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Special Days in June, 2020

June is loaded with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for something special to study, summer school ideas, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this list of Special Days in June, 2020 gives you plenty to choose from!

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

June Awareness/Observance Days and Themes:

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

June’s Food Themes:

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

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

June 1

  • Barefoot Day
  • Dare Day
  • Flip a Coin Day
  • Global Day of Parents
  • Heimlich Maneuver Day
  • Kentucky Statehood 1792
  • Magnetic North Pole discovered 1831
  • Nail Polish Day
  • Olive Day
  • Oscar the Grouch Birthday 1969
  • Pen Pal Day
  • Say Something Nice Day
  • Samoa Independence 1962
  • Stand for Children Day
  • Tennessee Statehood 1796
  • Volunteers Week begins
  • Mormon Leader Brigham Young born 1801

June 2

  • Bubba Day
  • Queen Elizabeth Coronation 1953
  • Leave the Office Early Day
  • Milk Days
  • Radio Patented 1896
  • Rocky Road Ice Cream Day
  • Rotisserie Chicken Day
  • Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day

June 3

  • Chimborazo Day
  • Chocolate Macaroon Day
  • Egg Day
  • Repeat Day (I said “Repeat Day”)
  • Running Day *(1st Wed.)
  • First U.S. Space Walk 1965

June 4

  • Aesop born 620 BC
  • Applesauce Cake Day
  • Audacity To Hope Day
  • Cheese Day
  • Extinct Day
  • King George III born 1738
  • First Ford Built 1896
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • Old Maid’s Day
  • Shopping Cart invented 1937
  •  Tienanmen Square (Beijing) Massacre 1989
  • Tonga Independence 1863

June 5

  • Doughnut Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Gingerbread Day
  • Patriot Nathan Hale born 1755
  • 1st Hot Air Balloon Flight 1783
  • Author Richard Scarry born 1919
  • Veggie Burger Day
  • World Environment Day

June 6

  • Boating Week and Fishing Week *
  • D-Day 1944
  • Drive-in Movie Day
  • Gardening Exercise Day
  • Higher Education Day
  • Prairie Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Russian Language Day
  • Trails Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Yo-Yo Day

June 7

  • Animal Rights Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Business Etiquette Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Cancer Survivors’ Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  • Crusades – Siege of Jerusalem 1099
  • Daniel Boone Day
  • Muhammad (Islam Founder) born 570
  • Pet Appreciation Week *(1st full week)

June 8

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

June 9

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

June 10

  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Black Cow Day
  • Herbs and Spices Day
  • Ice Tea Day
  • ‘SOS” signal first used in emergency 1909
  • Author Maurice Sendak born 1928

June 11

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

June 12

  • Baseball Invented 1839
  • President George H.W. Bush born 1924
  • Children’s Day
  • Crowded Nest Awareness Day
  • Anne Frank born 1929
  • Jerky Day
  • Loving Day
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Day
  • Philippines Independence 1898
  • Red Rose Day
  • Russia Day
  • Superman, Man of Steel Day
  • World Day Against Child Labor

June 13

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

June 14

  • Bath Day
  • Flag Day
  • Men’s Health Week *(week before Fathers’ Day)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel Day
  • Race Unity Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Author Harriet Beecher Stowe born 1811
  • Strawberry Shortcake Day
  • President Donald Trump born 1946
  • US Army established 1775
  • World Blood Donor Day
  • World Sea Turtle Day

June 15

  • Arkansas Statehood 1836
  • Celluloid patented 1869
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Kite Experiment Anniversary 1752
  • Electricity Day
  • Fly a Kite Day
  • Global Wind Day
  • Lobster Day
  • Magna Carta signed 1215
  • Nature Photography Day
  • National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Smile Power Day
  • Worldwide Day of Giving

June 16

  • Bloomsday
  • The Day of the African Child
  • Fresh Veggies Day
  • Fudge Day
  • Recess at Work Day

June 17

  • Apple Strudel Day
  • Battle of Bunker Hill 1775
  • Cherry Tart Day
  • Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • Artist/Mathematician M.C. Escher born 1898
  • Iceland proclaimed a republic 1944
  • Composer Igor Stravinsky born 1882

June 18

  • Battle of Waterloo 1815
  • Dump the Pump Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Go Fishing Day
  • International Panic Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Napoleon defeated at Waterloo 1815
  • Splurge Day
  • Sushi Day

June 19

  • Flip-Flop Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Garfield the Cat’s birthday 1978
  • Juneteenth Day
  • Kuwait Independence 1961
  • Scientist Blaise Pascal born 1623
  • Slavery Abolished (US) 1865
  • Theologian Charles Haddon Spurgeon born 1834
  • Statue of Liberty arrived in US 1885
  • Watch Day
  • World Sauntering Day

June 20

  • American Eagle Day
  • Hike with a Geek Day
  • Ice Cream Soda Day
  • Composer Jacques Offenbach born 1819
  • Summer Solstice *
  • Surfing Day
  • Vanilla Milkshake Day
  • West Virginia Statehood 1863
  • World Juggling Day * (Sat. closest to the 17th)
  • World Refugee Day

June 21

  • Atheists Solidarity Day
  • Carpenter Ant Awareness Week begins *(last full week)
  • Daylight Appreciation Day
  • Day of the Gong
  • Father’s Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • Go Skateboarding Day
  • Make Music Day
  • Peaches ‘N’ Cream Day
  • New Hampshire Statehood 1788
  • Reaping Machine patented 1834
  • Selfie Day
  • Turkey Lovers’ Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • World Handshake Day
  • World Humanist Day

June 22

  • Chocolate Eclair Day
  • Onion Rings Day
  • Pollinator Week *
  • Stupid Guy Thing Day

June 23

  • Columnists’ Day *(4th Tues.)
  • Don’t Let Nouns Get You Down Day
  • Hydration Day
  • Let It Go Day
  • Pecan Sandies Day
  • Pink Day
  • Public Service Day
  • Saxophone patented 1846
  • Typewriter patented 1868
  • United Nations Public Service Day
  • US Secret Service established 1865

June 24

  • Animal Rights Awareness Week *
  • Fairy Day
  • Midsummer’s Eve/Day*
  • Pralines Day
  • Swim a Lap Day
  • U.F.O. Day

June 25

  • Battle of Little Bighorn 1876
  • Bomb Pop Day *(last Thurs.)
  • Author Eric Carle born 1929
  • Catfish Day
  • Log Cabin Day
  • Mozambique Independence 1975
  • Scientist Walther Nernst born 1864
  • Author George Orwell born 1903
  • Strawberry Parfait day
  • Virginia Statehood 1788
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Days (last Thurs. – Sun.)

June 26

  • Beautician’s Day
  • Bicycle patented 1819
  • Chocolate Pudding Day
  • Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
  • Forgiveness Day
  • Handshake Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Madagascar Independence 1957
  • Pied Piper Day
  • Take Your Dog to Work Day *(Fri. after Father’s Day)
  • Toothbrush invented 1498

June 27

  • Decide to be Married Day
  • Djibouti Independence 1977
  • Great American Backyard Campout *(4th Sat.)
  • “Happy Birthday To You” song published 1924
  • Helen Keller born 1880
  • Orange Blossom Day
  • PTSD Awareness Day
  • Sunglasses Day

June 28

  • America’s Kids Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • American Flowers Week begins *
  • Artist Peter Paul Rubens born 1577
  • WW1 Began 1914

June 29

  • Camera Day
  • Fishermen’s Day
  • Hug Holiday
  • Parchment day
  • St. Peter and St. Paul’s Day
  • Please Take My Children to Work Day *(last Mon.)
  • Seychelles Independence 1976
  • Waffle Iron Day

June 30

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Independence Day 1960
  • Gone With the Wind published 1936
  • Meteor Day
  • NOW (National Organization for Women) Day
  • Social Media Day

Free Printable – SPECIAL DAYS IN JUNE

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

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

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 every month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

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

Happy June!

betty jo

Special Days in July, 2019

Click here for Special Days in July updated for 2020!

Special Days in June, 2019

Click here for the Special Days in June list updated for 2020!

Shark Week

July 28, 2019 is the official start to the 31st year of Discovery’s Shark Week!  This must be a popular summer learning theme for homeschools, summer schools, and families, because there’s awesome resources available! Here’s the resource links to what is being shared in the  Facebook home education groups and through my e-mail subscriptions.

Free Lesson Plans                                                                                   https://www.discoveryeducation.com/?s=sharks

Watch Discovery Shark Videos   (PG Rating)                                                               https://www.discovery.com/playlists/watch-shark-week-for-free

Sharks Study Resources                                                            https://www.franw.com/2016/01/sharks.html

Shark Week Journal and Printables                                                            https://homeschool.bookshark.com/sharkweek/

All About Sharks –  Resources and Activities                               http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/25-shark-week-resources/

Shark Themed Resources                                                                      https://themultitaskinmom.com/shark-week-resources/

Shark Week Freebies and Activities                                               https://hiphomeschoolmoms.com/shark-week-freebies-and-activities-for-kids/

Shark Week Video Writing Prompts                                                               http://www.teachhub.com/shark-week-video-writing-prompts

Finish this Story – Sharks                                                             http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/shark-story-starters-fun-shark-week-resources/

Shark Attack Writing Prompt                                                 https://www.writersdigest.com/prompts/shark-attack

Unit Studies, Printables, Crafts, and Activities                         http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/shark-week-educational-resources-free-printables-unit-studies-more/

Chalk Pastel Shark Week Art Tutorials                                                       https://www.hodgepodge.me/shark-week-art-tutorials/?fbclid=IwAR1kOndUBJDNQgO-d99kVW_ecFzye5c6aScOQoBz6xIwxoUVzsrAMTm_qKw

Fun Activities                                                                                               https://faithandgoodworks.com/shark-week-activities/

Crafts and Activities                                                       https://www.localfunforkids.com/crafts/2011/8/2/easy-shark-week-crafts-activities-for-kids.html

Crafts, Activities, and Recipes                                                                       https://adayinourshoes.com/kids-activities-for-shark-weekfood-crafts-recipes-and-more/

betty jo

 

Snakes!

“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

Edible Flowers

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

https://www.youtube.com/user/expertvillage/search?query=flowers

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

Click here for Special Days in July updated for 2020!

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Louie Armstrong

Short Biography

Acheivements

Museum Collections

Photo Gallery

Jazz Terms Glossary 

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

Greatest Hits Playlist

Lyrics

Read Aloud –  When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat

Quotes

Coloring Pages

Later, Cool Cats! Catch ya on the flip!

betty jo