Meteor Watch Day
Meteors are collections of dust and ice from space that enter the atmosphere. As meteors enter Earth's atmosphere, they begin to burn, creating "light" as they streak across the sky. Meteors occur throughout the year, though we aren't as fortunate enough to actually spot them.
Since summer serves us extended evening hours, tonight would be a great night to prepare to enjoy a night out watching the stars, and watching and hoping for the sight of meteors passing by. Will you be lucky enough to spot one!? Enjoy the night.
National Hug Holiday Day
Here's a tidbit to help start your day. According to NationalToday.com, "Hugging is a simple way to express many different types of affection, from friendly, to intimate, to familial. It’s an action largely limited to primates — while we can find instances of other animals in positions that resemble hugging, there aren’t any other species that do it so frequently, and for so many reasons — and so, in many ways, hugging sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom." Interesting!!!
This day is dedicated to ones in need of hugs, love, attention. We believe EVERYONE could use a hug every once in a while. Be mindful of senior citizens, elderly, homeless, hospitalized. Extend a warm hug, handshake, cheer. Enjoy!
Paul Bunyan Day
Paul Bunyan was a famous folklore, mythological, lumberjack giant. So to celebrate Paul Bunyan Day, we suggest you make today B-I-G in various fun, clever, creative ways, just for the sake of going B-I-G.
Eat a BIG breakfast or a BIG burger for lunch, like a Whopper at Burger King or BIG Mac at McDonald's. Take BIG steps when walking and if anyone asks, encourage them to celebrate with you. Watch The Incredible Hulk or The Avengers with The Incredible Hulk. Draw a mural with the kids, ride a "BIG wheel." Have fun, and GO BIG!
National Sunglasses Day
Did you know that proper sunglasses actually protect your eyes from harmful UV rays? Today is an annual commemorative day (June 27th) created to help spread the understanding of the importance of wearing proper sunglasses.
Today, sport your suavest pair, take photos (#selfies), color your favorite summer picture. You can also post a #SunglassSelfie on your social media. NationalSunglassesDay.com also encourages consumers to practice wearing sunglasses everyday so that you'll already create this new necessary habit by next June 27th. Enjoy! :)
Today is a day you can dedicate to forgive others and be forgiven. For anyone that has wronged you, forgive them, free and clear. Know that you’ve probably wronged someone else, accidentally or otherwise.
Lighten your heart today. Forgive. Be forgiven. Try it!
National Catfish Day
National Catfish Day is the day to either go cat-fishing or enjoy eating catfish just the way you like it!
What if you're one who's just not into fishing, or don't live near fishing waters? Then, you could try fun fishing indoor activities, the way we do which you'll find more about here. Or, you could try playing the fun card game of "Go Fish," or eat "Goldfish" crackers, or fish tacos (pictured). You could even gather the kids around and make up "fish tales" of your own, shared by candle light or a soft warm lamp (like an indoor campfire). Be creative, and enjoy!
Swim A Lap Day
With summer beaming down on the Northern Hemisphere these days, we all could use time in, around, upon, or just near water. If you have access to a pool, today is a great day to take a lap or two in the beautiful, cool, inviting, tempting pool.
Grab your swimwear, get the kiddies, gather a few pool necessities, head to the pool, and enjoy some well-intended exercise by swimming at least one lap! Or, sit poolside and draw or paint a beautiful pool scene. Enjoy! :)
National Pink Day
National Pink Day is not just a day for girls, but also a day for guys to get in touch with their “softer side.” The color pink generally represents compassion, caring and love.
There are many ways to celebrate National Pink Day today; it just requires a hint of creativity. You can wear something pink, or wear pink socks if you don't want everyone to see. Accent with pink jewelry, make pink icing cupcakes, pick pink flowers, gift pink bouquets or give a gift wrapped in pink paper. Paint pink roses on a giant canvas. Bask the world in pink!
National Chocolate Eclair Day
Today is a sweet, high calorie, high fructose, very sugary day! Not the best day to diet. Eclairs are light, crisp, sweet pastries filled with cream. Though some people start their day with such pastries, many people eat them as desserts during any meal or even as a snack.
If you're not wanting to consume an eclair today, but would still like to celebrate, try drawing it with oil or chalk pastels on textured paper, as one of our favorite artists, Wayne Thiebaud, would do. Or, try making these easy Chocolate Acorns instead. Enjoy!
JUNE 21 (1)
International Yoga Day
Yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago! WOW! It is STILL around and continues to reinvent itself and its "powers." Yoga has proven to help one relax - mind, body, spirit. Our minds, bodies, and spirits deserve deliberate calming and relaxation, regularly.
Set aside some time today to pull out a yoga mat and give yoga a shot! Disclaimer: we wouldn't suggest starting off yoga for the first time with a yoga pose like the one beautifully illustrated in this picture, but there are many, much easier, beginner poses that we're sure you can handle. Go for it!
JUNE 21 (2)
National Selfie Day
In the age of the cell phones, and in the age of chronic cell phone usage, why is today even needed when selfies are already regularly and readily popular!? Today, however, gives us an excuse to go at it completely, and post until our hearts are content.
Grab a friend, several friends, some coworkers, or even your friendly customer service patrons and selfie away. Take it up a notch and try drawing, tracing, or coloring your selfie and post that instead. Have fun! :)
Ice Cream Soda Day
Ice cream and soda don’t quite go together for us, but it’s still a big hit! It is a cold beverage made up of ice cream and a soft drink. Usually when ice cream and root beer are together, it's called a root beer float. Today, enjoy ice cream and a soft drink together, or separate (like us). If you're in the market for making a simple batch of delicious vanilla ice cream, try this recipe and technique. Enjoy!
Did you know that slaves in America had already been emancipated two and a half years before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863? The slaves in Galveston, TX just didn’t know it. They got word of their freedom on this day, June 19, 1865, two and a half years later.
Juneteenth is also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day. It is often celebrated by way of festivals and feasts across the United States. Today’s a great day to celebrate Junteenth by learning more about its American history.
World Sauntering Day
Each year on June 19th, we celebrate World Sauntering Day. Well, for those who may not be familiar, “saunter is to walk with a leisurely gait; stroll.” As a busy homeschool mom, dad, family, when was the last time you all went on a leisurely, calm stroll? When did you simply walk with nothing immediately required immediately? Don’t you deserve such?
Make today be a great day to deliberately and purposely saunter. Enjoy! :)
Go Fishing Day
Why not go fishing today!? It’s summer, it's always cooler by the lake, AND you deserve to sit in the boat and enjoy a little rest, leisure, and fishing. Kids can draw their favorite sea creatures or lake scene, maybe play in the water and pretend to fish if fishing today is out of your reach. Or, if you’re not the fishing-at-the-lake type anyway, try this all-weather fishing idea with the children that's sure to be a hit!
JUNE 17 (third Sunday in June)
Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful, great, fantastic, fabulous, phenomenal fathers all around the world! Without great dads, who would serve as Principal for our homeschools!? :)
Seriously though, good dads deserve to be honored. How are you honoring dad? Gifting him a special surprise, or taking him out to lunch, or making his favorite dish and finishing it off with his most favorite desert? However you decided to show Pops a little love and affection, he's sure to appreciate your gestures.
Here’s a fun, easy Father’s Day gift that continues to be a big hit in our homeschool (and throughout the year). And, if you're looking for great children's books that dads love, check out our top 5 Father's Day books here. Enjoy! :)
Fresh Veggies Day
Engage in a completely healthy diet, just for a day. You'll feel rejuvenated tomorrow, and your bowels will love you! Veggies and their beautiful array of colors, the many ways to prepare and eat them are boundless. Take a trip to the market, grab some fresh picked veggies, kabob and grill a few, paint a rainbow still life filled with these beautiful vegetables, and thoroughly enjoy!
National Nature Photography Day
Enjoy nature for a change! There’s calm in nature, away from the bustling city. Take a walk or hike away from the busyness. Go camping, take photos of nature’s beauty, enter nature photography photo contests. Enjoy the peace that nature naturally gives. Ahhhh....
World Blood Donor Day
On June 14th around the world each year, countries around the globe celebrate World Blood Donor Day. It’s a purposeful, helpful day to donate your blood for the well-being of others. Blood transfusions help to save millions of lives each year.
If you’re able to give, God bless you!!! If you opt out, be sure to thank the many blood donors that continue to help the world go round by offering their services via the gifting of their many blood donations.
Monkey Around Day
Release your inhibitions and BE FREE! Be silly, funny, wild & crazy, judge-free. Eat bananas, visit monkeys at the zoo, walk and act like a monkey, especially YOU! The kids already have many silly days. We adults sometimes need to loosen up and be wild and free, too. Today's our day to join in with the carefreedom of the kids.
If you're looking for ways to make everyday, in-town places and locations educational as well as fun, read more here. Enjoy this day!
National Weed Your Garden Day
Many artists enjoy gardens (live or painted), but actual gardens require regular maintenance, too. Get your garden in check today by removing the uninvited weeds that tend to harm your wanted blooms, water and tend to the soil, and make your colorful beautiful again and canvas-ready. Afterwards, you'll deserve to treat yourself to a nice, healthy sweet treat like homemade fresh fruit smoothie, as seen here.
Red Rose Day
#RedRoseDay is a day to celebrate the famous flower which signifies love. There are various creative ways to celebrate today, like gifting a special someone, buy and/or plant a rose bush, paint a beautiful rose bouquet on canvas, pick red rose petals off & decorate a pathway (inside or outside). Or, you could always get some artificial red roses from the dollar store & create a 3-dimensional drawing, painting, or sculpture.
Looking for frugal ways to collect and stock up on homeschool supplies? Check out our favorite top ten dollar store must-haves here.
National Corn on the Cob Day
Who doesn’t enjoy a golden, juicy, sweet, fresh ear of corn? Maybe those who don’t care for corn in every tooth! We enjoy it, preferably grilled, especially during summertime. Today's the perfect day to grill some delicious sweet corn on the cob, or shave it from the cob and make southern fried skillet cream corn, or snap a fresh ear of corn in half and stovetop boil it for about 10 minutes. YUMMY!!!
National Ballpoint Pen Day
It’s Ballpoint Pen Day! Ball point pens arrived on US market in 1945 & sold for $12.50 a POP! As an artist, I LOVE WRITING UTENSILS! I repeat, I LOVE WRITING UTENSILS, preferably Sharpie, as you'll better understand why here.
Today is our day to paint the world colorful and paint the town beautiful with all of our favorite pens!
Donald Duck Day
Today is Donald Duck’s Birthday! My, how he hasn’t aged a bit! :) Celebrate Donald’s birthday by painting him on a yard block as linked here, or by drawing and coloring Donald and preserving him in a picture frame, as we did here for one of our family pets. Or, try watching one of your favorite Disney episodes featuring Donald Duck himself. You could even visit a lake & feed his duck cousins and friends. Enjoy!