Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Super Bowl


With a husband and four boys, one would think we’d have a football fan or two around the house.  That’s not exactly the case, though. Most of the football season is ignored, however the Super Bowl does spark some interest.  And, where there is a spark of interest, there’s learning!

Here’s some resource links for Super Bowl related lessons:

Player profiles, Super Bowl history and more from the Super Bowl Website –

Biblical Truths from Football  –

Football Music – lesson plans and songs

Football Science Video Collection –

Football Rules –

Football Vocabulary Word List  –

Football Themed Writing Paper –

Superbowl Related Math Activities for older students or for family math

And More Football Math –

Super Bowl Printables, Crafts, and Activities –

Super Bowl Party Games –

Kid Friendly Super Bowl Recipies –


Commercials are a favorite part of the Super Bowl for many viewers.  Youtube has several collections of them.  I’m not including a direct link to any of them because some of them are not children or family friendly, even though my search term was “super bowl commercials kids and pets”.

Write your own commercials with this Persuasive Writing Guide with Printables!

Wishing you Super Learning!

betty jo



Special Days in February, 2015


Special Days in February has been updated for 2018

Here is the list of February 2015 holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures, composers 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 gives you plenty to choose from.

February Food Themes

  • Avocado
  • Bake for Family Fun
  • Banana
  • Beans
  • Berry Fresh
  • Canned Food
  • Celebration of Chocolate
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Lovers
  • Exotic Vegetables
  • Great Pies
  • Hot Breakfast
  • Grapefruit
  • Potato Lover’s
  • Snack Food
  • Star Fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potato

February Awareness and Observation Themes

  • African American History
  • American History
  • Bird Feeding
  • Black History
  • Boost Self Esteem
  • Dental Health
  • Dog Training/Education
  • Expect Success
  • Friendship
  • Heart
  • Haiku Writing
  • Hoof Care
  • Humpback Whale Awareness
  • Laugh Friendly
  • Library Lovers
  • Love the Bus
  • Low Vision
  • Mend a Broken Heart
  • Plant Seeds of Greatness
  • Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall
  • Responsible Pet Owner
  • Spunky Old Broads Month
  • Time Management
  • Youth Leadership

February’s Daily Specials  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Feb. 1

  • Be an Encourager Day
  • Bureau of Forestry created 1905 (US)
  • Chidlren’s Authors and Illustrators Week begins
  • G.I. Joe Day
  • Hula in the Coola Day
  • Serpent Day
  • 1st Single rpm Record released 1949
  • Popcorn Day *(1st Sun.)
  • Reader’s Digest 1st published 1922
  • Robinson Crusoe Day
  • Snow Sculpting Week began 1/28
  • Spunky Old Broads Day
  • Super Bowl *
  • 1st US Supreme Court 1790

Feb. 2

  • Candlemas
  • Green Week begins
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Imbloc *
  • Marmot Day
  • Sled Dog Day


  • Carrot Cake Day
  • The Day the Music Died (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson and their pilot died in an aviation accident 1959)
  • Artist Norman Rockwell born 1894
  • Tu B’Shevat begins at sunset *

Feb. 4

  • Apache Wars begin 1861
  • Artist Appreciation Day
  • Create a Vacuum Day
  • Girls and Women in Sports Day *
  • Homemade Soup Day
  • Income Tax established 1913 (US)
  • Aviator Charles Lindbergh born 1902
  • Rosa Parks born 1913
  • Signing Day *(1st Wed,)
  • Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • Thank a Mailman Day
  • USO Day

Feb. 5

  • Baseball’s Hank Aaron born 1934
  • Chocolate Fondue Day
  • Loop-the-loop Centrifugal Railway patented 1901
  • Theologian Dwight L. Moody born 1837
  • Nutella Day
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • Western Monarch Day
  • Wildlife Federation founded 1936 (US)

Feb. 6

  • Baseball’s Babe Ruth (George Herman) born 1895
  • Bubble Gum Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Digital Learning Day
  • Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Give Kids a Smile Day *(1st Fri)
  • Massachusetts Statehood 1788
  • Monopoly Game introduced  1935
  • Pay a Compliment Day
  • President Ronald Reagan born 1911

Feb. 7

  • Ballet Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Author Charles Dickens born 1812
  • Fettuccine Alfredo Day
  • Ice Cream for Breakfast Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Risk Awareness Week begins
  • Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day (1st Sat.)
  • 1st Unattached Spacewalk 1984
  • Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
  • Author Laura Ingalls Wilder born 1867

Feb. 8

  • Autism Sunday *(2nd Sun.)
  • Boy Scouts (US) founded 1910
  • Celebration of Love Week begins
  • Engineers Week begins *(2nd week)
  • Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
  • Jell-o Week begins
  • Kite Flying Day
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day
  • Man Day *(Sun. before Valentine’s Day)
  • Opera Day
  • Pizza Bake Week begins *(2nd week)
  • Author Jules Verne born 1828
  • World Marriage Day *(2nd Sun.)

Feb. 9

  • Bagels and Lox Day
  • Clean Out Your Computer Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Family Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Happy Chocolate Day
  • President William Harrison born 1773
  • Oatmeal Monday *(2nd Mon,)
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week begins
  • Read in the Bathtub Day
  • Stop Bullying Day

Feb. 10

  • Reformer Samuel Plimsoll born 1824
  • French and Indian War Ends 1763
  • Umbrella Day

Feb. 11

  • Be Electrific Day
  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • Thomas Edison born 1847
  • Inventor’s Day
  • Make a Friend Day
  • Nelson Mandela released 1990
  • Peppermint Patty Day
  • Shut-in Visitation Day
  • White Shirt Day

Feb. 12

  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Scientist Charles Darwin born 1809
  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day *(2nd Thurs.)
  • President Abraham Lincoln born 1809
  • Lost Penny Day
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Safety Pup Day

Feb. 13

  • Blame Someone Else Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Great Backyard Bird Count (13-16)
  • Friday the 13th *
  • Get a Different Name Day
  • Lupercalia
  • 1st Public School opened 1635 (US)
  • Radio Day
  • Stamp Collectors Day
  • Tortellini Day
  • Artist Grant Wood born 1892

Feb. 14

  • Arizona Statehood 1912
  • Comedian Jack Benny born 1894
  • Creme Filled Chocolates Day
  • Frederick Douglass Day
  • Ferris Wheel Day (Inventor George Ferris born 1859)
  • Have a Heart Day
  • League of Women Voters Day
  • Library Lovers Day
  • Oregon Statehood 1859
  • Pi Day
  • Race Relations Day
  • Quirkyalone Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • World Whale Day *

Feb. 15

  • Susan B Anthony born 1820
  • Author Norman Birdwell born 1928
  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week *(week of the 3rd Mon.)
  • Flag Day – Canada
  • Scientist Galileo Galilei born 1564
  • Gum Drop Day
  • Hippo Day

Feb. 16

  • Almond Day
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Nylon introduced 1937
  • Presidents Day *(3rd Mon.)
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923

Feb. 17

  • Fat Tuesday *
  • Human Spirit Day
  • Athlete Michael Jordan born 1963
  • Mardi Gras *
  • My Way Day
  • Newsweek Magazine 1st Published 1933
  • Pancake Day *
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day

Feb. 18

  • Ash Wednesday *
  • Battery Day (Inventor Volta born 1745)
  • Hernando Cortes sets sail for Mexico 1519
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Lent begins *
  • Pluto discovered 1930

Feb. 19

  • Chinese New Year *
  • Scientist Nicolaus Copernicus born 1473
  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • Iwo Jima Day (battle began 1945)
  • Phonograph patented 1878
  • Temporary Insanity Day

Feb. 20

  • Photographer Ansel Adams born 1902
  • Cherry Pie
  • Hoodie Hoo Day (Nothern Hemisphere)
  • Love Your Pet Day
  • Social Justice Day
  • Student Volunteer Day
  • Toothpick patented 1872
  • Women in Blue Jeans Day

Feb. 21

  • Card Reading Day
  • The Communist Manifesto  by Karl Marx first published 1848
  • Confederate Constitution 1862
  • Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Mother Language Day
  • Polaroid Camera 1st demonstrated 1947
  • Single Taking Day
  • Sticky Bun Day
  • Washington Monument dedicated 1885

Feb. 22

  • Academy Awards *
  • Be Humble Day
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Daytona 500 *
  • Engineers Week begins
  • Future Farmers of America Week begins
  • International Friendship Week begins *(last full week)
  • Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin born 1962
  • Pancake Week begins *(4th week)
  • President George Washington born 1732
  • World Thinking Day

Feb. 23

  • Banana Bread Day
  • Curling is Cool Day
  • Diesel Engine Day
  • Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Dolly the Sheep Cloned 1997
  • Composer George Frederick Handel born 1685
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
  • Play Tennis Day
  • Polio Vaccine 1st used 1954

Feb. 24

  • Missionary Gladys Aylward born 1902
  • Gregorian Calendar introduced 1582
  • Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786
  • Artist Winslow Homer born 1836
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
  • Clam Chowder Day
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day *(4th Wed.)
  • Let’s All Eat Right Day
  • Paper Currency introduced (US) 1862
  • Peace Corp Week begins
  • 1st Power Driven Vacuum Cleaner introduced 1902
  • Artist Rierre Renoir born 1841

Feb. 26

  • Buffalo Bill born 1846
  • Carnival Day
  • Chili Day *(last Thurs.)
  • Grand Canyon National Park established 1919
  • Author Victor Hugo born 1802
  • For Pete’s Sake Day
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day *
  • Pistachio Day
  • Levi Strauss born 1829
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

  • French Fry Friday *(4th Fri.)
  • Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807
  • Polar Bear Day
  • No Brainer Day
  • Author John Steinbeck born 1902
  • Strawberry Day
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Week begins

Feb. 28

  • Chocolate Souffle Day
  • DNA discovered 1953
  • Floral Design Day
  • Scientist Linus Pauling born 1901
  • Public Sleeping Day
  • Smokey the Bear introduced 1944
  • Sword Swallowers Day *(last Sat.)
  • Tooth Fairy Day

Feb. 29

  • Leap Year – *2016

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 special days calendars.

Happy February!

betty jo



I was going over the Special Days in January list with my boys and J got excited when he saw that “Penguin Awareness Day” was coming up Jan. 20.  J is my kid who hardly ever gets excited about anything “school”.  I wasn’t planning for a science/research study this week, but his excitement over penguins inspired me to plan a penguin study anyway.  Below are the resources we found to incorporate the topic of penguins over several subjects and for all of our learning levels.  I apologize for the few links that didn’t highlight in blue.  I’m not sure what my technical difficulty is about, but I’m working on getting those fixed.  Until then, you will need to copy and paste those links into your browser search bar.

Penguin Vocabulary Glossary  –

Penguin Information, Facts, Conservation, Photos –

Wonderful Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episode where he visits with penguins  –

Video Footage taken from cameras strapped to the backs of Adélie penguins in waters off the coast of Antarctica –

Kid friendly list and links to penguins featured in news articles –

Cute  Robotic Rovers Disguised as Penguin Chicks – article and video –

See What a Penguin Looks Like Inside – skeletal, respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems –  (This is one of the links that didn’t highlight.  It’s a great resource and worth the time to copy and paste the link.)

 These are our library finds!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins resources  –

Penguin resources in the Polar Animal Unit Study –

More Penguin Resources and Videos –

Complete Penguin Teacher Guide in PDF –

Penguin Themed Math Lessons  –

Penguin Activities, Coloring Sheets and Word Puzzle Printables  –

Penguin Themed Writing Paper Printables –

Penguins – Designed by God – article –

Bible wisdom demonstrated by penguins!  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

“9 Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.”

Doesn’t this passage make you think of Antarctica?

Psalm 147:16-17
“16 He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?”

Interactive Penguin Games  –

Penguin Jokes and Riddles  –

Step-By-Step How to Draw a Penguin Instructions –

Egg Carton Penguin Craft  –

Penguin Cupcakes  –

Frozen Banana Penguins  –

Even though we are just beginning our penguin study , I can tell by the resources and our enthusiasm that it’s going to be great!

betty jo

Teaching Resources for Martin Luther King Day

This is my resource link collection for MLK studies from last year. We’re going to review and go over some of them again. There’s some good resources to go across the curriculum for any age/level.

Still Learning Something New

mlk_day-14935The third Monday in January is a special day set aside to celebrate the life and achievements of America’s most influential civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The third Monday in January is also a school day for my family.  Below are the links for the resources we will be learning from for our MLK Day homeschooling lessons .

MLK Day background

Interactive biography and quiz (for the younger kids)

From the National Parks Service, The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site in Georgia

The Scriptural and scientific response to the question, “Where Did The Races Come From?”  and video

American Civil Rights timeline

Civil Rights Printable Pack

Public speaking advice and tips for kids

MLK quotes for reading, discussion and copywork

Video collection and classroom activities

Lapbooking and notebooking printable materials

A Racial Equality Timeline math…

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