World Space Week!

The solar system offers so much to learn. As a homeschooler we could easily spend an entire year of science just exploring this topic. I went a little crazy planning product for world Space Week…. so much so I didn’t get it all done IN TIME for World Space week! The ideas just kept coming. Let me introduce you to them:

Fascinating Facts

Product production began with a set of informational slides – one for each planet and companion worksheets. Fact sheets are also provided to make the product homeschool friendly, or to provide a visual aide for classroom learners. Honestly, classrooms and Homeschools are not *that* different. Having worked in both settings, I hope my products are versatile enough for both.

Available year round on your favorite teacher marketplace for $3.00. Slide Presentation, Fact Sheet, Mini book and a variety of Companion Worksheets for multiple skill levels.

Classroom teachers are using technology we may or may not be using at home, and as a result, I have included digital worksheet that are what I call “remote ready” at no extra charge. Learners can fill in the blanks using text boxes or by drag and drop when the google slides are in “edit” mode. For the printable version learners simply fill in the blanks the “old fashioned” way with pencil, or they cut and paste. Young learners can trace the names of the planets. There is something for everyone!

Phases of the Moon

I personally didn’t study the phases of the moon until a college level astronomy class. At least that’s how I remember it. Perhaps if I were to learn the phases with some of the hands on activities they have now I would remember. There are plenty of other sellers out there offering clever cookie representations of the phases… I went with a bit of a more traditional pencil/ paper route…with your “digital” options!

Available on your favorite marketplace for $2.50 (this way you have enough to purchase cookies!) Learn the Phases of the Moon and practice them with the companion worksheets in both paper and digital formats.

Homeschool Holiday offers the Phases of the Moon in the same format as the planets: slide presentation, fact sheets and mini book. After exploring the facts in the way your learners are most comfortable (Or you can use a combination of methods!) whip out the companion worksheets. There are traditional fill in the blank ( or type in the blank if you are using the digital resources) as well as cut and paste (or digital drag and drop). There are worksheets for multiple age levels as well. Young learners can trace over the phases of the moon while they listen.

Have your own Curriculum? Just need a quick Craft?

This awesome craft is only $2.00 on your favorite Teacher marketplace. It comes in print-and go color as well as color your own versions. A great supplement to ANY solar system curriculum.

Perhaps you have your own solar system curriculum or you have studied it in the past. I get it. This quick craft is just what you need to Celebrate World Space Week – or to “top off” your own studies of the planets!

Family Game or Center Activity

The Solar System Memory Games make a great family game night or afternoon activity as well as a classroom center. Just print the cards onto a thick cardstock, laminate for durability and cut apart. Play one of the 4 different games, or combine all the cards into one big game.

$2.00 for 4 different Memory Games

Learners can match picture to picture or picture to text depending on the level you choose for them.

Finally – a Freebie!

If you just want our quickest, and easiest and FREEST Planets resource – Visit my Amped Up Learning Store and download this Word Search. – It is only Available on the Amped Up Learning Market Place. When you download this FREEBIE you agree to be added to the Homeschool Holiday “Curriculum Club” Newsletter List.  We send out a Newsletter Monthly and you will also get access to our exclusive Member’s Only Area where you can download more Freebies that can only be found there! The newsletter also gets sent when we announce new products we are especially excited about, as well as when an especially exciting freebie has been added to the Member’s only area. Your inbox will not be flooded.

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Cherished Friends

Growing up “Baby” was my best friend. I could tell him anything. He never judged me, and was always supportive. My mom joked that she was going to have the florist incorporate Baby into my wedding bouquet. There was no need, he went with us on our honeymoon.

Multiple Buddies made life easier

I didn’t exactly “force” my children to have a special buddy, but knowing the trauma of misplacing baby – let’s just say I was prepared for them to have special buddies.

My oldest was showered with every animal under the sun shortly after birth. Somehow she managed to get a cow down off the edge of her crib. When I figured out she had taken to him, I quickly secured ” quintuplets”. A bit excessive in hind site, but it worked. Bulloney as he came to be called, was easy to swap out at nap time and launder. Once he was forgotten at the babysitters…but I said he was in the back of the truck in the back pack. Daddy met us at home, got the back pack out of the back – and low and behold – Bulloney appeared. That was one cryptic phone call.

My middle we presented with triplet ducks, and being the easy going child, she just accepted them. Not all three at once mind you… the same routine of bait and switch went on for years. Eventually kids are observant and the slightest details GET NOTICED – but by then the need for secrecy was up and a pile of cows and ducks remained on the girls’ beds.

Third child made his own decisions

My son, and the youngest did not want anything to do with the frogs we carefully picked out for his buddy. In fact to this day they appear brand new. Instead he swiped a stuffed Orca, Shamu the whale we got for Megan at Sea World a few months earlier and would not let go. Megan being the easy going child was fine with it. Shamu became – Baboo and the struggle of having a child with only ONE buddy became very real.

Baboo, like his “namesake” Shamu the Orca liked to jump and one day jumped right out of the truck while we were getting the three bugs strapped into car seats. He was very quiet, and since it was a parking lot, we were not in the “splash zone”.

When we got home, Douglas cried because Baboo was gone. Mommy panicked as if Douglas himself was gone as well. Back to the store we went – and Thank the heavens someone had put Baboo up onto a light post where we could see him easily! This prompted Daddy to invent Buddy seatbelts. Now everyone got buckled in the car (and the strollers!)

Baboo is much more worn than the cows or the ducks, because he did not rotate. He did however spark a collection of Orca stuffed animals to beat all collections. Baboo became Big Baboo, when a smaller version was added. We have Medium Baboo as well as tiny and Humongous Baboo. After that I’m not sure they get names any more. Just last weekend I picked one up I found in Michaels. My Husband said… “You know he’s 16 right? I don’t think he wants that. “

This is Orville (his tag had a name, he got lucky.) He has been sitting on my son’s desk for a week. I don’t think he -minded- getting an additional orca from his mom, even if they don’t all live on his bed any longer!

National Shamu the Whale Day

Today happens to be National Shamu the Whale Day. It’s purpose is to raise awareness for Orca whales. Here at the Happy Hive we love our little pod of orca whales.

It seems others are Orca fans as well. Our Orca Paper Plate Activity is a BEST SELLER… out selling the Cow and Duck designed after the other *Buddies* as well as EVERY OTHER design we stock!

Dollar Deal!

If you would like to make our Orca Paper Plate ( or any of our other animals!) head over to your favorite online Marketplace to grab it. Paper Plate Animal Patterns are only $1.00 each!

My Math “origin” Story…

In our house we are big Super Hero fans. In the hero world, characters have back stories – or “origin” stories. Honestly EVERYONE has an “Origin Story” These are the events that shape you into the person you are.

September 25th is Math Storytelling Day, so here is my MATH origin story….

Math is one of the subjects it seems learners either love or run from screaming… I was the kid that ran screaming! Now as an adult I don’t know why. I can’t pinpoint when I began to dislike Math. Looking back, and with over 25 years in education I believe I was ALLOWED to have that attitude. Those that loved me just “accepted” I wasn’t good at Math, and I was strong in Language Arts, and moved on. I spent my entire education avoiding Math. Can you IMAGINE my reaction when I was presented my first teaching contract for 4th grade and told there was a separate Math teacher? When I taught public school I got by for 1 year, then I rallied the other 4th grade teachers and we departmentalized. Guess who DIDN’T teach Math again! (YOU GUESSED IT!)

When I was presenting Math to my children I was very careful with my attitude. Attitude is everything. I presented the “Problems” as opportunities. We didn’t solve Word Problems, for example – we solve Math Mysteries! When it was time for Math performed OPERATIONS. If you would like to see more about the powerful use of word choice I have a post about it HERE.

When the outgrew Momma, I purchased an online teaching curriculum and off they went!

It took until I was 40 – yes 40 to find my comfort and dare I even say… Love of Math. I finally was in a job setting where I was not able to run screaming from Math any longer. I was 100% THE 4th grade Math teacher. At the school in which I accepted the position was a wonderful friend, who had, in the past been the 4th grade Math teacher, and happened to love Math. No matter how many times I interrupted what she was doing, she patiently explained whatever I needed, when I needed it – sometimes coming to my classroom to be the “guest teacher” if time permitted. She would also come after school to tutor me so I’d be prepared to teach the next day, patiently and lovingly explaining to a 40 year old woman, 4th grade Math as if there wasn’t anything “wrong” with the situation. I was finally ready to learn Math.

WHAT AN EXAMPLE that class saw. They saw their 40 year old teacher admit when she needed help, and their former 1st grade teacher come to the rescue! I learned my multiplication tables right with them. They always won. I will never be faster than a 4th grader, and that’s OK. I know them now.

Math Storytelling Day is a day designed to get people talking about Math in a positive way – to help that “run screaming” attitude.  It’s funny, I actually met someone BRILLIANT off the charts in math who runs screaming from Language Arts. It was truly an “Ah-ha” moment for me. Just as I was pushed through the education system for being a strong reader and my Math skills slipped further and further… this learner slipped through due to his excellent Math skills. I’m not blaming anyone, or even the system. Kids are crafty little cutie-pies and boy they come up with all sorts of cover ups to avoid the dreaded (Insert pepto – bismol subject here). 

While I will never love Math in the way I love Reading, I do wish I had had someone inspire me earlier than 40 so my education would have been more balanced and that fear would not have grown and grown. 

Math Storytelling day is a day to help bring balance into the lives of our learners. It’s the best of BOTH worlds… MATH and STORY. At the very least… SHARE YOUR MATH JOURNEY with the learners in your life… love math or run screaming…. Your HONEST reflection will impact those around you and it just may make a difference. 

I hope you will celebrate today in the most amazing Mathematical ways… 

Cook

Play a game ( Monopoly, Rack-O, TriOminos, Memory…) 

Tangrams

Pattern Blocks, regular blocks, Legos

Puzzles

Cut things into Fractions

Or you can use the old stand by… Roll in the TV and VCR and put on Good ‘ole Donald in Math Magic Land!  Oh wait – now we have YouTube. I actually watched this on – GASP – film!!!! (Yup, I’m THAT old!) 

This Classic answers the Age old question about how Math is used “in real life”.

Mrs. Crabtree’s first experience with MathMagic land was on a reel-to-reel movie projector in a classroom in the late 1970’s. It is a FAVORITE of mine to show any learners I can!

I personally love when Math and Language Arts mix. Take for example, Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol. This detective is often solving cases using the same critical thinking skills it takes to perform math operations. The books also follow a somewhat predictable format and encourage critical thinking in the reader. The reader is often able to figure out the mystery as well. There are 10 mysteries in each book.

Looking for a good Encyclopedia Brown book? They are all self contained. I suggest: Encyclopedia Brown Solves them all, The case of the Two-Dollar Bill.

Some of my other Math Favorites:

The Grapes of Math

Penrose the Mathematical Cat

Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School

Today is all about kids creating their OWN math stories. They don’t have to write a complete work of literature, but how about these ideas:

Write a set of Math Mysteries (Word Problems) for a sibling or friend to solve

Write a math related children’s story (counting, shapes, mini math mysteries)

I hope you will consider using our MATH MYSTERIES in your lessons this year. They are not a complete full year curriculum, but instead designed to help introduce the language of Math, and how to use your super sleuth powers to solve the operations!

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This is one holiday you don’t want to forget!

The elephants sure won’t… because today is National Elephant Appreciation Day.

Why Elephants are Special

Is it true? Do elephants “never” forget? Perhaps the adage – never say never comes into play, however, this common proverb is actually rooted in scientific fact. Elephants have been studied by many different research groups. The consensus is that these animals have very high recall ability and rank in intelligence with dolphins, apes and humans.

In fact an elephant is also able to recognize their reflection in a mirror. The other animals able to do this are the dolphin, chimpanzee and human. This makes this a very specialized skill.

Having an excellent memory helps the elephant survive, remembering where food and water are located. This is especially important in times of drought. An elephant can live between 50 and 60 years, relying on their store of information year after year.

Elephants have the ability to remember other elephants and humans, even if they have only known one another for a short time and have been separated for many years. Another special quality is that the elephant has the largest brain of any land animal. It is very similar in structure and function to the human brain, including how emotion is processed. Elephants are the only non human animals to mourn their dead.

Human mistreatment

Unfortunately, humans do not treat elephants with the respect they deserve Their habitat is destroyed, they are killed for their ivory and skin, and they are held captive and mistreated around the world.

Holidays such as Elephant Appreciation Day are important for bringing awareness to these fantastic animals. The more we know about the Elephant, the more we can do to help them.

How to celebrate

If you would like to celebrate this holiday with a quick craft, try our Elephant Paper Plate Craft. It is part of our DOLLAR DEAL collection. This activity comes with both “easy” and more advanced patterns as well as color and color-your-own styles. There is sure to be a pattern for all your learners!

Visit my Amped Up Learning store to purchase this craft. Use with or without a paper plate!

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Avast Me Harties – ye want ta be learning about this day!

Arrg! Ahoy there! Today we celebrate one O’ the finest days in the land! It be:

Talk like a Pirate day!

Just Two Friends

This fun holiday has very humble roots. It stems from the idea of two friends who were playing racquetball together and started bantering back and forth like Pirates. They thought it would be fun if there was a holiday specifically devoted to talking like pirates, because talking like pirates makes everything fun. John Baur and Mark Summers came up with September 19th, 1995 as the day! They immediately launched their campaign… I mean they just talked like Pirates on that day for a few years with their friends…

Calling in expert help

Finally in 2002 the two men emailed Pulitzer Prize* winning newspaper columnist Dave Barry of the Miami Herald and told them all about their holiday. Surprisingly Mr. Barry emailed back!

*The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature and musical composition within the United States

The rest as they say is history… with the promotional support of Dave Barry, the holiday began to take off… marking September 19th 2002 the official beginnings of Talk like a Pirate Day.

How to Celebrate

Studying Pirates offers a rich experience and they have an extensive Vocabulary to boot! Why not take a break from the ordinary and do something Pun. – I mean fun!

Pirate Puns is available for $2.00 and includes a PowerPoint presentation (Google slides also) and companion worksheet. Little learners will be experts when your lesson washes up on shore!

This great resource tales learners through how puns are formed, then uses Pirate themed puns to fully illustrate their use. Learners follow along on the Companion worksheet noting the key terms and analyzing how the pun is “punny”!

Another fun thing to do is to use a Pirate Translator like THIS ONE to see what your everyday conversations would sound like if you were a Pirate. Use it to send a text or an email to family and friends.

Looking for simply FUN things to so… why not enjoy the Pirate Reading Room and Fortune Teller Activity! In this curriculum, Learners listen to as many or as few stories as you want them to. The read alouds originated on you tube, and have been routed through SAFE YOU TUBE so there are no ads, or “next videos” for young learners to click. The PDF contains links or QR codes the learner can scan with their tablet or phone.

Plenty of FUN for your little pirates in this Activity Pack! $1.50 on the Amped Up Learning Marketplace.

If you really want to get your scurvy dog talking like a Pirate – try the Pirate Vocabulary and Parts of Speech Review Activity!

Just $1.25 for 21 Pirate themed Vocabulary Words. You Can talk like a Pirate! Available on the Amped Up Learning Marketplace.

Review the 8 parts of speech and then complete a word study on 21 different Pirate words. There are even a few Prepositions! You have complete control over how many words you want learners to dig deep and explore, but definitions and part of speech are provided for all 21. They have to use in a sentence, provide synonyms, antonyms, draw a picture, and more to show understanding!

If you LOVE all three of our Pirate Activities they are available in a money Saving Bundle. Mix and match the activities for an all around swashbuckling great day!

Purchase the BUNDLE on the Amped Up Learning Marketplace for $3.80 – that’s 20% off the individual prices.

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The elusive origin story surrounding the Hot Dog

Close up picture of hot dog with ketchup and mustard. Title reads Fun Facts about Hot Dog History

Where does the Hot Dog come from?

The history of the Hot Dog is as mysterious as the actual meat used to make them…. Historians are not even clear how these delicious staples of Backyard BBQs got their name “Hot Dog”.

Two European cities are connected to the origin story of the hot dog… Frankfurt Germany and Vienna Austria. Most people trace the hot dog back to Germany through the common sausage known as the frankfurter. But there is also the Vienna wienerwurst, and although not as desirable among mothers, hot dogs were also called wieners as a result of this town.

If you want to know more about the History of the Hot do you will find all the fascinating facts in our History of the Hot Dog Curriculum.

Fun Hot Dog Facts

In the meantime, here are some Fun Hot Dog Facts to delight your senses this  National Hot dog Day:

National Hot Dog Day is September 10th

The most popular hot dog topping is mustard

Astronauts on the Apollo 11 ate hot dogs while in space

Summer is the most popular time for Hot dogs in the USA – especially between The 4th of July and memorial day.

Hot dog eating contests are popular in many places. Nathan’s Famous holds one each year at their original stand in Coney Island New York.

A hot dog is not considered a sandwich

Hot dogs are actually good for you! A beef hot dog is about 190 calories and has 7 grams of protein. It also has 30% of the Vitamin B12 we need. This vitamin is important for a normal metabolism, children’s brain development and mental clarity in adults.  

The first thing Mickey Mouse said in a cartoon was:
“Hot Dog!”

Celebrating Hot Dog Day

I hope you will celebrate national Hot Dog day by learning more about this fun food with our Hot Dog History and Mini Book.

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You can make homemade floats and host a Hot Dog Parade like we did here at the Happy Hive Homeschool back in 2010.


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Look! Up in the sky!

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane….

I remember watching re-runs of the classic Superman Television show as a child. Even as special effects became more and more advanced, I didn’t mind the archaic graphics of my hero. After all he was:

Faster than a speeding bullet ~ More powerful than a locomotive ~ Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

This line from the television series: The Adventures of Superman (aired September 1952 through April 1958) has Superman, jumping over a then, modern day skyscraper. Superman was pretty cool.

Superman clip art by MelonHeadzClipArt

Look up in the sky… It’s a SKYSCRAPER!

More than just a tall building

Today we celebrate the skyscraper. A Skyscraper is more than just a tall building or a large structure. In fact, a skyscraper must have more than 40 floors to be designated as such. The first skyscraper was much smaller, however. It was the 10 – story Home Insurance Company Building designed by William Le Baron Jenney. It was built in Chicago in 1885. Jenney trained Louis H. Sullivan, who became known as “the father of skyscrapers.

September 3, skyscraper day, is Sullivan’s birthday and why we celebrate National Skyscraper day!

Black and White photograph of the first skyscraper. The 10 story Home Insurance Company Building in Chicago.
Black and White photograph of the first skyscraper! – The 10 story Home Insurance Company Building in Chicago.
Chicago Architectural Photographing Company / Public domain

Brief history of skyscrapers

At first any building that was taller than its surrounding buildings was called a skyscraper (Because as their name suggests, the seem to “scrape the sky”). As architecture improved, so did our ability to build upward, and the standard for being classified as a “skyscraper” was set at 40 floors. Back in The 1950’s when television Superman was leaping “over tall buildings in a single bound”, the tallest buildings were in New York City. The Chrysler Building (54 stories) and soon after the Empire State Building (102 stories).

Manhattan skyline with World Trade center towers at dusk, New York City.

New York has a reputation for the tallest sky scrapers for many years. After the Empire State Building, the tallest skyscrapers in the world were the twin towers. They were completed in 1973 and stood 110 stories tall before the events of September 11, 2001. Currently, Jeddah Tower, or Kingdom Tower, is under construction in Saudi Arabia.When it is finished it will be the tallest in the world at 200 floors! Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emeritus is currently the tallest in the world, taking the place of the Twin Towers in 2010.

How to celebrate

You can celebrate today by building your own Skyscrapers. Use whatever material you have on hand… Blocks, plastic cups, Index cards, marshmallows and spaghetti, craft sticks, even a tower of cookies! See who can get their skyscraper the tallest using the same quantity of materials.

You can also use part of the Homeschool Holiday Dollar Deal Curriculum. We have A unique activity called: Skyscraper Day – Name City! Learners use the letters in their name to graph their own one of a kind cityscape! Directions and printables are ready to go! To purchase simply click on the image below to visit the HomeschoolHoliday store in the Amped Up Learning Marketplace!

Each learner creates a unique skyscraper using their name. First and middle, or first and last! Use a nick-name for added fun.

If you would like to build a “Skyscraper” of cookies, why not try our Oreo Stacking Challenge. In this activity learners can work as teams or independently to see how high they can stack cookies! There is even a printable award for the winner! Tie in your math by calculating the mean, median and mode using data gathered by the participants. Math never tasted so good. This resource is also available in my Amped Up Learning store for only $3.00. Simply click the image below to shop.

Celebrate Skyscraper Day with a Cookie Skyscraper from Homeschool Holiday. Designed for both Home and Classroom use, you won’t be disappointed with this resource!

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What’s the most popular pet in the World?

Over 470 million of these animals are kept as pets worldwide. (as of 2018). It is reported that 37% of Americans give this pet a present on it’s birthday. The fastest growing population of this animal is in India. They were not always “pet” material and in fact, started out as wild animals millions of years ago. Can you guess what the most popular pet in the world is?

The answer revealed:

That’s right – Man’s Best Friend – the Dog is the most popular pet, and today August 26th we celebrate National Dog Day.

Perhaps you have a dog, or you may be curious about how the dog ended up with the title: Man’s Best Friend. Today is a good day to explore that!

The dogs we keep as pets today are classified as domestic animals. Domestic animals are animals that are tamed and kept by humans as a work animal, food source, or pet. Domestic animals are members of a species that have, through selective breeding, become very different from their wild ancestors.

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Mrs. Crabtree of Homeschool Holiday and her dog – Penny Pie

History of Domestication

The process of taming “wild dogs” began when a population of wolves moved to the outskirts of hunter-gatherer camps to scavenge for leftover food. Looking at the cute and cuddly little ( or even big) ball of fur beside you today it’s hard to believe – but if you go back far enough: All dogs descended from wolves.

Scientists are having a hard time agreeing on exactly where dog domestication began taking place and WHEN. There is even a theory that wolves were domesticated into ‘dogs’ twice over history.

Yet another theory of dog domestication follows the concept of what is called self-domestication. This theory is based on a study done with a particular breed of fox, and the idea that the tamer, friendlier, more attractive wolves would have had better access to the food supply of the hunter-gatherer and therefore an advantage within the pack.

I know it’s hard to resist giving my dog something to eat when she looks at me with that cute little face and wags her tail! Ancient Humans perhaps did the same.

The studies of dog domestication continue as fossils are found and newer, more advanced work with DNA develops. In the meantime, we know the end result: Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish, Hamster and (dare I say it…) even snakes enrich our lives through pet ownership.

How to Celebrate

You can celebrate National Dog day with the Homeschool Holiday Paper Plate Craft: DOG. We have more than 12 different Paper Plate Crafts to choose from all priced at just $1.00 each or $4.50 in a bundle. They come with 2 different skill levels: easy and advanced, as well as with full color and color your own patterns ! These are great for households with multi age learners, combo classes or a learning co-op!

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If you want to celebrate Pet ownership – Pet Paper Dolls & Animal coloring pages is a fantastic way! This set not only has FULL COLOR paper Dolls for Dog and Cat, it has Color-Your-Own paper dolls for: DOG, CAT, TURTLE, MOUSE, SNAKE, HAMSTER, GUINEA PIG, FISH, CAT, BIRD, & BUNNY. There are also 16 different coloring pages and a writing activity all for just $2.00.

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Famous Dog Holiday

You may have missed this famous dog’s special day: Pluto the Pup. Pluto is a Mouse’s best friend – Mickey Mouse! Learn the history of this special relationship, and if you are a member of our CURRICULUM CLUB be sure to download the SENSATIONAL SIX freebie that has links and activities for all 6 of the main characters!

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Sources:

https://www.petsecure.com.au/pet-care/a-guide-to-worldwide-pet-ownership/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-wolves-really-became-dogs-180970014/

When your teeth land on the roof, I hope they land Straight!

Fairy Magic

There truly is nothing like fairy magic. Glitter. Pixie Dust. Whatever it takes. Fairies are meant to bring joy into our lives. (Unlike the Leprechauns who bring mischief.)

If you would like to read up on Fairies, Gnomes, and tInternational Fairy Day, June 24th you can HERE

Today’s holiday, National Tooth Fairy Day (also celebrated on February 28th), surrounds the western culture’s folklore that when children leave a lost tooth under their pillow, the Tooth Fairy comes to collect it and leaves them something in it’s place. In our home the first lost tooth was always rewarded with a new toothbrush as well as a $2.00 bill! The Tooth Fairy likes to leave a trail of glitter to show she has been in the house as well!

Because she is magic, she has the ability to do different things for different children, following rules of parents ( like perhaps no glitter in your house!) or leaving candy instead of money. She also leaves a variety of denominations. The tradition of leaving money comes from Northern Europe, where the tooth fee was paid when a child lost their first tooth. It has been recorded in the Old Norse traditions known as the Edda (a collective of Norse literary works circa 1200)

Tooth Fairy Around the World

The Tooth Fairy, and Loosing teeth is celebrated in different ways around the world. Here are a few of them.

In the United States, England, Australia and Denmark, children most often put their tooth under their pillow when they go to sleep . When they wake up, the tooth is gone and it has been replaced with $1.00 (or other amount)

In Ireland, Anna Bogle, A mischievous leprechaun girl who was playing in the forest one day and knocked out her front tooth. She does not like how she looks without it, but can’t put it back in. She get’s the idea to get a human child’s tooth to replace her own. Stealing is against the leprechaun’s code of ethics, so she must leave a coin in return. Anna keeps trying until she finds a tooth that will fit.

In many Spanish speaking countries like Spain, Argentina Guatemala, and Mexico they have the “Tooth Mouse”. In some of these countries the Tooth mouse takes the tooth out of a glass of water (after drinking it!)

Still another fun tradition is throwing your teeth onto the roof! In Greece, China, Singapore, and Vietnam, children who toss teeth try to get them to land straight. That’s because, if the tooth lands crooked, it is believed the new tooth will grow in crooked!

In Turkey they do not have any “fairy” Instead they believe a lost tooth holds a child’s future. The family chooses special place to bury the tooth so their dreams for their child will come true.

If you are able to talk to friends or family in different countries, ask them about their tooth fairy traditions and compare them to your own. Use the opportunity to BRUSH UP on good dental hygiene! If you haven’t seen the dentist – use this Holiday as the perfect opportunity to schedule your next appointment!

Easy Ideas for Celebrating the Day

A fun and Free activity for celebrating the day is toothbrush art. Have your learner create a painting with an old toothbrush instead of a traditional paint brush. Be sure to cover the area with plenty of newspaper if you will be attempting the splatter paint technique!

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have enjoyed learning about some unique tooth fairy traditions from around the globe.

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This dog is a Mouse’s best friend! Happy Birthday Pluto the Pup!

Pluto (and what you might call his twin brother) got his start August 18th, 1932 when the Walt Disney Studio’s released The Chain Gang. The two then nameless blood hounds with a striking resemblance to the pup we know as Pluto, were sniffing out the Mouse himself after he had escaped from a chain gang. Pluto was then re-imagined as a pet, but in his second cartoon – he belonged to Minnie Mouse- and she called him Rover. Finally Pluto the Pup (his full name) settles in a Mickey’s best friend and pet in The Moose Hunt.

Pluto differs from the other friends in the Sensational Six in that he is the only character not who is not anthropomorphic (giving a character human tenancies beyond personification). Pluto’s personality relies solely on animation.

In 1942 Pluto was presented with the Tailwagger’s own Academy Award® called the Boscar. Pluto won for being the most promising dog actor of the year. This is considered a grand honor and great achievement in dog circles. The same year, to Lend A Paw, won the Oscar for Best Cartoon.

Pluto has remained steadfast and lovable over the years certainly deserving of his own special Holiday – Pluto Day August 18th.

You can also celebrate today with a FREE download of THE SENSATIONAL SIX by Happy Hive / Homeschool Holiday. This Set includes activities for EACH of the 6 main characters in the group.

For each character there is a brief history, information about their first animated appearances as well as some fun facts. I have linked to the best quality version of the cartoons mentioned as possible, for educational / historic purposes only.

I have also included a brief explanation of the literary terms personification and anthropomorphism. This is aimed at older learners in grades 5 and above as all of the characters except Pluto are considered anthropomorphic.

There are Comic Book Templates, a Cartoon Discussion guide as well as a link to a short video on the 5 Types of Animation all included for extension activities. This is a JAM PACKED FREEBIE! to celebrate 6 Amazing characters and their impact on cartoon culture.

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