Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Crafts, decorations, recipes, themed lesson ideas…..Oh yeah, this time of year lots of us are visiting Pinterest!  This is a clever video/ “Pinterest” parody of that Taylor Swift song

Happy Monday and happy last week of October! b0b068eda6b8c9d858e999e2e648661bbetty jo



Special Days in November, 2014


This post has been updated for 2017

Here’s my list of November 2014 special days, holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!   So much to learn about, celebrate, and eat all November long!  The 2015 updated list can be viewed here

November Themes

  • Alzheimer’s Awareness
  • American Indian Heritage
  • Aviation History
  • Child Safety and Protection
  • Creative Child
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy Awareness
  • Family Caregivers
  • Family Stories
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Historic Bridge
  • International Drum
  • Inspirational Role Models
  • Life Writing
  • Lung Cancer Awareness
  • Military Family Appreciation
  • Music
  • No TV
  • Novel Writing
  • NoSHAVEmber
  • Stamp Collecting

November Food Themes

  • Banana Pudding
  • Georgia Pecan
  • Gluten-Free Awareness
  • Good Nutrition
  • Greens
  • Plantains
  • Peanut Butter Lovers
  • Pepper
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Raisin Bread
  • Roasting
  • Squash
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potato
  • Vegan

November Daily Specials   (the * following the special day means that it may fall on a different date each year)

Nov. 1

  • All Saints Day
  • Authors’ Day
  • Bison Day
  • Missionary William Borden born 1887
  • Family Literacy Day
  • Plate Tectonics Day
  • Prime Meridian Day
  • Sadie Hawkins Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Vinegar Day
  • World Communication Week begins

Nov. 2

  • All Souls Day
  • Ashura begins *
  • Book Lovers Day
  • Cookie Monster Day
  • Daniel Boone born 1734 (other sources claim Oct. 22)
  • Daylight Saving Time ends *
  • Deviled Egg Day
  • Fraud Awareness Week begins *
  • Give Wildlife a Break Week begins *
  • President Warren Harding born 1865
  • Look For Circles Day
  • North Dakota statehood 1889
  • President James Polk born 1795
  • Rad Tech Week begins *
  • South Dakota Statehood 1889

Nov. 3

  • Animal Shelter Appreciation Week begins *
  • Poet Wm. C. Bryant born 1794
  • Cliche’ Day
  • First Dog in Space 1957
  • Housewife’s Day
  • Job Action Day *(1st Mon.)
  • Sandwich Day

Nov. 4

  • Candy Day
  • Cash Register patented 1880
  • Common Sense Day
  • Election Day (US) *
  • Author Sterling North born 1906
  • King Tut’s Tomb discovered 1922

Nov. 5

  • Bonfire Night
  • Doughnut Day
  • Gasoline-driven Automobile patented 1895
  • Gunpowder Day
  • Guy Fawkes Day
  • Author Marcia Sewall born 1935

Nov. 6

  • Composser Ignace Paderewski born 1860
  • Electric Shaver patented 1923
  • Marooned Without a Compass Day
  • Nachos Day
  • Saxophone Day
  • Composer John Phillips Sousa born 1854

Nov. 7

  • Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Canadian Pacific Railway completed 1885
  • Scientist Marie Curie born 1867
  • Evangelist Billy Graham born 1918
  • Dear Santa Week begins *
  • Men Make Dinner Day
  • Tongue Twister Day

Nov. 8

  • Game Inventor Milton Bradley born 1836
  • Cappuccino Day
  • Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
  • Domino Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Geography Awareness Week *(2nd full week)
  • Astronomer Edmond Hailey born 1656
  • Montana statehood 1889
  • Parents as Teachers Day
  • Punster’s Day
  • X-Ray Day

Nov. 9

  • Berlin Wall opened 1989
  • Hunger and Homeless Week begins *
  • Kristallnacht anniversary 1938
  • Pursuit of Happiness Week begins
  • Young Reader’s Week begins *(2nd full week)

Nov. 10

  • Forget-Me-Not Day
  • Great Wall of China opened to tourism 1970
  • Theologian Martin Luther born 1483
  • Sesame Street first broadcast 1969
  • US Marine Corps established 1775
  • 1st Motorcycle 1885
  • Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • Windshield Wipers patented 1903

Nov. 11

  • Origami Day
  • Remembrance Day (UK and Canada)
  • Sundae Day
  • Veterans Day (US)
  • Washington statehood 1889
  • World War 1 ended 1918
  • Young Reader’s Day *(2nd Tues.)
  • World Kindness Week begins *

Nov. 12

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
  • 1st Flying Trapeze Act performed 1859
  • Pizza with Everything Day (Except Anchovies)
  • Author Marjorie K. Rawlings born 1896
  • Sculptor Auguste Rodin born 1849
  • Suffragist/Reformer Elizabeth Stanton born 1815

Nov. 13

  • Indian Pudding Day
  • Physicist James Maxwell born 1831
  • Author Robert Lewis Stevenson born 1850
  • Vietnam Memorial dedicated 1982
  • World Kindness Day

Nov. 14

  • Inventor Robert Fulton born 1765
  • International Girls Day
  • Loosen Up – Lighten Up Day
  • Artist Claude Monet born 1840
  • Pickle Day
  • Spicy Guacamole Day
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • World Diabetes Day

Nov. 15

  • America Recycles Day
  • Bundt Pan Day
  • Children’s Book Week begins *(3rd week)
  • Clean Your Refrigerator Day
  • Steve Irwin Day
  • Artist Georgia O’Keefe born 1887
  • Love To Write Day
  • Philanthropy Day

Nov. 16

  • American Education Week begins *
  • Button Day
  • Fast Food Day
  • Geography Awareness Week *(3rd full week)
  • International Day for Tolerance
  • Oklahoma statehood 1907

Nov. 17

  • Baklava Day
  • Elizabeth 1 Crowned Queen of England 1588
  • Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Explorers Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean 1805
  • Guinness World Record Day
  • Homemade Bread Day
  • Scientist August Mobius born 1790
  • Suez Canal completed 1869
  • Take A Hike Day
  • World Peace Day

Nov. 18

  • Last Pony Express Delivery 1861
  • Mickey Mouse debut 1928
  • Occult Day

Nov. 19

  • Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
  • Evangelist Billy Sunday born 1935
  • Explorer George Rogers Clark born 1752
  • President James Garfield born 1831
  • GSI Day (geographic information systems) *(3rd Wed.)
  • Have a Bad Day Day
  • Gettysburg Address 1863
  • World Toilet Day

Nov. 20

  • Absurdity Day
  • Beautiful Day
  • Great American Smoke Out *(3rd Thurs.)
  • Astronomer Edwin Hubble born 1889
  • Name Your PC Day
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Day
  • Universal Children’s Day
  • Use Less Stuff Day *(3rd Thurs.)

Nov. 21

  • Farm-City Week begins *
  • False Confession Day
  • Gingerbread Day
  • First Hot Air Balloon Flight 1763
  • North Carolina statehood 1789
  • Author Voltaire born 1694
  • World Hello Day
  • World TV Day

Nov. 22

  • Adoption Day *(Sat. before US Thanksgiving)
  • Church/State Separation Week begins
  • Composser Hoagie Carmichael born 1899
  • Go For a Ride Day
  • Hailey’s Comet discovered 1682
  • Humane Society founded 1954
  • President John F. Kennedy assassinated 1963
  • Start Your Own Country Day

Nov. 23

  • Aura Awareness Day
  • Bible Week begins *(Sun. before US Thanksgiving)
  • Outlaw William H. Bonney (Billy the Kid) born 1859
  • Cashew Day
  • Eat a Cranberry Day
  • Espresso Day
  • Game and Puzzle Week begins *
  • Dr. Who Day (1st premiered 1963)
  • Fibonacci Day
  • Pencil Sharpener patented 1897
  • President Franklin Pierce born 1804

Nov. 24

  • Barbed Wire patented 1874
  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
  • Darwin’s Origin of the Species published 1859
  • Composer Scott Joplin born 1868
  • President Zachary Taylor born 1784

Nov. 25

  • Aurthor/Illustrator Marc Brown born 1946
  • Author PD Eastman born 1909
  • Parfait Day
  • Woody Woodpecker debut 1940

Nov. 26

  • Cartoonist Charles Schulz born 1922
  • Casablanca (movie) premiered 1942
  •  Shopping Reminder Day *(Day before Thanksgiving – US)

Nov. 27

  • Bavarian Cream Pie Day
  • Scientist Anders Celsius born 1701
  • Evangelist Luis Palau born 1934
  • Pins and Needles Day
  • Ringling Brothers 1st Performance 1882
  • Thanksgiving (US) *(4th Thurs.)

Nov. 28

  • Black Friday (US) *(day after US Thanksgiving)
  • Day of Listening *(day after US Thanksgiving)
  • French Toast Day
  • Native American Heritage Day *
  • Red Planet Day

Nov. 29

  • Author Louisa May Alcott born 1832
  • Chocolates Day
  • Electronic Greetings Day
  • Lemon Creme Pie Day
  • Author CS Lewis born 1898
  • Small Business Saturday (Sat. after US Thanksgiving)
  • Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

Nov. 30

  • Advent begins *
  • Winston Churchill born 1874
  • Author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) born 1835
  • Computer Security Day
  • Mousse Day
  • St. Andrew’s Day
  • Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

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.

Se7en’s November…

Happy November,

betty jo



The topic of earthquakes came up back in August when we studied skyscrapers, then again in September as part of our disaster preparedness studies.  Since we live close to the New Madrid fault line, and the boys were interested, we took a bit of a detour from our regular lessons to focus on learning about earthquakes.  As to be expected when the boys pick the topic of study, it was fantastic.  Below are the online resources we used as we researched, experimented, and learned about earthquakes.

Earthquakes explained, facts, and information

Extensive list of earthquake related vocabulary words and their definitions

17 Bible references to “earthquakes”

Live Earthquake Map and Stats  From Around the World (Even now that our earthquake study is over, we’re still checking this site daily.  We’re amazed at the seismic activity that goes on everyday!)

Information about the most severe earthquakes on record past and present

I hadn’t planned on making a lapbook with this study, but Z asked if we could.  So of course we did, and it turned out wonderfully.  We made a few booklets on our own and printed off some of these resources too.   earthquake lapbook printables


Great “What To Do” video

“Deadliest Earthquake”  Documentary (B and I watched this together without the younger boys.  There’s some rather disturbing images shown.)   (Sorry, but the link doesn’t seem to be working, so you’ll have to “copy and paste” it)

Old Zoom video instructions of how to make a seismometer.   Ours turned out great!

And here’s printable instructions for the Zoom seismometer if you need them

Hands-on activities and projects.  One of these even involves Oreos!  Yes, I’ll buy Oreos in the name of “science”!

This interactive “Stop Disasters” game was tough!  We were set up as city managers and assigned the task of building, upgrading, and educating the people on safety. We were given 25 minutes to get our city in order before an earthquake hit.  The first time through the game, we were fired!  And that was the “easy” level!

We took this online earthquake quiz twice.  Once before our study and again when we were finished  (we did much better the second time)

And of course we had to find some earthquake jokes for J –

Q: What do cows produce during an earthquake?   A: Milkshakes!

Q: What did the ground say to the earthquake?    A: You crack me up!

Q: What is an Earthquakes favorite song?   A: “Shake, Rattle and Roll!”

Actually, not “Shake, Rattle and Roll” but this one was our song through our earthquake study   ((Sorry, but the link doesn’t seem to be working, so you’ll have to “copy and paste” it)

betty jo




October 2 marks the anniversary of the very first publication of Peanuts (1950)!  This is one of the October “special days” the kids were interested in.  Yeah, I’m interested, too.  I grew up on Peanuts.   Below are some resource links to follow as we learn and have fun with Peanuts.  

See the first Peanuts Comic!

Peanuts History Article,8599,2022745,00.html

Charles Schultz biography and printables

Faith Based Video

Read Peanuts comic strips free online

Character Profiles

Step by step instructions for how to draw Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and other Peanuts characters

Blank Comic Strip Printables for making our own comics

The Peanuts  theme song

Theme Song Piano Lesson

Theme Song Piano Tutorial

Easy Theme Song Piano Tutorial for Beginners

Peanuts Quiz (easy)-

What’s Your “Peanuts” IQ?

Peanuts Quiz (difficult) –

And in case you’re wondering, I am going to give this study credit for literature (winks), art, music, history, and creative writing.  We may get a PE credit too  –  football kicking and baseball pitching seem to go along with the whole Peanuts theme.

Good Grief!

betty jo