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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.

Valentine’s Day Resource List

Lovely list of free resources for Valentine’s Day studies!

Still Learning Something New

Here’s a list of free cross-curriculum Valentine’s Day resources!

Language Arts:

Heart Bordered Notebooking Printables   https://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_bp_holidays.htm

Writing Activities and Prompts                                                                                        https://writeshop.com/?s=valentine

Valentine’s Day Vocabulary List, Interactive Word Games, Printables            https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/valentine-s-day-vocabulary/

How to Say “I Love You” in 20 Languages            https://reference.yourdictionary.com/reference/other-languages/how-to-say-i-love-you-in-many-languages.html

Valentine “Would You Rather” Questions            https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Would-You-Rather-Questions-FREE-1104231

Social Studies

Valentine’s Day History (articles, video, photo gallery)   https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2

Valentine’s Day History, Legends, Traditions                                      http://www.stvalentinesday.org/about-valentines-day.html

Cupid Mythology                 …

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For the Birds! Ornithology Resource List

 

Adding ornithology to our homeschooling science started years ago when my daughter set up a “Bird Mart” outside out biggest window.  She offered different foods and nesting supplies.  She checked out a bird field guide from the library.  She made graphs and charts. Everyone in the family got interested in her project.  Looking out that window at the variety of birds was better than looking at the tv!  She took her project to that year’s science fair and brought home a blue ribbon.

Here’s a collection of free resources for your family’s bird studies and budding ornithologists. I’ve also added some resources for bird related language arts and electives, too.

Bird Watching Activities and Resources                                                                            https://franw.com/2014/03/27/bird-watching-activities/

Bird Lesson Plans and Activities by the Month                               https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/feathered-friends/

More Bird Lesson Plans                                                                      https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/get-started/

Migratory Birds Math and Science Lessons                                     https://hubbardbrook.org/lessons_birds

Hummingbird Math Activities                                       http://www.rubythroat.org/ActivitiesMathMain.html

A-Z List of Bird Sounds                                                                                                                https://www.bird-sounds.net/alphabetical/

Identification Guide                   https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/learn/identification.php

Nest Cams                                                                                                     https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/

Bible Verses about Birds                                                                  https://www.openbible.info/topics/birds

Bird Facts                                                                                                       https://www.factretriever.com/bird-facts

A- Z Birds Taxon Information                                                                        https://animaldiversity.org/search/?q=birds&feature=INFORMATION

Track Migrations                                                                                                             https://journeynorth.org/

Outdoor Biology Activities                                                                                http://www.outdoorbiology.com/

Pet Birds Guide                                                                                                      https://www.allpetbirds.com/

Backyard Birds Note Pack and Lapbook Printables https://www.homeschoolshare.com/backyard_birds_lap_n_note.php

Birds of Prey Lapbook Printables                             https://www.homeschoolshare.com/birds_of_prey.php

Great Backyard Bird Count                                                       https://www.audubon.org/conservation/about-great-backyard-bird-count

Bird Feeder Crafts                                                                                                  https://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/

Materials to Help Birds Build Their Nests                                               https://www.thespruce.com/attract-birds-with-nesting-material-386423

Stories of Birds (copyright 1903)                                                https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20547/20547-h/20547-h.htm

Birds Vocabulary                                                                                             https://myvocabulary.com/word-list/birds-vocabulary/

Bird Idioms                                                                                                       https://www.thespruce.com/bird-idioms-explained-386739

Bird Jokes and Riddles (kid friendly) https://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/animals/bird.shtml

Birds in the News                                                                                  https://www.audubon.org/news/birds-news?page=1

Top 40 Songs About Birds                                                                                   http://www.top2040.com/2014/07/top-40-songs-about-birds.html

John James Audubon’s Birds of America Digital Library                               https://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america

Realistic Bird Coloring Pages                                                                                     https://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/bird-coloring-pages.html

How to Draw Birds – Step by Step Instruction                                                   http://www.yedraw.com/how-to-draw-birds.html#.Xj-BE2hKiM8

And Another How to Draw Birds – Step-by-Step Instruction  https://easydrawingguides.com/search/birds

Chalk Pastel Video Tutorial – Hummingbird                                https://www.hodgepodge.me/hummingbird-video-chalk-art-tutorial/

Chalk Pastel Video Tutorial – Cardinals in Snow                              https://www.hodgepodge.me/cardinals-snow-chalk-art-tutorial/

Bird Origami                                                                                                                            https://en.origami-club.com/animal/bird/index.html

 

 

 

Special Days in February, 2020

 

Here is the list of February 2020 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.

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

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 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’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)
  • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week begins
  • G.I. Joe Day
  • Hula in the Coola Day
  • Imbolc
  • Oxford English Dictionary published 1884
  • Serpent Day
  • 1st Single rpm Record released 1949
  • Reader’s Digest 1st published 1922
  • Robinson Crusoe Day
  • Spunky Old Broads Day
  • 1st US Supreme Court 1790

Feb. 2

  • Candlemas
  • Green Week begins
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Kiwi Day
  • Marmot Day
  • Sled Dog Day
  • Super Bowl LIV *
  • World Wetlands Day

Feb.3

  • Bean Toss Day/Risshun
  • Carrot Cake Day
  • The Communist Party of Vietnam  established 1930
  • The Day the Music Died (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson and their pilot died in an aviation accident 1959)
  • Feed the Birds Day
  • Artist Norman Rockwell born 1894

Feb. 4

  • Apache Wars begin 1861
  • Artist Appreciation Day
  • Create a Vacuum Day
  • Homemade Soup Day
  • Income Tax established 1913 (US)
  • Aviator Charles Lindbergh born 1902
  • Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks born 1913
  • Sri Lanka Independence Day 1948
  • Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • Thank a Mailman Day
  • USO Day
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • World Cancer 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
  • Robert Peel born 1788
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • Western Monarch Day
  • Wildlife Federation founded 1936 (US)

Feb. 6

  • Chopsticks Day
  • Baseball’s Babe Ruth (George Herman) born 1895
  • Digital Learning Day
  • Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Massachusetts Statehood 1788
  • Monopoly Game introduced  1935
  • Pay a Compliment Day
  • President Ronald Reagan born 1911
  • Sami National Day
  • Waitangi Day (New Zealand)

Feb. 7

  • Blame Someone Else Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Bubble Gum Day  * (1st Fri.)
  • Author Charles Dickens born 1812
  • Fettuccine Alfredo Day
  • Grenada Independence Day 1974
  • Risk Awareness Week begins
  • Safer Internet Day
  • Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • 1st Unattached Spacewalk 1984
  • Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
  • Author Laura Ingalls Wilder born 1867

Feb. 8

  • Bake Pizza Week begins
  • Boy Scouts (US) founded 1910
  • Celebration of Love Week begins
  • Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
  • Kite Flying Day
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day
  • Opera Day
  • Propose Day
  • Author Jules Verne born 1828

Feb. 9

  • Academy Awards *
  • Bagels and Lox Day
  • Happy Chocolate Day
  • President William Harrison born 1773
  • Homes for Birds Week * (2nd full week)
  • Jello Week * (2nd full week)
  • Pizza Pie Day
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week begins
  • Read in the Bathtub Day
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • Toothache Day

Feb. 10

  • Clean Out Your Computer Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Family Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • French and Indian War Ends 1763
  • Oatmeal Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Reformer Samuel Plimsoll born 1824
  • Umbrella Day

Feb. 11

  • Be Electrific Day
  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • Inventor Thomas Edison born 1847
  • Inventor’s Day
  • Iran National 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
  • President Abraham Lincoln born 1809
  • Lost Penny Day
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Safety Pup Day

Feb. 13

  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • Get a Different Name Day
  • Lupercalia
  • Pancake Day
  • 1st Public School opened 1635 (US)
  • Radio Day
  • Stamp Collectors Day
  • Tortellini Day
  • Artist Grant Wood born 1892
  • World Radio Day

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
  • Nest Box Week
  • Race Relations Day
  • Quirkyalone Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15

  • Susan B Anthony born 1820
  • Author Norman Birdwell born 1928
  • Decimal Day
  • Flag Day – Canada
  • Scientist Galileo Galilei born 1564
  • Great Backyard Bird Count *
  • Gum Drop Day
  • Hippo Day
  • Pangolin Day * (3rd Sat)
  • Singles Awareness Day
  • Total Defense Day (Singapore)
  • World Whale Day * (3rd Sat)

Feb. 16

  • Almond Day
  • Daytona 500 *
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Engineers’ Week *
  • Justice for Animals Week *
  • Lithuania Independence Reinstate 1918
  • Nylon introduced 1937
  • Read Aloud Day
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923

Feb. 17

  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week * (3rd Mon.)
  • Human Spirit Day
  • Athlete Michael Jordan born 1963
  • My Way Day
  • Newsweek Magazine 1st Published 1933
  • Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • World Cabbage Day

Feb. 18

  • Battery Day (Inventor Volta born 1745)
  • Hernando Cortes sets sail for Mexico 1519
  • Gambia Independence Day 1965
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Queen Mary I born 1516
  • Pluto discovered 1930

Feb. 19

  • 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 (Northern Hemisphere)
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day *
  • Love Your Pet Day
  • Social Justice Day
  • Student Volunteer Day
  • Toothpick patented 1872
  • Whooping Crane Festival *
  • 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

  • Be Humble Day
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Future Farmers of America Week begins
  • Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin born 1962
  • Saint Lucia Independence Day 1979
  • Walking the Dog Day
  • 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 Frideric Handel born 1685
  • International Friendship Week * (last full
    week)
  • Writer Samuel Pepys born 1633
  • Play Tennis Day
  • Polio Vaccine 1st used 1954

Feb. 24

  • Missionary Gladys Aylward born 1902
  • Dia de la Bandera (Mexico)
  • Flying Scotsman begins service 1923
  • Gregorian Calendar introduced 1582
  • Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786
  • Artist Winslow Homer born 1836
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • 1st Anderson Shelter 1939
  • Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
  • Clam Chowder Day
  • Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras *
  • Let’s All Eat Right Day
  • Pancake Day / Strove Tuesday *
  • Paper Currency introduced (US) 1862
  • Peace Corp Week begins
  • Pistol Patented 1836 (Samuel Colt)
  • 1st Power Driven Vacuum Cleaner introduced 1902
  • Artist Pierre Auguste Renoir born 1841

Feb. 26

  • Buffalo Bill born 1846
  • Carnival Day
  • Communist Manifesto  published 1848
  • Grand Canyon National Park established 1919
  • 1st Grand National Steeplechase 1839
  • Author Victor Hugo born 1802
  • Lent begins *
  • For Pete’s Sake Day
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day * (4th Wed.)
  • Pistachio Day
  • Levi Strauss born 1829
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Dominican Republic Independence Day 1844
  • Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807
  • Polar Bear Day
  • No Brainer Day
  • Author John Steinbeck born 1902
  • Strawberry Day
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Week begins
  • World NGO Day

Feb. 28

  • Chocolate Souffle Day
  • DNA discovered 1953
  • Floral Design Day
  • French Fry Friday * (4th Fri.)
  • Scientist Linus Pauling born 1901
  • Public Sleeping Day
  • Rare Disease Day
  • Smokey the Bear introduced 1944
  • Tooth Fairy Day

Feb. 29

  • Leap Day
  • Sword Swallowers Day * (last Sat.)

Free Printable – Special Days in February

 February Resources 

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

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 calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web.  These are the best sites for finding special days resources online.

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

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-february

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/2018/02/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

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 to the list.

Happy February!

betty jo