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Special Days in June, 2017

June is loaded 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 of special days in June gives you plenty to choose from!

June Awareness/Observance Days and Themes:

  • Accordion Awareness
  • Adopt a Cat
  • Aquarium
  • Audio Book Appreciation
  • Bathroom Reading
  • Black Music
  • Camping
  • Caribbean-American Heritage
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness
  • Child Vision
  • Children’s Awareness
  • Effective Communication
  • Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Marketing
  • Fight the Filthy Fly
  • Fireworks Safety
  • Forest System
  • GLTB Pride
  • Great Outdoors
  • International Men
  • Perennial Gardening
  • Potty Training Awareness
  • Rebuild Your Life
  • Rivers
  • Rose
  • Safety
  • Skyscraper
  • Smile
  • Sports America Kids
  • Student Safety
  • Surf Music
  • Zoo

June’s Food Themes:

  • Aprium
  • Beef Steak
  • Candy
  • Corn
  • Country Cooking
  • Cucumber
  • Dairy
  • Dairy Alternative
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Ice Tea
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Okra
  • Papaya
  • Pluot
  • Soul Food
  • Steakhouse
  • Turkey Lovers

June’s Daily Specials:  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date every year)

June 1

  • Barefoot Day
  • Dare Day
  • Flip a Coin Day
  • Global Day of Parents
  • Heimlich Maneuver Day
  • Kentucky Statehood 1792
  • Nail Polish Day
  • Olive Day
  • Oscar the Grouch Birthday 1969
  • Pen Pal Day
  • Say Something Nice Day
  • Stand for Children Day
  • Tennessee Statehood 1796
  • Volunteers Week begins
  • Mormon Leader Brigham Young born 1801

June 2

  • Bubba Day
  • Doughnut Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Leave the Office Early Day
  • Milk Days
  • Radio Patented 1896
  • Rocky Road Ice Cream Day
  • Rotisserie Chicken Day
  • Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day

June 3

  • Boating Week begins *
  • Chimborazo Day
  • Chocolate Macaroon Day
  • Egg Day
  • Fishing Week begins *
  • Prairie Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Repeat Day (I said “Repeat Day”)
  • First U.S. Space Walk 1965
  • Trails Day *(1st Sat.)

June 4

  • Aesop born 620 BC
  • Applesauce Cake Day
  • Audacity To Hope Day
  • Business Etiquette Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Cancer Survivor’s day * (1st Sun.)
  • Cheese Day
  • King George III born 1738
  • First Ford Built 1896
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • Old Maid’s Day
  • Pet Appreciation Week *(1st full week)
  • Shopping Cart invented 1937
  • Tienanmen Square (Beijing) Massacre 1989

June 5

  • Patriot Nathan Hale born 1755
  • 1st Hot Air Balloon Flight 1783
  • Gingerbread Day
  • Author Richard Scarry born 1919
  • Veggie Burger Day
  • World Environment Day

June 6

  • D-Day 1944
  • Drive-in Movie Day
  • Gardening Exercise Day
  • Higher Education Day
  • Russian Language Day
  • Yo-Yo Day

June 7

  • Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  • Daniel Boone Day
  • Muhammad (Islam Founder) born 570
  • Running Day *(1st Wed.)

June 8

  • Best Friends Day
  • Suction Vacuum Cleaner patented 1870
  • Upsy Daisy Day
  • Inventor Frank Lloyd Wright born 1867
  • World Ocean’s Day

June 9

  • Donald Duck debut 1934
  • Peter the Great born 1672
  • Inventor George Stephenson born 1781
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

June 10

  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Black Cow Day
  • Herbs and Spices Day
  • Ice Tea Day
  • Knit in Public Day *
  • Author Maurice Sendak born 1928

June 11

  • Corn on the Cob Day
  • ET premiered 1982
  • Jacque Cousteau born 1910
  • German Chocolate Cake Day
  • Great Barrier Reef discovered 1770
  • Making Life Beautiful Day

June 12

  • Baseball Invented 1839
  • President George H.W. Bush born 1924
  • Children’s Day
  • Crowded Nest Awareness Day
  • Ann Frank born 1929
  • Jerky Day
  • Loving Day
  • Men’s Health Week begins *
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Day
  • Red Rose Day
  • Shavuot
  • Superman, Man of Steel Day
  • World Day Against Child Labor
  • World Sea Turtle Day

June 13

  • Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
  • Sewing Machine Day
  • Weed Your Garden Day
  • Poet William Butler Yeats born 1865

June 14

  • Bath Day
  • Flag Day
  • Pop Goes the Weasel Day
  • Race Unity Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Author Harriet Beecher Stowe born 1811
  • Strawberry Shortcake Day
  • US Army established 1775
  • World Blood Donor Day

June 15

  • Arkansas Statehood 1836
  • Celluloid patented 1869
  • Dump the Pump Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Kite Experiment Anniversary 1752
  • Electricity Day
  • Fly a Kite Day
  • Global Wind Day
  • Lobster Day
  • Magna Carta signed 1215
  • Nature Photography Day
  • National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Smile Power Day
  • Worldwide Day of Giving

June 16

  • Bloomsday
  • Flip-Flop Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Fresh Veggies Day
  • Fudge Day
  • Recess at Work Day

June 17

  • Apple Strudel Day
  • Battle of Bunker Hill 1775
  • Cherry Tart Day
  • Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • Artist/Mathematician M.C. Escher born 1898
  • Composer Igor Stravinsky born 1882
  • World Juggling Day * (Sat. closest to the 17th)

June 18

  • Animal Rights Awareness Week *
  • Carpenter Ant Awareness Week begins *(last full week)
  • Father’s Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • Go Fishing Day
  • International Panic Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Napoleon defeated at Waterloo 1815
  • Splurge Day
  • Sushi Day
  • Turkey Lovers’ Day * (3rd Sun.)

June 19

  • Garfield the Cat’s birthday 1978
  • Juneteenth Day
  • Scientist Blaise Pascal born 1623
  • Slavery Abolished (US) 1865
  • Theologian Charles Haddon Spurgeon born 1834
  • Statue of Liberty arrived in US 1885
  • Watch Day
  • World Sauntering Day

June 20

  • Bald Eagle Day
  • Daylight Appreciation Day *
  • Hike with a Geek Day
  • Ice Cream Soda Day
  • Composer Jacques Offenbach born 1819
  • Surfing Day
  • Summer Solstice *
  • Vanilla Milkshake Day
  • West Virginia Statehood 1863
  • World Refugee Day

June 21

  • Atheists Solidarity Day
  • Day of the Gong
  • Go Skateboarding Day
  • Make Music Day
  • Peaches ‘N’ Cream Day
  • New Hampshire Statehood 1788
  • Reaping Machine patented 1834
  • Selfie Day
  • World Handshake Day
  • World Humanist Day

June 22

  • Chocolate Eclair Day
  • Onion Rings Day
  • Stupid Guy Thing Day

June 23

  • Columnists Day
  • Don’t Let Nouns Get You Down Day
  • Hydration Day
  • Let It Go Day
  • Pecan Sandies Day
  • Pink Day
  • Public Service Day
  • Saxophone patented 1846
  • Take Your Dog to Work Day *(Fri. after Father’s Day)
  • Typewriter patented 1868
  • United Nations Public Service Day
  • US Secret Service established 1865

June 24

  • Great American Backyard Campout *(4th Sat.)
  • Fairy Day
  • Pralines Day
  • Swim a Lap Day
  • U.F.O. Day

June 25

  • America’s Kids Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Battle of Little Big Horn 1876
  • Author Eric Carle born 1929
  • Catfish Day
  • Eid-Al-Fitr *
  • Catfish Day
  • Log Cabin Day
  • Scientist Walther Nernst born 1864
  • Author George Orwell born 1903
  • Strawberry Parfait day
  • Virginia Statehood 1788
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Week (last Thurs. – Sun.)

June 26

  • Beautician’s Day
  • Bicycle patented 1819
  • Chocolate Pudding Day
  • Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
  • Forgiveness Day
  • Please Take My Children to Work Day *(last Mon.)
  • Toothbrush invented 1498

June 27

  • Columnists’ Day *(4th Tues.)
  • Decide to be Married Day
  • “Happy Birthday To You” song published 1924
  • Helen Keller born 1880
  • Orange Blossom Day
  • PTSD Awareness Day
  • Sunglasses Day

June 28

  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Artist Peter Paul Rubens born 1577
  • WW1 Began 1914

June 29

  • Bomb Pop Day *(last Thurs.)
  • Camera Day
  • Handshake Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Hug Holiday
  • Parchment day
  • Waffle Iron Day

June 30

  • Gone With the Wind published 1936
  • Meteor Day
  • NOW (National Organization for Women) Day
  • Social Media Day

For specific Special Day Resources  for June  – Coming soon

My “Go-To” list of Resources when planning lessons for Special Days

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 and calendar resources.

Happy June!

betty jo

May Resources

May is the end of the school year for many families, but it’s not the end of learning!  Here’s some wonderful resources for learning through the month of May.

BIG list of May holidays, theme, historic events, famous birthdays, and more

My “go-to” list of educational calendars and resources for every month

Resources for Specific May Themes –

Presidents With May Birthdays –

  • Harry Truman born May 8, 1884
  •  John F. Kennedy born May 29, 1917

Learning Resources for Presidents

May Statehood Anniversaries –

  • Minnesota – May 11, 1858
  • South Carolina – May 23,1788
  • Rhode Island – May 29, 1790
  • Wisconsin – May 29, 1848

States Facts, History, and Videos –

Resources for May “Daily Specials” –

 (The following is not yet complete.  May is when our state required “school” days are finished, and we take a bit of a break from daily studying.  So, I don’t have many resources to share from past studies as I have with other months.  I’ll be updating the daily specials with resources as we go through the month, so check back.  And, if you have special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them in.)

May 1  –  Save the Rhino Day  –  Lapbook Printables

May 2  –  Play Your Ukulele Day  –

May 3  – 1st Comic Book published 1934 –  Resources and Activities

May 4  –  Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)  –  K-8 Unit Study and Printables

May 4 – Orange Juice Day – Orange Resources and Activities

May 5  –  Cartoonist Day  –  Charles Shultz and Peanuts  are our favorites!  –  Learning Resources and Activities

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo – Resource List

May 6  –  English Channel Tunnel opened 1994  –  Fun Facts

May 7  –  Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833  –  Biography, Quiz, and Music

May 7  –  Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840  –  Biography, Quiz, and Music

May 8 – World Red Cross Day –   Stories of those helped by the Red Cross

May 11  –  Artist Salvador Dali born 1909  –  Lesson Plans, Resources, Project Ideas

May 12 – Florence Nightingale born 1820

May 13 – 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607 – Interactive John Smith and Jamestown Game

May 14 – Skylab launched 1973 –  Watch this documentary from 1974

May 15 – Endangered Species Day * – Projects and Lessons

May 17  –  Physician Edward Jenner born 1749  –  Biography, Photos, Videos, and Interactives

May 18 – Museum Day – 50 Famous Art Museums Around The World

May 22  –  Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844  –  Artist study, projects, and printables

May 23  –  Crohn’s and Colitis day  –  Article with audio  for kids

May 23 – World Turtle Day – Learning Resources

May 24  –  Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883  –  Multi Level, and Cross Curricular Bridges Study

Remember to check back throughout the month for new daily resources that will be added as they become available!

Happy May Learning!

betty jo

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!

My favorite educational calendar resources for learning every month

April Themes Resources

Astronomy – Interactive games, videos, songs, and worksheets

Autism Awareness  –  Resources and tips for homeschooling a child on the spectrum

Card and Letter Writing  –  The basic steps for proper letter writing

Confederate History  –  Facts, Events, Battles, and People of the American Civil War

Financial Literacy – Teaching ideas, tips, and fun

Frogs  –  Learning Project and Resources

Garden  –  Big List of Ideas and Resources

Kites  –  Fun Facts –   And,  How To Build Kites Instructions  –

Listening Awareness  –  Active Listening Skills and Tips

Pet 1st Aid  –  Tips for Pet Owners

Poetry – Lesson Plans, Themes, and Printables

World Habitat Awareness  –  Facts, Project Ideas, and Games

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  –

April Statehood Anniversaries

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

States Facts, History, and Videos  –

Specific Special Days in April Resources  

April 1  –  April Fool’s Day  –  Learning Resources

April 2  –  Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805  –  Read his fairy tales, biography and more

April 3

April 4  –   Tell a Lie Day – 10 Ways to Tell If Someone Is Lying To You

April 5  –  Easter Island “discovered” April 5,1722 – Lesson Plans, Work Sheets, Program Links, Photos

April 5  –  Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856  –  Biography and Printables

April 6  –  Artist Raphael born 1483 – Learning Resources and Activities

April 7 – Poet William Wordsworth born 1770 – Video Reading of Daffodils

April 8  –  Draw a Picture of a Bird Day  –  Step by step instructions

April 9  –  Winston Churchill Day  –  Biography, Timeline, Games, Photos and more

April 10 – Farm Animals Day – Lesson Plans, Themes, Printables, and more

April 10  –  Passover begins *  –  Teaching Guide and Lapbook Printables

April 11  –  Submarine Day – Facts,  Instructions to Make a Submarine, Experiments, and a Quiz

April 12  –  Big Wind Day  –  Wind Information and Experiments/Projects

April 14  –  Dolphin Day  –  Across the Curriculum Resources

April 15  –  National Park Week begins *  –  Virtually Explore and Learn about our National Parks

April 16  –  Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867 – Wright Brothers and Aviation Resources

April 17  –  Bat Appreciation Day – Resource Page

April 18  –   Juggler’s Day –  How to Juggle Lessons for Beginners

April 19 – Bicycle Day – History, Fun, and Safety

April 20 – Chinese Language Day –  Mandarin Lessons

April 21  –  Naturalist John Muir born 1838  –  Lesson Plans and Student Activities

April 21 –  Queen Elizabeth II born 1926  –  Monarchs Resources and Lesson Plans

April 22  –  Earth Day  –  Across the Curriculum Learning Resources

April 23  –  Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564  –  Learning Resources

April 24  –  Dance Week begins  –  “Homeschool Mom Approved” Youtube Dance and Exercise  Instruction Videos

April 25  –  World Penguin Day  –  Across the Curriculum Learning Resources

April 26  –

April 27  –

April 28  –  Save the Frogs Day *  –   Research Project and Resources

April 29  –  Go Birding Day *  –  Bird Watching Activities and Identification Resources

Remember to check back throughout the month for updates!

Happy April Learning!

betty jo










Em’s Treasures


The end of “Entrepreneurship Week” (February 20 – 25) seems like the perfect time for me to take the opportunity to tell you about my daughter, Emily, and Em’s Treasures!  She has had an interest in crafting since she was a little girl.  We would include crafts and art projects with our homeschooling work, but that wasn’t enough for her. She spent hours of her spare time creating and making.  By the time she was a teenager, she was getting comments such as,  “You should sell that!”, and “Would you make one of those for me?”  After her graduation in 2014, Em enrolled in the certificate entrepreneurship courses through Coursera.  Her plan was to make a business out of what she loved doing, and on a time scale that would allow her to continue studying for her Christian Leadership degree, providing childcare a couple of days a week,  coach Silver Lining Homeschool Colorguard, and read avidly.  She not only earned the certificates but earned them with honors.  She immediately went to work applying what she had learned about entrepreneurship to her crafting, and began attending craft shows and vendor events .

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She sold some of everything and earned more than enough money to cover supply expenses.  After a couple of other vendor events she realized the hair bows generated the most interest and that bows were not offered by the other vendors.  The hair bows continued to be her best sellers in the events that followed.


She’s even made bows exclusively for homeschoolers!

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Though it’s the hair bows that have the majority of her focus and attention,  Emily still takes requests for  gifts, cards, and decorations.

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Em’s Treasures is gaining repeat customers and has accepted a few custom bow orders.  Recently, she had the opportunity to create an original design for a local school’s cheer squad. This is the largest order she has been offered so far. and the first of her designs to be exactly duplicated.  Also, this was the first order to be shared with another vendor who specializes in monogramming.


Currently, Emily is preparing for the upcoming spring vendor events in our area. She’s planning to take her collection to some local boutiques to sell on commission .  Here’s a little of what Emily has started for her spring lineup.


16938548_625973984264049_255494105368490263_n  Em’s Treasures now has a Facebook business page and can accept payment through Paypal to accommodate out of town orders.  Emily could use your help with growing her business.  If you would be so kind as to give her Facebook page a “like”, it would be much appreciated.   An order would be most appreciated, too!                                                     

Thanks from a proud mama!

betty jo

The Super Bowl


A few years ago I put together a cross curriculum resource list for Super Bowl related lessons.  I have updated the post for 2017 and super Bowl 51!.






betty jo




Free Learning Resources for the Olympic Games


Our first Special Days unit study of the new school year will be based on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.  I’ve been lesson planning and collecting resources.  And, I’ve found some fantastic free online learning resources to share with you!

Homepage for the Rio 2016 Olympics!

Olympic Sports Schedule

Meet mascots Vinicius and Tom and learn what they are and who and what they represent

Free Summer Olympic Lapbook Printables

Brazil facts, interactive, and printables

Great selection of Oylmpic and Brazil free printables for all subjects and levels (you’ll need an account and it’s free to set up and won’t take long)

4 Olympic Bible verses and homeschooling ideas

Olympic Maps!  Maps and information of participating countries, Brazil, Reno, the torch relay, venues, history, events, and more

Olympic Current Event Articles for kids

Olympic Atheletes’ faith based current event articles for families

Olympic Vocabulary List with interactive and printable puzzles

“Lighting the Olympic Torch”, “Swimsuits – What A Drag”,  “Which Olympic Sport…”  math lessons adaptable for any level.  I use this site often and anticipate other Olympic math lessons to be released throughout the next few days

Olympics history and trivia interactive quizzes

Watch videos that teach about the elements gold and silver

“Mr. Science” with Hooked on Science and a kid scientist explain how your big toe can determine your athletic potential.

Play Olympic Interactive Games

“How to Be a Good Sport” article and tips for kids  with audio and printing options

“What If I Don’t Like Sports?”  article and tips for kids  with audio and printing options

List of “Sports  Injuries” and athlete health articles with audio and printing options

Learn to speak Portuguese (the official language in Brazil) with flash cards and games. Lots of other Brazil  .

Portuguese language printable worksheets and quizzes

Lots of Olympic activities, printables, and craft ideas

Brazil and Olympic themed crafts and activities.  I love the coloring page of Rio!

BIG list of Olympic arts and crafts

Fun and easy DIY backyard Olympic Games  ( Javelin Throw, Balance Beam, Discus Throw, Bean Bag Toss and Water Bucket Relay)

Party, food, and activity ideas

Let the Games Begin!  (August 5, 2016)

betty jo




Learning Resources for Special Days


Recently, I was asked what resources to use for teaching from the Special Days posts. Every month has different topics, but I turn to the same tried and trusted web sites as I collect resources for our Special Days learning.  Below is a list of those I find to be the most helpful when preparing our “from the calendar” studies.  I hope that you will find them helpful, too.

A monthly calendar “resource of links and things to do, things to learn and things to explore”

Wonderful resources, activities, crafts, recipes, and open ended ideas often related to seasons, holidays, and monthly themes for families and independent learners

Calendar of Books

“Food, Nutrition, and Health By the Month”

Monthly themed bulletin boards, lesson plans, activities, and writing prompts

Seasonal Themes with Resources

Daily Feature Video

Wonder of the Day

This Month in History

Bible based object lessons, games, projects, and science experiments which will often correspond with themes and holidays

100’s of biographies with free printables and online activities

Historic events and biographies.  (Most of these will have a quiz)

My own collection of resources for president’s birthdays

Vocabulary lists to go with just about any seasonal or holiday topic

Seasonal and holiday themed math lessons and activities

Monthly Science Calendar with resources

Science Activities for Every Month of the Year  –

Crafts for holidays and themes

Special Days art lessons, craft projects, and activities

Featured holiday and seasonal theme printable resources, crafts, and activities

Elementary level printables with monthly themes including holidays, statehood anniversaries, and president’s birthdays

Seasonal and holiday interactive games and printables

I’m going to keep this handy resource list on the sidebar under the current Special Days icon link.  And, if you need some help developing a special day study, just let me know!

Happy Learning!

betty jo