April Dates in History

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April Dates in History

April is overflowing with significant dates in history, and April 2015 is extra special for several reasons. April 9, 2015, marks the 150th anniversary of General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, signaling the end of the Civil War. April 19, 2015, is the 240th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the beginning of America’s War of Independence. Don’t miss these history freebies, including a very special Civil War freebie that is only available for a LIMITED time!

On April 1, 1973, Project Tiger was established with the goal of preserving a tiger population in India. It was launched from Corbett National Park and included nine tiger reserves. Here is a fun printable board game that you can use to teach little ones about tigers.

April 3, 1783, is the birthday of the American author Washington Irving. Learn more about this author and his works with a free notebooking page and timeline quiz.

On April 6, 1250, the Ayyubids of Egypt captured King Louis IX of France in the Battle of Fariskur in the Seventh Crusade. See what you know about King Louix IX and the Seventh Crusade with a fun crossword puzzle.

On April 8, 1609, Samuel de Champlain and twelve survivors prepared to return to France after surviving scurvy thanks to the help of the Algonkian people. This worksheet is a fun way to teach little ones about Vitamin C.

On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, marking the end of the American Civil War. I am offering a very special notebooking unit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this date. The unit includes 50+ pages and information about more than 300 battles. This is a great project for middle and high school students.

On April 10, 837, Halley’s comet came closer to the Earth than ever before or since. Sharpen your math and science skills with this Halley’s comet printable.

On April 12, 1606, the Union Flag was adopted as the flag of Great Britain and has since inspired many flag designs. See if you can correctly identify the flags of these British territories.

April 12, 1867, is the birthday of Samuel Zwemer, missionary to Arabia and founder of the Arabian Mission. Learn more about him and his world with this fill-in and map activities.

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere made his famous ride! Enjoy the printable Paul Revere’s Ride board game or American Revolution notebooking pages.

On April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought, marking the beginning of the American Revolution. This month marks the 240th anniversary of the start of this struggle. Learn more about this time with copywork of “The Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson and the inscription on the Concord Battle Monument.

April 23, 1564, is William Shakespeare’s birthday and the inspiration for Talk Like Shakespeare Day! Today’s printable challenges you to talk like Shakespeare as much as possible! There is also a fun word search of many of the playwright’s famous works. I hope you enjoyeth it!

On April 26, 1755, the University of Moscow held its opening ceremony. See if you can match these famous University of Moscow alumni to what made them famous.

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August Make the Days Count Activity Calendar

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August is National Aviation Month and gives multiple opportunities to learn about flight! Amelia Earhart completed a non-stop flight across North America on August 25, 1932. Wilbur Wright’s birthday is August 19, 1867. That same day is also National Aviation Day. The classic children’s book, The Glorious Flight, was written by Alice Provensen whose birthday is also in August!

August also brings us National Picnic Month and several delicious days to celebrate such as National Frozen Custard Day, National Raspberry Cream Pie Day, National Banana Split Day, and even Eat a Peach Day! You could even eat a yummy peach while on a picnic.

Whether you are at the park picnicking, in the kitchen making cherry turnovers, or studying dogs or the history of flight–make some wonderful memories and make the days count!

Click on the calendar below to grab this month’s calendar.


July Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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I see a theme for July . . . National Ice Cream Month . . . Chocolate Day (chocolate ice cream, anyone?) . . . and Cow Appreciation Day (Where do you think all that milk comes from?)!  Three great topics to study all rolled into one yummy month!

July also hosts these delicious days:

  • Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day on July 1st
  • National Strawberry Sundae Day on July 7th
  • National Sugar Cookie Day on July 9th (Cookies shaped like ice cream cones? Yes!)
  • Peach Ice Cream Day on July 17th
  • National Ice Cream DAY on July 20th
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Day on July 23rd

I really, really expect you to feed your kids ice cream at least once in July.

Of course, you can make a lot of memories without all the sugary sweetness. Just click on the calendar for ideas to make your July Days count!

July 2014 Homeschool Activity Calendar

June’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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Here in the states, June brings summertime!  Whether your schooling breaks for the summer or you keep on going, I am sure you’ll want choose some fun activities this month that will help you continue to make the days count with your children!

June Activity Calendar 2014 from Homeschool Share
June 4th is Do-Dah Day (a salute to silliness!). Here are some ideas for ways to celebrate Do-Dah Day with your kids. Have fun!

Ideas to Celebrate Do-Dah Day (a salute to silliness!)

Here are some silly  ideas for Do-Dah Day!

1. Read Wacky Wednesday

2. Sing Silly Songs

3. Create Silly Sentences

4. Make Homemade Silly Putty!

5. Eat silly face crackers.

6. Try some Silly Play and Fun Challenges.

7. Be a silly scientist and conduct the Color Changing Milk Experiment.

8. Read Fox in Socks. Try saying some tongue twisters. Try writing some tongue twisters.

9. Wear mismatched clothes or wear your clothes backwards.

10. Use hair gel to make funny hair-dos for a crazy hair day.

11. Read a joke book together.

12. Make new rules for a favorite card game and play it.

13.  Take lots of silly photos. Add mustaches for some extra fun!

14. Set out some play-doh, toothpicks, google eyes, and pipe cleaners. Create Monster Masterpieces!

15. Craft silly hats to wear.

16. Play Roll to Write.

17.  Just for extra fun– buy some plastic drinking straw eyeglasses!

18. Read poems by Shel Silverstein.

19.  Check your library for Funny Food by Bill Wurtzel and plan some silly meals!

20. Put on your favorite kid songs. Try whistling the tune instead of singing it.

21. Plan a Mad Hatter Tea and invite friends for the event.

22. Make some Glow-in-the-Dark Slime.

23. Eat dessert for breakfast or dinner. You could even make some Pound Cake Grilled Cheese!

24. Watch some episodes of The Muppet Show. Many can be found for free on YouTube.

25. Read books by Mo Willems. So silly!

May’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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May 2014 Make the Days Count Activity Calendar from Homeschool Share

May is usually full of flowers and sun and fun!  To help you plan some extra fun this month, check out all the goodies on this month’s calendar!  Whether your children are into animals, authors, or food,  May is sure to have some activities to help you make the days count!

A free bonus this month: Edward Lear’s birthday is May 12th, also known as National Limerick Day! Encourage your student to copy the funny limericks found on the copywork pages and to write some of her own smile-creating lines! (Click on image to download your free copywork pages.)