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Lionel Trains – Special Day August 25

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

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

Vintage films on Youtube

Inside Lionel’s Train Factory  Part 1

Inside Lionel’s Train Factory Part 2

Showroom Layouts, Part 1  –

Showroom Layouts,  Part 2  –

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

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

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

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

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

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

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Days in April, 2017

 

“April Showers  bring May flowers”.  However, April brings a lot of special days first!  Here’s the collection of themes, foods, historic and scientific anniversaries, and famous birthdays for April, 2017.

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

  • Celery
  • Child Nutrition
  • Cranberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Pecan
  • Soy Foods

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
  • Birding Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Love Our Children Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Pillow Fight Day * (1st Sat.)
  • 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
  • Bat Appreciation Week begins *
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Ferret Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Reconciliation Day
  • World Autism Day

April 3

  • American Indian Awareness Week *
  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Explore Your Career Options Week begins *
  • 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
  • Public Health Week *
  • Sweet Tater Day * (1st Mon.)
  • 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

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

April 7

  • Beaver Day
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • Walk to Work Day *(1st Fri.)
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Baby Massage Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Buddha born 563 BC
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • Empanada Day
  • Roma Day
  • Slow Art Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • 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)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse * (2nd Sun.)
  • Holy Week begins *
  • Library Week begins *
  • Name Yourself Day
  • Palm Sunday *
  • Student Employment Week begins *

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • National Gardening Week (UK) *
  • Passover begins *
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day 1865
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • Library Day *(Tues. during Library Week)
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • Pet Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • Submarine Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day

April 12

  • 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
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Teen Literature Day * (Thurs. of Library Week)
  • Scrabble Day

April 14

  • Dolphin Day
  • Good Friday *
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Auctioneers Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Husband Appreciation Day*(3rd Sat.)
  • National Park Week begins *
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912

April 16

  • Coin Week begins *
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Easter Sunday *
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • Karaoke Week begins *
  • Save the Elephant Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week * (week of the 24th)
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Boston Marathon * (3rd Mon.)
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895
  • Patriot’s Day *(3rd Mon.)

April 18

  • Amateur Radio Day
  • Animal Cracker Day
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Piñata Day
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775

April 20

  • Chinese Language Day
  • High Five Day *
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Look Alike Day
  • Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21

  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Day of Silence
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Global Youth Service Days begin *
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • Rome Founded 753 BC

April 22

  • Earth Day
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Just Pray No! Weekend of Prayer and Fasting begins *
  • Money Smart Week begins *
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Roller Skates patented 1823

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • Environmental Education Week begins *
  • English Language Day
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Preservation Week *
  • Princess Week begins * (last full week)
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Take a Chance Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564
  • Volunteer Week begins *
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 24

  • Dance Week begins
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Playground Safety Week begins *
  • Farmer’s Almanac Founder, Robert Bailey Thomas born 1776
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day *
  • Week of the Young Child begins *

April 25

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

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900

April 27

  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Author Ludwig Bemelmans born 1898
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • Poem In Your Pocket Day *
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day * (4th Thurs.)
  • Tell A Story Day

April 28

  • Arbor Day * (last Fri.)
  • Biological Clock Day
  • Gathering of the Nations PowWow begins *
  • Great Poetry Reading Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758
  • Save the Frogs Day * (last Fri.)

April 29

  • Astronomy Day *
  • Eeyore’s Birthday *(last Sat.)
  • Frog Day * (last Sat.)
  • Fiddler’s Frolic begins *
  • Go Birding Day * (last Sat.)
  • Greenery Day
  • Sense of Smell Day * (last Sat.)
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • Veterinary Day * (last Sat.)
  • World Healing Day * (last Sat.)
  • 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
  • Pinhole Photography Day * (last Sun.)
  • Raisin Day
  • Vietnam War ended 1975
  • Walpurgis Night

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://www.historynet.com/today-in-history

Happy April!

betty jo

 

Special Days in February, 2017

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Here is the list of February 2017 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.

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

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

Learning resources to go along with specific special days https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/01/29/february-resources/

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
  • 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

  • Candlemas
  • Green Week begins
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Kiwi Day
  • Marmot Day
  • Sled Dog Day

Feb.3

  • Blame Someone Else Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Bubble Gum Day * (1st Fri.)
  • 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
  • Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • Thank a Mailman Day
  • USO Day
  • Weatherman’s 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
  • Super Bowl 51*
  • 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

Feb. 7

  • Author Charles Dickens born 1812
  • Fettuccine Alfredo Day
  • Risk Awareness Week begins
  • 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
  • Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
  • Kite Flying Day
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day
  • Opera Day
  • Author Jules Verne born 1828

Feb. 9

  • Bagels and Lox Day
  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • Happy Chocolate Day
  • President William Harrison born 1773
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week begins
  • Pizza Pie Day
  • 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
  • Make a Friend Day
  • Nelson Mandela released 1990
  • Peppermint Patty Day
  • Shut-in Visitation Day
  • White Shirt Day

Feb. 12

  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Scientist Charles Darwin born 1809
  • Jello Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • President Abraham Lincoln born 1809
  • Lost Penny Day
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Safety Pup Day

Feb. 13

  • Clean Out Your Computer Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Family Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Get a Different Name Day
  • Lupercalia
  • Oatmeal Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • 1st Public School opened 1635 (US)
  • Radio Day
  • Stamp Collectors Day
  • Tortellini Day
  • Artist Grant Wood born 1892

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
  • Oregon Statehood 1859
  • Race Relations Day
  • Quirkyalone Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15

  • Susan B Anthony born 1820
  • Author Norman Birdwell born 1928
  • Flag Day – Canada
  • Scientist Galileo Galilei born 1564
  • Gum Drop Day
  • Hippo Day
  • Singles Awareness Day

Feb. 16

  • Almond Day
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Nylon introduced 1937
  • Read Aloud Day
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923

Feb. 17

  • Great Back Yard Bird Count *
  • 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
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Pluto discovered 1930
  • World Whale Day *

Feb. 19

  • Scientist Nicolaus Copernicus born 1473
  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • Engineer’s Week begins *
  • Homes for Birds Week begins *
  • International Friendship Week begins * (last full week)
  • Iwo Jima Day (battle began 1945)
  • Phonograph patented 1878
  • Temporary Insanity Day

Feb. 20

  • Photographer Ansel Adams born 1902
  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week begins * (3rd Mon.)
  • Cherry Pie
  • Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere)
  • Love Your Pet Day
  • Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • 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
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Future Farmers of America Week begins
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day * (4th Wed.)
  • Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin born 1962
  • Walking the Dog Day
  • President George Washington born 1732
  • World Thinking Day

Feb. 23

  • Banana Bread Day
  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Curling is Cool Day
  • Diesel Engine Day
  • Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Dolly the Sheep Cloned 1997
  • Composer George Frederick Handel born 1685
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day *
  • Play Tennis Day
  • Polio Vaccine 1st used 1954

Feb. 24

  • Missionary Gladys Aylward born 1902
  • Dia de la Bandera (Mexico)
  • French Fry Friday * (4th Fri.)
  • Gregorian Calendar introduced 1582
  • Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786
  • Artist Winslow Homer born 1836
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • 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
  • Sword Swallowers Day * (last Sat.)

Feb. 26

  • 89th Academy Awards *
  • Buffalo Bill born 1846
  • Carnival Day
  • Communist Manifesto  published 1848
  • Daytona 500 *
  • Grand Canyon National Park established 1919
  • Author Victor Hugo born 1802
  • For Pete’s Sake Day
  • Pistachio Day
  • Levi Strauss born 1829
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

  • Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807
  • Polar Bear Day
  • No Brainer Day
  • Author John Steinbeck born 1902
  • Strawberry Day
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Week begins

Feb. 28

  • Chocolate Souffle Day
  • DNA discovered 1953
  • Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras *
  • Floral Design Day
  • Pancake Day *
  • Scientist Linus Pauling born 1901
  • Public Sleeping Day
  • Smokey the Bear introduced 1944
  • Tooth Fairy Day

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/2017/02/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

 

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

Inauguration Resources

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Our main current events and history study for the week will be centered on the Presidential Inauguration coming up Friday, January 20.  Below are the online resources I’ve found to use as we learn about Inaugurations past and present.

Meet Donald J. Trump  Biography Article from Time for Kids News   http://www.timeforkids.com/news/meet-donald-j-trump/415956  and Meet Mike Pence  http://www.timeforkids.com/news/meet-mike-pence/439811

Short Article about the Inauguration Day Activities and Schedule  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/government/presidentialinauguration.htm

Quotes from Past Presidential Inaugural Speeches   http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/presidentialinauguraladdresses.htm

Facts and Stories from Past Inaugurations  http://www.helpteaching.com/blog/interesting-facts-and-stories-from-inauguration-days-past.html

Inauguration Resources from The White House  http://ourwhitehouse.org/history-civics/inaugurations/

History of Inaugural Foods   http://wtop.com/food/2017/01/all-the-presidents-meals-the-history-of-inaugural-food/slide/1/

Complete Schedule of Events and Performers (Parental Guidance Alert! This site is not geared for children but for adults.  It  contains several ads around the article and events list that may not be suitable for children nor relevant to the study!)   http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/01/12/Donald-Trump-inauguration-schedule-of-events-performers-and-inaugural-balls/1021483641496/

The White House Moving In Moving Out Plan  –  ” The most frenzied American ritual you’ve never seen is called the “transfer of families,” a five-hour tsunami of activity that transforms President Obama’s home into President Trump’s.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/white-house-transition/

Inauguration Security Concerns (Parental Guidance Alert! This site is not geared for children but for adults.)   https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/us/politics/donald-trump-inauguration-security.html

Printable Inauguration Bingo  http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/presidential-inauguration-bingo-game/

Presidential Inauguration Printable Word Search, Cross Word, and Vocabulary Puzzles    http://homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/inauguralprint.htm#step1

“Prayer for Our Leaders” Printable Coloring Page (based on 1 Timothy 2 1-4)   http://ministry-to-children.com/prayer-for-our-leaders-coloring-page/

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

Special Days in November, 2016

100-word-challenge-2-november-hymkhv-clipartHere’s the list of November, 2016  holidays, observances, food themes, and awareness days, historic figures, composers, artists and authors birthdays, science and history based anniversaries,  and more!   There’s much to learn about, celebrate, and eat all November long!

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
  • Marrow Awareness Month
  • Military Family Appreciation
  • Model Railroad
  • Marrow Awareness
  • Mustache
  • Music
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • No TV
  • Novel Writing
  • 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
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends *
  • Deep Fried Clams Day
  • Digital Scrapbooking Day
  • Extra Mile Day
  • Family Caregiver Day
  • Family Literacy Day
  • Fig Week begins
  • Give Up Your Shoulds Day
  • Go Cook For Your Pet Day
  • International Games Day
  • 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

  • Poet Wm. C. Bryant born 1794
  • Cliche’ Day
  • First Dog in Space 1957
  • Housewife’s Day
  • Men Make Dinner Day * (1st Thurs.)
  • Sandwich Day

Nov. 4

  • Candy Day
  • Cash Register patented 1880
  • Chicken Lady Day
  • Common Sense Day
  • Author Sterling North born 1906
  • Punkin Chunkin Days begin *
  • King Tut’s Tomb discovered 1922
  • Use Your Common Sense Day

Nov. 5

  • Bonfire Night
  • Book Lovers Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Digital Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Doughnut Day
  • Gasoline-driven Automobile patented 1895
  • Gunpowder Day
  • Guy Fawkes Day
  • Love Your Red Hair Day
  • Author Marcia Sewall born 1935

Nov. 6

  • Daylight Savings Time ends *
  • Dear Santa Letter Week begins *
  • 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
  • Rad Tech Week begins *
  • Saxophone Day
  • Composer John Phillips Sousa born 1854
  • Zero Tasking Day * (1st Sun.)

Nov. 7

  • Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Canadian Pacific Railway completed 1885
  • Scientist Marie Curie born 1867
  • Evangelist Billy Graham born 1918
  • Job Action Day *(1st Mon.)
  • Tongue Twister Day
  • Traffic Directors Day
  • Young Readers Week begins *

Nov. 8

  • Game Inventor Milton Bradley born 1836
  • Cappuccino Day
  • Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
  • Dunce Day
  • Election Day (US) * (Tues. after the 1st Mon.)
  • 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
  • X-Ray Day
  • Young Readers Day *

Nov. 9

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

Nov. 10

  • Area Code Day
  • Forget-Me-Not Day
  • Great Wall of China opened to tourism 1970
  • 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

  • Death/Duty Day
  • Origami Day
  • Remembrance Day (UK and Canada)
  • 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
  • Domino Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • 1st Flying Trapeze Act performed 1859
  • Gaming Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Sadie Hawkins Day * (Sat. after the 9th – other sources say always on the 13th)
  • Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week begins *
  • Pizza with Everything (Except Anchovies) Day
  • Author Marjorie K. Rawlings born 1896
  • Sculptor Auguste Rodin born 1849
  • Suffragist/Reformer Elizabeth Stanton born 1815

Nov. 13

  • Geography Awareness Week * (2nd full week)
  • Indian Pudding Day
  • Physicist James Maxwell born 1831
  • Author Robert Lewis Stevenson born 1850
  • Vietnam Memorial dedicated 1982
  • World Kindness Week begins *

Nov. 14

  • American Education Week begins *
  • 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
  • Steve Irwin Day
  • Artist Georgia O’Keefe born 1887
  • Love To Write Day
  • Philanthropy Day

Nov. 16

  • Button Day
  • Educational Support Professionals Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Fast Food Day
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • GSI Day (Geographic Information Systems)  * (3rd Wed.)
  • Have a Party With Your Bear Day
  • International Day for Tolerance
  • Oklahoma statehood 1907

Nov. 17

  • 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
  • Great American Smokeout * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Guinness World Record Day
  • Homemade Bread Day
  • Scientist August Mobius born 1790
  • Prematurity Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal completed 1869
  • Take A Hike Day
  • Use Less Stuff Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • World Peace Day

Nov. 18

  • Farm-City Week begins *
  • Last Pony Express Delivery 1861
  • Mickey Mouse debut 1928
  • Occult Day
  • Push Button Phone introduced 1963

Nov. 19

  • Adoption Day * (Sat. before Thanksgiving)
  • Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
  • Equal Opportunity Day
  • Evangelist Billy Sunday born 1935
  • Explorer George Rogers Clark born 1752
  • President James Garfield born 1831
  • Gettysburg Address 1863
  • Have a Bad Day Day
  • Survivors of Suicide Day * (Sat. before Thanksgiving)
  • World Toilet Day

Nov. 20

  • Absurdity Day
  • Beautiful Day
  • Bible Week begins *(Sun. before Thanksgiving)
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Farm City Week begins * (week of US Thanksgiving)
  • Fraud Awareness Week begins *
  • Game and Puzzle Week begins * (Sun. before Thanksgiving)
  • Geography Awareness Week *(3rd full week)
  • G.O.H.A.R.D. (Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day)
  • Guinness World Record Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • Astronomer Edwin Hubble born 1889
  • Name Your PC Day
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Day
  • Universal Children’s Day
  • World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims * (3rd Sun.)

Nov. 21

  • Alascattalo Day
  • False Confession Day
  • Gingerbread Cookie Day
  • First 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
  • Start Your Own Country Day

Nov. 23

  • Aura Awareness Day
  • Outlaw William H. Bonney (Billy the Kid) born 1859
  • Cashew Day
  • Eat a Cranberry Day
  • Espresso Day
  • Dr. Who Day (1st premiered 1963)
  • Fibonacci Day
  • Pencil Sharpener patented 1897
  • President Franklin Pierce born 1804
  • Shopping Reminder Day *(Day before Thanksgiving – US)

Nov. 24

  • All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day
  • Barbed Wire patented 1874
  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
  • Darwin’s Origin of the Species published 1859
  • Evolution Day
  • Composer Scott Joplin born 1868
  • President Zachary Taylor born 1784
  • Thanksgiving (US) *(4th Thurs.)

Nov. 25

  • Black Friday * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Author/Illustrator Marc Brown born 1946
  • Buy Nothing Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Day of Listening *(day after Thanksgiving)
  • Author PD Eastman born 1909
  • Flossing Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Native American Heritage Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Parfait Day
  • Sinkie Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Woody Woodpecker debut 1940

Nov. 26

  • Aura Awareness Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Casablanca (movie) premiered 1942
  • Cartoonist Charles Schulz born 1922
  • Small Business Saturday * (Sat. after US Thanksgiving)

Nov. 27

  • Advent begins *
  • Bavarian Cream Pie Day
  • Scientist Anders Celsius born 1701
  • Evangelist Luis Palau born 1934
  • Pins and Needles Day
  • Ringling Brothers 1st Performance 1882
  • Sinkie Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • You’re Welcome Day

Nov. 28

  • Cyber Monday * (Mon. after Thanksgiving)
  • French Toast Day
  • Make Your Own Head Day
  • 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

  • Winston Churchill born 1874
  • Author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) born 1835
  • Computer Security Day
  • Meth Awareness Day
  • Mousse Day
  • St. Andrew’s Day
  • Stay Home Because You’re Well 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 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-2016.html

Happy November!

betty jo

 

Special Days in September, 2016

Sept-colourSeptember is loaded with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!  So, if your needing a reason to celebrate, a special topic to study, or a food to add to the menu, this list of Special Days in September, 2016 has lots to choose from!

September Themes

  • ADHD Awareness
  • Animal Remembrance
  • Atrial Fibrillation Month
  • Baby Safety
  • Back to School
  • Backpack Safety America
  • Be Kind to Editors and Writers
  • Sea Cadet
  • Campus Safety
  • Chicken
  • Child Awareness
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety
  • Children’s Good Manners
  • Classical Music
  • College Savings
  • Coupon
  • Courtesy
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • DNA, Genomics, and Stem Cell Education
  • Fall Hat
  • Guide Dogs
  • Gynecology Cancer Awareness
  • Happy Cat
  • Hat Month
  • Head Lice Prevention
  • Healthy Aging
  • Hispanic Heritage
  • Home Furnishings
  • Hunger Action
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness
  • Library Card Sign-Up
  • Literacy
  • Little League
  • Million Minute Family Challenge (Sept. – Dec.)
  • Mold Awareness
  • One-On-One
  • People Skills
  • Piano
  • Preparedness
  • Prosper Where You Are Planted
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness
  • Read a New Book
  • Responsible Dog Ownership
  • Save a Koala
  • Save a Tiger
  • Sea Cadet
  • School Success
  • Self Improvement
  • Self-Awareness Month
  • Sewing
  • Shameless Promotion
  • Skin Care Awareness
  • Square Dancing
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Subliminal Communications
  • Update Your Resume
  • Women’s Friendship

September Food Themes

  • All American Breakfast
  • Apple
  • Better Breakfast
  • Blueberry Popsicle
  • Chicken
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness
  • Cholesterol Education
  • Food Safety Education
  • Fruit and Veggies — More Matters
  • Honey
  • Ice Cream Shake
  • Mushroom
  • Organic Harvest
  • Papaya
  • Potato
  • Rice
  • Wild Rice
  • Whole Grains

September 2016 Daily Specials  (the * behind the special day means that the day falls on a different date from year to year)

Sept. 1

  • Calendar Adjustment Day
  • Cherry Popover Day
  • Chicken Boy’s Day
  • Emma M. Nutt Day
  • Enthusiasm Week begins
  • No Rhyme Nor Reason Day
  • Nutrition Week begins
  • Self-University Week begins
  • Waffle Week begins

Sept. 2

  • Bison-ten Yell Day
  • Blueberry Popsicle Day
  • Great Fire of London – 1666
  • Lazy Mom’s Day *(1st Fri.)
  • US Treasury Dept. established 1789
  •  VJ Day 1945

Sept. 3

  • Afternoon Tea Day
  • American Flag 1st Flown in Battle 1777
  • Bacon Day * ( Sat. before Labor Day)
  • Buffalo Chicken Wings Days * (Sat. and Sun. before Labor Day)
  • Hummingbird Day * (1st Sat.)
  • National Wilderness system established 1964
  • Skyscraper Day
  • Treaty of Paris signed  1783
  • National Welsh Rarebit Day
  • Writing Day*  (1st Sat.)

Sept. 4

  • Father’s Day (Australia and New Zealand) * (1st Sun.)
  • Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer born 1848
  • Macadamia Nut Day
  • Newspaper Carrier Day
  • Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week begins
  • Missionary Marcus Whitman born 1802
  • Waffle Week Begins *(1st full week)
  • Wildlife Day

Sept. 5

  • Bacon Day
  • Be Late For Something Day
  • Cheese Pizza Day
  • International Day of Charity
  • Labor Day *(1st Mon.)
  • Cowboy/Outlaw Jesse James born 1847
  • Suicide Prevention Week begins
  • Voyager 1 launched 1977

Sept. 6

  • Jane Addams born 1860
  • Another Look Unlimited Day * (Tues. after Labor Day)
  • Coffee Ice Cream Day
  • Fight Procrastination Day
  • Iguana Awareness Day
  • 1620 – Pilgrims Set Sail to the New World
  • Read a Book Day

Sept. 7

  • Acorn Squash Day
  • Queen Elizabeth 1 born 1533
  • Feel the Love Day
  • Google founded 1996
  • Artist, Grandma Moses born 1860
  • Neither Rain Nor Snow Day
  • Raggedy Ann patented 1915
  • Salami Day
  • Superhuman Day *
  • Threatened Species Day

Sept. 8

  • Date Nut Bread
  • International Literacy Day
  • 1519 – Magellan Set Sail for the 1st Around the World Voyage
  • Pardon Day
  • Physical Therapy Day
  • Popcorn Festival begins
  • 1st Star Trek TV broadcast 1966
  • Virgin Mary born  20 BC

Sept. 9

  • California Statehood 1850
  • Chrysanthemum Day
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day
  • Stand Up to Cancer Day * (2nd Fri.)
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • Trail of Tears Commemoration Day * (weekend after Labor Day)
  • Wienerschnitzel Day
  • Wonderful Weirdos Day

Sept. 10

  • Clean Out Your Garage Day * (Sat. after Labor Day)
  • Drive Your Studebaker Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Farmer’s Consumer Awareness Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Sewing Machine Patented 1846
  • Suicide Prevention Day
  • Swap Ideas Day
  • TV Dinner Day

Sept. 11

  • Assisted Living Week begins
  • Day of Service and Remembrance
  • Emergency Number Day
  • Grandparents Day *(Sun. after Labor Day)
  • Eid al-Adha *
  • Hot Cross Bun Day
  • Hug Your Hound Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • I Want to Start My Own Business Day
  • Libraries Remember Day
  • Make Your Bed Day
  • No News Is Good News Day
  • Odd Day
  • Pet Memorial Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • 9-11-2001 Remembrance Day / Patriot Day
  • Vegetarian Awareness Week * (2nd full week)

Sept. 12

  • Boss/Employee Exchange Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning married 1846
  • Chocolate Milkshake Day
  • Day of Encouragement
  • Lascaux Cave Painting Discovery 1940
  • Line Dance Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • UN Day for South – South Cooperation
  • Video Game Day

Sept. 13

  • Ants on a Log Day * (2nd Tues.)
  • Bald is Beautiful Day
  • Celiac Awareness Day
  • Chocolate Day
  • Author, Roald Dahl born 1916
  • Defy Superstition Day
  • Fortune Cookie Day
  • Milton Snavely Hershey (founder of Hershey’s Chocolate) born 1857
  • Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
  • Peanut Day
  • Positive Thinking Day
  • Programmers’ Day (256th day of the year)
  • Snack a Pickle Time
  • Uncle Sam Day

Sept. 14

  • Creme Filled Donut Day
  • Eat a Hoagie Day
  • Margaret Sanger born 1879
  • 1814 – Star Spangled Banner Composed by Francis Scott Key
  • World Maritime Day

Sept. 15

  • Author Agatha Christie born 1890
  • Farm Animals Awareness Week * (3rd week)
  • Felt Hat Day
  • Greenpeace founded 1971
  • International Day of Democracy
  • Dot Day
  • LGBT Awareness Day
  • Linguine Day
  • Make a Hat Day
  • Neonatal Nurses Day
  • Penicillin discovered 1928
  • Software Freedom Day
  • President William B. Taft born 1857

Sept. 16

  • Anna Bradstreet Day
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
  • Collect Rocks Day
  • Illusionist David Copperfield born 1956
  • Gedaliah
  • Guacamole Day
  • POW/MIA Recognition Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Mayflower Day
  • Mexican Independence Day
  • Play-Doh introduced 1955
  • Ozone Preservation Day
  • Author, H.A. Rey born 1898
  • Stay Away from Seattle Day
  • Step Family Day
  • Tradesmen Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Working Parents Day
  • Wrinkled Raincoat Day

Sept. 17

  • Apple Dumpling Day
  • Big Whopper Liar Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Citizenship Day
  • Coastal Cleanup Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Constitution Day
  • Constitution Week begins
  • Eat an Apple Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Red Panda Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Time’s Up Day
  • Singer/Songwriter Hank Williams born 1923
  • Wife Appreciation Day * (3rd Sat.)

Sept. 18

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)  created 1947
  • Cheeseburger Day
  • Clean Hands Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • 1851 – 1st Edition of the New York Times Published
  • Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Global Be Responsible Day
  • Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day
  • Keep Kids Creative Week *(last week)
  • Pollution Prevention Week * (3rd full week)
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Week begins
  • Respect Day
  • Roadrunner Cartoon debut 1949
  • Singles Week
  • US Air Force Founded 1947
  • World Water Monitoring Day

Sept. 19

  • Balance Awareness Week begins
  • Butterscotch Pudding Day
  • Mickey Mouse 1st appearance 1928
  • Pollution Prevention Week begins
  • Talk Like A Pirate Day
  • Woman Road Warrior Day * (3rd Mon.)

Sept. 20

  • Artist Dale Chihuly born 1941
  • Punch Day
  • Women’s Friendship Day

Sept. 21

  • Alzheimer’s Day
  • Banana Festival
  • Coastal Cleanup Day
  • International Day of Peace
  • Miniature Golf Day
  • Peace One Day
  • Pecan Cookie Day
  • School Backpack Awareness Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Author H.G. Wells born 1866
  • World Gratitude Day

Sept. 22

  • American Business Women’s Day
  • Autumal Equinox *
  • Band Aid Invented 1922
  • Car Free Day
  • Centenarian’s Day
  • Dear Diary Day
  • Elephant Appreciation Day
  • Scientist Michael Faraday born 1791
  • 1st Day of Fall
  • Hobbit Day
  • Ice Cream Cone Day
  • International Day of Radiant Peace
  • Mabon *
  • Peace Corps established 1961
  • White Chocolate Day
  • World Rhino Day

Sept. 23

  • Autumn Stroll Day
  • Checkers Day
  • Missionary John Hyde born 1858
  • Innergize Day * (Day after Equinox)
  • Love Note Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Author William Holmes McGuffey born 1800
  • Native American Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Neptune discovered 1846
  • Pot Pie Day
  • Activist Victoria Woodhull born 1838

Sept. 24

  • Bluebird of Happiness Day
  • The Bullwinkle Show 1st aired 1961
  • Cherries Jubilee Day
  • Family Health and Fitness Day *(last Sat.)
  • Fish Amnesty Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Jim Henson born 1936
  • Hunting and Fishing Day *(4th Sat.)
  • Kids’ Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Monopoly (board game) introduced
  • Neighborhood Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Public Lands Day *(last Sat.)
  • Punctuation Day
  • Rabbit Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving
  • Teach Ag Day

Sept. 25

  • Ataxia Awareness Day
  • Bill of Rights ratified 1789
  • Comic Book Day
  • Dog Week begins
  • Gold Star Mother’s Day *(last Sun.)
  • Mars Observer launched 1992
  • Math Story Telling Day
  • One-Hit Wonder Day
  • Save the Koala Day
  • Poet, Author, Song writer Shel Silverstein born 1930
  • World School Milk Day

Sept. 26

  • Johnny Appleseed born 1774
  • Better Breakfast Day
  • Poet T. S. Eliot born 1888
  • Family Dinner Day * (4th Mon.)
  • Composer George Gershwin born 1898
  • Homeschool Spirit Week begins
  • The Muppet Show 1st aired 1976
  • Pancake Day
  • Shamu (the whale) Day

Sept. 27

  • US Revolutionary /Patriot Samuel Adams born 1722
  • Ancestor Appreciation Day
  • Chimney Safety Week begins
  • Chocolate Milk Day
  • Corned Beef Hash Day
  • Crush a Can Day
  • Evangelist / Philanthropist George Mueller born 1805
  • Rosetta Stone Deciphered 1822
  • World Tourism Day

Sept. 28

  • Artist Caravaggio born 1573
  • Confucius born 551 BC
  • Fish Tank Floorshow Night
  • Good Neighbor Day
  • International Right to Know Day
  • Public Lands Day
  • See You at the Pole * (4th Wed.)
  • Strawberry Cream Pie Day
  • World Rabies Day

Sept. 29

  • Coffee Day
  • Confucius Day
  • Physicist Enrico Fermi born 1901
  • Happy Goose Day
  • Heart Day
  • Inventors Day
  • Scotland Yard Formed 1829
  • VFW Day
  • William the Conqueror invaded England 1066
  • World Maritime Day *

Sept. 30

  • Ask a Stupid Question Day *(last school day)
  • Hot Mulled Cider Day
  • Hug a Vegetarian Day * (last Fri.)
  • International Translation Day
  • Mud Pack Day
  • Stapler patented 1841

Here’s my list of my favorite resources for help with Special Days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Specific Special Days in September learning resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/09/01/special-days-resources-for-september/

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/september-2016.html

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

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

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/september#vegetarian

Happy September!

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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