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Special Days in February, 2019

Here is the list of February 2019 holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures, composers and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this listing of special days gives you plenty to choose from.

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

February Awareness and Observation Themes

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

February Food Themes

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

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

Feb. 1

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

Feb. 2

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

Feb.3

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

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
  • Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks born 1913
  • Sri Lanka Independence Day 1948
  • Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • Thank a Mailman Day
  • USO Day
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • World Cancer Day

Feb. 5

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

Feb. 6

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

Feb. 7

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

Feb. 8

  • Bake Pizza Week begins
  • Boy Scouts (US) founded 1910
  • Celebration of Love Week begins
  • Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
  • Kite Flying Day
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day
  • Opera Day
  • Propose Day
  • Author Jules Verne born 1828

Feb. 9

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

Feb. 10

  • Homes for Birds Week *
  • Jello Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Reformer Samuel Plimsoll born 1824
  • French and Indian War Ends 1763
  • Umbrella Day

Feb. 11

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

Feb. 12

  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Scientist Charles Darwin born 1809
  • President Abraham Lincoln born 1809
  • Lost Penny Day
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Safety Pup Day

Feb. 13

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

Feb. 14

  • Arizona Statehood 1912
  • Comedian Jack Benny born 1894
  • Creme Filled Chocolates Day
  • Frederick Douglass Day
  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day (2nd Thurs.)
  • Ferris Wheel Day (Inventor George Ferris born 1859)
  • Have a Heart Day
  • League of Women Voters Day
  • Library Lovers Day
  • Oregon Statehood 1859
  • Nest Box Week
  • Race Relations Day
  • Quirkyalone Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15

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

Feb. 16

  • Almond Day
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Lithuania Independence Reinstate 1918
  • Nylon introduced 1937
  • Pangolin Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Read Aloud Day
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923
  • World Whale Day * (3rd Sat.)

Feb. 17

  • Daytona 500 *
  • Human Spirit Day
  • International Friendship Week * (last full week)
  • 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)
  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week * (3rd Mon.)
  • Hernando Cortes sets sail for Mexico 1519
  • Gambia Independence Day 1965
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Queen Mary I born 1516
  • Pluto discovered 1930

Feb. 19

  • Scientist Nicolaus Copernicus born 1473
  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • Iwo Jima Day (battle began 1945)
  • Phonograph patented 1878
  • Temporary Insanity Day

Feb. 20

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

Feb. 21

  • Card Reading Day
  • The Communist Manifesto  by Karl Marx first published 1848
  • Confederate Constitution 1862
  • Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day *
  • Mother Language Day
  • Polaroid Camera 1st demonstrated 1947
  • Single Taking Day
  • Sticky Bun Day
  • Washington Monument dedicated 1885
  • Whooping Crane Festival *

Feb. 22

  • Be Humble Day
  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • French Fry Friday * (4th Fri.)
  • Future Farmers of America Week begins
  • Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin born 1962
  • Saint Lucia Independence Day 1979
  • Walking the Dog Day
  • President George Washington born 1732
  • World Thinking Day

Feb. 23

  • Banana Bread Day
  • Curling is Cool Day
  • Diesel Engine Day
  • Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Dolly the Sheep Cloned 1997
  • Composer George Frideric Handel born 1685
  • Writer Samuel Pepys born 1633
  • Play Tennis Day
  • Polio Vaccine 1st used 1954
  • Sword Swallowers Day * (last Sat.)

Feb. 24

  • Academy Awards *
  • Missionary Gladys Aylward born 1902
  • Dia de la Bandera (Mexico)
  • Flying Scotsman begins service 1923
  • Gregorian Calendar introduced 1582
  • Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786
  • Artist Winslow Homer born 1836
  • Justice for Animals Week *
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • 1st Anderson Shelter 1939
  • Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
  • Clam Chowder Day
  • Invasive Species Awareness Week *
  • 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 Pierre Auguste Renoir born 1841

Feb. 26

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

Feb. 27

  • Dominican Republic Independence Day 1844
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day * (4th Wed.)
  • Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807
  • Polar Bear Day
  • No Brainer Day
  • Author John Steinbeck born 1902
  • Strawberry Day
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Week begins
  • World NGO Day

Feb. 28

  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Chocolate Souffle Day
  • DNA discovered 1953
  • Floral Design Day
  • Scientist Linus Pauling born 1901
  • Public Sleeping Day
  • Rare Disease Day
  • Smokey the Bear introduced 1944
  • Tooth Fairy Day

Free Printable – Special Days in February

 February Resources 

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

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

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

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

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web.  These are the best sites for finding special days resources online.

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

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

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

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

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

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

If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it to the list.

Happy February!

betty jo

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Special Days in January, 2019

Here’s the list of January, 2019 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, trivia, a day to celebrate, or foods to add to the menu, you’re going to find it here!

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

January’s Themes

  • Book Blitz
  • Change Your Stars
  • Clean Up Your Computer
  • Creativity
  • Family Fit Lifestyle
  • Get Organized
  • High Tech
  • Hobby
  • It’s OK To Be Different
  • Mail Order Gardening
  • Mentoring
  • New Year’s Resolutions
  • Polka Music
  • Reaching Your Potential
  • Reference Book
  • Rising Star
  • Shape Up
  • Skating
  • Thank You
  • Train Your Dog
  • Way Finding

January’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apricots
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Be Kind to Food Servers
  • Bread Machine Baking
  • Candy
  • Dried Fruits
  • Eggs
  • Fiber Focus
  • Hot Foods
  • Hot Tea
  • Meat
  • Oatmeal
  • Prune Breakfast
  • Slow Cooking
  • Soup
  • Wheat Bread

January Awareness

  • Bath Safety
  • Blood Donor
  • Birth Defects
  • Braille Literacy
  • Celebration of Life
  • Eye Care
  • Financial Wellness
  • Glaucoma
  • Quality of Life
  • Personal Self-Defense
  • Poverty in America
  • Prune the Fat
  • Teen Driving
  • Thyroid

January, 2019 Daily Specials (the * means that the special day may fall on a different date each year)

Jan. 1

  • Apple Gifting Day
  • Australia Independence Day 1901
  • Cameroon Independence Day 1960
  • Commitment Day
  • Copyright Law Day
  • The Council on Environmental Quality established 1969
  • Daydreamers Day
  • Diet Resolution Week begins
  • Ellis Island Anniversary 1892
  • Emancipation Proclamation Day 1868
  • Euro Day
  • First Foot Day
  • Global Family Day
  • Haiti Independence Day 1804
  • Hogmanay
  • New Year’s Day
  • New Year’s Resolutions Week begins
  • Paul Revere born 1735
  • Polar Bear Plunge
  • St. Basil’s Day
  • Betsy Ross born 1752
  • Samoa Independence Day 1962
  • Sudan Independence Day 1956
  • Z Day

Jan. 2

  • Berchtold’s Day (Switzerland)
  • Buffet Day
  • Cream Puff Day
  • Georgia Statehood 1788
  • Happy Mew Year for Cats
  • Motivation and Inspiration Day
  • Run Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
  • Science Fiction Day
  • Someday We’ll Laugh About Week begins
  • Suffragist Martha Carey Thomas born 1857

Jan. 3

  • Alaska Statehood 1959
  • Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • Drinking Straw patented 1888
  • Festival of Sleep
  • Fruitcake Toss Day
  • Humiliation Day
  • Olelo margarine patented 1871
  • J.R.R. Tolkien Day

Jan. 4

  • Blender patented 1910
  • Louis Braille born 1809
  • Burma/Myanmar Independence Day 1948
  • Author Jacob Grimm born 1785
  • Home Office Safety and Security Week begins
  • Hypnotism Day
  • Scientist Issac Newton born 1643
  • Pop Music Chart Day
  • Spaghetti Day
  • Trivia Day
  • Utah Statehood 1896

Jan. 5

  • Bird Day
  • Explorer Zebulon Pike born 1779
  • Twelfth Night
  • Weigh-In Day
  • Whipped Cream Day
  • X-Ray discovered 1896

Jan. 6

  • Apple Tree Day
  • Bean Day
  • Joan of Arc born 1412
  • Bean Day
  • Cuddle Up Day
  • Epiphany
  • Folic Acid Awareness Week begins *
  • New Mexico Statehood 1912
  • Shortbread Day
  • Telegraph First Demonstrated 1838
  • Three Kings Day

Jan. 7

  • President Millard Fillmore born 1800
  • Handsel Monday * (1st Mon.)
  • Harlem Globetrotter’s Day
  • Old Rock Day
  • Plough Monday * (Mon. after the 5th)
  • Programmers’ Day
  • Tempura Day
  • Thank God It’s Monday Day * (1st Mon.)
  • Weigh-In Day * (1st Monday after New Year’s
    Day)

Jan. 8

  • Argyle Day
  • Bubble Bath Day
  • Earth’s Rotation Day
  • Elvis Presley born 1935
  • English Toffee Day
  • Physicist Stephen Hawking born 1942
  • Joygerm Day
  • Midwife’s Day
  • War on Poverty Day
  • Universal Letter Writing Week begins

Jan. 9

  • Apricot Day
  • Balloon Ascension Day
  • Connecticut Statehood 1788
  • 1st Dear Abby Newspaper Column published 1956
  • President Richard Nixon born 1913
  • Static Electricity Day
  • Word Nerd Day

Jan. 10

  • Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • Houseplant Appreciation Day
  • London Underground begin operating 1863
  • Peculiar People Day
  • !st UN Meeting Anniversary 1944

Jan. 11

  • Scientist Joseph Charles Arthur born 1850
  • Chad Independence Day Celebrated (Actual date Aug. 11, 1960)
  • Cuckoo Dancing Week begins
  • Grand Canyon National Monument dedicated 1908
  • Milk Day
  • Secret Pal Day
  • Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day
  • Thank You Day

Jan. 12

  • Clean Your Desk Day
  • Curried Chicken Day
  • Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • Marzipan Day
  • Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution Day
  • Work Harder Day

Jan. 13

  • Author Michael Bond born 1926
  • Composer Stephen Foster born 1864
  • Frisbee introduced 1957
  • Saint Hilary’s Day
  • International Printing Week begins * (week
    including Jan. 17)
  • Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • Peach Melba Day
  • Pizza Week begins * (2nd Sun.)
  • Poetry Break Day
  • Public Radio Broadcasting Day
  • Rubber Ducky Day
  • Skeptics Day

Jan. 14

  • Clean Off Your Desk Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Coming of Age Day – Japan * (2nd Mon.)
  • Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
  • Organize Your Home Day
  • Missionary Albert Schweitzer born 1875

Jan. 15

  • Elementary School Teacher Day
  • Hat Day
  • Humanitarian Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. born 1929
  • Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • 1st Super Bowl Game (1967)

Jan. 16

  • Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • Fig Newton Day
  • Hot and Spicy Food Day
  • Maintenance Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Missionary Eric Liddell born 1902
  • Nothing Day
  • Religious Freedom Day

Jan. 17

  • Cable Car Day
  • Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
  • Inventor/Author/Patriot Benjamin Franklin born 1706
  • Fresh Squeezed Juice Week begins
  • Hot Heads Chili Day
  • Kid Inventors’ Day
  • Popeye the Sailor Man debut 1929
  • Women’s Healthy Weight Day *

Jan. 18

  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Day (18 & 19)
  • Peking Duck Day
  • Prayer of Christian Unity Week begins
  • Sanctity of Human Life Day
  • Scott reaches South Pole 1910
  • Thesaurus Day
  • Daniel Webster born 1782
  • Winnie the Pooh Day (A.A. Milne born 1882)

Jan. 19

  • Artist Paul Cezanne born 1839
  • International Flower Day
  • Metric System Day
  • Neon Sign patented 1915
  • Author Edgar Allan Poe born 1809
  • Popcorn Day
  • Tin Can Day

Jan. 20

  • Saint Agnes’s Eve
  • Astronaut Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin born 1930
  • Buttercrunch Day
  • Celebrity Read a Book Week * (last full week)
  • Cheese Lovers’ Day
  • Disc Jockey Day
  • Draw a Dinosaur Day
  • 1st English Parliament 1265
  • Hunt for Happiness Week begins * (3rd full
    week)
  • Meat Week begins *
  • Penguin Awareness Day
  • Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day
  • Take Back Your Time Week * (last full work
    week)
  • 1st Webster’s American Dictionary 1825
  • World Religion Day * (3rd Sun.)

Jan. 21

  • Granola Bar Day
  • Hugging Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • New England Clam Chowder Day
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day
  • Sugar Awareness Week begins * (3rd Mon.)

Jan. 22

  • 1st American Postal Route established 1673
  • Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
  • Blonde Brownie Day
  • Celebration of Life Day

Jan. 23

  • John Hancock born 1737
  • Handwriting Analysis Week begins
  • Handwriting Day
  • Measure Your Feet Day
  • Pie Day
  • School Nurse’s Day * (4th Wed.)

Jan. 24

  • Apple introduced the Macintosh Personal Computer 1984
  • Belly Laugh Day
  • Compliment Day
  • Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill 1848  (Other sources say Dec. 5)
  • Peanut Butter Day
  • Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day

Jan. 25

  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
  • Burns Night (Scotland)
  • Poet Robert Burns born 1759
  • Clean Out Your Inbox Week begins
  • Saint Dwynwen’s Day
  • Meat Week
  • Opposite Day

Jan. 26

  • Australia Day (founded 1788)
  • Big Garden Bird Watch begins *
  • Michigan Statehood 1837
  • Peanut Brittle Day
  • Pistachio Day
  • Seed Swap Day * (last Sat.)
  • School Choice Week begins
  • Snow Sculpting Week begins *
  • Spouse’s Day

Jan. 27

  • Author Lewis Carrol born 1832
  • Chocolate Cake Day
  • Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Leprosy Day * (last Sun.)
  • Composer Mozart born 1756
  • Punch the Clock Day
  • Vietnam Peace Day 1973

Jan. 28

  • Blueberry Pancake Day
  • Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 1986
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Kazoo day
  • US Coast Guard formed 1915

Jan. 29

  • Corn Chip Day
  • Free Thinkers Day
  • Kansas Statehood 1861
  • President Wm. McKinley born 1843
  • Patriot Thomas Paine born 1737
  • Puzzle Day
  • Seeing Eye Dog Day

Jan. 30

  • Croissant Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Mohandas Gandhi assassinated 1948
  • 1st Lone Ranger radio broadcast 1933
  • Preschool Fitness Day
  • President Franklin Roosevelt born 1882
  • Yodel For Your Neighbors Day

Jan. 31

  • Backwards Day
  • Explorer 1 launched 1958
  • Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
  • Nauru Independence Day 1968
  • Composer Franz Schubert born 1797
  • Street Children Day
  • International Zebra Day

Free Printable  –  Special Days in January

January Resources                                             https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/01/01/january-resources/

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

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

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

I make my monthly special days lists from 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-january

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

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

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

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

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

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

Have a Happy January!

betty jo

 

Christmas Resource Roundup!

This will be my twenty-first December of teaching Christmas related lessons!  Quite a few of those have been with online resources.  Here’s the roundup of my Christmas themed resource and idea blog posts (all have been recently checked and updated!)

Here’s a free printable of the “Holiday” related list of December’s Special Days                                                                                          CHRISTMAS THEMED SPECIAL DAYS

This is my collection of Advent and Christmas Countdown, cross curricular resources from a few  years ago.  These made everyday until Christmas even more special     https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/06/countdown-to-christmas/

And another cross curricular Christmas Countdown and Advent Resource List     https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/12/06/learning-christmas-with-countdowns/

We have learned about Christmas traditions from around the world.  It was an awesome study!  We used these resources –                                                                    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=melting+pot

Christmas Sciences!  Here’s a fantastic collection of Science resources to add to your Christmas learning!                                                 https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/13/how-holidays-are-made-and-other-christmas-science-lessons/

Christmas Break Fun –  Collection of Christmas themed online games and unplugged activities   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/20/christmas-break-fun/

How about a research project about Elves?              https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/12/11/questioning-elves/

Hanukkah Activities and Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/12/12/hanukkah-oh-hanukkah/

Need some holiday humor?  I’ve got that too!

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/12/11/homeschool-humor-the-almost-christmas-break-edition/

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/12/18/homeschool-humor-the-christmas-break-edition/

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/12/18/homeschool-humor-the-christmas-break-edition/

Merry Teaching and Learning!

betty jo

Special Days in December, 2018

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, 2018 gives you plenty to choose from.

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

December Themes, Observances, and Awareness Days:

  • Art and Architecture
  • Basketball (1st played Dec. 1891)
  • Bingo
  • Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention
  • 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, 2018 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
  • Ear Muff Day * (1st Sat.)
  • 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
  • Advent begins *
  • Fritters Day
  • Global Handwashing Awareness Week *
  • Hanukkah (Chanukah) *
  • Mutt Day
  • Saint Paul’s Cathedral opened 1697
  • Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week * (1st Full Week)
  • Missionary Mary Slessor born 1848
  • Missionary CT Studd born 1860
  • Special Education Day

Dec. 3

  • Computer Science Education Week *
  • Disabled Persons Day
  • 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
  • Feast of St. Barbara
  • International Cheetah Day
  • Monopoly Game Debut 1935
  • Phonograph invented 1877
  • Santa’s List Day
  • Wear Brown Shoes Day
  • World Wildlife Conservation 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
  • Thailand National Day
  • President Martin Van Buren born 1782
  • Volunteer Day (UN)

Dec. 6

  • Everglades National Park established 1947
  • Finland Independence Day 1917
  • 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
  • Wreaths Across America Day (2nd Sat.)

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
  • Tanzania Independence Day 1961
  • Weary Willie Day (circus clown)
  • World Choral Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting Day * (2nd Sun.)

Dec. 10

  • Day of Animal Rights
  • Dewey Decimal System Day
  • Poet Emily Dickinson born 1830
  • Human Rights Day
  • Mississippi Statehood 1817
  • Nobel Prize Day

Dec. 11

  • Apollo 17 Moon Landing 1972
  • Germany declared war on US 1941
  • Indiana Statehood 1816
  • International Mountain Day
  • Northern Lights Recorded for First Time 1719
  • Noodle Ring Day
  • Republic of Upper Volta Independence 1958
  • UNICEF founded 1947

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
  • Kenya Independence Day 1963
  • Pennsylvania Statehood 1787
  • Poinsettia Day

Dec. 13

  • Day of the Horse
  • Francis Drake Begins Voyage Around the World  1577
  • 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
  • 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 37 AD

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
  • Gluten-free Baking Week * (week before Christmas week)
  • Los Posadas
  • 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
  • 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
  • Regifting Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • 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
  • Flashlight Day
  • Forefathers Day
  • Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
  • Humbug Day
  • Litha
  • Look on the Bright Side Day
  • Nepal Independence Day 1923
  • Pilgrims Arrival at Plymouth 1620
  • Underdog Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Winter Solstice / First Day of Winter *
  • Yule *

Dec. 22

  • Date Nut Bread Day
  • Dinofish discovered 1938
  • First Electric Christmas Lights 1882
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • Lincoln Tunnel completed 1937
  • 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
  • Libya Independence Day 1951
  • 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
  • Saint Stephen’s Day
  • 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
  • Visit the Zoo Day

Dec. 28

  • Card Playing Day
  • Chewing Gum Patented 1869
  • Childermass/Holy Innocents Day
  • Chocolate Day
  • Iowa Statehood 1846
  • Pledge of Allegiance recognized by Congress 1945
  • Westminster Abbey Consecrated 1065
  • 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

  • Hogmanay
  • 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

Free Printable  –  Special Days in December

A resource list for Special Days in December !

Here’ is the collection of my favorite “go to” resources for special days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

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

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy December!

betty jo

Around the World in 80 Days

In Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in 80 Days, the calm, orderly main character, Phileas Fogg, makes a wager that he can travel around the world in eighty days.  He does this on October 2, 1873.  Today we have fun holiday in honor of this fictional occasion, “Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day”! If your family hasn’t read Around the World in 80 Days, October 2 would be a perfect time to start. Of course, anytime is a good time to begin such a thrilling adventure.

We chose to “read” this classical story via audio a couple of years ago and the whole family loved it!  The reader from “Loyal Books” was excellent.  Please note that Around the World in 80 Days is not a children’s book. There are some rather mature scenes in Verne’s tale, however my youngest (11 at the time) was fine after some discussion. Actually, this book inspired a lot of discussion.

Here’s a collection of resources to add some extra fun and some lessons to the reading.

Learn to Play Whist   (this is the game that Phileas Fogg was playing when he begins his adventure)                                                                                                                               https://cardgames.io/whist/

Listen to the audio book                                                                           http://www.loyalbooks.com/book/around-the-world-in-eighty-days-by-jules-verne

Read the book                                                                                                   http://literatureproject.com/around-the-world/index.htm

Several Free Printables                        https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:around%20the%20world%20in%2080%20days/Price-Range/Free

Study Guide                                                                                                    https://www.shmoop.com/around-the-world-in-eighty-days/

Map of the trip                https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Around_the_World_in_Eighty_Days_map.png

Interactive Game               http://www.freeworldgroup.com/games6/gameindex/aroundtheworldin80days.htm

Vocabulary Lists (the vocabulary is intensive)                                                                                          https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/204437

Oh, and the movie from 2004 staring Jackie Chan?  Let’s just say it was barely based on the book.  Just barely.

betty jo

 

 

Special Days in August, 2018

The 2018 August calendar has loads of special days!  The following list is made up of August’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , famous birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more.  So, if you want an occasion to celebrate, pick up some trivia, or add foods to your menu, this is the right place for you. And, of course you’ll find multiple opportunities for “on the calendar” themed studies for your classroom, homeschool,  co-op/support group, or club.

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

Shark Week

July 22, 2018 is the official start to the 30th 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                                                                http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/sharks.cfm

Watch Discovery Shark Videos                                                                  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/

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

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