Category Archives: Extra Curricular

Wiffle Ball

According to the  Special Days in August  list, the 14th is the anniversary of the invention of Wiffle Ball.  Wiffle Ball is one of the best backyard activities!  The game doesn’t require expensive equipment, a large area, or a lot of people.  It’s wonderful for PE and science (and history too)!  Here’s some resources to learn about the history of the game, the science behind the Wiffle ball, and the rules on how to play.

“It all began in the summer of 1953 …”        

The Science of How a Wiffle Ball Works    

Game Rules                                                  

Wiffle Ball Pitch – Science Video

Have fun learning and playing!

betty jo

South Korea and the 2018 Winter Olympics



The 2018 Winter Olympic Games  have begun!  And, Winter Olympics based homeschooling has begun, too!  The links below are the cross curricular free resources we’ll be using as we explore South Korea and the 2018 Winter Games.

Brief History, Geography, and Facts of South Korea     ,%20South

Printable South Korea Maps –                                                                        

Country Notebooking Printables –                                   

South Korea Video Tour –                                                                  

Learn Korean Phrases                                                

Korean Food and Recipes                                                                

Olympic Games Official Website – Sports, Athletes, Photos, News, Schedule, History, and More

Olympics Themed Math –                                                                                    

Bible Verse/Winter Olympic Coloring Pages  –

Bible/Winter Olympic Discussion Questions                                    

2018 Educational Kit from the Olympic Museum –

Non- Commercial Use Free Clipart (enter “olympics” into the search bar)                

Music of the Olympics                                     

Olympic Themed Interactive Games

How to Draw Soohorang (the tiger mascot) video lesson    

Writing Prompts                                                     

Olympics Printable Worksheets – Wordsearch, Crossword, Anagrams, True/False Quizzes     

Science of the Winter Olympics Video Playlist                          

How It’s Made Videos :                                                                                                                                  Skating Rinks

Ice Skates

Hockey Pucks

Curling Stones



Gold (Au79), Silver (Ag47), and Bronze (Copper-Cu29)  Information from this Interactive Element Chart                                                   

Gold, Silver, Bronze Element Videos                                                      

Winter Olympics Inspired Crafts, Games, and Activities                      

I hope we ‘Win the Gold’ with Winter Olympic learning!

betty jo


Special Days in December, 2017

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Click here for the list of Special Days in October updated for 2019!


Special Days in July, 2017


Special Days in July has been updated for 2018!  Click Here

Have a Happy  July!

betty jo

June Resources

Here is a wonderful list of free resources for learning (and teaching) through the month of June,  Check back often for updates and more resources to be added throughout the month.

The BIG List of Special Days in June, 2019                                        

June Themes

Statehood Anniversaries

  • Kentucky – June 1, 1792
  • Tennessee – June 1, 1796
  • Arkansas- June 15, 1836
  • West Virginia – June 20, 1863
  • New Hampshire – June 21, 1788
  • Virginia – June 25, 1788

Geography Resources                            

Presidents with June Birthdays

  • George H.W. Bush – June 12, 1924
  • Donald Trump – June 14, 1946

Learning and Review Resources for all presidents –

June Daily Specials

June 1 – Volunteers Week begins – Easy Volunteering Activities for Kids –

June 2 – Business Etiquette Week begins – How to conduct your business by showing respect and consideration –

June 3 – Egg Day – Experiments, Facts, and Resources –

June 4 – Aesop born – Learning Resources and Activities

June 5 – 1st Hot Air Balloon Flight 1783 – Learning Resources and Activities –

June 6 – Russian Language Day –  Free Introduction, Basic, and Advanced Lessons with audio

June 6 – Yo-Yo Day – Check out this yo-yo video series –

June 7 – Daniel Boone Day – Learning Resources

June 7 – Chocolate Ice Cream Day – Resources and Activities

June 8 – World Oceans Day – Celebration and Activity Ideas –

June 9 – Donald Duck debut 1934 – Watch The Wise Little Hen

June 11 – Great Barrier Reef Discovery 1770 – Learning Resources –

June 12  –  Baseball Invented 1839  –  History, Facts, Rules, Records       

June 14 – Flag Day – Learning Resources and Activities –

June 16- Mathematician M.C. Escher born 1898 – Learning Resources and Activities –

June 19 – Garfield’s (the cartoon cat) birthday – Learning Resources and Activities-

June 19 – Scientist Blaise Pascal born 1623 –  Learning Resources and Activities for Pascal and His Triangle –

June 21  –  Make Music Day  –  Online Music Making –                               

–  Musical Instrument Crafts  –

June 22 – Great American Backyard Campout *– Resources and Activities –

June 24-Fairy Day and UFO Day – Learning Resources for Both –

June 25 – Log Cabin Day – Learning Resources –

June 26 – Velocipede (bicycle) patented 1819 – Bicycle Facts, Safety, and Activities

June 27  –  Helen Keller born 1880 – Biography and Printables

June 28  –  American Flowers Week begins *  –  USA Map with Flowers Coloring Page

My “Go-To” Resource List for Special Day lesson planning each month

Happy June Learning!

betty jo

Special Days in June, 2017

Click here for Special Days in June updated for 2019!