Morse Code is just text messaging from the past

If you have kids with the super power of texting faster than lightning, why not see how fast they are with this ancient form of “texting” – Morse Code. January 11th, Write your Name in Morse Code Day, is set aside to help preserve the history of Morse Code and it’s importance to society.

Morse Code, the telegraph and “texting”

Morse Code was invented by Samuel Morse and is a series of “dots and dashes”. The dots and dashes are encoded text characters, considered the forerunner to email, text messages and other near-instant messaging used today.

Mr. Morse was not alone in his work. Two other inventors are also credited with it’s invention: Samuel F. B. Morse, Physicist Joseph Henry, and Alfred Vail, all worked together to produce the system we now call Morse Code. They held the first demonstration of it’s use with the telegraph on January 11th, the day we now celebrate as: Write Your Name in Morse Code Day.

The electric telegraph invented by David Alter in 1836 went largely unnoticed. He is however credited with inventing the telegraph. We can only assume, communication was slow and perhaps no one got the message….. (get it ha ha no one got the message.. Ok I’ll stop.)

Samuel Morse and his associates developed what is now the Morse Telegraph just a year later. At the time, the electric telegraph transmitted text messages by electric pulses. The three inventors intended for their system (Morse Code) to be much more efficient than it became at the time. In fact, in 1841 a system was developed that would have allowed Morse Code to be translated directly into letters at the receiving end, but strangely enough, that system never caught on.

Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day

Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day was created by another “Holiday Lover” Brownielocks. Brownielocks is concerned because Morse Code is no longer a requirement for the Ham Radio operators license. The possibility that Morse Code will soon become an obsolete method of communication therefore exists. Brownielocks (and Homeschool Holiday!) recognize the historical value as well as the educational importance of learning Morse Code, therefore celebrating Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day is a reason to celebrate for certain!

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April 28 – National Super Hero Day

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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!

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