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“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” asks Indiana Jones, and this homeschooling mama is asking that too!  I know some people who have pet snakes and enjoy them and others who have extreme fear of them. Growing up in Kentucky, I’ve even heard rumors of snake handling in churches! Personally, I’m in more of a basic “just avoid them” category.  Honestly, I’d rather avoid a snake study but  “July 16 – World Snake Day” was marked on our list of  Special Days in July  , which means it’s an interest study request. I don’t want to say no to an interest study, and it’s been a while since we did an animal research project, so …

Here’s my collection of cross curriculum snake themed resources to share with you for when you find yourself facing a snake study.

Snake Facts Slide Show

Image Gallery: Snakes of the World

Labeled Anatomy Diagrams:

Live Science Article – Why We Fear Snakes

Importance of Snakes in the Ecosystem

Snake Bite First Aid

Pet Snake Care

Bible Verses about Snakes

Snakes in Religion  search results

Read Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Snake Mythology

Snake Vocabulary Word List

Word Snake Game

Snake Jokes and Riddles

Printable Worksheets and Activities

Snake Unit Study and Lapbook Printables

Snakes Notebooking Printable Pages

Songs About “Snakes”  (Heads up! Not all will be appropriate for families)

Snakes in Art – Statues, paintings, pottery, drawings, and more, from ancient to modern day, and from all over the world. (Again, Heads up! Not all will be appropriate for families, but you can easily choose which pieces suit your study.)

Step by Step How to Draw a Snake

25 Exceptional Snake Crafts

Printable Snakes and Ladders Game  – “When you download the game, you will get a printable board and a set of question cards. With every move the player has to answer a question in order to stay on their new position. This game comes with the questions of the World of Knowledge game. But you can create your own set of questions. But you can also play it without any questions, just roll the dice and have fun!”

I couldn’t find a “snake” math resource so I’m thinking I can use some printable math task cards for the above Snakes and Ladders game.

There’s hundreds of thousands of snake related videos on Youtube and I’m sure we’ll watch a few of them.   Since we’re fans of “Good Mythical Morning” I have this one saved for ‘fun?‘ and a crazy PE idea (not real snakes but maybe a rubber one or two).

I’ve already been to my local library’s website and put some snake books on the hold shelf. We don’t have a zoo in our area, but we do have nature centers and pet stores, so I think a field trip can be easily planned to wrap up our snake study.

betty jo









American Flowers Week

These photos are showing a few of the flowers we have growing in our backyard.  We’ll be looking at them closely as we venture on to our next summer school study.

American Flowers Week begins June 28th and that’s a wonderful time to begin a summer school study about flowers!  Here’s a fantastic list of free cross curricular resources for learning about and with flowers!

“American Flowers Week is the advocacy, education and outreach campaign …”  Find out more about the celebration and how to participate at their website!             https://americanflowersweek.com/

Photo Gallery of arranged flowers from all 50 states

Free  US map of official flowers and each state’s official flower  coloring pages

Photo Gallery of Official State Flowers

Free Flower Anatomy Printables

Step by Step Flower Dissection Instructions 

Flower Science Experiments

Gardening and Flowers Vocabulary List

Wild Flower List

Wild Flowers Identification Guide

Flower Photography Tips

Step by Step How to Draw Flowers

Flower Notebooking Page

Read Flower Stories, a public domain book from 1903

Video Tips, How To’s, and Projects from Flower Experts


Video Math Lesson with Fibonacci Flowers

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

betty jo




Special Days in July, 2018

Here’s the list of July themes, foods, scientific and historic anniversaries, and famous birthdays.  There’s some summer fun days, too! Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, the July 2018 special days list gives you plenty to choose from!

Free resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of Special Days in July, can be found at the end of this list.

July Awareness/Observance Days and Themes

  • Air-Conditioning Appreciation
  • Anti-Boredom
  • Bereaved Parents Awareness
  • Bison
  • Bio-terrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness
  • Black Family
  • Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
  • Cell Phone Courtesy
  • Dog House Repair
  • Family Reunion
  • Freedom From Fear of Speaking
  • Herbal Prescription Awareness
  • Independent Retailers
  • Irrigation
  • Make a Difference to Children
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Read An Almanac
  • Share a Sunset
  • Tennis
  • Tour de France
  • Unlucky Month for Weddings
  • Wheelchair Beautification
  • Wild About Wildlife
  • Women’s Motorcycle
  • Zine

July’s Food Themes

  • Baked Beans
  • Berry
  • Blueberry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Grilling
  • Horseradish
  • Hot Dog
  • Ice Cream
  • Lettuce
  • Ice Cream
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Nectarine
  • Picnic

July, 2017  –  Daily Specials:  (the * means that the special day does NOT fall on the same date every year)

July 1

  • Battle of Gettysburg 1863
  • Be Nice to New Jersey Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Build a Scarecrow Day * (1st Sun)
  • Burundi Independence Day 1962
  • Canada  Independence Day 1867
  • Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
  • Princess Diana born 1961
  • International Joke Day
  • Music For Life Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Postage Stamp Day
  • Roswell UFO Days
  • Rwanda Independence Day 1962
  • Second Half of the Year Day
  • Somalia  Independence Day 1960
  • Special Recreation Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Transistor Introduced 1948
  • Unassisted Homebirth Week begins
  • Ventriloquism Week *
  • World Lumberjack Championships *
  • Zip Code Day
  • 1st US Zoo (Philadelphia) 1874

July 2

  • Civil Rights Act passed (US) 1964
  • Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury born 1489
  • Fence Painting Days begin
  • I Forgot Day
  • International Day of Cooperatives
  • Made in the USA Day
  • Tom Sawyer Days begin
  • World UFO Day
  • 1st Zeppelin Flight 1900

July 3

  • Air-Conditioning Appreciation Days begin
  • Chocolate Wafer Day
  • Compliment Your Mirror Day
  • Disobedience Day
  • Dog Days begin
  • Eat Your Beans Day
  • Farriers Week
  • Idaho Statehood 1890
  • Plastic Bag Free Day
  • Stay Out of the Sun Day
  • Superman Day

July 4

  • Boom Box Parade Day
  • President Calvin Coolidge born 1872
  • Country Music Day
  • Freedom Week begins
  • Independence Day (US) 1776
  • Indivisible Day
  • Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

July 5

  • Apple Turnover Day
  • P.T. Barnum born 1810
  • Bikini Day
  • Graham Cracker Day
  • Tynwald Day
  • Venezuela  Independence Day 1811
  • Work-a-holics Day

July 6

  • President George W. Bush born 1946
  • Children’s Art Day (UK)
  • Fried Chicken Day
  • Malawi  Independence Day 1964
  • 16mm Movie Camera and Projector introduced 1923
  • Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
  • World Kiss Day

July 7

  • Cherry Pit Spitting Day (1st Sat.)
  • Chocolate Day
  • Father – Daughter Take a Walk Together Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Hop-a-Park Day (1st Sat.)
  • Macaroni Day
  • Pinocchio first printed 1883
  • Strawberry Sundae Day
  • Tell the Truth Day

July 8

  • Blueberry Day
  • Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Liberty Bell cracked 1835
  • Math Day
  • SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)
  • Video Games Day
  • 1st Issue of The Wall Street Journal 1889

July 9

  • Argentina  Independence Day 1816
  • 1st Rock and Roll Song to reach #1 on Pop Music Charts , “Rock Around the Clock” 1955
  • Sugar Cookie Day
  • Town Criers Day *(2nd Mon.)

July 10

  • Bahamas  Independence Day 1973
  • Clerihew Day
  • Don’t Step on a Bee Day
  • Author Candice Ransom born 1952
  • Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  • Wyoming Statehood 1890

July 11

  • President John Qunicy Adams born 1767
  • St. Benedict Day
  • Blueberry Muffin Day
  • Cheer Up the Lonely Day
  • Cherries Day
  • Pet Photo Day
  • Author Patricia Polacco born 1944
  • Slurpie Day
  • Author EB White born 1899
  • World Population Day

July 12

  • Barn Day
  • Julius Caesar born 100 BC
  • Different Colored Eyes Day
  • Inventor George Eastman born 1854
  • Eat Your Jello Day
  • Etch a Sketch introduced 1960
  • Orange Men’s Day
  • Paper Bag Day
  • Pecan Pie Day
  • Sao Tome and Principe  Independence Day 1975
  • Simplicity Day
  • Naturalist, Henry Thoreau born 1817

July 13

  • Barbershop Music Appreciation Day
  • Beans ‘N’ Franks Day
  • Buckingham Palace Becomes Residence of Britain’s Monarchy 1837
  • Collector Car Appreciation Day *( 2nd Fri.)
  • Cow Appreciation Day *(2nd Fri.)
  • Embrace Your Geekness Day
  • Fool’s Paradise Day
  • French Fry Day
  • “Live Aid” organized 1985
  • Puzzle Day

July 14

  • Bastille Day / France  Independence Day 1789
  • Carver Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Grange Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • President Gerald Ford born 1913
  • Author Laura Numeroff born 1953
  • Pandemonium Day
  • Shark Awareness Day
  • Tape Measure Day
  • Mac and Cheese Day
  • Missionary Lilias Trotter born 1853

July 15

  • Apollo 18 launched 1975
  • Be a Dork Day
  • 1st Boeing 707 1954
  • Captive Nations Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Coral Reef Awareness Week * (3rd week)
  • Everybody Deserves a Massage Week *
  • Gummi Worm Day
  • I Love Horses Day
  • Ice Cream Day *(3rd Sun.)
  • Independent Retailers Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Parenting Gifted Children Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Artist Rembrandt Van Rijn born 1606
  • St. Swithin’s Day
  • Tapioca Pudding Day
  • Zoo Keeper Week begins *(3rd full week)

July 16

  • Atomic Bomb Successfully Tested 1945
  • Explorer Roald Amundsen born 1872
  • Apollo 11 Lift Off 1969
  • Corn Fritters Day
  • Fresh Spinach Day
  • Get Out of the Doghouse Day *(3rd Mon.)
  • Global Hug Your Kids Day *(3rd Mon.)
  • Hot Dog Night
  • Swan Upping * (3rd Monday)
  • World Snake Day

July 17

  • Festival of British Archeaology
  • Disneyland Opened 1955
  • Peach Ice Cream Day
  • Hymn writer Isaac Watts born 1674
  • World Emoji Day
  • Wrong Way Corrigan Day
  • Yellow Pig Day

July 18

  • Author/Illustrator Felicia Bond born 1954
  • Astronaut John Glenn born 1921
  • Gymnast  Nadia Comaneci scored 1st perfect “10″ in Olympics 1976
  • Nelson Mandela born 1918
  • Sour Candy Day

July 19

  • Get to Know Your Customers Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Physicist/Astronomer Edward Charles Pickering born 1846
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • The Mary Rose sank 1545

July 20

  • Cake Day
  • Celebration of the Horse Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Colombia Independence Day 1810
  • Lollipop Day
  • 1st Moon Landing/ Walk 1969
  • Ugly Truck Day
  • World Jump Day

July 21

  • Belgium Independence Day 1831
  • Author Ernest Hemingway born 1899
  • Junk Food Day
  • Monkey Day

July 22

  • Aunt and Uncle Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Artist Alexander Calder born 1898
  • Hammock Day
  • Moth Week begins * (last full week)
  • Parent’s Day * (4th Sun.)
  • Penuche Fudge Day
  • Pied Piper arrived in Hamelin 1284
  • Rat Catchers Day
  • Shark Week begins *
  • Spoonerism Day

July 23

  • Batman Day
  • Egypt Independence Day 1952
  • Gorgeous Grandma Day
  • Hot Dog Day
  • Hot Enough For Ya Day
  • Ice Cream Cones 1st introduced 1904
  • Mosquito Day
  • Pneumatic Tires invented 1888
  • Telegrapher patented 1829
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24

  • Military Leader Simon Bolivar born 1783
  • Cousins Day
  • Drive-Thru Day
  • Author Alexander Dumas born 1802
  • Aviator Amelia Earhart born 1897
  • King James VI of Scotland crowned 1567
  • Learn Nothing Day
  • Mormon Pioneer Day
  • Tell an Old Joke Day
  • Thermal engineer Day

July 25

  • Carousel Day
  • St. Christopher’s Day
  • Culinarians Day
  • Grotto Day / St. James’ Day
  • Hot Fudge Sundae Day
  • St. James the Great Day
  • Thread the Needle Day

July 26

  • All or Nothing Day
  • Apollo 15 launched 1971
  • Bagelfest Day
  • Artist George Catlin born 1796
  • Chili Dog Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Coffee Milkshake Day
  • Dharma Day
  • FBI Created 1908
  • Liberia Independence Day 1847
  • Maldive Islands Independence Day 1965
  • New York Statehood 1788
  • One Voice Day
  • Refreshment Day * (4th Thurs.)

July 27

  • Bugs Bunny debut 1940
  • Get Gnarly Day * (last Fri.)
  • Korean War Armistice Day (1953)
  • Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day
  • Take Your Pants for a Walk Day
  • Talk in An Elevator Day *(last Fri.)
  • Walk on Stilts Day

July 28

  • Buffalo Soldiers Day
  • Chocolate Milk Day
  • Dance Day *(Last Sat.)
  • Day of the Cowboy *(4th Sat.)
  • Garlic Days
  • Fingerprints First Used for Identification
  • Hamburger Day
  • Milk Chocolate Day
  • Author/Illustrator Beatrix Potter born 1866
  • Peru Independence Day 1821
  • The Union Flag decreed to be the National Flag of Great Britain 1707

July 29

  • Chicken Wing Day
  • Author Sharon Creech born 1945
  • Lasagna Day
  • Lipstick Day
  • NASA established 1958
  • Rain Day
  • Tiger Day

July 30

  • Author Emily Bronte born 1818
  • Cheesecake Day
  • International Day of Friendship
  • Father-in-Law Day
  • Inventor Henry Ford born 1863
  • Paperback Book Day
  • Support Public Education Day

July 31

  • Avocado Day
  • MTV debut 1981
  • Mutt’s Day
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • Author J.K. Rowling born 1965
  • Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day
  • World Ranger Day

Free Printable –  SPECIAL DAYS IN JULY

For Specific Special Day Resources  for July  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/06/30/july-resources/

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource Lists for every month.

My “Go-To” list of Resources when planning lessons for Special Days        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

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, my old journal notes, 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.









Have a Happy  July!

betty jo

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


“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)


Bug Bites


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


Memorial Day

I’ve found some wonderful free cross curriculum resources for learning with a Memorial Day theme!

Memorial Day Lesson Plans, Projects, Printables, and Activities (I love the arts and craft idea of making a shoe box parade float!)                                    https://seasonal.theteacherscorner.net/memorial-day/

More Memorial Day Projects, Printables, and Activities               http://www.theholidayzone.com/memorial/

Memorial Day Bible Lessons and Resources                                                      https://mintools.com/veterans-memorial-day-resources.htm

History of Memorial Day video                                                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRXrfs0f1Fo

Soldiers placing flags at Arlington National Cemetery video                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHhIkWlHw60

Memorial Day Vocabulary List and Word Puzzles                                           https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/memorial-day-may-30th-vocabulary/

Free Printable Patriotic Writing Paper              https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:patriotic%20writing%20paper/Price-Range/Free

Memorial Day Math Lesson                                              https://www.yummymath.com/2018/memorial-day-2018/

Poppy Classification            http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2009/wasicek_lind/Classification.htm

Poppy Description, Uses, Symbolism, Photo Gallery                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy

Timeline of American Wars                                      http://www.roswellmemorialday.com/history/timeline-of-americas-wars/

My friend Dawn has some awesome ideas for “War” studies on her Journey Through History list!     https://schoolinswag.wordpress.com/our-journey-through-history/

betty jo





Special Days in May, 2018

May is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures, artists and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!  Whether you are looking for something special to learn about, celebrate, observe, or a food to add to the menu, this Special Days in May 2018 list gives you an awesome variety of choices!

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

May’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Better Hearing and Speech
  • Better Sleep
  • Bikes
  • Civility Awareness
  • Clean Air
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Date Your Mate
  • Eco Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Family
  • Foster Care
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Gifts From the Garden
  • Good Car Keeping
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Heal the Children
  • Healthy Vision
  • Inventors
  • Jewish-American Heritage
  • Military Appreciation
  • Older Americans
  • Photograph
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Preservation
  • Recommitment
  • Revise Your Work Schedule
  • Smile
  • Teen CEO
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-violet Awareness
  • Victorious Woman
  • Wetlands
  • Youth Traffic Safety

Mays Food Themes

  • Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celiac Awareness
  • Egg
  • Grapefruit
  • Hamburger
  • Kiwi
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Vinegar

Daily Specials For May 2018  (the * means that the date may not be the same each year)

May 1

  • Asthma Day * (1st Tues.)
  • Batman Day
  • Beltane
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Chocolate Parfait Day
  • Choose Privacy Week begins
  • Empire State Building dedicated 1931
  • Activist Mary Harris Jones born 1830
  • Hawaiian Lei Day
  • Herb Week begins
  • Law Day
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • Pen-Friends Week begins
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847

May 2

  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Great American Grump Out * (1st Wed.)
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • Loch Ness Monster Day
  • Louisiana  Purchase 1803
  • Inventor Elijah McCoy (“the real McCoy”) born 1844
  • Play Your Ukulele Day
  • Truffle Day

May 3

  • 1st Comic Book (Famous Funnies) published 1934
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • National Day of Prayer * (1st Thurs.)
  • National Day of Reason * (1st Thurs.)
  • Paranormal Day
  • Textiles Day
  • Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • Bird Day
  • 1st Colony (Rhode Island)  to declare independence from Great Britain 1776
  • Columbus reached Jamaica 1494
  • Green Peace launched 1971
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Kent State University Vietnam War Protest 1970
  • Latvia Independence (from Soviet Union) 1990
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • No Pants Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day
  • Sears Tower Completion 1973
  • Space Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Tuba Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Weather Observers Day
  • World Password Day

May 5

  • Astronaut Day
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • Join Hands Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Kentucky Derby * (1st Sat.)
  • Netherlands Independence 1945
  • Oyster Day
  • Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Totally Chipotle Day
  • Office Fax introduced 1964

May 6

  • Be Kind to Animals week begins * (1st full week)
  • Beverage Day
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • Infertility Survival Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lemonade Day * (1st Sun.)
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • Postcard Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Tourist Appreciation Day
  • Update Your References Week begins * (1st full week)

May 7

  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Kids Win Week * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • Principal’s Day *
  • Public Service Recognition Week * (1st Mon.)
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Tourism Day
  • Walking Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Wildflower Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Laughter Day * (1st Mon.)

May 8

  • Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • Have a Coke Day
  • Iris Day
  • No Socks Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day *
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity * (2nd Wed.)
  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Lemuria
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Romania Independence (from Ottoman Empire) 1877
  • School Nurse Day *

May 10

  • Ascension Day *
  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Lipid Day
  • London Blitz 1941
  • Lupus Day
  • Shrimp Day

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Child Care Provider Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Military Spouses Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Twilight Zone Day

May 12

  • Archery Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Babysitter’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Belly Dance Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Birth Mother’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Fair Trade Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Migratory Bird Day * (2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day
  • Windmill Day * (2nd Sat.)

May 13

  • Apple Pie Day
  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Food Alegery Week begins *
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day
  • Mother’s Day (US) * (2nd Sun.)
  • Reading is Fun Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week begins * (on Mother’s Day)
  • Transportation Week begins * (week with 3rd Fri.)

May 14

  • Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Etiquette Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Skylab Space Station launched 1973
  • Underground America Day
  • 1st Webster’s Dictionary Published 1847

May 15

  • Author L.F. Baum born 1856
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Day of Families
  • Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
  • Mercuralia
  • Paraguay Independence 1811
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • Ramadan begins *
  • Straw Hat Day

May 16

  • 1st Academy Awards 1929
  • Biographer’s Day
  • Drawing Day
  • Love a Tree Day
  • Pencil Day
  • Sea Monkey Day
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

  • Cherry Cobbler Day
  • Hypertension Day
  • Physician Edward Jenner born 1749
  • New York Stock Exchange begins 1792
  • Pack Rat Day
  • Walnut Day
  • World Telecommunications Day

May 18

  • Bike to Work Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Defense Transportation Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Endangered Species Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • NASCAR Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Notebook Day
  • Pizza Party Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536
  • Armed Forces Day * (3rd Sat..)
  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • Doo Dah Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Learn to Swim Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day
  • Shavuot begins *

May 20

  • Backyard Games Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Bike Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Cuba Indeendence 1902
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • International Pickle Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Pentecost *
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Stepmother’s Day * (Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day * (3rd. Sun.)
  • Timor-Leste Independence 2002
  • Weights and Measures Day
  • World Trade Week begins * (3rd full week)

May 21

  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • Linbergh Flight 1927
  • Montenegro Independence 2006
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Strawberries and Cream Day
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Vejovis
  • Victoria Day * (Mon. before May 25)
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22

  • 1st Atlas published 1570
  • Biological Diversity Day
  • Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  • Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844
  • Maritime Day
  • Sherlock Holmes Day
  • Toothpaste Tube invented 1892
  • Vanilla Pudding Day

May 23

  • Crohn’s and Colitis day
  • Feminist Margaret Fuller born 1810
  • Lucky Penny Day
  • Rosalia
  • Shavuot
  • South Carolina Statehood 1788
  • Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother’s Day
  • Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883
  • Ecuador Independence 1822
  • Empire Day/Commonwealth Day (UK)
  • Eritrea Independence 1993
  • Home Rule Act (Ireland) 1914
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Scavenger Hunt Day
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Don’t Fry Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • Heat Awareness Day * (last Fri.)
  • Jordan Independence 1946
  • Missing Children’s Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson born 1878
  • Star Wars premiered 1977
  • Tap Dance Day
  • Towel Day
  • Wig Out Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)

May 26

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • Georgia Independence 1918
  • Guyana Independence 1966
  • Indian Removal Act signed into law 1830
  • Astronaut Sally Ride born 1951
  • Tiananmen Square Protest 1989
  • Actor John Wayne born 1907

May 27

  • Activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer born 1818
  • Conservationist Rachel Carson born 1907
  • Cellophane Tape introduced 1930
  • Golden Gate Bridge opened 1964
  • Grape Popsicle Day
  • Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Brisket Day
  • Author Ian Flemming born 1908
  • Hamburger Day
  • Memorial Day * (last Mon.)
  • Poet May Swenson born 1913
  • Whooping Crane Day

May 29

  • Patriot Patrick Henry born 1736
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • President John Kennedy born  1917
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • Oak Apple Day (Pinch-Bum Day)
  • Paperclip patented 1867
  • Pink Flamingo Day
  • Rhode Island Statehood 1790
  • Wisconsin Statehood 1848

May 30

  • Compact Disc introduced 1981
  • Hole in My Bucket Day
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • International Jazz Day
  • Joan of Arc died 1431
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Water a Flower Day
  • Wireless Telegraph patented 1872

May 31

  • Autonomous Vehicle Day
  • Macaroon Day
  • Save Your Hearing Day
  • Speak in Sentences Day
  • Poet Walt Whitman born 1819
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No Tobacco Day

PDF: Special Days in May

May Resources  (currently being updated for 2018)

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month.

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









Happy April!

betty jo






Newspapers In Education Week


EXTRA! EXTRA!  Read and Write All About It!

“Newspapers in Education Week”  begins on the first Monday in March.  This has been a homeschooling project week for our family for several years. We read newspapers, make recycled newspaper crafts, and write articles. In the past couple of years we have published a school  family newspaper. Below are some fantastic resources we’ve used in the past along with some new ones we’re going to be using this year.

Newspapers in Education   Cross curricular pre-k through high school resources and ideas.

Newspaper Printing Press  Virtual Tour

America’s Historic Newspaper Pages from 1789-1963

“School Journalism” is a wonderful site for video instruction, lesson plans, and reporter training for both teachers and students!      (Hover the mouse over the “Journalism Lesson Plans” option on the top left  to access the learning resources. These are geared toward higher grades.)

Elements of News is a simple slideshow presentation explaining what makes a story “newsworthy”.

News Article Writing Guide geared for upper elementary and middle school levels.

How To Write An Editorial  is a helpful 3 Part Lesson Guide and Creative Writing Activities for all grade levels.

Create A Comic  Activity Ideas and Resources

Writing Tips Slide Show for Asking and Receiving Advice and Formal Complaints.

Write a Weather Report  Tips, Format, and Writing Guide with Examples

Write a Review  Lesson Plan, Activities, Resources

Write a Food Review  Step by step guide

Write a Sports Article  3 Ways, Tips, Examples

Tabloid Tales  “Learn about the power of exaggeration by writing news stories to accompany actual tabloid newspaper headlines!”

Write Ads  7 Step Writing Guide

Interactive Printing Press  Create and publish your own newspaper.

Newspaper Templates   Printable Notebooking /Writing Pages