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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

https://www.youtube.com/user/expertvillage/search?query=flowers

Video Math Lesson with Fibonacci Flowers

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

betty jo

 

 

 

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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

https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-summer-solstice-holiday-litha-2562244

“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)

Sunburn

Bug Bites

Stings

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

 

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.

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

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.se7en.org.za/

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

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

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

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/

Happy April!

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

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
  • World Tapir Day

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.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

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

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

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

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

Happy April!

betty jo

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

Free Printable – SPECIAL DAYS IN NOVEMBER

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.

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

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

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

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/november.html

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

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/nov.html

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Happy November!

betty jo