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Valentine’s Day Resource List

Here’s a list of free cross-curriculum Valentine’s Day resources!

Language Arts:

Heart Bordered Notebooking Printables   https://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_bp_holidays.htm

Writing Activities and Prompts                                                                                        https://writeshop.com/?s=valentine

Valentine’s Day Vocabulary List, Interactive Word Games, Printables            https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/valentine-s-day-vocabulary/

How to Say “I Love You” in 20 Languages            https://reference.yourdictionary.com/reference/other-languages/how-to-say-i-love-you-in-many-languages.html

Valentine “Would You Rather” Questions            https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Would-You-Rather-Questions-FREE-1104231

Social Studies

Valentine’s Day History (articles, video, photo gallery)   https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2

Valentine’s Day History, Legends, Traditions                                      http://www.stvalentinesday.org/about-valentines-day.html

Cupid Mythology                                                                                      https://mythology.net/roman/roman-gods/cupid/

Valentine’s Day Traditions Around the World                             https://traveltriangle.com/blog/valentines-day-traditions-around-the-world/

Math and Science:

11 Valentine Math Lessons                                                  https://www.yummymath.com/2019/valentines-day-11-possibilities/

Human Heart Free Resource List                     https://homeschoolgiveaways.com/2016/02/learning-about-the-human-heart-with-free-printables-and-activities/

Valentine’s Day Chemistry – Cards, Chocolate, Flowers and more              https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/students/highschool/chemistryclubs/activities/valentines-activities.html


Heart Origami and Craft Activities                                                                            https://franw.com/2017/02/02/heart-activities/

Draw Animals Using  Heart Shapes              https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2010/01/drawing-and-making-cute-animals-out-of-hearts-for-valentines-day/

Bible Verses About “Love”                                                                                        https://dailyverses.net/love

Valentine’s Day Recipes for Kids to Make (not just sweets!)   https://www.parenting.com/gallery/easy-valentines-day-recipes-kids?page=0

Romantic Classical Music Playlist

With love,

betty jo

Special Days in September, 2018

Summer Schooling – Resource and Activity List


June 21 is the first day of summer!  Here’s a list of free cross curricular summer themed resources and activities:

Reasons for the Seasons – Ted Ed Video Lesson                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD_8Jm5pTLk

Seasons and the Sun – Crash Course Kids Video Lesson                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b25g4nZTHvM

Search your city’s sunrise/sunset times, sun distance, sun altitude, and more              https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/

Day and night world map                                      https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunearth.html?iso=20180618T1406

Bible Verses for the Summer                                  http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/bible/bible-verses-for-the-summer.aspx

Ancient Solstice Celebrations Article                                                        http://www.kidzworld.com/article/890-summer-solstice-the-first-day-of-summer


“The Longest Day” Math Lesson                                                          https://www.yummymath.com/2018/the-longest-day-2/

“How Much Pee is in the Pool?” Math Lesson                                  https://www.yummymath.com/2018/how-much-pee-is-in-that-pool-2/

Summer Theme “Would You Rather” Questions                                                                          http://minds-in-bloom.com/20-would-you-rather-questions-for-2/

Sun Experiments                                                                     https://www.franw.com/2016/06/experiments-you-can-do-with-sun.html

Home Remedies (these make for some good science labs when the unfortunate happens)


Bug Bites


Poison Ivy

Bug Spray

Testing Sunscreen Effectiveness – Science Fair Project

Pesticide and Repellent – Science Fair Projects

Make a Thermometer                                                                                    http://www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=1715

Make a Barometer                                                                                        http://www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=1745

Summer Astronomy Events, Maps, and Guides                                https://www.almanac.com/astronomy

Dream Vacation Writing Prompts                                                                     https://writeshop.com/dream-vacation-writing-prompts/

Camping Writing Prompts                                                                                  https://writeshop.com/writing-prompts-about-camping/

Camps and Summer Vacation Vocabulary                                         https://myvocabulary.com/word-list/camps-and-summer-vacation-vocabulary/

Summer Crafts and Activities                                                                              https://artfulparent.com/100-summer-crafts-activities-for-kids/

Animated Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream  Summary               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1wMfOwlAZ8

A Mid Summer Night’s Dream from “No Fear Shakespeare” ( Shakespeare’s language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English)                                http://nfs.sparknotes.com/msnd

Famous Paintings of Summer                                                                    http://blog.bridgemanimages.com/here-comes-the-sun-famous-paintings-of-summer/

Vivaldi’s Summer with Nature and String Instruments Music Video               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhkoUQ7HdIQ

Billboard’s Top Summer Songs                                                         https://www.billboard.com/articles/list/513566/top-30-summer-songs

ICE CREAM!  ice Cream in a Bag Recipe and learn about the history of Ice Cream   https://www.franw.com/2011/07/ice-cream.html

Healthy Summer Snack Recipes                                                           https://www.superhealthykids.com/30-kid-friendly-summer-snacks/

Swimming Pool Games                                                                   http://www.medallionenergy.com/blog/40-swimming-pool-games-play/

DIY Backyard Games                                                                                                        https://www.brit.co/diy-outdoor-games/

And, don’t forget about your local library!  Many have special summer programs!

Happy Summer Schooling!

betty jo


South Korea and the 2018 Winter Olympics



The 2018 Winter Olympic Games  have begun!  And, Winter Olympics based homeschooling has begun, too!  The links below are the cross curricular free resources we’ll be using as we explore South Korea and the 2018 Winter Games.

Brief History, Geography, and Facts of South Korea               https://www.ducksters.com/geography/country.php?country=Korea,%20South


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

How It’s Made Videos :                                                                                                                                  Skating Rinks

Ice Skates

Hockey Pucks

Curling Stones



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

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

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

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

betty jo


Special Days in November, 2017

Click here for the updated BIG list of Special Days in November!

Special Days in April, 2017


Click here for Special Days in April updated for 2019!

Special Days in February, 2017


Click here for the updated Special Days in February 

January Resources

Here’s a handy resource list for teaching and learning with January’s Special Days!

BIG List of January’s Holidays, Themes, Historic Events, and more                                   Click here for the updated Special Days in January

Helpful Educational Calendars and Monthly Theme Resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

A “Homeschool Mom Approved” Youtube Excercise Playlist (for when we can’t get outside)   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/10/get-up-and-move-a-break-time-playlist/

Tips, Benefits, and Ideas for Outside Winter Play https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/15/but-its-cold-out-there/

SNOW is one of my families favorite January studies!    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/07/snow-week/

Braille Literacy – Study Resources and Activities                                  https://www.franw.com/2016/01/louis-braille.html?fbclid=IwAR2O1Tf3uUIsddAfFcQlLWB212lUqnRRLxpIVefYsHqzkVWxV6F45T3B0nY

Resources for Specific Special Days in January, 2017

1  –  New Year’s Day  –  Learning Resources, Games, and Activities  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/12/30/new-years-resources-2/

3  –  J.R.R. Tolkien Day  –  Read about the author, book reviews, events,  and more from his fan club, The Tolkien Society  –  http://www.tolkiensociety.org/  and The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings inspired projects  http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Hobbit-Lord-of-the-Rings/

4  –   Louis Braille born 1809  –  Resources and Activities  –  http://www.franw.com/2016/01/louis-braille.html

4  –  Jacob Grimm born 1785  –  Read Brothers Grimm fairy tales  –  http://www.familymanagement.com/literacy/grimms/grimms-toc.html

4  –  Isaac Newton born 1693  –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdnewt.htm

5  –  Bird Day  –  Make one or more of these bird feeders  http://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/  and learn some bird calls  http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp

5  –  Explorer Zebulon Pike born 1779  –  Unit Study Resources  http://diyhomeschooler.com/pikes-peak-a-mini-unit/

6  –  Bean Day  –  Bean Resources and Activities  – http://www.franw.com/2015/01/bean-resources.html

6  –  Joan of Arc born 1412  –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdjoan.htm

7  –   President Millard Fillmore born 1800 –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

7  –  Old Rock Day  –  Rock and Mineral  –  http://www.franw.com/2015/08/rock-mineral-resources.html

8  –  Joygerm Day  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/08/happy-joygerm-day/

9  –  President Richard Nixon born 1913  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

9  –  Static Electricity Day  –  This is Z’s all time favorite experiment  –  http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/staticroll.php

10  –  Cut Your Energy Costs Day  –  Tips and Resources for Kids               https://quiethut.com/energy-conservation-for-kids/

11  –  Cuckoo Dancing Week begins  –  “Laurel and Hardy” article, music, and photos  –  http://imaginemdd.blogspot.com/2014/01/dance-cuckoo-for-ollies-birthday-laurel.html

11  –  Grand Canyon National Monument dedicated 1908  –  Take a virtual tour  –  http://www.grandcanyonvirtualtour.com/

11  –  Thank You Day (International)  –  How to say “Thank You” in other languages  –  http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/say-thank-50-languages/

13  –  Poetry Break Day  –  Reading and Writing Poetry Resource List  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2019/08/21/poetry-resources/

14  –  Nobel Prize Winner Albert Schweitzer born 1875 –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdschw.htm

15  –  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. born 1929  –  (20 – MLK Day *) –  Learning Resources –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/17/teaching-resources-for-martin-luther-king-day/

16  –  Appreciate a Dragon Day  –  Fast Facts and resource links  –  http://www.franw.com/2018/01/dragons.html

17  –  Ben Franklin born 1706  –  Unit Study Resources and Guide   https://www.mamaslearningcorner.com/ultimate-guide-studying-benjamin-franklin/

17  –  Kid Inventors’ Day  –  Tips, Teacher Guides, and Quotes  –  http://www.kidinventorsday.com/

18  –  Scott reaches South Pole 1910  –  Antarctica Facts, Pictures, and Lesson Plans –  http://www.coolantarctica.com/index.php

18  –  Winnie the Pooh Day  –  http://www.just-pooh.com/

19  –  Artist Paul Cezanne born 1839  –  Inspired Art Lesson  http://www.teachkidsart.net/cezanne-inspired-still-life/

19  –  Edgar Allan Poe born 1809  –  Research Project  –  http://www.franw.com/2013/10/edgar-allan-poe-research-project.html

20  –  Draw a Dinosaur Day  –  Try  these step-by-step instructions  –  http://www.dragoart.com/google_search.php?cx=partner-pub-6207428572838690%3A2440456717&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=UTF-8&q=dinosaur

Jan. 20  –  Penguin Awareness Day  –  Learning Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/20/penguins/

21  –  Squirrel Appreciation Day  –  Huge list of unit study resources  –  http://lastingthumbprints.com/free-squirrel-resource-unit/

23  –  Handwriting Analysis Week begins  –  Learn about the forensics analysis of handwriting  –  http://science.howstuffworks.com/handwriting-analysis.htm

24  –  Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill 1848  –  California Gold Rush Resources –  https://cybraryman.com/goldrush.html

24  –  Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day  –  How about a Yosemite Sam cartoon?  –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO4JcgD3vq0

25  –  Burns Night  –  Robert Burns born 1759  –  http://activityvillage.co.uk/burns-night

25 – Chinese New Year * –  Resources and Activities   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/25/resources-for-teaching-chinese-new-year/

26  –  Australia Day  –   Ideas and Resources                         http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/news/ten-resources-and-teaching-ideas-for-australia-day

27  –  Author Lewis Carrol born 1832  –  Study guide for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/alice/

27  –  Composer Mozart born 1756  –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdmozart.htm

29  –  President William McKinley born 1843  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

29 –  Patriot Thomas Paine born 1737  –  Watch the Common Sense episode of Liberty’s Kids –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awlBeITstkE

30  –  Franklin Roosevelt born 1882-  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

30  –  Yodel For Your Neighbors Day  –  How to Yodel Instructions   https://www.yodelcourse.org/

31  –  Inspire Your Heart With Art Day  –  When looking for an art project, this is my usual “go to” site.  No matter what subject you’re studying, this link has something to tie art in with it!  –  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/craftsbytheme.html

31  –  Composer Franz Schubert born 1797  –  Biography, Quiz, and Music  http://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=25

Check back from time to time throughout the month for updates and added daily resources!  And if you’re able to share your favorite January studies, please do!

betty jo

New Year’s Resources


Here’s my resource collection for learning and fun with a New Year’s theme updated and edited for 2021!

New Year’s  Goals and Year in Review Printables                  https://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/new-years-resolutions-2018/

New Year’s Interview Printable                                                                                                           https://layers-of-learning.com/printable-new-years-interview-for-kids/

Activities, Games, Printables for Teachers                http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/new-years-day/

Countdowns to New Year for all time zones around the world               https://www.timeanddate.com/counters/multicountdown.html

How to say “Happy New Year” in other languages – http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0923039.html

New Year’s Resolutions Vocabulary Word List                                            https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/new-year-s-resolutions-vocabulary/

New Year Traditions from Around the World – http://www.123newyear.com/newyear-traditions/

New Year’s History Articles and Videos – http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years

Movie Clips and New Year’s Music from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-2k7hKvaW0

Times Square Ball History – http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/about-the-new-years-eve-ball/history-of-the-new-years-eve-ball/index.aspx#.VobXKFJecx0

Times Square STEM Activity – http://jdaniel4smom.com/2015/12/new-years-ball-drop-stem-challenge.html

Times Square Math Challenge –  http://www.yummymath.com/2015/the-times-square-ball/

“New Year” Bible Verses –  http://www.openbible.info/topics/new_year

New Year’s Quotes –                                                              https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/newyears

Bible Based New Year’s Crafts and Activities –  http://www.christianitycove.com/?s=new+years

New Year’s Interactive Games –  http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/new_years/games.htm

Countdown Clock Craft and Activity Ideas                                        https://www.redtedart.com/countdown-clock-printable/

New Year’s Games – Fun for families, friends, and co-ops –  http://www.howdoesshe.com/15-fun-new-years-eve-activities-for-kids-or-adults/

“Lucky” Foods and Recipes for New Year’s –  http://www.rd.com/food/fun/7-lucky-new-years-foods/

Wishing You a Happy New Year and Happy Learning throughout 2021!

betty jo

Learning Resources for Special Days in October

The October calendar has lots of learning opportunities.  Below is a wonderful collection of free resources for themed and special day studies all through the month!  Be sure to check back often for updates throughout October.

For the complete list of Special Days in October  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2020/09/30/special-days-in-october-2/?fbclid=IwAR0cZCD1A6cnmOtjUW8_OUdVZjprUYEyC_xCItKAysuUjfILgRF8XcUQJl4

Free Printable Special Days in October

Resources for October Themes

Presidents Born in October:

  • Oct. 1 – Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Oct. 4 – Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Oct. 5 – Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Oct. 14 – Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Oct. 27 – Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • Oct. 30 – John Adams born 1735

Resources for studying any president. https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

October Statehood Anniversaries and Country Independence Days

  • Nigeria Independence Oct. 1, 1960
  • Guinea Independence Oct. 2, 1958
  • Lesotho Independence Day Oct. 4, 1966
  • Uganda Independence Day Oct. 9, 1962
  • Fiji Independence Day Oct. 10, 1970
  • Republic of China/Taiwan National Day Oct. 10, 1949
  • Zambia Independence Day Oct. 24, 1964
  • St Vincent and Grenadines Independence Day Oct. 27, 1979
  • Nevada Statehood– Oct. 31, 1864

Resources for Special Days and Geography   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/29/special-days-and-geography/

October’s Daily Specials

Oct. 1

Oct. 2 –

Oct. 3 –  SOS (distress code) established 1906  –  Resource List   http://www.franw.com/2017/08/sos-international-code.html

Oct. 4

Oct. 5

Oct. 6


Oct. 7 –  Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885  –  Resource List  –  http://www.franw.com/2017/08/niels-bohrs.html

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Oct. 14

Oct. 15

Oct.  16

Oct. 17 –

Oct. 18  –  Alternative Fuel Day  –

Oct. 19

Oct. 20 –

Oct. 21

Oct. 22

Oct. 23  –  TV Talk Show Host Day – Tips to be a Successful Talk Show Host                   https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-be-a-talk-show-host-3176989

Oct. 24  –  United Nations Day – Lesson Plans, Activity Guides, Resources                       http://www.unausa.org/global-classrooms-model-un/for-educators/resources

Oct. 25

Oct. 26

Oct. 27 –  Tell a Story Day  –  Resources                                                     http://www.franw.com/2017/08/tell-story.html

Oct. 28

Oct. 29

Oct. 30 –

Oct. 31

The list of my favorite “go to”and “cross curriculum” resources to help with monthly themes, calendar, and special days lesson planning  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Happy October Learning!

betty jo