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Special Days in April, 2019

 

Here’s the collection of themes, foods, historic and scientific anniversaries, awareness days, and famous birthdays for April, 2019.

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

April’s Themes,  Awareness, and Observances

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

April Food Themes

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

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

April 1

  • April Fool’s Day
  • Atheist Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Poetry and The Creative Mind Day
  • Public Health Week *
  • Read a Road Map Week begins
  • Reading Is Funny Day
  • Sweet Tater Day * (1st Mon.)
  • Tatting Day
  • US Air Force Academy Day
  • Walking Day

April 2

  • Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805
  • 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

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

April 4

  • Explore Your Career Options Week *
  • 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
  • Walk to Work Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856

April 6

  • 1st Animated Cartoon was copyrighted 1906
  • Army Day
  • Birding Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Fresh Tomato Day
  • Love Our Children Day * (1st Sat.)
  • North Pole discovered 1909
  • Pillow Fight Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Artist Raphael born 1483
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • Tartan Day (Scottish Heritage)
  • Teflon invented 1938
  • Twinkie invented 1930
  • US Entry Into WWI 1916
  • Walk to Work Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Week of the Young Child *

April 7

  • Bat Appreciation Week * (1st full week)
  • Beaver Day
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Daffodil Sunday * (1st Sun.)
  • Library Week *
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Buddha born 563 BC
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • Empanada Day
  • Roma Day
  • Zoo Lovers Day

April 9

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

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day 1865
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Sibling Day

April 11

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

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
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day *
  • 1st Union Jack Flag 1606
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Baby Massage Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Scrabble Day
  • Slow Art Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Inventor Richard Trevithick born 1771

April 14

  • Citizen Science Day
  • Dolphin Day
  • Garden Week * (2nd week)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse * (2nd Sun.)
  • Holy Week *
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Palm Sunday *
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • Student Employment Week * (2nd full week)
  • St. Tiburtius’ Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Swallow Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912
  • Volunteer Week begins *

April 16

  • Comedian Charlie Chaplin born 1889
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • Save the Elephant Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

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

April 18

  • Amateur Radio Day
  • Animal Cracker Day
  • High Five Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Piñata Day
  • Poem in Your Pocket Day *
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906
  • Zimbabwe Independence 1980

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Good Friday *
  • Hanging Out Day
  • 1st Free Fall Parachute Descent 1919
  • Passover *
  • Primrose Day
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775

April 20

  • Auctioneers Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Chinese Language Day
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Global Youth Service Days * (3rd weekend)
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Husband Appreciation Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Look Alike Day
  • National Park Week *
  • Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21

  • Boys & Girls Club Week * (3rd full week)
  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Coin Week * (3rd full week)
  • Day of Silence
  • Easter Sunday *
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • Preservation Week *
  • Princess Week * (last full week)
  • Rome Founded 753 BC
  • Sky Awareness Week * (last full week)
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week * (week of the 24th)

April 22

  • Boston Marathon * (3rd Mon.)
  • Earth Day
  • Easter Monday *
  • Environmental Education Week * (Mon. of last full week)
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Karaoke Week * (4th week)
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Patriot’s Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Playground Safety Week *
  • Roller Skates patented 1823

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • English Language Day
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Take a Chance Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564 (other sources say April 26)
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 24

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

April 25

  • DNA Day
  • East Meets West Day
  • Fiddler’s Frolic *
  • Gathering of the Nations PowWow *
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Ireland Independence 916
  • Physicist Guglielmo Marconi born 1874
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day * (4th Thurs.)
  • World Penguin Day

April 26

  • Arbor Day * (last Fri.)
  • Audubon Day
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900
  • Save the Frogs Day * (last Fri.)

April 27

  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Author Ludwig Bemelmans born 1898
  • Eeyore’s Birthday * (last Sat.)
  • Frog Day * (last Sat.)
  • Go Birding Day * (last Sat.)
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Infant & Toddler Immunization Week *
  • Just Pray No! Weekend of Prayer and Fasting *
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • National Gardening Week (UK) *
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Sense of Smell Day * (last Sat.)
  • Sierra Leone Independence 1961
  • Tell A Story Day
  • Togo Independence 1960
  • Veterinary Day * (last Sat.)
  • World Tapir Day
  • World Healing Day * (last Sat.)

April 28

  • Biological Clock Day
  • Floralia
  • Great Poetry Reading Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758
  • Pinhole Photography Day * (last Sun.)

April 29

  • Greenery Day
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • World Wish Day
  • Zipper patented 1851

April 30

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

Free Printable Download – Special Days in April

Collection of free ‘Special Days’ learning resources for April                                                                  April Resource List 

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

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

I make my monthly special days lists by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online April calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

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

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

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

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

Happy April!

betty jo

Special Days in April, 2017

 

Click here for Special Days in April updated for 2019!

April – More Than Showers

rain

Acts 14:17  “Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

Many homeschoolers will be studying earth sciences this month.  Ours included.  We will be making a backyard weather station, planting some flowers, and doing some special projects and going on field trips for Earth Day.

April is more than a month for rain showers it is Autism Awareness month (around here, J9 makes sure we’re aware of the blessings of Autism every day).  It is also Children’s Book,  Jazz Appreciation, Global Child Nutrition, Poetry, and Frog Month.

As if these are not enough special themes to work into our monthly homeschooling plans, the April calendar contains many more special days, observances, activities, and historical remembrances. Here’s the complete list of what April offers for learning:

April 1-7:  Explore Career Options Week

1  April Fools Day (posted links here: https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/31/foolish-studies/),  1st photo of the sun (1845)

2  Peanut Butter and Jelly Day,  Hans Christian Anderson born (1805)

3.  Washington Irving born (1783), 1st Pony Express (1860),  Jane Goodall’s birthday (1860)

4   School Librarians Day

5  Read a Road Map Day,  Booker T. Washington born (1856)

6  North Pole discovered (Peary 1908),  Raphael born (1483)

7  No Housework Day, World Health Day, National Dare Day, Metric System Day

8  Ponce de Leon born (1460), Dick Turpin born (1739), International Roma Day

10  National Sibling Day

11 National Submarine Day

12  Holocaust Remembrance Day, Drop Everything and Read Day,  Paul Revere Day, Anniversary of 1st Space Shuttle launch

13  Guy Fawkes born (1570), Thomas Jefferson born (1743)

14-20  National Library, Astronomy, and International Whistlers Week

14  Titanic crash (1912)

15  Leonardo da Vinci born (1452),  Jackie Robinson Day, Death of Abraham Lincoln

16  Wilbur Wright born (1867)

17 Ellis Island Family History Day

18  San Francisco Earthquake (1906)

20  National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

21-27 National Coin Week, Safe Kids Week

21  Henry VIII became king of England

22  Earth Day,  Jelly Bean Day

23  St. George Day, William Shakespeare born (1564),  James Buchanan born

24  International Astronomy Day

25  World Penguin Day, Anzac Day

26  James Audubon born (1785), Pretzel Day

27  Freedom Day (So. Africa), Johannes Kepler born (1571), Ulysses Grant born (1822), Samuel Morse born (1791), Arbor Day

28  Poetry Reading Day,  James Monroe born (1758)

29  Duke Ellington born (1899)

30  Vietnam War ended (1975)

There is absolutely no way we can participate in all that April offers, but if it has anything to do with Earth Sciences or Middle Ages history, I’ll be adding it in with our homeschooling studies.

April blessings,

betty jo

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Foolish Studies

april-fools-day-graphicBeing Easter weekend, I’m a bit behind on working on our homeschool’s April activities and special days calendar.   However, with tomorrow being April Fools Day, I wanted to go ahead and share these fun links.

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/ (be careful with this link, not everything is “child appropriate”)

http://spoonful.com/april-fools-day

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/11169/april-fools-day-pranks

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/aprilfool/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/april-fools-day/

http://www.education.com/results/?q=april+fools+day

http://www.sheknows.com/holidays-and-seasons/articles/827335/best-april-fools-day-pranks-for-kids  (be careful on this site,  it only has this one blog that is for kids the rest is not child appropriate)

Be on the lookout for more April study ideas coming tomorrow!  No fooling!

betty jo