special days and events for classroom celebrations

Special Days and Events for Classroom Celebrations — August – #readilearn

It’s August already and we are starting to see a change in the seasons. Here in the Southern Hemisphere we are getting ready for Spring, while in the Northern Hemisphere, you are maybe hoping things will start to cool soon.  Wherever we are, it seems the uncertainty caused by the pandemic still has us in its grip. I think I’d probably be right in saying that we’d all like that to change, and soon.

The help lighten your workload and inject something a little different into the routine, I’ve listed some special days and events you might like to celebrate in the classroom this month.

The MS Readathon runs throughout the month of August. The purpose of the MS Readathon is to encourage children to read and, at the same time, raise money to help kids who have a parent with multiple sclerosis. Teachers can register their class or children can register individually. Find out more and download some great resources from their website.

The Horses’ Birthday is celebrated on 1 August in the Southern Hemisphere. Horses born after 1 August in will be considered one year old on 1 August the following year.

In the Northern Hemisphere, 1 January is recognised as the horses’ birthday. The dates are chosen as most foals are born in late winter.

Why not celebrate with a carrot cake, or give your favourite horse a carrot treat?

Children may enjoy discussing the question, “What if we had a people’s birthday, and celebrated everyone’s birthday on the same day, regardless of when they were born?

Some horse-related resources from readilearn:

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26 thoughts on “Special Days and Events for Classroom Celebrations — August – #readilearn

  1. Jules

    Our city schools have chosen to go online for the new school year, some of the suburban schools are doing hybrid learning. Dividing the students into two groups and having one group come in Mon/ Wed and the other Tues/ Thurs with all having in home computer on Fridays. It’s a mess for parent who both work. I have no clue as to before school breakfast or after care school programs.

    Our area is only allowing 25% restaurant in house dining. Everyone is supposed to wear masks. Though there are a few who refuse. I’ve had to wait outside when I take my neighbor to his doctors appointments. Which is OK now but when it gets colder that might be an issue.

    Fun info about the horses. 🙂

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  2. Book Club Mom

    Hi Norah – great suggestions, and very doable whether in class or online. Are your schools open for in-classroom learning? Our school year is about to begin, but they will start online at least until November. Hope you are doing well. I think I’m going to celebrate Horses’ Birthday! I’d never heard of that holiday 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      Most of our schools are open for children to attend, Barbara, though one of our states went into lockdown with children learning at home as their numbers started to increase again. We’re doing well where I am, thankfully.
      Isn’t if fun to have all these different days to celebrate?

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  3. Patricia Tilton

    Well I learned something new about horses. Didn’t know they had birthdays. I keep forgetting that your winter is ending and you’re headed toward spring, And your kids are in school. Your winters aren’t that cold, are they? You don’t see snow and frigid temps? COVID is more under control in Austrailia and New Zealand, isn’t it? Keeps spiking.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Most of our students are in school, Patricia, though one state has gone into lockdown and the children are learning at home again as they try to get their numbers under control. We’re okay where I am in Queensland (at the moment – I hope it stays that way). I believe New Zealand has done very well at elimating the virus. It’s enviable.
      Where I am, we don’t see snow or freezing temperatures, but there can be snow and quite cold temperatures further south. My daughter is in Canberra and they can have minimums as low as -5 C (48F) in winter, but it can feel even colder. I like the temperature where I am. Most of the year is quite pleasant but I’m not keen on our summer heat.

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  4. petespringerauthor

    It’s such a great idea to tie in reading to important causes such as MS research. Not only will children enjoy reading, but they will also feel good about themselves. What’s better than that?

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