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Special Days and Biographies

I’ve been asked several times, “How exactly do you teach from your Special Days lists?”  The answer to that comes in multi-parts, but usually starts with “Biographies, lots of biographies!”

Every Special Days list includes birthdays of famous people throughout history.  I’ll ask the boys what they know about that author/artist/scientist/historical figure/religious leader.  If they are not familiar with him/her, we’ll do biography study!  Some days we only have a brief discussion about the person, or a review if we had studied him or her in the past couple of years.  Other days we will go more in depth and I’ll include reading resources, videos, and quotes into the lessons.  Some biography studies can be finished in a couple of hours.  Some biography studies catch a bigger interest and I won’t stop the study until that interest is satisfied, even if it means having to cancel my other special days lesson plans for a week or more.  Whoever we miss, we can try to catch next year or the year after when their special day happens again.

This past school year we started notebooking some of our biography studies and plan to continue with this for the upcoming school year.   We arranged the pages in a timeline order and as the notebooks fill up, we can start a new one.  However, the boys prefer projects over notebooking, so we’ll do some of each.

Below is my “go-to” resource list for online resources for biographies, how-to’s, and notebooking printables.  Also, our local library has a wonderful collection of biographies and Youtube has many video biographies suitable for children and youths, so don’t forget to check those when you are looking for resources.

Biography Project Ideas 

Lesson Plans for 6 sessions of the “Writer’s Workshop  – The Biographical Sketch” http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/writers-workshop-biographical-sketch-1039.html?tab=4#session1

How to Write a Biography  –                                                           http://www.howtowriteabiography.org/

100+ Biographies and Printables (These are short and written for younger readers, however older students will find these helpful as a starting place when researching a historical person.  Also the printables are a useful for work samples for portfolios or history based notebooks)   http://gardenofpraise.com/leaders.htm

Artists Biographies  –                                                                 http://www.vangoghgallery.com/artistbios/

Composer Biographies with Music Selections                                   http://www.classicsforkids.com/

Kid Safe Scientist Biographies Resources-                                                   http://www.kidtopia.info/science_biography.html

President Biographies Resources  –https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

Church Leaders, Missionaries, Hymn Writers, and Evangelists Biographies  http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/index.html

Kid Safe Online Encyclopedia  –            http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Biographies

1000’s of Biography E-books to download or read online  http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Biographies_%28Bookshelf%29#Pierre_Abelard

When we write biographies, we generally include the person’s birth and death dates, where they were from, a childhood fact or two, and their accomplishments as adults including spouse and children.  We will usually add a quote to the notebooking page, too.

Biography Notebooking Printables from The Notebooking Fairy

Author

Scientist

Artist  

Composer

Presidents

Timeline Facts

For Any Person 

Missionaries  (from the Proverbial Homemaker)

Composers (from Homeschool Giveaways)

Portraits of Historical Figures (public domain)  for when we want a photo to print off for the notebooking page                                                   http://www.lib.utexas.edu/exhibits/portraits/index.html

Sometimes we’ll look over a history timeline to get the idea of what was going on in the world during our subject’s life.                                                             https://www.factmonster.com/us/timeline-archive

In accordance with my state’s homeschooling regulations, I keep a daily subject checklist.  On biography days I will check off the relevant History/Science/Art/Music and Reading Comprehension boxes. And, if we made a notebooking page I’ll check off Composition and Penmanship, too.  Don’t you just love it when one topic can cover multiple subjects!

And every now and then we’ll bake and decorate a birthday cake because …

I’d love to hear how you go about biography studies!  Please share about them in the comments.

(This post is actually ‘Part 2’ of a series in which I’m explaining how my family learns across the curriculum with topics selected from the Special Days list.  For the series introduction click here.)

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

 

Like many other homeschooling families and classrooms worldwide, we used the calendar as part of our early learning activities.   Calendars are the best way to learn the name of the months and days of the week.  Counting down to holidays and birthdays were some of our earliest math lessons. “Morning Calendar Time” was often the highlight of our homeschooling day.  When we started calendar learning with our second child, we added a few things for our oldest, such as the month’s name origin, gemstone, and prominent constellations.  And, this type of calendar learning continued on through the preschool years of children three, four, and five.  Cross curricular and multi- level unit studies of seasons and holidays were extensions from that “Morning Calendar Time” and were something we all looked forward to as we would break from our regular learning.

Then one August morning,  Joshua (child #4) was rather distraught about the lack of a family birthday or holiday being on our calendar.  Our local homeschool support group did not have a party or field trip scheduled for August either. He was so disappointed. There was nothing “special” to look forward to.   His unhappiness was contagious.

At that time, the older children were working on a study of the Middle Ages so we began adding the birthdates of the people we were learning about to the calendar. Then one day, we stumbled upon a food calendar so we added food days to our calendar (and often to our shopping list and menu) and nutrition studies to our schooling.

In September of the next year, we learned that there was a “Talk Like a Pirate Day”! Of course we added that to our calendar and lesson plans. Soon we were discovering odd and unusual holidays for every month. No longer was Joshua going to be sad during morning calendar time because there weren’t special days. In fact, we had collected so many special days, the wall calendar didn’t have enough room for us to accommodate them all! Thus, a Special Days list was started!

The following year we were focusing our studies on US History.  We added presidents, explorers, and patriots birthdays and statehood anniversaries to our list. We also included the opening and dedication dates of state parks and monuments. War related dates were put on the list as well. The following year as we were learning about world cultures and religions, we were able to add their holidays to our special days collection.

A friend, knowing our building interest of  calendar studies, gifted us with an educational activity book that was based off of authors, artists, and composer birthdays. The book also listed the dates for invention patents and historical events.  Yes, you guessed it!  Many of those dates were put on our list!

It was never my intention to turn our Morning Calendar time into a full curriculum, but that is what  happened. Every month offers so many holidays, famous persons birthdays, foods, statehood anniversaries, historic and scientific anniversaries,  foreign nations heritages observances, health related observances,  wildlife  and conservation awareness days, arts, music, and physical activities that we’ve been able to learn more than enough to cover nearly all of our core subjects and elective studies!  Some days we’re even able to incorporate a math lesson with the special day!

This upcoming school year will be our 4th year of having nearly all of our learning coming from the calendar!  We are not even close to exhausting the educational possibilities based on the monthly Special Days lists. And, we are still making it longer! Starting  July, 2017, the updated Special Days lists will included foreign country Independence Days and National Days.

The current month’s Special Days list and resource collections are always accessible from the right side bar of my blog page. Other months can be found by an archive search or search bar (also in the right margin). The lists are updated often.

Along with my friend, Fran from Funschooling, I hostess a Facebook group based on fun learning activities for seasonal themes and special days. You can request to join Fun Days Homeschooling Co-op here. We’d love to have you!

“How do you make your Special Days lists your curriculum?” is a question I hear often.  I’m planning a blog series, “Special Days and …” to answer that “how” question for each subject along with  resources and ideas.

I have co-authored an Activity Companion for learning with August’s Special Days and the September and October Activity Companions are in the works.

How do you use the Special Days list in your classroom or homeschool?  I’m looking forward to your responses!  And, if you have questions, let me have those too!

betty jo

 

 

July Resources

Here is a wonderful list of free resources for learning (and teaching) through the month of July!

BIG LIST of Special Days in July  –     https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/06/27/special-days-in-july-2017/

Resource Collection for Calendar Based Lesson Planning  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Specific July Themed Resources –

Presidents with July Birthdays

  • Calvin Coolidge – July 4, 1872
  • George W. Bush – July 6, 1946
  • John Quincy Adams – July 11, 1767
  • Gerald Ford – July 14, 1913

Awesome resources for learning about the Presidents – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

July Statehood Anniversaries

  • Idaho – July 3, 1890
  • Wyoming – July 10, 1890
  • New York – July 26, 1788

States Printables – http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__usa.php

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

Daily Specials for July, 2017  (I’ll be updating the daily specials with more resources as we go along through the month, so check back often for more!  And, if you have any special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them into the list. I appreciate all the help I can get!)

July 1 – International Joke Day – Our favorite kid’s joke resources and tips – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/01/just-joking/

July 4  –  Independence Day – Cross Curriculum Unit Study Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/01/history-fireworks-food-and-family-fun-a-4th-of-july-unit-study/

July 7  –  Chocolate Day  –  Learning Resources, Recipes, and Activities  http://www.franw.com/2013/02/chocolate.html

July 8 –  Liberty Bell cracked 1835  –  Learning Resources  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/08/the-liberty-bell/

July 10  –  Town Criers Day (2nd Monday)  –  Fun Information and Videos  https://hearthungerblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/international-town-criers-day/

July 11  –  Author EB White born 1899  –  Charlotte’s Web Activities  http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2015/01/charlottes-web-activities-for-kids.html

July 12  –  Julius Caesar born 100 BC  –  Biography  http://www.ducksters.com/history/ancient_rome/julius_caesar.php

July 12  –  Henry Thoreau born 1817  –  Lesson Plans and Activities http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/henry-david-thoreau-born-a-20558.html

July 14 –  Artist Rembrandt born 1606 – Learning Resources and Activities –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/15/rembrandt/

July 17 –  Hymn Writer Isaac Watts born 1674  – Biography and Hymns  –http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/w/a/t/watts_i.htm

July 23 –  Shark Week begins * – Webcams and videos  –                   http://deadline.com/2017/06/shark-week-schedule-michael-phelps-chris-noth-1202114238/

July 24 –  Aviator Amelia Earhart born 1897  –  Unit Study and Resources http://www.tfhsm.com/2016/07/free-homeschool-unit-study-amelia-earhart-day.html

July 28 – Author Beatrix Potter born 1866  –  Lesson Plans and Activities  https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/beatrix-potters-naughty-animal-tales#sect-activities

July 29 – International Tiger Day – Facts, Listen to “ROARS”, Coloring printables, and more – http://www.tigers-world.com/

Happy July Learning!

betty jo

Special Days in July, 2017

 

Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, the July 2017 special days list gives you plenty to choose from!

Upon request, I’ve added more holidays and observances from the UK.  Also, upon request, a easy to print PDF of the list is included at the bottom of this post.

Here’s the list of July themes, foods, scientific and historic anniversaries, and famous birthdays.  There’s some summer fun days, too!

July Awareness/Observance Days and Themes

  • Air-Conditioning Appreciation
  • Anti-Boredom
  • Bereaved Parents Awareness
  • Bison
  • Bio-terrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness
  • Black Family
  • Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
  • Cell Phone Courtesy
  • Dog House Repair
  • Family Reunion
  • Freedom From Fear of Speaking
  • Herbal Prescription Awareness
  • Independent Retailers
  • Irrigation
  • Make a Difference to Children
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Read An Almanac
  • Share a Sunset
  • Tennis
  • Tour de France
  • Unlucky Month for Weddings
  • Wheelchair Beautification
  • Wild About Wildlife
  • Women’s Motorcycle
  • Zine

July’s Food Themes

  • Baked Beans
  • Berry
  • Blueberry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Grilling
  • Horseradish
  • Hot Dog
  • Ice Cream
  • Lettuce
  • Ice Cream
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Nectarine
  • Picnic

July, 2017  –  Daily Specials:  (the * means that the special day does NOT fall on the same date every year)

July 1

  • Battle of Gettysburg 1863
  • Burundi Independence Day 1962
  • Canada  Independence Day 1867
  • Cherry Pit Spitting Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
  • Princess Diana born 1961
  • Hop-a-Park Day * (1st Sat.)
  • International Joke Day
  • Postage Stamp Day
  • Roswell UFO Days
  • Rwanda Independence Day 1962
  • Somalia  Independence Day 1960
  • Second Half of the Year Day
  • Transistor Introduced 1948
  • Unassisted Homebirth Week begins
  • Ventriloquism Week begins *
  • Zip Code Day
  • 1st US Zoo (Philadelphia) 1874

July 2

  • Be Nice to New Jersey Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Build a Scarecrow Day * (1st Sun)
  • Civil Rights Act passed (US) 1964
  • Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury born 1489
  • Fence Painting Days begin
  • I Forgot Day
  • International Day of Cooperatives
  • Made in the USA Day
  • Music For Life Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Special Recreation Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Tom Sawyer Days begin
  • World UFO Day
  • 1st Zeppelin Flight 1900

July 3

  • Air-Conditioning Appreciation Days begin
  • Chocolate Wafer Day
  • Compliment Your Mirror Day
  • Disobedience Day
  • Dog Days begin
  • Eat Your Beans Day
  • Farriers Week
  • Idaho Statehood 1890
  • Plastic Bag Free Day
  • Stay Out of the Sun Day
  • Superman Day

July 4

  • Boom Box Parade Day
  • President Calvin Coolidge born 1872
  • Country Music Day
  • Freedom Week begins
  • Independence Day (US) 1776
  • Indivisible Day
  • Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

July 5

  • Apple Turnover Day
  • P.T. Barnum born 1810
  • Bikini Day
  • Graham Cracker Day
  • Tynwald Day
  • Venezuela  Independence Day 1811
  • Work-a-holics Day

July 6

  • President George W. Bush born 1946
  • Children’s Art Day (UK)
  • Fried Chicken Day
  • Malawi  Independence Day 1964
  • 16mm Movie Camera and Projector introduced 1923
  • Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
  • World Kiss Day

July 7

  • Chocolate Day
  • Father – Daughter Take a Walk Together Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Macaroni Day
  • Pinocchio first printed 1883
  • Strawberry Sundae Day
  • Tell the Truth Day

July 8

  • Blueberry Day
  • Carver Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Grange Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Lailat al Miraj *
  • Liberty Bell cracked 1835
  • Math Day
  • SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)
  • Tribute to Chickens Week begins *
  • Video Games Day
  • 1st Issue of The Wall Street Journal 1889

July 9

  • Argentina  Independence Day 1816
  • 1st Rock and Roll Song to reach #1 on Pop Music Charts , “Rock Around the Clock” 1955
  • Sugar Cookie Day

July 10

  • Bahamas  Independence Day 1973
  • Clerihew Day
  • Don’t Step on a Bee Day
  • Everybody Deserves a Massage Week begins *
  • Author Candice Ransom born 1952
  • Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  • Town Criers Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Wyoming Statehood 1890

July 11

  • President John Qunicy Adams born 1767
  • St. Benedict Day
  • Blueberry Muffin Day
  • Cheer Up the Lonely Day
  • Cherries Day
  • Pet Photo Day
  • Author Patricia Polacco born 1944
  • Slurpie Day
  • Author EB White born 1899
  • World Population Day

July 12

  • Barn Day
  • Julius Caesar born 100 BC
  • Different Colored Eyes Day
  • Inventor George Eastman born 1854
  • Eat Your Jello Day
  • Etch a Sketch introduced 1960
  • Orange Men’s Day
  • Paper Bag Day
  • Pecan Pie Day
  • Sao Tome and Principe  Independence Day 1975
  • Simplicity Day
  • Naturalist, Henry Thoreau born 1817

July 13

  • Barbershop Music Appreciation Day
  • Beans ‘N’ Franks Day
  • Buckingham Palace Becomes Residence of Britain’s Monarchy 1837
  • Embrace Your Geekness Day
  • Fool’s Paradise Day
  • French Fry Day
  • “Live Aid” organized 1985
  • National Day (Northern Ireland)
  • Puzzle Day

July 14

  • Bastille Day / France  Independence Day 1789
  • Collector Car Appreciation Day *( 2nd Fri.)
  • Cow Appreciation Day *(2nd Fri.)
  • President Gerald Ford born 1913
  • Author Laura Numeroff born 1953
  • Pandemonium Day
  • Artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn born 1606
  • Shark Awareness Day
  • Tape Measure Day
  • Mac and Cheese Day
  • Missionary Lilias Trotter born 1853

July 15

  • Apollo 18 launched 1975
  • Be a Dork Day
  • 1st Boeing 707 1954
  • Gummi Worm Day
  • I Love Horses Day
  • Artist Rembrandt Van Rijn born 1606
  • Shark Awareness Day
  • St. Swithin’s Day
  • Tapioca Pudding Day
  • Toss Away “Could/Should Haves” Day  *(3rd Sat.)
  • Woody Wagon Day *(3rd Sat.)

July 16

  • Atomic Bomb Successfully Tested 1945
  • Explorer Roald Amundsen born 1872
  • Captive Nations Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Apollo 11 Lift Off 1969
  • Coral Reef Awareness Week * (3rd week)
  • Corn Fritters Day
  • Fresh Spinach Day
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day
  • Hot Dog Night
  • Ice Cream Day *(3rd Sun.)
  • Independent Retailers Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Parenting Gifted Children Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • World Snake Day
  • Zoo Keeper Week begins *(3rd full week)

July 17

  • Festival of British Archeaology
  • Disneyland Opened 1955
  • Get Out of the Doghouse Day  *(3rd Mon.)
  • Global Hug Your Kids Day *(3rd Mon.)
  • Peach Ice Cream Day
  • Swan Upping * (3rd Monday)
  • Hymn writer Isaac Watts born 1674
  • World Emoji Day
  • Wrong Way Corrigan Day
  • Yellow Pig Day

July 18

  • Author/Illustrator Felicia Bond born 1954
  • Astronaut John Glenn born 1921
  • Gymnast  Nadia Comaneci scored 1st perfect “10″ in Olympics 1976
  • Nelson Mandela born 1918
  • Sour Candy Day

July 19

  • Hot Dog Day *
  • Physicist/Astronomer Edward Charles Pickering born 1846
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • The Mary Rose sank 1545

July 20

  • Cake Day
  • Colombia Independence Day 1810
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Author Ernest Hemingway born 1899
  • Lollipop Day
  • 1st Moon Landing/ Walk 1969
  • Ugly Truck Day
  • World Jump Day
  • World Lumberjack Championships *

July 21

  • Belgium Independence Day 1831
  • Celebration of the Horse Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Ernest Hemingway born 1899
  • Junk Food Day
  • Monkey Day

July 22

  • Artist Alexander Calder born 1898
  • Day of the Cowboy *(4th Sat.)
  • Hammock Day
  • Penuche Fudge Day
  • Pied Piper arrived in Hamelin 1284
  • Poland Independence Day
  • Rat Catchers Day
  • Spoonerism Day

July 23

  • Aunt and Uncle Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Batman Day
  • Egypt Independence Day 1952
  • Gorgeous Grandma Day
  • Hot Dog Day
  • Hot Enough For Ya Day
  • Ice Cream Cones 1st introduced 1904
  • Mosquito Day
  • Moth Week begins * (last full week)
  • Parent’s Day * (4th Sun.)
  • Pneumatic Tires invented 1888
  • Shark Week begins *
  • Telegrapher patented 1829
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24

  • Military Leader Simon Bolivar born 1783
  • Cousins Day
  • Drive-Thru Day
  • Author Alexander Dumas born 1802
  • Aviator Amelia Earhart born 1897
  • Eid  al-fitr begins *
  • King James VI of Scotland crowned 1567
  • Learn Nothing Day
  • Mormon Pioneer Day
  • Tell an Old Joke Day
  • Thermal engineer Day

July 25

  • Carousel Day
  • St. Christopher’s Day
  • Culinarians Day
  • Grotto Day / St. James’ Day
  • Hot Fudge Sundae Day
  • St. James the Great Day
  • Thread the Needle Day
  • Video Games Day

July 26

  • All or Nothing Day
  • Apollo 15 launched 1971
  • Bagelfest Day
  • Artist George Catlin born 1796
  • Coffee Milkshake Day
  • Dharma Day
  • FBI Created 1908
  • Liberia Independence Day 1847
  • Maldive Islands Independence Day 1965
  • New York Statehood 1788
  • One Voice Day

July 27

  • Bugs Bunny debut 1940
  • Chili Dog Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Korean War Armistice Day (1953)
  • Refreshment Day * (4th Thurs.)
  • Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day
  • Take Your Pants for a Walk Day
  • Walk on Stilts Day

July 28

  • Buffalo Soldiers Day
  • Chocolate Milk Day
  • Garlic Days
  • Get Gnarly Day * (last Fri.)
  • Fingerprints First Used for Identification
  • Hamburger Day
  • Milk Chocolate Day
  • Author/Illustrator Beatrix Potter born 1866
  • Peru Independence Day 1821
  • Talk in An Elevator Day *(last Fri.)
  • The Union Flag decreed to be the National Flag of Great Britain 1707

July 29

  • Chicken Wing Day
  • Author Sharon Creech born 1945
  • Dance Day *(Last Sat.)
  • Lasagna Day
  • Lipstick Day
  • NASA established 1958
  • Rain Day
  • Tiger Day

July 30

  • Author Emily Bronte born 1818
  • Cheesecake Day
  • International Day of Friendship
  • Father-in-Law Day
  • Inventor Henry Ford born 1863
  • Paperback Book Day
  • Support Public Education Day

July 31

  • Avocado Day
  • MTV debut 1981
  • Mutt’s Day
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • Author J.K. Rowling born 1965
  • Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day
  • World Ranger Day

Download Special Days in July (however, I usually add other days as I find them throughout the month and your pdf would not have those days)

PDF SpecialDaysinJuly (1)

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, my old journal notes, 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://food.unl.edu/fnh/july#quicklinks

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

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

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

https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/july-overview/

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

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

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

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, 2017  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/05/26/special-days-in-june-2017/

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

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

Presidents with June Birthdays

  • George H.W. Bush – June 12, 1924

Learning and Review Resources for all presidents – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

June 2017 Daily Specials

June 1 – Volunteers Week begins – Easy Volunteering Activities for Kids – http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/quick-easy-crafts/easy-volunteer-activities-for-kids.htm

June 2 – Business Etiquette Week begins – How to conduct your business by showing respect and consideration – http://www.a-to-z-of-manners-and-etiquette.com/business-etiquette.html

June 3 – Egg Day – Experiments, Facts, and Resources – http://www.franw.com/2012/04/bird-eggs.html

June 4 – Aesop born – Learning Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/06/04/story-telling-with-aesops-fables/

June 5 – 1st Hot Air Balloon Flight 1783 – Learning Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/05/hot-air-balloons/

June 6 – Russian Language Day –  Free Introduction, Basic, and Advanced Lessons with audio  http://www.russianforfree.com/lessons-russian-language-contents.php

June 6 – Yo-Yo Day – Check out this yo-yo video series – http://www.monkeysee.com/play/1079-how-to-yo-yo

June 7 – Daniel Boone Day – Learning Resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/22/daniel-boone/

June 7 – Chocolate Ice Cream Day – Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2011/07/ice-cream.html

June 8 – World Oceans Day – Celebration and Activity Ideas – http://www.worldoceansday.org/

June 9 – Donald Duck debut 1934 – Watch The Wise Little Henhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5dowCyaP7I

June 11 – Great Barrier Reef Discovery 1770 – Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/11/reef/

June 12  –  Baseball Invented 1839  –  History, Facts, Rules, Records                 http://www.baseball-almanac.com/

June 14 – Flag Day – Learning Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/14/flag-day/

June 16- Mathematician M.C. Escher born 1898 – Learning Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/17/mathematical-art/

June 19 – Garfield’s (the cartoon cat) birthday – Learning Resources and Activities- https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/19/garfield-the-cat-not-the-president/

June 19 – Scientist Blaise Pascal born 1623 –  Learning Resources and Activities for Pascal and His Triangle – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/06/18/blaise-pascal/

June 21  –  Make Music Day  –  Online Music Making –                                         http://fun2think.com/free-online-music-making-for-kids/

–  Musical Instrument Crafts  –http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/musicalinstrumentsartscraftstideashandmadekids.html

June 24-Fairy Day and UFO Day – Learning Resources for Both – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/24/faries-vs-aliens/

June 24 – Great American Backyard Campout *– Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/22/the-great-american-backyard-campout/

June 25 – Log Cabin Day – Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/25/log-cabin/

June 26 – Velocipede (bicycle) patented 1819 – Bicycle Facts, Safety, and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/26/bicycle-lessons/

June 27 –  Columnist Day * (4th Thrus.)  – Journalism Lesson Plans http://www.schooljournalism.org/lesson-plans-4/

June 27  –  Helen Keller born 1880 – Biography and Printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdkell.htm

June 28  –  American Flowers Week begins *  –  USA Map with Flowers Coloring Page  https://americanflowersweek.com/2017/06/14/usa-map-of-state-flowers-free-promotional-material-for-american-flowers-week/

My “Go-To” Resource List for Special Day lesson planning each month  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Happy June Learning!

betty jo

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

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)
  • World Sea Turtle Day *

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

  • 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

  • American Flowers Week begins *
  • 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 https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/06/03/june-resources/

My “Go-To” list of Resources when planning lessons for Special Days         https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-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.

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

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

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/june

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

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

https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/

Happy June!

betty jo

Lionel Trains – Special Day August 25

COMICAD lionel trains catalog

According to Special Days in August the 25th is the birthday of Joshua Lionel Cowen, one of the best known toy train manufacturers of all time.  A couple of years ago, we made Cowen and toy trains a Special Day study. Below are the web links we followed as we learned.

Biography of Inventor Joshua Lionel Cowen  http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/cowen.htm#ON%20THE%20WEB:

Vintage films on Youtube

Inside Lionel’s Train Factory  Part 1

Inside Lionel’s Train Factory Part 2

Showroom Layouts, Part 1  –

Showroom Layouts,  Part 2  –

Play Interactive Train Games  http://www.trainarcade.com/

Read Train Stories, Play Train Games and Watch Train Videos  http://trc.trains.com/Trains%204%20Kids.aspx

Classic railroad songs playlist from the Smithsonian  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUSRfoOcUe4bjeu8QIfbrejTyT0hYVncE

And we couldn’t build an electric train, but had fun making a toy train out of recyclables!  This ended up as a bank.  Perhaps Z will start saving for a Lionel of his own?

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Do you keep a timeline for your studies?  This “Timeline Add-on : Toys” is currently on sale for only $ 0.22!  http://www.currclick.com/product/36820/Timeline-AddOns-Toys?term=toys+timeline&test_epoch=0&it=1

This was one of several history studies that the kids deemed “Not Boring”!

betty jo