It is always amazing to me to see the list of celebrations that are available for every day of the year.
For example, on this date, April 1, you can celebrate, learn about, or teach about these events!
National Sourdough Bread Day
Fun at Work Day
Reading is Funny Day
April Fools’ Day
International Tatting Day
Anniversary of the first smelling TV screen
Anniversary of the founding of Apple Computer
Anniversary of the first Canadian lighthouse lighting
And, as you can see from this sample homeschooling page about incorporating a celebration across the curriculum, you can creatively embed any celebration or event and still ensure you are working on those content standards!
In April, you can also celebrate these monthly observances (found on http://www.emotionscards.com/locations.html). Think of the all the curriculum tie-ins across the content areas!
National Poetry Month, Guitar Month, Humor Month, Autism Awareness Month, Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, Autism Awareness Month, Books to Brighten Young Minds Months, Community Spirit Month, Confederate History Month, International Customer Loyalty Month, International Guitar Month, International Legacy Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Lawn and Garden Month, Mathematics Education Month, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, National Humor Month, National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, National Self-Publishing Month, National Smile Month, National Youth Sports Safety Month, Occupational Therapy Month, Pets Are Wonderful Month, School Library Month, Spring Break Month, Straw Hat Month, World Habitat Awareness Month
There are any number of sites that include this type of information. Make sure to check out the lists before turning students loose on these sites. One never knows what type of “interesting” holiday might be included!
- Days of the Year bills itself as a site with funny days, weird holidays, and celebrations. A few of these for each day of the year are included.
- Teacher Vision includes calendars for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Try using another country’s calendar and looking at the linked activities.
- Emotions Greeting Cards includes daily and monthly calendars and observances on their site. I love this one!
- The NOBLE Library Network (MA) includes more traditional holidays and celebrations and Web links to support each one.
- FactMonster includes a calendar of important yearly events from 1900 to the present.Great for history buffs!
- Enchanted Learning includes an activity calendar for each month of the year. Here is the April 2014 entry.
- Education World has a page of holidays and celebrations with educational resources links for each one.
- Holiday Smart includes holiday, events, and celebrations from around the world. Also includes a US list of links to state events.
- Yahoo has an extensive directory of holidays and observances, too.
- History Orb includes historical events that happened on each day through recorded. Here is their April 1 entry.
- Infoplease has both a year-by-year (1900-present) overview of headlines, award winners, and more, as well as a holidays features page.
- Need some bulletin board ideas? Check out these Flickr , Pinterest or Google Image searches on the topic “holiday bulletin boards”
One unique celebration we have in the schools is the “100th day of school”. Although this is not celebrated in April, I wanted to leave you with some resources for this special day/
- Celebrate the 100th day in 100 ways
- Pinterest search: 100th day of school
- Celebrate the 100th day of school
- 100th day of school math activities
- 100th day of school/math
- Time Magazine top 100 issues
Discovery Education Streaming has tons of holiday /celebration resources that can be filtered by grade level, format, and purpose of the resource.
Do you use holidays and celebrations in your classroom in a unique way? Do you know of any other great lists of events and celebrations? Please share!