The break from full time studies through June and July was nice. We managed to accumulate 8 days of education by learning a little something most days. I’m happy that we’ll be starting our 2014-2015 academic year with 8 days already under our belts! Either we’ll take extra time off during the year, or finish a little early in the spring. But as for right now, it’s August! It’s time to get back to our full time learning.
For several years we’ve been making lessons from the special days list. Below are the posts with the links we’ve learned with, and a few of the resources we’ll be using as we “do” more special days this August.
First, here’s the 2014 list of special days in August stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/07/27/special-days-in-august-2/
“Exercise With Your Child” Week – Begins Aug. 3 August in Kentucky is usually muggy and miserable. Exercising with the kids may need to be done inside. And with us being busy, this will be a quick and fun resource to go to again. stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/01/10/get-up-and-move-a-break-time-playlist
Odie Day – Aug. 8 We haven’t observed Odie Day before, but we did have Garfield lessons on his birthday. I’m thinking the same resources would work just as well for Odie stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/19/garfield-the-cat-not-the-president/
World Lizard Day – Aug. 14 My friend Fran recently did a lizard study with her boys (she shares her resources). Also, she has the complete lizard study available in an E-Book, too! I got a sneak peak at it a few months ago and thought “WOW, my boys are going to love adding lizards to their animal studies. www.franw.com/2014/05/lizard-resource-page.html
Tell A Joke Day – Aug. 16 Jokes make excellent copy work and public speaking practice. Enchanted Learning has an awesome jokes page for kids! www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/
Bad Poetry Day – Aug. 18 This poetry resource was not originally for this special day, but will apply just fine to any poetry study. When poetry comes up in our learning, we refer back to these “Figures of Speech and Poetic Devices” mini posters jimmiescollage.com/2013/04/figures-of-speech-printables/
Aug. 28 is the anniversary of the I Have A Dream Speech from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It’s been a couple of years since we observed this historic event so we’ll probably visit some of our old resources again. stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/08/28/50-years-ago/
Presidents born in August:
- Barack Obama – Aug. 4, 1961
- Herbert Hoover – Aug. 10, 1874
- Bill Clinton – Aug. 19, 1946
- Benjamin Harrison – Aug. 20, 1833
- Lyndon B. Johnson – Aug. 27, 1908
Last year we learned about all of the presidents on their birthdays. (And yes, some of those studies included birthday cake!) And, all of the studies included a mini booklet. This year, we’ll be adding those booklets to our new timeline project and having a review. This is how we study presidents stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/
US Statehood Anniversaries in Aug:
- Colorado – Aug. 1, 1876
- Missouri Statehood Aug. 10, 1821
- Hawaii – Aug. 21, 1959
US statehood anniversaries were part of our special days studies last year. We made booklets which we’ll add to our new timeline as their statehood anniversaries roll around again. www.homeschoolshare.com/connections_usa.php
We often watch a movie or t.v. show that’s relevant to the state we are learning about. For Colorado, we like the Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman series. And Disney’s Lilo and Stitch makes a fun choice for adding to a Hawaii lesson. Tom and Huck is an exciting movie to go along with a Missouri study.
Our plan for the 2014-15 school year is to begin covering the special days with dates from 1800 through 2000. I’ll pick some of the studies, and some the kids will pick. I’ll be sure to share the resources of what works out well for us.
I’d love to know what special days you’re observing with your family this August, so please leave me a comment.