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Learning Resources For Special Days In December

December has such wonderful learning opportunities.  Here’s a helpful resource list for learning from the December calendar.  And, check back often throughout the month for updates, edits, and more resources!

BIG List of holidays, birthdays, themes, and historic dates for December, 2017   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/11/26/special-days-in-december-2/

My favorite calendar based learning resources for any month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

This will be my twentieth December of teaching Christmas related lessons!  However only a few of those have been with online resources.  And each one has been more than helpful!

This is my collection of Advent and Christmas Countdown, cross curricular resources from a couple of years ago.  These made everyday until Christmas even more special  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/06/countdown-to-christmas/

Also we have learned about Christmas traditions from around the world.  It was an awesome study.  We used these resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=melting+pot

Christmas Science –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/13/how-holidays-are-made-and-other-christmas-science-lessons/

Christmas Break Fun –   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/20/christmas-break-fun/

Hanukkah Activities and Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/12/12/hanukkah-oh-hanukkah/

President’s with birthdays in December

  • Dec. 5 – Martin Van Buren born 1782
  • Dec. 28 – Woodrow Wilson born 1856
  • Dec. 29 – Andrew Johnson born 1808

Resources for all the Presidents –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

December Statehood Anniversaries:

  • Illinois – Dec. 3, 1818
  • Delaware – Dec. 7. 1787
  • Mississippi – Dec. 10, 1817
  • Indiana – Dec. 11, 1816
  • Pennsylvania – Dec. 12, 1787
  • Alabama – Dec. 14, 1819
  • New Jersey – Dec. 18, 1787
  • Iowa – Dec. 28, 1846
  • Texas – Dec. 29, 1845

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

December’s Daily Specials

Dec. 1  –  Cookie Cutter Day  –  Craft Projects                                           https://www.redtedart.com/cookie-cutter-craft-ideas/

Dec. 2 – Missionary Mary Slessor born 1848 – Find a biography suitable for most any reading level  http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpslessor.html

Dec. 2 – CT Studd born 1860  Pick one of these biographies to read  http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpstudd.html

Dec. 3  –  Galileo invented the Telescope 1621 –  Galileo Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/25/galileo/

Dec. 4  –  World Wildlife Conservation Day  –  Endangered Species Index   https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/directory

Dec. 5  –  Bubblegum Day  –  Resource and Project List   http://www.franw.com/2011/09/bubblegum.html

Dec. 6 – Mitten Tree Day – Video story                                                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EODSI1vGOA&list=RD0EODSI1vGOA&index=1

Then donate a pair of gently used or new mittens to a clothing charity.  Also, if you have any mixed matched mittens, (I know we do),  don’t toss them, use them for these cute mitten puppets  http://craftsbyamanda.com/2014/03/easy-mitten-puppets.html

Dec. 6 – St. Nicholas Day  –  Biography, Traditions, Games, and Stories  http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/home/

Dec. 7 – Letter Writing Day – How to Write Christmas Letters and Printables  http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/write-christmas-letters-free-templates/

Dec. 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 1941 —  Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities   http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/pearl-harbor-attacked-japanese-20363.html

Dec. 7  –  Sculptor/Artist Marie Grosholtz Tussand born 1761  –  Museum Website with a peak at “What’s Inside”                                                                     https://www.madametussauds.com/london/en/

Dec. 8  –  First Greeting Card printed 1843  –  The History of Christmas Cards             https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/cards.shtml

Dec. 8  –  Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day  –  Creative Writing Assignment                 https://layers-of-learning.com/more-creative-writing-time-travel-style/

Dec.9 –  Debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965 – “Peanuts” Learning Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/10/02/peanuts/

Dec. 9 – Petrified Forest National Park established 1962 –  http://www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm

Dec. 10  –

Dec. 11 – Northern Lights Recorded for First Time 1719 –  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/Aurora_article.php

Dec. 12  –  Ginger Bread House Day  –  Resources and Activities   http://www.franw.com/2017/12/gingerbread-activities.html

Dec. 12  –  Hot Cocoa Day  –  Recipe and Projects       http://www.franw.com/2013/12/homemade-hot-cocoa-mix.html

Dec. 12 – Poinsettia Day –  Resources and Activities            http://www.franw.com/2017/12/poinsettia-resource-page.html

Dec. 13 – Ice Cream Day – Resources, Activities, and Recipes – http://www.franw.com/2011/07/ice-cream.html

Dec. 14  –

Dec. 15 – Bird Count Week begins – Resources and Activities – http://www.franw.com/2014/03/bird-watching-activities.html

Dec. 16 – Missionary Amy Carmichael born 1867 – Learning ideas and resources  http://www.playeatgrow.com/2012/05/grow-amy-carmichael-may-missionary.html/

Dec. 17 – Missionary Isobel Kuhn   Read a short biography about her http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1901-2000/the-kuhns-rainy-season-bible-school-11630767.html

Dec. 31 –  New Year’s Eve  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/01/01/new-years-resources/

My apologies for not having a quick resource for the other special days in December, but we take our winter break before Christmas and continue it through New Year’s Day.

betty jo

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Questioning Elves

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Once again it started with a simple question, , “How did elves end up in Christmas traditions?”  And so the research began!  Below are the online resources and activities we linked to as we discovered the origins, lore, secrets, and magic of elves.

Elves make appearances in Norse mythology, Shakespeare, and Tolkien. Those tell of elves in forests, but not at the North Pole helping Santa!  Elf Origins and History – http://www.livescience.com/39689-history-of-elves.html

After hundreds of years of elves being a part of Germanic paganism, the beliefs carried over to the Scandinavian people.  “The perception of gnomes largely depended on whether a person was naughty or nice”  Read more about it here and find out how by the mid 1800’s elves had made a place in our Christmas traditions  http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/history/elves.htm

To keep our elf studies in the proper perspective – http://www.christianity.com/christian-life/christmas/how-you-can-have-genuine-joy-and-hope-this-christmas.html

Leadership lessons from one of our favorite Christmas movies, Elf  https://dculberh.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/five-leadership-lessons-from-elf/

Several Elf Documentary (?) Videos –   http://www.santatelevision.com/?s=elves

Listen to The Elves and the Shoemaker  http://www.storynory.com/2007/12/16/the-elves-and-the-shoemaker/

Christmas Elf Jokes, Mischief, and Ideas –  http://www.elfcrazy.com/christmas-elf-jokes-for-kids/

My friend, Fran, has some fun elf ideas  – http://www.franw.com/2011/12/santas-elves.html

Elf Pal Academy offers themed activities that can be fun and educational  (several resources here for my younger boys)  http://www.northpole.com/Academy/

“Elf on the Shelf”? No, but We’re enjoying looking at social media photos of the creative things parents are doing.  However, as we wrap up (pun intended) our Christmas studies, we used a few of these suggestions for “Kindness Elf” activities.  http://www.theeducatorsspinonit.com/2013/12/kindness-elves-free-printables-for-busy.html

With all of the added activities, caroling, parties, crafts, baking, shopping, and decorating of the season, we have certainly been as busy as elves!

Elves ended up being an unexpected but appropriate, interesting, and fun study to close out our homeschooling semester.

Merry Learning!

betty jo

 

 

 

 

Learning Resources for December, 2015

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Here’s a wonderful resource list (and yes, I checked it twice) for learning with December’s themes, holidays, and special days.

List of Special Days in December, 2016 –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/11/26/special-days-in-december-2016/

 

Seasonal and Holiday Writing Paper Printables –  http://www.teacherfiles.com/teaching_resources.htm

December Holiday Themed Math Puzzles and Activitieshttp://denisegaskins.com/2007/12/14/christmas-math-puzzles-and-activities/

Seasonal and Holiday Themed Math –  http://www.yummymath.com/

Across the Curriculum Interactives for Everyday until Christmashttps://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/12/06/learning-christmas-with-countdowns/

President’s with birthdays in December

  • Dec. 5 – Martin Van Buren born 1782
  • Dec. 28 – Woodrow Wilson born 1856
  • Dec. 29 – Andrew Johnson born 1808

Resources for all the Presidents –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

December Statehood Anniversaries:

  • Illinois – Dec. 3, 1818
  • Delaware – Dec. 7. 1787
  • Mississippi – Dec. 10, 1817
  • Indiana – Dec. 11, 1816
  • Pennsylvania – Dec. 12, 1787
  • Alabama – Dec. 14, 1819
  • New Jersey – Dec. 18, 1787
  • Iowa – Dec. 28, 1846
  • Texas – Dec. 29, 1845

State facts video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyYy7dmAnM8  and state unit study and lapbook printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__usa.php

December  Historic Events

  • Slavery and Abolition (Dec. 2)
  • California Gold Rush (Gold discovered at Sutter’s Mill Dec. 5 1848)
  • Bill of Rights (Dec. 15)
  • Boston Tea Party (Dec. 16)
  •  Battle of Wounded Knee (Dec. 29)

Educational Films for these topics can be found here  http://www.havefunwithhistory.com/HistorySubjects/index.html

December’s Daily Specials

Dec. 1 – Christmas Tree Week begins – Resources and Activities – http://www.franw.com/2015/11/christmas-tree.html

Dec. 2 – Missionary Mary Slessor born 1848 – Find a biography suitable for most any reading level  http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpslessor.html

Dec. 2 – CT Studd born 1860  Pick one of these biographies to read  http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpstudd.html

Dec. 3 – First Human Heart Transplant 1967 –  Human Heart Resources –  http://www.franw.com/2015/06/human-heart-resource-page.html

Dec. 5 – Buble Gum Day – Resources and Activities – http://www.franw.com/2011/09/bubblegum.html

Dec. 6 – Mitten Tree Day – Read the delightful story here  http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/the-mitten   Then donate a pair of gently used or new mittens to a clothing charity.  Also, if you have any mixed matched mittens (I know we do)  don’t toss them, use them for these cute mitten puppets  http://craftsbyamanda.com/2014/03/easy-mitten-puppets.html

Dec. 6 – St. Nicholas Day  –  Biography, Traditions, Games, and Stories  http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/home/

Dec. 7 – Letter Writing Day – How to Write Christmas Letters and Printables  http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/write-christmas-letters-free-templates/

Dec. 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 1941 —  Interactive timeline and map  http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/interactive/pearl-harbor/?ar_a=1

Dec.9 –  Debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965 – “Peanuts” Learning Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/10/02/peanuts/

Dec. 9 – Petrified Forest National Park established 1962 –  http://www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm

Dec. 11 – Northern Lights Recorded for First Time 1719 –  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/Aurora_article.php

Dec. 12 – Poinsettia Day – Make some out of paper tubes, paint, glue, and glitter  http://craftklatchwithmona.blogspot.com/2012/11/christmas-flower-ornament-recycling.html

Dec. 13 – Ice Cream Day – Resources, Activities, and Recipes – http://www.franw.com/2011/07/ice-cream.html

Dec. 15 – Bird Count Week begins – Resources and Activities – http://www.franw.com/2014/03/bird-watching-activities.html

Dec. 16 – Missionary Amy Carmichael born 1867  Read her biography  http://www.faith2share.net/Mission/Missionaries/AmyCarmichael/tabid/275/language/en-GB/Default.aspx

Dec. 17 – A Christmas Carol first published – Charles Dickens Resources – http://www.franw.com/2015/11/charles-dickens.html

Dec. 17 – Missionary Isobel Kuhn   Read a short biography about her http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1901-2000/the-kuhns-rainy-season-bible-school-11630767.html

Dec. 19 – Build a Snowman Day – Snow Dough Recipe – 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup corn starch,   1 1/2 cups water. Combine all ingredients in sauce pan. Cook over medium high. Stir continuously until it’s the consistency of mashed potatoes. Place dough in a bowl and cover with a towel until cool. Knead well and store in airtight container.

Dec. 21 – Winter Solstice – Resources and Activities – http://www.franw.com/2012/12/winter-solstice.html

Dec. 25 – Christmas – Be on the lookout for a resource collection post coming soon!

Dec. 28 – Chocolate Day – Resources, Activities, and Recipes – http://www.franw.com/2013/12/chocolate-activities.html

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve – Learning Resources, Ideas, and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/12/31/learning-resources-for-new-years/

Be sure to check back occasionally throughout the month.  I’ll be adding to this collection as more resources become available.  Enjoy your December learning and remember to make every day special!

betty jo

Special Days in December, 2015

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Special Days in December has been updated for 2017!   CLICK HERE

December is packed with  holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!  Whether you’re looking for something special to study, celebrate, or add to the menu, this list of special days for December, 2015 gives you plenty to choose from.

December Themes, Observances, and Awareness Days:

  • Art and Architecture
  • Basketball (1st played Dec. 1891)
  • Bingo
  • Learn a Foreign Language
  • Operation Santa Paws
  • Read a New Book
  • Safe Toys and Gifts
  • Spiritual Literacy
  • Tie
  • Universal Human Rights
  • World AIDS
  • Write A Business Plan
  • Write a Friend

December’s Food Themes

  • Egg Nog
  • Exotic Fruit
  • Food Safety
  • Fruit Cake
  • Pear
  • Quince
  • Root Vegetables
  • Tomato
  • Winter Squash

December, 2015 Daily Specials
(the * means that the special day does not necessarily fall on the same date every year)

Dec. 1

  • Aardvark Week begins
  • Christmas Tree Week begins
  • Civil Air Patrol Day
  • Cookie Cutter Week begins
  • Day With(out) Art Day
  • Deaf Heritage Week begins
  • Eat a Red Apple Day
  • First Passenger Balloon Flight 1783
  • Handwashing Awareness Week begins
  • Rosa Parks Day
  • Pie Day
  • Tolerance Week begins
  •  Draft Reinstated 1969
  • World Aids Awareness Day

Dec. 2

  • Abolition of Slavery Day
  • Fritters Day
  • Mutt Day
  • Missionary Mary Slessor born 1848
  • Missionary CT Studd born 1860
  • Special Education Day

Dec. 3

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

Dec. 4

  • Cookie Day
  • Dice Day
  • Monopoly Game Debut 1935
  • Phonograph invented 1877
  • Santa’s List Day
  • Wear Brown Shoes Day

Dec. 5

  • Bathtub Party Day
  • Bubble Gum Day
  • Walt Disney born 1901
  • Earmuff Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Gold discovered at Sutter’s Mill 1848
  • International Ninja Day
  • Prohibition Ends (21st Amendment) 1933
  • President Martin Van Buren born 1782
  • Volunteer Day (UN)

Dec. 6

  • Everglades National Park established 1947
  • Give a Secret Gift Day
  • Microwave patented 1945
  • Miners Day
  • Mitten Tree Day
  • Pawnbrokers Day
  • Put On Your Own Shoes Day
  • St. Nicholas Day
  • 13th Amendment ratified 1865

Dec. 7

  • Civil Aviation Day
  • Cotton Candy Day
  • Delaware Statehood 1787
  • Handwashing Awareness Week *
  • Hanukkah (Chanukah) *
  • Letter Writing Day
  • Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week *
  • Sculptor/Artist Marie Grosholtz Tussand born 1761
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 1941

 

Dec. 8

  • Brownie Day
  • First Greeting Card printed 1843
  • Human Rights Week begins *(2nd week)
  • Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
  • Take it in the Ear Day
  • US declared War on Japan 1941
  • USSR Dissolved 1991
  • Inventor/Scientist Eli Whitney born 1765
  • Winter Flowers Day

Dec. 9

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas Debut 1965
  • Christmas Card Day
  • International Anti-Corruption day
  • Pastry Day
  • Petrified Forest National Park established 1962
  • Roller Skates Patented 1884
  • Weary Willie Day (circus clown)

Dec. 10

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

Dec. 11

  • Apollo 17 Moon Landing 1972
  • Ding-a-Ling Day
  • Germany declared war on US 1941
  • Indiana Statehood 1816
  • International Mountain Day
  • Northern Lights Recorded for First Time 1719
  • Noodle Ring Day
  • UNICEF founded 1947

Dec. 12

  • Ding-a-Ling Day
  • Golf Tee Patented 1899
  • Hovercraft Patented 1955
  • Founding Father John Jay born 1745
  • Pennsylvania Statehood 1787
  • Poinsettia Day

Dec. 13

  • Gluten-free Baking Week begins * (week before Christmas week)
  • Day of the Horse
  • Ice Cream Day
  • Santa Lucia Day
  • Violin Day
  • World Choral Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting Day *(2nd Sun.)

Dec. 14

  • Alabama Statehood 1819
  • Bird Count Week begins *
  • Bouillabaisse Day
  • Scientist Tycho Brahe born 1546
  • Children’s Day
  • Deck the Halls Day
  • Halcyon Days begin *
  • Monkey Day
  • Nostradamus born 1503
  • Raggedy Ann Doll Debut 1914
  • Roast Chestnuts Day
  • South Pole First Reached 1911

Dec. 15

  • Bill of Rights Day 1791
  • Cat Herders Day
  • Architect Alexandre Gustave Eiffel born 1832
  • Lemon Cupcake Day
  • Nero born 37AD

Dec. 16

  • Author Jane Austen born 1775
  • Composer Ludwig Von Beethoven born 1770
  • Boston Tea Party 1773
  • Missionary Amy Carmichael born 1867
  • Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
  • Los Posadas
  • Vending Machine patented 1884
  • Zionism Day

Dec. 17

  • Aztec Calendar Stone excavated 1790
  • A Christmas Carol first published 1843
  • Missionary Isobel Kuhn born 1901
  • Maple Syrup Day
  • Re-Gifting Day *(3rd Thurs.)
  • Patriot Deborah Sampson born 1760
  • Saturnalia begins
  • Wright Brother’s 1st successful flight 1903

Dec. 18

  • Bake Cookies Day
  • Coral Reef National Park Established
  • Migrants Day
  • New Jersey Statehood 1787
  • The Nutcracker  Premier 1892
  • Roast a Suckling Pig Day
  • Underdog Day *(3rd Fri.)

Dec. 19

  • Build a Snowman Day
  • Look For An Evergreen Day
  • Oatmeal Muffin Day
  • Explorer Sir William Parry born 1790
  • Poor Richards Almanac first published 1732
  • Suspenders patented 1871 (Mark Twain)

Dec. 20

  • Games Day
  • Go Caroling Day
  • Louisiana Purchase Day 1803
  • South Carolina seceded from the Union  1860 (1st state to secede)

Dec. 21

  • Apollo 8 Blast Off 1968
  • Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered 1937
  • Flashlight Day
  • Forefathers Day
  • Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
  • Humbug Day
  • Litha
  • Look on the Bright Side Day
  • Pilgrims Arrival at Plymouth 1620
  • Winter Solstice
  • Yule

Dec. 22

  • Date Nut Bread Day
  • Dinofish discovered 1938
  • First Day of Winter *
  • First Electric Christmas Lights 1882
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • Lincoln Tunnel completed 1937
  • Mawlid an Nabi *
  • Thermometer Invented 1714

Dec. 23

  • Federal Reserve System established 1913
  • Festivus
  • Pfeffernusse Day
  • Roots Day (genealogy not turnips)
  • Metric Conversion Act passed 1975
  • Mormon prophet Joseph Smith born 1805
  • A Visit From St. Nicholas First Released 1823

Dec. 24

  • Chocolate Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Egg Nog Day
  • Great Fire of San Francisco 1849
  • Phonograph Patented 1877
  • Founding Father Benjamin Rush born 1704

Dec. 25

  • Red Cross founder Clara Barton born 1821
  • Christmas
  • Scientist Isaac Newton born 1643
  • Pumpkin Pie Day
  • Washington crossed the Delaware River 1776

Dec. 26

  • Boxing Day (Canada & UK)
  • Candy Cane Day
  • Coffee Percolator invented 1865
  • Kwanzaa begins
  • Thank You Note Day
  • Whiner’s Day

Dec. 27

  • Fruit Cake Day
  • Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Scientist Louis Pasteur born 1822
  • Radio City Music Hall opened 1932

Dec. 28

  • Card Playing Day
  • Chewing Gum Patented 1869
  • Chocolate Day
  • Iowa Statehood 1846
  • Pledge of Allegiance recognized by Congress 1945
  • President Woodrow Wilson born 1856

Dec. 29

  • President Andrew Johnson born 1808
  • Pepper Pot Day
  • Battle of Wounded Knee 1890
  • Texas Statehood 1845
  • Tick Tock Day

Dec. 30

  • Bacon Day
  • Bicarbonate of Soda Day
  • Author Rudyard Kipling born 1865
  • Author Mercer Mayer born 1943
  • Take a Walk Day

Dec. 31

  • Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
  • Make Up Your Mind Day
  • Artist Henri Matisse born 1869
  • New Years Eve
  • No Interruptions Day
  • Universal Hour of Peace Day
  • Unlucky Day
  • Watch Night

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

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

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

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

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

Happy December!

betty jo