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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!!

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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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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August Holiday Round-Up

July 28, 2008 · Filed Under Holidays · Comment 

Here is a summary of all the great holidays I’ve discovered for August.   Check back often, because I’ll be linking the days to activity ideas for children as I post them.

August 1…………National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

August 2…………National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 3………..National Watermelon Day

August 4…………Twins Day Festival

August 5…………National Mustard Day

August 6…………Wiggle Your Toes Day

August 7…………Sea Serpent Day

August 8…………Sneak Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night

August 9…………National Polka Festival

August 10……….Lazy Day

August 11……….Presidential Joke Day

August 12………Middle Child’s Day

August 13………Left Hander’s Day

August 14……….National Creamsicle Day

August 15………National Relaxation Day

August 16………National Tell a Joke Day

August 17………National Thriftshop Day

August 18………Bad Poetry Day

August 19………Potato Day

                         Aviation Day

August 20………National Radio Day

August 21……..National Spumoni Day

                        Senior Citizen’s Day

August 22……..Be An Angel Day

                        National Tooth Fairy Day

August 23…….National Spongecake Day

                       Ride the Wind Day

August 24…….Vesuvius Day

August 25…….Kiss and Make Up Day

August 26…….National Cherry Popsicle Day

August 27…….Petroleum Day

                       Just Because Day

August 28…….World Sauntering Day

                      Race Your Mouse Day

August 29…….More Herbs, Less Salt Day

August 30…….Frankenstein Day

                       National Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 31…….National Trail Mix Day

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Celebrate July 7

July 7, 2008 · Filed Under Holidays, Math, Reading, Writing · Comment 

Guess what?  It’s Chocolate Day!  Here is a wealth of ideas to try for fun and learning on this delicious holiday:

Research the History of Chocolate

Send the kids onto the internet, through the encyclopedia or over to the library to uncover exactly how and when this great treat was discovered.  Here’s a hint: check history records for the native Central and South Americas, and information about the Spanish explorers of the 1600s and 1700s.

Cook Together

Cook up some chocolate delight today.  Recipes abound!  Think of brownies, fudge, and cookies.  See if you can invent a new chocolate sensation together.  Cooking with children builds bonds, increases reading comprehension, develops the ability to follow written and oral directions, enhances science and math skills, and so much more.

Make a Candy Survey

Check in with family and friends to find out what their favorite chocolate candy is.  Keep records of their responses, then present the data in a graph.  Older students can also analyze the information: does age, gender or profession make any difference on candy preferences?  You have the makings of a science fair project for next year!

Try Some Chocolate Science

Get a few chocolate bars, some baking chips, and you’re all set for some science fun.  Place a chocolate bar on two supports, like a bridge.  How many pennies or other weights can it hold before it cracks?  What happens if the chocolate is warm and soft?  What if it’s been in the freezer?  Try putting chocolate in various shapes out in the sun.  Time how long it takes it to melt.  Use the chocolate chips to practice making arrays to demonstrate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Got yummy leftovers?  Eat ‘em up!

Write About Chocolate

Individually or as a family, write a story with chocolate as the main character.  This can be oral or written, just make sure it’s full of imagination!  Try these variations: Write a story starter (a few sentences) on a page and post it on the ‘fridge.  Family members take turns adding to the story all day long.  Try sitting in a circle or around a table and each adding a sentence to the story.  Let everyone write or dictate their own story and get a non-biased judge to evaluate your writing contest.

Happy Chocolate Day!

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