Looking to the Future

When schools closed the second week in March, I knew it was my opportunity to continue to work on Happy Hive Homeschooling. There was never enough time to get more than 1 item into my shop a week. My honest to goodness goal is to have a COMPLETE curriculum – something for EVERY DAY! I know that slow and steady win the race, I am comfortable with that…but 365 days finishing only 1 a week — that’s a mighty long race! I could hardly WAIT for summer to come, as I knew I’d have a solid 10 weeks to get a nice jump start. I have been given an extra 10 weeks due to the stay at home order! (I sincerely hope school re-opens in September. I will be working for an alternative education school and basically homeschooling the students that attend – it is right up my alley!)

I want to THANK each and every one of my blog followers, Instagram followers, Facebook Friends, and secret admirers out there cheering me on. When I met my sales goal for April (On April 26th, with plenty of time to spare!) it felt like a lottery win!

I enjoy making videos, helping families get started on their homeschool journey, coaching families while we homeschool together, creating curriculum – ALL of it! If you know someone – friend, family, homeschooler, teacher…that you think would like HomeschoolHoliday – I would love for you to share. I certainly have set a new goal for May and beyond!

April 28 – National Super Hero Day

Wonder Woman Clip Art by Melonheadz Illustrating

In 1995 a group of employees at Marvel Comics created Super Hero day. They asked people what they thought about super heroes and what super power they would like to have.

In our home that is a conversation we have had many, many times… What super power would you like to have? There were times I wanted super-paper-grading powers when I was a classroom teacher and I was so far behind I thought I would never catch up. Or how about Super Laundry folding powers? Or cooking powers? My son informs me those aren’t what the question means, and those powers are selfish because they only help me, not mankind… Sigh! I thought I was onto something! …Super Blogging powers! How about that one?

According to the website National Today . Com , the first ever publication containing a superhero was in 1935. The hero’s name was Phantom. Since then there have been many, many super hero characters to follow.

Superheroes don’t only appear in comics and movies. We also encounter Super Heroes every day! I bet you could name a few! There are no limits to the type of Hero you honor today.

To celebrate today the list of activities is only as limited as your imagination:

Create your own Super Hero – draw or tell all about their powers, back story, etc.

Honor the heroes in real life, perhaps a teacher, doctor, nurse, firefighter, police officer, the mayor, priest or minister! Anyone who goes above and beyond. Mom and Dad are often heroes! (Remember those super laundry powers! and Dads can fix most anything!) Make them a card, write a note, draw a picture – tell the person what makes them a Super Hero!

Watch your favorite super hero movie for fun, or complete this FREE movie guide:

You can also Dress the part of Super hero with our FANTASTIC DIY mask and wrist cuff printable as part of Today’s GREAT Freebie! It also contains Printable templates for creating your own comic books.

As a SPECIAL BONUS for you – my Happy Hive Super heroes! I have a BLOG READER EXCLUSIVE FREEBIE! That’s right! If you would like to receive the About Me Super Hero Worksheet Just hit the button below!

If you are interested in the full set of Comic Templates (8 plain and 8 with bursts and speech bubble embellishments) As well as color print and go masks & a SUPER word search. Check put the Complete Activity pack in My Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

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With Love,

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April 27 – Morse Code Day

Today we celebrate the birthday of Samuel Morse. He was born today – April 27, 1791!

Samuel Morse is credited with inventing Morse Code (of course!) and he is also often associated with the invention of the Telegraph. It’s had to pinpoint exactly who the “FIRST” is with any invention. Someone has almost certanly thought up part of it before. Combigning ideas makes for a great invention. It’s no different with the Telegraph. Without a doubt, Morse laid down the first line of electric telegraph from Washington to Baltimore.

Did you Write your Name in Morse Code with us on January 11th? If so you already have some practice with Morse Code! That’s actually why there are 2 days to celebrate. January 11th marks the Anniversary of the first public demonstration of the electric telegraph. The Inventors of this holiday thought it would be a great way to introduce Morse Code in a fun, easy way.

April 27 as was mentioned earlier is the Birthday of Samuel Morse, and that is why we celebrate Morse Code again today.

Did you know, When Samuel Morse originally invented Morse Code in the 1830’s for use in telegraphy, it only represented numbers! The Alphabet was added rather quickly, but that also created some issues. It was quickly determined that changes were needed, as Morse Code was unable to deal with many of the characters in other languages. This led to the creation of International Morse Code in 1851. We still use this Code today.

Morse Code is actually quite versatile. Just tap your pencil on the table in front of you and you can send a signal! You can even use 2 flashlights to send signals in the dark if the electricity goes out.

Morse Code was used extensively during World War II, in the Vietnam and Korean wars, and remained the standard format for ocean communication until it was replaced in 1999 by the Global Maritime Distress Safety System.

Morse Code is still used today, however it’s use is not widespread at all. Many amateur radio enthusiasts learn Morse Code, although it is not required. It is used the most in the fields of Aviation and Aeronautics due to the fact their radio navigational aids still identify Morse Code. The US Navy and Coast Guard still use signal lamps to communicate via Morse Code.

Morse Code is also used by people in whom their communication abilities are impaired by stroke, heart attack or even paralysis. Individuals can use their eye lids for example to blink in dots and dashes.

Visit the Natural History Museum to see what is believed to be an telegraph key from the original Baltimore-Washington Telegraph line: https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1096762

If you search the museum you will fall down a rabbit hole of fantastic images related to Samuel Morse and the Telegraph!

If you would like some easy activities for today you can use the Morse Code printables from January 11th to:

  1. Write a secret message for your friend using Morse Code. Using graph paper helps keep everything neat. Use one square for a dot, and 3 squares for a dash.

2. Samuel Morse was also a painter. Research this and re-create one of his paintings.

3. Create a spelling list for a younger sibling using Morse Code

4. Create a presentation about the most interesting invention Samuel Morse invented (WAS it the telegraph?)

Be sure to let us know how you celebrate Morse Code day in the comments section!

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With Love,

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Sources:

https://time.com/4307892/samuel-morse-telegraph-history/

https://uh.edu/engines/epi1393.htm

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

https://owlcation.com/humanities/morse_code

April 23 – Talk like Shakespeare Day

Today we celebrate the birthday of The English poet and playwright William Shakespeare. He was born April 23, 1864.

Today is a day fine reader that we must embrace like no other, for today doth shine brighter than that of the sun! Step out of thy comfort zone and into thee limelight, for all the world is a stage!

For many English speakers, Shakespeare is credited with what we have come to consider common phrases. For Example, the one used above: All the world is a stage – this comes from his play – As You Like it, Act 2 Scene 7.

A few others I bet you would recognize:

All that glitters is not gold (The Merchant of Venice)

For goodness’ sake (Henry VIII)

It smells to heaven (sometimes said, smells to high heaven) (Hamlet)

Kill with kindness (Taming of the Shrew)

Many of these common phrases are considered idioms. One of my FAVORITE subjects to teach! I absolutely love figurative language!

I created an easy to use power point with 6 common idioms from Shakespeare that learners can illustrate. There is an easy to understand definition of idiom. Each sample is used in a sentence to increase understanding.

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If ‘t be true thee just wanteth to has’t some excit’ment, tryeth this online English to Shakespeare translat’r!

https://lingojam.com/EnglishtoShakespearean

Simply type in your sentence, and it “translates” it to Old English style.

As mine own gift to thee this fine day, prithee download this wond’rful copyw’rk!

If you would like the complete set of 7, it is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!

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April 21 – Big Word Day

A voracious reader is bound to have a capacious vocabulary, but they might not be adept in spelling.

Today we celebrate the “BIG WORDS” – the synonyms that provide so much more descriptive meanings, yet we may not know how to say them!

Here at Homeschool Holiday, we believe there is always something to celebrate, and by celebrate – we mean learn! Attitude is everything, and with a positive attitude, you can accomplish so much in life. No matter where you are in your learning phase, there is always MORE to learn.

According to the website: DAILY WRITING TIPS . Com there are 171,476 words in the Oxford Dictionary. How would you like to carry that around! (you don’t have to, you can actually Rent it from Amazon – say, if you are a college student!) Those are only words we CURRENTLY use. There are also over 47,000 words considered obsolete and 9,500 words in that same dictionary as sub-entries. Holy-that’s-A-Lot-Of-Words-Batman!

For beginners, this 1,000 word dictionary is a great place to start:

Many Homeschoolers, my family included, consider the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary a classic, must have book.

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The 1828 dictionary is a coveted reference tool when studying the great works of our founding fathers, and the founding documents of the United States. The definitions of the words align with their use at the time they were written to increase clarity and understanding. Mr. Webster based his work on the King James Bible, therefore the words and their moral values are reflected of 19th century definitions.

If you are looking for an activity to challenge your “Big Word” making skills now is a GREAT time to begin a WORD OF THE DAY activity. If doing a Word of the day is too much, you can use a Word of the WEEK. 200 words will last you quite some time!

For this activity, learners use a dictionary, or online dictionary to identify the part of speech, synonyms, antonyms and definition for the word. The worksheet then asks them to define the word in their “own words” and to write a sentence. Finally there is room for a picture. Some of these items can be challenging, depending on the word. Guidance from a mentor is recommended. The words are suitable for learners in grades 3-6. You can easily use any words from your own curriculum with the worksheets year after year!

Scrabble is another great way for Learners to practice their vocabulary skills, and we just celebrated Scrabble Day on April 13th! You can use these easy Scrabble – like games for multiple ages without going full blown Scrabble, lol.

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With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

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April 19 – Patriot’s Day

Patriot’s Day is to remember the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19th 1775. These historic events were the cornerstones to the American Revolutionary War.

Much lead up to this fateful day between the colonies and Mother England, but these Battles mark the official beginning, and seal the fate of the United States becoming it’s own country.

The night of April 18th is when Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott made there famous ride to warn the Patriots of the British Troops arrival. Mr. Revere would not have shouted: “The British are coming!” Instead he would have the other Patriots of Boston’s Middlesex County know that the “Regulars are coming”.

You see, the soldiers in the British army were called Regulars, it was the “regular army” and had nothing to do with being British or not.

But alas, Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride is forever remembered mainly by it’s documentation through the famous poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Have a learner who prefers the style of Graphic Novels: This is a good choice: And you MUST add this to your collection if you don’t have it:

We know, basically how it ends… The Revolutionary war continues until September 3, 1783 and the United States is in fact it’s own country.

If you are looking for a quick lesson to introduce the day – the Timeline is Excellent! You can play a matching game with the text and the picture cards, or create a timeline to hang on the wall.

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Taking the timeline and putting it int a Power Point presentation as well as a Google Slide Presentation makes this set perfect for the classroom or co-op. It’s also great for independent or older learners who want to explore the topic on their own. The set comes with handouts and learners fill in the blanks with the missing information as the presentation advances to reveal the answers.

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I can’t let the day go by without reminding you of the School House Rock video – Shot heard round the world… is there any better curriculum than this? Actually there is, as the facts are sketchy, but it’s still a classic! – Enjoy!

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With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

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April 17 – National Haiku Poetry Day

Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is often taught in school. You may have been taught to write this poetry using 5 syllables for the first line, 7 syllables for the second line and 5 syllables for the third and final line. This is perfectly acceptable, however it’s not necessarily the traditional way.

The reason for this is that English syllables and Japanese syllables do not work in the exact same way. In English we are dealing with part of a word that contains a single vowel sound and is pronounced as a unit. In the Japanese language, a “syllable” is simply a chunk of sound. Unless you speak Japanese – You’re going to write your Haiku the English way, so don’t worry too much about it. It’s just a great thing to know the TRUTH about Haiku.

One of the traditions of Japanese Haiku you can include in your English Haiku is to make your poem about nature.

To help you On National Haiku Day I have these FREE files from my Poetry Made Easy Product!

If you would like a larger poetry curriculum the power point and worksheet set are available!

The poetry styles included are:

ACROSTIC

NAME POEM

DIAMONTE

HAIKU

SENSE POEM

CINQUAIN

CLERIHEW

There are instructions for writing each style at least one sample poem and printable templates for learners to use to write their poems.

You can preview the printable worksheets below.

no matter your choice / we are so glad you appear/ to learn something new!

Happy National Haiku day from us to you!

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“Mrs. Crabtree”

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Source:

https://www.tofugu.com/japan/haiku

April 15 – National Rubber Eraser Day

Did you know that a small ball of bread was once used as an eraser? The problem was that they got moldy!

April 15, 1770 all that changed when Joseph Priestly discovered a vegetable gum that removed the marks made by a pencil. He didn’t realize the value of his discovery, Because later that year, Edward Nairne was able to market the first rubber eraser.

On March 30th 1858 the pencil was patented with an eraser on the end.

We call it a rubber eraser because it rubs the graphite away!

One of my favorite activities to celebrate this holiday is to make your own erasers using this Aawesome kit:

Some cute books to enhance your learning on a day like today:

If you happened to miss the post about National Pencil Day on March 30th – you can check it out HERE. You can grab this adorable Pencil (with eraser!) mini book in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store in the Pencil Activity Pack . It contains easy to use QR codes to three different videos about how pencils are made as well as the mini book pattern shown in the picture in both color and black and white.

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With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

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11 Interesting Facts about Me

I have a blog follower who writes beautifully. Her words are calm and bring me peace. She follows this blog as well as Gratitude-LittleThings-Contentment, my personal blog, AND my scrapbooking blog Happy Hive Scrapbooking, the one I struggle to keep up with!  Every *Like* encourages me to keep going… especially here at HomeschoolHoliday.com.

You see I had no idea who Neha Nandwana of My World is. She found me somehow, and “her world” has impacted mine in a big way. I don’t think Neha homeschools at all, but I think she is an amazing Human!

Recently Neha was nominated for a blogging award :The Vincent Ehindero Award. It is an award bloggers nominate each other for to spread positivity.

Neha certainly DESERVES this award in my book! She has brought positivity into my world on a weekly basis both through her writing, and by her participation on HomeschoolHoliday.com.

As part of receiving the award Neha had to answer a series of questions and nominate 10-30 other bloggers. Her Nomination was to all her readers to share 11 interesting facts about ourselves. I decided to accept Neha’s challenge in hopes to continue to spread positivity, and as a way to thank her for being a supporter of my blog. So here you go Neha, Here are 11 interesting facts about me:

You can watch the video version, or keep reading below.

  1. I live in my childhood home.
  2. I talk to the animals in my yard as if I were Snow White, and I like to give them little names. Robin the bird, Chatterer the squirrel and Oscar the opossum are the current friends I have. (Man, now I sound completely insane.)
  3. I consume coffee like it is water. Being home now with the stay at home orders, I am drinking a 12 cup pot by myself every day. My husband has his own coffee pot to use. We like different blends.
  4. I enjoy scrapbooking in my spare time and I attend 2- four day scrapbook weekends every year.
  5. I prefer not to drive, and will ask my husband to take me places so I don’t have to.
  6. I collect bees, but only if they are cute, not if they look like a real bee.
  7. I have taught at every grade level K-8 except first and second grades (unless you count my own children when they were homeschooled in those grades).
  8. My favorite book is MANDY by Julie Edwards
  9. I was named after the character Christy in the book by the same name, by Catherine Marshall. Serendipitously she was a teacher and so was I.
  10. My family moved to California from Jew Jersey when I was six. I still consider New Jersey my home.
  11. When I did my DNA testing I found out I was 100% European so I like to pretend I’m somehow royal. (There’s the insanity again!)

I began Happy Hive Homeschool Consulting, and it’s subsidiary, Homeschool Holiday to help people. I sincerely hope the information I post inspires you to learn something new each day. Our educational journey is never over, so whether you are a student, parent or teacher, or just seeking to learn more yourself – I thank you for stopping by. If you are so inclined to share my blog with others, I would love to do the same for you. Kindness begets kindness. Together we can grow and bring kindness to others.

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May YOUR educational journey be blessed, at whatever phase you are in. Please take some time today to check out my blogging friend Neha and her blog: MY WORLD. I hope she inspires you as much as she has inspired me!

Christy – AKA Mrs. Crabtree

April 13 – Scrabble Day

Happy Birthday Alfred Mosher Butts! Mr. Butts was born on April 13, 1899 and in the middle of the Great Depression he developed the game we know and love: SCRABBLE.

The game did not get produced and sold until 1948. Currently Hasbro, Inc. owns the trademark for the name Scrabble and the game is produced in 29 different languages!

Scrabble is played with two to four players. The above word is worth 6 points! Unless the grid it was placed on included a bonus.

Not only is Scrabble a board game, it was also a television game show in 1994. In 2004 Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Scrabble letters are also popular to use in DIY crafts.

You can celebrate today by playing a round of Scrabble or creating using scrabble tiles. I have created this EXCLUSIVE packet just for my Homeschool Holiday Readers! It is not available on any other site!

If you would like the Full Scrabble Day Curriculum, including printable COLOR scrabble tiles, Be sure to check it out below!

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I hope words come easy to you today!

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter, follow our blog and come back again for another fun Homeschool Holiday to explore- because there is always something to learn!

With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

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