August Holidays and Fun Days

August Holidays and Fun Days at The Happy Housewife

It’s no surprise August is National Family Fun Month!  What are your plans to enjoy this month before school starts again?


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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Silly Putty Science

By contributing writer Marci

Silly Putty is one of those classic toys that never gets old. It’s simple. It’s open ended. It’s an accident.


Silly Putty History

During WWII, there was a rubber shortage, so scientists and engineers were hard at work trying to create new polymers and substances that could take the place of rubber. One of those engineers accidentally dropped boric acid into silicone oil. The result was a new polymer with some peculiar properties.

This new polymer was a non-newtonian fluid, meaning that it acted as both a viscous liquid and an elastic solid. It could bounce, stretch, break, and flow.

Scientists tried to discover a practical application for this new substance, but could not. Finally, it was sold as a novelty item. It wasn’t until it was packaged in Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday and marketed as a children’s toy, Silly Putty, that the popularity of this accidental material took off.

Silly Putty Chemistry

Silly Putty is made of polymers, or long chains of molecules, that are cross-linked by weak hydrogen bonds. These bonds make the Silly Putty easy to roll into a ball and stick to itself.

Silly Putty Science

When the Silly Putty is stretched carefully, the hydrogen bonds break apart slowly and allow the putty to hold together.

However, when the putty is pulled apart rapidly, the hydrogen bonds break apart abruptly and the putty breaks.

Silly Putty Bounce Experiment

When Silly Putty is rolled into a ball, it bounces when dropped on a smooth surface just like a rubber ball. The properties of Silly Putty change with the temperature. Do this easy experiment to see how temperature changes how the Silly Putty ball bounces.

  1. Roll Silly Putty into a ball and bounce it on a flat surface. Note how high it bounces.
  2. Put that same ball into the freezer for an hour.
  3. Bounce the ball on the same surface and from the same height as before and note how high it bounces.

Does temperature affect how high the Silly Putty ball bounces?

Make Your Own Silly Putty

You can make your own Silly Putty at home—or at least something similar.

Supplies Needed

  • 8 ounces Elmer’s All Purpose Glue
  • 1 teaspoon Borax
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Zip top baggie


  1. Empty the bottle of glue into the mixing bowl. Fill the empty glue bottle with water and shake the bottle. Pour the water into the mixing bowl and stir until smooth.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon borax with ½ cup warm water in the measuring cup.
  3. Pour the borax mixture into the glue and water.
  4. Stir with a spoon and then knead with hands as the mixture thickens. Store the homemade silly putty in a zip top baggie.

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The Ultimate Homeschool Pinning Party: Lego Learning, Simple Science, Frugal Homeschooling + More

I’m excited to be teaming up with my friends Jamerill, Jenn, Tricia, and Stacie to bring you the ULTIMATE Homeschool Pinning Party.

If you are a blogger this is a great way to share your content, increase your followers, and have your pins repinned! If you are NOT a blogger this is a great party to find the BEST homeschool ideas, resources, projects, and more!

Here’s how it works.

This linky will start every Friday at midnight and will remain open all week.

Choose one or all of the following:

  • Link up your main Pinterest account {personal profile}
  • Link up to 3 of your top homeschool Pinterest pins
  • Link up 1 of your top homeschool boards

PLEASE do the following:

  • Please PIN this post! It’ll help spread the word about this new party!
  • Follow others who are linking up in the party on Pinterest.
  • PIN at least 5 pins from this list {of course you can pin more!}

What will you receive?

  • You will receive new Pinterest followers.
  • Your pins will be repinned and shared by a large homeschool audience.
  • Find new and exciting homeschool content!
  • Weekly you have a chance to have your pin featured in the following weeks link-up. Each week I’ll pick 3-5 pins to highlight.

Summer means lots and lots of bugs in my yard, why not turn those pests into some fun science lessons and crafts! Here’s my bug inspiration board.

Follow The Happy Housewife’s board Homeschool Lego Learning on Pinterest.

Follow Heither Neiman’s board Frugal Homeschooling on Pinterest.

Follow Sharla Kostelyk’s board Simple Science on Pinterest.

Now it’s time for you to link up your Pinterest boards! I can’t wait to see them all!

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Homeschooled Teens and Jobs

By contributing writer Tabitha

I am not an expert on homeschooled students getting jobs, but I thought I’d share what we’ve learned from experience with two teenage sons seeking and obtaining jobs.

Be Yourself

Our oldest learned about a job through word of mouth after displaying his talents at a talent show in our church. He was there at the table explaining things to anyone interested. Word spread. A man who worked with an art shop was interested and passed the word to me that if our son was interested, he should apply/audition when the seasonal hiring period began.

Homeschooled Teens and Jobs at The Happy Housewife

Our son applied for the job, went to the auditions, completed the training, and was hired for a job that he loves. He has been able to work on his strengths (art) as well as his weaknesses (being outgoing) while earning money for his goals. He is on his second year at this location. Because he is homeschooled, he was able to work many hours that others could not cover due to traditional school.

Now, I’m not saying that every teenager is going to get his dream job the first time he sits and waits for it. Our son worked hard to get the job and keep it. He has worked hard to improve and learn how to be better. He is a caricature artist at a local theme park. Perfect job for an artist kid.

Fill a Need

Our second son wanted a job. He was wanting to apply anywhere but found that no one wanted him because he was not old enough. He found out that the company our other son works for was hiring. He wanted one position (photography) but learned that they really needed people for another type of position (face painting) more.

He decided to apply for the one that needed him. He got the job. It wasn’t necessarily that he had the skills for the job. It was more that he had a good attitude and was willing to learn what he needed to do to get a job.

Be Flexible

Schedules change every week and the boys have learned to adjust what they feel is important and what can be changed. For example, they don’t mind missing a weekly activity because of work, but realized they need to request time off for something planned all year. Another lesson learned was to be willing to cover extra shifts from time to time so yours will be covered if you need someone last minute.

Homeschooled Teens and Jobs at The Happy Housewife

Somehow the job makes him look older…

Applications and forms don’t always fit the homeschool world. Some signatures were just making sure someone was aware that the employee was working there and didn’t necessarily have to be “the principal” but we always checked to make sure we filled out paperwork correctly. Just be willing to foot the extra responsibility and know your local and state laws for student employment.

Rejection and disappointment aren’t the end of the world.

The boys tried other places. Applications were rejected. My second son didn’t get the position he wanted. My oldest never even got a phone call to say he didn’t get an interview on another job. One didn’t get the time off he requested and had to miss a hoped for activity. They took each setback rather well and learned for next time.

Homeschooled Teens and Jobs at The Happy Housewife

Two sons both working at the same location

Overall, we’ve learned a lot in the last few years as our children have entered the world of employment.
If a need is there, ASK! If there’s an interest, ASK!

It’s amazing watching them grow up, whether it be taking their first steps or paying taxes for the first time.

What a great time to learn!

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