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About Betty Jo

I'm Betty Jo, a wife to my knight in (not so) shinning armor for nearly 22 years. We have 5 kids and another one that currently lives with us. We have been Christian home educators for 18 years with 8 more (at least) to go.

Homeschooling Humor – Spring Fever

Happy Monday and Happy Homeschooling!

Still Learning Something New







Happy Monday and Happy Homeschooling!

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Agriculture, Brains, Wildlife, Pi, Butterflies, Sleep, and St. Patrick

What a Week! So many learning possibilities!

Still Learning Something New

According to Special Days in March, 2018 , the week beginning March 11 is overly full of learning potential!  In fact, this week has so many “daily specials” that it’s proving difficult to narrow our learning topics down.   Regardless of what direction we go with this week’s learning, I have some terrific resources available.

Agriculture-cloudAg Week” begins March 11 with another agriculture learning opportunity, “Ag Day” coming next week on the 20th.

Dozens of Lesson Plans for K-12 Teachers –

Kid Zone, Virtual Tours, and Ag Facts for Students –

Brain Awareness WeekBrain Awareness Week” begins March 12th

Learning Resources and Activities –

Shakespeare Week also begins March 12th!  These resources were originally gathered up for his birthday in April but will work for this week too!

wildlifeweek_225.jpg__225x1000_q85And, March 12 is the beginning of “National Wildlife Week”

K-12 Resources for “teaching…

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Newspapers In Education Week


EXTRA! EXTRA!  Read and Write All About It!

“Newspapers in Education Week”  begins on the first Monday in March.  This has been a homeschooling project week for our family for several years. We read newspapers, make recycled newspaper crafts, and write articles. In the past couple of years we have published a school  family newspaper. Below are some fantastic resources we’ve used in the past along with some new ones we’re going to be using this year.

Newspapers in Education   Cross curricular pre-k through high school resources and ideas.

Newspaper Printing Press  Virtual Tour

America’s Historic Newspaper Pages from 1789-1963

“School Journalism” is a wonderful site for video instruction, lesson plans, and reporter training for both teachers and students!      (Hover the mouse over the “Journalism Lesson Plans” option on the top left  to access the learning resources. These are geared toward higher grades.)

Elements of News is a simple slideshow presentation explaining what makes a story “newsworthy”.

News Article Writing Guide geared for upper elementary and middle school levels.

How To Write An Editorial  is a helpful 3 Part Lesson Guide and Creative Writing Activities for all grade levels.

Create A Comic  Activity Ideas and Resources

Writing Tips Slide Show for Asking and Receiving Advice and Formal Complaints.

Write a Weather Report  Tips, Format, and Writing Guide with Examples

Write a Review  Lesson Plan, Activities, Resources

Write a Food Review  Step by step guide

Write a Sports Article  3 Ways, Tips, Examples

Tabloid Tales  “Learn about the power of exaggeration by writing news stories to accompany actual tabloid newspaper headlines!”

Write Ads  7 Step Writing Guide

Interactive Printing Press  Create and publish your own newspaper.

Newspaper Templates   Printable Notebooking /Writing Pages





Celebrate Your Name Week

The first full week in March is Celebrate Your Name Week!

  • Sunday – Namesake Day
  • Monday – Fun Facts About Names Day
  • Tuesday – Unique Names Day
  • Wednesday – Discover What Your Name Means Day
  • Thursday – Nametag Day
  • Friday – Middle Name Pride Day
  • Saturday – Decendants Day

Below are some wonderful free resources for learning about names and some activity ideas for added fun.

Celebrating Names Activity Guide and Resources

Find Meaning of Names 

Name Origins, Crest, and History (also related ‘for sale’ products)

Word Art Creator 

Name Art Project

How to Say, “My name is” in 475 Languages

What’s In a Name Game from Funschooling and Recreational Learning

Sticky Note Guessing Name Game

“The Name Game” from the 1965 Hit Song by Shirley Ellis at Youtube

“The Name Game” Lyrics and Music for Karaoke at Youtube

12 Names of Jesus Printable Cards from The Purposeful Mom

Names of Jesus Copywork  Printables from Bible Based Homeschooling

Names of Large Numbers Chart   (because we need a math lesson this week too!)

I hope you’ll enjoy Celebrating your family’s names!

Betty (A diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning My God is plentiful)  Jo (A diminutive of Josephine meaning May Jehovah add. Also diminutive of Joanne meaning God is gracious.)




Special Days in March, 2018

March is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for seasonal studies, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this list of special days for March, 2018 gives you plenty to choose from!

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of March’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

March Themes, Awareness, and Observances 

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig
Athletic Training
Brain Injury Awareness
Cerebral Palsy Awareness
Child Life
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness
Clean Up Your IRS Act
Colic Awareness
Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness
Color Therapy
Credit Education
Deaf History
Developmental Disabilities Awareness
Diabetes Alert
Dolphin Awareness
Employee Spirit
Endometriosis Awareness Ethics Awareness
Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering
Gender Equality
Honor Society
Humorists Are Artists
Hypothermia Awareness and Training
International Ideas
Irish American Heritage
Listening Awareness
Mad for Plaid
March Into Literacy
Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness
Music In Our Schools
On Hold
Optimism                                                                                                                                                      Play the Recorder
Poison Prevention Awareness
Problem Gambling Awareness
Red Cross Save Your Vision
Sing With Your Child
Social Work
Spiritual Wellness
Women’s History
Women Inventors
Youth Art

March Food Themes
Bell Peppers
Caffeine Awareness
Exotic Winter Fruits
Frozen Foods
Green Onion

March’s Daily Specials    (the * after the daily special means it does not always fall on the same date each year)                                                                                                               

March 1

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Independence 1992
  • Cheerleading Week begins
  • Dadgum That’s Good Day
  • St. David’s Day
  • Fruit Compote Day
  • Ghost Writers Week begins
  • Horse Protection Day
  • Nebraska Statehood 1867
  • Ohio Statehood 1803
  • Peace Corps Week begins – established 1961
  • Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
  • Pet Sitters Week begins
  • Pig Day
  • Plan a Solo Vacation Day
  • Purim *
  • Save Your Vision Week begins
  • Share a Smile Day
  • Sock Monkey Day
  • Universal Human Beings Week begins
  • World Book Day * (1st Thurs.)
  • World Compliment Day
  • Write a Letter of Appreciation Week begins
  • Yellowstone National Park established 1872

March 2

  • Banana Cream Pie Day
  • Daughters’ and Sons’ Day *
  • Day of Unplugging * (1st Fri.)
  • Dress in Blue Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Dr. Seuss Day – Author Theodor Geisel born 1904
  • Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev born 1931
  • International Festival of Owls begins * (1st full weekend)
  • Jell-O invented 1897
  • King Kong (movie) premiered 1933
  • Old Stuff Day
  • Read Across America Day
  • World Day of Prayer * (1st Fri.)

March 3

  • Alexander Graham Bell born 1847
  • Cold Cuts Day
  • Florida Statehood 1845
  • I Want You To Be Happy Day
  • If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • International Festival of Owls (1st full
  • Iditarod Race *
  • National Anthem Day (US)
  • Elvis Presley’s 1st TV Appearance 1955
  • Severe Storm Preparedness Week
  • Speech and Debate Education Day
  • Time Magazine launched 1923
  • World Wildlife Day

March 4

  • Celebrate Your Name Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Courageous Follower Day
  • Primatologist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Grammar Day
  • Holy Experiment Day
  • Hug a G.I. Day
  • March Forth – Do Something Day
  • Namesake Day * (Sun. of 1st full week)
  • Pound Cake Day
  • Procrastination Week begins *
  • Read an E-Book Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Return the Borrowed Books Week begins *
  • Scrapbooking Industry Day
  • Slinky patented 1947
  • Teen Tech Week begins *
  • Toy Soldier Day
  • US Constitution went into effect 1789
  • Vermont Statehood 1791
  • Composer Antonio Vivaldi born 1678
  • Words Matter Week begins * (1st full week)

March 5

  • Absinthe Day
  • Boston Massacre 1770
  • Cheese Doodle Day
  • Fun Facts About Names Day * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Map Maker Gerardus Mercator born 1512
  • Newspaper in Education Week * (1st Mon.)
  • St. Piran’s Day
  • School Breakfast Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Share a Story – Shape a Future Week begins *(1st Mon.)
  • Women of Aviation Worldwide Week begins * (week with March 8)

March 6

  • Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning born 1806
  • Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti born 1475
  • Corndog Day
  • Dentist’s Day
  • Dress Day
  • Frozen Foods Day
  • Ghana Independence 1957
  • Oreo Cookies first introduced 1912
  • Procrastination Week begins
  • Unique Names Day * (Tues. of 1st full week)
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

March 7

  • Be Heard Day
  • Cereal Day
  • Crown Roast of Pork Day
  • Discover What Your Name Means Day * (Wed. of 1st full week)
  • Artist Piet Mondrian born 1872
  • No More Week begins
  • Roast Pork Day
  • Telephone patented 1876
  • World Math Day * (1st Wed.)

March 8

  • Aardvark Week begins
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Week begins
  • Girls Write Now Day
  • Kidney Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • Name Tag Day * (Thurs. of 1st full week)
  • Peanut Cluster Day
  • Proof Reading Day
  • Universal Women’s Week begins

March 9

  • Barbie Doll debuted 1959
  • Crabmeat Day
  • False Teeth patented 1822
  • Get Over It Day
  • Meatball Day
  • Middle Name Pride Day * (Fri. of 1st full week)
  • Panic Day
  • Science and Engineering Week (UK) *
  • Shabbat Across America/Canada *
  • Explorer Amerigo Vespucci born 1451

March 10

  • Bagpipe Day
  • Blueberry Popover Day
  • Descendants Day * (Sat. of 1st full week)
  • Ranch Dressing Day
  • International Day of Awesomeness
  • Mario Day
  • Pack Your Lunch Day
  • Paralympic Winter Games *
  • Salvation Army Day
  • 1st Telephone Call Made 1876
  • Harriet Tubman born 1820
  • Rings around Uranus discovered 1977

March 11

  • Agriculture Week begins *
  • Johnny Appleseed Day (Sept. 26 is an alternate date)
  • Check Your Batteries Day *
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Week * (2nd week)
  • Daylight Savings Time begins *
  • Dream Day
  • Frankenstein published 1818
  • Girl Scout Week * (week of 12th)
  • Ken Day (the boy Barbie)
  • Mothering Sunday (UK) *
  • Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day
  • Plumbing Day
  • Rattlesnake Roundup begins
  • Sleep Awareness Week begins *
  • Tsunami Awareness Week *
  • Worship of Tools Day

March 12

  • Baked Scallops Day
  • Brain Awareness Week begins *
  • Commonwealth Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Genealogy Day
  • Girl Scouts Day
  • Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • Mauritius Independence 1968
  • Napping Day * (day after Daylight Savings
  • 1st Parachute Jump from an Airplane 1912
  • Plant a Flower Day
  • Shakespeare Week begins *
  • Wildlife Week begins *

March 13

  • Coconut Torte Day
  • Comet Day
  • Commonwealth Day (Canada)
  • Donald Duck debuted 1942
  • Earmuffs Day (earmuffs patented 1877)
  • Ginger Ale Day
  • Good Samaritan Day
  • Jewel Day
  • K9 Veterans Day
  • Ken Day
  • Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
  • Organize Your Home Office Day *
  • Uranus discovered 1781

March 14

  • Ask a Question Day
  • Children’s Craft Day
  • Scientist Albert Einstein born 1879
  • Casey Jones born 1863
  • Learn About Butterflies Day
  • Pi Day (3.14)
  • Potato Chip Day
  • Reuben Sandwich Day

March 15

  • Absolutely Incredible Kid Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Buzzards Day
  • Escalator patented 1892
  • Everything You Think is Wrong Day
  • Ides of March
  • President Andrew Jackson born 1767
  • Maine Statehood 1820
  • Pears Helene Day
  • Shoe the World Day
  • True Confessions Day
  • World Consumer Rights Day
  • World Speech Day

March 16

  • Artichoke Hearts Day
  • Curlew Day
  • Everything You Do Is Right Day
  • Freedom of Information Day
  • Lips Appreciation Day
  • 1st Liquid-Fuel-Powered Rocket launched 1926
  • President James Madison born 1751
  • Panda Day
  • The Scarlet Letter published 1850
  • Sherlock Holmes Weekend begins *
  • St. Urho’s Day
  • World Sleep Day *

March 17

  • Corn Dog Day
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
  • Maple Syrup Saturday * (3rd Sat.)
  • Quilting Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Rubber Bands invented 1845
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Submarine Day
  • World Folktales and Fables Week begins

March 18

  • Awkward Moments Day
  • Biodiesel Day / Inventor Rudolph Diesel born 1858
  • Button Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Chocolate Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • President Grover Cleveland born 1837
  • Consider Christianity Week begins * (2 Sundays before Easter)
  • Folktales and Fables Week begins *
  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965
  • Mount St. Helen erupted 1980
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Sloppy Joe Day

March 19

  • Act Happy Week begins * (3rd Mon.)
  • Chocolate Caramel Day
  • Fix a Leak Week begins *
  • Let’s Laugh Day
  • Explorer/Missionary David Livingstone born 1813
  • Nurses Day
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom began 2003
  • Poultry Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965
  • Wellderly Week begins * (3rd Mon.)

March 20

  • Ag Day
  • Alien Abduction Day
  • Astrology Day
  • Great American Meat Out
  • International Day of Happiness
  • French Language Day
  • Author Bill Martin Jr. born 1916
  • Naw-Ruz *
  • Ostara *
  • Proposal Day
  • Ravioli Day
  • Snowman Burning Day
  • Spring Equinox/ 1st Day of Spring *
  • Tunisia Independence 1956
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin published 1852
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day (Fred Rogers born 1928)
  • World Frog Day
  • World Story Telling Day

March 21

  • Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born 1685
  • Common Courtesy Day
  • Reformer Thomas Cranmer Burnt at the Stake 1556
  • Down Syndrome Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • International Day of the Forests and the Tree
  • Fragrance Day
  • French Bread Day
  • Namibia Independence 1990
  • Renewable Energy Day
  • Single Parents Day
  • Spring Fairy Fun Day
  • Strawberry Day
  • World Poetry Day

March 22

  • As Young As You Feel Day
  • Carbonated Water invented 1733
  • Coq Au Vin Day
  • Education and Sharing Day
  • Goof-off Day
  • International Day of the Seal
  • Tuskegee Airmen Day
  • World Water Day

March 23

  • Chia Day
  • Chip and Dip Day
  • Ponce De Leon discovered Florida 1513
  • Patrick Henry delivered “Give Me Liberty” speech 1775
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition began 1806
  • Melba Toast Day
  • Meteorological Day
  • Near Miss Day
  • OK Day
  • Puppy Day

March 24

  • Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
  • Crossword Puzzle Week begins
  • Harry Houdini born 1874
  • King James Crowned 1603
  • Tuberculosis Day

March 25

  • Annunciation Day/Tichborne Dole/Lady’s Day
  • Cleaning Week begins * (last week)
  • Democracy Celebration Day
  • Greek National Day/Greece Independence 1821
  • Holy Week begins * (week before Easter)
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic
  • Lobster Newburg Day
  • Medal of Honor Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Tolkien Reading Day
  • Waffle Day

March 26

  • Bangladesh Independence 1971
  • Epilepsy Awareness Day
  • Nougat Day
  • Poet Robert Frost born 1874
  • Legal Assistants Day
  • Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  • Spinach Day

March 27

  • Celebrate Exchange Day
  • Diabetes Alert Day *(4th Tues.)
  • Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
  • 1st Radio Transmission 1899
  • Scientist Wilhelm Roentgen born 1845
  • Spanish Paella Day
  • World Theater Day

March 28

  • Accidents at Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant 1979
  • Barnum and Bailey Day
  • Black Forest Cake Day
  • Little Red Wagon Day * (last Wed.)
  • Manatee Appreciation Day * (last Wed.)
  • Something on a Stick Day
  • Washing Machine patented 1930
  • Weed Appreciation Day

March 29

  • Borrowed Days begin
  • Coca Cola invented 1886
  • Lemon Chiffon Dake Day
  • Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day
  • Niagara Falls Runs Dry 1848
  • Pop-up Toaster patented 1919
  • President John Tyler born 1790
  • Week of the Ocean begins

March 30

  • Brother and Sister Day *(last Sat.)
  • Doctor’s Day
  • Earth Hour * (last Sat.)
  • Good Friday * (Fri. before Easter)
  • Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day
  • Hot Cross Bun Day * (Fri. before Easter)
  • I Am In Control Day
  • Passover begins *
  • Pencil patented 1858
  • Artist Vincent Van Gogh born 1853
  • Take a Walk in the Park Day
  • Turkey Neck Soup Day

March 31

  • Scientist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen born 1811
  • Cesar Chavez Day
  • Clams on the Half Shell Day
  • Crayon Day
  • Composer Joseph Hayden born 1732
  • Eiffel Tower Opened 1889
  • Nano Days begin *
  • Oranges and Lemon’s Day
  • She’s Funny That Way Day
  • Tater Day
  • World Backup Day



MARCH RESOURCES – Currently being updated and edited for 2018

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month

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 March!

betty jo