Category Archives: American History

Lionel Trains – Special Day August 25

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According to Special Days in August the 25th is the birthday of Joshua Lionel Cowen, one of the best known toy train manufacturers of all time.  A couple of years ago, we made Cowen and toy trains a Special Day study. Below are the web links we followed as we learned.

Biography of Inventor Joshua Lionel Cowen  http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/cowen.htm#ON%20THE%20WEB:

Vintage films on Youtube

Inside Lionel’s Train Factory  Part 1

Inside Lionel’s Train Factory Part 2

Showroom Layouts, Part 1  –

Showroom Layouts,  Part 2  –

Play Interactive Train Games  http://www.trainarcade.com/

Read Train Stories, Play Train Games and Watch Train Videos  http://trc.trains.com/Trains%204%20Kids.aspx

Classic railroad songs playlist from the Smithsonian  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUSRfoOcUe4bjeu8QIfbrejTyT0hYVncE

And we couldn’t build an electric train, but had fun making a toy train out of recyclables!  This ended up as a bank.  Perhaps Z will start saving for a Lionel of his own?

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Do you keep a timeline for your studies?  This “Timeline Add-on : Toys” is currently on sale for only $ 0.22!  http://www.currclick.com/product/36820/Timeline-AddOns-Toys?term=toys+timeline&test_epoch=0&it=1

This was one of several history studies that the kids deemed “Not Boring”!

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April Resources

There are many opportunities for learning from April’s calendar.  Here’s my list of learning resources for April related themes and special days!  Some of these are from our past Aprils studies, others are resources we’ll be following as we learn this April, and the rest of the resources are recommended by other homeschooling families.  Check back throughout the month as other resources will be added as they become available.

BIG List of April’s themes, holidays, historic and scientific anniversaries, famous birthdays, and more!  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/03/26/special-days-in-april-2017/

My favorite educational calendar resources for learning every month  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

April Themes Resources

Astronomy – Interactive games, videos, songs, and worksheets  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/

Autism Awareness  –  Resources and tips for homeschooling a child on the spectrum  https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-help/homeschooling-a-child-with-autism/

Card and Letter Writing  –  The basic steps for proper letter writing   http://creation.com/letter-writing-right-and-proper

Confederate History  –  Facts, Events, Battles, and People of the American Civil War  http://www.ducksters.com/history/confederation_of_the_united_states.php

Financial Literacy – Teaching ideas, tips, and fun  http://www.themint.org/

Frogs  –  Learning Project and Resources  http://www.franw.com/2014/07/frog-research-project.html

Garden  –  Big List of Ideas and Resources    http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/homeschool-in-the-garden-a-big-list-of-ideas-and-resources/

Kites  –  Fun Facts –   http://www.kitekids.co.uk/facts.html   And,  How To Build Kites Instructions  –  http://www.my-best-kite.com/how-to-build-kites.html

Listening Awareness  –  Active Listening Skills and Tips   http://www.my-best-kite.com/how-to-build-kites.html

Pet 1st Aid  –  Tips for Pet Owners https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/First-Aid-Tips-for-Pet-Owners.aspx

Poetry – Lesson Plans, Themes, and Printables  http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm

World Habitat Awareness  –  Facts, Project Ideas, and Games  http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/

Presidents with April Birthdays

  • Thomas Jefferson born April 13, 1743
  • Ulysses S. Grant born April 27, 1822
  • James Monroe born April 28, 1758

Presidents Learning Resources and Activities  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

April Statehood Anniversaries

  • Maryland – April 28, 1758
  • Louisiana – April 30, 1812

States Facts, History, and Videos  –  http://www.history.com/topics/us-states

Specific Special Days in April Resources  

April 1  –  April Fool’s Day  –  Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/04/01/april-fools-day-learning-resources/

April 2  –  Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805  –  Read his fairy tales, biography and more  http://hca.gilead.org.il/

April 3

April 4  –   Tell a Lie Day – 10 Ways to Tell If Someone Is Lying To You  http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/10-ways-tell-someone-lying-you.html

April 5  –  Easter Island “discovered” April 5,1722 – Lesson Plans, Work Sheets, Program Links, Photos  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/worldhistory/easter_island/teachers_resources.shtml

April 5  –  Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856  –  Biography and Printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdbookr.htm

April 6  –  Artist Raphael born 1483 – Learning Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/06/raphael/

April 7 – Poet William Wordsworth born 1770 – Video Reading of Daffodils  https://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/video/detail/77369

April 8  –  Draw a Picture of a Bird Day  –  Step by step instructions  https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/learn-to-draw-birds

April 9  –  Winston Churchill Day  –  Biography, Timeline, Games, Photos and more  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/winston_churchill/

April 10 – Farm Animals Day – Lesson Plans, Themes, Printables, and more  http://www.theteachersguide.com/onthefarm.htm

April 10  –  Passover begins *  –  Teaching Guide and Lapbook Printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/passover_lapbook.php

April 11  –  Submarine Day – Facts,  Instructions to Make a Submarine, Experiments, and a Quiz  http://www.submarinesafaris.com/kids_learn.php

April 12  –  Big Wind Day  –  Wind Information and Experiments/Projects  http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-wind.htm

April 14  –  Dolphin Day  –  Across the Curriculum Resources  http://www.franw.com/2013/11/dolphins-research-resource.html

April 15  –  National Park Week begins *  –  Virtually Explore and Learn about our National Parks    https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

April 16  –  Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867 – Wright Brothers and Aviation Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/17/aviation-week-learning-resources/

April 17  –  Bat Appreciation Day – Resource Page  http://www.franw.com/2013/10/bat-resource-page.html

April 18  –   Juggler’s Day –  How to Juggle Lessons for Beginners   http://www.thejimshow.com/juggle/

April 19 – Bicycle Day – History, Fun, and Safety https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/26/bicycle-lessons/

April 20 – Chinese Language Day –  Mandarin Lessons  http://www.learnchineseez.com/lessons/mandarin/

April 21  –  Naturalist John Muir born 1838  –  Lesson Plans and Student Activities  http://vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/educational_resources/default.aspx

April 21 –  Queen Elizabeth II born 1926  –  Monarchs Resources and Lesson Plans  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/famous_monarchs/

April 22  –  Earth Day  –  Across the Curriculum Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/21/homeschooling-on-earth-day/

April 23  –  Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564  –  Learning Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/23/happy-birthday-william-shakespeare/

April 24  –  Dance Week begins  –  “Homeschool Mom Approved” Youtube Dance and Exercise  Instruction Videos    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/10/get-up-and-move-a-break-time-playlist/

April 25  –  World Penguin Day  –  Across the Curriculum Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/20/penguins/

April 26  –

April 27  –

April 28  –  Save the Frogs Day *  –   Research Project and Resources   http://www.franw.com/2014/07/frog-research-project.html

April 29  –  Go Birding Day *  –  Bird Watching Activities and Identification Resources   http://www.franw.com/2014/03/bird-watching-activities.html

Remember to check back throughout the month for updates!

Happy April Learning!

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Special Days in April, 2017

 

“April Showers  bring May flowers”.  However, April brings a lot of special days first!  Here’s the collection of themes, foods, historic and scientific anniversaries, and famous birthdays for April, 2017.

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
  • Birding Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Love Our Children Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Pillow Fight Day * (1st Sat.)
  • 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
  • Bat Appreciation Week begins *
  • 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

  • American Indian Awareness Week *
  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Explore Your Career Options Week begins *
  • Find a Rainbow Day
  • Scientist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Johan Gutenberg 1st used movable type to print a book 1451
  • Author Washington Irving born 1783
  • 1st Pony Express Mail Route 1860
  • Public Health Week *
  • Sweet Tater Day * (1st Mon.)
  • Tweed Day
  • Weed Out Hate/Sow Seeds of Greatness Day
  • World Party Day

April 4

  • Hug a Newsman Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated 1968
  • NATO established 1949
  • Rat Day
  • Robotics Week begins
  • Author/Illustrator Glen Rounds  born 1906
  • Tell a Lie Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • Walk Around Things Day

April 5

  • Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • Easter Island “discovered” 1722
  • 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
  • Artist Raphael born 1483
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • 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
  • Walk to Work Day *(1st Fri.)
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Baby Massage Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Buddha born 563 BC
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • Empanada Day
  • Roma Day
  • Slow Art Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Zoo Lovers 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)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse * (2nd Sun.)
  • Holy Week begins *
  • Library Week begins *
  • Name Yourself Day
  • Palm Sunday *
  • Student Employment Week begins *

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • National Gardening Week (UK) *
  • Passover begins *
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day 1865
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • Library Day *(Tues. during Library Week)
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • Pet Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • 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)
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • International Day for Street Children
  • Licorice Day
  • 1st Human Space Flight 1961
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Teen Literature Day * (Thurs. of Library Week)
  • Scrabble Day

April 14

  • Dolphin Day
  • Good Friday *
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Auctioneers Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Husband Appreciation Day*(3rd Sat.)
  • National Park Week begins *
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912

April 16

  • Coin Week begins *
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Easter Sunday *
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • Karaoke Week begins *
  • Save the Elephant Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week * (week of the 24th)
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Boston Marathon * (3rd Mon.)
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895
  • Patriot’s Day *(3rd Mon.)

April 18

  • Amateur Radio Day
  • Animal Cracker Day
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Piñata Day
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775

April 20

  • Chinese Language Day
  • High Five Day *
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Look Alike Day
  • Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21

  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Day of Silence
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Global Youth Service Days begin *
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • Rome Founded 753 BC

April 22

  • Earth Day
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Just Pray No! Weekend of Prayer and Fasting begins *
  • Money Smart Week begins *
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Roller Skates patented 1823

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • Environmental Education Week begins *
  • English Language Day
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Preservation Week *
  • Princess Week begins * (last full week)
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Take a Chance Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564
  • Volunteer Week begins *
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 24

  • Dance Week begins
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Playground Safety Week begins *
  • Farmer’s Almanac Founder, Robert Bailey Thomas born 1776
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day *
  • Week of the Young Child begins *

April 25

  • DNA Day
  • East Meets West Day
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Physicist Guglielmo Marconi born 1874
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • World Penguin Day

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • 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
  • Poem In Your Pocket Day *
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day * (4th Thurs.)
  • Tell A Story Day

April 28

  • Arbor Day * (last Fri.)
  • Biological Clock Day
  • Gathering of the Nations PowWow begins *
  • Great Poetry Reading Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758
  • Save the Frogs Day * (last Fri.)

April 29

  • Astronomy Day *
  • Eeyore’s Birthday *(last Sat.)
  • Frog Day * (last Sat.)
  • Fiddler’s Frolic begins *
  • Go Birding Day * (last Sat.)
  • Greenery Day
  • Sense of Smell Day * (last Sat.)
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • Veterinary Day * (last Sat.)
  • World Healing Day * (last Sat.)
  • World Wish Day
  • Zipper patented 1851

April 30

  • Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • Animal Advocacy Day
  • Buggs Bunny Day
  • Hairstyle Appreciation Day
  • Honesty Day
  • Louisiana Statehood 1812
  • Pinhole Photography Day * (last Sun.)
  • 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/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

http://food.unl.edu/food-calendar

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/

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

http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history

Happy April!

betty jo

 

Inauguration Resources

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Our main current events and history study for the week will be centered on the Presidential Inauguration coming up Friday, January 20.  Below are the online resources I’ve found to use as we learn about Inaugurations past and present.

Meet Donald J. Trump  Biography Article from Time for Kids News   http://www.timeforkids.com/news/meet-donald-j-trump/415956  and Meet Mike Pence  http://www.timeforkids.com/news/meet-mike-pence/439811

Short Article about the Inauguration Day Activities and Schedule  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/government/presidentialinauguration.htm

Quotes from Past Presidential Inaugural Speeches   http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/presidentialinauguraladdresses.htm

Facts and Stories from Past Inaugurations  http://www.helpteaching.com/blog/interesting-facts-and-stories-from-inauguration-days-past.html

Inauguration Resources from The White House  http://ourwhitehouse.org/history-civics/inaugurations/

History of Inaugural Foods   http://wtop.com/food/2017/01/all-the-presidents-meals-the-history-of-inaugural-food/slide/1/

Complete Schedule of Events and Performers (Parental Guidance Alert! This site is not geared for children but for adults.  It  contains several ads around the article and events list that may not be suitable for children nor relevant to the study!)   http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/01/12/Donald-Trump-inauguration-schedule-of-events-performers-and-inaugural-balls/1021483641496/

The White House Moving In Moving Out Plan  –  ” The most frenzied American ritual you’ve never seen is called the “transfer of families,” a five-hour tsunami of activity that transforms President Obama’s home into President Trump’s.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/white-house-transition/

Inauguration Security Concerns (Parental Guidance Alert! This site is not geared for children but for adults.)   https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/us/politics/donald-trump-inauguration-security.html

Printable Inauguration Bingo  http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/presidential-inauguration-bingo-game/

Presidential Inauguration Printable Word Search, Cross Word, and Vocabulary Puzzles    http://homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/inauguralprint.htm#step1

“Prayer for Our Leaders” Printable Coloring Page (based on 1 Timothy 2 1-4)   http://ministry-to-children.com/prayer-for-our-leaders-coloring-page/

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

Special Days in November, 2016

100-word-challenge-2-november-hymkhv-clipartHere’s the list of November, 2016  holidays, observances, food themes, and awareness days, historic figures, composers, artists and authors birthdays, science and history based anniversaries,  and more!   There’s much to learn about, celebrate, and eat all November long!

November Themes

  • Adoption Awareness
  • Adopt a Senior Pet
  • Adopt a Turkey
  • Alzheimer’s Awareness
  • American Indian Heritage
  • Aviation History
  • Child Safety and Protection
  • Creative Child
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy Awareness
  • Family Caregivers
  • Family Literacy
  • Family Stories
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Historic Bridge
  • Home Care and Hospice
  • International Drum
  • Inspirational Role Models
  • Life Writing
  • Long Term Care Awareness
  • Lung Cancer Awareness
  • MADD’s Tie One On For Safety Holiday
  • Marrow Awareness Month
  • Military Family Appreciation
  • Model Railroad
  • Marrow Awareness
  • Mustache
  • Music
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • No TV
  • Novel Writing
  • NoSHAVEmber
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
  • Prematurity Awareness
  • Real Jewelry
  • Scholarship Month
  • Sleep Comfort
  • Stamp Collecting

November Food Themes

  • Banana Pudding Lovers
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Georgia Pecan
  • Gluten-Free Diet Awareness
  • Good Nutrition
  • Greens
  • Plantains
  • Peanut Butter Lovers
  • Pepper
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Raisin Bread
  • Roasting
  • Squash
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potato Awareness
  • 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
  • Cook for Your Pets Day
  • Missionary William Borden born 1887
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends *
  • Deep Fried Clams Day
  • Digital Scrapbooking Day
  • Extra Mile Day
  • Family Caregiver Day
  • Family Literacy Day
  • Fig Week begins
  • Give Up Your Shoulds Day
  • Go Cook For Your Pet Day
  • International Games Day
  • Plate Tectonics Day
  • Prime Meridian Day
  • Vinegar Day
  • World Communication Week begins
  • World Vegan Day

Nov. 2

  • All Souls Day
  • Book Lovers Day
  • Cookie Monster Day
  • Daniel Boone born 1734 (other sources claim Oct. 22)
  • Deviled Egg Day
  • Give Wildlife a Break (Brake) Week begins
  • President Warren Harding born 1865
  • Look For Circles Day
  • North Dakota statehood 1889
  • Plan Your Epitaph Day
  • President James Polk born 1795
  • South Dakota Statehood 1889

Nov. 3

  • Poet Wm. C. Bryant born 1794
  • Cliche’ Day
  • First Dog in Space 1957
  • Housewife’s Day
  • Men Make Dinner Day * (1st Thurs.)
  • Sandwich Day

Nov. 4

  • Candy Day
  • Cash Register patented 1880
  • Chicken Lady Day
  • Common Sense Day
  • Author Sterling North born 1906
  • Punkin Chunkin Days begin *
  • King Tut’s Tomb discovered 1922
  • Use Your Common Sense Day

Nov. 5

  • Bonfire Night
  • Book Lovers Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Digital Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Doughnut Day
  • Gasoline-driven Automobile patented 1895
  • Gunpowder Day
  • Guy Fawkes Day
  • Love Your Red Hair Day
  • Author Marcia Sewall born 1935

Nov. 6

  • Daylight Savings Time ends *
  • Dear Santa Letter Week begins *
  • Electric Shaver patented 1923
  • International Day of Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War
  • Marooned Without a Compass Day
  • Nachos Day
  • Composer Ignace Paderewski born 1860
  • Rad Tech Week begins *
  • Saxophone Day
  • Composer John Phillips Sousa born 1854
  • Zero Tasking Day * (1st Sun.)

Nov. 7

  • Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Canadian Pacific Railway completed 1885
  • Scientist Marie Curie born 1867
  • Evangelist Billy Graham born 1918
  • Job Action Day *(1st Mon.)
  • Tongue Twister Day
  • Traffic Directors Day
  • Young Readers Week begins *

Nov. 8

  • Game Inventor Milton Bradley born 1836
  • Cappuccino Day
  • Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
  • Dunce Day
  • Election Day (US) * (Tues. after the 1st Mon.)
  • Astronomer Edmond Hailey born 1656
  • Montana statehood 1889
  • Parents as Teachers Day
  • Punster’s Day
  • Pursuit of Happiness Week begins
  • Split Pea Soup Week begins
  • X-Ray Day
  • Young Readers Day *

Nov. 9

  • Berlin Wall opened 1989
  • Chaos Never Dies Day
  • Kristallnacht anniversary 1938
  • Nurse Practitioner’s Week begins

Nov. 10

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

Nov. 11

  • Death/Duty Day
  • Origami Day
  • Remembrance Day (UK and Canada)
  • Sundae Day
  • Veterans Day (US)
  • Washington statehood 1889
  • World War 1 ended 1918

Nov. 12

  • Baha’u’llah Day
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
  • Domino Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • 1st Flying Trapeze Act performed 1859
  • Gaming Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Sadie Hawkins Day * (Sat. after the 9th – other sources say always on the 13th)
  • Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week begins *
  • Pizza with Everything (Except Anchovies) Day
  • Author Marjorie K. Rawlings born 1896
  • Sculptor Auguste Rodin born 1849
  • Suffragist/Reformer Elizabeth Stanton born 1815

Nov. 13

  • Geography Awareness Week * (2nd full week)
  • Indian Pudding Day
  • Physicist James Maxwell born 1831
  • Author Robert Lewis Stevenson born 1850
  • Vietnam Memorial dedicated 1982
  • World Kindness Week begins *

Nov. 14

  • American Education Week begins *
  • Inventor Robert Fulton born 1765
  • International Girls Day
  • Loosen Up – Lighten Up Day
  • Artist Claude Monet born 1840
  • Operating Room Nurse Day
  • Pickle Day
  • Spicy Guacamole Day
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • World Diabetes Day

Nov. 15

  • America Recycles Day
  • Bundt Pan Day
  • Clean Your Refrigerator Day
  • Steve Irwin Day
  • Artist Georgia O’Keefe born 1887
  • Love To Write Day
  • Philanthropy Day

Nov. 16

  • Button Day
  • Educational Support Professionals Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Fast Food Day
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • GSI Day (Geographic Information Systems)  * (3rd Wed.)
  • Have a Party With Your Bear Day
  • International Day for Tolerance
  • Oklahoma statehood 1907

Nov. 17

  • Baklava Day
  • Electronic Greeting Card Day
  • Elizabeth 1 Crowned Queen of England 1588
  • Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Explorers Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean 1805
  • Great American Smokeout * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Guinness World Record Day
  • Homemade Bread Day
  • Scientist August Mobius born 1790
  • Prematurity Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal completed 1869
  • Take A Hike Day
  • Use Less Stuff Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • World Peace Day

Nov. 18

  • Farm-City Week begins *
  • Last Pony Express Delivery 1861
  • Mickey Mouse debut 1928
  • Occult Day
  • Push Button Phone introduced 1963

Nov. 19

  • Adoption Day * (Sat. before Thanksgiving)
  • Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
  • Equal Opportunity Day
  • Evangelist Billy Sunday born 1935
  • Explorer George Rogers Clark born 1752
  • President James Garfield born 1831
  • Gettysburg Address 1863
  • Have a Bad Day Day
  • Survivors of Suicide Day * (Sat. before Thanksgiving)
  • World Toilet Day

Nov. 20

  • Absurdity Day
  • Beautiful Day
  • Bible Week begins *(Sun. before Thanksgiving)
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Farm City Week begins * (week of US Thanksgiving)
  • Fraud Awareness Week begins *
  • Game and Puzzle Week begins * (Sun. before Thanksgiving)
  • Geography Awareness Week *(3rd full week)
  • G.O.H.A.R.D. (Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day)
  • Guinness World Record Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • Astronomer Edwin Hubble born 1889
  • Name Your PC Day
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Day
  • Universal Children’s Day
  • World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims * (3rd Sun.)

Nov. 21

  • Alascattalo Day
  • False Confession Day
  • Gingerbread Cookie Day
  • First Hot Air Balloon Flight 1763
  • North Carolina statehood 1789
  • Author Voltaire born 1694
  • World Hello Day
  • World TV Day

Nov. 22

  • Church/State Separation Week begins
  • Composer 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
  • Outlaw William H. Bonney (Billy the Kid) born 1859
  • Cashew Day
  • Eat a Cranberry Day
  • Espresso Day
  • Dr. Who Day (1st premiered 1963)
  • Fibonacci Day
  • Pencil Sharpener patented 1897
  • President Franklin Pierce born 1804
  • Shopping Reminder Day *(Day before Thanksgiving – US)

Nov. 24

  • All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day
  • Barbed Wire patented 1874
  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
  • Darwin’s Origin of the Species published 1859
  • Evolution Day
  • Composer Scott Joplin born 1868
  • President Zachary Taylor born 1784
  • Thanksgiving (US) *(4th Thurs.)

Nov. 25

  • Black Friday * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Author/Illustrator Marc Brown born 1946
  • Buy Nothing Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Day of Listening *(day after Thanksgiving)
  • Author PD Eastman born 1909
  • Flossing Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Native American Heritage Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Parfait Day
  • Sinkie Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Woody Woodpecker debut 1940

Nov. 26

  • Aura Awareness Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Casablanca (movie) premiered 1942
  • Cartoonist Charles Schulz born 1922
  • Small Business Saturday * (Sat. after US Thanksgiving)

Nov. 27

  • Advent begins *
  • Bavarian Cream Pie Day
  • Scientist Anders Celsius born 1701
  • Evangelist Luis Palau born 1934
  • Pins and Needles Day
  • Ringling Brothers 1st Performance 1882
  • Sinkie Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • You’re Welcome Day

Nov. 28

  • Cyber Monday * (Mon. after Thanksgiving)
  • French Toast Day
  • Make Your Own Head 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
  • Square Dance Day
  • Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

Nov. 30

  • Winston Churchill born 1874
  • Author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) born 1835
  • Computer Security Day
  • Meth Awareness 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.

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

http://food.unl.edu/november-food-calendar

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

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/november-2016.html

Happy November!

betty jo

 

Learning Resources for Special Days in October, 2016

fall_clipart_11The October calendar has lots of learning opportunities.  Below is a wonderful collection of free resources for themed and special day studies all through the month!

For the complete list of Special Days in October, 2016  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/09/24/special-days-in-october-2016/

October Themes

Presidents Born in October:

  • Oct. 1 – Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Oct. 4 – Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Oct. 5 – Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Oct. 14 – Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Oct. 27 – Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • Oct. 30 – John Adams born 1735

Resources for studying any president. https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

October Statehood Anniversaries

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

Oct. 1 – Model T Ford introduced 1908 – Henry Ford Biography, Quiz, and Word Games Printables – http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdford.htm

Oct. 2 –

Oct. 3 –

Oct. 4 –

Oct. 5 –  Balloons Around the World Day * –  Learning Resources –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/05/hot-air-balloons/

Oct. 6 –  Mad Hatter Day – Make this adorable Cardboard Mad Hatter Hat  –  http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/06/hats.html

Oct. 7 –  Story Telling Weekend begins *-  Story Telling Tips – http://www.storyteller.net/articles/296

Oct. 8 –  World Sight Day –  Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/10/wolrd-sight-day/

Oct. 9

Oct. 10 –

Oct. 11  –  Elenore Roosevelt born 1884  –  Here’s a short biography, reading comprehension quizzes and word puzzle printables  http://www.gardenofpraise.com/ibderoos.htm

Oct. 12 –

Oct. 13 –

Oct. 15

Oct. 16

Oct. 17 –  Nuclear Science Week begins * –  Teaching Resources and Student Activities –  http://www.nuclearconnect.org/in-the-classroom/for-teachers

Oct. 19

Oct. 20 –

Oct. 22 –

Oct. 25 –

Oct. 26

Oct. 27 –  Tell a Story Day  –  Story Telling Tips  http://www.storytelling-nyc.org/tips.html

Oct. 28

Oct. 29

Oct. 30 –  Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 1938  –  Read an article and listen to the recording here  http://www.ibtimes.com/war-worlds-radio-broadcast-turns-75-listen-orson-welles-famous-hoax-1447470

Oct. 31

The list of my favorite “go to”and “cross curriculum” resources to help with monthly themes, calendar, and special days lesson planning  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Happy October Learning!

betty jo

Remembering

nychpI was drinking coffee and preparing for the days schooling.  I was watching the morning news when the first attack happened and saw the second plane crash into the other tower.  I heard about the third and fourth plane crashes as those reports came in.  My children (just three of them back then)  were witnessing all of it.  We were discussing it last night and the memories are still just as shocking and sickening for them as they are for me.

A couple of years ago, when these kids were teens and young adults, we put together a remembrance study geared towards their maturity level.  Here’s the links for the online resources we used.  I checked them and all are still working and relevant.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/09/11/911-remembrance/

And, here’s the resources for younger children that we’ve been using for Patriot Day as our youngest two boys learn about those horrible events that happened to their country just a few years before they were born   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/09/10/teaching-resources-for-patriot-day/