Monthly Archives: March 2014

Homeschooling Humor – Spring Cleaning Edition

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1891250_1454855108078545_993566115_nExcept pretending isn’t necessary, cleaning actually is on the lesson plan for this week (again)!

Happy Monday and Happy Homeschooling!

betty jo


Special Days in April, 2014


Special Days in April has been updated for 2017 –

April is bursting 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, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this listing of special days in April gives you plenty to choose from.

April’s Themes,  Awareness, and Observances

  • Amateur Radio
  • Autism Awareness
  • Card and Letter Writing
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Confederate History
  • Decorating
  • Frogs
  • Garden
  • Guitar
  • Holy Humor
  • Humor
  • Jazz Appreciation
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Kites
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Listening Awareness
  • Math Education
  • Military Child
  • Pet 1st Aid
  • Poetry
  • Recycling
  • School Library Media
  • Straw Hat
  • Stress Awareness
  • Young Child
  • Youth Sports Safety
  • World Habitat Awareness

April Food Themes

  • Celery
  • Child Nutrition
  • Cranberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Pecan
  • Soy Foods

April 1

  • April Fool’s Day
  • Atheist Day
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Poetry and The Creative Mind Day
  • Reading Is Funny Day
  • Tatting Day
  • US Air Force Academy Day
  • Whistlers Week begins

April 2

  • Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Day of Hope
  • 1st Easter Egg Roll at the White House lawn 1877
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Reconciliation Day
  • Walking Day
  • World Autism Day

April 3

  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Find a Rainbow Day
  • Scientist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Johan Gutenberg 1st used movable type to print a book  1451
  • Author Washington Irving born 1783
  • 1st Pony Express Mail Route 1860
  • Tweed Day
  • World Party Day

April 4

  • Martin Luther King Fr. assassinated 1968
  • NATO established 1949
  • Rat Day
  • Tell a Lie Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • Walk Around Things Day

April 5

  • Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • Go For Broke Day
  • Scientist Joseph Lister born 1827
  • Love Our Children Day
  • Money Smart Week begins
  • Pillow Fight Day
  • One Day Without Shoes Day
  • Read A Road Map Day
  • Robotics Week begins *
  • Scientist Walter Sutton born 1877
  • Booker T. Washington born 1856

April 6

  • 1st Animated Cartoon was copyrighted 1906
  • Fresh Tomato Day
  • Jump Over Things Day
  • North Pole discovered 1909
  • Artist Raphael born 1483
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • Tartan Day (Scottish Heritage)
  • Teflon invented 1938
  • Twinkie invinted 1930
  • US Army Day
  • US Entry Into WWI 1916

April 7

  • Beaver Day
  • Dare Day
  • Explore Career Options Week begins
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Public Health Week begins
  • Snailpapers Day
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Buddha born 563BC
  • Empanada Day
  • Roma Day
  • Zoo Lovers Day

April 9

  • Appomattox Day (US Civil War ends 1865)
  • Baby Massage Day
  • Cherish an Antique Day
  • Winston Churchill Day  (first person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States 1963)
  • Name Yourself Day

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • Day of Silence
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • Pet Day
  • Submarine Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day *

April 12

  • American Civil War begins 1861
  • Author Beverly Cleary born 1916
  • Big Wind Day
  • D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • 1st Human Space Flight 1961
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Licorice Day
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Blame Somebody Else Day
  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • Environmental Education Week begins
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Library Week begins
  • Palm Sunday *
  • Scrabble Day

April 14

  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Passover begins *
  • Reach As High As You Can Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828
  • Week of the Young Child begins

April 15

  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Library Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912

April 16

  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895

April 18

  • Cleaning For A Reason Week begins
  • Good Friday *
  • Juggler’s Day
  • San francisco Earthquake 1906
  • Teen Literature Day

April 19

  • Auctioneers Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • Hunger Clean Up Day *
  • Husband Appreciation Day
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord)  1775
  • Record Store Day

April 20

  • Coin Week begins
  • Cuckoo Day
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Easter
  • Karaoke Week begins*
  • Look Alike Day
  • National Park Week begins
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day
  • Sky Week begins *
  • Volunteer Week begins *
  • Wildlife Week begins *

April 21

    • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
    • Egg Salad Week begins
    • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
    • Henry VIII Became King of England  1509
    • Innovation Day
    • Kindergarten Day
    • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
    • Rome Founded 753 BC
    • naturalist and conservationist John MuirPlayground Safety Week begins
naturalist and conservationist John Muir

April 22

  • Chemist Celebrate the Earth Day
  • Earth Day
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Roller Skates patented 1823

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • Homerun Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day
  • Author William Shakespeare born 1564
  • St. George’s Day

April 24

  • Gathering of the Nations PowWow begins
  • Guide Dogs Day
  • International Astronomy Day
  • Poem in Your Pocket Day
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day *

April 25

  • Arbor Day *
  • DNA Day
  • Fiddler’s Frolic Days begin
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • World Penguin Day
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Go Birding Day *
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900
  • Save the Frogs Day
  • Sense of Smell Day *
  • Veterinary Day *
  • Weekend of Prayer and Fasting *

April 27

  • Dance Week begins
  • Freedom Day
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Raisin Day
  • Tell A Story Day

April 28

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • Poetry Reading Day
  • President James Monroe born 1758

April 29

  • Dance Day
  • Zipper patented 1851

April 30

  • Honesty Day
  • Louisiana Statehood 1812
  • Vietnam War ended 1975
  • Walpurgis Night

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.

Happy April

betty jo

Spring Cleaning

spring-cleaning-road-signHooray!  It’s finally spring.  Now if our weather would just act like it!   So while we’re waiting for spring to actually make it’s appearance outside our door, we can get on that “Spring Cleaning” thing.  Our house NEEDS it.  Even though we “tidy” several times a day, it’s not deep, serious cleaning.  The windows, walls, corners, and baseboards have been sadly neglected for several months.

Spring WC Cartoon_full

I’ve found a couple of links to follow as guides as we work in some extra projects throughout the next week (or however long it takes).

Printable room by room cleaning check list  (there’s some items here that I had not thought of)

Some times it’s best to separate during clean up instead of all of us working in the same room.  These task cards will work well for when we aren’t working well together.  These also will work well all through the year when we only have a few minutes “heads up” that company is coming.  Everyone draw a card and ready set go!

Over the past several months we’ve been making our own cleaning products.  I’ve counted this in with lessons in economics, chemistry, environmental science, home ec., and lifeskills.  If my kids were a little younger, math and reading comp would be lessons covered too.  This link takes you to  67 recipes!

And here’s a little more  to go with this spring cleaning theme.  “Why We Spring Clean” from a scientific view point, and some history and geography as the possible origins of spring cleaning are examined.

We won’t be forgetting the music!  Cleaning is much more fun when there’s music!

Top 10 pop songs for spring!

A few others with “Spring” in the lyrics.

betty jo

Learning Resources for St. Patrick’s Day


For the past few years, we have spent a couple of weeks every March studying all things Irish and St. Patrick. Here are the wonderful links we have learned from.

Ireland and Irish Poetry with Notebooking, Copywork, and Activity Resources

More St. Patrick’s Day Resources and Activities with Music, Dancing, and Language

St. Patrick, History, and Celebration Articles

This year we’re taking a different approach for St. Patrick’s Day learning.  Below are the links that I’ve found for us.

Science and nutrition resources for learning about cabbage from my friend Fran

And, Fran has Shamrocks, too!                             

2 St. Patrick’s Day Math Lessons  –                                       

Rainbow experiments                                                 

3 Part Video Series, “The Irish in America”

Famous Irish American Songs

Leprechaun Facts

St. Patrick’s Day themed interactive games

We haven’t made a batch of play dough since before Christmas, so I’ve added this to our activities as well.  I wish we had a little one around, the mats look like they would be fun for a younger child.

E showed me this photo from a Pinterest board.  We’ll make a few of these “Pot- O-Gold at the End of the Rainbow” jars as prizes for a follow the clues treasure hunt.  It looks like gold wrapped candy in the bottom followed with layers of M&Ms or Skittles and topped with mimi marshmellows.  Cute!


Wishing you Irish blessings!

betty jo

Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness WeekIt’s  Brain Awareness Week!  This week is dedicated to brain research.  Our homeschooling science lessons will also be dedicated to brain research.  Below are some of the links we’ll be following during the week.

What our Brains Do Information and Diagrams

Brain Anatomy Vocabulary/Glossary

Best Brain Foods

Brain Training Interactives

Brain Hat Printable to Cut and Assemble  PDF

Compare and Contrast Mammal Brains

Brain Experiments and Activities

Brain Games Videos (not all will be young child appropriate, so previewing the episodes is a good idea)

Video of a Human Brain Dissection

I’m feeling smarter already!

betty jo