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

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

  • Columnists Day
  • 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

  • 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

History, Fireworks, Food, and Family Fun – A 4th of July Unit Study

4th-of-JulyThe 4th of July, America’s birthday, is a fantastic opportunity for family fun, fireworks, food, and summer school learning!  I’ve found some great cross curricular and multi level resources to share as we celebrate,  explore, create, learn, review, and play through a unit study.

American Revolution Timeline starting with The Stamp Act (1765) and ending with The Treaty of Paris (1783)  http://www.ducksters.com/history/revolutionarywartimeline.php

Early America Resources – Documents, Photos, Biographies, and Videos https://www.varsitytutors.com/earlyamerica

Interactive version of John Trumbull’s famous painting “The Declaration of Independence”  http://www.quiz-tree.com/Declaration_of_Independence.swf

banner_2465Liberty’s Kids is an entertaining and a favorite video resource for homeschooling families to introduce the events and people of the American Revolution.  Here’s the link to the viewers guide for all 40 episodes.  http://www.tv.com/shows/libertys-kids/episodes/

And, the link to the Liberty’s Kids Youtube channel and playlist.  All the episodes are available to view.   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pJi9mLIy38m2e_u3sboKQ

This PDF from History.com gives discussion questions to ask after watching each Liberty’s Kids episode  PDF from History.com

Schoolhouse Rock 4th of July Cartoon  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmSVnP-oDRs

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“Why do we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks?”  According to Slate, that answer is , “Because John Adams wanted us to.”  Link here for the full article.  http://www.slate.com/articles/life/explainer/2012/07/history_of_fireworks_in_america_why_do_we_celebrate_fourth_of_july_with_fireworks_.html

Boom Pow Whizz” is an awesome article explaining the history of fireworks with a couple of suggested art and language arts activities.   https://antiquitynow.org/2013/07/03/boom-pow-whizzz-the-history-of-fireworks/

Learn about the chemistry of fireworks and use the handy chart of to identify what chemical compounds are used to produce different colors  http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/CHEMWEEK/fireworks/fireworks.htm

And here’s more firework chemistry including a highlighted periodic table http://sciencenotes.org/firework-colors-chemistry/

And to find out more about the elements that make the firework colors, click for an interactive periodic table  http://www.humantouchofchemistry.com/periodic-table.htm

What’s inside a firework and step by step explanation of what happens when lit  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/fireworks/anat_nf.html

How It’s Made – Fireworks  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mlrjrLUpyg

How It’s Made – Sparklers  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LJ-lAANCw8

Steve Spangler’s – 4th of July Science  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZp7VTYJvQw

fun_4th_july_independence_day_bbq_party_invitation-re61b9e961f6d43d6adf021d8dd488c0d_zk9yi_324BBQ and Grilling Safety Guide with kids  http://www.air-n-water.com/bbq-grill-safety-kids.htm

Kids Grilling Recipes and Tips  http://www.kids-cooking-activities.com/easy-grilling-recipes.html

My family’s favorite 4th of July treat is this yummy and easy layered dessert using store bought angel food cake – cut into cubes, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and whipped cream.

4th-dessert-2Devotions, Quotes, Prayers, and Bible verses for Independence Day  http://www.graspinggod.com/4th-of-july.html

4th of July themed Bible games and activities  http://www.christianitycove.com/?s=4th+of+july

Crafts, Activities, Recipes, and Learning Resources for Families  http://www.franw.com/2013/06/4th-of-july-americas-independence-day.html

4th of July themed vocabulary list with printables and interactives  https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/july-4th-vocabulary/

Fireworks and Flags Math Activities  http://www.yummymath.com/2016/4th-of-july/

4th of July themed printables (including jokes, lined writing paper, coloring pages, and a word search)  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/fourth-of-july

4th of July Party Games  http://www.rd.com/advice/parenting/4th-of-july-10-fun-party-games/

4th of July themed Interactive Games  http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/july4/games.htm

Patriotic Music for Kids  http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/various-artists/album/americas-favorite-patriotic-songs-for-kids

And don’t forget to check with your local library!  We found these …

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betty jo

Special Days in August, 2015

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Special Days in August has been updated for 2016  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/26/special-days-in-august-2016/

The August 2015 calendar is filled with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!   If you are wanting special themed studies, occasions to celebrate, trivia, or something to try on your menu, you can find it here!

August Awareness and Observance Themes

  • Admit You’re Happy
  • Adventures
  • American Indian Heritage
  • Artist Appreciation
  • Back To School
  • Cactus
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety
  • Family Fun
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten
  • Golf
  • Happiness Happens
  • Hug
  • Immunization Awareness
  • Inventors
  • Motorsports
  • National Parks
  • Science, Medicine, and Technology
  • Water Quality
  • What Will Be Your Legacy
  • Win with Civility

August Food Themes

  • Catfish
  • Celery
  • Coffee
  • Family Meals
  • Fennel
  • Kiwifruit
  • Orange
  • Panini
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Picnic
  • Sandwich

August 2014 Daily Specials  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Aug. 1

  • Clown Week begins
  • Colorado Statehood 1876
  • GI Joe action figure introduced 1964
  • Girlfriend’s Day
  • Francis Scott Key born 1779
  • Ann Frank made her last diary entry 1944
  • Author Herman Melville born 1819
  • Mustard Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Raspberry Cream Pie Day
  • Respect For Parents Day
  • Rounds Resounding Day
  • Scrabble Week begins
  • Simplify Your Life Week begins
  • Spiderman Day
  • US Air Force Day

Aug. 2

  • Declaration of Independence signed 1776
  • Assistance Dog Week begins *
  • Escalator Patented 1892
  • Exercise With Your Child Week begins *
  • Family Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Farmer’s Market Week begins *
  • Forgiveness Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Fraud Awareness Week begins *
  • Friendship Day *(1st Sun.)
  • Author Holling C. Holling born 1900
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • Kids Day *(1st Sun.)
  • Engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant born 1754
  • Psychic Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Sisters’ Day *(1st Sun.)
  • Stop on Red Week begins *

Aug. 3

  • Columbus Set Sail 1492
  • Old Fiddler’s Week *
  • Panama Canal opened 1914
  • Psychic Week *
  • Watermelon Day

Aug. 4

  • Musician Louis Armstrong born 1901
  • Mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton born 1805
  • Night Out *(1st Tues.)
  • President Barack Obama born 1961
  • Rock for Life Week begins *
  • US Coast Guard Day
  • US Dept. of Energy created 1977

Aug. 5

  • Astronaut Neil Armstrong born 1930
  • Little Orphan Annie comic strip first appeared 1924
  • Work Like A Dog Day

Aug. 6

  • Actress/Comedian Lucille Ball born 1911
  • Scientist Alexander Fleming born 1881
  • Fresh Breath Day
  • Hiroshima Day
  • Hobo Week begins *
  • Root Beer Float Day
  • Sandwich invented 1762
  • Poet Alfred Lord Tennyson born 1808
  • Wiggle Your Toes Day

Aug. 7

  • Braham Pie Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Kool-Aid Days * (2nd weekend)
  • Spy Marta Hari born 1876
  • Lighthouse Day
  • Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
  • Professional Speakers Day
  • Purple Heart Day
  • Sea Serpent Day

Aug. 8

  • Ornithologist Florence Merriam Bailey born 1863
  • The Date to Create
  • Frozen Custard Day
  • Garage Sale Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Happiness Happens Day
  • Mimeograph Machine patented 1876
  • Odie Day (Garfield’s dog)
  • Resurrect Romance Week *(2nd full week)
  • Smile Week begins * (2nd week)
  • Smokey the Bear Ad Campaign begins 1944
  • Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night

Aug. 9

  • Book Lover’s Day
  • Electric Washing Machine patented 1910
  • Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week * (2nd week)
  • Indigenous People Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Marvin Minsky born 1927
  • Resurrect Romance Week begins * (2nd week)
  • Umpire Appreciation Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Veep Day

Aug. 10

  • Duran Duran Appreciation Day
  • Elvis Week begins *
  • President Herbert Hoover born 1874
  • Lazy Day
  • Missouri Statehood 1821
  • Mount Rushmore Construction began 1927
  • President Richard Nixon resigned 1974
  • Smithsonian Day  (Institution established 1846)
  • S’mores Day
  • Weird Contest Week begins *(2nd Mon.)
  • World Lion Day

Aug. 11

  • Daughters’ and Sons’ Day
  • Play In The Sand Day
  • Presidential Joke Day

Aug. 12

  • Middle Child Day
  • 1st PC introduced 1981
  • Phonograph invented 1877
  • Vinyl Record Day
  • World Elephant Day
  • Youth Day

Aug. 13

  • Bambi first premiered 1934
  • Author/Film Director Alfred Hitchcock born 1899
  • Lefthander’s Day
  • Annie Oakley born 1860

Aug. 14

  • Creamsicle Day
  • Navajo Code Talkers Day
  • V-J Day 1945
  • Wiffleball invented 1953
  • Wizard of Oz premiered 1939
  • Woodstock Music Festival 1969
  • World Lizard Day

Aug. 15

  • Napoleon Bonaparte born 1769
  • Chauvin Day
  • Chef Julia Child born 1912
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Friendship Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Geocaching Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Homeless Animals Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Panama Canal opened 1914
  • Relaxation Day
  • World Honey Bee Day * (3rd Sat.)

Aug. 16

  • Airborne Day
  • Aviation Week begins * (week with the 19th)
  • Gold discovered in the Yukon 1896
  • Roller Coaster Patented 1898
  • Tell a Joke Day

Aug. 17

  • Berlin Wall Construction begins  1961
  • Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • Missionary William Carey born 1761
  • Davy Crockett born 1786
  • Cupcake Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Meaning of “Is” Day
  • Thrift Shop Day
  • Wrench patented 1835

Aug. 18

  • Bad Poetry Day
  • Virginia Dare born 1587
  • Explorer Meriwether Lewis born 1744
  • Mail Order Catalog Day

Aug. 19

  • Aviation Day
  • “Black Cow” Root Beer Float Day
  • President Bill Clinton born 1946
  • Hot and Spicy Food Day
  • Potato Day
  • Inventor Orville Wright Born 1867
  • World Humanitarian Day

Aug. 20

  • Chinese Valentine’s Day/Daughter’s Festival *
  • Civil War ends 1866 (US)
  • President Benjamin Harrison born 1833
  • Radio Day
  • Viking 1 launched 1975
  • Voyager 2 launched 1977

Aug. 21

  • Gemini 5 launched 1965
  • Hawaii Statehood 1959
  • Hug Your Boss Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Mona Lisa Stolen 1911
  • Poet’s Day
  • Senior Citizen’s Day

Aug. 22

  • Be an Angel Day
  • Eat a Peach Day
  • Honey Bee Day
  • Hoodie Hoo Day (Southern Hemisphere)
  • Tooth Fairy Day

Aug. 23

  • Day For The Remembrance of The Slave Trade & Its Abolition
  • Return To Work Week *(4th week)
  • Ride the Wind Day
  • Valentino Day

Aug. 24

  • US Capital Building and White House burned 1814
  • Mt. Vesuvius Erupted 79AD
  • Pluto Demoted 2006
  • Strange Music Day
  • Waffle Iron Patented 1869 / Waffle Day

Aug. 25

  • Banana Split Day
  • Be Kind to Humankind Week begins
  • Inventor Lionel Cowen born 1880
  • Ivan the Terrible born 1530
  • Kiss and Make Up Day
  • Neighborhood Day *(last Sat.)
  • Second-hand Wardrobe Day

Aug. 26

  • Inventor Lee DeForest born 1873
  • Dog Day
  • Chemist Antoine Lavoisier born 1743
  • Mother Teresa born 1910
  • Women’s Equality Day

Aug. 27

  • Chemist/Engineer Carl Bosch born 1909
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson born 1908
  • Just Because Day
  • Safe at Home Week begins *(last Mon.- Fri.)
  • 1st Tarzan story published 1912

Aug. 28

  • Bat Weekend begins * (last full weekend)
  • Bow Tie Day
  • Cherry Turnover Day
  • Crackers Over the Keyboard Day
  • Daffodil Day *(4th Fri.)
  • Dream Day (Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech 1963)
  • Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day
  • Radio Commercials Day
  • Author Leo Tolstoy born 1828

Aug. 29

  • According to Hoyle Day
  • Day Against Nuclear Tests
  • Engineer Charles Franklin Kettering born 1876
  • More Herbs, Less Salt Day

Aug. 30

  • Author/Illustrator Donald Crews born 1938
  • Frankenstein Day  (Author Mary Shelly born 1797)
  • Holistic Pet Day
  • Slinky Day
  • Toasted Marshmallow Day

Aug. 31

  • Kinetoscope patented 1887
  • Love Lawyers Day
  • Pony Express Day
  • 1st Solar Power Car demonstrated 1955
  • Trail Mix Day

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 calendar resources for August.

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

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

http://www.wheniscalendars.com/august-2015-weekly-calendar-with-holidays-events/

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

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/august-2015.html

Happy August!

betty jo

Learning Resources for July

july_clipartJuly’s calendar has wonderful learning opportunities!  Here’s a resource list to help teach and learn through the month.

BIG List of Special Days in July, 2015 –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/06/30/special-days-in-july-2015/

July Prayer Calendar for Children –  http://cherigamble.com/2015/06/25/july-2015-prayer-calendar-for-children/

Resource Links for Learning from June’s Calendar  –  http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-july

July Science Calendar –  http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/2015-july-science-calendar/

July Themed Elementary Printables and Activities –  http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

July and Summer Themed Bible Based Activities –  http://www.christianitycove.com/

July Themed Vocabulary Word Lists –  http://myvocabulary.com/

July Daily Writing Prompts –  http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/july/

July Themed Arts and Crafts –   http://kinderart.com/seasons/july.shtml

July Stargazer’s Guide –  http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2015/06/29/looking-up-july-2015/

July and Summer Themed Math Lessons –  http://www.yummymath.com/

15 Things to do in July –  http://diyhomeschooler.com/15-things-to-do-in-july-2015/

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 learning resources for 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, 2015  (I’ll be updating the daily specials with more resources as we go along, so check back.  And, if you have any special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them. 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 –

July 5 –  Shark Week begins – Webcams and videos  –  http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/

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

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

July 17 –  Eid al Fitr – Ramadan Study Resources  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/12/studying-ramadan/

July 17 –  Hymn Writer Isaac Watts born 1674  –  “Tea Time” biography and resources  –  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2013/07/tea-time-with-isaac-watts/

July 28 – Author Beatrix Potter born 1866  “Tea Time” biography and resources – http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2015/07/tea-time-with-beatrix-potter/

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

Happy July Learning!

betty jo

Blaise Pascal

16bbeda3-bdd9-3f87-99a3-29cf85593965According to Special Days in June,   the 19th is Blaise Pascal’s birthday (1623).  Somehow we missed studying about one of the greatest mathematicians and philosphers of all time when we focused on that time in history.  So, we’re going to take a day or two of summer studies to devote to learning about Pascal and his triangle.  You know, that’s one of the many perks with home education – when you discover a gap somewhere, you can fill it right in.

Below are the online resources I found for our Pascal study.

Biography –

http://www.famousscientists.org/blaise-pascal/

Scientist Notebooking Printables –

http://notebookingfairy.com/2012/04/scientist-notebooking-pages/

Pascal’s Triangle and Usages  (from simple to complex) Explained

http://www.mathsisfun.com/pascals-triangle.html

Short Video – Patterns of Pascal’s Triangle –

K-12 Lesson Plans and Printables –

http://mathforum.org/workshops/usi/pascal/index.html

I hope your family has the chance to learn about Blaise Pascal, too.  He was an interesting guy with an unique understanding of numbers and patterns.

 

For my collection of  history themed and biography resources –

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/history-resources/

betty jo

Learning Resources for June

june_clipart Wow, June already!  Here’s a great resource list for learning (and teaching, too) all through the month.  I’ll be updating the themes and daily specials with more resources as we go along, so check back.  And, if you have special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them in!

BIG List of Special Days in June, 2015 https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/05/28/special-days-in-june-2015/

June’s Prayer Calendar for Children – http://cherigamble.com/2015/05/28/june-2015-prayer-calendar-for-children/

Resource Links for Learning from June’s Calendar http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-june

Elementary Resources for June’s Holidays – http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

Summer Themed Bible Based Resources and Activities – http://www.christianitycove.com/

June Theme Vocabulary Word Lists –

http://myvocabulary.com/index.php?dir=general&file=search_result

Daily Writing Prompts for June – http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/june/

June Themed Arts and Crafts – http://www.kinderart.com/seasons/june.shtml

June and Summer Themed Math Lessons – http://www.yummymath.com/

Stargazer’s Guide to June – http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2015/05/25/stargazers-guide-to-june-2015/

15 Things To Do In June – http://diyhomeschooler.com/15-things-to-do-in-june-2015/

June Science Calendar – http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/june-2015-science-calendar/

June Themes

  • Adopt a Cat – Learning Resources and Activities

http://www.franw.com/2014/08/domesticated-cats-resource-page.html

  • Audio Book Appreciation – Huge Collection of Free Audio Books

http://www.loyalbooks.com/

  • Child Vision – How does vision happen? Video, articles, and quiz

http://kidshealth.org/kid/htbw/eyes-movie.html?tracking=59983_B

  • Effective Communication  –   Free Communication Course with Simulations

http://www.e-learningforlife.org/Courses/EK-8057/8057start.html

  • Okra – Make an Okra Stamp –

http://redeemyourground.com/okra-stamping

  • Skyscraper – Learning Resources –

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/09/03/resources-for-learning-about-skyscrapers/

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 2015 Daily Specials

June 1 – Sun Safety Week begins * – Facts, Resources, and Tips – http://www.sunsafetyalliance.org/

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 – 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 – Inventor Frank Lloyd Wright born 1867 – Learning Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/17/aviation-week-learning-resources/

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

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

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

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 – Father’s Day – Crafts, Printables, and Recipes http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-lesson-plans/fathers-day/

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

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

Happy June Learning!

betty jo