March 2021 - Ideas for EVERY Day
Welcome back, leaders! It’s nearly March, which means spring is right around the corner. To help you prepare for March with your learners, we’ve stewed on ideas for EVERY day for you. After selecting daily holidays, we surfed the web to pair them with free educational or family activities for you.
This month, we’re providing the calendar with links to all daily ideas AND a selection of five we review for you. That way, if you only want a few to do, we’ve done some choosing for you.
First, here’s March’s “Idea for EVERY Day” Calendar. Browse it, click on a few links, jot a note (or two) of what you want to do, print it as a visual reminder, bookmark it to come back to later, keep it wherever you plan. Then, when you’re wondering, “Hey, what fun (different, engaging, relevant) thing could I do today?” Take a glance and consider what we’ve stewed on for you.
Here’s your 2021 March Idea for EVERY Day Calendar. (The top version is scrollable and clickable; the bottom is only a graphic).
Here’s your BLANK 2021 March Calendar, with your choice of Bible verses or inspirational quotes. We’ve cleared off our ideas to make room for yours. Consider printing out and making note of what you want to do and when you want to do it while exploring the March Idea for EVERY Day calendar.
|BLANK March 2021 Calendar - Bible Verse or Inspirational Quote Edition|
And here are the FIVE ideas we chose to feature this March. Feel free to do them whenever they fit into your schedule; ideas never expire.
National Grammar Day – Thursday, March 4, 2021
A day to celebrate grammar may not sound exciting you, but with these activities, we hope we might change your mind. Have your Preschoolers to First graders connect grammar, kinesthetics, and following directions with this Red Light, Green Light: Nouns and Verbs from Hands on as we Grow. Consider the following modifications:
- For additional support, play with them until they get the hang of it, making sure to explain how you know it’s a noun or a verb.
- To kick it up a notch, have them choose the nouns and verbs – perhaps even from books they are reading.
Read your Second or Third graders one of these picture books about grammar and conventions from this list by Learning at the Primary Pond. From the list, we would pick the following books (linked to YouTube read alouds). Remember, there are even more recommendations at Learning at the Primary Pond.
- Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day by Robin Pulver; illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed (read aloud by Arneya Tyagi via YouTube)
- If You Were an Adjective by Michael Dahl; illustrated by Sara Gray (read aloud by Mrs. Greiling via YouTube)
- A is for Angry: An Animal and Adjective Alphabet by Sandra Boynton (read aloud by JMRL via YouTube) *Consider working together to make an alphabet book featuring a different subject matter that mimicks this one.
- Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What is an Adverb? by Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by Brian Gable (read aloud by amandpmstorytime via YouTube).
- Punctuation Celebration by Elsa Knight Bruno, illustrated by Jenny Whitehead (read aloud by Mrs. McDonald via YouTube)
While you could play Red Light, Green Light or read a picture book with your Fourth to Sixth Graders, we’re betting they would rather play a game of Grammar Taboo, an idea described and resourced at 123 Homeschool for Me. Talk about reviewing grammar in an engaging, appropriately challenging way. Scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN to find the free printable. Along the way, notice additional resources for grammar practice. To modify:
- For additional support, work together to make a list of each category before playing. Then, allow clue givers to use it as a reference during game play.
- As a challenge, make all clues start with the same letter, make certain beginning sounds taboo, mandate all clues relate to a certain theme, or allow no repetition.
National Good Samaritan Day – Saturday, March 13, 2021
We know the common meaning of “Good Samaritan” is making a positive impact on your community or doing good for others – usually at a cost to ourselves. For culturally relevant ways to be a “Good Samaritan,” Ingredients of Outliers compiled a list for you. There, you’ll also find the motivation behind the creation of Good Samaritan Day. But we suggest, and encourage you, to delve deeper and learn more about the original “Good Samaritan” today. This is an activity you might do alone or with your learner.
To learn about the original “Good Samaritan,” you will study the Bible story. Head to Bible Gateway to read it in different versions or look it up in your own Bible at Luke 10:25-37. Perhaps, even consider reading a cultural perspective of the parable from Bible.org. For kid-friendly versions, we like this McGee and Me video (via YouTube), this drawn video from Life Kids (via YouTube) or this lesson - complete with a printable story and additional activities - from True Way Kids.
What did you discover? What did you learn about the original “Good Samaritan?” How does the original “Good Samaritan” compare to our current definition of “Good Samaritan?” What’s the same? What’s different?
Based on the Bible parable, decide (together or alone) what being a “Good Samaritan” means to you and how you can be one to others.
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day – Thursday, March 18, 2021
Write a letter telling a kid how absolutely incredible they are. Take a pledge to write the letter and find resources to help you accomplish your task at CampFire.org. Here’s a list of the free resources they offer:
- Letterhead with a picture (PDF) for your ABSOULTELY incredible kid to color.
- Five suggestions to add pizzazz to your message.
- Examples and tips.
Everyone needs encouragement, and today provides you the opportunity to offer encouragement to an absolutely incredible kid in your life. So, clear out some time, pick up a pen, and write that letter. We know the little(s) in your life will be so grateful that you did!
National Ag Day – Tuesday, March 23, 2021
In times of old, many of us would be in the ag industry, in one way or another. Today, many of our children only know that food comes from the store. Teach them more. Encourage them to learn about agriculture.
Have your Preschool to First Graders, come to recognize that grocery and household productsoriginated in nature with this activity from 4-h.org. Using a circular from a grocery store, your littles will sort the origination point of chosen items. Make sure to scroll down for a game and additional questions.
Your Second and Third graders will love growing this Bean in a Bottle, with this activity from 4-h.org. As the bean grows, they will learn about plant life cycles and hydroponics farming. As their beanstalk grows, I wonder how many will wonder if it might reach a giant in the clouds.
Let your Fourth to Sixth Graders dig into a topic of environmental impact: Composting. After completing this 4-h.org lesson, they will know how and why to consider composting at home.
National Crayon Day – Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Colorful, useful, and transportable, crayons are a prevalent medium in childhood art. It is hard for me to imagine an elementary learning space without them. And, the beauty of crayons, is that you are never too old for them (unless you decide you are). For crayon day, we recommend you first learn about how crayons are made with Mister Rogers (YouTube video uploaded by Lindsey Riker). Then, make a crayon etching (with KinderArt) or crafts (with Hands on As We Grow) with all those broken crayons you have stashed around your house.
My nephew and I made these melty crayon rocks from Fakin’ It, last year while he was schooled virtually during the pandemic. He loved it! And, as a bonus, it is a really easy craft. Just be forewarned: it may result in a yard full of colorful rocks.
Before You Go, We’d Love to Know
- When you think of the month of March, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
- What activity must you do before March passes you by?
That wraps up this month’s “Ideas for Every Day,” with our five featured activities. We’ll return toward the end of March for our ideas for EVERY April day (or subscribe to get our ideas delivered directly to your inbox). We leave you sincerely hoping you find the JOY in every day.
At Your Service,