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Great May Holidays!

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May holds a wealth of reasons to celebrate, and even more possibilities for educational fun with the kiddoes. It’s National Bike Month and National Photograph Month. It’s Get Caught Reading Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

And if you’re looking for daily holidays, this list should satisfy you! There’s something for everyone sometime in the month of May.

May 1………………..Mother Goose Day

May 1………………..May Day

May 2………………..Brothers and Sisters Day

May 2……………….World Laughter Day

May 3……………….Two Different Colored Socks Day

May 4……………….National Teachers’ Day

May 5……………….Cartoonists’ Day

May 5……………….National Hoagie Day

May 5……………….Oyster Day

May 6……………….Nurses’ Day

May 6……………….National Day of Reason

May 7……………….Child Care Provider Day

May 7……………….Space Day

May 8……………….World Red Cross Day

May 8………………International Migratory Bird Day

May 8………………National Miniature Golf Day

May 9………………Mother’s Day

May 9………………Lost Sock Memorial Day

May 10…………….Clean Up Your Room Day

May 10…………….Windmill Day

May 11……………..Twilight Zone Day

May 12……………..Limerick Day

May 13……………..Frog Jumping Day

May 13………………Leprechaun Day

May 14………………National Chicken Dance Day

May 15………………National Chocolate Chip Day

May 15………………National Pizza Party Day

May 16………………Biographer’s Day

May 16………………Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17……………..World Telecommunications Day

May 18………………International Museum Day

May 18………………Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19………………Turn Beauty Inside Out Day

May 20………………Be a Millionaire Day

May 21………………..National Waiters and Waitresses Day

May 22……………….International Day for Biological Diversity

May 23……………….Neighbor Day

May 23……………….World Turtle Day

May 23……………….Lucky Penny Day

May 24………………..Morse Code Day

May 25…………………Cookie Monster’s Birthday

May 26………………..National Spelling Bee

May 27………………..Cellophane Tape Day

May 28…………………Sierra Club Day

May 29…………………International Jazz Day

May 30…………………Water a Flower Day

May 30…………………Hug Your Cat Day

May 31…………………..What You Think Upon Grows Day

Crazy February Holidays

January 30, 2010 · Filed Under Holidays · Comment 

Don’t let the long winter get you down! Try some of these great celebrations in your classroom or with your family:



February is Great American Pie Month and National Grapefruit Month. On a more serious note, it’s National Children’s Dental Health Month. How about Books for Family Fun Month, International Boost Self-Esteem Month, and Library Lovers Month?? And just for grins, it’s also National Bird Feeding Month.



Feb. 1………………………Freedom Day
……………………………..Give Kids a Smile Day
……………………………..Robinson Crusoe Day
Feb. 2……………………..Sled Dog Day
Feb. 3……………………..National Girls & Women in Sports Day
…………………………….The Day the Music Died (look it up, youngsters!)
Feb. 4……………………..Quacker Day
…………………………….Thank a Mailman Day
Feb. 5……………………..Wear Red Day
…………………………….National Weatherman’s Day
Feb. 6……………………..MOBIUS Awards Day
…………………………….Lame Duck Day
Feb. 7……………………..Ballet Day
…………………………….Charles Dickens Day
…………………………….Send a Card to a Friend Day
Feb. 8……………………..Kite Flying Day
…………………………….Boy Scout Birthday
Feb. 9……………………..Read in the Bathtub Day
Feb. 10……………………Umbrella Day
Feb. 11……………………National Shut-in Visitation Day
…………………………….Make a Friend Day
…………………………….White T-Shirt Day
Feb. 12……………………Lincoln’s Birthday
…………………………….Safety Pup Day
…………………………….National Plum Pudding Day
Feb. 13……………………Get a Different Name Day
Feb. 14……………………Valentine’s Day
…………………………….Ferris Wheel Day
…………………………….Library Lovers’ Day
…………………………….League of Women Voters Day
…………………………….Race Relations Day
Feb. 15……………………Susan B. Anthony Day
…………………………….National Gum Drop Day
Feb. 16……………………Pancake Day
…………………………….Do a Grouch a Favor Day
Feb. 17……………………World Human Spirit Day
…………………………….Random Acts of Kindness Day
…………………………….Champion Crab Races Day
Feb. 18……………………Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
…………………………….Pluto Day
Feb. 19……………………National Chocolate Mint Day
Feb. 20……………………Clam Chowder Day
…………………………….World Day for Social Justice
…………………………….Love Your Pet Day
…………………………….Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day
Feb. 21……………………Card Reading Day
Feb. 22……………………George Washington’s Birthday
…………………………….Walking the Dog Day
…………………………….Be Humble Day
Feb. 23……………………Curling is Cool Day
…………………………….Tennis Day
…………………………….International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
Feb. 24……………………National Tortilla Chip Day
Feb. 25……………………National Chili Day
Feb. 26……………………Levi Strauss Day
…………………………….For Pete’s Sake Day
…………………………….Tell a Fairy Tale Day
…………………………….Carnival Day
Feb. 27……………………International Polar Bear Day
…………………………….No Brainer Day
Feb. 28……………………National Tooth Fairy Day
…………………………….Floral Design Day

What fun!!

Crazy January Holidays

January 4, 2010 · Filed Under Holidays · Comment 

Welcome to January! January is a busy month. Would you believe that it is National Hobby Month, National Soup Month, Oatmeal Month, and National Braille Literacy Month? It’s also Book Blitz Month, National Bird Feeding Month, National Mentoring Month and Rising Star Month. There are a wealth of celebration possibilities in that list! The week of January 10th is Letter Writing Week. It would be a great time to get those thank you notes from the holidays out of the way!

Here are other days to celebrate:

January 1……………..Z Day (Let everyone whose name starts with Z go first!)

January 2…………….Happy Mew Year for Cats Day

January 3…………….Festival of Sleep Day

………………………….J R R Tolkien’s Day

………………………… National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

January 4…………..Trivia Day

January 5……………Bird Day

January 6……………Three Kings Day

January 7……………Old Rock Day

January 8…………….Bubble Bath Day

January 9…………….Positively Penguins Day

January 10……………Peculiar People Day

……………………………National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

January 11……………National Clean Off Your Desk Day

…………………………..Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day

January 12……………Feast of the Fabulous Wild Men Day

…………………………..National Pharmacists Day

January 13……………Rubber Ducky Day

…………………………..Make Your Dream Come True Day

January 14……………National Dress Up Your Pet Day

…………………………..Organize Your Home Day

January 15……………Hat Day

…………………………..Humanitarian Day

January 16…………..Appreciate a Dragon Day

………………………….Nothing Day

………………………….Religious Freedom Day

January 17………….Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

………………………….Kid Inventors’ Day

January 18…………..Winnie the Pooh Day

…………………………..Thesaurus Day

January 19……………National Popcorn Day

January 20……………National Buttercrunch Day

……………………………Penguin Awareness Day

January 21…………….National Hugging Day

……………………………Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 22…………….National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

……………………………Celebration of Life Day

January 23…………….Measure Your Feet Day

…………………………….National Handwriting Day

January 24……………..Eskimo Pie Patent Day

……………………………..National Compliment Day

……………………………..Belly Laugh Day

January 25……………..Opposite Day

……………………………..Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

January 26………………Australia Day

………………………………Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement

January 27………………Thomas Crapper Day

………………………………Chocolate Cake Day

……………………………….Holocaust Memorial Day

January 28………………..National Kazoo Day

……………………………….Rattlesnake Round-Up Day

January 29………………..Free Thinkers Day

………………………………..Fun at Work Day

………………………………..National Puzzle Day

………………………………..National Cornchip Day

January 30………………..Inane Answering Message Day

………………………………..Escape Day

January 31…………………National Popcorn Day

………………………………..Child Labor Day

………………………………..Backward Day

………………………………..Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Have a great month!!

Three Quick Christmas Crafts

December 6, 2009 · Filed Under Holidays · Comment 
  • Canning Jar Lid Ornaments

    You need old cards, canning jar lids and rings, scissors, a pencil, hot glue, yarn and optional lace or rick-rack. Trace the canning jar lid on the card of your choice and cut out the picture. You’ll need two per ornament. Hot glue the pictures to both sides of the flat lid, then glue the lid into the ring. Add lace or rick-rack on the outside of the ring if you wish, and put a loop of yarn at the top as a hanger!

  • Magazine Tree

    Get an old copy of Reader’s Digest or similarly sized magazine. Fold each page (one at a time!) so the top corner meets the binding. Fold the bottom corner so the bottom of the page meets the top edge that has been folded down. Once you get the whole magazine folded, use a few paper clips or staples to hold the covers together and spread the pages out around in a tree shape. Spray paint green if you wish, and glue on some small decorations.

  • Edible Christmas Tree
    Get pointy ice cream cones, green icing, small plates, butter knives, and candy decorations. Spread green icing on the outside of the cone, then use the candy decorations to stick to the icing. Serve upside down (pointy end up) on the plate. Enjoy!
  • December Holiday Fun

    November 27, 2009 · Filed Under Holidays · Comment 

    December is a great month to share strange holidays with your kids or students-help distract them from that long, long wait until Christmas at the end of the month!  Or, if your family or group does not celebrate Christmas, put some other types of fun into the month to help kids avoid feeling left out of this busy season.

    Being a huge fan of literacy, it would be remiss for me not to mention that December is Read a New Book Month.  I challenge everyone to jump right in and read something they’ve never read before.  Even if you (or your children or students) are avid readers, try reading something totally off the wall that is far outside of your usual fair.

    December is also Write a Friend Month.  This would be a great time to encourage children to become penpals with distant relatives or to check out some of the reputable national penpal matching programs.

    Here are some daily remembrances, as well.  As always, they are being linked to educational activity ideas, so watch for new and exciting games and other ideas throughout the month.

    December 1…………………National Pie Day

    December 2………………..National Fritters Day

    December 3………………..National Roof Over Your Head Day

    December 4………………..Santa’s List Day

    December 5……………….Bathtub Party Day

    December 6………………..Mitten Tree Day

    ………………..St. Nicholas Day

    December 7……………….National Cotton Candy Day

    ………………..Letter-Writing Day

    December 8……………….National Brownie Day

    December 9……………….National Pastry Day

    ………………..Christmas Card Day

    December 10……………..Human Rights Day

    December 11……………..National Noodle-Ring Day

    December 12…………….National Ding-A-Ling Day

    ……………..Poinsettia Day

    December 13……………..Ice Cream Day

    December 14………………

    December 15………………National Lemon Cupcake Day

    December 16……………..National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

    December 17……………..National Maple Syrup Day

    …………….Underdog Day

    December 18……………..Bake Cookies Day

    December 19……………..Oatmeal Muffin Day

    December 20……………..Games Day

    December 21………………Forefathers’ Day

    ………………Look at the Bright Side Day

    ……………….National Flashlight Day

    December 22……………..National Date Nut-Bread Day

    December 23…………….Roots Day

    December 24……………..National Egg Nog Day

    December 25…………….National Pumpkin Day

    December 26…………….Boxing Day

    …………….Whiners’ Day

    December 27……………National Fruitcake Day

    December 28……………..National Chocolate Day

    ………………Card Players’ Day

    December 29……………..

    December 30…………….Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

    December 31…………….Make Up Your Mind Day

    March Holidays!

    February 22, 2009 · Filed Under Holidays · Comment 

    Get ready for some holiday action this month!  There are some great days coming….

    March is Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Math and Engineering Month.  It’s a mouthful, but it’s a great cause.

    It’s also National Nutrition Month, Optimism Month and Women’s History Month.

    Week-long celebrations include:

    National Words Matter Week (March 1-7)

    World Folktales and Fables Week (March 1-7)

    Newspaper in Education Week (March 2-6)

    Yo-yo and Skills Toys Week (March 13-22)

    Act Happy Week (March 16-22)

    National Spring Fever Week (March 16-22)

    And here are the daily celebration ideas~

    March 1…………………………………….Pig Day

                …………………………………….Peanut Butter Day

    March 2……………………………………Old Stuff Day

                ……………………………………Fun Facts about Names Day

    March 3…………………………………..National Anthem Day

                ……………………………………Unique Names Day

    March 4…………………………………..March Forth and Do Something Day

                …………………………………..National Grammar Day

                …………………………………..Learn What Your Name Means Day

    March 5………………………………….Nametag Day

    March 6………………………………….Middle Name Pride Day

                 …………………………………Sherlock Holmes Day

    March 7…………………………………Geneology Day

    March 8…………………………………Girls Write Now

                ………………………………….Ground Water Awareness Day

    March 9………………………………….Barbie Day

    March 10………………………………..Festival of Life in the Cracks Day

                  ………………………………..Mario Day

                  ………………………………..Salvation Army Day

    March 11……………………………….Johnny Appleseed Day

    March 12……………………………….Alfred Hitchcock Day

    March 13……………………………….Jewel Day

    March 14………………………………International Ask a Question Day

                  ………………………………National Potato Chip Day

                  ………………………………Pi Day

    March 15………………………………Buzzards’ Day

                  ……………………………….Peeps Day

    March 16………………………………Lips Appreciation Day

    March 17……………………………..St. Patrick’s Day

                  ………………………………Submarine Day

    March 18………………………………Supreme Sacrifice Day

    March 19………………………………Poultry Day

                   ……………………………..Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

    March 20……………………………..National Agriculture Day

    March 21……………………………..Fragrance Day

                  ………………………………Corn Dog Day

                  ………………………………Memory Day

                  ………………………………International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    March 22……………………………..International Goof-Off Day

                  ………………………………International Day of the Seal

                  ………………………………World Water Day

                  ………………………………Spring Fairy Fun Day

    March 23……………………………..National Chip and Dip Day

                  ……………………………..National Puppy Day

                  ……………………………..World Meteorological Day

    March 24……………………………..National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

    March 25……………………………..Pecan Day

                  ……………………………..Waffle Day

    March 26…………………………….Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

                  …………………………….Spinach Festival Day

    March 27……………………………Education and Sharing Day

    March 28……………………………Something on a Stick Day

    March 29……………………………Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day

    March 30……………………………Pencil Day

                  …………………………….I Am In Control Day

    March 31……………………………Bunsen Burner Day

    As always, check back often to see links to activity and lesson ideas for specific days.

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    Check out the January Preschool Calendar!

    December 26, 2008 · Filed Under Holidays · Comment 

    Parents and care givers who have young children will want to visit the January Preschool Calendar.  This free download offers quick and easy daily activities to keep preschoolers learning and growing all month long!  There are things to do that will build fine motor skills, reading and math readiness, and social/emotional growth.  Give it a try! 

    Click here to download the free activity calendar today!

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    Build Halloween Vocabulary with Word Games

    October 15, 2008 · Filed Under Holidays, Reading, Writing · Comment 

    Holidays are wonderful motivators for learning and one of the best is Halloween.  A lot of natural excitement surrounds the celebration, and you can tap into this by trying some descriptive writing and word games.  Here are related activity ideas for a variety of age groups.

     

    Young Students (K-2)

     

    Try some seasonal alliterations.  See how long of phrases or sentences your students can build, orally or in writing, that are related to Halloween.  Alliterative phrases and sentences have the same beginning sound on most or even all of the words.  Hold a contest with awards for longest, most syllables, most creative, and so forth.  Need an example to get you started?  Six spooky spirits sip sassparilla!

     

    Play a memory game.  Start the group off with a simple subject-verb sentence like “The cat sat.”  Now, have players take turns adding a word or phrase and saying the entire sentence.  In our example, steps might include:

                The black cat sat.

                The skinny black cat sat.

                The skinny black cat sat on the fence.

                The witch’s skinny black cat sat on the fence.

    How long will it get?

     

    Middle Elementary Students (gr. 3-4)

     

    Do a seasonal fill-in game.  Choose a Halloween story and underline every third to tenth word.  Make a list of the parts of speech (noun, verb, etc.) and any inflective endings (-ed, -ing, -es, etc.).  Have players choose fill in words based on the parts of speech guide without knowing the story.  Substitute their answers for the original underlined words.

     

    Create some holiday riddles.  Have your students choose a common Halloween item and write four to six clues to help someone else guess it.  Arrange the clues from toughest to easiest, then have a friend try the puzzle.  Here’s an example: I am long and thin.  I am wooden.  I have a prickly end.  I belong to the witch.  I fly.  (a broom).  For an extra challenge, see if the clues can rhyme, like a poem.

     

    Upper Elementary Students (gr. 5-6)

     

    Finish a Halloween story.  Have each student write a seasonal story starter with at least ten sentences.  Trade with a partner, then finish the story with at least twenty more sentences.

     

    Make a Halloween dictionary.  Generate at least fifty words related to the season.  Alphabetize them and write definitions.  Illustrate at least twenty of the entries.

     

    Middle and High School (gr. 7-12)

     

    Make a Halloween crossword puzzle.  Think of at least 25 Halloween words.  Come up with a unique clue for each one.  Use graph paper to place the words into interlocking positions.  Number each box containing the first letter of a word.  Number the clues to match the box number where the word begins.  Trace the boxes onto blank graph paper and write the numbers and clues.

     

    Write a description for Halloween.  You can use a Halloween scene as a prompt or have students create from scratch.  Challenge them to write a descriptive essay with at least five paragraphs.  Remind them to appeal to all five senses, helping the reader see, hear, touch, taste and smell the scene.

     

    Halloween can be controversial.  Have your students write a persuasive essay politely expressing their opinion about the holiday and its practices.  Insist that statements of opinion be supported by factual reasons, and that personal opinions be clearly identified as such.

     

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    October Holiday Fun

    October 2, 2008 · Filed Under Holidays · Comment 

    October is so much more than Halloween!  It’s also:

    Children’s Magazine Month

    Dyslexia Awareness Month

    Global Diversity Awareness Month

    National Bake and Decorate Month

    National Reading Group Month

    Positive Attitude Month

    Squirrel Awareness Month

    Vegetarian Month. 

     

    You can participate in

    The Magic of Differences Week, Mystery Series Week, or National Metric Week (all the first full week of the month),  and Kids’ Goal Setting Week during the second week of the month.

     

    National School Lunch Week and Teen Read Week are during the third week of the month, Freedom of Speech Week and World Rain Forest Week are also during the third week of the month, and the fourth week of the month brings Kids Care Week, National Character Counts Week, and International Magic Week. 

     

    Here are some daily celebrations to liven up learning and tickle your funny bone:

     

    October 1…………………Balloons around the World

    October 2…………………Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day

                    …………………National Custodial Workers Day

                    …………………Name Your Car Day

    October 3…………………World Smile Day

    October 4…………………World Card Making Day

    October 5…………………Intergeneration Day

                   ………………….World Teachers Day

                   ………………….National Storytelling Festival

    October 6…………………Mad Hatter Day

                    …………………World Habitat Day

    October 7…………………National Frappe Day

    October 8…………………Bring Your Teddy Bear to School Day

                   ………………….Yom Kippur

    October 9…………………Leif Erickson Day

                   …………………World Sight Day

    October 10……………….National Cake Decorating Day

                     ………………..National Angel Food Cake Day

    October 11……………….Reptile Awareness Day

    October 13……………….Columbus Day

    October 14……………….National Dessert Day

    October 15……………….White Cane Safety Day

    October 16……………….Dictionary Day

                     ………………..World Food Day

    October 17……………….Gaudy Day

    October 18……………….World Toy Camera Day

    October 19……………….Evaluate Your Life Day

    October 21……………….Babbling Day

    October 22……………….National Nut Day

    October 23……………….National Mole Day

    October 24……………….International Banana Day

                     ……………….National Bologna Day

    October 25………………Make a Difference Day

    October 26………………Mule Day

    October 28………………National Chocolates Day

                     ……………….Plush Animal Lovers’ Day

    October 29………………Internet Day

    October 30………………National Candy Corn Day

                      ………………Haunted Refrigerator Night

    October 31………………National Magic Day

                     ……………….Halloween

     

    As always, check back often to see links to activity and lesson ideas for specific days.

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    September 9: Teddy Bear Day

    September 7, 2008 · Filed Under Holidays · Comment 

    You can have loads of motivating educational fun on Teddy Bear Day!  Check out these ideas….

    • Sponsor Bring Your Bear to Class Day

         Have everyone bring a furry friend to class today.  You can have the bears join into nearly any activity, and the kids will really enjoy showing them off.  Make sure to save a bit of time for each child to share about his or her bear-where it came from, how he or she got it, what its name is and so forth.  And be sure to have a stash of emergency bears available for children who were not able to bring a bear from home.

    • Get Musical

         Did you know that Teddy Bears have their own song?  Check Teddy Bear’s Picnic Song   for the words and even a link to the tune.  You can also get the tune in MP3 format from the bard’s net

    • Have a Teddy Bear Picnic

         Get out the blankets and plan a Teddy Bear Picnic!  You can have the bears join their owners for Teddy Grahams and other fun snacks.  Remember that bears love honey, so it might be a super time for a honey-tasting party.  It’s a good connection to talk about bees and bee keeping, if you want to throw a bit of science into the mix. 

    • Teddy Bear Coloring Sheets

         Here are some links to teddy bear coloring sheets:

    - Teddy Bears Coloring Pages

    - DLTK’s Kids Crafts Teddy Bear Pages

    - Kids’ Turn Central Teddy Bear Coloring

    • Get Older Kids Involved

         Want to get older kids in on the action?  Discover the history of the teddy bear and the connection to Teddy Roosevelt at Teddy Bear and Friends , History of the Teddy Bear and the Teddy Bear Museum.  Try having them put together a teddy bear museum of their own, with histories and information about each bear on display, and then give some guided tours to younger children.  You might also try creating an advertising campaign for a particular type of bear or even a brand new creation that they invent.

    Have fun on Teddy Bear Day!

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