June Holidays Week One

The First Seven Days

June Calendar
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Holidays and Special Days in the First Week of June

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

June 2

Dinosaur Day
Just about every day in our house used to be dinosaur day! That is because my son was something of a dino scholar - at age 4. Most kids love learning about dinosaurs. They love thinking about dinosaurs, drawing pictures of dinosaurs, writing stories about dinosaurs, playing dinosaur games... In other words, they love everything related to dinosaurs. This is a good day to start -- or plan to complete -- a dinosaur project. Your child can read all about dinosaurs, then draw pictures, write a story, create a diorama - the possibilities are endless.

June 3

  1. Repeat Day
    If you saw the movie "Groundhog Day," you'll understand this holiday. Of course, you don't need to repeat an entire day; you only need to repeat whatever you want. It could be something you ate, something you did, or something you said. For example, if you fixed pancakes for your child for breakfast, you can fix pancakes for lunch - and even for dinner! Your child can wear the same clothes that he wore the day before. Your child can even plan the day with friends to wear the same clothes to school and do some of the same things.
  2. First U.S. Space Walk
    On June3, 1965, Ed White became the first American to walk in space. That was an amazing feat to see for those of us who grew up looking up at the moon and thinking about green cheese and the Man in the Moon. (No, we didn't actually believe those things, but it was a piece of our culture.) It's hard to believe that it has been fifty years since that day, but most of us are still enthralled by the idea of men in space. That includes our kids, many of whom love learning about space.

    June 4

    Socrates' Birthday
    Most adults around the world have heard of Socrates. Although his "Socratic method" of questioning students is the basis for the Western systems of logic and philosophy, little is known about him. He was born around 470 BC in Athens, Greece and was sentenced to death by hemlock poisoning in 399 BC. Most of what we know about him, we know through dialogues of Plato and Xenophon and the plays of Aristophanes. That means that we can't be sure of just how accurate the information is.

    June 5

    World Environment Day
    Each year since 1973, the environment has been celebrated around the world. That is because in 1972 was the year that the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was created. A year later, people around celebrated the first World Environment Day. It is a day to think about the role of humans in the earth's environment. With a different theme each year, World Environment Day gives us plenty to think about. If your child isn't already interested in the environment, this is a good time to encourage an interest.

    June 6

    D-Day Anniversary
    June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.

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