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Special Days in April, 2017

 

“April Showers  bring May flowers”.  However, April brings a lot of special days first!  Here’s the collection of themes, foods, historic and scientific anniversaries, and famous birthdays for April, 2017.

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

  • Celery
  • Child Nutrition
  • Cranberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Pecan
  • Soy Foods

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
  • Birding Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Love Our Children Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Pillow Fight Day * (1st Sat.)
  • 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
  • Bat Appreciation Week begins *
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Ferret Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Reconciliation Day
  • World Autism Day

April 3

  • American Indian Awareness Week *
  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Explore Your Career Options Week begins *
  • 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
  • Public Health Week *
  • Sweet Tater Day * (1st Mon.)
  • 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

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

April 7

  • Beaver Day
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • Walk to Work Day *(1st Fri.)
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Baby Massage Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Buddha born 563 BC
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • Empanada Day
  • Roma Day
  • Slow Art Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • 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)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse * (2nd Sun.)
  • Holy Week begins *
  • Library Week begins *
  • Name Yourself Day
  • Palm Sunday *
  • Student Employment Week begins *

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • National Gardening Week (UK) *
  • Passover begins *
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day 1865
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • Library Day *(Tues. during Library Week)
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • Pet Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • Submarine Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day

April 12

  • 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
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Teen Literature Day * (Thurs. of Library Week)
  • Scrabble Day

April 14

  • Dolphin Day
  • Good Friday *
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Auctioneers Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Husband Appreciation Day*(3rd Sat.)
  • National Park Week begins *
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912

April 16

  • Coin Week begins *
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Easter Sunday *
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • Karaoke Week begins *
  • Save the Elephant Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week * (week of the 24th)
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Boston Marathon * (3rd Mon.)
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895
  • Patriot’s Day *(3rd Mon.)

April 18

  • Amateur Radio Day
  • Animal Cracker Day
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Piñata Day
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775

April 20

  • Chinese Language Day
  • High Five Day *
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Look Alike Day
  • Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21

  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Day of Silence
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Global Youth Service Days begin *
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • Rome Founded 753 BC

April 22

  • Earth Day
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Just Pray No! Weekend of Prayer and Fasting begins *
  • Money Smart Week begins *
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Roller Skates patented 1823

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • Environmental Education Week begins *
  • English Language Day
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Preservation Week *
  • Princess Week begins * (last full week)
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Take a Chance Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564
  • Volunteer Week begins *
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 24

  • Dance Week begins
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Playground Safety Week begins *
  • Farmer’s Almanac Founder, Robert Bailey Thomas born 1776
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day *
  • Week of the Young Child begins *

April 25

  • DNA Day
  • East Meets West Day
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Physicist Guglielmo Marconi born 1874
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • World Penguin Day

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900

April 27

  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Author Ludwig Bemelmans born 1898
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • Poem In Your Pocket Day *
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day * (4th Thurs.)
  • Tell A Story Day

April 28

  • Arbor Day * (last Fri.)
  • Biological Clock Day
  • Gathering of the Nations PowWow begins *
  • Great Poetry Reading Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758
  • Save the Frogs Day * (last Fri.)

April 29

  • Astronomy Day *
  • Eeyore’s Birthday *(last Sat.)
  • Frog Day * (last Sat.)
  • Fiddler’s Frolic begins *
  • Go Birding Day * (last Sat.)
  • Greenery Day
  • Sense of Smell Day * (last Sat.)
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • Veterinary Day * (last Sat.)
  • World Healing Day * (last Sat.)
  • 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
  • Pinhole Photography Day * (last Sun.)
  • Raisin Day
  • Vietnam War ended 1975
  • Walpurgis Night

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://www.historynet.com/today-in-history

Happy April!

betty jo

 

The Super Bowl

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A few years ago I put together a cross curriculum resource list for Super Bowl related lessons.  I have updated the post for 2017 and super Bowl 51!.

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/31/the-super-bowl/

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betty jo

 

 

 

February Resources

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There are fantastic opportunities to learn from the February Calendar.  Here’s a collection of free resources for teaching and learning this month!

The BIG list of February, 2017 holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures, composers and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/01/26/special-days-in-february-2017/

Here’s my “go to” list for ideas, lesson plans, printables, book suggestions and art projects for calendar studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Presidents with February birthdays

  • Ronald Reagan – Feb. 6, 1911
  • William Harrison – Feb. 9, 1773
  • Abraham Lincoln – Feb. 12, 1809
  • Presidents Day –  * (3rd Mon.) ,
  • George Washington  – Feb. 22, 1732

We study and review the presidents this way –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=President%27s+Day

E-books, research projects, and family learning activities to go along with February themes such as Chocolate, Strawberries, Bird Watching, Library, Susan B. Anthony, Bubble Gum, Circles   –http://www.franw.com/

Black History Month  –  Biographies, interactives, and printable worksheets  http://gardenofpraise.com/blackhistory.htm

Free Resources for Specific Special Days in February  (Check back during the month, I’ll add to the resource list as more resources become available)

Feb. 1  –  Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week begins  –  Resources and Activities  –http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/celebrate-children-authors-illustrators-20675.html

Feb. 1 –  Robinson Crusoe Day  –  Activity Guide  –  http://workathomehomeschoolingmom.com/2011/01/free-resources-for-robinson-crusoe-day/

Feb. 1  –  Serpent Day  –  Notable Snakes  –  http://nerdist.com/national-serpent-day-the-snakest-snakes-to-ever-snake/

Feb. 1  –  1st US Supreme Court 1790  –  Lesson Plans, Interactives, and Discussion Guide  –  http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/educators/

Feb. 2 – Groundhog Day  – The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club- livestream, teacher’s resources, history, and more –  http://www.groundhog.org/

Feb. 3 – Artist Norman Rockwell born 1894 – PDF Family Guide from the Norman Rockwell Museum –  http://www.nrm.org/pdfs/family-guide.pdf

Feb. 4 – Thank a Mailman Day – Printable Pack –  http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/thank-mail-carrier-day-printable-pack/

Feb. 4 – Artist Appreciation Day – This was unanimously our family’s favorite art study ever! –https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/07/art-day-sistine-chapel-style/

Feb. 5 – Super Bowl 51 *  –  Cross Curriculum Learning Resources and Activities –https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/31/the-super-bowl/

Feb. 5 – Weatherman’s Day –  For anything weather related, this is the best “go to” site  –http://www.weatherwizkids.com/

Feb. 6  –  Baseball’s Babe Ruth (George Herman) born 1895  –  Articles, Stats, and Photos  –  http://baseballhall.org/hof/ruth-babe

Feb. 7 –  Author Laura Ingalls Wilder born 1867 –  –  Be sure to check out what’s available at the library.  Ours has her picture stories for younger kids as well as The Little House collection and the tv shows on dvd.  http://marinecorpsnomads.com/2013/02/complete-little-house-on-the-prairie-series-lapbook-set.html

Feb. 8 – Kite Flying Day (It’s February!  I do not see us out flying kites.)  NASA has a kite simulator and other kite information.  Scroll down for the category “Kites”  http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/airplane/guided.htm

Feb. 9 – Random Acts of Kindness Week begins – ideas for your family to make a difference –http://wearethatfamily.com/2011/06/100-ways-for-your-family-to-make-a-difference/

Feb. 10 – French and Indian War Ends 1763 – study resources –http://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/exploring-to-revolution/french-and-indian-war/

Feb. 11 – Inventor’s Day/Thomas Edison born 1847 –   Edison Unit Study  https://redheadmom8.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/thomas-edison-unit-study/

Feb. 13  –  Stamp Collectors Day  –  Lesson Plans and Activities   http://stamps.org/Education

Feb. 13  –  Artist Grant Wood born 1892  –  Artist, Art, and Project Lesson Plan  http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/10/how-i-teach-grant-wood.html

Feb. 14  –  Frederick Douglass Day  –  Biography and worksheet printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdfdoug.htm

Feb. 14 – Huge list of Valentine’s Day Resources –http://www.thebettermom.com/blog/2013/01/30/free-valentines-day-resources

Feb. 15 – Galileo Galilei born 1564 –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/25/galileo/

Feb. 16 – King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923 –  Article, photos, and a quiz –  http://www.ducksters.com/history/ancient_egypt/king_tuts_tomb.php

Feb. 19  –  Engineers’ Week begins * –  Videos, hands on activities, teaching resources and downloads –  http://www.discovere.org/our-activities

Feb. 20  –  Photographer Ansel Adams born 1902  –  Interactive Lesson –http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/04/27/travel/20080427_YOSEMITE_FEATURE.html?_r=0

Feb. 20  –  Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)  –  Learning Resources  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=President%27s+Day

Feb. 21 – Washington Monument dedicated 1885 – Photos and history –http://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm

Feb. 23  –  Composer George Frederick Handel born 1685  https://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=258

Feb. 24 – Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786 – Read Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tales online in the language of your choice –  http://www.grimmstories.com/

Feb. 25 – Artist Rierre Renoir born 1841 Biography, lesson resources, and gallery –http://makingartfun.com/htm/f-maf-art-library/renoir-biography.htm

Feb. 26 – Grand Canyon National Park established 1919 – Explore online –http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

Feb. 27 – Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807 – Tea Time Study –http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2014/02/tea-time-with-longfellow/

Feb. 28 – Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday Stories for kids –http://www.hellokids.com/c_19799/reading-and-learning/stories-for-children/fat-tuesday-stories/mardi-gras

Feb. 28 – Smokey the Bear introduced 1944 –  Story, history, and fire prevention –http://www.smokeybear.com/kids/?js=1

Happy February Learning!

betty jo

 

Special Days in February, 2017

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Here is the list of February 2017 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.

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

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

Learning resources to go along with specific special days https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/01/29/february-resources/

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
  • 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

  • Candlemas
  • Green Week begins
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Kiwi Day
  • Marmot Day
  • Sled Dog Day

Feb.3

  • Blame Someone Else Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Bubble Gum Day * (1st Fri.)
  • 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
  • Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • Thank a Mailman Day
  • USO Day
  • Weatherman’s 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
  • Super Bowl 51*
  • 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

Feb. 7

  • Author Charles Dickens born 1812
  • Fettuccine Alfredo Day
  • Risk Awareness Week begins
  • 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
  • Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
  • Kite Flying Day
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day
  • Opera Day
  • Author Jules Verne born 1828

Feb. 9

  • Bagels and Lox Day
  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • Happy Chocolate Day
  • President William Harrison born 1773
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week begins
  • Pizza Pie Day
  • 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
  • Make a Friend Day
  • Nelson Mandela released 1990
  • Peppermint Patty Day
  • Shut-in Visitation Day
  • White Shirt Day

Feb. 12

  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Scientist Charles Darwin born 1809
  • Jello Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • President Abraham Lincoln born 1809
  • Lost Penny Day
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Safety Pup Day

Feb. 13

  • Clean Out Your Computer Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Family Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Get a Different Name Day
  • Lupercalia
  • Oatmeal Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • 1st Public School opened 1635 (US)
  • Radio Day
  • Stamp Collectors Day
  • Tortellini Day
  • Artist Grant Wood born 1892

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
  • Oregon Statehood 1859
  • Race Relations Day
  • Quirkyalone Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15

  • Susan B Anthony born 1820
  • Author Norman Birdwell born 1928
  • Flag Day – Canada
  • Scientist Galileo Galilei born 1564
  • Gum Drop Day
  • Hippo Day
  • Singles Awareness Day

Feb. 16

  • Almond Day
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Nylon introduced 1937
  • Read Aloud Day
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923

Feb. 17

  • Great Back Yard Bird Count *
  • 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
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Pluto discovered 1930
  • World Whale Day *

Feb. 19

  • Scientist Nicolaus Copernicus born 1473
  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • Engineer’s Week begins *
  • Homes for Birds Week begins *
  • International Friendship Week begins * (last full week)
  • Iwo Jima Day (battle began 1945)
  • Phonograph patented 1878
  • Temporary Insanity Day

Feb. 20

  • Photographer Ansel Adams born 1902
  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week begins * (3rd Mon.)
  • Cherry Pie
  • Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere)
  • Love Your Pet Day
  • Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • 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
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Future Farmers of America Week begins
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day * (4th Wed.)
  • Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin born 1962
  • Walking the Dog Day
  • President George Washington born 1732
  • World Thinking Day

Feb. 23

  • Banana Bread Day
  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Curling is Cool Day
  • Diesel Engine Day
  • Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Dolly the Sheep Cloned 1997
  • Composer George Frederick Handel born 1685
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day *
  • Play Tennis Day
  • Polio Vaccine 1st used 1954

Feb. 24

  • Missionary Gladys Aylward born 1902
  • Dia de la Bandera (Mexico)
  • French Fry Friday * (4th Fri.)
  • Gregorian Calendar introduced 1582
  • Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786
  • Artist Winslow Homer born 1836
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • 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
  • Sword Swallowers Day * (last Sat.)

Feb. 26

  • 89th Academy Awards *
  • Buffalo Bill born 1846
  • Carnival Day
  • Communist Manifesto  published 1848
  • Daytona 500 *
  • Grand Canyon National Park established 1919
  • Author Victor Hugo born 1802
  • For Pete’s Sake Day
  • Pistachio Day
  • Levi Strauss born 1829
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

  • Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807
  • Polar Bear Day
  • No Brainer Day
  • Author John Steinbeck born 1902
  • Strawberry Day
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Week begins

Feb. 28

  • Chocolate Souffle Day
  • DNA discovered 1953
  • Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras *
  • Floral Design Day
  • Pancake Day *
  • Scientist Linus Pauling born 1901
  • Public Sleeping Day
  • Smokey the Bear introduced 1944
  • Tooth Fairy Day

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/2017/02/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

 

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

January Resources

 

january_3499cHere’s a handy resource list for teaching and learning with January’s Special Days!

BIG List of January’s Holidays, Themes, Historic Events, and more    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/12/28/special-days-in-january-2017/

Helpful Educational Calendars and Monthly Theme Resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

A “Homeschool Mom Approved” Youtube Excercise Playlist (for when we can’t get outside)   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/10/get-up-and-move-a-break-time-playlist/

Tips, Benefits, and Ideas for Outside Winter Play https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/15/but-its-cold-out-there/

Snow is one of my families favorite January studies!    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/07/snow-week/

 

Resources for Specific Special Days in January, 2017

1  –  New Year’s Day  –  Learning Resources, Games, and Activities  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/12/30/new-years-resources-2/

3  –  J.R.R. Tolkien Day  –  Read about the author, book reviews, events,  and more from his fan club, The Tolkien Society  –  http://www.tolkiensociety.org/  and The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings inspired projects  http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Hobbit-Lord-of-the-Rings/

4  –   Louis Braille born 1809  –  Resources and Activities  –  http://www.franw.com/2016/01/louis-braille.html

4  –  Jacob Grimm born 1785  –  Read Brothers Grimm fairy tales  –  http://www.familymanagement.com/literacy/grimms/grimms-toc.html

4  –  Isaac Newton born 1693  –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdnewt.htm

5  –  Bird Day  –  Make one or more of these bird feeders  http://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/  and learn some bird calls  http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp

5  –  Explorer Zebulon Pike born 1779  –  Unit Study Resources  http://diyhomeschooler.com/pikes-peak-a-mini-unit/

6  –  Bean Day  –  Bean Resources and Activities  – http://www.franw.com/2015/01/bean-resources.html

6  –  Joan of Arc born 1412  –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdjoan.htm

7  –   President Millard Fillmore born 1800 –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

7  –  Old Rock Day  –  Rock and Mineral  –  http://www.franw.com/2015/08/rock-mineral-resources.html

8  –  Joygerm Day  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/08/happy-joygerm-day/

9  –  President Richard Nixon born 1913  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

9  –  Static Electricity Day  –  This is Z’s all time favorite experiment  –  http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/staticroll.php

11  –  Cuckoo Dancing Week begins  –  “Laurel and Hardy” article, music, and photos  –  http://imaginemdd.blogspot.com/2014/01/dance-cuckoo-for-ollies-birthday-laurel.html

11  –  Grand Canyon National Monument dedicated 1908  –  Take a virtual tour  –  http://www.grandcanyonvirtualtour.com/

11  –  Thank You Day (International)  –  How to say “Thank You” in other languages  –  http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/say-thank-50-languages/

13  –  Poetry Break Day  –  Reading and Writing Poetry resources  –  http://42explore.com/poetry.htm

14  –  Nobel Prize Winner Albert Schweitzer born 1875 –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdschw.htm

15  –  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. born 1929  –  (18 – MLK Day *) –  Learning Resources –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/17/teaching-resources-for-martin-luther-king-day/

16  –  Appreciate a Dragon Day  –  Fast Facts and resource links  –  http://www.kidskonnect.com/subjectindex/13-categories/animals/439-dragons.html

17  –  Ben Franklin born 1706  –  Biography and Printables  –  http://www.gardenofpraise.com/ibdfrank.htm

17  –  Kid Inventors’ Day  –  Tips, Teacher Guides, and Quotes  –  http://www.kidinventorsday.com/

18  –  Scott reaches South Pole 1910  –  Antarctica Facts, Pictures, and Lesson Plans –  http://www.coolantarctica.com/index.php

18  –  Winnie the Pooh Day  –  http://www.just-pooh.com/

19  –  Artist Paul Cezanne born 1839  –  Inspired Art Lesson  http://www.teachkidsart.net/cezanne-inspired-still-life/

19  –  Edgar Allan Poe born 1809  –  Research Project  –  http://www.franw.com/2013/10/edgar-allan-poe-research-project.html

20  –  Draw a Dinosaur Day  –  Try  these step-by-step instructions  –  http://www.dragoart.com/google_search.php?cx=partner-pub-6207428572838690%3A2440456717&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=UTF-8&q=dinosaur

Jan. 20  –  Penguin Awareness Day  –  Learning Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/20/penguins/

21  –  Squirrel Appreciation Day  –  Huge list of unit study resources  –  http://lastingthumbprints.com/free-squirrel-resource-unit/

23  –  Handwriting Analysis Week begins  –  Learn about the forensics analysis of handwriting  –  http://science.howstuffworks.com/handwriting-analysis.htm

24  –  Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill 1848  –  California Gold Rush Resources –  https://cybraryman.com/goldrush.html

24  –  Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day  –  How about a Yosemite Sam cartoon?  –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO4JcgD3vq0

25  –  Burns Night  –  Robert Burns born 1759  –  http://activityvillage.co.uk/burns-night

26  –  Australia Day  –   http://activityvillage.co.uk/australia-day

27  –  Author Lewis Carrol born 1832  –  Study guide for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/alice/

27  –  Composer Mozart born 1756  –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdmozart.htm

28  –  Chinese New Year *  –  Resources and Activities  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/25/resources-for-teaching-chinese-new-year/

29  –  President William McKinley born 1843  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

29 –  Patriot Thomas Paine born 1737  –  Watch the Common Sense episode of Liberty’s Kids –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awlBeITstkE

30  –  Franklin Roosevelt born 1882-  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

30  –  Yodel For Your Neighbors Day  –  How to Yodel Instructions, Videos, and some historic facts  –  http://wordbone.com/learn/how-to-yodel-instructions-for-beginners-kids-and-celebrity-singers/

31  –  Inspire Your Heart With Art Day  –  When looking for an art project, this is my usual “go to” site.  No matter what subject you’re studying, this link has something to tie art in with it!  –  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/craftsbytheme.html

31  –  Composer Franz Schubert born 1797  –  Biography, Quiz, and Music  http://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=25

Check back from time to time throughout the month for updates and added daily resources!  And if you’re able to share your favorite January studies, please do!

betty jo

 

New Year’s Resources

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Here’s my resource collection for learning and fun with a New Year’s theme!

New Year’s Activities and Printables (lots of printables including writing paper!) –  http://activityvillage.co.uk/new-year

How to say “Happy New Year” in other languages – http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0923039.html

New Year Traditions from Around the World – http://www.123newyear.com/newyear-traditions/

New Year’s History Articles and Videos – http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years

Movie Clips and New Year’s Music from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-2k7hKvaW0

Happy New Year Songs Playlist – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIAVVo9m5AI

Times Square Ball History – http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/about-the-new-years-eve-ball/history-of-the-new-years-eve-ball/index.aspx#.VobXKFJecx0

Times Square STEM Activity – http://jdaniel4smom.com/2015/12/new-years-ball-drop-stem-challenge.html

Times Square Math Challenge –  http://www.yummymath.com/2015/the-times-square-ball/

“New Year” Bible Verses –  http://www.openbible.info/topics/new_year

Bible Based New Year’s Crafts and Activities –  http://www.christianitycove.com/?s=new+years

New Year’s Interactive Games –  http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/new_years/games.htm

New Year’s Games – Fun for families, friends, and co-ops –  http://www.howdoesshe.com/15-fun-new-years-eve-activities-for-kids-or-adults/

“Lucky” Foods and Recipes for New Year’s –  http://www.rd.com/food/fun/7-lucky-new-years-foods/

Biggest News Stories from 2016 (parental guidance suggested)    http://www.krcrtv.com/news/national/biggest-news-stories-of-2016/225520670

Wishing You a Happy 2017 and Happy Learning!

betty jo

Special Days in December, 2016

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

December Themes, Observances, and Awareness Days:

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

December’s Food Themes

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

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

Dec. 1

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

Dec. 2

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

Dec. 3

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

Dec. 4

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

Dec. 5

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

Dec. 6

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

Dec. 7

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

Dec. 8

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

Dec. 9

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

Dec. 10

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

Dec. 11

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

Dec. 12

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

Dec. 13

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

Dec. 14

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

Dec. 15

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

Dec. 16

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

Dec. 17

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

Dec. 18

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

Dec. 19

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

Dec. 20

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

Dec. 21

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

Dec. 22

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

Dec. 23

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

Dec. 24

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

Dec. 25

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

Dec. 26

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

Dec. 27

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

Dec. 28

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

Dec. 29

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

Dec. 30

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

Dec. 31

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

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

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

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/december-2016.html

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

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

Happy December!

betty jo