Welcome to Homeschool Holiday of the Day. The site for anyone in education who wants easy, fun curriculum to spice up the mundane. From Fruitcake toss day to Halloween we have you covered! Please visit our START HERE page for ideas on implementing the resources found on this site in your education setting (whatever it may be).

This site is a labor of love and will grow and grow. Is there a Holiday you would like to see featured? Contact us and we will do our best to make it happen! We are glad you are here and hope you enjoy learning and celebrating in your home, classroom, car…wherever you are!

  • Christy AKA “Mrs. Crabtree” and the Happy Hive Education team

President's Day

To date there have been 45 men who have served as President of the United States. Today is a day to remember and honor them.

There are many books about our past Presidents from which you can gain a great understanding of how they grew into the leaders they became. My favorite series for this by far is the “Who WAS” series .

Back in 2010, For Washington’s birthday I gave the bugs an assignment… Write about what you would do if you were president of the USA, and then paint me a picture of yourself as president… here is what they came up with:

If I were President I would…

9 year old Lauren’s Essay: If I were President I would give the jobs money to give the people for payment. If I were President that is what I would do.

8 year old Megan’s Essay: If I were president I would lower prices and I would give food to the poor and I would like to make toys un – breakable. If I were president that’s what I would do.

6, almost 7 year old Douglas’ Essay: If I were President of the United States I would give people jobs… the front of his picture says: I am the President at my desk. I am saying, “How are you doing today?”. I let the little kid in my desk. The Daddy is looking at the jobs. TOOOOO CUTE!!!!!

As adults we potentially deal with Presidents on a daily basis (even if we avoid the news)… how? Because our presidents are on Money!

Did you know that there have been no revisions to the Presidents depicted on currency since 1928? Unfortunately the department of treasury can not determine with any accuracy why certain Presidents and statesmen were chosen for their specific denominations.

The only modifications to currency began in 1996 to improve security against counterfeiting.

You can learn all kinds of Fun Facts about the presidents (and other leaders) on paper money in my slide presentation and guided note activity pack.

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My President’s Day gift to you is this activity:

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With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

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How much does it cost to Homeschool? The answer might surprise you!

How much does Homeschooling cost?

My answer might surprise you… then again, it might not.

I’m not going to discuss the cost in terms of finances, I’m going to discuss the cost in terms of actual life cost required now or in the long run… as stated by Thoreau….

If the actual financial cost is what is worrying you, we will cover that another time. There are plenty of free resources out there, it doesn’t have to cost a thing financially to homeschool!

Kids spend 6.5 hours a day, 180 days a year in school. Do the math. It’s staggering. Their entire childhood is traded away sitting at a desk. That’s pricey.

As a former classroom teacher, I’m sorry to say that’s not all spent learning. A lot of those hours are recess, lunch and wasted time. Jane and Johnny have to be allowed to go to the bathroom whenever they ask after all. I had a file full of doctors notes that said so.

Not to mention how much time is wasted quieting a class or transitioning from subject to subject? What about the interruption when students arrive late or leave early.

In a class of 30 students, this is a DAILY occurrence. These are just a few of the external “costs” involved in sending your child to school. I didn’t even mention behavior disturbances or phone calls from the office….

If they are struggling with schoolwork for ANY reason. That’s pricey.

Bullying – I actually don’t like that term. I think kids need to learn how to deal with kids, but seriously – I watched teacher after teacher ignore issue after issue. Kids should feel safe and loved, end of discussion. I spent the last 5 years of my career in charge of “discipline”. I took a different approach, called my self the student support coordinator. It was beautiful how open the lines of communication were. Not all schools are war-zones.

Another common “cost” is to the students who are excelling and have to sit and wait while the teacher explains things for the 10th time. As a teacher I could just hand them another worksheet, or the iPad…or I could use them as peer tutors (which was what I actually did! – valuable, but not ideal!)

As a homeschool family, by the time my children were in late elementary, middle school… We finished our lessons before lunch and had all afternoon for what I called free choice learning. Talk about the price being right! We jam packed more learning into one day as a homeschool family than I did in a week as a classroom teacher. (Well, I might be exaggerating a bit to make my point, but we did finish a full day in AT LEAST half the time!)

We didn’t have “homework”, but instead we had family time for “hidden” learning in puzzles, games, reading and educational television. Cooking dinner together is quite an education.

A little round of Star Wars Monopoly – great homeschool lessons here!

As a classroom teacher, each year I received a new class of students. I invested countless hours getting to know each of them, forming personal connections to foster a positive learning environment. Just as things were going smoothly, my 180 days were up and I was forced to turn the class over to the next teacher in line whether the students were ready or not. Whether the teacher was competent or not. Summer passes, and I did it all over again.

With homeschooling I already HAVE the connection with my children and we moved along naturally when ready, and never before. No calendar or testing agenda dictated progression. (I homeschooled by filing my own PSA – Private School Affidavit. Results with a charter may vary, but are still similar) I grew WITH them 365 days a year because learning never stops. We didn’t take summers “off” but instead shifted our learning with the seasons.

Summer time Volleyball in the back yard

From this perspective, the cost of homeschooling is priceless! I am trading my days, nights and holidays for the complete education of my family.

The only cost of homeschooling is your time! Investing in my children has been worth every minute. You don’t have to do it alone!

Enrolling in the Happy Hive Private School Satellite Program (PSP) frees you up to worry about all the GREAT things involved in homeschooling and we will take care of the paperwork and legalities! You will be operating your school- your way, with the guidance of a fully credentialed teacher.

Our services include taking care of requesting cumulative files…official letters of withdrawal as well as help selecting curriculum and transitioning through what we call de-schooling. (or un-schooling).

Check out our information page : Happy Hive Education Consulting

Feel free to contact us with any questions and take a look at the video where Mrs. Crabtree talks about the “Cost of Homeschooling” for more great information!

Leave a comment below and share with us your thoughts on the cost of homeschooling.

Would you like find out how you can easily fit homeschooling into your day? In this video, Christy discusses how!

Groundhog Day – February 2

Groundhog day’s largest celebration is held each year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where Punxsutawney Phil is awakened from his wintery slumber to let the crowd of thousands know to expect an early spring, or 6 more weeks of winter! It also happens to be Mrs. Crabtree’s Birthday! Here she is checking for HER shadow! She likes to be called: California Christy!

No shadow this year for California Christy!

This unique tradition in weather folklore is tied to the Christian holiday of Candlemas brought to the Americas by the Dutch. It was a tradition on Candlemas day for priests to bless candles and distribute them to parishioners on February 2 (the middle of winter).

Candlemas takes place between the winter solstice and spring equinox, therefore it is traditionally thought to be the “middle of winter”. It is also celebrated as the day in the Catholid Church as the day Jesus was presented in the temple in Jerusalem. When Simon held the baby Jesus, it is said he proclaimed Jesus would be a light for the world, and therefore, February 2nd (40 days after Christmas) was named Candlemas.

There is no clear historical path to the actual beginnings of Candlemas and which came first Jesus as the light or the blessed candles as the light.

The tie into what we now celebrate as Groundhog day comes from the way Farmers see this day.

In Germany a badger or hedgehog was used to see if he saw his shadow. When early Pennsylvania settlers came to America, they replaced the hedgehog with a groundhog.

There are several versions of this song:

“If Candlemas be fair and bright,

Come, Winter, have another flight.

If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,

Go, Winter, and come not again.”

I put this saying up on my letterboard as part of my end of January decorations.

Happy Hive Homeschool letter board on our entry table

It makes a great COPYWORK activity, and happens to be included in the Homeschool Holiday Groundhog Day Predictions Slide presentation and Activity packet.

When the Groundhog comes out sand see’s his shadow – he is presumably scared, and retreats back into his burrow for 6 more weeks of winter. (“If Candlemas be fair and bright, Come, Winter, have another flight. ) No shadow, means he stays out and therefore the prediction of an early spring. (If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Go, Winter, and come not again.”)

The activity Packet also contains these great posters with clip art from Teacher’s Pay Teachers Seller:

Poster Sample from Activity Packet.

The first Groundhog day celebration in Pennsylvania was held on February 2, 1886. According to The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper: “Today is groundhog day and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen its shadow.” The groundhog was named: “Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary”. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is known as the “Weather Capital of the World.” The first prediction called for an early spring as Phil did not see his shadow!

The now legendary first trip to Gobbler’s Knob was made in 1887, just the following year.

How much do you know about Punxutawney Phil? Use the slide presentation portion of the activity pack to play Fact or Fiction and see!

Some other fun things you can do to celebrate the day are: 

Trace your shadow with chalk

Standing in the sun to have my shadow traced.

Bake Groundhog cupcakes / Brownies. Here are 2 sample versions that are easy to copy. The first version I did with my kids. We used Brownies because they are my favorite and are more dense than cupcake batter. They hold the wafer cookie better.

Use icing and a toothpick to draw the face. Depending on the ages of your learners, faces will vary! We used sliced almonds “glued” on with more chocolate icing!

Here is our completed tray.

The second version were created FOR me as a gift. They were assembled by an adult – but could totally be kid created as well. The cupcakes were baked first, then the candy was assembled after they had completely cooled. 

Cupcake and Candy created Groundhog Day YUMMIES!

However you decide to celebrate – may your day be filled with fun. 

 Come back again for another fun Homeschool Holiday to explore- because there is always something to learn!

With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

Please note that I am an Amazon Affiliate and as such the links I post are affiliate links.

For my full DISCLOSURE go HERE.





G.I. Joe Day – February 1st

Barbie remains possibly the best known doll of all time. But what about toys for boys? – yes back in the day toys were designed with a particular market in mind. In 1964 Hasbro, in an effort to compete with Matel’s Barbie came up with GI JOE. The soldier was introduced as an “action figure”, not a doll.

Collectors today design elaborate dioramas to display custom GI Joe and other similar action figures.

Government Issue Joe was a huge success! The name came from the 1945 film: The Story of G.I. JOE. (you might find it on youtube with a search 🙂

The action figure carries a patent for its 21 point articulation. It is also copyrighted because of the scar across Joe’s right cheek. This unique mark is what allows the action figure to be copyrighted, otherwise the human likeness isn’t eligible for copyright.

How to Celebrate:

Write letters to soldiers – Check out Operation Gratitude . com

Design your own ACTION FIGURE ( 3d printer) or repurpose an old action figure from yard sale.

Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store for another paper- action figure activity.

Build your own action figure activity available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop.

Come back again for another fun Homeschool Holiday to explore- because there is always something to learn!

With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

Please note that I am an Amazon Affiliate and as such the links I post are affiliate links.




Squirrel Appreciation Day

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!!

Have you ever seen a flying squirrel? What about a squirrel touching up her lipstick?

I have the pleasure of belonging to a group of women who scrapbook and our mascot is the squirrel. We have had many “squirrely” adventures! So indeed I have seen a squirrel stop, pull over and touch up her lipstick.

Photo courtesy Laura Morlok, one of my Scrappy Sisters!

Today we are going to focus a bit more on the 3 types of squirrels you may encounter in nature: the flying squirrel, the tree squirrel and the ground squirrel.

The flying squirrel doesn’t really fly… remember the scene in Toy Story – where Buzz Lightyear is “falling, with style” – that’s exactly what a flying squirrel does… They glide through the air after launching off a tree branch. Fascinating for sure. Check out this great video by National Geographic Wild: World’s Weirdest- Flying Squirrel

Tree squirrels, as their name implies live in trees. Some of the most recognized of the tree squirrels are the grey, red and fox squirrel. They may bury food in the ground so tgey have it for later.

Ground squirrels can sometimes be mistaken for gophers due to their burrowing underground. They eat nuts, seeds and plants. They even eat small insects.

Did you know chipmunks and marmots are also in the squirrel family? There are so many cool squirrel facts I compiled a list of my favorites and created a copywork activity pack. Here is a sample you can use. The full version is available in my TPT store for only $1.25. It comes with 9 facts in print and cursive.

I can not resist sharing this youtube video…. If you can not get out of the house to go squirrel watching today – have no fear. This Mom and her babies will keep you entertained for quite some time. Squirrel Clown Car

One of my favorite websites as a classroom teacher was SCI Show Kids. It’s geared at kids TK – grade 3, but my 4th graders loved it, and I dare say – kids are kids. The information is great. They have a video called: Why do Squirrels dig? I have created a FREE companion worksheet to go along with the video.

Watch the video and use this FREE companion worksheet! (answer key not included, but you can get it in my Squirrel Appreciation Day activity Pack!)

Some other great activities you can do: 

String Fruit Ring Cereal on yarn and hang it outside 

TP Tube and squirrel food with peanut butter

Do you have a park that has lots of squirrels? Why not load an empty egg carton with different food samples (nuts, fruit, etc) … set it under a Tree and watch what happens! 

Make a felt puppet or stuffed animal. The complete instructions, pattern and other great Squirrel Appreciation Day activities are available in my TeachersPayTeachers Shop. 

If you are looking for a GREAT BOOK to compliment nature studies, begin nature studies or just as a stand alone book about squirrels – I highly recommend this one:

The Series of animal stories by Thorton Burgess is a MUST HAVE for every household! You can get many of them for FREE as Kindle editions.

I hope your appreciation of Squirrels has increased!

Come back again for another fun Homeschool Holiday to explore- because there is always something to learn!

With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

Please note that I am an Amazon Affiliate and as such the links I post are affiliate links.

For my full DISCLOSURE go HERE.


Sources: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/squirrel-appreciation-day-january-21/


Copywork is essential in my homeschool curriculum.

Why? Well…

I don’t use a formal language arts (reading, writing, spelling, grammar) curriculum. I have my children read and write examples of good written work! – that’s why copywork has been essential in my homeschool!

Simply put, when I find a great quote, or even something my child is interested in. I write it down (or type it on the computer) for them. Their responsibility is to read the sentence, or passage to me, then to copy it EXACTLY as it is written, in their BEST writing. This is copywork.


I look for passages that model good grammar, quality word choice, and are interesting. My son has indeed completed copywork on video games. I’m sure that is not at all what Charlotte Mason would have intended, but it worked for us! The gift of homeschooling is YOU are the designer. My son also copied his share of bible passages and famous quotes. I tried to balance everything.

Mario and Luigi fight to save the Princess. While this is not mindblowing literature, or an earth shattering statement. I was very much able to motivate my son who was bored with the same copywork routine by adding these gems in there. He even made suggestions! It was a wonderful opportunity for us to customize his education, and for him to own his learning.

One year our copywork coordinated with History, and the kids were able to draw pictures to go with what they had copied! I loved this added artistic component.

When my middle daughter was re-reading the Harry Potter series for the third time, I had HER select her own favorite quotes and use them as her copywork.

Every formal “English/Grammar” lesson I taught in the classroom can easily be taught with no fuss and muss through copywork. Even spelling. My children have learned to spell through reading and writing and have never had a formal spelling lesson nor spelling list/test!

Bible verses make excellent copywork, as do quotes from your favorite novels.

I too practice the discipline of copywork. As with everything we do, being a good role model for my children is important.

Copywork by age:

First learn to write – handwriting instruction. The copywork is simple letter formation.

A reason for writing – scripture based handwriting curriculum.

This Series begins with Level K and continues by grade level (A being grade 1, and F grade 6. Level T is a transition from manuscript to cursive)

Handwriting without Tears series – this program begins with K and ends in grade 5.

As soon as your learner can copy short phrases, copywork can begin. God is Good. (for example) is simple enough for a pre-K or Kindergarten writer,

As your writer advances they can move to copying longer sentences, to paragraphs.

We did not use formal handwriting past cursive (3rd grade) and we incorporated copywork beginning mid-year kindergarten. But every child is different. Everyone learns differently. Please listen to the balance of learning for each of your learners and adjust accordingly.

There are a million different possibilities for how copywork can look in your home, or even your classroom.

One sentence/verse a week, copy each day – recite as memory verse at the end of the week.

New one each day Monday – Thursday – pick favorite and copy again on Friday. Copy onto decorative border paper to display.

Simply complete one a week and have a ‘set’ at the end of the school year of = Famous quotes, Bible Verses, Dates in History, Fun Facts…etc. (This same concept can be done daily.)

Older siblings create copywork for younger siblings.

Happy Hive homeschooling is working on copywork to accompany the Holiday of the Day curriculum. Check our TeachersPayTeachers store. You can also request custom copywork and we will do our best to meet your homeschool or classroom needs. Copywork makes great “morning work” as students enter the classroom.

Put on classical music, sit together and practice the art of good writing.

  • May your journey be blessed!

Mrs. Crabtree

Kid inventors day

Happy Kid Inventors Day — also called K.I.D. January 17th is a special day. It is the birthday of Benjamin Franklin who invented the first swim flippers at age 12! Mr. Franklin went on to invent many more things (perhaps you can research what they were) as well as become an important statesman in American history. Here is a FREE organizer you can use for this research:

Research Organizer Worksheet for Kid Inventors Day

Kids have brilliant minds, and today is a day to celebrate that. There are no limits on inventions. I bet you have a great idea. I know I would love an automatic laundry folder!

Rube Goldberg was an inventor and a cartoonist. He is famous for drawing cartoons that contained inventions that solved simple problems in the most over complicated – outrageous ways. The main character of these cartoons was named Professor Butts. Today we call these inventions Rube Goldberg Machines. Mr. Goldberg drew over 50,000 cartoons over his life. Around the globe contests are held for the best “Rube Goldberg” Machines!

Take some time to check out his Zany Cartoons in the Rube Goldberg Gallery https://www.rubegoldberg.com/image-gallery-licensing/

Perhaps you will be inspired to create your own Rube Goldberg Machine. If it does fold laundry, will you let me know?

When you do have a true and unique invention, designed to solve a problem, many inventors – even kids seek what is called a PATENT. This protects the invention from being produced by another inventor for a period of 20 years. Even kids can be granted patents!

Visit the United States Patent & Trademark Website. They have an awesome section just for kids and teens.


Learn about the process and meet other Kid inventors like you!

Amazon has books on inventors, some are just about inventors in general and some are biographies. This is a fun one that covers all interest levels:

Brainstorm is filled with 20 stories of only KID inventors!

Today is a day for creating, even if it’s just THINKING about your invention because we don’t always have the exact supplies laying around the house for an automatic laundry folding machine… Begin by becoming inspired by other KID inventors, then brainstorm your own awesome invention. Use this great resource as a way to organize your thoughts.

If you would like to research 10 different Kid Inventors quickly and easily I put together this great resource for you! It uses QR codes you simply scan and read about or watch a short video about how these real kids solved real problems!

Then you can organize your research and determine how these inventions have impacted your life on a handy graphic organizer!

Head over to my TeachersPayTeachers store to check it out!

Way back in 2010 we celebrated Kid inventors day in a completely spontaneous way, check out that blog post: KID INVENTORS DAY 2010

I hope you are inspired to invent something on your own. (even like my kids – it had already been invented!) Come back again for another fun Homeschool Holiday to explore- because there is always something to learn!

With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

Please note that I am an Amazon Affiliate and as such the links I post are affiliate links.

For my full DISCLOSURE go HERE.



Rube Goldberg Machine Contest®, Rube Goldberg Machine® and Rube Goldberg Challenge® are all trademarks of RGI. Reference is used for educational purpose only. – not for profit

Ben Franklin Clip art courtesy TPT seller HendersonsHeadquarters.