Holidays and Special Days in the Fourth Week of August

The Last Seven Days

August Calendar
August Calendar. Image credit: zavulonya / 123RF Stock Photo

What can you and your child learn about in the last seven days of August?  What activities can you and your child engage in?  What holidays can you celebrate?

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August 22

International Tongue Twister Day
Did you try tongue twisters when you were a kid? "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickles." "She sells sea shells by the sea shore." Did you know that saying those tongue twisters, even if you don't try to say them as fast as you can, can help help with pronunciation? Tongue twisters are not only fun to play with, they can also help kids (and adults) who are learning a second (or third) language!

August 23

Ride the Wind Day
Ride the Wind Day is a day that commemorates, not the first man-powered flight (that would be the Wright brothers in December of 1903), but the anniversary of the first man-powered flight to win the Kremer prize. What is ​the Kremer prize? It is a series of prizes created in 1959 by Henry Kramer, who wanted to promote human-powered flight. The first prize was awarded on August 23rd in 1977. It's a good day to learn about aeronautics, and fly kites and paper airplanes.

August 24

  1. Vesuvius Day
    On August 24th in the year 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, spewing ash for about 24 hours. It erupted again the next day, a rainy day. The rain and ash created a concrete that buried and preserved the city, just as it was that day. The buried city was discovered in 1748. Because the city was so well preserved and carefully excavated, it gives visitors (and researchers) quite a bit of insight into how ancient Romans lived at the height of Roman power in the world.
  1. International Strange Music Day
    New York City musician Patrick Grant created this holiday as a way to get people to either play or listen to music that they are unfamiliar with. He wanted people to expand their musical horizons. "Strange," however, is in the eye - or in this case, the ear - of the beholder. That is, what is strange to one person isn't strange to another. It just means music that one is not familiar with. It could be music from another culture or it could be modern music. Of course, people like my son think that anything composed after the 18th century is modern music, so even that is relative. Keep in mind, too, that to young kids, music from the 1940's probably seems like strange music. You don't need any special Web sites for this holiday. Just visit Youtube and do a search for different types of music - like music from the 1940's or 16th-century music or traditional African music or Celtic folk music or atonal music such as "Second Syndrome" by Edward Burg, or .... well, you get the idea. To add to the fun, have your child make a musical instrument and play along to the music (good luck with that atonal stuff).

    August 29

    Individual Rights Day
    It's hard to get through a day without hearing about rights. But what rights? We hear about human rights a lot. Are human rights the same as individual rights? Actually, no. Human rights aren't the same as individual rights, even though some will say all individuals are entitled to basic human rights. Individual rights aren't rights you are entitled to; they are what you have inherently as a human being. No one has to give you those rights or provide for those rights. They can only violate those rights, keeping you from exercising them. August 29th is Individual Rights Day because it is John Locke's birthday. Locke was born in 1692 and his writings on the inherent rights of man were extremely influential in the American Revolution.

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