Monthly Archives: February 2014

Special Days in March, 2014

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Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this listing of special days in March gives you plenty to choose from.  March is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!

March Themes,  Awareness, and Observances

  • Athletic Training
  • Child Life
  • Color Therapy
  • Craft
  • Credit Education
  • Deaf History
  • Dolphin Awareness
  • Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering
  • Flower
  • Hemophilia
  • Honor Society
  • Irish American Heritage
  • Listening Awareness
  • March Into Literacy
  • Mirth
  • Music In Our Schools
  • Optimism
  • Play the Recorder
  • Poison Prevention Awareness
  • Red Cross
  • Sing With Your Child
  • Spiritual Awareness
  • Umbrella
  • Women’s History
  • Youth Art

March Food Themes

  • Bell Peppers
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Caffeine Awareness
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Exotic Winter Fruits
  • Flour
  • Frozen Foods
  • Green Onion
  • Leeks
  • Meatout
  • Noodle
  • Nutrition
  • Peanut
  • Sauce

March 1

  • Cheerleading Week begins
  • Compliment Day
  • Ghost Writers Week begins
  • Horse Protection Day *
  • Iditarod Race begins
  • Nebraska Statehood 1867
  • Ohio Statehood 1803
  • Old Stuff Day
  • Peace Corps Day
  • Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
  • Pig Day
  • Share a Smile Day
  • St. David’s Day
  • Women of Color Day
  • Write a Letter of Appreciation Week begins
  • Universal Human Beings Week begins
  • Yellowstone National Park established 1872

March 2

  • Banana Cream Pie Day
  • Corn Dog Day
  • Celebrate Your Name Week begins
  • Author Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) born 1904
  • Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev born 1931
  • Jell-O invented 1897
  • King Kong (movie) premiered 1933
  • Read an E Book Week begins
  • Return the Borrowed Books Week begins
  • Sleep Awareness Week begins*
  • Words Matter Week begins

March 3

  • Alexander Graham Bell born 1847
  • Cold Cuts Day
  • Florida Statehood 1845
  • Girls Day (Japan)
  • I Want You To Be Happy Day
  • If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • National Anthem Day (US)
  • Newspaper in Education Week begins
  • Peach Blossom Day
  • School Breakfast Week begins*
  • Share a Story – Shape a Future Week begins
  • Time Magazine launched 1923
  • Women of Aviation Week begins

March 4

  • Courageous Follower Day
  • Do Something Day
  • Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Grammar Day
  • Holy Experiment Day
  • Hug a GI Day
  • Pancake Day
  • Pound Cake Day
  • Slinky patented 1947
  • Toy Soldier Day
  • US Constitution goes into effect 1789
  • Vermont Statehood 1791
  • Composer Antonio Vivaldi born 1678

March 5

  • Ash Wednesday *
  • Boston Massacre 1770
  • Cheese Doodle Day
  • Map Maker Gerardus Mercator born 1512
  • Multiple Personality Day
  • St. Piran’s Day

March 6

  • Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning born 1806
  • Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti born 1475
  • Dentist’s Day
  • Frozen Food Day
  • Oreo Cookies first introduced 1912
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
  • World Book Day
  • World Math Day

March 7

  • Cereal Day
  • Crossword Puzzle Week begins
  • Crown Roast of Pork Day
  • Daughter’s Day
  • Dress in Blue Day
  • Festival of Owls Week begins
  • i-pod Patented 2006
  • Artist Piet Mondrian born 1872
  • Telephone patented 1876
  • Unplugging Day
  • World Day of Prayer

March 8

  • Aardvark Week begins*
  • Be Nasty Day
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Week begins
  • Genealogy Day
  • Girls Write Now Day
  • International Women’s Day
  • Kidney Day
  • Peanut Cluster Day
  • Procrastination Week begins
  • Proof Reading Day
  • Rattlesnake Round-Up begins

March 9

  • Barbie Doll debuted 1959
  • Check Your Batteries Day
  • Crabmeat Day
  • Daylight Savings Time begins *
  • False Teeth patented 1822
  • Get Over It Day
  • Meatball Day
  • Panic Day
  • Teen Tech Week begins
  • Explorer Amerigo Vespucci born 1451

March 10

  • Blueberry Popover Day
  • Brain Awareness Week begins
  • Canberra Day (Australia)*
  • Day of Awesomeness
  • Middle Name Pride Day
  • Napping Day
  • Pack Your Lunch Day
  • Salvation Army Day
  • Harriet Tubman born 1820
  • Rings around Uranus discovered 1977

March 11

  • Dream Day
  • Frankenstein published 1818
  • Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day
  • Organize Your Home Office Day
  • Plumbing Day

March 12

  • Baked Scallops Day
  • 1st Parachute Jump from an airplane 1912
  • Girl Scouts Day
  • Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • Plant a Flower Day

March 13

  • Coconut Torte Day
  • Donald Duck debuted 1942
  • Earmuffs Day (Earmuffs patented 1877)
  • Good Samaritan Day
  • Jewel Day
  • Kidney Day
  • Open An Umbrella Indoors Day
  • Popcorn Lovers Day*
  • Ta’anit Ester begins
  • Uranus discovered 1781

March 14

  • Ask a Question Day
  • Bake a Pie in Solidarity Day
  • Chocolate Week begins
  • Albert Einstein born 1879
  • Sherlock Holmes Weekend begins
  • Casey Jones born 1863
  • Learn About Butterflies Day
  • Pi Day
  • Potato Chip Day
  • Save a Spider Day
  • Science and Engineering Week begins*

March 15

  • Buzzards Day
  • Consider Christianity Week begins
  • Escalator patented 1892
  • Ides of March
  • President Andrew Jackson born 1767
  • Maine Statehood 1820
  • Maple Syrup Saturday *
  • Purim*
  • Quilting Day
  • Sports Car Racing Day
  • True Confessions Day

March 16

  • Artichoke Hearts Day
  • Flood Awareness Week begins
  • Freedom of Information Day
  • Lips Appreciation Day
  • 1st  Liquid-Fuel-Powered Rocket launched 1926
  • President James Madison born 1751
  • The Scarlet Letter published 1850
  • St. Urho’s Day

March 17

  • Act Happy Week begins
  • Agriculture Week begins
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
  • Evacuation Day
  • Folk Tales and Fables Week begins
  • Rubber Bands invented 1845
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Submarine Day
  • Wellderly Day*

March 18

  • Awkward Moments Day
  • President Grover Cleveland born 1837
  • Inventor rudolph Diesel born 1858
  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965
  • Mount St. Helen erupted 1982
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Wildlife Week begins

March 19

  • Chocolate Caramel Day
  • Let’s  Laugh Day
  • Explorer/Missionary David Livingstone born 1813
  • Poultry Day
  • Spring Fairy Fun Day
  • St. Joseph’s Day

March 20

  • Absolutely Incredible Kid Day*
  • Alien Abduction Day
  • Astrology Day
  • Frog Day
  • Jump Out Day
  • Spring Equinox*
  • Author Bill Martin Jr. born 1916
  • Ostara
  • Proposal Day
  • Ravioli Day
  • Snowman Burning Day
  • Sparrow Day
  • Story Telling Day
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin 1st published 1852
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day (Fred Rogers born 1928)

March 21

  • Act Happy Week begins
  • Big Bang Day
  • Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born 1685
  • Common Courtesy Day
  • Down Syndrome Day
  • Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day
  • Flower Day
  • Fragrance Day
  • French Bread Day
  • International Day of Forests and the Tree
  • Puppetry Day
  • Single Parents Day
  • World Poetry Day

March 22

  • As Young As You Feel Day
  • Bavarian Crepes Day
  • Carbonated Water invented 1733
  • Goof-off Day
  • Seal Day
  • World Water Day

March 23

  • Chip and Dip Day
  • Florida discovered by Ponce De Leon 1513
  • Patrick Henry delivered “Give Me Liberty” speech 1775
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition began 1806
  • Melba Toast Day
  • Meteorological Day
  • Near Miss Day
  • OK Day
  • Puppy Day

March 24

  • Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
  • Cleaning Week begins
  • Harry Houdini born 1874
  • Tuberculosis Day

March 25

  • Agriculture Day*
  • Diabetes Alert Day
  • Medal of Honor Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Tolkien Reading Day
  • Waffle Day

March 26

  • Holi (India)
  • Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  • Epilepsy Awareness Day (Wear Purple)
  • Poet Robert Frost born 1874
  • Manatee Appreciation Day
  • Nougat Day
  • Spinach Day
  • Waffle Day

March 27

  • Celebrate Exchange Day
  • Photography Day
  • Scientist Wilhelm Roentgen born 1845
  • Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
  • Theater Day

March 28

  • Accidents at Three Mile Island nuclear plant 1979
  • Barnum and Bailey Day
  • Black Forest Cake Day
  • Respect Your Cat Day
  • Something on a Stick Day
  • Washing Machine patented 1930
  • Wee Appreciation Day

March 29

  • Coca Cola invented 1886
  • Earth Hour*
  • Kite Month begins
  • Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
  • Nano Days begin
  • Pop-up Toaster patented 1919
  • Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • President John Tyler born 1790

March 30

  • Doctor’s Day
  • I Am In Control Day
  • Mother’s Day (UK)
  • Pencil patented 1858
  • Take A Walk In The Park Day
  • Turkey Neck Soup Day
  • Artist Vincent Van Gogh born 1853

March 31

  • Scientist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen born 1811
  • Clams on the Half Shell Day
  • Composer Joseph Hayden born 1732
  • Oranges and Lemons Day
  • Eiffel Tower Opened 1889
  • Seward’s Day*
  • She’s Funny That Way 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://agstaar.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/january

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

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/march.htm

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/march-2014.html

http://www.holidays-and-observances.com/march-holidays.html

For more special days you can check these:

This Day in History e-mails at  http://www.pitara.com/reference/history/date/list-of-dates.asp?SMonth=11

This Week in Church history   http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/by-date/

An American history article for every day!
http://www.mikechurch.com/category/this-day-in-founders-history/

Happy March!

betty jo

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Homeschooling Humor – Library Trip Edition

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20-GravesCartoonIt’s been years since this was my family at the library, but I still have very vivid memories of it being just like this!  http://www.home-school.com/Articles/a-library-attack.php

Have a happy Monday and very happy homeschooling week!

betty jo

Happy 1st!

1st-birthday-1Is it a birthday or an anniversary?  Still Learning Something New officially began February 21, 2013.   Birthday feels like the right word.  The original idea to encourage, advise, and share ideas and resources to a web based homeschooling community was a “conceived” notion (and like each of my five children, a complete surprise)!  I spent months keeping the idea hidden inside of me.  After some time, I trusted my ideas with my family and some of my closest friends.  I prayed, fell in love, made lists, researched, studied, compared, prepared, and finally “birthed”  Still Learning Something New.

I had absolutely no idea what to expect from my own blog , and I’m both surprised and pleased with all that’s happened during this first year.  40,000 views from more than 60 countries, 200 subscribed followers, a social media audience,  awards, and best of all, friendships made.   And of course, lessons learned.

Instead of sharing lesson plans or advice today, I’m sharing some of the highlights from this first year.

The post most visited and shared  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/27/preparing-the-defense/

My attempt to explain our family’s learning method  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/08/why-and-how/

The one I wrote from my heart and barely received any views  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/11/concerned-teacher/

The Homeschooling Humor posts on Mondays have been fun for me.  I so NEED to start the week off with a funny or two.  You can access the complete Monday collection here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=homeschool+humor

My favorite thing about our homeschool is our chalkboard wall and I’ve had the most comments left on the posts when I’ve shared our art.  Our wall gallery can be seen here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the-wall/

As I look back over the year these are the two posts that tie for what I thought were the best.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/04/blogs-in-heaven/ and https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/05/the-pen-of-power/

The special days posts seem to be the most helpful for both myself and those of you who visit.  The special days listing for March is being worked on now so be looking for it in a few days.  It won’t be until April that there’s a listing for a whole year.  Then, I’ll start improving them.  For the past months click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/page/2/?s=special+days

I thank each and everyone of you that visit here.  You encourage me.  I’m curious about what year two is going to be.  Know that I would welcome any comments and suggestions from you.

betty jo

 

Resources for Presidents

3000348_origThe third Monday in February is set apart as President’s Day in honor of the birthdays of our two most famous presidents, Washington and Lincoln.  However, this is just one of several President’s Days in our homeschool.  As we work our way through American History this school year, we study the presidents as their birthdays show up on the special days calendar.  Below are the links we go to each time we study a president.

US President biographies, printables, word games, and more  http://gardenofpraise.com/leaders.htm

Disney’s The American Presidents short videos  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm5uPqucnHk&list=PLF0C51E3AA2F7B7E9

President Quotes – http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/type/type_president.html

Online quiz for each president  http://www.quiz-tree.com/United_States_Presidents_main.html

We’ve been collecting these presidents layer books on a board.  After this school year, we’ll transfer them into a file folder for easy storage and quick reviews.

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President Notebooking  http://notebookingfairy.com/president-notebooking-page/

And because President’s Day is a special day,  here’s extras to take advantage of.

The presidents on coins and currency  http://mistupid.com/currency/

President’s Day interactive puzzles and games  http://www.akidsheart.com/holidays/pres/presday.htm

For fun Animaniacs Presidents Song  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TpKVntnmX8

Presidential Salary Math Lesson                                                           https://www.yummymath.com/2017/in-honor-of-presidents-day-find-out-about-presidents-pay/

Free President’s Day resources and printables for all grades and most subjects http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:presidents+day+math/Price-Range/Free

Occasionally we’ll bake a cake on the president’s birthday we are studying.  Most any study is improved with cake!

betty jo

Snow Week

 Ice, Snow, Wind, maybe even Blizzard Conditions!  The local public and private schools will be canceling for “snow days” but not us.   “Snow Days” make some awesome learning days! Below is a great resource collection for winter studies whether you have snow or not !
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Why it’s good for us to get outside even when it’s cold –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/15/but-its-cold-out-there/
Winter Weather Science Lessons, Safety Tips, and Activities  http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-winter-storms.htm
Bring some snow inside for observation and experimentation.
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A study of snow wouldn’t be complete without some research into the life and discoveries of homeschooled farmer boy turned scientist, Snowflake Bentley.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V1cxjcRXCw
 Bentley Biography, Photos, and exhibits

Printable Writing Paper for Notebooking/Journaling. (The kids tend to write nicer/better when we use decorated paper.  I appreciate these for not using much ink.)   http://www.teacherprintables.net/free-printable-bp-holidays.html

 Bible Focus –  Psalm 147:15-18

15 He gives a command to the earth,
    and it quickly obeys him.
16 He spreads the snow like wool.
    He scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He throws down hail like rocks.
    No one can stand the cold he sends.
18 Then he gives a command, and it melts.
    He sends the breezes, and the waters flow.

Amazing and beautiful!  Macro Photographed Snowflakes  –http://www.natureknows.org/2013/11/amazing-macro-photography-of-individual.html

Fun Snowflake Resources, Activities, Recipes
Winter Weather Themed Math  –  http://www.yummymath.com/?s=winter
Snowmen – Netflix has this award winning film. Our local library has it, too.  We loved it,  (some of the themes were  on the mature side, but my younger boys did just fine with it)  Here’s a preview    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUq8VS6aa9U
Snow Week learning can still happen without actual snow!
Paper Snowflake Patterns
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 “Grow Your Own Crystal Snowflake” Kits. –  I used purple pipe cleaner sticks thinking the color would be pretty coming through the crystals.  We thought the borax crystals were fun to watch grow and turned out quite interesting!
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Add Crystal Comparison Experiments by making Epson Salt and Sugar Solutions.  Of course you can make icicles instead of snowflakes. They fit better in smaller jars.
Snow Dough –  2 cups baking soda, 1 cup corn starch, 1 1/2 cups water. Combine all ingredients in sauce pan. Cook over medium high. Stir continuously until it’s the consistency of mashed potatoes. Move dough to bowl and cover w/a towel until cool. Knead well. Store in airtight container.
Sensory Cloud Dough –  Baking Soda and White Hair Conditioner also   Flour with Baby Oil works well – Just mix until the texture feel right to you
Put tortilla shells goes on the grocery list! These dessert snowflakes are fun to make and really yummy!
Cut round flour tortilla shells into snowflakes, lightly fry in oil then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
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Homemade Crockpot Hot Cocoa is a delicious warm up to any snow day!
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
 cup-s whole milk
2 ups heay whipping cream
2 teaspoons anilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients in a 4-quart crockpot.  Stir well.  Cover and cook on low for 2 hours stirring occasionally. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream.    Stirring with a peppermint stick is tasty, too!
Stay warm and enjoy learning with snow!
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