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

Click here for Special Days in December updated for 2019


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


Special Days in July, 2017


Click here for Special Days in July updated for 2020!

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.

  Click here for the Special Days in June List                               

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 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 – Resources and Activities

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 the Special Days in June list updated for 2020!

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                                        Click here for Special Days in May!

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

Special Days and Geography –  How to and resource list

Resources for May “Daily Specials” –  (The following list is not yet complete. 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 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

May 30  –  Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922  –  Historic Footage  video

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. And, if you have favorite April resources, let me know!

BIG List of April  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 – Resource and Activity List

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  –

Country Independence Days and Statehood Anniversaries

  • Georgia Independence – April 9, 1991
  • Zimbabwe Independence – April 18, 1980
  • Rome Founded – April 21, 753 BC
  • Sierra Leone Independence – April 27, 1961
  • Togo Independence – April 27, 1960
  • Maryland Statehood – April 28, 1758
  • Louisiana Statehood – April 30, 1812

Special Days and Geography Resources and Activities

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

Explore Your Career Options Week begins *  –  Resources and Activities

April 4  –   Tell a Lie Day –  Play 2 Truths and a Lie game     

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 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 14 – Citizen Science Day  –  Project Ideas to Advance Scientific Research  

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

Bat Appreciation Day  *– Resource Page

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

Poem In Your Pocket Day *    Tips and Resources

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

April 20 – Chinese Language Day –  Mandarin Lessons

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

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

Dance Week *  –  “Homeschool Mom Approved” Youtube Dance and Exercise  Instruction Videos

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

April 26  –

April 27  –

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

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