5ae9c73e761eabdc633Wednesday is “Crazy Hair Day”!

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imagesFriday’s theme from International Homeschool Spirit Week is “Super Hero Day”.


hs spirit wkFor more about International Homeschool Spirit Week click here

Have a wonderful week!

betty jo

International Homeschool Spirit Week

hs spirit wkInternational Homeschool Spirit Week starts Monday, September 23!  In case you’re not yet familiar with what this is, I’ll give you a brief introduction.  Homeschool Spirit Week is the last week in September.  Homeschool  families (from all over the world) join together as one big community to show their spirit. There will be opportunities for you to share your family’s photos and thoughts.  Each day has a theme and a home education sponsor that will offer prizes and freebies.  This year’s line up is this:

Pajama Day- Monday, September 23rd
Sponsored by CurrClick

Homeschool Away from Home Day – Tuesday, September 24th
Sponsored by iHomeschool Network

Crazy Hairstyle Day – Wednesday, September 25th
Sponsored by Hip Homeschool Moms

Volunteer Outside Your Home Day – Thursday, September 26th
Sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions

Super Hero Day – Friday, September 27th
Sponsored by Free Homeschool Deals

Last year our family had a blast participating in International Homeschool Spirit Week!  We were curious about what other home educating families look like and what they do,  so we enjoyed the blogs and social media posts with photos submitted from other families.  The week was a welcome relief from lesson planning.  I made some long distance friendships with some lovely homeschooling moms.   I picked up some great freebies, too.

For more information and suggestions on how to get the most from this opportunity click here

Join in on the fun through Facebook, too!

“We’ve got spirit, yes we do!   We’ve got spirit, how ’bout you?!”

betty jo

Our Homeschooling Week Ending 9/20

Most of our homeschooling weeks are rather routine and not blog worthy.  However, this past week was not just another average week.

We started the week off with the celebration of E’s 18th birthday!

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995484_516775155071008_1467828557_nWe attempted to make a treasure chest cake, but it didn’t quite turn out like it should have.  Although it tasted great!


And our week ended with another party.  Our homeschooling support group got together for a “If We Build It…” Lego party!

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I hope you had a great week and that you’re enjoying the weekend.

betty jo

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Free Educational Finds of the Week

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Once again this week I am overwhelmed with both the quantity and quality of free educational web sites available.  I enjoying finding and exploring these sites with my kids.  I’m thankful for the homeschooling blog and social media communities for their time and efforts to share resources that add much to our homeschooling studies.

Below are a few of the links to free learning sites that I saved to my teaching resource files this week.

Brain teasers, language arts, and math printables

126 interactive history games

Bible map and timeline printables

Human anatomy interactive (This was bit difficult to catch on to, as they do not have written instructions, but once I got the hang of it, I thought the technology was amazing and will be a great teaching resource)

Music games from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

It’s my hope that these links will be a little something extra that you can add to your homeschooling studies, and that you and your kids will not just learn from them, but have some fun as well.

betty jo