Educational Holidays to Learn About in Your Homeschool + Activities
Educational holidays to learn about in your homeschool. Along with the holidays, we’ve found some educational activities to go along with your learning.
We love learning about different holidays and national days and turning it into something educational. Most make great history lessons too! Along with learning more about the holidays, we do some fun activities that interest the kids.
In addition to the national holidays, we include other Educational Holidays to Learn About in Your that may not be celebrated as much or are well known. These are what we call the “other” holidays. Days that have become known for something or a day that is set aside for something interesting and educational for the kids to learn about.
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Educational Holidays to Learn About in Your Homeschool + Activities
These are some of our favorite Educational Holidays to Learn About in Your Homeschool. In addition to celebrating the holidays and national days, we love creating worksheets or coloring pages to go along with them. We also like to turn it into a learning lesson or a writing lesson so that the kids can learn more about the national days.
Separated by Month – These educational holidays and national days are great subjects to incorporate into your homeschool. Use these ideas to make your own curriculum or activities out of. There are so many!
Educational Holidays to Learn About in January
January 1st – Ellis Island Day. This day is to celebrate the fact that Ellis Island served as a gateway to America for immigrants from the late 1800’s to the 1950’s.
January 1st – New Years Day. Can’t forget about this one! One of the most celebrated holidays, we like to incorporate New Years Day with some history lessons as well as focus on doing better and being better in the upcoming year.
January 2nd – National Science Fiction Day. Celebrate science fiction and the creativity behind it. You can have children create their own science fiction story.
January 4th – National Missouri Day. Celebrating the day Missouri came to be the 24th state to join the Union. You can have kids research to learn more about the history and state of Missouri.
January 20 – National Penguin Day. A day to learn more about penguins!
Braille Literacy Month. Celebrate Braille Literacy Month by learning braille or about it’s founder Louis Braille.
Even more January holidays your child can learn about:
- National Bird Day – January 5
- National Bean Day – January 6
- National Pizza Week (pizza bingo, pizza placemat activity)
- National Static Electricity Day – January 9
- National Arkansas Day – January 11
- National Milk Day – January 11
- Martin Luther King’s Birthday’s birthday – January 15
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 16
- National Thank You Month
- Kid Inventors’ Day – January 17
- National Michigan Day – January 18
- Take A Walk Outdoors Day – January 20
- National Florida Day – January 25
- Vietnam Peace Day – January 27
- National Draw A Dinosaur Day (dinosaur worksheets)
- International Zebra Day – January 31
- Apple Tree Day – January 6 (see this apple facts printable)
- World Day for War Orphans – January 6
- Universal Letter Writing Week
- Thyroid Awareness Month
- Eye Care Month
- National Blood Donor Month
- Civil Rights Day – January 16
- Prohibition Remembrance Day – January 16
- Family Fit Lifestyle Month
- Benjamin Franklin Day – January 17
- National Thesaurus Day – January 18
- National Handwriting Day – January 23
- National Geographic Day – January 27
- National Lego Day – January 28
- Inspire Your Heart with Art Day – January 31
Educational Holidays to Learn About in February
World Read Aloud Day (1st Wednesday of February). Encourage your child to read their favorite book out loud as they practice their reading skills.
February 1st – Abolition of Slavery Day. Get to know more about how the abolition of slavery came about and how it has influenced the world.
February 14th – League of Women Voters Day. A day to celebrate a group of women who fought for the women’s suffrage movement and voters’ rights for women in the United States
February 26th – Tell a Fairy Tale Day. Encourage your children to get creative and write or read a fairy tale. This can help with spelling, reading, and so much more.
Black History Month. Learn more about black history and the things that have been accomplished by black influencers.
National Women Inventors Month. Inspire and education your children about the magnificent women who have invented some great things that have shaped and made the world a better place.
More Educational Holidays in February
- Heroes’ Day – February 1, 2023
- Groundhog Day (groundhog facts worksheet & preschool Groundhog Day activities)
- African American Heritage Month
- American Heart Month
- National Children’s Dental Health Month
- National Boy Scout Day – February 8
- National Kite-Flying Day
- International Day of Women and Girls in Science
- Read to Your Child Day – February 14
- Random Acts of Kindness Week – February 14-20 – Kindness Bookmarks + 20 Day Kindness Challenge
- Pluto Day – February 18
- International Polar Bear Day – February 27
- National Freedom Day – February 1
- From Africa to Virginia Month
- Humpback Whale Awareness Month
- LGBT+ History Month
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
- Be Electrific Day – February 11
- National Inventors’ Day – February 11
- Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday’s birthday – February 12
- National Wisconsin Day – February 15
- Susan B Anthony Day – February 15
- National Public Science Day
- World NGO Day – February 27
Educational Holidays to Learn About in March
March 1st – World Civil Defense Day. March 1st is an important educational holiday because its purpose is to bring awareness to being prepared. To prevent, prepare, and know how to manage emergency situations. It also honors those who are in civil protection.
March 6 – Alamo Day. Learn more about the historic events that took place at the Battle of the Alamo.
March 18th – Global Recycling Day. The perfect day to teach children more about recycling and how important it is to our world.
March 29 – National Vietnam War Veterans Day. A chance for children to learn more about the Vietnam War, one of the most brutal wars, and the events that took place.
National Day of Unplugging. Go outside and learn! Use this day to unplug from the electronics and do more hands on learning activities with the kids. Have fun with the family by doing some cheap summer activities, head to the zoo, or just spend the day outdoors. Whatever you do, do it without the phones, tablets, and other devices.
World Wildlife Day. This national day is all about raising awareness for our beautiful wildlife and how protecting them from extinction is important.
National Women’s History Month. Have your children learn more about the important women in our history who have shaped this world and have done historic things.
National Credit Education Month. This is a great way to teach your older children and those in high school more about their credit and their credit scores. Educate them on the important of credit, debt, and more.
More March Educational Holidays to Learn About
- National Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Day – March 1
- National Pig Day – March 1
- National Nutrition Month
- National Reading Month
- Benjamin Harrison Day – March 4
- National Grammar Day – March 4
- Alexander Graham Bell Day – March 7
- National Oregon Day – March 8
- National Sportsmanship Day
- National Johnny Appleseed Day – March 11 (
- National Children’s Craft Day – March 14
- International Day of Mathematics
- World Poetry Day
- Greek Independence Day – March 25
- Take a Walk in the Park Day – March 30
- Severe Weather Preparedness Week (check out these tornado facts for kids)
- World Seagrass Day – March 1
- Dolphin Awareness Month – use these dolphin facts for kids to help learn more about them.
- World Teen Mental Wellness Day – March 2
- Old Inauguration Day – March 4
- Read an eBook Week (first full week of March)
- Harriet Tubman Day – March 10
- National Plant a Flower Day – March 12
- St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
- Nutrition and Hydration Week
- National Potato Chip Day (make homemade potato chips)
- World Oral Health Day – March 20
- Manatee Appreciation Day (last Wednesday of March)
- Transgender Day of Visibility – March 31
Educational Holidays to Celebrate in April
April 2nd – National Children’s Picture Book Day. A day to celebrate picture books that we have grown up with. This is a great day for kids to read picture books!
April 23rd – Shakespeare Day. Learn more about Shakespeare, read his work, and incorporate reading and writing activities for the kids to do.
National Robotics Week. A time to celebrate robotics and to learn about the latest innovations. If your child has shown interest in robotics, this is a great time to learn more about it or attend a convention.
National Wildlife Week. A week to raise awareness and to learn more about protecting our wildlife.
Other April Holidays to Learn About
- Geologists Day (first Sunday in April)
- Fossil Fools Day – April 1
- International Beaver Day – April 7
- National Pet Day
- National Submarine Day
- Yuri’s Night – April 12
- Thomas Jefferson Day – April 13
- National Dolphin Day – April 14
- National Teach Children To Save Day – April 22
- National DNA Day – April 25
- World Tapir Day – April 27
- Earth Day – April 22
- National Volunteer Month
- Keep America Beautiful Month
- National Girl Me Too Day – April 7
- National Zoo Lovers Day – April 8
- National Farm Animals Day
- Titanic Remembrance Day – April 15
- International Bat Appreciation Day
- Chinese Language Day – April 20
- Tuna Rights Day – April 21
- Richter Scale Day – April 26
- Morse Code Day – April 27
- National Arbor Day
- International Astronomy Day
Educational Holidays to Celebrate in May
Great Lakes Awareness Day. Celebrate the Great Lakes (Ontario, Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie).
National Teen Self-Esteem Month. Self-esteem issues usually arise in middle school and it’s important for children to be confident and have high self-esteem.
Other May Holidays to Learn More About
- Hurricane Preparedness Week
- South Asian Heritage Month
- World Tuna Day – May 2
- Cinco de Mayo – May 5
- Make a Book Day
- National Train Day
- National Biographer’s Day – May 16
- World Bee Day – May 20 – (complete this handprint bee craft)
- Canadian Immigrants Day – May 22
- World Turtle Day – May 23
- Memorial Day – May 29
- Mount Everest Day – May 29
- Homeschool Awareness Month
- National Preservation Month
- National Space Day (first Friday in May) – print out this fun space packet
- World Portuguese Language Day – May 5
- Alphabet Magnet Day – May 9
- National Endangered Species Day – May 19
- National Armed Forces Day
- National Wyoming Day – May 24
- World Hunger Day – May 28
- National Utah Day – May 31
Educational Holidays to Learn More About in June
June 17th – Bunker Hill Day. Commemorates the historic Revolutionary War battle, The Battle of Bunker Hill, that happened in June 1775.
June 23rd – Women in Engineering Day. A day to celebrate the bright women in engineering and how they are shaping the world.
Great Outdoors Month. Go out and explore the outdoors! You can make it a fun learning activity for kids of all ages.
More June Holidays to Learn About
- African American Appreciation Month
- National Oceans Month
- Pride Month
- American Indian Citizenship Day
- World Oceans Day – June 8
- National Black Cow Day – June 10
- Flag Day – June 14
- National New Mexico Day – June 14
- National Megalodon Day – June 15
- Father’s Day – June 19
- National West Virginia Day – June 20
- National Arizona Day – June 21
- Pink Flamingo Day – June 23
- Audiobook Appreciation Month
- National Zoo and Aquarium Month
- National First Ladies Day – June 2
- National Black Bear Day
- America The Beautiful Week
- Child Labor Day – June 12
- National Flag Week – June 12
- Army Birthday – June 14
- World Sea Turtle Day – June 16
- Lightning Safety Awareness Week
- Bald Eagle Appreciation Day
- National Alaska Day – June 28
Educational Holidays to Learn in Your Homeschool in July
Clean Beaches Week. Celebrate our beautiful beaches and it’s a great day to teach children how to take care of and protect our beaches.
French-American Heritage Month. An opportunity for kids to learn more about the French-American heritage and history.
National Tape Measure Day. Teach the kids how to properly read a tape measure!
More July Holidays to Learn About
- Canada Day – July 1
- Independence Day – July 4
- National Hawaii Day – July 5
- World Snake Day – July 16
- Nelson Mandela International Day – July 18
- World Nature Conservation Day – July 28
- National Bison Month
- UV Safety Awareness Month
- Shark Awareness Day
- National Pennsylvania Day – July 20
- National Moth Week
- National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day – July 27
Educational Holidays to Learn More About in August
August 6th – Hiroshima Day.
American Artist Appreciation Month. Take the month of August to learn more about and to appreciate artists.
More August Holidays to Learn About
- Colorado Day – August 1
- U.S. Coast Guard Birthday – August 4
- National Connecticut Day – August 10
- National Science Week
- World Lizard Day – August 14
- Slavery Remembrance Day – August 23
- World Water Week
- International Whale Shark Day
- National Beach Day
- National Zoo Awareness Day – August 31
- Family Fun Month
- Founder’s Day
- World Elephant Day (grab this informative elephant printable + activity sheet)
- World Honey Bee Day
- World Mosquito Day
- Women’s Equality Day
- Literacy & Numeracy Week
- National South Carolina Day – August 31
- We Love Memoirs Day – August 31
Educational Holidays to September
Classical Music Month. A chance for kids to learn more about classical music.
Hispanic Heritage Month. During the month of September, we celebrate the Hispanic Heritage. You can have the children research more about the heritage and even do special projects.
September 26th – Ancestor Appreciation Day. A day to appreciate our ancestors and to learn more about them. Older children can research and find out more about their ancestors.
More September Holidays to Learn About
- Bear Necessities Month
- National Chicken Month
- National New Hampshire Day – September 7
- Native Women’s Equal Pay Day – September 8
- Emergency Services Day – September 9
- Mayflower Day
- Constitution Day
- National Fox Day – September 17 (do a fun fox facts printable)
- International Equal Pay Day – September 18
- Native American Day
- Alpaca Day – September 26
- National North Carolina Day – September 28
- American Chess Day
- Labor Day
- International Literacy Day – September 8
- National Iguana Awareness Day – September 8
- Patriot Day – September 11
- National Coloring Day – September 14
- National Trail of Tears Commemoration Day
- Sea Otter Awareness Week
- World Rhino Day – September 22
- National Public Lands Day
- National Punctuation Day
- World Rivers Day
- Save The Koala Day – September 30
Educational Holidays in October
National Arts & Humanities Month. Encourage your child to explore and appreciate the diverse cultures.
October 4th-10th – World Space Week. A week to celebrate and learn more about the benefits of science and technology.
Kids Music Day (first Friday in October). Kids Music Day is all about inspiring kids to bring music into their lives.
October 10th – World Homeless Day. A day that you can encourage your kids to help the homeless and advocate for them.
National Fossil Day. National Fossil Day is all about learning more about fossils, exploring where they came from, and more.
More Educational Holidays in October to Learn About
- National Bullying Prevention Month
- Dyslexia Awareness Month
- Frugal Fun Day
- Filipino American History Month
- Polish American Heritage Month
- World Octopus Day – October 8
- Columbus Day
- Indigenous Peoples’ Day
- Dictionary Day
- Black Poetry Day – October 17
- Energy Saving Week
- National Kentucky Day – October 19
- National Day on Writing – October 20
- International Animation Day
- National Immigrants Day – October 28
- LGBTQ+ History Month
- Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month
- World Habitat Day
- World Architecture Day
- National Heroes’ Day – October 8
- English Language Day
- Navy Birthday – October 13
- International African Penguin Awareness Day
- National Reptile Awareness Day – October 21
- Make a Difference Day
- Bat Appreciation Week
- Girl Scout Founder’s Day – October 31
Educational Holidays to Learn About in November
National Author’s Day. Celebrate the creativity of those authors who create pieces of art with their writing.
National Recycling Week. Recycling is important and this day is all about raising awareness of just how important it is.
Election Day. It’s important for children to learn about the history and importance of Election Day.
STEM/STEAM Day. STEM and STEAM activities are so beneficial when it comes to learning and it can really help children progress with their education. This day is all about celebrating STEM/STEAM learning.
More November Educational Holidays to Learn About
- Manatee Awareness Month
- Military Family Month
- National Bison Day – November 5
- World Tsunami Awareness Day – November 5
- National Louisiana Day – November 9
- USMC Day – November 10
- Veterans Day
- International Girls Day – November 14
- Red Planet Day
- National Mississippi Day – November 30
- National Ohio Day – November 2
- Jellyfish Day
- Polar Bear Week (grab this free polar bear printable)
- National Ladies Learning Code Day – November 6
- Marine Corps Birthday – November 10
- World Science Day for Peace and Development – November 10
- Geography Awareness Week
- Thanksgiving – November
Educational Holidays in December
December 1st – Rosa Parks Day. Honor the brave civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Learn more about her cause, struggles, and achievements.
National Handwashing Awareness Week. A great way for kids to learn more about why handwashing is important. You can also teach about germs.
More December Educational Holidays to Learn About
- World Pollution Prevention Day
- National Sock Day (wear silly socks)
- National Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance – December 7
- International Animal Rights Day – December 10
- Nobel Prize Day – December 10
- U.S. National Guard Birthday – December 13
- December Solstice
- Pledge of Allegiance Day
- New Year’s Eve – December 31
- National Illinois Day – December 7
- Computer Science Education Week
- National Llama Day
- Dewey Decimal System Day – December 10
- National Alabama Day – December 14
- Monkey Day – December 14
- Bill of Rights Day
- National Maine Day – December 21
- Mathematics Day
What a great list! I am definitely pinning this so I can return to it to find ideas for our homeschool. Thank you!