I don’t mean just talking about what day it is. I mean planning fun little events to coincide with obscure and not-so-obscure national observances.
You could make a special unit study or celebration for the day or week. Today, March 3, you could study Alexander Graham Bell (it’s his birthday), the U.S. National Anthem (“The Star-Spangled Banner” was adopted as the U.S. national anthem in 1931, so it’s the Star-Spangled Banner’s 80th Anniversary), or martyrs and Malawi (it’s Martyr’s Day in Malawi).
Or you could just have a fun observance every now and then. Today is also “I Want You To Be Happy Day” and “What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day.”
There’s a fun resource for March events at Its Own Sweet Will.neebeep.This blog has one homeschooler’s ideas for the month with lots of links and fun comments. I don’t know about you, but each March 22, I might schedule National Goof Off Day for myself!
Here are some other helpful monthly calendar resources:
Days of the Year – lots of useful and just-plain-fun information
On This Day from the New York Times Learning Network (This site has newspaper articles – for example, articles about the 1991 incident in which Rodney King was beaten by LA police officers – as well as lesson plans and other resources.)
Creative Quotations with quotations by famous people searched by month and birthday
Holidays-and-Observances.com (holidays and observances categorized in a number of different ways)
Monthly Calendar Observances from Holiday Insights
Monthly Calendars from A to Z Kids Stuff
Monthly Calendars from The Teachers Corner
A Smiley-a-Day from Spontaneous Smiley (focuses on a specific spontaneous smiley related to the day’s calendar observance)
UPDATE: I have a Monthly Themed Activities for Kids series, which includes information from the above sites and my related posts and unit studies for the month.
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