Your calendar is actually full of learning opportunities. Whether you homeschool, teach, working kids in child care or have your own, you can liven up each and every day with celebrations of your choosing from the lists of goofy holidays. Every day can be a celebration, but even more importantly, you can connect the holidays with classic literature, math activities, life skills, research and more. Take a quick walk through the calendar with me right now and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve just taken a small sampling of what’s out there-and I’ve listed a few of my resources at the end of this post that will guide you through every single day of the year.
- In January, do some dragon activities on Appreciate a Dragon Day (Jan. 16). Write stories, draw pictures and more. National Popcorn day is January 19th. You can do science experiments with popcorn on that day.
- February 8 is Extraterrestrial Culture Day. What an opportunity to be creative with writing, or to research reports of UFOs. On February 24 celebrate Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, with all of the obvious benefits.
- March 12 is Donald Duck Day. You can celebrate with everything from stories and games that feature the famous cartoon star to learning about animation. March 27 is Quirky Country Music Titles Day. It’s a great day for creativity, and for learning about a big part of the music culture in the United States.
- On April 7, pay special attention to measurement because it’s Metric System Day. The 13th is Thomas Jefferson Day, and I’m sure your creative and fertile mind can think of some related learning activities.
- May 9 is Lost Sock Memorial Day. Play matching games with young children, and write sock stories with older ones. How about a want ad for a lost sock? The 16th is National Biographer’s Day. Read some real biographies, and write a few of your own.
- June 12 is Raggedy Ann and Andy Day. Did you know there are stories about the famous duo? Find them and read a few! June 16 is Fresh Veggies Day. How about trying a few new and unusual ones for your area?
- July 8 is Video Games Day. Besides providing an excuse to play, try having kids write down directions or “cheats” for their favorite games. It’s a great exercise in clear, concise writing. The 24th is Tell an Old Joke Day. Jokes are also wonderful memory exercises, in case you hadn’t thought of that.
- August 7 is Sea Serpent Day, which provides an enormous opportunity for reading, research and writing. August 28th is Radio Commercial Day. Experiment with sound effects and record your own old-time radio commercial.
- September 16 is Collect Rocks Day. Use the time to learn about geology and other related things. The 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day. This opens the doors for anything from a research project about endangered species to reading stories about Babar or another famous elephant.
- In October, you can celebrate World Habitat Day on the 4th. What can you learn about the environment? The 12th is Old Farmers Day. Try paging through the Old Farmers’ Almanac for interesting tidbits. Can you chart their weather forecasts and see how accurate they are?
- November brings King Tut Day on the 4th. What can you learn about this famous Egyptian king? November 24th is a great day for a talent show because it’s Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day.
- December 11 is National Noodle Ring Day. That’s one of those days that I don’t quite know what you’d do with it, but it’s full of possibilities. December 28 is Card Playing Day. Teach the group a few new games, or have them find a new game to teach each other.
You can see from this random sampling that each day is full of fun and surprises when you tie your calendar in to learning. If you’d like more information, you can visit Holiday Learning for Kids or Bizarre and Fun Holidays. I’ve got more holidays and even more learning ideas posted on those two sites.
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