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A Special Days Project!

 

In accordance with my philosophy of “Learning Something New”, I’m excited to tell you about a project I’ve been working on!  My friend, Fran, from Fran’s World of Discovery, has invited me to co-author an e-book with her!  It’s going to be an activity companion to go along with the Special Days lists that I compile each month.   I’ve never co-authored before and have absolutely no experience with writing an e-book, but she’s a wonderful teacher and guide so I’m learning!

As we work on our book, I’ll be posting various resources here that the book will link to.  So, when I share something that seems to not fit with the current date, you’ll know why.

We plan on having the August Special Days Activity Companion e-book available in June!  I’ll be sure to let you know about it as soon as we publish it!  And, hopefully we’ll be publishing activity guides for the other months as well.

betty jo

Special Days in May, 2017

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 2017 list gives you an awesome variety of choices!

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 2016   (the * means that the date may not be the same each year)

May 1

  • Batman Day
  • Beltane
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • 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
  • Public Service Recognition Week * (1st Mon.)
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847
  • Walking Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • World Laughter Day * (1st Mon.)

May 2

  • Asthma Day * (1st Tues.)
  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • 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
  • Great American Grump Out * (1st Wed.)
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • 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
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • National Day of Prayer * (1st Thurs.)
  • National Day of Reason * (1st Thurs.)
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day
  • Weather Observers Day
  • World Password Day

May 5

  • Astronaut Day
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • No Pants Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Oyster Day
  • Totally Chipotle Day
  • Office Fax introduced 1964
  • Space Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Tuba Day * (1st Fri.)

May 6

  • Beverage Day
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • Join Hands Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Kentucky Derby * (1st Sat.)
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Tourist Appreciation Day

May 7

  • Be Kind to Animals week begins * (1st full week)
  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Infertility Survival Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lemonade Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • Postcard Week begins  * (1st full week)
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Tourism Day
  • Update Your References Week begins * (1st full week)

May 8

  • Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • Etiquette Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Have a Coke Day
  • Iris Day
  • Kids Win Week * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • No Socks Day
  • Principal’s Day *
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • Wildflower Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Lemuria
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Teacher Appreciation Day * (Tues.of 1st full week)

May 10

  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity * (2nd Wed.)
  • Lipid Day
  • Lupus Day
  • Receptionists’ Day  * (2nd Wed.)
  • School Nurse Day * (Wed. of 1st full week)
  • Shrimp Day

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Twilight Zone Day

May 12

  • Child Care Provider Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Military Spouses Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day

May 13

  • Apple Pie Day
  • 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)
  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Fair Trade Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day
  • Migratory Bird Day * (2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Windmill Day * (2nd Sat.)

May 14

  • Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Food Allergy Week begins *
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Mother’s Day (US)  *
  • Reading is Fun Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week begins * (on Mother’s Day)
  • 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
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • Straw Hat Day
  • Transportation Week begins * (week with 3rd Fri.)

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

  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Notebook Day
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Bike to Work Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Defense Transportation Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • Doo Day Day *
  • Endangered Species Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day
  • NASCAR Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Pizza Party Day  * (3rd Fri.)
  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536

May 20

  • Armed Forces Day * (3rd Sat..)
  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • Learn to Swim Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Weights and Measures Day

May 21

  • Backyard Games Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Bike Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • International Pickle Week begins * (3rd week)
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Stepmother’s Day * (Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • Strawberries and Cream Day
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day *
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Vejovis
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • World Trade Week begins * (3rd full week)

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
  • Victoria Day * (Mon. before May 25)

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
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Scavenger Hunt Day
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Ascension Day * (40 days after Easter)
  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • 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
  • Don’t Fry Day * (Friday before Memorial Day)
  • Heat Awareness Day * (last Fri.)
  • 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
  • Ramadan begins *
  • Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Brisket Day
  • Hamburger Day
  • 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
  • Memorial Day * (last Mon.)
  • 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
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Shavuot *
  • 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

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.

 

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/http://

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/

Wishing you a happy April!

betty jo

April Resources

There are many opportunities for learning from April’s calendar.  Here’s my list of learning resources for April related themes and special days!  Some of these are from our past Aprils studies, others are resources we’ll be following as we learn this April, and the rest of the resources are recommended by other homeschooling families.  Check back throughout the month as other resources will be added as they become available.

BIG List of April’s themes, holidays, historic and scientific anniversaries, famous birthdays, and more!  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/03/26/special-days-in-april-2017/

My favorite educational calendar resources for learning every month  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

April Themes Resources

Astronomy – Interactive games, videos, songs, and worksheets  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/

Autism Awareness  –  Resources and tips for homeschooling a child on the spectrum  https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-help/homeschooling-a-child-with-autism/

Card and Letter Writing  –  The basic steps for proper letter writing   http://creation.com/letter-writing-right-and-proper

Confederate History  –  Facts, Events, Battles, and People of the American Civil War  http://www.ducksters.com/history/confederation_of_the_united_states.php

Financial Literacy – Teaching ideas, tips, and fun  http://www.themint.org/

Frogs  –  Learning Project and Resources  http://www.franw.com/2014/07/frog-research-project.html

Garden  –  Big List of Ideas and Resources    http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/homeschool-in-the-garden-a-big-list-of-ideas-and-resources/

Kites  –  Fun Facts –   http://www.kitekids.co.uk/facts.html   And,  How To Build Kites Instructions  –  http://www.my-best-kite.com/how-to-build-kites.html

Listening Awareness  –  Active Listening Skills and Tips   http://www.my-best-kite.com/how-to-build-kites.html

Pet 1st Aid  –  Tips for Pet Owners https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/First-Aid-Tips-for-Pet-Owners.aspx

Poetry – Lesson Plans, Themes, and Printables  http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm

World Habitat Awareness  –  Facts, Project Ideas, and Games  http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/

Presidents with April Birthdays

  • Thomas Jefferson born April 13, 1743
  • Ulysses S. Grant born April 27, 1822
  • James Monroe born April 28, 1758

Presidents Learning Resources and Activities  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

April Statehood Anniversaries

  • Maryland – April 28, 1758
  • Louisiana – April 30, 1812

States Facts, History, and Videos  –  http://www.history.com/topics/us-states

Specific Special Days in April Resources  

April 1  –  April Fool’s Day  –  Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/04/01/april-fools-day-learning-resources/

April 2  –  Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805  –  Read his fairy tales, biography and more  http://hca.gilead.org.il/

April 3

April 4  –   Tell a Lie Day – 10 Ways to Tell If Someone Is Lying To You  http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/10-ways-tell-someone-lying-you.html

April 5  –  Easter Island “discovered” April 5,1722 – Lesson Plans, Work Sheets, Program Links, Photos  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/worldhistory/easter_island/teachers_resources.shtml

April 5  –  Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856  –  Biography and Printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdbookr.htm

April 6  –  Artist Raphael born 1483 – Learning Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/06/raphael/

April 7 – Poet William Wordsworth born 1770 – Video Reading of Daffodils  https://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/video/detail/77369

April 8  –  Draw a Picture of a Bird Day  –  Step by step instructions  https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/learn-to-draw-birds

April 9  –  Winston Churchill Day  –  Biography, Timeline, Games, Photos and more  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/winston_churchill/

April 10 – Farm Animals Day – Lesson Plans, Themes, Printables, and more  http://www.theteachersguide.com/onthefarm.htm

April 10  –  Passover begins *  –  Teaching Guide and Lapbook Printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/passover_lapbook.php

April 11  –  Submarine Day – Facts,  Instructions to Make a Submarine, Experiments, and a Quiz  http://www.submarinesafaris.com/kids_learn.php

April 12  –  Big Wind Day  –  Wind Information and Experiments/Projects  http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-wind.htm

April 14  –  Dolphin Day  –  Across the Curriculum Resources  http://www.franw.com/2013/11/dolphins-research-resource.html

April 15  –  National Park Week begins *  –  Virtually Explore and Learn about our National Parks    https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

April 16  –  Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867 – Wright Brothers and Aviation Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/17/aviation-week-learning-resources/

April 17  –  Bat Appreciation Day – Resource Page  http://www.franw.com/2013/10/bat-resource-page.html

April 18  –   Juggler’s Day –  How to Juggle Lessons for Beginners   http://www.thejimshow.com/juggle/

April 19 – Bicycle Day – History, Fun, and Safety https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/26/bicycle-lessons/

April 20 – Chinese Language Day –  Mandarin Lessons  http://www.learnchineseez.com/lessons/mandarin/

April 21  –  Naturalist John Muir born 1838  –  Lesson Plans and Student Activities  http://vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/educational_resources/default.aspx

April 21 –  Queen Elizabeth II born 1926  –  Monarchs Resources and Lesson Plans  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/famous_monarchs/

April 22  –  Earth Day  –  Across the Curriculum Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/21/homeschooling-on-earth-day/

April 23  –  Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564  –  Learning Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/23/happy-birthday-william-shakespeare/

April 24  –  Dance Week begins  –  “Homeschool Mom Approved” Youtube Dance and Exercise  Instruction Videos    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/10/get-up-and-move-a-break-time-playlist/

April 25  –  World Penguin Day  –  Across the Curriculum Learning Resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/20/penguins/

April 26  –

April 27  –

April 28  –  Save the Frogs Day *  –   Research Project and Resources   http://www.franw.com/2014/07/frog-research-project.html

April 29  –  Go Birding Day *  –  Bird Watching Activities and Identification Resources   http://www.franw.com/2014/03/bird-watching-activities.html

Remember to check back throughout the month for updates!

Happy April Learning!

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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