October Holidays and Fun Days

Happy fall y’all!  Here are activities, recipes, and more to help you and your kids enjoy October Holidays and Fun Days.

Here are fun and educational activities, recipes, and more to help you and your kids enjoy October Holidays and Fun Days.

October Holidays and Fun Days

October 1 – World Vegetarian Day 

October 4 – Animal Day

October 9 – Fire Prevention Day

October 10 – King Tut’s Treasure Photographed, 1924

October 10 – Egg Day

Here are some egg recipes that would be great for breakfast or any meal.

October 12 – Columbus Day (2nd Monday)

October 21 – Apple Day

October 25 – World Pasta Day

October 30 – National Candy Corn Day

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6 Ways to Build Family Culture Around Books

The following is a guest post from Jamie Martin

As a homeschooling mom, do you ever feel that you’re not doing enough to help your family fall in love with books? I know – we sometimes layer the mommy guilt on thick. But it doesn’t have to be complicated to make reading a natural part of your family’s life.

It doesn’t have to be complicated to make reading a natural part of your family’s life. Here are six ways to build your family's culture around books.

Here are six ways to build your family’s culture around inspiring books.

1. Use the library in a way that works for you

When it comes to using the library, my family has been through different seasons. At one time, taking my children there didn’t work because of their young ages. During that time, I still used the library by going alone and choosing books for the kids.

If you can’t make it to a library right now, think about what you can substitute instead. Do your best using what’s available to you.

2. Don’t feel tied to bedtime reading

Rarely in my life have I enjoyed bedtime reading with my kids. It’s a fact I tried to hide for ages because it felt like the parenting police might show up and take me away. In all honesty, by the time evening arrives, I lack the patience to enjoy stories with my children.

Bedtime isn’t the only acceptable reading time. I prefer mornings when I have the most energy. If you try and fail, don’t assume that reading aloud won’t work for you – just get creative with your timing.

3. Invite the whole family

Several years into forming our reading foundation, I realized my husband missed out on most of it. So we began a family reading time after dinner, while everyone is still at the table.

Our most successful readings have been short (10 – 15 minutes) even if that means stopping in the middle of a chapter. It’s better to leave them wanting more than to have everyone give a sigh of relief when you’re done.

4. Drop a book if it isn’t connecting with everyone

Recently, we started reading the Narnia series and reached a title that didn’t connect with everyone. I pulled out all the stops – doing crazy voices for characters, making the readings shorter, and taking the time to talk about what we were reading. But it wasn’t much fun since not all of us were enjoying it.

Family reading time is about bonding and deepening relationships. You need everyone “in” for it to work. So return that well-written book to the shelf for another season.

5. Talk about what you’re reading

Our kids need to see that reading isn’t only a child’s activity. Or worse – something assigned to endure until you can move on to something “fun.” Do this easily by setting the example yourself.

There’s no pressure to read from someone else’s list of official classics. Begin with your own interests, whatever they may be.

6. Travel the world through books and have a life-changing adventure

Traveling expands our horizons and takes us out of our comfort zones. As we discover new cultures, we bond with each other and enlarge our vision. But few families have the savings accounts needed to spend a year seeing the world first-hand. Why not do it from your living room sofa instead?

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time

Using my book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, you can literally travel around the world, all from the comfort of home. Your whole family can fall deeper in love with books, God’s world, and each other page by page. There’s not a better adventure to take this side of eternity!

Jamie C. Martin lives a global life at home every day with four countries (England, India, Liberia, and the USA) represented under her roof. She blogs at SimpleHomeschool.net where she’s been writing since 2010 about mindful parenting and intentional education.

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August Holidays and Fun Days

It's no surprise August is National Family Fun Month!  Enjoy time with your kids while doing some of these activities to go along with special days in August.

It’s no surprise August is National Family Fun Month!  Enjoy time with your kids while doing some of these activities to go along with special days in August.

August Holidays and Fun Days

August – National Peach Month

August 1 – Francis Scott Key’s Birthday

August 2 – National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 6 – Root Beer Float Day

August 10 – National S’mores Day

August 13 – Left Hander’s Day

  • Practice doing things with your left hand today!

August 18 – Wizard of Oz Premiered

August 19 – Aviation Day

August 21 – Senior Citizen’s Day

  • Take dinner or dessert to a senior citizen today!

August 26 – Susan B Anthony Day

August 30 – Frankenstein Day

August is also National: Golf Month and Eye Exam Month

However you decide to celebrate August, be sure to be generous with sun block, bug spray, and family time!

 

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July Holidays and Fun Days

You might not be schooling this month, but you can always throw in some fun learning opportunities with these July Holidays and Fun Days!

Are you ready for some summer fun?  You might not be schooling this month, but you can always throw in some fun learning opportunities with these July Holidays and Fun Days!

July Holidays and Fun Days

July 4 – Independence Day

July 7 – Chocolate Day

Weight Watchers shares Why Chocolate Is Good For You. So try one of these chocolate recipes:

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies at The Happy Housewife

July 18 – National Ice Cream Day

July 24 – Amelia Earhart’s Birthday

July is also Blueberry Month.

Try these blueberry recipes:

Blueberry Streusel Muffins at The Happy Housewife

 

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