August 2021 - Ideas for EVERY Day

 August: The return of school in summer heat while vacation is still a recent memory. I hope your summer was well spent and the return of school fills you with hope and determination.

On this page, you’ll find:


August 2021 Idea for EVERY Day Calendar

Browse the embed below or download your very own August 2021 Calendar that features an idea for EVERY Day. Use these activities as inspiration or complete the ones you like. Most importantly: have fun! We hope you find one (or two) that speak to you!


 

Before You Go, We’d Love to Know:

Where do you keep your Idea for EVERY Day calendar? Do you print it off and hang it up? Or is it the digital version you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!

I used to pin mine to my bulletin board, but now I use the digital version. I even opt for the website over my saved copy.



BLANK August 2021 Calendars – Printable

We’ve cleared off our ideas to make room for yours. Use it for time management, data-tracking, menu-planning, to brighten up a space, or for our monthly challenge. Your challenge this month, should you choose to accept it:

Each day, record a joy that bloomed from a hardship.

Find inspiration in this Bible verse:

A August 2021 calendar with yellow and green borders. At the bottom is a Bible verse. On top the calendar, the Bible verse (Isaiah 18:4)  is enlarged. It says: "I will remain quiet and look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."
Get your BLANK 2021 Calendar with Bible Verses here.


Or this quote:


An August 2021 calendar with yellow and green borders. At the bottom is a small inspirational quote. On top the calendar the quote is enlarged. It says: "I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight."
Get your BLANK 2021 Calendar with Inspirational Quotes here.


Before You Go, We’d Love to Know:

How you plan to use your calendar? We’re always looking for new ideas! Won’t you share in the comments below?

I use my calendar for menu planning and gratitude recording. The Mr. keeps planning to use the calendar for goal-tracking.

 


Our Top Five August 2021 Activities


1.  National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day - Wednesday August 4, 2021

A chocolate chip cookie centered with the words "National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day" on top and "Wednesday August 4, 2021" underneath.
Chocolate Chip Cookie picture from StevenGiacornelli at Pixabay

Making chocolate chip cookies used to be a routine for me. Every weekend, I would whip up a fresh batch of these delectable morsels. What I’ve learned: everyone has slight differences to their chocolate chip cookie preferences.  All chocolate chips, half white half semisweet, all white, well-browned, slightly underdone, thick and soft, thin and crispy, with nuts, no nuts, no mix-ins, and just give me the dough. And friends, I’ve made them all these ways. That’s why, when I make chocolate chip cookies, I must know who will be eating them before I start mixing. But in the end, let’s face it, no matter how you make a chocolate chip cookie it is nearly impossible to say “No” to one fresh from the oven.

Savor the JOY of chocolate chip cookies with your learner when you:  


Read a book about chocolate chip cookies

  •  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff; Illustarted by Felicia Bond (link to a YouTube read aloud by The Teacher’s Library).
    • Overview - A classic circular story about an insatiable mouse.
    • Ideal for Preschool to First Grade.
    •  Related Activities from No Time for Flash Cards. A few we’d do:
      • Make up their own (creative) recipe. Use draw and write paper (Wolfe Stew crafted) so they can include a picture too.
      • Cookie Match-Up – alter to teach equal groups, fractions, partners to 10, etc.
      • Cookie Cutter Painting – alter to practice spelling words, phonetic writing, name recognition, etc.
  • The Cookie Loved ‘Round the World: The Story of the Chocolate Chip Cookie (links to Goodreads) by Kathleen Teahan; illustrated by Larisa Hart
    • Overview - Tells the story of the cookie’s creation by Ruth Wakefield of Whitman, Massachusetts.
    • Recommended for Second and Third Graders.
    • Retell the story from another perspective (the cookie’s, another characters, a jealous cookie’s competitor) or in another format (comic strip, newspaper article, blog, YouTube video, or infographic).
  • How the Cookie Crumbled (review at Celebrate Picture Books) written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford
    • Overview - Presents three arguments for the invention story of chocolate chip cookies. At the end, you decide which one seems most reasonable.
    • Recommended for Fourth to Sixth Graders
    • Complete a cookie maze (from Celebrate Picture Books)
    • Write your own invention story (or comic strip) for chocolate chip cookies.

Make Chocolate Chip Cookies


Be a Food Critic

Write an opinion piece about the result of your cookies, which chocolate chip cookie variation is the best, how to eat a chocolate chip cookie, or even what cookie is the best of all cookies.


Share with Us!

How do you like your chocolate chip cookies? Thin and crispy? Jam-packed with chips and nuts? All white chips? Tell us in the comments below!

We prefer ours with dark chocolate chips (the darker the better!) and walnuts. Although the Mr. prefers his thin and crispy while I prefer mine slightly underdone.

 


2. Book Lover’s Day – Monday, August 9, 2021

An open book has pages from either side forming a heart in the middle. Above the book are the words "Book Lover's Day," and on the pages of the open book it says "Monday, August 9, 2021."
Book picture from un-perfekt at Pixabay
 

If you’re a book lover, really every day is book lover day. But embrace your inner book lover today and get your learners in on the fun, too!

  1. Make a Goodreads account with your kids.
  2. Generate a "to be read" list and set a reading goal.
  3. Put some of the books from your "to be read" list on hold at your local library.
  4. Find a book you’ve been meaning to read around your house.
  5. Settle in and read.

Share with Us!

What book are you currently reading? Tell us in the comments below.

I am reading The Broken Road (links to Goodreads) by Richard Paul Evans and the Mr. is reading The Great Hunt (links to Goodreads) by Robert Jordan.


3. Relaxation Day – Sunday, August 15, 2021

A woman's feet in maroon slippers are crossed as she reclines. The words "Relaxation Day Sunday August 15" appear to the left.
Slippers picture from Lisa at Pexels


Relaxation Day this year seems perfectly placed: the sabbath leading up to our first day back to school.  The goal is to get everything done by Saturday night so you can take all day Sunday to relax. As a challenge, see how many of these 20 relaxation suggestions  from PsychCentral you can check off. A few we’re willing to commit to:

  • “Tending to ourselves” (Idea 3) by making a nourishing meal or baking a special treat.
  • Outlining a general list of what to do and (when to do it) in the upcoming week, but without engaging in any of the activities for the day to “Get clear on what we need to do” (Idea 6).
  • “Participating in gentle movement” (Idea 11) like taking a walk.

Share with Us!

What’s your favorite way to relax? Comment below!

To relax, we take walks and read. The Mr. also unwinds through catnaps, and I unwind by playing piano.



4. Speak Kind Words Saturday – Saturday, August 28, 2021

A white vase with small sunflowers sits on a white table with a teal painted wooden wall behind it. Above the sunflowers it says "Speak Kind Words Saturday," and to the right August 28, 2021
Sunflower picture from Yuri_B at Pixabay


Speaking kind words is not always easy. I know it’s something we teach our kids: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything and all,” but practicing what we preach is difficult. It’s a skill I struggle with, but I know the struggle is worth it. The more life we speak into this world, to each other, and to ourselves, the better outcomes we’re likely to see all around us.

If you’re looking for help in speaking life to others, or desire to teach it to your children, we’ve rounded up some resources we pray will help.


For Leaders

  •  The Neuroscience Behind Our Words,” at BRMInstitute summarizes the sustained effect of negative and positive thoughts on our brains and resultant outcomes.
  • Lent Challenge,” a Wolfe Stew original, outlines my plan to give up negative words for lent.
  • How Our Words Impact Others,” by Michael Hyatt, discusses the weight of our words using Ephesians 4:29 as the foundation for inspiration:

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)


For Learners

Speak without thinking, and your words can cut like a knife. Be wise, and your words can heal. (ERV)

 

Share with Us!

What’s your go-to method for intentionally speaking kindness to others? Let us know in the comments below!

When I see someone having a difficult time (near tears, the target of another’s harsh words, being tough on him or herself, etc.), I try to counteract it with kindness: words, proximity, or an invitation to talk.

The Mr. harnesses his tongue by thinking about what Christ might say, how Christ might respond, and by trying to understand what the other person might be going through.



5. Trail Mix Day – Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Walnuts, almonds, cashews and raisins make up the background. The words on top say "Trail Mix Day," and below, "Tuesday, August 31, 2021."
Trail Mix picture from Nennieinszweidrei at Pixabay

Use trail mix to teach math skills like:

  • Counting with Playdough to Plato and the help of muffin tins.
  •  Addition and Subtraction (K-3) - Smart School House offers a (free) printable number line and workmat to transform trail mix into manipulatives. If your learner is ready, draw a multiplication sign on the workmat as a third option.
  • Fractions (3th-6th) - a Parkway Schools lesson plan guides you through practicing addition, multiplication, and division of fractions.
  • Ratios  (6th) – Ms. Harlan-Smith (via Teachers Pay Teachers) offers a printable handout that guides learners through proportional reasoning to alter a recipe to make enough trail mix for the entire class. Follow-up questions ask about ratios and percentages.

Share with Us!

What must-have ingredients are in your trail mix? Share in the comments below.

I’d choose cocoa dusted almonds, pretzels, and popcorn. The Mr. would mix peanuts, m&m’s, pretzels, craisins, and cashews.

 

Before You Go, We’d Love to Know:

Of our favorite five August 2021 ideas, which did you choose? How will you change it to meet the needs of your learners? We would love to benefit from your expertise! Please share in the comments below.

 


August 2020 Ideas for EVERY Day

Yes, the dates are outdated, but that doesn’t mean the ideas are. Glance through and see if there aren’t more than a few that stick out for you. The dates in parenthesis are celebrations for this year (2021).

  1. National Disc Golf Day – First Saturday in August (8.7.2021)
  2. Coloring Book Day – (8.2.2021)
  3. Watermelon Day – (8.3.2021)
  4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (8.4.2021)
  5. Traffic Light Day (8.5.2021)
  6. Gossip Day (8.6.2021)
  7. Water Balloon Day (8.6.2021)
  8. Global Sleep Under the Stars Night (8.7.2021)
  9. Book Lover’s Day (8.9.2021)
  10. Smithsonian Day (9.18.2021)
  11. Global Kinetic Sand Day (8.11.2021)
  12. Sewing Machine Day (8.12.2021)
  13. Left Hander’s Day (8.13.2021)
  14. Navajo Code Talker’s Day (8.14.2021)
  15. Relaxation Day (8.15.2021)
  16. Tell a Joke Day (8.16.2021)
  17. I Love My Feet Day (8.17.2021)
  18. Mail Order Catalog Day (8.18.2021)
  19. Potato Day (8.19.2021)
  20. Mosquito Day (8.20.2021)
  21. Poet’s Day (8.21.2021)
  22. Eat a Peach Day (8.22.2021)
  23. Daffodil Day (8.23.2021)
  24. Strange Music Day (8.24.2021)
  25. Banana Split Day (8.25.2021)
  26. Toilet Paper Day (8.26.2021)
  27. World Rock, Paper, Scissors Day (8.27.2021)
  28. Power Rangers Day (8.28.2021)
  29. Speak Kind Words Saturday (8.28.2021)
  30. Beach Day (8.30.2021)
  31. Trail Mix Day (8.31.2021)

 

Before You Go, We’d Love to Know:

  1. When you think of August, what comes to mind?
  2. A goal you wish to accomplish before the August 31st sunset.

 

We are SO glad you stopped by to check out our ideas for EVERY day. If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, or corrections, we would love to hear from you! Wolfe Stew values the flavor only YOU add to the stew. Email us (mr OR mrs@wolfestew.com) and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Until we meet again, savor the JOY in every day.


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