Monthly Archives: March 2015

Special Days in April, 2015

month_A_04The following post has been updated for 2016  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/03/30/special-days-in-april-2016/

April’s special days list 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 list gives you plenty to choose from.

April’s Themes,  Awareness, and Observances

  • Amateur Radio
  • Arab American Heritage
  • Astronomy
  • Autism Awareness
  • Car Care
  • Card and Letter Writing
  • Celebrate Diversity
  • Confederate History
  • Decorating
  • Financial Literacy Month
  • Frogs
  • Garden
  • Guitar
  • Holy Humor
  • Home Improvement
  • Humor
  • Jazz Appreciation
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Kites
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Listening Awareness
  • Math Education
  • Military Child
  • Pet 1st Aid
  • Poetry
  • Recycling
  • School Library
  • 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’s Daily Specials  (the * after the daily special means it does not always fall on the same date each year)

April 1

  • April Fool’s Day
  • Atheist Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Poetry and The Creative Mind Day
  • Read a Road Map Week begins
  • Reading Is Funny Day
  • Tatting Day
  • US Air Force Academy Day
  • Walking Day

April 2

  • Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Ferret Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Reconciliation Day
  • World Autism Day

April 3

  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Find a Rainbow Day
  • Good Friday *
  • Scientist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Johan Gutenberg 1st used movable type to print a book 1451
  • Author Washington Irving born 1783
  • Passover *
  • 1st Pony Express Mail Route 1860
  • Tweed Day
  • Walk to Work Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Weed Out Hate/Sow Seeds of Greatness Day
  • World Party Day

April 4

  • Hug a Newsman Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated 1968
  • Love Our Children Day *(1st Sat.)
  • NATO established 1949
  • Pillow Fight Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Rat Day
  • Robotics Week begins
  • Author/Illustrator Glen Rounds  born 1906
  • Tell a Lie Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • Walk Around Things Day

April 5

  • Bat Appreciation Week begins *
  • Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • Easter Sunday *
  • Explore Your Career Options Week begins *
  • Go For Broke Day
  • Scientist Joseph Lister born 1827
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Scientist Walter Sutton born 1877
  • Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856

April 6

  • 1st Animated Cartoon was copyrighted 1906
  • Army Day
  • Fresh Tomato Day
  • North Pole discovered 1909
  • Public Health Week *
  • Artist Raphael born 1483
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • Sweet Tater Day  *(1st Mon.)
  • Tartan Day (Scottish Heritage)
  • Teflon invented 1938
  • Twinkie invented 1930
  • US Entry Into WWI 1916

April 7

  • Beaver Day
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Buddha born 563BC
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • Empanada Day
  • Garden Week begins *(2nd week)
  • Roma Day

April 9

  • Appomattox Day (US Civil War ends 1865)
  • 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
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day 1865
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Baby Massage Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • Just Pray No! Weekend of Prayer and Fasting begins *
  • Pet Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • Slow Art Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Submarine Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day

April 12

  • Big Wind Day
  • American Civil War begins 1861
  • Author Beverly Cleary born 1916
  • D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse *(2nd Sun.)
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • International Day for Street Children
  • Library Week *
  • Licorice Day
  • 1st Human Space Flight 1961
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Student Employment Week begins *
  • Volunteer Week begins *
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day
  • Week of the Young Child begins *

April 13

  • American Indian Awareness Week begins *
  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Scrabble Day

April 14

  • Dolphin Day
  • Library Day *(Tues. during Library Week)
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • One Day Without Shoes Day*
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day *
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912

April 16

  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • High Five Day*
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Teen Literature Day *(Thurs. of Library Week)
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Day of Silence *
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895
  • Youth Service Days begin *

April 18

  • Amateur Radio Day
  • Auctioneers Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Cleaning for a Reason Week begins *
  • Husband Appreciation Day*(3rd Sat.)
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Money Smart Week begins *
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Coin Week begins *
  • Environmental Education Week begins *
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • Karaoke Week begins *
  • Princess Week begins *
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775

April 20

  • Boston Marathon *(3rd Mon.)
  • Chinese Language Day
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Look Alike Day
  • Patriot’s Day *(3rd Mon.)
  • Playground Safety Week begins *
  • Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21

  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Gathering of the Nations PowWow begins *
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • National Park Week begins *
  • Rome Founded 753 BC

April 22

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

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • English Language Day
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Take a Chance Day
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day *(4th Thurs.)
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 24

  • Arbor Day *(last Fri.)
  • Dance Week begins
  • Fiddler’s Frolic begins *
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Save the Frogs Day *(last Fri.)
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day *
  • Farmer’s Almanac Founder, Robert Bailey Thomas born 1776

April 25

  • Astronomy Day *
  • DNA Day
  • Dance Day *(last Sat.)
  • East Meets West Day
  • Eeyore’s Birthday *(last Sat.)
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Frog Day *(last Sat.)
  • Go Birding Day *(last Sat.)
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Physicist Guglielmo Marconi born 1874
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Sense of Smell Day *(last Sat.)
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • World Healing Day *(last Sat.)
  • World Penguin Day
  • Veterinary Day *(last Sat.)

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Pinhole Photography Day *(last Sun.)
  • Preservation Week begins *
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900

April 27

  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Author Ludwig Bemelmans born 1898
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Tell A Story Day

April 28

  • Astronomy Day
  • Biological Clock Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758
  • Great Poetry Reading Day

April 29

  • Dance Day
  • Greenery Day
  • Guide Dogs Day *(last Wed.)
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • World Wish Day
  • Zipper patented 1851

April 30

  • Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • Beltane *
  • Buggs Bunny Day
  • Hairstyle Appreciation Day
  • Honesty Day
  • Louisiana Statehood 1812
  • Poem In Your Pocket Day *
  • Raisin Day
  • 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 April calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/april-2015.html

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/april.htm

Se7en’s April…

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

http://www.brownielocks.com/april.html

Happy April Learning!

betty jo

Brain Awareness Week

Here’s a collection of learning resources for “Brain Awareness Week”

Still Learning Something New

Brain Awareness WeekMarch 16-22 is the 2015 official date for  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  http://askabiologist.asu.edu/what-your-brain-doing

Brain Anatomy Vocabulary/Glossary   http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/anatomy/brain/glossary/

Best Brain Foods  http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress/melissa-taylor/brain-foods-kids-and-adults

Brain Training Interactives  http://www.mindgames.com/brain-games.php

Brain Hat Printable to Cut and Assemble  http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/lifesciences-games/brainhemishpere.php

Compare and Contrast Mammal Brains  http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/moreb.html

Brain Experiments and Activities  http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/experi.html

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

http://bg3.nationalgeographic.com/episode/0/

Video of a Human Brain Dissection  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMqWRlxo1oQ

I’m feeling smarter already!

betty jo

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