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Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah!

Several years ago my family included Hanukkah as one of our December holiday studies.  The older kids remember it, but the younger boys do not.  So, that’s my cue to include Hanukkah learning into our homeschooling lessons!  Below are some wonderful online resources and activities that I’ve found for us as we explore this 8 night celebration.

Candle lighting, Maccabees, Dreidels, Latkas, and more … https://www.myjewishlearning.com/category/celebrate/hanukkah/

How to Make and Play a Dreidel Printable   https://www.familyeducation.com/…/hanu…/hanukkah-dreidel

Menorah Craft Instructions                                                           http://blog.jugglingfrogs.com/2007/12/how-to-make-chanukah-menorah-chanukiyah.html

Hanukkah Arts and Crafts Projects   http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/hanukahartscraftsideaskidsprojects.html

Printable Writing and Coloring Pages and More   https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/hanukkah-printables

Lapbook Printables                                http://www.homeschoolshare.com/hanukkah_lapbook.php

Printable Word Games and Activities          http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/hanukkah/

3 Hanukkah Math Lessons                                                           https://www.yummymath.com/2017/why-are-the-dates-of-hanukkah-different-every-year/

8 Christian Hanukkah Readings and Devotions on Light   http://heartofwisdom.com/biblicalholidays/2016/12/07/hanukkah-readings-for-eight-nights/

Hanukkah Piano Sheet Music Printables and MP3 Downloads   http://www.gmajormusictheory.org/Freebies/Holidays/Hanukkah.html

Maccabeats Haukkah Music Videos                                                      https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgWWM18u2RI0sAiiWDjmaPFa6s16KLd7A

Hulu is currently streaming Rugrats Chanukah!   Also, if you have access to Disney Jr., Little Einsteins, Special Agent Oso and Puppy Dog Tales have Hanukkah episodes.

Hanukkah Sameach!  (Happy Hanukkah in Hebrew)

betty jo

 

 

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Special Days in December, 2017

December is packed 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, celebrate, or add to the menu, this list of special days for December, 2017 gives you plenty to choose from.

Resources for teaching through December, including a PDF of December’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

December Themes, Observances, and Awareness Days:

  • Art and Architecture
  • Basketball (1st played Dec. 1891)
  • Bingo
  • Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention
  • Learn a Foreign Language
  • Operation Santa Paws
  • Read a New Book
  • Safe Toys and Gifts
  • Spiritual Literacy
  • Tie
  • Universal Human Rights
  • World AIDS
  • Write A Business Plan
  • Write a Friend

December’s Food Themes

  • Egg Nog
  • Exotic Fruit
  • Food Safety
  • Fruit Cake
  • Pear
  • Quince
  • Root Vegetables
  • Tomato
  • Winter Squash

December, 2017 Daily Specials
(the * means that the special day does not necessarily fall on the same date every year)

Dec. 1

  • Aardvark Week begins
  • Christmas Tree Week begins
  • Civil Air Patrol Day
  • Cookie Cutter Week begins
  • Day With(out) Art Day
  • Deaf Heritage Week begins
  • Eat a Red Apple Day
  • First Passenger Balloon Flight 1783
  • Handwashing Awareness Week begins
  • Rosa Parks Day
  • Pie Day
  • Tolerance Week begins
  •  Draft Reinstated 1969
  • World Aids Awareness Day

Dec. 2

  • Abolition of Slavery Day
  • Ear Muff Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Fritters Day
  • Mutt Day
  • Saint Paul’s Cathedral opened 1697
  • Missionary Mary Slessor born 1848
  • Missionary CT Studd born 1860
  • Special Education Day

Dec. 3

  • Advent begins * (4 Sundays leading to Christmas)
  • Disabled Persons Day
  • First Human Heart Transplant 1967
  • Handwashing Awareness Week *
  • Illinois Statehood 1818
  • Make a Gift Day
  • Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week begins * (1st Full Week)
  • Roof Over Your Head Day
  • Galileo invented the Telescope 1621

Dec. 4

  • Computer Science Education Week *
  • Cookie Day
  • Dice Day
  • Feast of St. Barbara
  • International Cheetah Day
  • Monopoly Game Debut 1935
  • Older Driver Safety Awareness Week begins *
  • Phonograph invented 1877
  • Santa’s List Day
  • Wear Brown Shoes Day
  • World Wildlife Conservation Day

Dec. 5

  • Bathtub Party Day
  • Bubble Gum Day
  • Walt Disney born 1901
  • Gold discovered at Sutter’s Mill 1848
  • International Ninja Day
  • Prohibition Ends (21st Amendment) 1933
  • Thailand National Day
  • President Martin Van Buren born 1782
  • Volunteer Day (UN)

Dec. 6

  • Everglades National Park established 1947
  • Finland Independence Day 1917
  • Give a Secret Gift Day
  • Microwave patented 1945
  • Miners Day
  • Mitten Tree Day
  • Pawnbrokers Day
  • Put On Your Own Shoes Day
  • St. Nicholas Day
  • 13th Amendment ratified 1865

Dec. 7

  • Civil Aviation Day
  • Cotton Candy Day
  • Delaware Statehood 1787
  • Letter Writing Day
  • Sculptor/Artist Marie Grosholtz Tussand born 1761
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 1941

Dec. 8

  • Brownie Day
  • First Greeting Card printed 1843
  • Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
  • Take it in the Ear Day
  • US declared War on Japan 1941
  • USSR Dissolved 1991
  • Inventor/Scientist Eli Whitney born 1765
  • Winter Flowers Day

Dec. 9

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas Debut 1965
  • Christmas Card Day
  • International Anti-Corruption day
  • Pastry Day
  • Petrified Forest National Park established 1962
  • Roller Skates Patented 1884
  • Tanzania Independence Day 1961
  • Weary Willie Day (circus clown)
  • Wreaths Across America Day * (2nd Sat.)

Dec. 10

  • Day of Animal Rights
  • Dewey Decimal System Day
  • Poet Emily Dickinson born 1830
  • Human Rights Day
  • Mississippi Statehood 1817
  • Nobel Prize Day
  • World Choral Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting Day * (2nd Sun.)

Dec. 11

  • Apollo 17 Moon Landing 1972
  • Ding-a-Ling Day
  • Germany declared war on US 1941
  • Indiana Statehood 1816
  • International Mountain Day
  • Northern Lights Recorded for First Time 1719
  • Noodle Ring Day
  • Republic of Upper Volta Independence 1958
  • UNICEF founded 1947

Dec. 12

  • Ding-a-Ling Day
  • Ginger Bread House Day
  • Golf Tee Patented 1899
  • Hanukkah (Chanukah) begins *
  • Hot Cocoa Day
  • Hovercraft Patented 1955
  • Founding Father John Jay born 1745
  • Kenya Independence Day 1963
  • Pennsylvania Statehood 1787
  • Poinsettia Day

Dec. 13

  • Day of the Horse
  • Francis Drake Begins Voyage Around the World  1577
  • Ice Cream Day
  • Santa Lucia Day
  • Violin Day

Dec. 14

  • Alabama Statehood 1819
  • Bouillabaisse Day
  • Scientist Tycho Brahe born 1546
  • Children’s Day
  • Christmas Bird Count Week begins
  • Deck the Halls Day
  • Halcyon Days begin * (7 days before Solstice)
  • Monkey Day
  • Nostradamus born 1503
  • Raggedy Ann Doll Debut 1914
  • Roast Chestnuts Day
  • South Pole First Reached 1911

Dec. 15

  • Bill of Rights Day 1791
  • Cat Herders Day
  • Architect Alexandre Gustave Eiffel born 1832
  • Lemon Cupcake Day
  • Nero born 37 AD
  • Underdog Day * (3rd Fri.)

Dec. 16

  • Author Jane Austen born 1775
  • Composer Ludwig Von Beethoven born 1770
  • Boston Tea Party 1773
  • Missionary Amy Carmichael born 1867
  • Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
  • Los Posadas
  • Vending Machine patented 1884
  • Zionism Day

Dec. 17

  • Aztec Calendar Stone excavated 1790
  • A Christmas Carol first published 1843
  • Gluten-free Baking Week begins * (week before Christmas week)
  • Missionary Isobel Kuhn born 1901
  • Maple Syrup Day
  • Patriot Deborah Sampson born 1760
  • Saturnalia begins
  • Wright Brother’s 1st successful flight 1903

Dec. 18

  • Bake Cookies Day
  • Coral Reef National Park Established
  • Migrants Day
  • New Jersey Statehood 1787
  • The Nutcracker  Premier 1892
  • Roast a Suckling Pig Day

Dec. 19

  • Build a Snowman Day
  • Look For An Evergreen Day
  • Oatmeal Muffin Day
  • Explorer Sir William Parry born 1790
  • Poor Richards Almanac first published 1732
  • Suspenders patented 1871 (Mark Twain)

Dec. 20

  • Games Day
  • Go Caroling Day
  • Louisiana Purchase Day 1803
  • South Carolina seceded from the Union  1860 (1st state to secede)

Dec. 21

  • Apollo 8 Blast Off 1968
  • Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered 1937
  • Flashlight Day
  • Forefathers Day
  • Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
  • Humbug Day
  • Litha
  • Look on the Bright Side Day
  • Nepal Independence Day 1923
  • Pilgrims Arrival at Plymouth 1620
  • Re-Gifting Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Winter Solstice / First Day of Winter *
  • Yule *

Dec. 22

  • Date Nut Bread Day
  • Dinofish discovered 1938
  • First Electric Christmas Lights 1882
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • Lincoln Tunnel completed 1937
  • Thermometer Invented 1714

Dec. 23

  • Federal Reserve System established 1913
  • Festivus
  • Pfeffernusse Day
  • Roots Day (genealogy not turnips)
  • Metric Conversion Act passed 1975
  • Mormon prophet Joseph Smith born 1805
  • A Visit From St. Nicholas First Released 1823

Dec. 24

  • Chocolate Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Egg Nog Day
  • Great Fire of San Francisco 1849
  • Libya Independence Day 1951
  • Phonograph Patented 1877
  • Founding Father Benjamin Rush born 1704

Dec. 25

  • Red Cross founder Clara Barton born 1821
  • Christmas
  • Scientist Isaac Newton born 1643
  • Pumpkin Pie Day
  • Washington crossed the Delaware River 1776

Dec. 26

  • Boxing Day (Canada & UK)
  • Candy Cane Day
  • Coffee Percolator invented 1865
  • Kwanzaa begins
  • Saint Stephen’s Day
  • Thank You Note Day
  • Whiner’s Day

Dec. 27

  • Fruit Cake Day
  • Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Scientist Louis Pasteur born 1822
  • Radio City Music Hall opened 1932
  • Visit the Zoo Day

Dec. 28

  • Card Playing Day
  • Chewing Gum Patented 1869
  • Childermass/Holy Innocents Day
  • Chocolate Day
  • Iowa Statehood 1846
  • Pledge of Allegiance recognized by Congress 1945
  • Westminster Abbey Consecrated 1065
  • President Woodrow Wilson born 1856

Dec. 29

  • President Andrew Johnson born 1808
  • Pepper Pot Day
  • Battle of Wounded Knee 1890
  • Texas Statehood 1845
  • Tick Tock Day

Dec. 30

  • Bacon Day
  • Bicarbonate of Soda Day
  • Author Rudyard Kipling born 1865
  • Author Mercer Mayer born 1943
  • Take a Walk Day

Dec. 31

  • Hogmanay
  • Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
  • Make Up Your Mind Day
  • Artist Henri Matisse born 1869
  • New Years Eve
  • No Interruptions Day
  • Universal Hour of Peace Day
  • Unlucky Day
  • Watch Night

Free Printable  –  Special Days in December

Here’ is the collection of my favorite “go to” resources for special days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

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

A resource list for Special Days in December is in the works!

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-december

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/december.html

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

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

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/

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

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Happy December!

betty jo

SPECIAL DAYS IN OCTOBER, 2017

 

Here’s the October, 2017 Special Days list!  It’s filled with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and even some spooky stuff!  If you’re looking for something seasonal and fun to include in your lesson plans, a day to celebrate, or special foods to add to your menu, this list will give you some awesome ideas!

Resources for teaching through October, including a PDF of October’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

October’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog
  • AIDS Awareness
  • Animal Safety and Protection
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Audiology Awareness
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Bat Appreciation
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bilingual Child
  • Blindness Awareness
  • Book
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Children’s Magazine
  • Chiropractic
  • Church Library
  • Class Reunion
  • Clocks
  • Computer Learning
  • Co-op Awareness
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cut Out Dissection
  • Cyber Security Awareness
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Depression Education and Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Down Syndrome Awareness
  • Drum
  • Dyslexia Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Energy Management
  • Ergonomics
  • Eye Safety
  • Fair Trade
  • Feral Hog
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Thought
  • German-American Heritage
  • Global Diversity
  • Go On A Field Trip
  • Halloween Safety
  • Health Literacy
  • Improve Your Home
  • International Dinosaur
  • Liver Awareness
  • Kitchen and Bath
  • Medical Librarian
  • Menopause
  • Orthodontic Health
  • Pastor Appreciation Day
  • Photographer Appreciation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Polish American Heritage
  • Positive Attitude
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness
  • Protect Your Hearing
  • Raptor Month
  • Reading Group
  • Right Brainers Rule
  • Roller Skating
  • Sarcastic Awareness
  • Self-Promotion
  • Spina Bifida Awareness
  • Squirrel Awareness
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • Starman
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness
  • Walk To School
  • Window Covering Safety
  • Work and Family
  • World Animal

October’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apple Jack
  • Bake and Decorate
  • Caramel
  • Cheese
  • Chili
  • Cookie
  • Country Ham
  • Cranberry
  • Eat Better, Eat Together
  • Eatable Roots
  • English Pudding
  • Farm to School
  • Pasta
  • Persimmons
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn Poppin’
  • Pork
  • Pumpkins
  • Rhizomes
  • Rhubarb
  • Sausage
  • Seafood
  • Spinach Lovers
  • Tackling Hunger
  • Vegetarian Awareness

Daily Specials for October, 2017  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Oct. 1

  • Animal Welfare Week begins * (1st full week)
  • CD Player Day
  • Carry a Tune Week begins * (week with the 7th)
  • President Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Change a Light Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Fire Pup Day
  • Get Organized Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Homemade Cookies Day
  • Inter-Generation Day * (1st Sun.)
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Lace Day
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • Mystery Series Week * (1st full week)
  • Nigeria Independence Day 1960
  • People’s Republic of China National Day 1949
  • Raccoon Appreciation Day
  • Vegetarian Day
  • World Communion Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Work From Home Week * (1st full week)

Oct. 2

  • Child Health Day * (1st Mon.)
  • Custodial Workers Day
  • Farm Animals Day
  • Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi born 1869
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • Guinea Independence Day 1958
  • International Day of Non-violence
  • Comic Julius “Groucho” Marx born 1895
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Peanuts Comic first published 1950
  • Spinning and Weaving Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention/Blue Shirt Day * (1st Mon.)
  • World Habitat Day * (1st Mon.)

Oct. 3

  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
  • Captain Kangaroo premier 1955
  • East and West Germany re-unitification 1990
  • Arthur James Herriot born 1916
  • Kids’ Goal Setting Day
  • Richard the Lionheart crowned King 1189
  • No Salt Week begins
  • SOS (distress code) established 1906
  • Techie’s Day
  • Blues Musician Stevie Ray Vaughn born 1954
  • Virus Appreciation Day

Oct. 4

  • Balloons Around the World Day * (1st Wed.)
  • Blessing of the Animals Day
  • Cinnamon Roll Day
  • Frappe Day
  • Golf Day
  • President Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • St. Francis Day
  • Lesotho Independence Day 1966
  • Sputnik launched 1957
  • Sukkot//Feast of Tabernacles *
  • Author, Edward Stratemeyer born 1862
  • Ten-Four Day
  • Walk to School Day * (1st Wed.)
  • World Animal Day
  • World Space Week begins

Oct. 5

  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
  • Jarrow March 1936
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Come and Take It Day
  • Denim Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Diversity Day * (1st Fri.)
  • German-American Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • Story Telling Weekend begins * (1st Fri.)
  • William Tyndale martyred 1536
  • Inventor George Westinghouse born 1846
  • World Smile Day * (1st Fri.)

Oct. 7

  • First “American Bandstand” Broadcast 1952
  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island 1542
  • Card Making Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend begins*
  • Frugal Fun Day * (1st Sat.)

Oct. 8

  • Cephalopod Awareness Days (8-10)
  • Chestnut Week * (2nd full week)
  • Clergy Appreciation Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Fire Prevention Week begins * (week with the 9th)
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • Activist Jesse Jackson born 1941
  • Metric Week * (week with the 10th)
  • Pierogy Day
  • Touch Tag Day
  • Wolf Awareness Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Alvin C. York Day

Oct. 9

  • Canadian Thanksgiving * (2nd Mon.)
  • Chess Day
  • Columbus Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Cupcake Day
  • Curious Events Day
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Fire Prevention Day
  • First 2-way Telephone Conversation 1876
  • Musician John Lennon born 1940
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Native American Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Pro-Life Cupcake Day
  • School Lunch Week begins *
  • Uganda Independence Day 1962
  • Washington Monument opened 1888
  • World Post Day

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Face Your Fears Day * (2nd Tues.)
  • Fiji Independence Day 1970
  • Author James Marshall born 1942
  • Metric Day
  • Republic of China/Taiwan National Day 1949
  • World Mental Health Day

Oct. 11

  • Apollo 7 lauched 1968
  • Boer War Began 1880
  • Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work & School Day * (2nd Wed.)
  • Coming Out Day
  • Emergency Nurses Day * (2nd Wed.)
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction * (2nd Wed.)
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Remember Forever Day
  • Eleanor Roosevelt born 1884
  • Top Spinning Day * ( 2nd Wed.)

Oct. 12

  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • Fossil Day
  • Freethought Day
  • Moment of Frustration Day
  • Old Farmer’s Day
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814
  • World Sight Day * (2nd Thurs.)

Oct. 13

  • Earth Science Week begins
  • Egg Day * (2nd Fri.)
  • English Language Day
  • Greenwich  Mean Time established 1884
  • Patriot Molly Pitcher born 1754
  • Skeptics Day
  • Margaret Thatcher born 1925
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • US Navy Established 1775

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Dessert Day
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • William Penn born 1644
  • Photographic Film patented 1884
  • Universal Music Day * (2nd Sat.)

Oct. 15

  • 1st Manned Balloon Flight (tethered), 1783
  • Bullying Bystaneders Unite Week * (3rd full week)
  • Character Counts Week * (3rd full week)
  • Chemistry Week * (3rd full week)
  •  Food Bank Week begins * (week of the 16th)
  • Forest Products Week begins * (3rd Sun.)
  • Freedom of Speech Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Friends of the Library Week * (3rd full week)
  • Grouch Day
  • I Love Lucy Premier 1951
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • Poetry Day
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • Save for Retirement Week begins *
  • Veterinary Technician Week begins
  • White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 16

  • Marie Antoinette executed 1793
  • Boss’s Day * (weekday closest to the 16th)
  • Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Dictionary Day
  • Learn A Word Day
  • Nuclear Science Week begins *
  • Noah Webster born 1758
  • School Bus Safety Week * (Mon. of 3rd full week)
  • World Food Day

Oct. 17

  • African American Poetry Day
  • Eradication of Poverty Day
  • Author Arthur Miller born 1915
  • Mulligan Day
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity * (3rd Tues.)
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • Diwali/Deepavali begins *
  • Hagfish Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Day * (Wed. of 3rd full week)
  • No Beard Day
  • Saint Luke’s Day
  • World Menopause Day

Oct. 19

  • Cave Painting discovered in Verona, Italy 2000
  • Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Electric Light Bulb Introduced 1879
  • Get Smart About Credit Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Revolutionary War ends 1781

Oct. 20

  • Baseball’s Mickey Mantle born 1931
  • Information Overload Day
  • Monster Mash Day
  • Sloth Day
  • Architect Sir Christopher Wren born 1632

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Battle of Trafalgar 1805
  • Bridge Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day
  • 1st Light Bulb 1879
  • Inventor Alfred Nobel born 1833
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day
  • Sweetest Day * (3rd Sat.)

Oct. 22

  • Daniel Boone born 1734
  • CAP LOCKS DAY
  • Everyone Writes Day
  • Massage Therapy Week * ( last full week)
  • Peace, Friendship, & Goodwill Week * (last full week)
  • Mother-In-Law Day * (4th Sun.)
  • Nut Day
  • Stuttering Awareness Day

Oct. 23

  • Battle of Edgehill 1642
  • Capistrano Day
  • iPod Day
  • Mole Day
  • Pele (soccer champion) born 1940
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
  • TV Talk Show Host Day

Oct. 24

  • Bologna Day
  • Disarmament Week begins (UN)
  • Food Day
  • Peace, Friendship, and Good Will Week begins
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day
  • Zambia Independence Day 1964

Oct. 25

  • Charge of the Light Brigade 1854
  • Saint Crispin’s Day
  • Magic Week begins
  • Pasta Day
  • Artist Pablo Picasso born 1881
  • Punk for a Day Day
  • Sourest Day

Oct. 26

  • Erie Canal opened 1825
  • Gun Fight at the OK Corral 1881
  • Hillary Clinton born 1947
  • Mincemeat
  • Mule Day
  • National Pumpkin Day
  • Punky Night * (last Thurs.)
  • Red Cross Founded 1836

Oct. 27

  • Explorer James Cook born 1728
  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • Frankenstein Day * (last Fri.)
  • Make a Difference Day * (4th Fri. and Sat.)
  • Navy Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • St Vincent and Grenadines Independence Day 1979
  • Tell A Story Day

Oct. 28

  • Chocolates Day
  • Make a Difference Day * (4th Fri. and Sat.)
  • Plush Animal Lover’s Day
  • St. Jude’s Day
  • Physician Jonas Salk born 1914
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886

Oct. 29

  • Cat Day
  • Gateway to the West (St. Louis Arch) completed 1965
  • Hermit Day
  • Internet Day
  • Oatmeal Day
  • The New York Stock Exchange crashed (beginning of The Great Depression) 1929
  • Psoriasis Day
  • Turkey Independence Day 1923
  • Visit a Cemetery Day

Oct. 30

  • President John Adams born 1735
  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Candy Corn Day
  • Create a Great Funeral Day
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • Mischief Night (Devil’s Night)
  • The National Organization for Women (NOW) founded 1966
  • 1938 Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 

Oct. 31

  • All Hollows Eve/Halloween
  • Books for Treats Day
  • Caramel Apple Day
  • Carve a Pumpkin Day
  • Day of the Dead
  • Girl Scout Founder’s Day
  • Knock Knock Jokes Day
  • Magic Day
  • Mount Rushmore Completed 1941
  • Nevada Statehood 1864
  • Reformation Day
  • Samhain

Free Printable –  Special Days in October

(Several times throughout the month I will edit more special days into the list as I find out about them. Thus, your PDF will not be as complete as the list at the end of the month.)

 

Here’ is the collection of my favorite “go to” resources for special days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

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

Get your copy of October’s Special Days Activity Companion  from Etsy

October’s Special Days Activity Companion is also available for purchase at Learning Tangent Homeschool Magazine’s Shop!

My apologies, but I haven’t had the opportunity to update the Learning Resources list for October, 2017 (yet).  However, most of the resources from 2016 should work just fine  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/10/01/learning-resources-for-special-days-in-october-2016/

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.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/october.html

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

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

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/october.htm

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

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/oct.html

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Happy October!

betty jo

The Great American Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21 is the date of the Great American Solar Eclipse.  However, there is much to learn and observe before the event!  Below is the collection of online resources we’ll be using for eclipse lessons and to prepare for the viewing.

Everything You Need To Know About the Solar Eclipse – Explanations, Diagrams, DIY Safe Viewing Projects, and more!

Animated and Interactive Eclipse Maps  –  Find out when and where

Eclipses: Crash Course Video

Eclipse Live Stream

Eclipse History –  NASA’s collection of historical eclipses starting with about 5000 BC including Chinese, Babylonians, and Greeks to current times.

Ancient People and the Solar Eclipse  –  Video

Solar Eclipse Folklore, Myths, and Superstitions

Eclipse in the Bible

A Day With Two Dawns  –  Free Eclipse Ebook and Resources from Apologia

Eclipse Kit   –  Resources and STEM activities from NASA

Lapbooking and Notebooking Printables

Eclipse Quotes

Eclipse Vocabulary List with Games and Puzzles 

Free Eclipse Printables and Resources

Eclipse Art Projects

Math Lesson  –  Geometry of a Solar Eclipse

Our town is one of the prime totality viewing spots. We’ve decided to avoid the crowds that are expected at the various events and have our own back yard party.

For the party!

Ideas and Planning Tips

Music Playlist

Snacks

Sun, Moon, and Stars Coloring Sheets (most of these are suitable for teens and adults)

betty jo

 

 

 

Louie Armstrong

Short Biography

Acheivements

Museum Collections

Photo Gallery

Jazz Terms Glossary 

Jazz Slang     (Parental Guidance Alert! Not all the words in this glossary are appropriate for children!)

Greatest Hits Playlist

Lyrics

Read Aloud –  When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat

Quotes

Coloring Pages

Later, Cool Cats! Catch ya on the flip!

betty jo

 

 

 

Learning Resources for Special Days in November

novemberThere are wonderful opportunities for learning from the November calendar!  Here’s a BiG  resource list for teaching and learning with November’s themes, holidays, and special days.  Be sure to check back occasionally throughout the month, for I’ll be adding to this collection as more resources become available.

November, 2017  holidays, observances, food themes, and awareness days, historic figures, composers, artists and authors birthdays, science and history based anniversaries,  and more!   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/10/27/special-days-in-november-2017/

Helpful “go-to” resources for educational calendars, monthly themes, and special days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

November Themes

Adopt a Turkey  – Wild Turkey Resources, Crafts, and Activities  http://www.franw.com/2011/11/wild-turkeys.html

Aviation  – The study resources we used during August’s “Aviation Week” are great and will work just as well in November.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/17/aviation-week-learning-resources/

Diabetes  –  Pre-K – 12 Teacher Guides, Worksheets, and Quizzes –  Just enter “diabetes” into the search bar to pull up which level you need  –  http://classroom.kidshealth.org/index.jsp?Grade=0&Section=welcome

Historic Bridges  –  Learning Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/05/27/bridges/

Music  –  We also go to this site often for music theory, composer biographies, and free sheet music printables  http://makingmusicfun.net/

NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) –  Young Writers Program  –  Guides, Lesson Plans and Workbooks  –  https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/pages/educator-resources   and the NaNoWriMo homepage  http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

Native American Heritage – Resources and Activities  http://www.franw.com/2015/10/native-american-resources.html

Squash – Resources and Recipes  http://www.franw.com/2011/11/3-sisters-squash-pumpkins.html

Sweet Potato Awareness –  Resources and Recipes   http://www.franw.com/2015/09/sweet-potato-resources.html

World Communication  –  Communication Skill Building Videos  https://www.edutopia.org/topic/communication-skills

Presidents With Nov. Birthdays:

  • Nov. 2 – Warren Harding 1865
  • Nov. 2 – James Polk 1795
  • Nov. 23 – Franklin Pierce 1804
  • Nov. 24 – Zachary Taylor 1784

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

Nov. Statehood Anniversaries

  • Nov. 2 – North and South Dakota1889
  • Nov. 8 – Montana 1889
  • Nov. 16 – Oklahoma 1907
  • Nov. 21 – North Carolina 1789

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

States Notebooking Printables  –  http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/06/free-state-notebooking-pages-2.html

November Daily Specials

Nov. 1  –  Plate Tectonics Day  –  Lesson Plans and Activitieshttp://geology.com/teacher/plate-tectonics.shtml

Nov. 2 – Alternate birth date for Daniel Boone 1734 (other sources say Oct, 22) https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/22/daniel-boone/

Nov. 3  –  First Dog in Space 1957  – Article and Resource List   http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/dogs/

Nov. 4 – Common Sense Day – Read the Thomas Payne Publications  http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Thomas_Paine/Common_Sense/   and watch this episode of Liberty’s Kids  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awlBeITstkE

Nov. 5 – Guy Fawkes Day and Bonfire Night –  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/guy-fawkes

Nov. 6  –  Marooned Without a Compass Day  –  8 Ways to Find North Without a Compass  https://www.wikihow.com/Find-True-North-Without-a-Compass

Nov. 6 –  Composer John Phillips Sousa born 1854  –  Audio Biography with Music Selections   http://www.classicsforkids.com/shows/shows.php?id=60

Nov. 7 –  Scientist Marie Curie born 1867  –  Short Biography and Printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdcurie.htm

Nov. 7 –  Evangelist Billy Graham born 1918 –  K-12 Downloadable Lesson Plans  –https://billygrahamlibrary.org/educational-resources/

Nov. 8  – Tongue Twister Day – How fast can you say these?   http://www.funenglishgames.com/funstuff/tonguetwisters.html

Nov. 9 –  Berlin Wall Opened, 1989 –  Article, Facts, and Quiz   http://www.ducksters.com/history/cold_war/berlin_wall.php

Nov. 9 –  Kristallnacht Anniversary 1938 – Exhibition, Video, and Educational Resource List  https://www.lookstein.org/professional-dev/kristallnacht-resources/

Nov. 10 – Theologian Martin Luther born 1483 –  Resource and Activity List

https://simplelivingcreativelearning.com/reformation-day-resources-and-activities/

Nov. 11 – Origami Day –  http://www.franw.com/2013/12/holiday-and-winter-origami.html

Nov. 11 –  Remembrance/Veterans Day –  http://www.franw.com/2013/11/veteransremembrance-day.html

Nov. 12 –  Reformer Elizabeth Stanton born 1815 –  http://www.franw.com/2013/11/womens-suffrage-research-resource.html

Nov. 12 –  Geography Awareness Week begins * –  Geography Activities, Ideas, and Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/29/special-days-and-geography/

Nov. 13 –  World Kindness Day  –  100 Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids and Families  https://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/100-acts-kindness-kids/

Nov. 14 –  Artist Claude Monet born 1840  –  http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/04/art-unit-for-claude-monet.html

Nov. 15 – America Recycles Day –  Crafting with Recyclables  http://www.franw.com/2013/04/make-your-own-crafts-from-repurposed.html

Nov. 15 –    Artist Georgia O’Keefe born 1887 –  Big Flower and Color Art Project    http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/05/create-color-like-okeeffe-a-georia-okeefe-arty-unit.html

Nov. 16 – Fast Food Day  – Fast Food Nutrition Lesson Plans (middle school/high school) –    http://www.fastfoodnutrition.org/lesson-plans.php

Nov. 17 – Explorers Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean 1805 (some sources say 15th)-  Student Activities  http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/activity/lewis-and-clark-student-activity

Nov. 18 – Mickey Mouse Debut 1928  Watch the first Mickey Mouse cartoon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6c_WgxTsMo

Nov. 19 – World Toilet Day –  Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/11/19/world-toilet-day/

Nov. 21 – First Hot Air Balloon Flight 1763 –   http://www.franw.com/2014/06/hot-air-balloons.html

Nov. 24 –  Thanksgiving (US)  *

Nov. 25 – Author/Illustrator Marc Brown born 1946 –  Educator Resources, Activities, and Lesson Plans  http://marcbrownstudios.com/school/educators-faq/

Nov. 25 –  Native American Day * – Resource Page   http://www.franw.com/2015/10/native-american-resources.html

Nov. 25 – Woody Woodpecker Debut 1940  –  Watch These 1940’s Episodes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOTOpybYf20

Nov. 26 – Cartoonist Charles Schulz born 1922 – Peanuts resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/10/02/peanuts/

Nov. 29 –  Chocolates Day – Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2013/12/chocolate-activities.html

Nov. 29 – Author CS Lewis born 1898 –  Interactive Biography and Fun Facts  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/cs_lewis/

Nov. 30 – Author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) born 1835 –

Happy November Learning!

betty jo