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Special Days in December, 2017

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, 2017 gives you plenty to choose from.

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

December Themes, Observances, and Awareness Days:

  • Art and Architecture
  • Basketball (1st played Dec. 1891)
  • Bingo
  • Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention
  • 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, 2017 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
  • Ear Muff Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Fritters Day
  • Mutt Day
  • Saint Paul’s Cathedral opened 1697
  • Missionary Mary Slessor born 1848
  • Missionary CT Studd born 1860
  • Special Education Day

Dec. 3

  • Advent begins * (4 Sundays leading to Christmas)
  • Disabled Persons Day
  • First Human Heart Transplant 1967
  • Handwashing Awareness Week *
  • Illinois Statehood 1818
  • Make a Gift Day
  • Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week begins * (1st Full Week)
  • Roof Over Your Head Day
  • Galileo invented the Telescope 1621

Dec. 4

  • Computer Science Education Week *
  • Cookie Day
  • Dice Day
  • Feast of St. Barbara
  • International Cheetah Day
  • Monopoly Game Debut 1935
  • Older Driver Safety Awareness Week begins *
  • Phonograph invented 1877
  • Santa’s List Day
  • Wear Brown Shoes Day
  • World Wildlife Conservation 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
  • Thailand National Day
  • President Martin Van Buren born 1782
  • Volunteer Day (UN)

Dec. 6

  • Everglades National Park established 1947
  • Finland Independence Day 1917
  • 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
  • Tanzania Independence Day 1961
  • Weary Willie Day (circus clown)
  • Wreaths Across America Day * (2nd Sat.)

Dec. 10

  • Day of Animal Rights
  • Dewey Decimal System Day
  • Poet Emily Dickinson born 1830
  • Human Rights Day
  • Mississippi Statehood 1817
  • Nobel Prize Day
  • World Choral Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting Day * (2nd Sun.)

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
  • Republic of Upper Volta Independence 1958
  • UNICEF founded 1947

Dec. 12

  • Ding-a-Ling Day
  • Ginger Bread House Day
  • Golf Tee Patented 1899
  • Hanukkah (Chanukah) begins *
  • Hot Cocoa Day
  • Hovercraft Patented 1955
  • Founding Father John Jay born 1745
  • Kenya Independence Day 1963
  • Pennsylvania Statehood 1787
  • Poinsettia Day

Dec. 13

  • Day of the Horse
  • Francis Drake Begins Voyage Around the World  1577
  • 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 37 AD
  • Underdog Day * (3rd Fri.)

Dec. 16

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

Dec. 17

  • Aztec Calendar Stone excavated 1790
  • A Christmas Carol first published 1843
  • Gluten-free Baking Week begins * (week before Christmas week)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Flashlight Day
  • Forefathers Day
  • Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
  • Humbug Day
  • Litha
  • Look on the Bright Side Day
  • Nepal Independence Day 1923
  • Pilgrims Arrival at Plymouth 1620
  • Re-Gifting Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Winter Solstice / First Day of Winter *
  • Yule *

Dec. 22

  • Date Nut Bread Day
  • Dinofish discovered 1938
  • First Electric Christmas Lights 1882
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • Lincoln Tunnel completed 1937
  • 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
  • Libya Independence Day 1951
  • 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
  • Saint Stephen’s Day
  • 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
  • Visit the Zoo Day

Dec. 28

  • Card Playing Day
  • Chewing Gum Patented 1869
  • Childermass/Holy Innocents Day
  • Chocolate Day
  • Iowa Statehood 1846
  • Pledge of Allegiance recognized by Congress 1945
  • Westminster Abbey Consecrated 1065
  • 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

  • Hogmanay
  • 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

Free Printable  –  Special Days in December

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

A resource list for Special Days in December is in the works!

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/

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

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

Happy December!

betty jo

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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

The Great American Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21 is the date of the Great American Solar Eclipse.  However, there is much to learn and observe before the event!  Below is the collection of online resources we’ll be using for eclipse lessons and to prepare for the viewing.

Everything You Need To Know About the Solar Eclipse – Explanations, Diagrams, DIY Safe Viewing Projects, and more!

Animated and Interactive Eclipse Maps  –  Find out when and where

Eclipses: Crash Course Video

Eclipse Live Stream

Eclipse History –  NASA’s collection of historical eclipses starting with about 5000 BC including Chinese, Babylonians, and Greeks to current times.

Ancient People and the Solar Eclipse  –  Video

Solar Eclipse Folklore, Myths, and Superstitions

Eclipse in the Bible

A Day With Two Dawns  –  Free Eclipse Ebook and Resources from Apologia

Eclipse Kit   –  Resources and STEM activities from NASA

Lapbooking and Notebooking Printables

Eclipse Quotes

Eclipse Vocabulary List with Games and Puzzles 

Free Eclipse Printables and Resources

Eclipse Art Projects

Math Lesson  –  Geometry of a Solar Eclipse

Our town is one of the prime totality viewing spots. We’ve decided to avoid the crowds that are expected at the various events and have our own back yard party.

For the party!

Ideas and Planning Tips

Music Playlist

Snacks

Sun, Moon, and Stars Coloring Sheets (most of these are suitable for teens and adults)

betty jo

 

 

 

Louie Armstrong

Short Biography

Acheivements

Museum Collections

Photo Gallery

Jazz Terms Glossary 

Jazz Slang     (Parental Guidance Alert! Not all the words in this glossary are appropriate for children!)

Greatest Hits Playlist

Lyrics

Read Aloud –  When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat

Quotes

Coloring Pages

Later, Cool Cats! Catch ya on the flip!

betty jo

 

 

 

Special Days and Biographies

I’ve been asked several times, “How exactly do you teach from your Special Days lists?”  The answer to that comes in multi-parts, but usually starts with “Biographies, lots of biographies!”

Every Special Days list includes birthdays of famous people throughout history.  I’ll ask the boys what they know about that author/artist/scientist/historical figure/religious leader.  If they are not familiar with him/her, we’ll do biography study!  Some days we only have a brief discussion about the person, or a review if we had studied him or her in the past couple of years.  Other days we will go more in depth and I’ll include reading resources, videos, and quotes into the lessons.  Some biography studies can be finished in a couple of hours.  Some biography studies catch a bigger interest and I won’t stop the study until that interest is satisfied, even if it means having to cancel my other special days lesson plans for a week or more.  Whoever we miss, we can try to catch next year or the year after when their special day happens again.

This past school year we started notebooking some of our biography studies and plan to continue with this for the upcoming school year.   We arranged the pages in a timeline order and as the notebooks fill up, we can start a new one.  However, the boys prefer projects over notebooking, so we’ll do some of each.

Below is my “go-to” resource list for online resources for biographies, how-to’s, and notebooking printables.  Also, our local library has a wonderful collection of biographies and Youtube has many video biographies suitable for children and youths, so don’t forget to check those when you are looking for resources.

Alternatives to Writing Biographies  –  Biography Project Ideas 

Lesson Plans for 6 sessions of the “Writer’s Workshop  – The Biographical Sketch” http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/writers-workshop-biographical-sketch-1039.html?tab=4#session1

How to Write a Biography  –                                                           http://www.howtowriteabiography.org/

100+ Biographies and Printables (These are short and written for younger readers, however older students will find these helpful as a starting place when researching a historical person.  Also the printables are a useful for work samples for portfolios or history based notebooks)   http://gardenofpraise.com/leaders.htm

Artists Biographies  –                                                                 http://www.vangoghgallery.com/artistbios/

Composer Biographies with Music Selections                                   http://www.classicsforkids.com/

Kid Safe Scientist Biographies Resources-                                                   http://www.kidtopia.info/science_biography.html

President Biographies Resources  –https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

Church Leaders, Missionaries, Hymn Writers, and Evangelists Biographies  http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/index.html

Kid Safe Online Encyclopedia  –            http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Biographies

1000’s of Biography E-books to download or read online  http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Biographies_%28Bookshelf%29#Pierre_Abelard

When we write biographies, we generally include the person’s birth and death dates, where they were from, a childhood fact or two, and their accomplishments as adults including spouse and children.  We will usually add a quote to the notebooking page, too.

Biography Notebooking Printables from The Notebooking Fairy

Author

Scientist

Artist  

Composer

Presidents

Timeline Facts

For Any Person 

Inventors (from Homeschool Share)

Missionaries  (from the Proverbial Homemaker)

Composers (from Homeschool Giveaways)

Portraits of Historical Figures (public domain)  for when we want a photo to print off for the notebooking page                                                   http://www.lib.utexas.edu/exhibits/portraits/index.html

Sometimes we’ll look over a history timeline to get the idea of what was going on in the world during our subject’s life.                                                             https://www.factmonster.com/us/timeline-archive

In accordance with my state’s homeschooling regulations, I keep a daily subject checklist.  On biography days I will check off the relevant History/Science/Art/Music and Reading Comprehension boxes. And, if we made a notebooking page I’ll check off Composition and Penmanship, too.  Don’t you just love it when one topic can cover multiple subjects!

And every now and then we’ll bake and decorate a birthday cake because …

I’d love to hear how you go about biography studies!  Please share about them in the comments.

(This post is actually ‘Part 2’ of a series in which I’m explaining how my family learns across the curriculum with topics selected from the Special Days list.  For the series introduction, Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time, click here. For Part 3, Special Days and Geography click here. For Part 4, Special Days and Science click here)

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Special Days in June, 2017

June is loaded 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, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this list of special days in June gives you plenty to choose from!

June Awareness/Observance Days and Themes:

  • Accordion Awareness
  • Adopt a Cat
  • Aquarium
  • Audio Book Appreciation
  • Bathroom Reading
  • Black Music
  • Camping
  • Caribbean-American Heritage
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness
  • Child Vision
  • Children’s Awareness
  • Effective Communication
  • Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Marketing
  • Fight the Filthy Fly
  • Fireworks Safety
  • Forest System
  • GLTB Pride
  • Great Outdoors
  • International Men
  • Perennial Gardening
  • Potty Training Awareness
  • Rebuild Your Life
  • Rivers
  • Rose
  • Safety
  • Skyscraper
  • Smile
  • Sports America Kids
  • Student Safety
  • Surf Music
  • Zoo

June’s Food Themes:

  • Aprium
  • Beef Steak
  • Candy
  • Corn
  • Country Cooking
  • Cucumber
  • Dairy
  • Dairy Alternative
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Ice Tea
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Okra
  • Papaya
  • Pluot
  • Soul Food
  • Steakhouse
  • Turkey Lovers

June’s Daily Specials:  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date every year)

June 1

  • Barefoot Day
  • Dare Day
  • Flip a Coin Day
  • Global Day of Parents
  • Heimlich Maneuver Day
  • Kentucky Statehood 1792
  • Nail Polish Day
  • Olive Day
  • Oscar the Grouch Birthday 1969
  • Pen Pal Day
  • Say Something Nice Day
  • Stand for Children Day
  • Tennessee Statehood 1796
  • Volunteers Week begins
  • Mormon Leader Brigham Young born 1801

June 2

  • Bubba Day
  • Doughnut Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Leave the Office Early Day
  • Milk Days
  • Radio Patented 1896
  • Rocky Road Ice Cream Day
  • Rotisserie Chicken Day
  • Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day

June 3

  • Boating Week begins *
  • Chimborazo Day
  • Chocolate Macaroon Day
  • Egg Day
  • Fishing Week begins *
  • Prairie Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Repeat Day (I said “Repeat Day”)
  • First U.S. Space Walk 1965
  • Trails Day *(1st Sat.)

June 4

  • Aesop born 620 BC
  • Applesauce Cake Day
  • Audacity To Hope Day
  • Business Etiquette Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Cancer Survivor’s day * (1st Sun.)
  • Cheese Day
  • King George III born 1738
  • First Ford Built 1896
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • Old Maid’s Day
  • Pet Appreciation Week *(1st full week)
  • Shopping Cart invented 1937
  • Tienanmen Square (Beijing) Massacre 1989

June 5

  • Patriot Nathan Hale born 1755
  • 1st Hot Air Balloon Flight 1783
  • Gingerbread Day
  • Author Richard Scarry born 1919
  • Veggie Burger Day
  • World Environment Day

June 6

  • D-Day 1944
  • Drive-in Movie Day
  • Gardening Exercise Day
  • Higher Education Day
  • Russian Language Day
  • Yo-Yo Day

June 7

  • Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  • Daniel Boone Day
  • Muhammad (Islam Founder) born 570
  • Running Day *(1st Wed.)

June 8

  • Best Friends Day
  • Suction Vacuum Cleaner patented 1870
  • Upsy Daisy Day
  • Inventor Frank Lloyd Wright born 1867
  • World Ocean’s Day

June 9

  • Donald Duck debut 1934
  • Peter the Great born 1672
  • Inventor George Stephenson born 1781
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

June 10

  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Black Cow Day
  • Herbs and Spices Day
  • Ice Tea Day
  • Knit in Public Day *
  • Author Maurice Sendak born 1928

June 11

  • Corn on the Cob Day
  • ET premiered 1982
  • Jacque Cousteau born 1910
  • German Chocolate Cake Day
  • Great Barrier Reef discovered 1770
  • Making Life Beautiful Day

June 12

  • Baseball Invented 1839
  • President George H.W. Bush born 1924
  • Children’s Day
  • Crowded Nest Awareness Day
  • Ann Frank born 1929
  • Jerky Day
  • Loving Day
  • Men’s Health Week begins *
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Day
  • Red Rose Day
  • Shavuot
  • Superman, Man of Steel Day
  • World Day Against Child Labor

June 13

  • Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
  • Sewing Machine Day
  • Weed Your Garden Day
  • Poet William Butler Yeats born 1865

June 14

  • Bath Day
  • Flag Day
  • Pop Goes the Weasel Day
  • Race Unity Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Author Harriet Beecher Stowe born 1811
  • Strawberry Shortcake Day
  • US Army established 1775
  • World Blood Donor Day

June 15

  • Arkansas Statehood 1836
  • Celluloid patented 1869
  • Dump the Pump Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Kite Experiment Anniversary 1752
  • Electricity Day
  • Fly a Kite Day
  • Global Wind Day
  • Lobster Day
  • Magna Carta signed 1215
  • Nature Photography Day
  • National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Smile Power Day
  • Worldwide Day of Giving

June 16

  • Bloomsday
  • Flip-Flop Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Fresh Veggies Day
  • Fudge Day
  • Recess at Work Day

June 17

  • Apple Strudel Day
  • Battle of Bunker Hill 1775
  • Cherry Tart Day
  • Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • Artist/Mathematician M.C. Escher born 1898
  • Composer Igor Stravinsky born 1882
  • World Juggling Day * (Sat. closest to the 17th)
  • World Sea Turtle Day *

June 18

  • Animal Rights Awareness Week *
  • Carpenter Ant Awareness Week begins *(last full week)
  • Father’s Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • Go Fishing Day
  • International Panic Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Napoleon defeated at Waterloo 1815
  • Splurge Day
  • Sushi Day
  • Turkey Lovers’ Day * (3rd Sun.)

June 19

  • Garfield the Cat’s birthday 1978
  • Juneteenth Day
  • Scientist Blaise Pascal born 1623
  • Slavery Abolished (US) 1865
  • Theologian Charles Haddon Spurgeon born 1834
  • Statue of Liberty arrived in US 1885
  • Watch Day
  • World Sauntering Day

June 20

  • Bald Eagle Day
  • Daylight Appreciation Day *
  • Hike with a Geek Day
  • Ice Cream Soda Day
  • Composer Jacques Offenbach born 1819
  • Surfing Day
  • Summer Solstice *
  • Vanilla Milkshake Day
  • West Virginia Statehood 1863
  • World Refugee Day

June 21

  • Atheists Solidarity Day
  • Day of the Gong
  • Go Skateboarding Day
  • Make Music Day
  • Peaches ‘N’ Cream Day
  • New Hampshire Statehood 1788
  • Reaping Machine patented 1834
  • Selfie Day
  • World Handshake Day
  • World Humanist Day

June 22

  • Chocolate Eclair Day
  • Onion Rings Day
  • Stupid Guy Thing Day

June 23

  • Don’t Let Nouns Get You Down Day
  • Hydration Day
  • Let It Go Day
  • Pecan Sandies Day
  • Pink Day
  • Public Service Day
  • Saxophone patented 1846
  • Take Your Dog to Work Day *(Fri. after Father’s Day)
  • Typewriter patented 1868
  • United Nations Public Service Day
  • US Secret Service established 1865

June 24

  • Great American Backyard Campout *(4th Sat.)
  • Fairy Day
  • Pralines Day
  • Swim a Lap Day
  • U.F.O. Day

June 25

  • America’s Kids Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Battle of Little Big Horn 1876
  • Author Eric Carle born 1929
  • Catfish Day
  • Eid-Al-Fitr *
  • Catfish Day
  • Log Cabin Day
  • Scientist Walther Nernst born 1864
  • Author George Orwell born 1903
  • Strawberry Parfait day
  • Virginia Statehood 1788
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Week (last Thurs. – Sun.)

June 26

  • Beautician’s Day
  • Bicycle patented 1819
  • Chocolate Pudding Day
  • Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
  • Forgiveness Day
  • Please Take My Children to Work Day *(last Mon.)
  • Toothbrush invented 1498

June 27

  • Columnists’ Day *(4th Tues.)
  • Decide to be Married Day
  • “Happy Birthday To You” song published 1924
  • Helen Keller born 1880
  • Orange Blossom Day
  • PTSD Awareness Day
  • Sunglasses Day

June 28

  • American Flowers Week begins *
  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Artist Peter Paul Rubens born 1577
  • WW1 Began 1914

June 29

  • Bomb Pop Day *(last Thurs.)
  • Camera Day
  • Handshake Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Hug Holiday
  • Parchment day
  • Waffle Iron Day

June 30

  • Gone With the Wind published 1936
  • Meteor Day
  • NOW (National Organization for Women) Day
  • Social Media Day

For specific Special Day Resources  for June https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/06/03/june-resources/

My “Go-To” list of Resources when planning lessons for Special Days         https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

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 special days and calendar resources.

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/june.htm

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

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/june

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

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

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

Happy June!

betty jo

Lionel Trains – Special Day August 25

COMICAD lionel trains catalog

According to Special Days in August the 25th is the birthday of Joshua Lionel Cowen, one of the best known toy train manufacturers of all time.  A couple of years ago, we made Cowen and toy trains a Special Day study. Below are the web links we followed as we learned.

Biography of Inventor Joshua Lionel Cowen  http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/cowen.htm#ON%20THE%20WEB:

Vintage films on Youtube

Inside Lionel’s Train Factory  Part 1

Inside Lionel’s Train Factory Part 2

Showroom Layouts, Part 1  –

Showroom Layouts,  Part 2  –

Play Interactive Train Games  http://www.trainarcade.com/

Read Train Stories, Play Train Games and Watch Train Videos  http://trc.trains.com/Trains%204%20Kids.aspx

Classic railroad songs playlist from the Smithsonian  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUSRfoOcUe4bjeu8QIfbrejTyT0hYVncE

And we couldn’t build an electric train, but had fun making a toy train out of recyclables!  This ended up as a bank.  Perhaps Z will start saving for a Lionel of his own?

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Do you keep a timeline for your studies?  This “Timeline Add-on : Toys” is currently on sale for only $ 0.22!  http://www.currclick.com/product/36820/Timeline-AddOns-Toys?term=toys+timeline&test_epoch=0&it=1

This was one of several history studies that the kids deemed “Not Boring”!

betty jo