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Special Days in August, 2018

The 2018 August calendar has loads of special days!  The following list is made up of August’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , famous birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more.  So, if you want an occasion to celebrate, pick up some trivia, or add foods to your menu, this is the right place for you. And, of course you’ll find multiple opportunities for “on the calendar” themed studies for your classroom, homeschool,  co-op/support group, or club.

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



“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” asks Indiana Jones, and this homeschooling mama is asking that too!  I know some people who have pet snakes and enjoy them and others who have extreme fear of them. Growing up in Kentucky, I’ve even heard rumors of snake handling in churches! Personally, I’m in more of a basic “just avoid them” category.  Honestly, I’d rather avoid a snake study but  “July 16 – World Snake Day” was marked on our list of  Special Days in July  , which means it’s an interest study request. I don’t want to say no to an interest study, and it’s been a while since we did an animal research project, so …

Here’s my collection of cross curriculum snake themed resources to share with you for when you find yourself facing a snake study.

Snake Facts Slide Show

Image Gallery: Snakes of the World

Labeled Anatomy Diagrams:

Live Science Article – Why We Fear Snakes

Importance of Snakes in the Ecosystem

Snake Bite First Aid

Pet Snake Care

Bible Verses about Snakes

Snakes in Religion  search results

Read Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Snake Mythology

Snake Vocabulary Word List

Word Snake Game

Snake Jokes and Riddles

Printable Worksheets and Activities

Snake Unit Study and Lapbook Printables

Snakes Notebooking Printable Pages

Songs About “Snakes”  (Heads up! Not all will be appropriate for families)

Snakes in Art – Statues, paintings, pottery, drawings, and more, from ancient to modern day, and from all over the world. (Again, Heads up! Not all will be appropriate for families, but you can easily choose which pieces suit your study.)

Step by Step How to Draw a Snake

25 Exceptional Snake Crafts

Printable Snakes and Ladders Game  – “When you download the game, you will get a printable board and a set of question cards. With every move the player has to answer a question in order to stay on their new position. This game comes with the questions of the World of Knowledge game. But you can create your own set of questions. But you can also play it without any questions, just roll the dice and have fun!”

I couldn’t find a “snake” math resource so I’m thinking I can use some printable math task cards for the above Snakes and Ladders game.

There’s hundreds of thousands of snake related videos on Youtube and I’m sure we’ll watch a few of them.   Since we’re fans of “Good Mythical Morning” I have this one saved for ‘fun?‘ and a crazy PE idea (not real snakes but maybe a rubber one or two).

I’ve already been to my local library’s website and put some snake books on the hold shelf. We don’t have a zoo in our area, but we do have nature centers and pet stores, so I think a field trip can be easily planned to wrap up our snake study.

betty jo








American Flowers Week

These photos are showing a few of the flowers we have growing in our backyard.  We’ll be looking at them closely as we venture on to our next summer school study.

American Flowers Week begins June 28th and that’s a wonderful time to begin a summer school study about flowers!  Here’s a fantastic list of free cross curricular resources for learning about and with flowers!

“American Flowers Week is the advocacy, education and outreach campaign …”  Find out more about the celebration and how to participate at their website!             https://americanflowersweek.com/

Photo Gallery of arranged flowers from all 50 states

Free  US map of official flowers and each state’s official flower  coloring pages

Photo Gallery of Official State Flowers

Free Flower Anatomy Printables

Step by Step Flower Dissection Instructions 

Flower Science Experiments

Gardening and Flowers Vocabulary List

Wild Flower List

Wild Flowers Identification Guide

Flower Photography Tips

Step by Step How to Draw Flowers

Flower Notebooking Page

Read Flower Stories, a public domain book from 1903

Video Tips, How To’s, and Projects from Flower Experts


Video Math Lesson with Fibonacci Flowers

What flowers do you have growing in your yard to homeschool with?

betty jo




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


Memorial Day

I’ve found some wonderful free cross curriculum resources for learning with a Memorial Day theme!

Memorial Day Lesson Plans, Projects, Printables, and Activities (I love the arts and craft idea of making a shoe box parade float!)                                    https://seasonal.theteacherscorner.net/memorial-day/

More Memorial Day Projects, Printables, and Activities               http://www.theholidayzone.com/memorial/

Memorial Day Bible Lessons and Resources                                                      https://mintools.com/veterans-memorial-day-resources.htm

History of Memorial Day video                                                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRXrfs0f1Fo

Soldiers placing flags at Arlington National Cemetery video                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHhIkWlHw60

Memorial Day Vocabulary List and Word Puzzles                                           https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/memorial-day-may-30th-vocabulary/

Free Printable Patriotic Writing Paper              https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:patriotic%20writing%20paper/Price-Range/Free

Memorial Day Math Lesson                                              https://www.yummymath.com/2018/memorial-day-2018/

Poppy Classification            http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2009/wasicek_lind/Classification.htm

Poppy Description, Uses, Symbolism, Photo Gallery                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy

Timeline of American Wars                                      http://www.roswellmemorialday.com/history/timeline-of-americas-wars/

My friend Dawn has some awesome ideas for “War” studies on her Journey Through History list!     https://schoolinswag.wordpress.com/our-journey-through-history/

betty jo





Special Days in May, 2018

May is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures, artists and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!  Whether you are looking for something special to learn about, celebrate, observe, or a food to add to the menu, this Special Days in May 2018 list gives you an awesome variety of choices!

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

May’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Better Hearing and Speech
  • Better Sleep
  • Bikes
  • Civility Awareness
  • Clean Air
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Date Your Mate
  • Eco Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Family
  • Foster Care
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Gifts From the Garden
  • Good Car Keeping
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Heal the Children
  • Healthy Vision
  • Inventors
  • Jewish-American Heritage
  • Military Appreciation
  • Older Americans
  • Photograph
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Preservation
  • Recommitment
  • Revise Your Work Schedule
  • Smile
  • Teen CEO
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-violet Awareness
  • Victorious Woman
  • Wetlands
  • Youth Traffic Safety

Mays Food Themes

  • Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celiac Awareness
  • Egg
  • Grapefruit
  • Hamburger
  • Kiwi
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Vinegar

Daily Specials For May 2018  (the * means that the date may not be the same each year)

May 1

  • Asthma Day * (1st Tues.)
  • Batman Day
  • Beltane
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Chocolate Parfait Day
  • Choose Privacy Week begins
  • Empire State Building dedicated 1931
  • Activist Mary Harris Jones born 1830
  • Hawaiian Lei Day
  • Herb Week begins
  • Law Day
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • Pen-Friends Week begins
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847

May 2

  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Great American Grump Out * (1st Wed.)
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • Loch Ness Monster Day
  • Louisiana  Purchase 1803
  • Inventor Elijah McCoy (“the real McCoy”) born 1844
  • Play Your Ukulele Day
  • Truffle Day

May 3

  • 1st Comic Book (Famous Funnies) published 1934
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • National Day of Prayer * (1st Thurs.)
  • National Day of Reason * (1st Thurs.)
  • Paranormal Day
  • Textiles Day
  • Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • Bird Day
  • 1st Colony (Rhode Island)  to declare independence from Great Britain 1776
  • Columbus reached Jamaica 1494
  • Green Peace launched 1971
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Kent State University Vietnam War Protest 1970
  • Latvia Independence (from Soviet Union) 1990
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • No Pants Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day
  • Sears Tower Completion 1973
  • Space Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Tuba Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Weather Observers Day
  • World Password Day

May 5

  • Astronaut Day
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • Join Hands Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Kentucky Derby * (1st Sat.)
  • Netherlands Independence 1945
  • Oyster Day
  • Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Totally Chipotle Day
  • Office Fax introduced 1964

May 6

  • Be Kind to Animals week begins * (1st full week)
  • Beverage Day
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • Infertility Survival Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lemonade Day * (1st Sun.)
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • Postcard Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Tourist Appreciation Day
  • Update Your References Week begins * (1st full week)

May 7

  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Kids Win Week * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • Principal’s Day *
  • Public Service Recognition Week * (1st Mon.)
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Tourism Day
  • Walking Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Wildflower Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Laughter Day * (1st Mon.)

May 8

  • Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • Have a Coke Day
  • Iris Day
  • No Socks Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day *
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity * (2nd Wed.)
  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Lemuria
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Romania Independence (from Ottoman Empire) 1877
  • School Nurse Day *

May 10

  • Ascension Day *
  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Lipid Day
  • London Blitz 1941
  • Lupus Day
  • Shrimp Day

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Child Care Provider Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Military Spouses Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Twilight Zone Day

May 12

  • Archery Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Babysitter’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Belly Dance Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Birth Mother’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Fair Trade Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Migratory Bird Day * (2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day
  • Windmill Day * (2nd Sat.)

May 13

  • Apple Pie Day
  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Food Alegery Week begins *
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day
  • Mother’s Day (US) * (2nd Sun.)
  • Reading is Fun Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week begins * (on Mother’s Day)
  • Transportation Week begins * (week with 3rd Fri.)

May 14

  • Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Etiquette Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Skylab Space Station launched 1973
  • Underground America Day
  • 1st Webster’s Dictionary Published 1847

May 15

  • Author L.F. Baum born 1856
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Day of Families
  • Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
  • Mercuralia
  • Paraguay Independence 1811
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • Ramadan begins *
  • Straw Hat Day

May 16

  • 1st Academy Awards 1929
  • Biographer’s Day
  • Drawing Day
  • Love a Tree Day
  • Pencil Day
  • Sea Monkey Day
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

  • Cherry Cobbler Day
  • Hypertension Day
  • Physician Edward Jenner born 1749
  • New York Stock Exchange begins 1792
  • Pack Rat Day
  • Walnut Day
  • World Telecommunications Day

May 18

  • Bike to Work Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Defense Transportation Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Endangered Species Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • NASCAR Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Notebook Day
  • Pizza Party Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536
  • Armed Forces Day * (3rd Sat..)
  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • Doo Dah Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Learn to Swim Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day
  • Shavuot begins *

May 20

  • Backyard Games Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Bike Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Cuba Indeendence 1902
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • International Pickle Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Pentecost *
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Stepmother’s Day * (Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day * (3rd. Sun.)
  • Timor-Leste Independence 2002
  • Weights and Measures Day
  • World Trade Week begins * (3rd full week)

May 21

  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • Linbergh Flight 1927
  • Montenegro Independence 2006
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Strawberries and Cream Day
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Vejovis
  • Victoria Day * (Mon. before May 25)
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22

  • 1st Atlas published 1570
  • Biological Diversity Day
  • Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  • Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844
  • Maritime Day
  • Sherlock Holmes Day
  • Toothpaste Tube invented 1892
  • Vanilla Pudding Day

May 23

  • Crohn’s and Colitis day
  • Feminist Margaret Fuller born 1810
  • Lucky Penny Day
  • Rosalia
  • Shavuot
  • South Carolina Statehood 1788
  • Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother’s Day
  • Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883
  • Ecuador Independence 1822
  • Empire Day/Commonwealth Day (UK)
  • Eritrea Independence 1993
  • Home Rule Act (Ireland) 1914
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Scavenger Hunt Day
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Don’t Fry Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • Heat Awareness Day * (last Fri.)
  • Jordan Independence 1946
  • Missing Children’s Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson born 1878
  • Star Wars premiered 1977
  • Tap Dance Day
  • Towel Day
  • Wig Out Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)

May 26

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • Georgia Independence 1918
  • Guyana Independence 1966
  • Indian Removal Act signed into law 1830
  • Astronaut Sally Ride born 1951
  • Tiananmen Square Protest 1989
  • Actor John Wayne born 1907

May 27

  • Activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer born 1818
  • Conservationist Rachel Carson born 1907
  • Cellophane Tape introduced 1930
  • Golden Gate Bridge opened 1964
  • Grape Popsicle Day
  • Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Brisket Day
  • Author Ian Flemming born 1908
  • Hamburger Day
  • Memorial Day * (last Mon.)
  • Poet May Swenson born 1913
  • Whooping Crane Day

May 29

  • Patriot Patrick Henry born 1736
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • President John Kennedy born  1917
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • Oak Apple Day (Pinch-Bum Day)
  • Paperclip patented 1867
  • Pink Flamingo Day
  • Rhode Island Statehood 1790
  • Wisconsin Statehood 1848

May 30

  • Compact Disc introduced 1981
  • Hole in My Bucket Day
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • International Jazz Day
  • Joan of Arc died 1431
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Water a Flower Day
  • Wireless Telegraph patented 1872

May 31

  • Autonomous Vehicle Day
  • Macaroon Day
  • Save Your Hearing Day
  • Speak in Sentences Day
  • Poet Walt Whitman born 1819
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No Tobacco Day

PDF: Special Days in May

May Resources  (currently being updated for 2018)

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 calendars.









Happy April!

betty jo






Celebrate Your Name Week

The first full week in March is Celebrate Your Name Week!

  • Sunday – Namesake Day
  • Monday – Fun Facts About Names Day
  • Tuesday – Unique Names Day
  • Wednesday – Discover What Your Name Means Day
  • Thursday – Nametag Day
  • Friday – Middle Name Pride Day
  • Saturday – Decendants Day

Below are some wonderful free resources for learning about names and some activity ideas for added fun.

Celebrating Names Activity Guide and Resources

Find Meaning of Names 

Name Origins, Crest, and History (also related ‘for sale’ products)

Word Art Creator 

Name Art Project

How to Say, “My name is” in 475 Languages

What’s In a Name Game from Funschooling and Recreational Learning

Write a Name Poem

Sticky Note Guessing Name Game

“The Name Game” from the 1965 Hit Song by Shirley Ellis at Youtube

“The Name Game” Lyrics and Music for Karaoke at Youtube

12 Names of Jesus Printable Cards from The Purposeful Mom

Names of Jesus Copywork  Printables from Bible Based Homeschooling

Names of Large Numbers Chart   (because we need a math lesson this week too!)

I hope you’ll enjoy Celebrating your family’s names!

Betty (A diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning My God is plentiful)  Jo (A diminutive of Josephine meaning May Jehovah add. Also diminutive of Joanne meaning God is gracious.)