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Special Days in April, 2018

 

“April Showers  bring May flowers”. However, April brings a lot of special days too! Here’s the collection of themes, foods, historic and scientific anniversaries, and famous birthdays for April, 2018.

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of  Special Days in April, can be found at the end of this list.

April’s Themes,  Awareness, and Observances

  • Amateur Radio
  • Arab American Heritage
  • Astronomy
  • Autism Awareness
  • Car Care
  • Card and Letter Writing
  • Celebrate Diversity
  • Confederate History
  • Decorating
  • Financial Literacy Month
  • Frogs
  • Garden
  • Guitar
  • Holy Humor
  • Home Improvement
  • Humor
  • Jazz Appreciation
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Kites
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Listening Awareness
  • Math Education
  • Military Child
  • Pet 1st Aid
  • Poetry
  • Recycling
  • School Library
  • Straw Hat
  • Stress Awareness
  • Young Child
  • Youth Sports Safety
  • World Habitat Awareness

April Food Themes

  • BLT Sandwich
  • Celery
  • Child Nutrition
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Pecan
  • Soft Pretzel
  • Soy Foods
  • Tomato

April’s Daily Specials  (the * after the daily special means it does not always fall on the same date each year)

April 1

  • April Fool’s Day
  • Atheist Day
  • Bat Appreciation Week * (1st full week)
  • Daffodil Sunday * (1st Sun.)
  • Easter Sunday *
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Poetry and The Creative Mind Day
  • Read a Road Map Week begins
  • Reading Is Funny Day
  • Tatting Day
  • US Air Force Academy Day
  • Walking Day

April 2

  • Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Easter Monday *
  • Egg Salad Week begins * (Mon. after Easter)
  • Explore Your Career Options Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Ferret Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Public Health Week begins *
  • Reconciliation Day
  • Sweet Tater Day * (1st Mon.)
  • World Autism Day

April 3

  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Find a Rainbow Day
  • Scientist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Johan Gutenberg 1st used movable type to print a book 1451
  • Author Washington Irving born 1783
  • 1st Pony Express Mail Route 1860
  • Tweed Day
  • Weed Out Hate/Sow Seeds of Greatness Day
  • World Party Day

April 4

  • Hug a Newsman Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated 1968
  • NATO established 1949
  • Rat Day
  • Robotics Week begins
  • Author/Illustrator Glen Rounds  born 1906
  • Tell a Lie Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • Walk Around Things Day
  • Walking Day * (1st Wed.)

April 5

  • Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • Easter Island “discovered” 1722
  • Go For Broke Day
  • Scientist Joseph Lister born 1827
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Scientist Walter Sutton born 1877
  • Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856

April 6

  • 1st Animated Cartoon was copyrighted 1906
  • Army Day
  • Fresh Tomato Day
  • North Pole discovered 1909
  • Artist Raphael born 1483
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • Tartan Day (Scottish Heritage)
  • Teflon invented 1938
  • Twinkie invented 1930
  • US Entry Into WWI 1916
  • Walk to Work Day * (1st Fri.)

April 7

  • Beaver Day
  • Birding Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Just Pray No! Weekend of Prayer and Fasting *
  • Love Our Children Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Pillow Fight Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Robotics Week begins *
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Buddha born 563 BC
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • Empanada Day
  • Garden Week begins * (2nd week)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse * (2nd Sun.)
  • National Library Week begins *
  • Roma Day
  • National Student Employment Week * (2nd full week)
  • Zoo Lovers Day

April 9

  • Appomattox Day (US Civil War ends 1865)
  • Cherish an Antique Day
  • Winston Churchill Day (first person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States 1963)
  • Georgia Independence 1991
  • Name Yourself Day

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • Library Day * (Tues. during Library Week)
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day 1865
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • Pet Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • Submarine Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day

April 12

  • American Indian Awareness Week begins *
  • Big Wind Day
  • American Civil War begins 1861
  • Author Beverly Cleary born 1916
  • D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • International Day for Street Children
  • Licorice Day
  • 1st Human Space Flight 1961
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Teen Literature Day * (Thurs. of Library Week)
  • 1st Union Jack Flag 1606
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Scrabble Day
  • Inventor Richard Trevithick born 1771

April 14

  • Baby Massage Day (2nd Sat.)
  • Citizen Science Day
  • Dolphin Day
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • Slow Art Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • St. Tiburtius’ Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Boys & Girls Club Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Coin Week * (3rd full week)
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Spring Astronomy Week begins * (always week of Spring Astronomy Day)
  • Swallow Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912
  • Volunteer Week begins *

April 16

  • Boston Marathon * (3rd Mon.)
  • Comedian Charlie Chaplin born 1889
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • Patriot’s Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Save the Elephant Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Week of the Young Child begins *
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895

April 18

  • Amateur Radio Day
  • Animal Cracker Day
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Piñata Day
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906
  • Zimbabwe Independence 1980

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • High Five Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • 1st Free Fall Parachute Descent 1919
  • Primrose Day
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775

April 20

  • Chinese Language Day
  • Coin Week * (3rd full week)
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Global Youth Service Days * (3rd weekend)
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Look Alike Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day *
  • Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21

  • Astronomy Day *
  • Auctioneers Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Day of Silence
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Global Youth Service Days  * (3rd weekend)
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Husband Appreciation Day  * (3rd Sat.)
  • Infant & Toddler Immunization Week begins *
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Money Smart Week begins *
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • National Park Week begins *
  • Rome Founded 753 BC

April 22

  • Earth Day
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Karaoke Week * (4th week)
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Preservation Week begins *
  • Princess Week begins * (last full week)
  • Roller Skates patented 1823
  • Sky Awareness Week * (last full week)
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week * (week with the 24th)

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • English Language Day
  • Environmental Education Week * (Mon. of last full week)
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Playground Safety Week begins *
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Take a Chance Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564 (other sources say April 26)
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 24

  • Dance Week begins
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Farmer’s Almanac Founder, Robert Bailey Thomas born 1776

April 25

  • DNA Day
  • East Meets West Day
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Ireland Independence 916
  • Physicist Guglielmo Marconi born 1874
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • World Penguin Day

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Sky Awareness Week *(last full week)
  • Fiddler’s Frolic begins *
  • Gathering of Nations Pow Wow *
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Poem In Your Pocket Day *
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day * (4th Thurs.)

April 27

  • Arbor Day * (last Fri.)
  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Author Ludwig Bemelmans born 1898
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Save the Frogs Day (last Fri.)
  • Sierra Leone Independence 1961
  • Tell A Story Day
  • Togo Independence 1960

April 28

  • Biological Clock Day
  • Eeyore’s Birthday * (last Sat.)
  • Floralia
  • Frog Day * (last Sat.)
  • Go Birding Day * (last Sat.)
  • Great Poetry Reading Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758
  • Sense of Smell Day * (last Sat.)
  • Veterinary Day  * (last Sat.)
  • World Healing Day * (last Sat.)

April 29

  • Greenery Day
  • Pinhole Photography Day * (last Sun.)
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • World Wish Day
  • Zipper patented 1851

April 30

  • Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • Animal Advocacy Day
  • Buggs Bunny Day
  • Hairstyle Appreciation Day
  • Honesty Day
  • Louisiana Statehood 1812
  • National Gardening Week * (UK)
  • Raisin Day
  • Vietnam War ended 1975
  • Walpurgis Night

Free Printable – Special Days in April

April Resource List

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   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

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month

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.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

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

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

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/index.htm

Happy April!

betty jo

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Newspapers In Education Week

 

EXTRA! EXTRA!  Read and Write All About It!

“Newspapers in Education Week”  begins on the first Monday in March.  This has been a homeschooling project week for our family for several years. We read newspapers, make recycled newspaper crafts, and write articles. In the past couple of years we have published a school  family newspaper. Below are some fantastic resources we’ve used in the past along with some new ones we’re going to be using this year.

Newspapers in Education   Cross curricular pre-k through high school resources and ideas.

Newspaper Printing Press  Virtual Tour

America’s Historic Newspaper Pages from 1789-1963

“School Journalism” is a wonderful site for video instruction, lesson plans, and reporter training for both teachers and students!      (Hover the mouse over the “Journalism Lesson Plans” option on the top left  to access the learning resources. These are geared toward higher grades.)

Elements of News is a simple slideshow presentation explaining what makes a story “newsworthy”.

News Article Writing Guide geared for upper elementary and middle school levels.

How To Write An Editorial  is a helpful 3 Part Lesson Guide and Creative Writing Activities for all grade levels.

Create A Comic  Activity Ideas and Resources

Writing Tips Slide Show for Asking and Receiving Advice and Formal Complaints.

Write a Weather Report  Tips, Format, and Writing Guide with Examples

Write a Review  Lesson Plan, Activities, Resources

Write a Food Review  Step by step guide

Write a Sports Article  3 Ways, Tips, Examples

Tabloid Tales  “Learn about the power of exaggeration by writing news stories to accompany actual tabloid newspaper headlines!”

Write Ads  7 Step Writing Guide

Interactive Printing Press  Create and publish your own newspaper.

Newspaper Templates   Printable Notebooking /Writing Pages

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Your Name Week

The first full week in March is Celebrate Your Name Week!

  • Sunday – Namesake Day
  • Monday – Fun Facts About Names Day
  • Tuesday – Unique Names Day
  • Wednesday – Discover What Your Name Means Day
  • Thursday – Nametag Day
  • Friday – Middle Name Pride Day
  • Saturday – Decendants Day

Below are some wonderful free resources for learning about names and some activity ideas for added fun.

Celebrating Names Activity Guide and Resources

Find Meaning of Names 

Name Origins, Crest, and History (also related ‘for sale’ products)

Word Art Creator 

Name Art Project

How to Say, “My name is” in 475 Languages

What’s In a Name Game from Funschooling and Recreational Learning

Write a Name Poem

Sticky Note Guessing Name Game

“The Name Game” from the 1965 Hit Song by Shirley Ellis at Youtube

“The Name Game” Lyrics and Music for Karaoke at Youtube

12 Names of Jesus Printable Cards from The Purposeful Mom

Names of Jesus Copywork  Printables from Bible Based Homeschooling

Names of Large Numbers Chart   (because we need a math lesson this week too!)

I hope you’ll enjoy Celebrating your family’s names!

Betty (A diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning My God is plentiful)  Jo (A diminutive of Josephine meaning May Jehovah add. Also diminutive of Joanne meaning God is gracious.)

 

 

 

Special Days in March, 2018

March is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for seasonal studies, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this list of special days for March, 2018 gives you plenty to choose from!

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

March Themes, Awareness, and Observances 

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig
Athletic Training
Brain Injury Awareness
Cerebral Palsy Awareness
Child Life
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness
Clean Up Your IRS Act
Colic Awareness
Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness
Color Therapy
Craft
Credit Education
Deaf History
Developmental Disabilities Awareness
Diabetes Alert
Dolphin Awareness
Employee Spirit
Endometriosis Awareness Ethics Awareness
Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering
Flower
Gender Equality
Hemophilia
Honor Society
Humorists Are Artists
Hypothermia Awareness and Training
International Ideas
Irish American Heritage
Kidney
Kite
Listening Awareness
Mad for Plaid
March Into Literacy
Mirth
Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness
Music In Our Schools
On Hold
Optimism                                                                                                                                                      Play the Recorder
Poison Prevention Awareness
Problem Gambling Awareness
Red Cross Save Your Vision
Sing With Your Child
Social Work
Spiritual Wellness
Umbrella
Women’s History
Women Inventors
Youth Art

March Food Themes
Bell Peppers
Berries
Broccoli
Caffeine Awareness
Celery
Cherries
Exotic Winter Fruits
Flour
Frozen Foods
Green Onion
Leeks
Meatout
Noodle
Nutrition
Peanut
Sauce

March’s Daily Specials    (the * after the daily special means it does not always fall on the same date each year)                                                                                                               

March 1

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Independence 1992
  • Cheerleading Week begins
  • Dadgum That’s Good Day
  • St. David’s Day
  • Fruit Compote Day
  • Ghost Writers Week begins
  • Horse Protection Day
  • Nebraska Statehood 1867
  • Ohio Statehood 1803
  • Peace Corps Week begins – established 1961
  • Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
  • Pet Sitters Week begins
  • Pig Day
  • Plan a Solo Vacation Day
  • Purim *
  • Save Your Vision Week begins
  • Share a Smile Day
  • Sock Monkey Day
  • Universal Human Beings Week begins
  • World Book Day * (1st Thurs.)
  • World Compliment Day
  • Write a Letter of Appreciation Week begins
  • Yellowstone National Park established 1872

March 2

  • Banana Cream Pie Day
  • Daughters’ and Sons’ Day *
  • Day of Unplugging * (1st Fri.)
  • Dress in Blue Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Dr. Seuss Day – Author Theodor Geisel born 1904
  • Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev born 1931
  • International Festival of Owls begins * (1st full weekend)
  • Jell-O invented 1897
  • King Kong (movie) premiered 1933
  • Old Stuff Day
  • Read Across America Day
  • World Day of Prayer * (1st Fri.)

March 3

  • Alexander Graham Bell born 1847
  • Cold Cuts Day
  • Florida Statehood 1845
  • I Want You To Be Happy Day
  • If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • International Festival of Owls (1st full
    weekend)
  • Iditarod Race *
  • National Anthem Day (US)
  • Elvis Presley’s 1st TV Appearance 1955
  • Severe Storm Preparedness Week
  • Speech and Debate Education Day
  • Time Magazine launched 1923
  • World Wildlife Day

March 4

  • Celebrate Your Name Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Courageous Follower Day
  • Primatologist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Grammar Day
  • Holy Experiment Day
  • Hug a G.I. Day
  • March Forth – Do Something Day
  • Namesake Day * (Sun. of 1st full week)
  • Pound Cake Day
  • Procrastination Week begins *
  • Read an E-Book Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Return the Borrowed Books Week begins *
  • Scrapbooking Industry Day
  • Slinky patented 1947
  • Teen Tech Week begins *
  • Toy Soldier Day
  • US Constitution went into effect 1789
  • Vermont Statehood 1791
  • Composer Antonio Vivaldi born 1678
  • Words Matter Week begins * (1st full week)

March 5

  • Absinthe Day
  • Boston Massacre 1770
  • Cheese Doodle Day
  • Fun Facts About Names Day * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Map Maker Gerardus Mercator born 1512
  • Newspaper in Education Week * (1st Mon.)
  • St. Piran’s Day
  • School Breakfast Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Share a Story – Shape a Future Week begins *(1st Mon.)
  • Women of Aviation Worldwide Week begins * (week with March 8)

March 6

  • Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning born 1806
  • Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti born 1475
  • Corndog Day
  • Dentist’s Day
  • Dress Day
  • Frozen Foods Day
  • Ghana Independence 1957
  • Oreo Cookies first introduced 1912
  • Procrastination Week begins
  • Unique Names Day * (Tues. of 1st full week)
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

March 7

  • Be Heard Day
  • Cereal Day
  • Crown Roast of Pork Day
  • Discover What Your Name Means Day * (Wed. of 1st full week)
  • Artist Piet Mondrian born 1872
  • No More Week begins
  • Roast Pork Day
  • Telephone patented 1876
  • World Math Day * (1st Wed.)

March 8

  • Aardvark Week begins
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Week begins
  • Girls Write Now Day
  • Kidney Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • Name Tag Day * (Thurs. of 1st full week)
  • Peanut Cluster Day
  • Proof Reading Day
  • Universal Women’s Week begins

March 9

  • Barbie Doll debuted 1959
  • Crabmeat Day
  • False Teeth patented 1822
  • Get Over It Day
  • Meatball Day
  • Middle Name Pride Day * (Fri. of 1st full week)
  • Panic Day
  • Science and Engineering Week (UK) *
  • Shabbat Across America/Canada *
  • Explorer Amerigo Vespucci born 1451

March 10

  • Bagpipe Day
  • Blueberry Popover Day
  • Descendants Day * (Sat. of 1st full week)
  • Ranch Dressing Day
  • International Day of Awesomeness
  • Mario Day
  • Pack Your Lunch Day
  • Paralympic Winter Games *
  • Salvation Army Day
  • 1st Telephone Call Made 1876
  • Harriet Tubman born 1820
  • Rings around Uranus discovered 1977

March 11

  • Agriculture Week begins *
  • Johnny Appleseed Day (Sept. 26 is an alternate date)
  • Check Your Batteries Day *
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Week * (2nd week)
  • Daylight Savings Time begins *
  • Dream Day
  • Frankenstein published 1818
  • Girl Scout Week * (week of 12th)
  • Ken Day (the boy Barbie)
  • Mothering Sunday (UK) *
  • Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day
  • Plumbing Day
  • Rattlesnake Roundup begins
  • Sleep Awareness Week begins *
  • Tsunami Awareness Week *
  • Worship of Tools Day

March 12

  • Baked Scallops Day
  • Brain Awareness Week begins *
  • Commonwealth Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Genealogy Day
  • Girl Scouts Day
  • Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • Mauritius Independence 1968
  • Napping Day * (day after Daylight Savings
    Time)
  • 1st Parachute Jump from an Airplane 1912
  • Plant a Flower Day
  • Shakespeare Week begins *
  • Wildlife Week begins *

March 13

  • Coconut Torte Day
  • Comet Day
  • Commonwealth Day (Canada)
  • Donald Duck debuted 1942
  • Earmuffs Day (earmuffs patented 1877)
  • Ginger Ale Day
  • Good Samaritan Day
  • Jewel Day
  • K9 Veterans Day
  • Ken Day
  • Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
  • Organize Your Home Office Day *
  • Uranus discovered 1781

March 14

  • Ask a Question Day
  • Children’s Craft Day
  • Scientist Albert Einstein born 1879
  • Casey Jones born 1863
  • Learn About Butterflies Day
  • Pi Day (3.14)
  • Potato Chip Day
  • Reuben Sandwich Day

March 15

  • Absolutely Incredible Kid Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Buzzards Day
  • Escalator patented 1892
  • Everything You Think is Wrong Day
  • Ides of March
  • President Andrew Jackson born 1767
  • Maine Statehood 1820
  • Pears Helene Day
  • Shoe the World Day
  • True Confessions Day
  • World Consumer Rights Day
  • World Speech Day

March 16

  • Artichoke Hearts Day
  • Curlew Day
  • Everything You Do Is Right Day
  • Freedom of Information Day
  • Lips Appreciation Day
  • 1st Liquid-Fuel-Powered Rocket launched 1926
  • President James Madison born 1751
  • Panda Day
  • The Scarlet Letter published 1850
  • Sherlock Holmes Weekend begins *
  • St. Urho’s Day
  • World Sleep Day *

March 17

  • Corn Dog Day
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
  • Maple Syrup Saturday * (3rd Sat.)
  • Quilting Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Rubber Bands invented 1845
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Submarine Day
  • World Folktales and Fables Week begins

March 18

  • Awkward Moments Day
  • Biodiesel Day / Inventor Rudolph Diesel born 1858
  • Button Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Chocolate Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • President Grover Cleveland born 1837
  • Consider Christianity Week begins * (2 Sundays before Easter)
  • Folktales and Fables Week begins *
  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965
  • Mount St. Helen erupted 1980
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Sloppy Joe Day

March 19

  • Act Happy Week begins * (3rd Mon.)
  • Chocolate Caramel Day
  • Fix a Leak Week begins *
  • Let’s Laugh Day
  • Explorer/Missionary David Livingstone born 1813
  • Nurses Day
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom began 2003
  • Poultry Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965
  • Wellderly Week begins * (3rd Mon.)

March 20

  • Ag Day
  • Alien Abduction Day
  • Astrology Day
  • Great American Meat Out
  • International Day of Happiness
  • French Language Day
  • Author Bill Martin Jr. born 1916
  • Naw-Ruz *
  • Ostara *
  • Proposal Day
  • Ravioli Day
  • Snowman Burning Day
  • Spring Equinox/ 1st Day of Spring *
  • Tunisia Independence 1956
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin published 1852
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day (Fred Rogers born 1928)
  • World Frog Day
  • World Story Telling Day

March 21

  • Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born 1685
  • Common Courtesy Day
  • Reformer Thomas Cranmer Burnt at the Stake 1556
  • Down Syndrome Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • International Day of the Forests and the Tree
  • Fragrance Day
  • French Bread Day
  • Namibia Independence 1990
  • Renewable Energy Day
  • Single Parents Day
  • Spring Fairy Fun Day
  • Strawberry Day
  • World Poetry Day

March 22

  • As Young As You Feel Day
  • Carbonated Water invented 1733
  • Coq Au Vin Day
  • Education and Sharing Day
  • Goof-off Day
  • International Day of the Seal
  • Tuskegee Airmen Day
  • World Water Day

March 23

  • Chia Day
  • Chip and Dip Day
  • Ponce De Leon discovered Florida 1513
  • Patrick Henry delivered “Give Me Liberty” speech 1775
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition began the return journey 1806
  • Melba Toast Day
  • Meteorological Day
  • Near Miss Day
  • OK Day
  • Puppy Day

March 24

  • Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
  • Crossword Puzzle Week begins
  • Harry Houdini born 1874
  • King James Crowned 1603
  • Tuberculosis Day

March 25

  • Annunciation Day/Tichborne Dole/Lady’s Day
  • Cleaning Week begins * (last week)
  • Democracy Celebration Day
  • Greek National Day/Greece Independence 1821
  • Holy Week begins * (week before Easter)
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic
  • Lobster Newburg Day
  • Medal of Honor Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Tolkien Reading Day
  • Waffle Day

March 26

  • Bangladesh Independence 1971
  • Epilepsy Awareness Day
  • Nougat Day
  • Poet Robert Frost born 1874
  • Legal Assistants Day
  • Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  • Spinach Day

March 27

  • Celebrate Exchange Day
  • Diabetes Alert Day *(4th Tues.)
  • Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
  • 1st Radio Transmission 1899
  • Scientist Wilhelm Roentgen born 1845
  • Spanish Paella Day
  • World Theater Day

March 28

  • Accidents at Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant 1979
  • Barnum and Bailey Day
  • Black Forest Cake Day
  • Little Red Wagon Day * (last Wed.)
  • Manatee Appreciation Day * (last Wed.)
  • Something on a Stick Day
  • Washing Machine patented 1930
  • Weed Appreciation Day

March 29

  • Borrowed Days begin
  • Coca Cola invented 1886
  • Lemon Chiffon Dake Day
  • Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day
  • Niagara Falls Runs Dry 1848
  • Pop-up Toaster patented 1919
  • President John Tyler born 1790
  • Week of the Ocean begins

March 30

  • Brother and Sister Day *(last Sat.)
  • Doctor’s Day
  • Earth Hour * (last Sat.)
  • Good Friday * (Fri. before Easter)
  • Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day
  • Hot Cross Bun Day * (Fri. before Easter)
  • I Am In Control Day
  • Passover begins *
  • Pencil patented 1858
  • Artist Vincent Van Gogh born 1853
  • Take a Walk in the Park Day
  • Turkey Neck Soup Day

March 31

  • Scientist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen born 1811
  • Cesar Chavez Day
  • Clams on the Half Shell Day
  • Crayon Day
  • Composer Joseph Hayden born 1732
  • Eiffel Tower Opened 1889
  • Nano Days begin *
  • Oranges and Lemon’s Day
  • She’s Funny That Way Day
  • Tater Day
  • World Backup Day

SPECIAL DAYS RESOURCES:

PDF – SPECIAL DAYS IN MARCH

MARCH RESOURCES – Currently being updated and edited for 2018

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   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

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month

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 calendars.

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/month/march/

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

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/index.htm

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

http://www.thenibble.com/fun/more/facts/holidays-march.asp

Happy March!

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               https://www.ducksters.com/geography/country.php?country=Korea,%20South

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/countries/south-korea/#south-korea-market.jpg

Printable South Korea Maps –                                                                                  http://www.freeworldmaps.net/asia/southkorea/

Country Notebooking Printables –                                             http://www.notebookingnook.com/freebie-country-study-notebooking-pages/

South Korea Video Tour –                                                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq5_J9nArE8

Learn Korean Phrases                                                          https://www.fluentu.com/blog/korean/korean-travel-phrases/

Korean Food and Recipes                                                                          http://www.easykoreanfood.com/

Olympic Games Official Website – Sports, Athletes, Photos, News, Schedule, History, and More   https://www.olympic.org/

Olympics Themed Math –                                                                                              https://www.yummymath.com/2018/winter-olympics-pyeongchang-february-9-25/

Bible Verse/Winter Olympic Coloring Pages  –  https://www.childrens-ministry-deals.com/collections/winter-olympics-sunday-school-childrens-church

Bible/Winter Olympic Discussion Questions                                              https://whatsinthebible.com/the-sochi-winter-olympics-2014-five-questions-to-engage-your-kids/

2018 Educational Kit from the Olympic Museum –https://www.olympic.org/museum/visit/schools/teaching-resources/lesson-material/experiencing-discovering-the-og-special-pc2018#

Non- Commercial Use Free Clipart (enter “olympics” into the search bar)                          http://clipart-library.com/

Music of the Olympics                                               https://learn.musicinourhomeschool.com/courses/15-minute-music-lessons/lectures/1074732#/questions/1

Olympic Themed Interactive Games   http://www.primarygames.com/socstudies/olympics/olympics.htm

How to Draw Soohorang (the tiger mascot) video lesson              https://www.artforkidshub.com/how-to-draw-soohorang-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-mascot/

Writing Prompts                                                               https://theeducatorsspinonit.com/2014/02/winter-olympic-writing-prompts-after.html

https://writingwithsharonwatson.com/olympic-fun/

Olympics Printable Worksheets – Wordsearch, Crossword, Anagrams, True/False Quizzes               https://www.historyonthenet.com/worksheets/olympics-worksheets/

Science of the Winter Olympics Video Playlist                                    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB6B38A6C0540EEB6

How It’s Made Videos :                                                                                                                                  Skating Rinks

Ice Skates

Hockey Pucks

Curling Stones

Skis

Bobsled

Gold (Au79), Silver (Ag47), and Bronze (Copper-Cu29)  Information from this Interactive Element Chart                                                             http://humantouchofchemistry.com/pages/periodictable.html

Gold, Silver, Bronze Element Videos                                                                http://www.periodicvideos.com/

Winter Olympics Inspired Crafts, Games, and Activities                                https://tipjunkie.com/winter-olympic-activities-and-crafts-for-kids/

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

betty jo

 

Special Days in February, 2018

Here is the list of February 2018 holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures, composers 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 listing of special days gives you plenty to choose from.

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

February Awareness and Observation Themes

  • African American History
  • American History
  • Bird Feeding
  • Black History
  • Boost Self Esteem
  • Dental Health
  • Dog Training/Education
  • Expect Success
  • Friendship
  • Heart
  • Haiku Writing
  • Hoof Care
  • Humpback Whale Awareness
  • Laugh Friendly
  • Library Lovers
  • Love the Bus
  • Low Vision
  • Mend a Broken Heart
  • Plant Seeds of Greatness
  • Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall
  • Responsible Pet Owner
  • Spunky Old Broads Month
  • Time Management
  • Youth Leadership

February Food Themes

  • Avocado
  • Bake for Family Fun
  • Banana
  • Beans
  • Berry Fresh
  • Canned Food
  • Celebration of Chocolate
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Lovers
  • Exotic Vegetables
  • Great Pies
  • Hot Breakfast
  • Grapefruit
  • Potato Lover’s
  • Snack Food
  • Star Fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potato

Free PDF and resources are available at the end of the list.

February’s Daily Specials  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Feb. 1

  • Be an Encourager Day
  • Bureau of Forestry created 1905 (US)
  • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week begins
  • G.I. Joe Day
  • Hula in the Coola Day
  • Imbolc
  • Oxford English Dictionary published 1884
  • Serpent Day
  • 1st Single rpm Record released 1949
  • Reader’s Digest 1st published 1922
  • Robinson Crusoe Day
  • Spunky Old Broads Day
  • 1st US Supreme Court 1790

Feb. 2

  • Blame Someone Else Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Bubble Gum Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Candlemas
  • Green Week begins
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Kiwi Day
  • Marmot Day
  • Sled Dog Day
  • World Wetlands Day

Feb.3

  • Bean Toss Day/Risshun
  • Carrot Cake Day
  • The Communist Party of Vietnam  established 1930
  • The Day the Music Died (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson and their pilot died in an aviation accident 1959)
  • Feed the Birds Day
  • Artist Norman Rockwell born 1894

Feb. 4

  • Apache Wars begin 1861
  • Artist Appreciation Day
  • Create a Vacuum Day
  • Homemade Soup Day
  • Income Tax established 1913 (US)
  • Aviator Charles Lindbergh born 1902
  • Cilvil Rights Activist Rosa Parks born 1913
  • Sri Lanka Independence Day 1948
  • Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • Super Bowl LII *
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • Thank a Mailman Day
  • USO Day
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • World Cancer Day

Feb. 5

  • Baseball’s Hank Aaron born 1934
  • Chocolate Fondue Day
  • Loop-the-Loop Centrifugal Railway patented 1901
  • Theologian Dwight L. Moody born 1837
  • Nutella Day
  • Robert Peel born 1788
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • Western Monarch Day
  • Wildlife Federation founded 1936 (US)

Feb. 6

  • Chopsticks Day
  • Baseball’s Babe Ruth (George Herman) born 1895
  • Digital Learning Day
  • Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Massachusetts Statehood 1788
  • Monopoly Game introduced  1935
  • Pay a Compliment Day
  • President Ronald Reagan born 1911
  • Sami National Day
  • Waitangi Day (New Zealand)

Feb. 7

  • Author Charles Dickens born 1812
  • Fettuccine Alfredo Day
  • Grenada Independence Day 1974
  • Risk Awareness Week begins
  • Safer Internet Day
  • Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • 1st Unattached Spacewalk 1984
  • Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
  • Author Laura Ingalls Wilder born 1867

Feb. 8

  • Bake Pizza Week begins
  • Boy Scouts (US) founded 1910
  • Celebration of Love Week begins
  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
  • Kite Flying Day
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day
  • Opera Day
  • Propose Day
  • PyeongChang  2018 Winter Olympic Games begin *
  • Author Jules Verne born 1828

Feb. 9

  • Bagels and Lox Day
  • Happy Chocolate Day
  • President William Harrison born 1773
  • Pizza Pie Day
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week begins
  • Read in the Bathtub Day
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • Toothache Day

Feb. 10

  • Reformer Samuel Plimsoll born 1824
  • French and Indian War Ends 1763
  • Umbrella Day

Feb. 11

  • Be Electrific Day
  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • Inventor Thomas Edison born 1847
  • Inventor’s Day
  • Iran National Day
  • Jello Week begins (2nd full week)
  • Make a Friend Day
  • Nelson Mandela released 1990
  • Peppermint Patty Day
  • Shut-in Visitation Day
  • White Shirt Day

Feb. 12

  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Clean Out Your Computer Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Scientist Charles Darwin born 1809
  • Family Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • President Abraham Lincoln born 1809
  • Lost Penny Day
  • Oatmeal Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Safety Pup Day

Feb. 13

  • Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras *
  • Get a Different Name Day
  • Lupercalia
  • Pancake Day
  • 1st Public School opened 1635 (US)
  • Radio Day
  • Stamp Collectors Day
  • Tortellini Day
  • Artist Grant Wood born 1892
  • World Radio Day

Feb. 14

  • Arizona Statehood 1912
  • Comedian Jack Benny born 1894
  • Creme Filled Chocolates Day
  • Frederick Douglass Day
  • Ferris Wheel Day (Inventor George Ferris born 1859)
  • Have a Heart Day
  • League of Women Voters Day
  • Library Lovers Day
  • Lent begins *
  • Oregon Statehood 1859
  • Race Relations Day
  • Quirkyalone Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15

  • Susan B Anthony born 1820
  • Author Norman Birdwell born 1928
  • Decimal Day
  • Flag Day – Canada
  • Scientist Galileo Galilei born 1564
  • Gum Drop Day
  • Hippo Day
  • Singles Awareness Day
  • Total Defense Day (Singapore)

Feb. 16

  • Almond Day
  • Chinese New Year *
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Lithuania Independence Reinstate 1918
  • Nylon introduced 1937
  • Read Aloud Day
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923

Feb. 17

  • Human Spirit Day
  • Athlete Michael Jordan born 1963
  • My Way Day
  • Newsweek Magazine 1st Published 1933
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • World Cabbage Day

Feb. 18

  • Battery Day (Inventor Volta born 1745)
  • Hernando Cortes sets sail for Mexico 1519
  • Engineers’ Week begins *
  • Gambia Independence Day 1965
  • International Friendship Week * (last full week)
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Queen Mary I born 1516
  • Pluto discovered 1930

Feb. 19

  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week * (3rd Mon.)
  • Scientist Nicolaus Copernicus born 1473
  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • Iwo Jima Day (battle began 1945)
  • Phonograph patented 1878
  • Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Temporary Insanity Day

Feb. 20

  • Photographer Ansel Adams born 1902
  • Cherry Pie
  • Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere)
  • Love Your Pet Day
  • Social Justice Day
  • Student Volunteer Day
  • Toothpick patented 1872
  • Women in Blue Jeans Day

Feb. 21

  • Card Reading Day
  • The Communist Manifesto  by Karl Marx first published 1848
  • Confederate Constitution 1862
  • Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Mother Language Day
  • Polaroid Camera 1st demonstrated 1947
  • Single Taking Day
  • Sticky Bun Day
  • Washington Monument dedicated 1885

Feb. 22

  • Be Humble Day
  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Future Farmers of America Week begins
  • Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin born 1962
  • Saint Lucia Independence Day 1979
  • Walking the Dog Day
  • President George Washington born 1732
  • World Thinking Day

Feb. 23

  • Banana Bread Day
  • Curling is Cool Day
  • Diesel Engine Day
  • Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Dolly the Sheep Cloned 1997
  • French Fry Friday  * (4th Fri.)
  • Composer George Frederick Handel born 1685
  • Writer Samuel Pepys born 1633
  • Play Tennis Day
  • Polio Vaccine 1st used 1954

Feb. 24

  • Missionary Gladys Aylward born 1902
  • Dia de la Bandera (Mexico)
  • Flying Scotsman begins service 1923
  • Gregorian Calendar introduced 1582
  • Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786
  • Artist Winslow Homer born 1836
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Sword Swallowers Day * (last Sat.)
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • 1st Anderson Shelter 1939
  • Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
  • Clam Chowder Day
  • Let’s All Eat Right Day
  • Paper Currency introduced (US) 1862
  • Peace Corp Week begins
  • Pistol Patented 1836 (Samuel Colt)
  • 1st Power Driven Vacuum Cleaner introduced 1902
  • Artist Rierre Renoir born 1841

Feb. 26

  • Buffalo Bill born 1846
  • Carnival Day
  • Communist Manifesto  published 1848
  • Grand Canyon National Park established 1919
  • 1st Grand National Steeplechase 1839
  • Author Victor Hugo born 1802
  • For Pete’s Sake Day
  • Pistachio Day
  • Levi Strauss born 1829
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

  • Dominican Republic Independence Day 1844
  • Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807
  • Polar Bear Day
  • No Brainer Day
  • Author John Steinbeck born 1902
  • Strawberry Day
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Week begins
  • World NGO Day

Feb. 28

  • Chocolate Souffle Day
  • DNA discovered 1953
  • Floral Design Day
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day * (4th Wed.)
  • Scientist Linus Pauling born 1901
  • Public Sleeping Day
  • Rare Disease Day
  • Smokey the Bear introduced 1944
  • Tooth Fairy Day

Free Printable – Special Days in February (1)

 February Resources    – Currently being updated and edited for 2018

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   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

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web.  These are the best sites for finding special days resources online.

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

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

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/2018/02/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

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

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

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 to the list.

Happy February!

betty jo

Special Days Archive

A friend asked if I could put the links for a year’s worth of Special Days in one post so she wouldn’t have to search each time she worked ahead on her lesson plans.  That’s a good idea! So …

These are the direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month.  (Note – The 26th of each month is usually when the updates are finished for the next month.)

Special Days in January 2018

January Resources

Special Days in February 2018

February Resources

Special Days in March 2018

March Resources

Special Days in April 2018

April Resources

Special Days in May 2017

May Resources

Special Days in June 2017

June Resources

Special Days in July 2017

July Resources

Special Days in August 2017

August Resources

Special Days in September 2017

September Resources

Special Days in October 2017

October Resources

Special Days in November 2017

November Resources

Special Days in December 2017

December Resources