Be sure to add a visit to the National Archives and the Declaration of Independence (in person or online) to your homeschool Fourth of July calendar!
🗓 Homeschool Holidays & Anniversaries (Post Archives)
A collection of great homeschool teaching ideas, resources, and little lessons on history, holidays, anniversaries, and notable events from the River Houses Homeschool Network. Print your own homeschool calendar for the whole year on our main River Houses calendar page and follow along with us, and add your name to our free River Houses mailing list to get posts like these delivered right to your mailbox every week! 😊
You and your students can help astronomers study the shapes and orbits of real asteroids in space, right from the comfort of your little home academy. How cool is that?
Happy birthday to the French astronomer Charles Messier (1730–1817), who cataloged some of the most beautiful nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies in the universe — so he could ignore them.
If your usual homeschool Fourth of July celebrations will be a bit restricted this year, why not join the staff and friends of the U.S. National Archives in Washington for their first-ever online Independence Day celebration!
“A whisper, and then a silence: / Yet I know by their merry eyes / They are plotting and planning together / To take me by surprise.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Longfellow, for Father’s Day.)
Flag Day (June 14th every year) celebrates the date in 1777 when Congress established the Stars & Stripes as the national flag of the United States.
“Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, / In full glory reflected now shines on the stream — / ‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave / O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.” (Our homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Francis Scott Key, for Flag Day.)
Remembering the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944, with live news recordings from that day.
“Weeds triumphant ranged / Strangers strolled and spelled / At the lone Orthography / Of the Elder Dead.” (An extra homeschool poem-of-the-week, from Emily Dickinson, for Memorial Day.)
“Rest, comrades, rest and sleep! / The thoughts of men shall be / As sentinels to keep / Your rest from danger free.” (Little homeschool lessons in literature, history, geography, and music, for the Memorial Day weekend.)
Happy birthday to the American Red Cross, one of the largest public service organizations in the United States, founded by Clara Barton on this day in 1881.
On this day in 1875, the meter was adopted as the international standard of measurement. That makes today World Metrology Day! Why not invite your students to take a few scientific measurements this week in your homeschool. 😊