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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!.







betty jo




Special Days in December, 2016


December is packed with  holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!  Whether you’re looking for something special to study, celebrate, or add to the menu, this list of special days for December, 2016 gives you plenty to choose from.

December Themes, Observances, and Awareness Days:

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

December’s Food Themes

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

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

Dec. 1

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

Dec. 2

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

Dec. 3

  • Disabled Persons Day
  • Ear Muff Day * (1st Sat.)
  • First Human Heart Transplant 1967
  • Illinois Statehood 1818
  • Make a Gift Day
  • Roof Over Your Head Day
  • Galileo invented the Telescope 1621

Dec. 4

  • Cookie Day
  • Dice Day
  • Handwashing Awareness Week begins *
  • Monopoly Game Debut 1935
  • Phonograph invented 1877
  • Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week begins * (1st Full Week)
  • Santa’s List Day
  • Wear Brown Shoes Day

Dec. 5

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

Dec. 6

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

Dec. 7

  • Civil Aviation Day
  • Cotton Candy Day
  • Delaware Statehood 1787
  • Letter Writing Day
  • Sculptor/Artist Marie Grosholtz Tussand born 1761
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 1941

Dec. 8

  • Brownie Day
  • First Greeting Card printed 1843
  • Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
  • Take it in the Ear Day
  • US declared War on Japan 1941
  • USSR Dissolved 1991
  • Inventor/Scientist Eli Whitney born 1765
  • Winter Flowers Day

Dec. 9

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

Dec. 10

  • Dewey Decimal System Day
  • Poet Emily Dickinson born 1830
  • Human Rights Day
  • Mississippi Statehood 1817
  • Nobel Prize Day
  • Wreaths Across America Day * (2nd Sat.)

Dec. 11

  • Apollo 17 Moon Landing 1972
  • Ding-a-Ling Day
  • Germany declared war on US 1941
  • Indiana Statehood 1816
  • International Mountain Day
  • Northern Lights Recorded for First Time 1719
  • Noodle Ring Day
  • UNICEF founded 1947
  • World Choral Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting Day * (2nd Sun.)

Dec. 12

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

Dec. 13

  • Gluten-free Baking Week begins * (week before Christmas week)
  • Day of the Horse
  • Ice Cream Day
  • Santa Lucia Day
  • Violin Day

Dec. 14

  • Alabama Statehood 1819
  • Bouillabaisse Day
  • Scientist Tycho Brahe born 1546
  • Children’s Day
  • Christmas Bird Count Week begins
  • Deck the Halls Day
  • Halcyon Days begin * (7 days before Solstice)
  • Monkey Day
  • Nostradamus born 1503
  • Raggedy Ann Doll Debut 1914
  • Roast Chestnuts Day
  • South Pole First Reached 1911

Dec. 15

  • Bill of Rights Day 1791
  • Cat Herders Day
  • Architect Alexandre Gustave Eiffel born 1832
  • Lemon Cupcake Day
  • Nero born 37AD
  • Re-Gifting Day * (3rd Thurs.)

Dec. 16

  • Author Jane Austen born 1775
  • Composer Ludwig Von Beethoven born 1770
  • Boston Tea Party 1773
  • Missionary Amy Carmichael born 1867
  • Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
  • Los Posadas
  • Underdog Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Vending Machine patented 1884
  • Zionism Day

Dec. 17

  • Aztec Calendar Stone excavated 1790
  • A Christmas Carol first published 1843
  • Missionary Isobel Kuhn born 1901
  • Maple Syrup Day
  • Patriot Deborah Sampson born 1760
  • Saturnalia begins
  • Wright Brother’s 1st successful flight 1903

Dec. 18

  • Bake Cookies Day
  • Coral Reef National Park Established
  • Gluten Free Baking Week begins * (Week before Christmas Week)
  • Migrants Day
  • New Jersey Statehood 1787
  • The Nutcracker  Premier 1892
  • Roast a Suckling Pig Day

Dec. 19

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

Dec. 20

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

Dec. 21

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

Dec. 22

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

Dec. 23

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

Dec. 24

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

Dec. 25

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

Dec. 26

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

Dec. 27

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

Dec. 28

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

Dec. 29

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

Dec. 30

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

Dec. 31

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

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





Happy December!

betty jo

Fall Festival and Party Games


Tonight is our local homeschool group’s family night and the theme is “Fall Fest”!  Our families are encouraged to bring a DIY carnival type game.  Complicated construction or expensive materials are just not necessary for great games!  Recyclables and dollar store materials combined with a little creativity is all it takes for fantastic festival fun!

I found lots online resources as I looked around for some ideas, and I’m passing the best ones on to you for your fall parties or just some seasonal play activities for you to make with your children.

Wonderful collection of activities and games! Pumpkin Golf,  Can Game, Pumpkin Bowling, and Candy Corn Toss are just a few of the easy to make and easy to set up game ideas  offered here  http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/party-games/21-halloween-party-games-and-activities

We decided to take this Spider Launch game to the party.  There’s other awesome ideas from this assortment of  25+ Simple Carnival Games   http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/10/07/carnival-games-kids/

Z’s working on a variation to this Marble Maze STEM activity.  It’s going be a fun challenge to make and play!  We’ll be substituting the marble with a gum ball and using orange and black loops and licorice track to  transform it into a “fall” theme  http://buggyandbuddy.com/paper-plate-marble-maze/

This Paper Plate Pumpkin memory game is super easy to make and set up.  You could attach it to a poster board to hang on the wall if floor space is an issue  Scroll down a little because there’s also a link that takes you to 10 more Simple Halloween Games  http://www.pleasantestthing.com/pumpkin-memory-game

Substitute fall colors and themes with these fun and easy to make DIY Carnival Games that are sure to entertain and challenge  little kids, teens, and grown ups  http://www.mamaslikeme.com/2013/02/diy-carnival-party-games.html

Adorable and fun Fall Carnival Games  to make if you have the time and materials  http://sophie-world.com/blog/six-fall-carnival-games

This Ring Toss Game using a pumpkin and glow sticks is the perfect solution for a last minute, super simple activity.  I’ve seen some interesting gourds at the grocery store that will work marvelously for this idea, too.  If time allows, carving or painting would add a little extra decoration, but certainly not required!

0bc48daeecd772a0fdf3c5898fe020f4Do you have a favorite DIY Fall Festival game?  Please share it!  It would be great to add your ideas to these!

betty jo


Learning Resources for Special Days in October, 2016

fall_clipart_11The October calendar has lots of learning opportunities.  Below is a wonderful collection of free resources for themed and special day studies all through the month!

For the complete list of Special Days in October, 2016  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/09/24/special-days-in-october-2016/

October Themes

Presidents Born in October:

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

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

October Statehood Anniversaries

October’s Daily Specials  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Oct. 1 – Model T Ford introduced 1908 – Henry Ford Biography, Quiz, and Word Games Printables – http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdford.htm

Oct. 2 –

Oct. 3 –

Oct. 4 –

Oct. 5 –  Balloons Around the World Day * –  Learning Resources –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/05/hot-air-balloons/

Oct. 6 –  Mad Hatter Day – Make this adorable Cardboard Mad Hatter Hat  –  http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/06/hats.html

Oct. 7 –  Story Telling Weekend begins *-  Story Telling Tips – http://www.storyteller.net/articles/296

Oct. 8 –  World Sight Day –  Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/10/wolrd-sight-day/

Oct. 9

Oct. 10 –

Oct. 11  –  Elenore Roosevelt born 1884  –  Here’s a short biography, reading comprehension quizzes and word puzzle printables  http://www.gardenofpraise.com/ibderoos.htm

Oct. 12 –

Oct. 13 –

Oct. 15

Oct. 16

Oct. 17 –  Nuclear Science Week begins * –  Teaching Resources and Student Activities –  http://www.nuclearconnect.org/in-the-classroom/for-teachers

Oct. 19

Oct. 20 –

Oct. 22 –

Oct. 25 –

Oct. 26

Oct. 27 –  Tell a Story Day  –  Story Telling Tips  http://www.storytelling-nyc.org/tips.html

Oct. 28

Oct. 29

Oct. 30 –  Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 1938  –  Read an article and listen to the recording here  http://www.ibtimes.com/war-worlds-radio-broadcast-turns-75-listen-orson-welles-famous-hoax-1447470

Oct. 31

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

Happy October Learning!

betty jo

Special Days in October, 2016

month_a_10 Here’s the October, 2016 Special Days list!  It’s filled with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and even some spooky stuff!  I you’re looking for something special to add to your lesson plans, a day for a celebration, or something different to add to your menu, this list will give you some awesome ideas!

October’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog
  • AIDS Awareness
  • Animal Safety and Protection
  • Audiology Awareness
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Bat Appreciation
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bilingual Child
  • Blindness Awareness
  • Book
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Children’s Magazine
  • Class Reunion
  • Clocks
  • Computer Learning
  • Co-op Awareness
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cut Out Dissection
  • Cyber Security Awareness
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Depression Education and Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Down Syndrome Awareness
  • Drum
  • Dyslexia Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Energy Management
  • Ergonomics
  • Eye Safety
  • Fair Trade
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Thought
  • German-American Heritage
  • Global Diversity
  • Go On A Field Trip
  • Halloween Safety
  • Health Literacy
  • Improve Your Home
  • International Dinosaur
  • Liver Awareness
  • Kitchen and Bath
  • Medical Librarian
  • Menopause
  • Orthodontic Health
  • Pastor Appreciation Day
  • Photographer Appreciation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Polish American Heritage
  • Positive Attitude
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness
  • Protect Your Hearing
  • Raptor Month
  • Reading Group
  • Right Brainers Rule
  • Roller Skating
  • Sarcastic Awareness
  • Self-Promotion
  • Spina Bifida Awareness
  • Squirrel Awareness
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • Starman
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness
  • Walk To School
  • Window Covering Safety
  • Work and Family

October’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apple Jack
  • Bake and Decorate
  • Caramel
  • Cheese
  • Chili
  • Cookie
  • Country Ham
  • Cranberry
  • Eat Better, Eat Together
  • Eatable Roots
  • Farm to School
  • Pasta
  • Persimmons
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn Poppin’
  • Pork
  • Pumpkins
  • Rhizomes
  • Rhubarb
  • Sausage
  • Seafood
  • Spinach Lovers
  • Tackling Hunger
  • Vegetarian Awareness

Daily Specials for October, 2016  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Oct. 1

  • CD Player Day
  • Card Making Day *(1st Sat.)
  • President Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Fire Pup Day
  • Frugal Fun Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Homemade Cookies Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • Lace Day
  • Vegetarian Day

Oct. 2

  • Carry a Tune Week begins * (week with the 7th)
  • Change A Light Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Farm Animals Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi born 1869
  • Get Organized Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Great Books Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • Inter-generation Day *(1st Sun.)
  • International Day of Non-violence
  • Comic Julius “Groucho” Marx born 1895
  • Mystery Series Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Peanuts Comic first published 1950
  • Work From Home Week begins *(1st full week)
  • World Communion Day *(1st Sun.)

Oct. 3

  • Captain Kangaroo premier 1955
  • Child Health Day *(1st Mon.)
  • Arthur James Herriot born 1916
  • Kids’ Goal Setting Day
  • Richard the Lionheart crowned King 1189
  • No Salt Week begins
  • Rosh Hashana *
  • SOS (distress code) established 1906
  • Spinning and Weaving Week begins * (Mon. of first full week)
  • Techie’s Day
  • Blues Musician Stevie Ray Vaughn born 1954
  • Virus Appreciation Day
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention/Blue Shirt Day *(1st Mon.)
  • World Habitat Day *(1st Mon.)

Oct. 4

  • Blessing of the Animals Day
  • Cinnamon Roll Day
  • Fall Astronomy Day *
  • Frappe Day
  • Golf Day
  • President Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • St. Francis Day
  • Sputnik launched 1957
  • Author, Edward Stratemeyer born 1862
  • Ten-Four Day
  • World Animal Day
  • World Space Week begins

Oct. 5

  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Balloons Around the World Day *(1st Wed.)
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • Walk to School Day *
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Come and Take It Day
  • German-American Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • Inventor George Westinghouse born 1846

Oct. 7

  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Denim Day  *(1st Fri.)
  • Diversity Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Story Telling Weekend begins *(1st Fri.)
  • World Smile Day *(1st Fri.)

Oct. 8

  • Face Your Fears Day
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend *
  • Activist Jesse Jackson born 1941
  • Pierogy Day
  • Touch Tag Day
  • Universal Music Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Alvin C. York Day

Oct. 9

  • Chess Day
  • Chestnut Week begins *(2nd full week)
  • Clergy Appreciation Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Cupcake Day
  • Curious Events Day
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Fire Prevention Day
  • Fire Prevention Week begins *
  • First 2-way Telephone Conversation 1876
  • Musician John Lennon born 1940
  • Metric Week begins * (week with the 10th)
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Pro-Life Cupcake Day
  • Washington Monument opened 1888
  • World Post Day

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Canadian Thanksgiving * (2nd Mon.)
  • Columbus Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Author James Marshall born 1942
  • Metric Day
  • Native American Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • School Lunch Week begins *
  • World Mental Health Day

Oct. 11

  • Apollo 7 lauched 1968
  • Ashura *
  • Boer War Began 1880
  • Face Your Fears Day *(2nd Tues.)
  • Free Thought Day
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Remember Forever Day
  • Eleanor Roosevelt born 1884

Oct. 12

  • Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day *(2nd Wed.)
  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • Emergency Nurses Day *
  • Fossil Day
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction *(2nd Wed.)
  • Moment of Frustration Day
  • Old Farmer’s Day
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814
  • Top Spinning Day * (2nd Wed.)
  • Yom Kipper *

Oct. 13

  • Earth Science Week begins
  • English Language Day
  • Molly Pitcher born 1754
  • Skeptics Day
  • Margaret Thatcher born 1925
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • World Sight Day *(2nd Thurs.)
  • US Navy Established 1775

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Dessert Day
  • Egg Day *(2nd Fri.)
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • William Penn born 1644

Oct. 15

  • Bridge Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Get Smart About Credit Day *(3rd Thurs.)
  • Grouch Day
  • I Love Lucy Premier 1951
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • Poetry Day
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • Sweetest Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 16

  • Marie Antoinette executed 1793
  • Boss’s Day
  • Bullying Bystanders Unite Week * (3rd full week)
  • Character Counts Week *(3rd full week)
  • Chemistry Week * (3rd full week)
  • Dictionary Day
  • Food Bank Week begins *(the week of the 16th)
  • Forest Products Week begins * (3rd Sun.)
  • Freedom of Speech Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Friends of the Library Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Learn A Word Day
  • Save for Retirement Week begins *
  • Noah Webster born 1758
  • World Food Week begins

Oct. 17

  • African American Poetry Day
  • Boss’s Day *
  • Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Eradication of Poverty Day
  • Author Arthur Miller born 1915
  • Mulligan Day
  • School Bus Safety Week begins * (Mon. of 3rd full week)
  • Nuclear Science Week begins *
  • Sukkot *
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • No Beard Day
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity * (3rd Tues.)
  • World Menopause Day

Oct. 19

  • Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Electric Light Bulb Introduced 1879
  • Hagfish Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Day * (Wed. of 3rd full week)
  • Revolutionary War ends 1781

Oct. 20

  • Baseball’s Mickey Mantle born 1931
  • Get Smart About Credit Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Information Overload Day
  • Monster Mash Day

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day
  • 1st Light Bulb 1879
  • Inventor Alfred Nobel born 1833
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day

Oct. 22

  • Daniel Boone born 1734
  • Make a Difference Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Nut Day

Oct. 23

  • Capistrano Day
  • iPod Day
  • Massage Therapy Week begins * (last full week)
  • Mole Day
  • Mother-In-Law Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Peace, Friendship, & Goodwill Week begins * (last full week)
  • Pele (soccer champion) born 1940
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
  • TV Talk Show Host Day

Oct. 24

  • Bologna Day
  • Disarmament Week begins *
  • Food Day
  • Peace, Friendship, and Good Will Week begins
  • Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week begins *
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day

Oct. 25

  • Magic Week begins
  • Pasta Day
  • Artist Pablo Picasso born 1881
  • Punk for a Day Day
  • Sourest Day

Oct. 26

  • Erie Canal opened 1825
  • Gun Fight at the OK Corral 1881
  • Hillary Clinton born 1947
  • Mincemeat
  • Mule Day
  • Red Cross Founded 1836

Oct. 27

  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • Navy Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • Tell A Story Day

Oct. 28

  • Chocolates Day
  • Frankenstein Day * (Last Fri.)
  • Make a Difference Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Plush Animal Lover’s Day
  • St. Jude’s Day
  • Physician Jonas Salk born 1914
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886

Oct. 29

  • Cat Day
  • Gateway to the West (St. Louis Arch) completed 1965
  • Hermit Day
  • Internet Day
  • Oatmeal Day
  • The New York Stock Exchange crashed (beginning of The Great Depression) 1929
  • Visit a Cemetery Day

Oct. 30

  • President John Adams born 1735
  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Candy Corn Day
  • Create a Great Funeral Day
  • Diwali *
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • Mischief Night (Devil’s Night)
  • The National Organization for Women (NOW) founded 1966
  • 1938 Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 

Oct. 31

  • All Hollows Eve/Halloween
  • Books for Treats Day
  • Caramel Apple Day
  • Carve a Pumpkin Day
  • Day of the Dead
  • Girl Scout Founder’s Day
  • Knock Knock Jokes Day
  • Magic Day
  • Mount Rushmore Completed 1941
  • Nevada Statehood 1864
  • Reformation Day
  • Samhain

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/

My apologies, but I haven’t had the opportunity to update the Learning Resources list for October, 2016 (yet).  However, most of the resources from 2015 will work just fine  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/10/01/learning-resources-for-october-2015/

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 October!

betty jo