July - An Idea for Every Day - Week 3
If you're looking for ways to celebrate every day with your learner, we've been stewing on some ideas for you. We've chosen holidays for every day this third week of July and paired them with academic, social emotional and just plain fun activities for you and your learner.
- Simplicity Day - Resources to inspire simple living.
- International Town Crier Day - History, reading descriptions, following directions, writing, rehearsing, performing.
- Cow Appreciation Day - Reading, empathy, recognizing positive attributes, critiquing, advertising effectiveness, evaluating, creating advertisements, art, writing, decision making.
- Give Something Away Day - Family challenge ideas.
- World Snake Day - Reading informational text, taking notes, informational writing, art, following directions, fine motor development, patterning.
- World Emoji Day - Acting, problem solving, communication, summarizing.
- World Listening Day - Ideas to improve your listening skills.
- July Calendar – Ideas at a glance with clickable links for you advanced planners.
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"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world: and certainly we can carry nothing out." I Timothy 6:6-7 (DRA)
The idea of this day is to embrace simplicity in life. For inspiration, we point you to Thoreau’s Walden (via Open Library), Marie Kondo’s Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (links to a Medium post about the book by Dan Silvestre; alternatively, consider the Netflix show, “Tidying Up”), or Joyce Meyer’s 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life (Open Library).
“In short, I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one’s self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely… It is not necessary that a man should earn his living by the sweat of his brow...”—Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Town Crier image by Birmingham Museums Trust via Unsplash
"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent? even as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things!" Romans 10:14-15 (ASV)
Though the fig tree should not blossomAnd there be no fruit on the vines,Though the yield of the olive should failAnd the fields produce no food,Though the flock should be cut off from the foldAnd there be no cattle in the stalls,Yet I will exult in the Lord,I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.Habakkuk 3:17 (NIV)
Next time you see a cow, take a moment to exult the Lord who remains steadfast in His provision.
Challenge your family to go through their personal belongings with the purpose of choosing an agreed upon number of items to donate. Or, have each member choose a special item from their personal belongings that they think another person (friend or family member) will appreciate, and give that item away to that person. Remembering that:
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV
- Preschool to First Grade Use this snake coloring page from Mom Junction to record short phrases, new vocabulary or wonder questions as takeaways from their reading. To make a class book, have learners write a complete sentence along the bottom, color in the snake and compile.
- Second and Third Grade Kid Zone created a mini snake book template for your learner featuring a charming cover and pages reflecting a KWL chart: What I know/want to know/learned about snakes. Simply have your learner complete the relevant pages before (know and want to know) and after (learned) exploring the DK Find Out site.
- Fourth to Sixth Grade If an open-ended option is your quest, Kid Zone also created this snake shape book that we believe will match your query. Your learner may fill the empty snake shaped pages with whatever type of snake script they desire or you require.
- Jimmy's Boa and the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk by Triska Hakes Noble (illustrated by Steven Kellogg) via Open Library (YouTube read aloud by Manuela Noakes)
- Never Fear, Snake My Dear! by Rolf Siegenthaler via Open Library
- The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble (illustrated by Steven Kellogg) via Open Library (YouTube read aloud by Storytime Train or movie at Hoopla)
- The Great Snake Escape by Molly Coxe via Open Library
- The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about St. Patrick by Sheila Macgill-Callahan via Open Library (YouTube read aloud by Kathryn Tamms)
- African Rock Pythons by Valerie J. Weber via Open Library
- Eyewitness: Reptile by Colin McCarthy via Open Library
- Giant Snakes by Seymour Simon via Open Library
- Slinky Scaly Slithery Snakes by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent via Open Library (YouTube read aloud by Ashley DeLassus)
- Rattlesnakes by Emily Rose Townsend via Open Library
- SnakeTacular by Jeff Corwin via Open Library
- The Fascinating World of Snakes Maria Angels Julivert via Open Library
- Why Do Snakes Hiss? by Joan Holub via Open Library
- Preschool to First Grade Learners develop fine motor and patterning skills when they create these pipe cleaner bead crafts with Artsy Craftsy Mom.
- Second to Third Grade Learners fold paper back and forth accordion style to make these silly snakes featured at Easy Peasy and Fun (A favorite of mine since childhood, especially with "throw-away" edges from the old-fashioned printer paper. Anyone else?)
- Fourth to Sixth Grade Learners get the opportunity to showcase their artistry, direction-following ability and attention to detail with this slithery snake craft from Super Simple.
“I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as cunning as snakes but as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16 GW
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Proverbs 16:24 (NIRV) *emoji emphasis mine*
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19 (NIV)
Before You Go
- Which of these days are you most anticipating?
- Do you find more need for personal growth in living simply or listening better?