Annual Holidays and Special Days in August
August 16 is Joke Day, so you can take the time to
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss special days and annual holidays in August. There are few major holidays in the month of August, but there are lots of fun ones.For example, Joke Day, which is August 16th. Take the time to find your best jokes, you can look online for some jokes, look in books or at the library, or you can talk to the kids in your homeschool class about what they think is funny and different kinds of jokes.There are some more historical dates to be recognized, such as August 2nd. That's when the signing of the Declaration of Independence actually took place. There are also some special birthdays in the month of August and they are historical as well, such as August 2nd -- the birthday of Francis Scott Key, the American lawyer who wrote the words to the Star Spangled Banner, or the National Anthem.August 19th is National Aviation Day. You can take the time to learn about the history of aviation, who invented the first plane, and where and how long was the first flight. You can also have some fun with National Aviation Day: you can make paper airplanes, and you can talk about the distance of how long your plane flies, compared to someone else in the classroom and why. You can print out a sample flight plan, and talk about how the pilots and the flight attendants get from here to there.August 21st is Hawaii Statehood Day. That's the day that our 50th state came to be, the state of Hawaii. You could print out a map of Hawaii, talk about the state's geography and the state capital. You can even delve deeper into the culture and the economy of Hawaii. Maybe a fun activity when talking about the culture would be talking about the hula. Take some construction paper, make some grass skirts, and teach the dance.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.