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    Default weekly or monthly holiday themes in curriculum

    I do lessons around holidays - such as teaching about careers around Labor Day. Does anyone use a weekly or monthly theme around more obscure holidays or events?

    There are a lot of websites that list these obscure holidays and events. But I have not found one that specifically links it to "activities" or lessons. It's usually easy to improvise something. For example April 19 is Rice Ball Day and we will probably do some cooking and get a library book on Japan.

    What is your favorite website for looking up these "special" days? Have you found a resource that links them to teaching ideas?

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    This is going to sound weird but look at The Old Farmer's Almanac. (Get the actual book if you can.) It's totally filled with wackadoo things like planting certain seeds by certain phases of the moon, but more importantly it gives an astronomical calendar in there so you and your kids can go outside and see what's doing in the sky. But it also has tons of holiday-related things (and it's tied to Christian celebrations but because most of the Xtian things are based on the calendar thus based on pagan holidays...there's some history there.)

    But yeah it's filled with advertisements for copper sheets to put under your mattress to alleviate arthritis word to the wise

    Here's an example of their holidays on their website
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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