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Special Days in April, 2018


“April Showers  bring May flowers”. However, April brings a lot of special days too! Here’s the collection of themes, foods, historic and scientific anniversaries, and famous birthdays for April, 2018.

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
  • Bat Appreciation Week * (1st full week)
  • Daffodil Sunday * (1st Sun.)
  • Easter Sunday *
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • 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
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Easter Monday *
  • Egg Salad Week begins * (Mon. after Easter)
  • Explore Your Career Options Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Ferret Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Public Health Week begins *
  • Reconciliation Day
  • Sweet Tater Day * (1st Mon.)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Walking Day * (1st Wed.)

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
  • Walk to Work Day * (1st Fri.)

April 7

  • Beaver Day
  • Birding Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Just Pray No! Weekend of Prayer and Fasting *
  • Love Our Children Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Pillow Fight Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Robotics Week begins *
  • 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
  • Garden Week begins * (2nd week)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse * (2nd Sun.)
  • National Library Week begins *
  • Roma Day
  • National Student Employment Week * (2nd full week)
  • 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

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • Library Day * (Tues. during Library Week)
  • 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

April 12

  • American Indian Awareness Week begins *
  • 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
  • Teen Literature Day * (Thurs. of Library Week)
  • 1st Union Jack Flag 1606
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Scrabble Day
  • Inventor Richard Trevithick born 1771

April 14

  • Baby Massage Day (2nd Sat.)
  • Citizen Science Day
  • Dolphin Day
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • Slow Art Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • St. Tiburtius’ Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Boys & Girls Club Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Coin Week * (3rd full week)
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Spring Astronomy Week begins * (always week of Spring Astronomy Day)
  • Swallow Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912
  • Volunteer Week begins *

April 16

  • Boston Marathon * (3rd Mon.)
  • Comedian Charlie Chaplin born 1889
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • Patriot’s Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Save the Elephant Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Week of the Young Child begins *
  • 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
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Piñata Day
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906
  • Zimbabwe Independence 1980

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • High Five Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • 1st Free Fall Parachute Descent 1919
  • Primrose Day
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775

April 20

  • Chinese Language Day
  • Coin Week * (3rd full week)
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Global Youth Service Days * (3rd weekend)
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Look Alike Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day *
  • Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21

  • Astronomy Day *
  • Auctioneers Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Day of Silence
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Global Youth Service Days  * (3rd weekend)
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Husband Appreciation Day  * (3rd Sat.)
  • Infant & Toddler Immunization Week begins *
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Money Smart Week begins *
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • National Park Week begins *
  • Rome Founded 753 BC

April 22

  • Earth Day
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Karaoke Week * (4th week)
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Preservation Week begins *
  • Princess Week begins * (last full week)
  • Roller Skates patented 1823
  • Sky Awareness Week * (last full week)
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week * (week with the 24th)

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • English Language Day
  • Environmental Education Week * (Mon. of last full week)
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Playground Safety Week begins *
  • 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
  • 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
  • World Penguin Day

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Sky Awareness Week *(last full week)
  • Fiddler’s Frolic begins *
  • Gathering of Nations Pow Wow *
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Poem In Your Pocket Day *
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day * (4th Thurs.)

April 27

  • Arbor Day * (last Fri.)
  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Author Ludwig Bemelmans born 1898
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Save the Frogs Day (last Fri.)
  • Sierra Leone Independence 1961
  • Tell A Story Day
  • Togo Independence 1960

April 28

  • Biological Clock Day
  • Eeyore’s Birthday * (last Sat.)
  • Floralia
  • Frog Day * (last Sat.)
  • Go Birding Day * (last Sat.)
  • Great Poetry Reading Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758
  • Sense of Smell Day * (last Sat.)
  • Veterinary Day  * (last Sat.)
  • World Healing Day * (last Sat.)

April 29

  • Greenery Day
  • Pinhole Photography Day * (last Sun.)
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • 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
  • National Gardening Week * (UK)
  • Raisin Day
  • Vietnam War ended 1975
  • Walpurgis Night

Free Printable – Special Days in 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.








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.)




Special Days in November, 2017


Here’s the list of November, 2017  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!

Resources for teaching through November, including a PDF of November’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

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
  • Manatee Awareness
  • Marrow Awareness Month
  • Military Family Appreciation
  • Model Railroad
  • Marrow Awareness
  • Mustache
  • Music
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • No TV
  • Novel Writing (NaNoWriMo)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Men Make Dinner Day * (1st Thurs.)
  • 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
  • Dominica Independence 1979
  • First Dog in Space 1957
  • Housewife’s Day
  • Jellyfish Day
  • Panama Independence (from Columbia) 1903
  • Sandwich Day

Nov. 4

  • Book Lovers Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Candy Day
  • Cash Register patented 1880
  • Chicken Lady Day
  • Common Sense Day
  • Digital Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Mischief Night
  • Author Sterling North born 1906
  • King Tut’s Tomb discovered 1922
  • Use Your Common Sense Day

Nov. 5

  • Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week * (1st full week)
  • Bonfire Night
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends * (1st Sun.)
  • Doughnut Day
  • Gasoline-driven Automobile patented 1895
  • Gunpowder Day
  • Guy Fawkes Day
  • Love Your Red Hair Day
  • Rad Tech Week begins * (week with the 8th)
  • Author Marcia Sewall born 1935
  • Tar Barrels Event
  • Zero Tasking Day * (1st Sun.)

Nov. 6

  • Electric Shaver patented 1923
  • International Day of Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War
  • Job Action Day (1st Mon.)
  • Marooned Without a Compass Day
  • Nachos Day
  • Composer Ignace Paderewski born 1860
  • Saxophone Day
  • Composer John Phillips Sousa born 1854
  • Traffic Directors Day * (1st Mon.)

Nov. 7

  • Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Canadian Pacific Railway completed 1885
  • Scientist Marie Curie born 1867
  • Dear Santa Week begins
  • Election Day (US)  * (Tues. after the 1st Mon.)
  • Evangelist Billy Graham born 1918
  • Hug a Bear Day
  • Traffic Directors Day

Nov. 8

  • Game Inventor Milton Bradley born 1836
  • Cappuccino Day
  • Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
  • Dunce Day
  • 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
  • STEM & STEAM Day
  • Tounge Twister Day (some sources site the 12th)
  • X-Ray Day

Nov. 9

  • Berlin Wall opened 1989
  • Cambodia Independence 1953
  • 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
  • Veteran’s Day * (On the 11th unless on weekend)
  • Windshield Wipers patented 1903

Nov. 11

  • Angola Independence 1975
  • Armistice Day
  • Death/Duty Day
  • Domino Day (2nd Sat.)
  • Gaming Day (2nd Sat.)
  • Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week begins *(Week before Thanksgiving)
  • Origami Day
  • Poland Independence Day 1918
  • Remembrance Day (UK and Canada)
  • Rhodesia Independence 1965
  • Sadie Hawkins Day * (Sat. after the 9th – other sources say always on the 13th)
  • Sundae Day
  • Veterans Day (US) (Except when falling on weekend)
  • Washington statehood 1889
  • World War 1 ended 1918

Nov. 12

  • Baha’u’llah Day
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
  • 1st Flying Trapeze Act performed 1859
  • Fraud Awareness Week begins *
  • Geography Awareness Week begins* (2nd full week)
  • 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

  • American Education Week *
  • Indian Pudding Day
  • Physicist James Maxwell born 1831
  • Author Robert Lewis Stevenson born 1850
  • Vietnam Memorial dedicated 1982
  • World Kindness Day

Nov. 14

  • 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
  • Young Readers Day * (2nd Tues.)

Nov. 15

  • America Recycles Day
  • Bundt Pan Day
  • Clean Your Refrigerator Day
  • Educational Support Professionals Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • GSI Day (Geographic Information Systems) * (3rd Wed.)
  • Steve Irwin Day
  • Artist Georgia O’Keefe born 1887
  • Love To Write Day
  • Philanthropy Day

Nov. 16

  • Button Day
  • Fast Food Day
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Great American Smokeout * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Have a Party With Your Bear Day
  • International Day for Tolerance
  • Murray River Discovered 1824
  • Oklahoma statehood 1907
  • Use Less Stuff Day * (3rd Thurs.)

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 (some sources say 15th)
  • Guinness World Record Day
  • Homemade Bread Day
  • Scientist August Mobius born 1790
  • Prematurity Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal completed 1869
  • Take A Hike Day
  • World Peace Day

Nov. 18

  • Adoption Day * (Sat. before Thanksgiving)
  • Gaming Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Last Pony Express Delivery 1861
  • Mickey Mouse debut 1928
  • Occult Day
  • Panama Independence (from Spain) 1821
  • Push Button Phone introduced 1963
  • Survivors of Suicide Day * (Sat. before Thanksgiving)
  • William Tell Day

Nov. 19

  • Bible Week * (Sun. before Thanksgiving)
  • Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Equal Opportunity Day
  • Explorer George Rogers Clark born 1752
  • Farm City Week * (week of US Thanksgiving)
  • Game and Puzzle Week * (Sun. before Thanksgiving)
  • President James Garfield born 1831
  • Geography Awareness Week * (3rd full week)
  • Gettysburg Address 1863
  • Guinness World Record Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • Have a Bad Day Day
  • Monaco Independence 1861
  • Evangelist Billy Sunday born 1935
  • World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims * (3rd Sun.)
  • World Toilet Day

Nov. 20

  • Absurdity Day
  • Beautiful Day
  • G.O.H.A.R.D. (Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day) *
  • Astronomer Edwin Hubble born 1889
  • Name Your PC Day
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Day
  • Universal Children’s Day
  • World Day of Prayer and Action for Children *

Nov. 21

  • Alascattalo Day
  • False Confession Day
  • Gingerbread Cookie Day
  • First Untethered 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
  • Lebanon Independence 1943
  • Shopping Reminder Day * (Day before Thanksgiving – US)
  • 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
  • Thanksgiving (US) * (4th Thurs.)

Nov. 24

  • All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day
  • Barbed Wire patented 1874
  • Black Friday * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Buy Nothing Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
  • Grace Horsley Darling born 1815
  • Darwin’s Origin of the Species published 1859
  • Day of Listening * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Evolution Day
  • Flossing Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Composer Scott Joplin born 1868
  • Native American Heritage Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Sinkie Day * (day after Thanksgiving)
  • President Zachary Taylor born 1784

Nov. 25

  • Aura Awareness Day (4th Sat.)
  • Author/Illustrator Marc Brown born 1946
  • Author PD Eastman born 1909
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Parfait Day
  • Small Business Saturday * (Sat. after US Thanksgiving)
  • Suriname Independence 1975
  • Woody Woodpecker debut 1940

Nov. 26

  • Casablanca (movie) premiered 1942
  • Mongolia Independence Day 1924
  • Cartoonist Charles Schulz born 1922
  • Stir-up Sunday * (Sun. before Advent)

Nov. 27

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

Nov. 28

  • Albania Independence 1912
  • French Toast Day
  • Make Your Own Head Day
  • Mauritania Independence 1960
  • 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

  • Barbados Independence 1966
  • Winston Churchill born 1874
  • Author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) born 1835
  • Computer Security Day
  • Meth Awareness Day
  • Mousse Day
  • St. Andrew’s Day
  • Southern Yemen Independence 1967
  • Stay Home Because You’re Well Day


Here’ is the collection of my favorite “go to” resources for special days studies  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

Currently, I’m updating the November Resource List for 2017.

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.








Happy November!

betty jo

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time


Like many other homeschooling families and classrooms worldwide, we used the calendar as part of our early learning activities.   Calendars are the best way to learn the name of the months and days of the week.  Counting down to holidays and birthdays were some of our earliest math lessons. “Morning Calendar Time” was often the highlight of our homeschooling day.  When we started calendar learning with our second child, we added a few things for our oldest, such as the month’s name origin, gemstone, and prominent constellations.  And, this type of calendar learning continued on through the preschool years of children three, four, and five.  Cross curricular and multi- level unit studies of seasons and holidays were extensions from that “Morning Calendar Time” and were something we all looked forward to as we would break from our regular learning.

Then one August morning,  Joshua (child #4) was rather distraught about the lack of a family birthday or holiday being on our calendar.  Our local homeschool support group did not have a party or field trip scheduled for August either. He was so disappointed. There was nothing “special” to look forward to.   His unhappiness was contagious.

At that time, the older children were working on a study of the Middle Ages so we began adding the birthdates of the people we were learning about to the calendar. Then one day, we stumbled upon a food calendar so we added food days to our calendar (and often to our shopping list and menu) and nutrition studies to our schooling.

In September of the next year, we learned that there was a “Talk Like a Pirate Day”! Of course we added that to our calendar and lesson plans. Soon we were discovering odd and unusual holidays for every month. No longer was Joshua going to be sad during morning calendar time because there weren’t special days. In fact, we had collected so many special days, the wall calendar didn’t have enough room for us to accommodate them all! Thus, a Special Days list was started!

The following year we were focusing our studies on US History.  We added presidents, explorers, and patriots birthdays and statehood anniversaries to our list. We also included the opening and dedication dates of state parks and monuments. War related dates were put on the list as well. The following year as we were learning about world cultures and religions, we were able to add their holidays to our special days collection.

A friend, knowing our building interest of  calendar studies, gifted us with an educational activity book that was based off of authors, artists, and composer birthdays. The book also listed the dates for invention patents and historical events.  Yes, you guessed it!  Many of those dates were put on our list!

It was never my intention to turn our Morning Calendar time into a full curriculum, but that is what  happened. Every month offers so many holidays, famous persons birthdays, foods, statehood anniversaries, historic and scientific anniversaries,  foreign nations heritages observances, health related observances,  wildlife  and conservation awareness days, arts, music, and physical activities that we’ve been able to learn more than enough to cover nearly all of our core subjects and elective studies!  Some days we’re even able to incorporate a math lesson with the special day!

This upcoming school year will be our 4th year of having nearly all of our learning coming from the calendar!  We are not even close to exhausting the educational possibilities based on the monthly Special Days lists. And, we are still making it longer! Starting  July, 2017, the updated Special Days lists will included foreign country Independence Days and National Days.

The current month’s Special Days list and resource collections are always accessible from the right side bar of my blog page. Other months can be found by an archive search or search bar (also in the right margin). The lists are updated often.

Along with my friend, Fran from Funschooling, I hostess a Facebook group based on fun learning activities for seasonal themes and special days. You can request to join Fun Days Homeschooling Co-op here. We’d love to have you!

“How do you make your Special Days lists your curriculum?” is a question I hear often.  I’m planning a blog series, “Special Days and …” to answer that “how” question for each subject along with  resources and ideas.

Special Days and Biographies –   How to with resource list

Special Days and Geography  –  How to with resource list

Special Days and Science    –  How to with resource list

I have co-authored an Activity Companion for learning with August’s and September’s Special Days. An October Activity Companion is in the works!

How do you use the Special Days list in your classroom or homeschool?  I’m looking forward to your responses!  And, if you have questions, let me have those too!

betty jo



Em’s Treasures


The end of “Entrepreneurship Week” (February 20 – 25) seems like the perfect time for me to take the opportunity to tell you about my daughter, Emily, and Em’s Treasures!  She has had an interest in crafting since she was a little girl.  We would include crafts and art projects with our homeschooling work, but that wasn’t enough for her. She spent hours of her spare time creating and making.  By the time she was a teenager, she was getting comments such as,  “You should sell that!”, and “Would you make one of those for me?”  After her graduation in 2014, Em enrolled in the certificate entrepreneurship courses through Coursera.  Her plan was to make a business out of what she loved doing, and on a time scale that would allow her to continue studying for her Christian Leadership degree, providing childcare a couple of days a week,  coach Silver Lining Homeschool Colorguard, and read avidly.  She not only earned the certificates but earned them with honors.  She immediately went to work applying what she had learned about entrepreneurship to her crafting, and began attending craft shows and vendor events .

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She sold some of everything and earned more than enough money to cover supply expenses.  After a couple of other vendor events she realized the hair bows generated the most interest and that bows were not offered by the other vendors.  The hair bows continued to be her best sellers in the events that followed.


She’s even made bows exclusively for homeschoolers!

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Though it’s the hair bows that have the majority of her focus and attention,  Emily still takes requests for  gifts, cards, and decorations.

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Em’s Treasures is gaining repeat customers and has accepted a few custom bow orders.  Recently, she had the opportunity to create an original design for a local school’s cheer squad. This is the largest order she has been offered so far. and the first of her designs to be exactly duplicated.  Also, this was the first order to be shared with another vendor who specializes in monogramming.


Currently, Emily is preparing for the upcoming spring vendor events in our area. She’s planning to take her collection to some local boutiques to sell on commission .  Here’s a little of what Emily has started for her spring lineup.


16938548_625973984264049_255494105368490263_n  Em’s Treasures now has a Facebook business page and can accept payment through Paypal to accommodate out of town orders.  Emily could use your help with growing her business.  If you would be so kind as to give her Facebook page a “like”, it would be much appreciated.   An order would be most appreciated, too!                                                               https://www.facebook.com/Ems-Treasures-477293785798737/

Thanks from a proud mama!

betty jo

The Super Bowl


A few years ago I put together a cross curriculum resource list for Super Bowl related lessons.  I have updated the post for 2017 and super Bowl 51!.







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