Happy Monday and Happy Homeschooling!
“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
April Food Themes
April’s Daily Specials (the * after the daily special means it does not always fall on the same date each year)
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.
There’s tons of learning potential from the March calendar! Here’s a collection of resources to use for March themes and special days lessons.
BIG List of Special Days in March, 2017 https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/02/24/special-days-in-march-2017/
My “Go-To” List of lesson planning resources for all months –https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/
Resources for Specific March Themes
March Statehood Anniversaries –
States videos and facts – http://www.history.com/topics/us-states
Presidents with March Birthdays –
These are the resources we use to learn and review the presidents https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/
Resources for March’s Daily Specials – (Some of the following are studies we’ve done in Marches past, others are recommended by other homeschoolers, and the rest are the result of online searches for topics we may be interested in learning about. Check back throughout the month for more resources as they become available.)
March 1 – Lent begins * – 40 Days of Activities pdf http://homelinks.dor.org/homelinks/?LinkServID=BB3CD74B-0F48-7DD6-92FCF5AAC585A924
March 1 – Yellowstone Park established 1872 – Facts, history, videos, photos, and more http://yellowstone.net/
March 2 – Author Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) born 1904 – Printables, crafts, and recipes http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/learning-with-dr-seuss-100-free-dr-seuss-themed-printables-crafts-recipes-and-activities/
March 3 – National Anthem Day – The Star Spangled Banner resources http://outsidethebox93.org/StarSpangledBanner/index.htm
March 3 – Alexander Graham Bell born 1847 – Biography and printables http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdbell.htm
March 3 – International Festival of Owls begins * – Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2012/10/owls.html
March 4 – Jane Goodall born 1934 – Educators resources and printables http://www.wildchimpanzees.org/educators/activities.php
March 4 – Grammar Day – Lessons and quizzes http://www.grammar-monster.com/
March 4 – Iditarod Race begins * http://iditarod.com/
March 4 – Composer Antonio Vivaldi born 1678 – Biography, music selections, and quiz https://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=39
March 5 – Boston Massacre 1770 – Watch a short informative video with political pictures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRxJh9mcfmk
March 5 – Celebrate Your Name Week begins * – Activities for each day http://namesuniverse.webs.com/
March 6 – Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti born 1475 – We did a wonderful study on him a couple of years with an art project that still gets talked about today! https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/07/art-day-sistine-chapel-style/
March 8 – Aardvark Week begins – Videos and facts http://www.arkive.org/aardvark/orycteropus-afer/video-03b.html
March 9 – Explorer Amerigo Vespucci born 1451 – Biography and printables http://www.cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/History/Explorers/Amerigo_Vespucci/index.htm
March 10 – Harriet Tubman born 1820 – Biography and printables http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdtub.htm
March 11 – Johnny Appleseed Day – Research, projects, and activities http://www.franw.com/2013/09/the-life-of-john-chapman-and-legend-of.html
March 12 – Alfred Hitchcock Day – What, Why, and How to Celebrate https://filmschoolrejects.com/13-ways-to-celebrate-national-alfred-hitchcock-day-efdb8d335c9a#.35ewvpfex
March 13 – Brain Awareness Week begins * – Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/03/11/brain-awareness-week/
March 13 – Uranus discovered 1781 http://www.kidsastronomy.com/uranus.htm
March 13 – Wildlife Week begins * – Educator tools and resources http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Kids-and-Nature/Educators/Teacher-Tools.aspx
March 14 – Scientist Albert Einstein born 1879 – Lesson plans, ideas, and activities http://www.homeschooling-ideas.com/albert-einstein-for-kids-lesson-plan.html
March 14 – Pi Day – Activities, information, and videos http://www.piday.org/
March 16 – Panda Day – Lapbook Lessons and Printables http://www.homeschoolshare.com/giant_panda_lapbook.php
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – Learning resources and activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/03/15/learning-resources-for-st-patricks-day/
March 18 – Mount St. Helen erupted 1980 – Information and facts http://www.livescience.com/27553-mount-st-helens-eruption.html
March 19 – Chocolate Week begins * – Research, projects, and activities http://www.franw.com/2013/12/chocolate-activities.html
March 19 – Explorer/Missionary David Livingstone born 1813 – Read his biography and learn about Victoria Falls http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/david-livingstone.html
March 20 – Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day (Fred Rogers born 1928) – Watch episodes of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood http://pbskids.org/rogers/
March 21 – Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born 1685 – Biography and printables http://makingmusicfun.net/htm/f_mmf_music_library/hey-kids-meet-johann-sebastian-bach.htm
March 22 – World Water Day – Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/22/world-water-day/
March 23 – Patrick Henry delivered “Give Me Liberty” speech 1775 – Liberty’s Kids has an episode about this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJT4j9zSDlA
March 24 – Harry Houdini born 1874 – Resources for learning magic tricks http://www.franw.com/2014/11/magic-tricks-resource-page.html
March 25 – Tolkien Reading Day – Lit Study guides available for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/index_author_t.html
March 26 – Poet Robert Frost born 1874 – “Tea Time” biography http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2013/03/tea-time-with-robert-frost/
March 29 – Manatee Appreciation Day * – Lapbook Lessons and Printables http://www.homeschoolshare.com/manatee_lapbook.php
March 30 – Artist Vincent Van Gogh born 1853 – Appreciation lesson plans and activities http://www.vangoghgallery.com/lesson_plans/
March 31 – Eiffel Tower opened 1889 – Fun facts http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/engineering/eiffeltower.html
Happy March Learning!
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 .
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!
Though it’s the hair bows that have the majority of her focus and attention, Emily still takes requests for gifts, cards, and decorations.
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.
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! https://www.facebook.com/Ems-Treasures-477293785798737/
Thanks from a proud mama!