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The Back to School sale is in full SWING on Amped up Learning. All Homeschool Holiday products are 25% off with no coupon code or hashtag needed. The discount will be taken in your cart!

As a matter of fact – all the AMAZING teacher authors I have featured on the blog (AND MORE!) have their stores on sale! The sale is site wide and we worked extra hard to get our REMOTE READY (distance learning) as well as Face to Face products loaded and downloadable for you!

We know times are uncertain, and your new protocols are just being rolled out. Homeschool Holiday has what you need to help develop those relationships from the start. Fun, engaging products that student’s love!

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National Coloring Book Day

History –

National Coloring Book day stems from the modern craze in “Adult” coloring books… At Happy Hive Homeschooling, we believe coloring is an ageless activity and has many benefits.

The first coloring book for children was invented in 1879 by The McLoughlin Brothers, a New York publishing firm that was later sold to Milton Bradley.

The Little Folks’ Painting Book, was a critical step in making “coloring books” popular among children.

You see, ADULTS had been learning to paint with “books you color yourself” for some time. So Adult coloring books were truly the first coloring books.

Painting Books –

Wax crayons were not invented until 1903, therefore watercolors were the way in which these early books were colored by adults, and children alike. They were not called coloring books like we call them today, but instead were called “painting books.”

Coloring as Enrichment –

Adding color makes a picture come to life. Coloring books are for fun and in no way should replace other forms of art especially drawing on your own. If your learner enjoys coloring by all means let them color. Coloring pages make a creative addition to lessons and art activities but are not something the Happy Hive use as busywork.

Coloring pages can be used to complement lessons, to relax, or to introduce a topic. Using crayons, colored pencils, pastels or even watercolor paints as they did in the beginnings of coloring books,  your coloring can truly be a work of art.

“Coloring Books” from Homeschool Holiday –

Homeschool Holiday has put together 2 unique coloring products you won’t find anywhere else!

Detailed Designs and Mighty Mosaics.

The Detailed Designs line contain holiday themed pages and some additional “general” coloring pages for anytime use.

The Mighty Mosaics are along the line of the “adult” coloring books with repeated patterns. Each contains a title of what we call a HERO quality you can use for discussion.

How to Celebrate –

Celebrate National Coloring book day with these great products or by :

Creating your own coloring book by drawing line art for a younger sibling or friend

Host a coloring party where everyone comes over to color (Give a new box of crayons to all!)

Host a coloring contest

Splurge on some new coloring supplies

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Magical and mystical wrapped up into one special day!

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June 24th we celebrate International Fairy Day…. you may be imagining pretty creatures fluttering around in glittery dresses with  wands and magic… and you’re not wrong, but fairies have a rich history and they are more than just winged creatures.

History of Fairies

Fairies are creatures of legends – they are mythical creatures. We find their beginnings in European folklore. Stories of fairies were passed down through traditional beliefs, customs and stories. We don’t know if fairies are real.

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The most popular view of fairies is as magical creatures, like the tooth fairy (She is so popular there are 2 days set aside to celebrate her – February 28th and August 22) and Tinkerbell. However, The land of the Fairies contains fairies, gnomes, whisps, and dwarfs.

In Germany fairies or dwarfs are known to have lived in mines. They were called Knockers. These fairies would “knock” to warn the miners of pending cave ins and danger. That’s why they got the name = Knockers!

red hat gnome

The Gnomes we are familiar with, that often wear red hats, are designed after creatures from the far north. (Santa’s elves perhaps???) They spent their time living near the homes of humans which they would sometimes help out!

Celebrating Fairy Day

Fairies have found their way into literature, movies, and artwork  and yes our gardens over the years. Celebrating Fairy Day is an easy thing to do. Today is a great day to read a fairy tale, watch a movie starring fairies or honor them with a garden playground in your yard. Don’t forget the family of dwarfs and gnomes too!

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Poke art is fast and fun. It is something learners of all ages can do.

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This big shot duck has 2 days for us to celebrate his greatness – Donald Duck Day

It may seem like Mickey and Donald have always been friends…But Donald didn’t come into the cartoon picture until June 9, 1934 – 6 years after Mickey and Minnie made their successful debut in Steamboat Willie. This marks June 9th as Donald Duck Day! (or does it…keep reading)

Donald enters the scene as a character in the Silly Symphonies cartoon The Wise Little Hen. This is Disney’s adaptation of the fairy tale, the Little Red Hen. In the cartoon we see a playful duck and his friend Peter Pig dancing and playing to avoid helping. In the end wise Mrs. Hen teaches the animals the value of labor.

Like other Disney characters, this may not have been the actual first time Donald appeared as one of Mickey’s friends. In the book The Adventures of Mickey Mouse Donald appears with some other yet-to-be-seen-in-cartoon-friend’s of Mickey!

In this book Donald is seen wearing pants. A rarity indeed.

He may have had a “late start” as one of the Sensational Six (The 6 main characters in the Disney franchise.), however Donald Duck is credited with appearing in more feature films than the Mouse himself. Donald is also the proud owner of an Oscar, for his role in the 1943 animated short Der Feuhrer’s Face (an anti-Nazi cartoon).

Traditionally a Character’s “Birthday” is celebrated based on the day of their first appearance – making June 9 Donald’s Birthday. Fans also come up with character Birthday’s based on their findings. According to some, Donald was born on March 13, 1914. The concept behind this comes from the 1949 cartoon “Donald’s Happy Birthday”. In this cartoon it is revealed his birthday is March 13th. In Walt Disney’s The Life of Donald Duck, his authorized biography, published in 1941, we find out he was born on Friday the 13th. Some dedicated fans found all of the instances of Friday, March 13 and, using other clues from the Duck-verse, determined that Donald was born on March 13, 1914. It’s fitting that this over the top Duck who loves to be in the spotlight would have 2 days in which we can celebrate as DONALD DUCK DAY!

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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.

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Delightfully Delicious – Doughnuts!

With so many to choose from, you are bound to find one pleasing to your palate! The first Friday in June is set aside as National Doughnut day. It honors a time in America when, during World War I ladies of the Salvation Army called the “Salvation Army Lassies” served doughnuts to the men fighting on the front lines in Europe. Doughnuts had been invented before this time, but their mission during The Great War as well as during the Depression helped to make the doughnut one of America’s most popular treats.

Twenty-two Salvation Army officers went from the United States to the trenches of France in 1917, four of them women. Their goal was simple and straightforward – to help the troops forget about the war. They passed out hot chocolate and hosted dances, but the most successful campaign was when they took bits of dough and fried it using lard inside the metal helmets of the soldiers. The operation grew until they were making 2,500 doughnuts a day.

During World War I American infantrymen were often called doughboys, but the reason has nothing to do with the sugary treat.

Soldiers were likely called DOUGHBOYS stemming from their time fighting to defend the border of the United states against the Mexican rebel Pancho Villa. Foot soldiers were often covered in the wite dust from the adobe and mounted soldiers began calling them “adobes” or “dobies”. Within a few months, these dobies, or “Doughboys”, were redeployed to Europe to fight in World War I.

There they found the distraction served up by the Salvation army by the lovely Salvation Army Lassies!

When the soldiers came home to the United States, they asked their wives and neighborhood bakeries to make doughnuts. Before you knew it – The doughnut became a permanent part of American cuisine.

When the Great Depression rolled around… the Salvation Army in their attempt to raise money in desperate times, went back to this old standby. They declared the First Friday in June National Doughnut Day, and in exchange for a few coins in their red bucket, you could get a piping hot doughnut!

So, go out and grab some doughnuts today in honor of the Doughnut Lassies and do what they did best – Share them!

PS – if you are wondering about the spelling of DOUGHNUT vs DONUT

…if you’re into that sort of thing—is “doughnut.” The Americanized spelling is “donut.”

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When everything is dark…

Tuesday June 2, 2020 is being promoted as BLACK OUT TUESDAY… quite honestly it scared me. The last time I woke up and saw a friend’s facebook profile completely black, he had said goodbye and had taken his own life. That is not something to be celebrated, nor promoted. So being the Holiday Queen I decided to quickly research what today is REALLY ABOUT.

According to NPR, BLACK OUT TUESDAY is a movement promoted by the music companies in support of black lives. Those in the Music industry are planning to reflect on ways they can make actions equal changes. A lot of money is being donated to groups working for racial justice.

This has the capacity to send a profound message. IF you use the right hashtag… #theshowmustbepause

It seems according to USA Today, the movement is getting a little blow-back because people putting black squares on their social media are also using the BLACK LIVES MATTER hashtag – drowning it in a sea of unusable posts.

So today – when you change you image to BLACK – because you support the idea that # Black Tuesday 2020 is a good thing and that #TheShowMustBePaused understand what you are “Celebrating” and supporting.

If you have teenagers or learners with phones and social media accounts – TALK TO THEM about what is going on. Take a minute and research before blindly following in the footsteps of others. PAUSING is an excellent idea. I am glad to participate in #theshowmustbepaused

I encourage you to visit the website – it’s not black out Tuesday Now how you think it is. – That is some one else’s agenda.

Visit www.theshowmustbepaused.com

This is not organized by Black Lives Matter – but yes, they do, it’s tied together. and people are running with a new agenda. I’m going to go ahead and do just as the organizers of today suggest. I need a minute.

for the original source and links for helping. I plan to do just as the organizers suggest. I need a minute.

Be blessed my friends

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This is by far the BIGGEST holiday of the year! You don’t want to miss out on this one!

They may have disappeared over 60 million years ago, however dinosaurs remain some of the most beloved topics of study in any educational setting. June 1st is International Dinosaur day. Dinosaurs roamed the earth at a time when the land was all one, the super continent Pangaea. This is a fascinating topic itself.

I mention it because we find fossils of the same dinosaur in The United States and Egypt…yet they are oceans apart -TODAY. Kids are amazed by this. I don’t believe any dinosaur discussion is complete without beginning with a discussion on Pangaea.

This video by kids, for kids does a great job! The link takes you to the SAFE YOU TUBE view. No ads, no “inappropriate” next videos.

MAP of PANGEA || Plate Tectonics || Pangea Breaking Apart Animation

Every depiction of a dinosaur is just that, a depiction. No one knows what color they were. But the fossils scientists have found and studied have told us amazing things!

We know their size, what they ate, during which time period they lived and even if they were good mothers!

Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the dinosaurs is their size. It’s hard to TRULY get a feel for how big the dinosaurs were without some tangible activity. If you are blessed with a Natural History Museum that houses a dinosaur display, by all means, pay them a visit. It’s fun to compare your size to their size “in real life”.

You hardly notice there are children in this picture the dinosaur is so big!
These three Bugs will make a nice snack for this Carnivore!

Here is a fun idea you can do in your neighborhood park or other open area.

It takes just a quick minute to prep. Here is what you need:

-At least 5 different dinosaurs (Classroom teachers, divide your class in half so students work in pairs). You can Google for the information or use the FACT SHEETS Homeschool Holiday has in their handy curriculum! It’s fun to let the kids choose their favorites!

– Length in feet for each of the dinosaurs (included in the fact sheets) chosen the more variety the better.

– Ball of string, cut into the lengths of each of the dinosaurs chosen. then placed into a zip top bag and labeled. Be careful not to tangle the string. Ribbon works well also.

– Large open space such as a park or soccer field.

One learner holds the string at one end, and the other takes the other end as far as it will stretch. – That’s how big the dinosaur was!

If you would like to take your dinosaur studies a bit further – Happy Hive has just what you need. This curriculum is packed with Facts! 20 fact sheets, a book that both young and older learners can sink their carnivorous teeth into creating and a mural for you to hang. As you learn about each dinosaur (you chose the pace) cut out the dinosaur and attach it to the mural free style, or sort it according to the time period. This is engaging and fun for any time of the year.

Our fascination with these ancient creatures knows no limits. I have studied dinosaurs several times myself over the years and each time I am blessed with something new and wonderful. This set of curriculum will save you time researching WHICH dinosaurs to use in your study – you can always add more based on your learners and their interests. Creating the mural is a favorite activity with each group I use it! I hope your group finds as much enjoyment!

It’s important if you ever run into a life-sized T-Rex to run screaming and take a picture for the scrapbook!

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An unsolved mystery that dates back to the Romans…Who invented the Hamburger?

May 28th – National Hamburger Day

The world can not seem to agree on exactly WHO and exactly WHEN the Hamburger was invented…but they have become an icon of America to the tune of over 50 billion eaten a year by Americans alone! It’s a fascinating history for sure and if you are not hung up on the exacts and specifics – FUN to look at. One thing historians do agree on is that the Hamburger is named after the city in Germany – Hamburg. Other than that – it’s very hard to prove who and when the very first ground meat between buns was served!

Happy Hive Homeschool has put together a fun presentation chronicling the facts as we found them, including when fast food burger restaurants were founded. That timeline was very clear and, well, SURPRISING. I discovered McDonald’s was founded in “my backyard”, San Bernardino California. In fact, California seemed to be the birthplace for most fast food restaurants on the timeline. The first was a COMPLETE SURPRISE. – It’s all wrapped up in a fun PowerPoint you can use or print as a PDF. After discovering for your self – you can create a wall sized timeline and a few other activities in the curriculum. The kids will love it. Take a peek at the preview by downloading it below:

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One of the most appealing things about the Hamburger is that it is appetizing to everyone, even vegetarians have their plant-based version! Basic beef burgers have evolved into: Turkey burgers, Chicken Burgers, Emu Burgers, Buffalo Burgers…any form of ground meat really! And the toppings… The sky is the limit. You can make your burger any way that pleases your taste buds!

Celebrating the day is as easy as Apple Pie…. Serve up your favorite ground meat (or veggie) burger patty with plenty of topping options and have a make-your-own burger party.

There are even some really fun burger making games available on Amazon to play.

The Happy Hive has an adorable hamburger stacking craft you can make. This set of Curriculum is so versatile it can be an art project, and end of the year memory book or you can use it to accompany a literature unit. We call it: How Our Year Stacked Up.

HAMBURGER is a character in the story. Use the craft to Summarize the events or analyze text structure, etc.

The great thing about this curriculum pack is that the PowerPoint allows for full customization to your situation or you can use the convenient ready to print color, or color your own patterns. It also comes with JUMBO patterns so you can decorate a hallway or bulletin board. Or simply make a GIANT Burger as your craft! Check out the preview below:

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Memorial Day – The official beginning of Summer


It’s so much more than that. Memorial day is a day of remembrance. Today we remember the Men and Women who have died while serving in the United States Armed forces. It is only “recently” (1971) that Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States. It was originally called Decoration Day.

In 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo was chosen for it’s reputation for closing businesses, decorating graves of soldiers with flowers and flags, and holding events annually to honor the fallen soldiers.

Originally the day was to honor those lost in the Civil War. Since, the United States (and obviously many other countries) had gone through 2 World Wars, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War… and we have added others still. Memorial Day is for ALL the fallen of war, regardless of which war.

The red poppy is a remembrance inspired by a popular World War I poem called – In Flanders Field. The poppy is actually classified as a weed which is likely why t was so prevalent in the battle worn field that inspired the poem. In Flanders Field was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. The tone he used was to give a voice to the fallen soldiers that were buried under the field of poppies he saw before him. To this day the poem is one of the most famous works to emerge from what we call “The Great War”.

After reading the poem herself, a Frenchwoman named Anna Guérin championed the symbolic power of the red poppy.

In Europe, the poppy is the official symbol of remembrance. Today, nearly a century after World War I ended, millions of people in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand don the red flowers every November 11 (known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day) to commemorate the anniversary of the 1918 armistice. You may recognize this date in the United States as Veteran’s Day – the day we honor all living veterans in the United States.

Here in the United States we wear the symbolic red poppy on the last Monday in May to honor the sacrifice of those who have given their lives fighting for our country.

I have put together a freebie for you to help reflect on the day. It contains a letter writing activity in which your learner can write a letter to an active service member, or a retired service member to say THANK YOU. This is an activity that never goes out of style. We can never thank them enough for their service! There are several writing pages in both color and color your own to choose from, instructions for the proper technique for letter writing as well as how to address an envelope.

You will also get color and black and white (Color your own) patterns for poppies and leaves. You are “on your own” to use these to create your own poppy craft. I have provided ideas for a field as well as a wreath, but the sky really is the limit!

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Looking for an eraser, a sock and a rubber band?

…If so you must be participating in a SCAVENGER HUNT! #ScavengerHuntDay is May 24th.

There is nothing more exciting than finding what you are looking for. Especially if it has been lost for awhile! There are many games surrounding the exciting concept of “seek and find”.

Today we explore the old fashioned party game: The Scavenger Hunt. The Scavenger Hunt as we know it today is credited to a event planner of sorts throughout the 1920s. Elsa Maxwell was paid by the wealthy to plan elaborate treasure hunt parties.

An interesting fact regarding the origin of the word scavenger is that it comes from a 14th century word that referred to the officials that collected the taxes: scawageour.

A scavenger hunt today consists of a list of random items to find. Sometimes they have a theme. Scavenger hunts can be held in teams or individuals can compete against one another. It is universally agreed participants are not allowed to purchase items from the list and must get them in unique ways. Many neighborhoods have been filled with laughing teenagers going from house to house asking for matches, an egg and a band aid! Some clever hunts have riddles as clues making the game a bit more difficult.

The winner can be determined an several ways:

First one back with all the items

Person with most items in given amount of time

Items are worth certain points, and the value of the items is used to determine a score.


If you would like to host a scavenger hunt the ideas are limitless:

Nature scavenger hunt

Color scavenger hunt (you can mix colors as well as individualize colors, for example hunters have to find everything red: red ball, red crayon, red book, etc.)

Alphabet scavenger hunt – find something for every letter of the alphabet. A fun version of this game is to find the LETTERS of the alphabet in road signs while you are driving.

Name Scavenger hunt (Find an item that begins with each letter of your name)

Shape scavenger hunt

Indoor items scavenger hunt

Do you have Friends and Family that live far away? Host a virtual scavenger hunt. Send the list by email to each player, then at the agreed upon time meet using an online meeting room such as Google Hangouts, Zoom or Skype.

You can also turn any Scavenger hunt list into a “Teen” activity by making it a Selfie Hunt. The players must take a selfie with the item for the points.

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Sources:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-scavenger-hunt-day-may-24/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsa_Maxwell