Think fast! What does peanut butter, pencils, pandas, and St. Patrick have in common? Yes, they all begin with the letter “p”, and they are all days to celebrate in March!
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As many of you probably know, the second day of this month is Read Across America Day. If you do just ONE thing on the list, READ, READ, READ! Although the day is associated with Dr. Seuss, this is a day to read whatever you want. I’m always ready to tell you about my favorite children’s books from across the pond, as well as other favorites we have read over the years. But recently, many things in our culture are currently under attack, including Read Across America Day honoring Dr. Seuss. It sure would be a shame if the great work of Theodor Seuss Geisel disappeared from children’s bookshelves!
What happened to Read Across America Day?
Did you know that the National Education Association (NEA) originally started this nation-wide event in 1998 on the birthdate of Dr. Seuss with a simple mission to celebrate and promote reading? In 2018, the NEA dropped the celebration of Dr. Seuss, re-branded, and its mission is currently “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.” I mean really, can you get any more quirky and diverse than the characters of Seuss? I could no longer find any books by Dr. Seuss recommended by the NEA, but the booklist I did find certainly did not have the lighthearted fun of the Seuss classics I have grown to know and love! It looks more like the mission is celebrating a nation of divided readers. It is beyond obvious that is what’s going on here. Kids (and adults) need some silliness in their lives, so you can be sure I’ll be heading down memory lane with some Seuss favorites with my big kids this week. I’ll step off my soapbox (for now) and move on with this:
Be who you are and say what you feel, because in the end those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.”Theodor Seuss Geisel
Small celebrations last month
If you’ve been following this new series I started in January, you’re aware of my little calendar, and where the inspiration came from. While I don’t use every national day (there are several per day) in my printables, I’ve chosen things that lend educational opportunities, as well as a little fun in your homeschool. So, if you want to know them all, get the calendar, or visit their website. I’m sounding like a broken record now, who knows how long things will remain closed, or open with restrictions. So, we will look forward to something to celebrate and create our own fun!
Ideas for March
After you’ve printed out the free printable from the free resource library, it’s up to the imagination as to how to celebrate it. Will you spend the 5th unplugging or eating Oreos? Or both? Will the weather be nice to plant a flower on the 12th? Of course, you don’t want to miss Pi Day! Have you ever noticed some people wearing orange on St. Patrick’s Day? I have. Be sure to check out the notable birthdays for even more ideas on things to celebrate. From artists to musicians, there’s always something fun to celebrate! By the way, catch an episode of the Andy Griffith Show this evening, it’s Opie’s birthday!
I look forward to sharing these quirky holidays with you each month this year. Be sure to keep an eye on my Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest pages as well as MeWe, I try to keep thing varied, and that is where I will post links and activities on some of the days for something to celebrate. I’d love to hear how you’re celebrating through March! Post a pic, and be sure to tag me @homeschoolfanatic, or use the hashtag #celebratesomething. If you are a blogger, and have a great post about activities that are a good match for these days to celebrate, I’d love to share share your post, so drop me a link! Happy MARCH Celebrating!