septemberholidays

I know this post is a little late being that we’re already a week into September, but I’ve been meaning to do some fun posts on monthly activities to help make your homeschooling a little more fun and engaging!

We like to find a couple of things each month that we do to make it special. It’s not always an educational thing, but I at least like to make note of major holidays and celebrate a few out of the box days as well!

 

So here’s what’s going on for the month of September 2014…

Holidays:

  • September 1 – Labor Day
  • September 2 – VJ Day, WWII
  • September 7 – Grandparents Day
  • September 11 – 911 Remembrance
  • September 17 – Constitution Day
  • September 21 – International Peace Day (UN)
  • September 23 – Autumnal Equinox
  • September 24 – Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown)
  • September 26 – Native American Day

Fun Days:

September 5 – Cheese Pizza Day

September 6 – Read a Book Day

  • Head to the library and pick out a fun book to snuggle up with
  • Check out one of these literature units!

September 7 – Grandparent’s Day

  • Call your grandparents today and tell them you love them!
  • Send a special note or flowers

September 8 – International Literacy Day

  • Have your students each read a story on their level out loud to the family!
  • Celebrate whatever skill level they are at!

September 12 – Chocolate Milk Shake Day

  • Make your own milk shakes: 4 scoops (2 cups)  vanilla ice cream, 1/2 cup cold milk, 1/4 cup chocolate syrup. Blend until yummy!

September 14 National Pet Memorial Day

  • Take a few minutes to remember any pets you’re family has lost today. Have each person name something they love and remember about their pet.

September 16 – Mayflower Day

Celebrate the day the Mayflower sailed from England to America!

  • Make your own Mayflower and see if it sails! (The link is to a Thailand boat project, but the same concept will apply to your Mayflower!)

September 16 – Collect Rocks Day

  • Head outside and collect some cool rocks to add to your collection
  • Make some fun Rock Art!

September 16 – Mexican Independence Day

Have a fiesta to honor Father Hidalgo as he rang his church bells at 11:00pm on the 15th to rally his people to fight off Spanish rule! Below are some yummy recipes for your fiesta.

September 17 – Constitution Day

Celebrate the final Constitution Congress meeting held on September 17, 1787 where our forefathers signed the Constitution of the United States!

September 18 – National Cheeseburger Day

  • Check out your local restaurants for Cheeseburger specials!
  • Make you own homemade cheeseburgers

September 19 -  International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Ahoy Matey! Check out my Treasure Island unit study for more fun on pirates!

Talk Like a Pirate day is just for fun, so practice up your pirate-ese with some terms like these:

  • Ahoy: Hey there!
  • Aye: Yes
  • Booty: Treasure
  • Shiver Me Timbers! An exclamation of surprise.
  • Mutiny: To rise against those in authority.
  • Plunder: The act of robbery or pillaging.
  • Jolly Roger: Pirate flag, typically black with white bones.
  • Lass: A woman.
  • Matey/Me Hearty: Friend or shipmate.
  • Pieces 0’ Eight: Pieces of silver which can be cut into eights to be used for small change.
  • Thar: The opposite of here.
  • Y-ho-ho: Pirates laughter.

September 20 – Oktoberfest, begins on the 20th usually but dates can vary

Oktoberfest was originally held in Munich, Bavaria Germany but celebrations are now held around the world. It is usually a huge celebration with food, music, dancing, rides, and carnival booths.

Check out your local area for an Oktoberfest near you!

September 21 – Miniature Golf Day

  • Gather the family and head out for a fun game of miniature golf!

September 26 Johnny Appleseed Day

And that’s it for this month! I’ll see you next month with a new list of holidays and fun days!

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