Annual Holidays and Special Days in January
So when January 17 comes around, you can celebrate by printing out a nice coloring page of
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss special days and annual holidays in January.Make sure that you know what's going on in the world around you, and that you know the national holidays that come around every January, starting with the first of the year -- New Year's Day.New Year's Day is the same day every year, unlike Martin Luther King Day, which comes in January as well, is a national holiday, but falls on a different day each year. Different states celebrate the legal holiday on different days.And next up, we have Inauguration Day. It falls on January 20th, but it only comes once every four years after a presidential election. When you think about homeschooling your kids, you might want to think about New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Inauguration Day -- how each one of them falls either once a year on a specific day, once a year on a non-specific day, or once every four years.Print some printouts from online and turn them into coloring pages. Take this time to not only celebrate the special day with your kids, but make it a teaching lesson.In addition to these legal observances that come once a year, there are also some fun observances. For example, National Cheese Day. Take this day to sample some special cheeses and learn more about the world of pasteurization, for example. Or, it's National Popcorn Day, which comes toward the end of January. Let's have a little fun, learn more about the history of corn, crops, and also? Taste a little popcorn.In addition to holidays and national monthly observances, January also has special dates that should be kept in mind and some of those are historical. For example, Benjamin Franklin's birthday, which is January 17, 1706. So when January 17 comes around, you can celebrate by printing out a nice coloring picture of Benjamin Franklin, and filling it in with the family.So looking for special dates to celebrate in January? Think about National Handwriting Day, or the first Winter Olympics, which happened way back in 1924. Take time to set up some special races with family, friends, or home schooled children and have some fun.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.