Holidays and Special Days in the Fourth Week of January

The Last Seven Days

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Holidays and Special Days in the Fourth Week of January

What can you and your child learn about in the last seven days of January?  What activities can you and your child engage in?  What holidays can you celebrate?  How about Dinosaur Drawing Day?  Or National Kazoo Day?

January 23

National Handwriting Day
Gifted children are notorious for their bad handwriting. It's not that they are lazy. Their minds just go faster than their fingers can form letters. Adding to the problem, schools don't teach penmanship anymore. In fact, some schools have given up teaching cursive writing at all in favor of teaching keyboarding. The reason for this is that few of us write anything with pen or pencil. We mostly use our computers for writing these days. However, that doesn't mean we can't stress the fine art of penmanship!

January 24

National Compliment Day
Life goes by quickly. We are all so busy that we barely have time to do what is necessary.  Performing simple acts of kindness simply doesn't cross our minds. But it takes very little time or energy to pay someone a compliment and that includes a compliment to our children. We can also encourage our children to pay others a compliment and teach them how to accept compliments.

January 26

Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement
This is a wonderful holiday, a day to encourage our kids to encourage others - and as we encourage our kids, we are honoring the holiday, which is, after all, the day to encourage others! Ralph C. Morrison, the author of stories about Toad Hollow, said that Toad Hollow could by found only in one's heart. The holiday, therefore, is meant to open the heart and encourage and support others.

January 28

National Kazoo Day
My first musical instrument was a kazoo, one made out of a comb and wax paper. I didn't have to learn any music theory or practice. I could jump right in and play along with my favorite songs - or play on my own. Kazoos are a simple, inexpensive, and fun way to introduce kids to music and to playing it.

January 29

  1. Thomas Paine Day (aka Free Thinkers Day)
    Thomas Paine was born on January 29, 1737, so that explains why it's called "Thomas Paine Day," but why is it also known as "Free Thinkers Day"? If you know of Thomas Paine, it's relatively easy to figure that out. Through his writings, such as "Common Sense," Paine was highly influential in spreading the philosophy of the Enlightenment, and that philosophy helped shaped the course of history since it contributed to the American and French Revolutions. It seems like a perfect day for gifted kids. Encourage your child to be a free thinker today - and always! To honor this day, learn about Thomas Paine, challenge arbitrary authority, questioning the status quo, and construct logical and reasonable arguments against ingrained behavior.
  2. National Puzzle Day
    Many gifted kids just love puzzles. It doesn't matter what kind of puzzle either. Good puzzles give their brains a workout, whether they be jigsaw puzzles or one of many kinds of brainteasers. Why not have your child work some puzzles today?

    January 30

    Draw a Dinosaur Day
    Dinosaurs were quite the popular topic in our house when my son was a youngster. He became fascinated with those creatures very early on, as many children do. As an early reader, though, he read as much about dinosaurs as he possibly could. We actually ran out of books to check out at the library! Through my son, I learned more about dinosaurs than I had ever learned before. I even learned about dinosaurs I'd never heard of (like pachycephalosaurus). That's when he was about 5 years old. Unfortunately, there was no Draw a Dinosaur Day when he was young. He would have loved this day. If you have a dinosaur loving child at home, encourage him to draw his favorite dinosaurs. And be sure to stress that perfection isn't necessary. Have a look at some of the dinosaur pictures others have drawn. They're a lot of fun to look at!

    January 31

    Backwards Day
    This is a fun day for kids. It can really get their imaginations working. What would it mean to have a backwards day? Put clothes on backwards? Give greetings backwards (goodbye for hello, etc.)? Eating dessert before a meal? Ask your child what other things can be done backward. Or have your child write a story or poem about a backward day. And have fun!

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