Category Archives: Special Days

Special Days in December, 2018

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, 2018 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, 2018 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
  • Ear Muff Day * (1st Sat.)
  • 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
  • Advent begins *
  • Fritters Day
  • Global Handwashing Awareness Week *
  • Hanukkah (Chanukah) *
  • Mutt Day
  • Saint Paul’s Cathedral opened 1697
  • Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week * (1st Full Week)
  • Missionary Mary Slessor born 1848
  • Missionary CT Studd born 1860
  • Special Education Day

Dec. 3

  • Computer Science Education Week *
  • Disabled Persons Day
  • First Human Heart Transplant 1967
  • Illinois Statehood 1818
  • Make a Gift Day
  • Roof Over Your Head Day
  • Galileo invented the Telescope 1621

Dec. 4

  • Cookie Day
  • Dice Day
  • Feast of St. Barbara
  • International Cheetah Day
  • Monopoly Game Debut 1935
  • 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
  • Wreaths Across America Day (2nd Sat.)

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)
  • World Choral Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting Day * (2nd Sun.)

Dec. 10

  • Day of Animal Rights
  • Dewey Decimal System Day
  • Poet Emily Dickinson born 1830
  • Human Rights Day
  • Mississippi Statehood 1817
  • Nobel Prize Day

Dec. 11

  • Apollo 17 Moon Landing 1972
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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
  • Gluten-free Baking Week * (week before Christmas week)
  • Los Posadas
  • Vending Machine patented 1884
  • Zionism Day

Dec. 17

  • Aztec Calendar Stone excavated 1790
  • A Christmas Carol first published 1843
  • 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
  • Regifting Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • 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
  • Underdog Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • 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

A resource list for 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

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

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Special Days in November, 2018

Here’s the list of November, 2018 holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, famous birthdays, science and history based anniversaries, and more!   There’s much to learn about, celebrate, and eat all November long!

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

November Themes

  • Adoption Awareness
  • Adopt a Senior Pet
  • Adopt a Turkey
  • Alzheimer’s Awareness
  • American Indian Heritage
  • Aviation History
  • Child Safety and Protection
  • Creative Child
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy Awareness
  • Family Caregivers
  • Family Literacy
  • Family Stories
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Historic Bridge
  • Home Care and Hospice
  • International Drum
  • Inspirational Role Models
  • Life Writing
  • Long Term Care Awareness
  • Lung Cancer Awareness
  • MADD’s Tie One On For Safety Holiday
  • Manatee Awareness
  • Marrow Awareness Month
  • Military Family Appreciation
  • Model Railroad
  • Marrow Awareness
  • Mustache
  • Music
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • No TV
  • Novel Writing (NaNoWriMo)
  • NoSHAVEmber
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
  • Prematurity Awareness
  • Real Jewelry
  • Scholarship Month
  • Sleep Comfort
  • Stamp Collecting

November Food Themes

  • Banana Pudding Lovers
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Georgia Pecan
  • Gluten-Free Diet Awareness
  • Good Nutrition
  • Greens
  • Plantains
  • Peanut Butter Lovers
  • Pepper
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Raisin Bread
  • Roasting
  • Squash
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potato Awareness
  • Vegan

November Daily Specials   (the * following the special day means that it may fall on a different date each year)

Nov. 1

  • All Saints Day
  • Authors’ Day
  • Bison Day
  • Cook for Your Pets Day
  • Missionary William Borden born 1887
  • Deep Fried Clams Day
  • Extra Mile Day
  • Family Caregiver Day
  • Family Literacy Day
  • Fig Week begins
  • Give Up Your Shoulds Day
  • Men​ ​Make​ ​Dinner​ ​Day​ ​​ ​(1st​ ​Thurs.)
  • Plate Tectonics Day
  • Prime Meridian Day
  • Vinegar Day
  • World Communication Week begins
  • World Vegan Day

Nov. 2

  • All Souls Day
  • Book Lovers Day
  • Cookie Monster Day
  • Daniel Boone born 1734 (other sources claim Oct. 22)
  • Deviled Egg Day
  • Give Wildlife a Break (Brake) Week begins
  • President Warren Harding born 1865
  • Look For Circles Day
  • North Dakota statehood 1889
  • Plan Your Epitaph Day
  • President James Polk born 1795
  • South Dakota Statehood 1889

Nov. 3

  • Book Lovers Day (1st Sat.)
  • Poet Wm. C. Bryant born 1794
  • Cliche’ Day
  • Digital Scrapbooking Day (1st Sat.)
  • Dominica Independence 1979
  • First Dog in Space 1957
  • Housewife’s Day
  • Jellyfish Day
  • Panama Independence (from Colombia) 1903
  • Sandwich Day

Nov. 4

  • Animal​ ​Shelter​ ​and​ ​Rescue​ ​Appreciation​ ​Week​ ​(1st full​ ​week)
  • Candy Day
  • Cash Register patented 1880
  • Chicken Lady Day
  • Common Sense Day
  • Daylight​ ​Savings​ ​Time​ ​Ends​ ​(1st​ ​Sun.)
  • International Games Week begins *
  • Mischief Night
  • Rad Tech Week begins (week with the 8th)
  • Author Sterling North born 1906
  • King Tut’s Tomb discovered 1922
  • Use Your Common Sense Day
  • Zero​ ​Tasking​ ​Day​ ​​ ​(1st​ ​Sun.)

Nov. 5

  • Bonfire Night
  • Doughnut Day
  • Gasoline-driven Automobile patented 1895
  • Gunpowder Day
  • Guy Fawkes Day
  • Job​ ​Action​ ​Day​ ​(1st​ ​Mon.)
  • Love Your Red Hair Day
  • Author Marcia Sewall born 1935
  • Tar Barrels Event
  • Traffic​ ​Directors​ ​Day​ ​(1st​ ​Mon.)

Nov. 6

  • Election​ ​Day​ ​(US)​ ​​ ​(Tues.​ ​after​ ​the​ ​1st​ ​Mon.)
  • Electric Shaver patented 1923
  • International Day of Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War
  • Marooned Without a Compass Day
  • Nachos Day
  • Composer Ignace Paderewski born 1860
  • Saxophone Day
  • Composer John Phillips Sousa born 1854

Nov. 7

  • Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Canadian Pacific Railway completed 1885
  • Scientist Marie Curie born 1867
  • Dear Santa Week begins
  • Evangelist Billy Graham born 1918
  • Hug a Bear Day

Nov. 8

  • Game Inventor Milton Bradley born 1836
  • Cappuccino Day
  • Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
  • Dunce Day
  • Astronomer Edmond Hailey born 1656
  • Montana statehood 1889
  • Parents as Teachers Day
  • Punster’s Day
  • Pursuit of Happiness Week begins
  • Split Pea Soup Week begins
  • STEM & STEAM Day
  • Tongue Twister Day (some sources site the 12th)
  • X-Ray Day

Nov. 9

  • Berlin Wall opened 1989
  • Cambodia Independence 1953
  • Chaos Never Dies Day
  • Kristallnacht anniversary 1938
  • Nurse Practitioner’s Week begins

Nov. 10

  • Area Code Day
  • Domino Day (2nd Sat.)
  • Forget-Me-Not Day
  • Great Wall of China opened to tourism 1970
  • Sadie Hawkins Day (Sat. after the 9th – other sources say always on the 13th)
  • Theologian Martin Luther born 1483
  • US Marine Corps established 1775
  • 1st Motorcycle 1885
  • Sesame Street debut 1969
  • Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • Windshield Wipers patented 1903

Nov. 11

  • Angola Independence 1975
  • Armistice Day
  • Death/Duty Day
  • Geography Awareness Week (2nd full week)
  • Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (Week before Thanksgiving Week)
  • Origami Day
  • Poland Independence Day 1918
  • Remembrance Sunday * (UK and Canada)
  • Rhodesia Independence 1965
  • Sundae Day
  • Veterans Day (US)
  • Washington statehood 1889
  • World War 1 ended 1918

Nov. 12

  • Baha’u’llah Day
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
  • 1st Flying Trapeze Act performed 1859
  • Pizza with Everything (Except Anchovies) Day
  • Author Marjorie K. Rawlings born 1896
  • Sculptor Auguste Rodin born 1849
  • Suffragist/Reformer Elizabeth Stanton born 1815
  • Tongue Twister Day (some sources site the 8th)

Nov. 13

  • Sadie Hawkins Day (other sources say Sat. after the 9th)
  • Indian Pudding Day
  • Physicist James Maxwell born 1831
  • Author Robert Lewis Stevenson born 1850
  • Vietnam Memorial dedicated 1982
  • World Kindness Day
  • Young Readers Day (2nd Tues.)

Nov. 14

  • Inventor Robert Fulton born 1765
  • International Girls Day
  • Loosen Up – Lighten Up Day
  • Artist Claude Monet born 1840
  • Operating Room Nurse Day
  • Pickle Day
  • Spicy Guacamole Day
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • World Diabetes Day

Nov. 15

  • America Recycles Day
  • Bundt Pan Day
  • Clean Your Refrigerator Day
  • Great American Smokeout (3rd Thurs.)
  • Steve Irwin Day
  • Artist Georgia O’Keefe born 1887
  • Love To Write Day
  • Philanthropy Day
  • Use Less Stuff Day (3rd Thurs.)

Nov. 16

  • Button Day
  • Fast Food Day
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Have a Party With Your Bear Day
  • International Day for Tolerance
  • Murray River Discovered 1824
  • Oklahoma statehood 1907

Nov. 17

  • Adoption Day (Sat. before Thanksgiving)
  • Baklava Day
  • Electronic Greeting Card Day
  • Elizabeth 1 Crowned Queen of England 1588
  • Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Explorers Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean 1805 (some sources say 15th)
  • Guinness World Record Day
  • Homemade Bread Day
  • Scientist August Mobius born 1790
  • Prematurity Awareness Day
  • Survivors of Suicide Day (Sat. before Thanksgiving)
  • Suez Canal completed 1869
  • Take A Hike Day
  • World Peace Day

Nov. 18

  • Bible Week (Sun. before Thanksgiving)
  • Children’s Book Week (3rd week)
  • Farm City Week (week of US Thanksgiving)
  • Game and Puzzle Week (Sun. before Thanksgiving)
  • Guinness World Record Day (3rd Sun.)
  • Last Pony Express Delivery 1861
  • Mickey Mouse debut 1928
  • Occult Day
  • Panama Independence (from Spain) 1821
  • Push Button Phone introduced 1963
  • William Tell Day
  • World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (3rd Sun.)

Nov. 19

  • Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
  • Equal Opportunity Day
  • Explorer George Rogers Clark born 1752
  • President James Garfield born 1831
  • Gettysburg Address 1863
  • Have a Bad Day Day
  • Monaco Independence 1861
  • Evangelist Billy Sunday born 1935
  • World Toilet Day

Nov. 20

  • Absurdity Day
  • Beautiful Day
  • Astronomer Edwin Hubble born 1889
  • Name Your PC Day
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Day
  • Universal Children’s Day

Nov. 21

  • Alascattalo Day
  • Educational Support Professionals Day (3rd Wed.)
  • False Confession Day
  • GSI Day (Geographic Information Systems) (3rd Wed.)
  • Gingerbread Cookie Day
  • First Untethered Hot Air Balloon Flight 1763
  • North Carolina statehood 1789
  • Author Voltaire born 1694
  • World Hello Day
  • World TV Day

Nov. 22

  • Church/State Separation Week begins
  • Composer Hoagie Carmichael born 1899
  • Go For a Ride Day
  • Hailey’s Comet discovered 1682
  • Humane Society founded 1954
  • President John F. Kennedy assassinated 1963
  • Lebanon Independence 1943
  • Start Your Own Country Day
  • Thanksgiving (US) * (4th Thurs.)

Nov. 23

  • Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Outlaw William H. Bonney (Billy the Kid) born 1859
  • Buy Nothing Day (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Cashew Day
  • Day of Listening (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Eat a Cranberry Day
  • Espresso Day
  • Flossing Day (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Fibonacci Day
  • Native American Heritage Day (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Pencil Sharpener patented 1897
  • President Franklin Pierce born 1804
  • Sinkie Day (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Dr. Who Day (1st premiered 1963)

Nov. 24

  • All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day
  • Aura Awareness Day (4th Sat.)
  • Barbed Wire patented 1874
  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
  • Grace Horsley Darling born 1815
  • Darwin’s Origin of the Species published 1859
  • Evolution Day
  • Composer Scott Joplin born 1868
  • Small Business Saturday (Sat. after US Thanksgiving)
  • President Zachary Taylor born 1784

Nov. 25

  • Author/Illustrator Marc Brown born 1946
  • Author PD Eastman born 1909
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Parfait Day
  • Suriname Independence 1975
  • Woody Woodpecker debut 1940

Nov. 26

  • Casablanca (movie) premiered 1942
  • Cyber Monday (Mon. after Thanksgiving)
  • Mongolia Independence Day 1924
  • Cartoonist Charles Schulz born 1922

Nov. 27

  • Bavarian Cream Pie Day
  • Scientist Anders Celsius born 1701
  • Evangelist Luis Palau born 1934
  • Pins and Needles Day
  • Ringling Brothers 1st Performance 1882
  • You’re Welcome Day

Nov. 28

  • Albania Independence 1912
  • French Toast Day
  • Make Your Own Head Day
  • Mauritania Independence 1960
  • Red Planet Day

Nov. 29

  • Author Louisa May Alcott born 1832
  • Chocolates Day
  • Electronic Greetings Day
  • Lemon Creme Pie Day
  • Author CS Lewis born 1898
  • Square Dance Day
  • Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

Nov. 30

  • Barbados Independence 1966
  • Winston Churchill born 1874
  • Author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) born 1835
  • Computer Security Day
  • Meth Awareness Day
  • Mousse Day
  • St. Andrew’s Day
  • Southern Yemen Independence 1967
  • Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

Free Printable – SPECIAL DAYS IN NOVEMBER

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

Currently, I’m updating the November Resource List for 2018.

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-november

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy November!

betty jo

Around the World in 80 Days

In Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in 80 Days, the calm, orderly main character, Phileas Fogg, makes a wager that he can travel around the world in eighty days.  He does this on October 2, 1873.  Today we have fun holiday in honor of this fictional occasion, “Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day”! If your family hasn’t read Around the World in 80 Days, October 2 would be a perfect time to start. Of course, anytime is a good time to begin such a thrilling adventure.

We chose to “read” this classical story via audio a couple of years ago and the whole family loved it!  The reader from “Loyal Books” was excellent.  Please note that Around the World in 80 Days is not a children’s book. There are some rather mature scenes in Verne’s tale, however my youngest (11 at the time) was fine after some discussion. Actually, this book inspired a lot of discussion.

Here’s a collection of resources to add some extra fun and some lessons to the reading.

Learn to Play Whist   (this is the game that Phileas Fogg was playing when he begins his adventure)                                                                                                                               https://cardgames.io/whist/

Listen to the audio book                                                                           http://www.loyalbooks.com/book/around-the-world-in-eighty-days-by-jules-verne

Read the book                                                                                                   http://literatureproject.com/around-the-world/index.htm

Several Free Printables                        https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:around%20the%20world%20in%2080%20days/Price-Range/Free

Study Guide                                                                                                    https://www.shmoop.com/around-the-world-in-eighty-days/

Map of the trip                https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Around_the_World_in_Eighty_Days_map.png

Interactive Game               http://www.freeworldgroup.com/games6/gameindex/aroundtheworldin80days.htm

Vocabulary Lists (the vocabulary is intensive)                                                                                          https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/204437

Oh, and the movie from 2004 staring Jackie Chan?  Let’s just say it was barely based on the book.  Just barely.

betty jo

 

 

Special Days in October, 2018

Here’s the October, 2018 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
  • Prescription Errors Education and Awareness
  • 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

  • CD Player Day
  • Child Health Day * – 1st Mon.
  • President Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Fire Pup Day
  • Homemade Cookies Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Lace Day
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • Nigeria Independence Day 1960
  • People’s Republic of China National Day 1949
  • Raccoon Appreciation Day
  • Vegetarian Day
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention/Blue Shirt Day * – 1st Mon.
  • World Habitat Day * – 1st Mon.

Oct. 2

  • 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

Oct. 3

  • Balloons Around the World Day * – 1st Wed.
  • Bring Your Bible to School Day *
  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
  • Captain Kangaroo premier 1955
  • East and West Germany Re-unification 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
  • Walk to School Day * – 1st Wed.

Oct. 4

  • 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
  • Author, Edward Stratemeyer born 1862
  • Ten-Four Day
  • World Animal Day
  • World Space Week begins

Oct. 5

  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Denim Day * – 1st Fri.
  • Diversity Day * – 1st Fri.
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
  • Jarrow March 1936
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • Story Telling Weekend * – 1st Fri.
  • World Smile Day *- 1st Fri.
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Card Making Day * – 1st Sat.
  • Come and Take It Day
  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend *
  • Frugal Fun Day * – 1st Sat.
  • German-American Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • William Tyndale martyred 1536
  • Inventor George Westinghouse born 1846

Oct. 7

  • First “American Bandstand” Broadcast 1952
  • Animal Welfare Week * – 1st full week
  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Carry a Tune Week * – week with the 7th
  • Change A Light Day – * 1st Sun.
  • Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island 1542
  • Fire Prevention Week begins * – week with the 9th
  • Get Organized Week * – 1st full week
  • Great Books Week * – 1st full week
  • Inter-generation Day* – 1st Sun.
  • Metric Week * – week with the 10th
  • Mystery Series Week * – 1st full week
  • Work From Home Week * – 1st full week
  • World Communion Day * –  1st Sun.

Oct. 8

  • Canadian Thanksgiving * – 2nd Mon.
  • Cephalopod Awareness Days (8-10)
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • Columbus Day * – 2nd Mon.
  • Activist Jesse Jackson born 1941
  • Native American Day * – 2nd Mon.
  • Pierogy Day
  • Spinning and Weaving Week* – Mon. of first full week
  • Touch Tag Day
  • Alvin C. York Day

Oct. 9

  • Chess Day
  • 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
  • Pro-Life Cupcake Day
  • Uganda Independence Day 1962
  • Washington Monument opened 1888
  • World Post Day

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day * – 2nd Wed.
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Emergency Nurses Day * –  2nd Wed.
  • Fiji Independence Day 1970
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction * – 2nd Wed.
  • Author James Marshall born 1942
  • Metric Day
  • Republic of China/Taiwan National Day 1949
  • Top Spinning Day * – 2nd Wed.
  • World Mental Health Day

Oct. 11

  • Apollo 7 launched 1968
  • Boer War Began 1880
  • Coming Out Day
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Remember Forever Day
  • Eleanor Roosevelt born 1884
  • World Sight Day * – 2nd Thurs.

Oct. 12

  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • Egg Day * – 2nd Fri.
  • Fossil Day
  • Freethought Day
  • Moment of Frustration Day
  • Old Farmer’s Day
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814

Oct. 13

  • Earth Science Week begins
  • English Language Day
  • Greenwich  Mean Time established 1884
  • Fall Astronomy Day *
  • Patriot Molly Pitcher born 1754
  • Skeptics Day
  • Margaret Thatcher born 1925
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • US Navy Established 1775
  • Universal Music Day * – 2nd Sat.

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Chestnut Week * – 2nd full week
  • Clergy Appreciation Day * – 2nd Sun.
  • Dessert Day
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Food Bank Week * –  week of the 16th
  • William Penn born 1644
  • Photographic Film patented 1884
  • Wolf Awareness Week *- 2nd full week

Oct. 15

  • 1st Manned Balloon Flight (tethered), 1783
  • Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day * – 3rd Mon.
  • Grouch Day
  • Handwashing Day
  • I Love Lucy Premier 1951
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • Poetry Day
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • School Lunch Week * – 2nd full week
  • Veterinary Technician Week begins
  • White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 16

  • Marie Antoinette executed 1793
  • Boss’ Day * – Closest weekday to the 16th
  • Dictionary Day
  • Learn A Word Day
  • Nuclear Science Week *
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity * – 3rd Tues.
  • Noah Webster born 1758
  • World Food Day

Oct. 17

  • African American Poetry Day
  • Eradication of Poverty Day
  • Hagfish Day * – 3rd Wed.
  • Author Arthur Miller born 1915
  • Mulligan Day
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • Get Smart About Credit Day * – 3rd Thurs.
  • 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
  • Revolutionary War ends 1781

Oct. 20

  • Baseball’s Mickey Mantle born 1931
  • Bridge Day * – 3rd Sat.
  • Information Overload Day
  • Monster Mash Day
  • Sloth Day
  • Sweetest Day * – 3rd Sat.
  • Architect Sir Christopher Wren born 1632

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Battle of Trafalgar 1805
  • Bullying Bystanders Unite Week * – 3rd full week
  • Character Counts Week * – 3rd full week
  • Chemistry Week * – 4th week
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Freedom of Speech Week * – 3rd full week
  • Friends of the Library Week * – 3rd full week
  • Forest Products Week * – 3rd Sun
  • Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day
  • 1st Light Bulb 1879
  • Massage Therapy Week * – last full week
  • Inventor Alfred Nobel born 1833
  • Peace, Friendship, & Goodwill Week * – last full week
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day
  • Save For Retirement Week *

Oct. 22

  • Daniel Boone born 1734
  • CAP LOCKS DAY
  • Everyone Writes Day
  • Nut Day
  • School Bus Safety Week * – Mon. of 3rd full week
  • 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
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Day * – Wed. of 3rd full week
  • 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
  • Punky Night * – last Thurs.
  • Sourest Day

Oct. 26

  • Erie Canal opened 1825
  • Gun Fight at the OK Corral 1881
  • Hillary Clinton born 1947
  • Frankenstein Day * – last Fri.
  • Make a Difference Day * – 4th Fri.& Sat.
  • Mincemeat
  • Mule Day
  • National Pumpkin Day
  • Red Cross Founded 1836

Oct. 27

  • Explorer James Cook born 1728
  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • International Creation Day *
  • Navy Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • St Vincent and Grenadines Independence Day 1979
  • Tell A Story Day

Oct. 28

  • Chocolates Day
  • Mother-In-Law Day * – 4th Sun.
  • 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

October Special Days Learning Resources  (currently being updated for 2018)   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/10/01/learning-resources-for-special-days-in-october-2016/

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

October’s Special Days Activity Companion offers a wonderful collection of learning ideas for the entire month and is suitable for all ages and learning styles. Great for families who enjoy learning together! Get your copy of October’s Special Days Activity Companion  at Learning Tangent Homeschool Magazine’s Shop!

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

Wiffle Ball

According to the  Special Days in August  list, the 14th is the anniversary of the invention of Wiffle Ball.  Wiffle Ball is one of the best backyard activities!  The game doesn’t require expensive equipment, a large area, or a lot of people.  It’s wonderful for PE and science (and history too)!  Here’s some resources to learn about the history of the game, the science behind the Wiffle ball, and the rules on how to play.

“It all began in the summer of 1953 …”                  http://www.wiffle.com/pages/welcome.asp?page=welcome

The Science of How a Wiffle Ball Works              https://www.popsci.com/article/technology/how-it-works-wiffle-ball-pitch

Game Rules                                                            http://www.wiffle.com/pages/game_rules.asp?page=game_rules

Wiffle Ball Pitch – Science Video

Have fun learning and playing!

betty jo

Special Days in August, 2018

The 2018 August calendar has loads of special days!  The following list is made up of August’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , famous birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more.  So, if you want an occasion to celebrate, pick up some trivia, or add foods to your menu, this is the right place for you. And, of course you’ll find multiple opportunities for “on the calendar” themed studies for your classroom, homeschool,  co-op/support group, or club.

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

Shark Week

July 22, 2018 is the official start to the 30th year of Discovery’s Shark Week!  This must be a popular summer learning theme for homeschools, summer schools, and families, because there’s awesome resources available! Here’s the resource links to what is being shared in the  Facebook home education groups and through my e-mail subscriptions.

Free Lesson Plans                                                                http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/sharks.cfm

Watch Discovery Shark Videos                                                                  https://www.discovery.com/playlists/watch-shark-week-for-free

Sharks Study Resources                                                            https://www.franw.com/2016/01/sharks.html

Shark Week Journal and Printables                                                            https://homeschool.bookshark.com/sharkweek/

All About Sharks –  Resources and Activities                               http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/25-shark-week-resources/

Shark Themed Resources                                                                      https://themultitaskinmom.com/shark-week-resources/

Shark Week Freebies and Activities                                               https://hiphomeschoolmoms.com/shark-week-freebies-and-activities-for-kids/

Unit Studies, Printables, Crafts, and Activities                         http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/shark-week-educational-resources-free-printables-unit-studies-more/

Fun Activities                                                                                               https://faithandgoodworks.com/shark-week-activities/

Crafts and Activities                                                       https://www.localfunforkids.com/crafts/2011/8/2/easy-shark-week-crafts-activities-for-kids.html

Crafts, Activities, and Recipes                                                                       https://adayinourshoes.com/kids-activities-for-shark-weekfood-crafts-recipes-and-more/

betty jo