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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

 

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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.)

 

 

 

South Korea and the 2018 Winter Olympics

 

 

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games  have begun!  And, Winter Olympics based homeschooling has begun, too!  The links below are the cross curricular free resources we’ll be using as we explore South Korea and the 2018 Winter Games.

Brief History, Geography, and Facts of South Korea               https://www.ducksters.com/geography/country.php?country=Korea,%20South

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/countries/south-korea/#south-korea-market.jpg

Printable South Korea Maps –                                                                                  http://www.freeworldmaps.net/asia/southkorea/

Country Notebooking Printables –                                             http://www.notebookingnook.com/freebie-country-study-notebooking-pages/

South Korea Video Tour –                                                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq5_J9nArE8

Learn Korean Phrases                                                          https://www.fluentu.com/blog/korean/korean-travel-phrases/

Korean Food and Recipes                                                                          http://www.easykoreanfood.com/

Olympic Games Official Website – Sports, Athletes, Photos, News, Schedule, History, and More   https://www.olympic.org/

Olympics Themed Math –                                                                                              https://www.yummymath.com/2018/winter-olympics-pyeongchang-february-9-25/

Bible Verse/Winter Olympic Coloring Pages  –  https://www.childrens-ministry-deals.com/collections/winter-olympics-sunday-school-childrens-church

Bible/Winter Olympic Discussion Questions                                              https://whatsinthebible.com/the-sochi-winter-olympics-2014-five-questions-to-engage-your-kids/

2018 Educational Kit from the Olympic Museum –https://www.olympic.org/museum/visit/schools/teaching-resources/lesson-material/experiencing-discovering-the-og-special-pc2018#

Non- Commercial Use Free Clipart (enter “olympics” into the search bar)                          http://clipart-library.com/

Music of the Olympics                                               https://learn.musicinourhomeschool.com/courses/15-minute-music-lessons/lectures/1074732#/questions/1

Olympic Themed Interactive Games   http://www.primarygames.com/socstudies/olympics/olympics.htm

How to Draw Soohorang (the tiger mascot) video lesson              https://www.artforkidshub.com/how-to-draw-soohorang-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-mascot/

Writing Prompts                                                               https://theeducatorsspinonit.com/2014/02/winter-olympic-writing-prompts-after.html

https://writingwithsharonwatson.com/olympic-fun/

Olympics Printable Worksheets – Wordsearch, Crossword, Anagrams, True/False Quizzes               https://www.historyonthenet.com/worksheets/olympics-worksheets/

Science of the Winter Olympics Video Playlist                                    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB6B38A6C0540EEB6

How It’s Made Videos :                                                                                                                                  Skating Rinks

Ice Skates

Hockey Pucks

Curling Stones

Skis

Bobsled

Gold (Au79), Silver (Ag47), and Bronze (Copper-Cu29)  Information from this Interactive Element Chart                                                             http://humantouchofchemistry.com/pages/periodictable.html

Gold, Silver, Bronze Element Videos                                                                http://www.periodicvideos.com/

Winter Olympics Inspired Crafts, Games, and Activities                                https://tipjunkie.com/winter-olympic-activities-and-crafts-for-kids/

I hope we ‘Win the Gold’ with Winter Olympic learning!

betty jo

 

Special Days in February, 2018

Here is the list of February 2018 holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures, composers 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 listing of special days gives you plenty to choose from.

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

February Awareness and Observation Themes

  • African American History
  • American History
  • Bird Feeding
  • Black History
  • Boost Self Esteem
  • Dental Health
  • Dog Training/Education
  • Expect Success
  • Friendship
  • Heart
  • Haiku Writing
  • Hoof Care
  • Humpback Whale Awareness
  • Laugh Friendly
  • Library Lovers
  • Love the Bus
  • Low Vision
  • Mend a Broken Heart
  • Plant Seeds of Greatness
  • Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall
  • Responsible Pet Owner
  • Spunky Old Broads Month
  • Time Management
  • Youth Leadership

February Food Themes

  • Avocado
  • Bake for Family Fun
  • Banana
  • Beans
  • Berry Fresh
  • Canned Food
  • Celebration of Chocolate
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Lovers
  • Exotic Vegetables
  • Great Pies
  • Hot Breakfast
  • Grapefruit
  • Potato Lover’s
  • Snack Food
  • Star Fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potato

Free PDF and resources are available at the end of the list.

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

Feb. 1

  • Be an Encourager Day
  • Bureau of Forestry created 1905 (US)
  • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week begins
  • G.I. Joe Day
  • Hula in the Coola Day
  • Imbolc
  • Oxford English Dictionary published 1884
  • Serpent Day
  • 1st Single rpm Record released 1949
  • Reader’s Digest 1st published 1922
  • Robinson Crusoe Day
  • Spunky Old Broads Day
  • 1st US Supreme Court 1790

Feb. 2

  • Blame Someone Else Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Bubble Gum Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Candlemas
  • Green Week begins
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Kiwi Day
  • Marmot Day
  • Sled Dog Day
  • World Wetlands Day

Feb.3

  • Bean Toss Day/Risshun
  • Carrot Cake Day
  • The Communist Party of Vietnam  established 1930
  • The Day the Music Died (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson and their pilot died in an aviation accident 1959)
  • Feed the Birds Day
  • Artist Norman Rockwell born 1894

Feb. 4

  • Apache Wars begin 1861
  • Artist Appreciation Day
  • Create a Vacuum Day
  • Homemade Soup Day
  • Income Tax established 1913 (US)
  • Aviator Charles Lindbergh born 1902
  • Cilvil Rights Activist Rosa Parks born 1913
  • Sri Lanka Independence Day 1948
  • Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • Super Bowl LII *
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • Thank a Mailman Day
  • USO Day
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • World Cancer Day

Feb. 5

  • Baseball’s Hank Aaron born 1934
  • Chocolate Fondue Day
  • Loop-the-Loop Centrifugal Railway patented 1901
  • Theologian Dwight L. Moody born 1837
  • Nutella Day
  • Robert Peel born 1788
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • Western Monarch Day
  • Wildlife Federation founded 1936 (US)

Feb. 6

  • Chopsticks Day
  • Baseball’s Babe Ruth (George Herman) born 1895
  • Digital Learning Day
  • Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Massachusetts Statehood 1788
  • Monopoly Game introduced  1935
  • Pay a Compliment Day
  • President Ronald Reagan born 1911
  • Sami National Day
  • Waitangi Day (New Zealand)

Feb. 7

  • Author Charles Dickens born 1812
  • Fettuccine Alfredo Day
  • Grenada Independence Day 1974
  • Risk Awareness Week begins
  • Safer Internet Day
  • Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • 1st Unattached Spacewalk 1984
  • Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
  • Author Laura Ingalls Wilder born 1867

Feb. 8

  • Bake Pizza Week begins
  • Boy Scouts (US) founded 1910
  • Celebration of Love Week begins
  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
  • Kite Flying Day
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day
  • Opera Day
  • Propose Day
  • PyeongChang  2018 Winter Olympic Games begin *
  • Author Jules Verne born 1828

Feb. 9

  • Bagels and Lox Day
  • Happy Chocolate Day
  • President William Harrison born 1773
  • Pizza Pie Day
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week begins
  • Read in the Bathtub Day
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • Toothache Day

Feb. 10

  • Reformer Samuel Plimsoll born 1824
  • French and Indian War Ends 1763
  • Umbrella Day

Feb. 11

  • Be Electrific Day
  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • Inventor Thomas Edison born 1847
  • Inventor’s Day
  • Iran National Day
  • Jello Week begins (2nd full week)
  • Make a Friend Day
  • Nelson Mandela released 1990
  • Peppermint Patty Day
  • Shut-in Visitation Day
  • White Shirt Day

Feb. 12

  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Clean Out Your Computer Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Scientist Charles Darwin born 1809
  • Family Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • President Abraham Lincoln born 1809
  • Lost Penny Day
  • Oatmeal Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Safety Pup Day

Feb. 13

  • Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras *
  • Get a Different Name Day
  • Lupercalia
  • Pancake Day
  • 1st Public School opened 1635 (US)
  • Radio Day
  • Stamp Collectors Day
  • Tortellini Day
  • Artist Grant Wood born 1892
  • World Radio Day

Feb. 14

  • Arizona Statehood 1912
  • Comedian Jack Benny born 1894
  • Creme Filled Chocolates Day
  • Frederick Douglass Day
  • Ferris Wheel Day (Inventor George Ferris born 1859)
  • Have a Heart Day
  • League of Women Voters Day
  • Library Lovers Day
  • Lent begins *
  • Oregon Statehood 1859
  • Race Relations Day
  • Quirkyalone Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15

  • Susan B Anthony born 1820
  • Author Norman Birdwell born 1928
  • Decimal Day
  • Flag Day – Canada
  • Scientist Galileo Galilei born 1564
  • Gum Drop Day
  • Hippo Day
  • Singles Awareness Day
  • Total Defense Day (Singapore)

Feb. 16

  • Almond Day
  • Chinese New Year *
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Lithuania Independence Reinstate 1918
  • Nylon introduced 1937
  • Read Aloud Day
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923

Feb. 17

  • Human Spirit Day
  • Athlete Michael Jordan born 1963
  • My Way Day
  • Newsweek Magazine 1st Published 1933
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • World Cabbage Day

Feb. 18

  • Battery Day (Inventor Volta born 1745)
  • Hernando Cortes sets sail for Mexico 1519
  • Engineers’ Week begins *
  • Gambia Independence Day 1965
  • International Friendship Week * (last full week)
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Queen Mary I born 1516
  • Pluto discovered 1930

Feb. 19

  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week * (3rd Mon.)
  • Scientist Nicolaus Copernicus born 1473
  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • Iwo Jima Day (battle began 1945)
  • Phonograph patented 1878
  • Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Temporary Insanity Day

Feb. 20

  • Photographer Ansel Adams born 1902
  • Cherry Pie
  • Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere)
  • Love Your Pet Day
  • Social Justice Day
  • Student Volunteer Day
  • Toothpick patented 1872
  • Women in Blue Jeans Day

Feb. 21

  • Card Reading Day
  • The Communist Manifesto  by Karl Marx first published 1848
  • Confederate Constitution 1862
  • Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Mother Language Day
  • Polaroid Camera 1st demonstrated 1947
  • Single Taking Day
  • Sticky Bun Day
  • Washington Monument dedicated 1885

Feb. 22

  • Be Humble Day
  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Future Farmers of America Week begins
  • Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin born 1962
  • Saint Lucia Independence Day 1979
  • Walking the Dog Day
  • President George Washington born 1732
  • World Thinking Day

Feb. 23

  • Banana Bread Day
  • Curling is Cool Day
  • Diesel Engine Day
  • Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Dolly the Sheep Cloned 1997
  • French Fry Friday  * (4th Fri.)
  • Composer George Frederick Handel born 1685
  • Writer Samuel Pepys born 1633
  • Play Tennis Day
  • Polio Vaccine 1st used 1954

Feb. 24

  • Missionary Gladys Aylward born 1902
  • Dia de la Bandera (Mexico)
  • Flying Scotsman begins service 1923
  • Gregorian Calendar introduced 1582
  • Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786
  • Artist Winslow Homer born 1836
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Sword Swallowers Day * (last Sat.)
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • 1st Anderson Shelter 1939
  • Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
  • Clam Chowder Day
  • Let’s All Eat Right Day
  • Paper Currency introduced (US) 1862
  • Peace Corp Week begins
  • Pistol Patented 1836 (Samuel Colt)
  • 1st Power Driven Vacuum Cleaner introduced 1902
  • Artist Rierre Renoir born 1841

Feb. 26

  • Buffalo Bill born 1846
  • Carnival Day
  • Communist Manifesto  published 1848
  • Grand Canyon National Park established 1919
  • 1st Grand National Steeplechase 1839
  • Author Victor Hugo born 1802
  • For Pete’s Sake Day
  • Pistachio Day
  • Levi Strauss born 1829
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

  • Dominican Republic Independence Day 1844
  • Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807
  • Polar Bear Day
  • No Brainer Day
  • Author John Steinbeck born 1902
  • Strawberry Day
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Week begins
  • World NGO Day

Feb. 28

  • Chocolate Souffle Day
  • DNA discovered 1953
  • Floral Design Day
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day * (4th Wed.)
  • Scientist Linus Pauling born 1901
  • Public Sleeping Day
  • Rare Disease Day
  • Smokey the Bear introduced 1944
  • Tooth Fairy Day

Free Printable – Special Days in February (1)

 February Resources    – Currently being updated and edited 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 calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web.  These are the best sites for finding special days resources online.

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

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

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/2018/02/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

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

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

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 to the list.

Happy February!

betty jo

Special Days Archive

A friend asked if I could put the links for a year’s worth of Special Days in one post so she wouldn’t have to search each time she worked ahead on her lesson plans.  That’s a good idea! So …

These are the direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month.  (Note – The 26th of each month is usually when the updates are finished for the next month.)

Special Days in January 2018

January Resources

Special Days in February 2018

February Resources

Special Days in March 2018

March Resources

Special Days in April 2018

April Resources

Special Days in May 2018

May Resources

Special Days in June 2018

June Resources

Special Days in July 2018

July Resources

Special Days in August 2017

August Resources

Special Days in September 2017

September Resources

Special Days in October 2017

October Resources

Special Days in November 2017

November Resources

Special Days in December 2017

December Resources