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September Days Worth Celebrating and Writing About Too

Posted by lindamartinandersen on September 1, 2015


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“September Days Worth Celebrating and Writing About Too” by Linda Martin Andersen

Top Ten Recipients of September 2015:  Ways to Celebrate Education (Awards selected by me for this site only)

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September is…

  • All American Breakfast Month–How have recommended breakfast charts changed over the years?  What do you eat for breakfast?  Conduct a survey of what your friends eat.
  • Backpack Safety America Month– How many pounds are too many?  What can you do about it?
  • Children’s Good Manners Month–When was the last time you heard someone compliment you for your manners?  What were you doing?
  • Library Card Sign-up Month–Sounds like I might want to read books about beavers.  I have a public library card and use it almost every week.  How about you?
  • National Sewing Month– Do you know homonyms (same sound/different meanings) for sew?  Write a paragraph, poem, or story about one or more of them.  Can you use all three homonyms for sew?
  • National Service Dog Month–Name places you have seen a service dog.  Have you heard of other pets used as service animals?  Research to learn more.
  • National Shake Month (Ice Cream)–If you could develop a new shake flavor, what would it be?  Sample a flavor you’ve never tasted.  Have you made healthy shakes?  What were the ingredients?
  • Self Improvement Month–What is something you would like to improve about yourself?  Are you willing to work at it?  What goals could you set to reach improvement?  Who could keep you encouraged?  Who would be willing to listen to you share disappointments, successes, progress, etc.?

Special Weeks in September…

  • International Enthusiasm Week: 1-7  List things that you get enthusiastic about.  How do you show enthusiasm?  Do you ever get asked to calm down?  Do you get asked to show some enthusiasm?  Discuss this with your parents.
  • National Nutrition Week: 1-7   What’s your favorite nutritious meal?  Tell a favorite food story.  Was the story about a nutritious food or junk food?  Now tell a story about something from the other category.
  • National Clean Hands Week: 20-26   What hand cleaning rules do you follow? Name three or more.  Ask friends for other rules.  What additional rules will you try?  Do you think it’s important to use good hygiene?  Why or why not?
  • National Keep Kids Creative Week: 20-26   Where do you get ideas for creating things?  What things do you like to create?  What challenges you?  What creative projects do you avoid?  Why?

Special Days in September…

  • National College Colors Day: 4 What college colors are popular in your family and why?  Does this ever cause problems?  How can families solve this?
  • National Wildlife Day:4  What wildlife lives in your area?  Tell about a time you witnessed something in nature you will never forget.
  • Pet Rock Day: 5 Have you ever had a pet rock?  A worry stone?  How can these be helpful?  What can you use when you don’t have a worry stone or a pet rock?
  • Swap Ideas Day: 10–Have you ever begun a story and then let someone else write a paragraph?  Passing a story around can be fun.  In addition to stories, what other ideas could you swap?  How could it be accomplished?
  • Grandparent’s Day: 13 (First Sunday after Labor Day) Do you have living grandparents?  How far away do they live?  How often do you see each other?  How often do you call or visit?  Tell about a special time with your grandparents.
  • Scooby-Doo Day: 13  Do you know this character?  What do you like or dislike about him?  If you could give him another name, what would it be?  Why?  What is a name you are sometimes called?  Why?
  • Play-doh Day: 16  Name five fun things you’ve done with Play-doh.  Are there things you wanted to create with Play-doh, but you didn’t?  Why not?  Do you ever mix colors?
  • Big Whopper Liar Day: 19  Is there a difference between a fib, lie, and a whopper?  Have you ever heard someone say something was “a big fat lie?”  Would that be something serious or something funny?  Why?
  • International Coastal Cleanup Day:19  Have you ever helped with International Coastal cleanup?  If that’s not possible or something you’d like to help with, what could you help clean instead?
  • Talk Like A Pirate Day: 19 What letter of the alphabet would you repeat when speaking if you talked like a pirate?  What vocabulary words would a pirate use?  Try creating a sentence or two in pirate language.  Share it with a friend.  Listen to your friend’s sentences.  How does talking like a pirate make you feel?  Why?
  • Dear Diary Day: 22  Do you keep a diary?  A journal?  What can you do to thank a person who inspired you to keep a diary?  How can you decorate your diary or where it’s stored.  How important is it to you that it be kept private?  Discuss this with your parents.
  • Ice Cream Cone Day: 22  How many scoops do you like to buy?  Waffle cone or sugar cone?  Tell a time when you were given ice cream as a treat.  Does it ever give you a “brain freeze?”
  • Punctuation Day: 24  What punctuation confuses you?  What punctuation rule is easy for you?  Create a paragraph with punctuation errors.  Ask a friend to correct it.  Is it right now?
  • Johnny Appleseed Day: 26  If Johnny Appleseed hadn’t planted apples, how would things be different today?  What might a kid bring to his teacher instead of an apple?  What would you rather have had planted instead of apple trees?  Tell why.
  • World Tourism Day: 27  Where in the world would you like to be a tourist?  What is a “tourist trap?”  How do you think the term got its name?  Name places you notice tourists in your area.  How can you tell that they are tourists?
  • National Good Neighbor Day: 28  Name ways to be a good neighbor.  Name ways people have been a good neighbor to you.  Name neighbor greetings you know.

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32 Responses to “September Days Worth Celebrating and Writing About Too”

  1. Oh my, oh my, so many wonderful events happening in September, Linda. I laughed out loud envisioning you wearing a beaver hat, and I know exactly where that idea came from. Hope you get the beaver situation sorted out. The one that stood out most today was “Self-Improvement”. This summer I’ve been riding my bike (most days). My destination is usually the beach, the post office, and the ice cream shop. LOL! I walk the dog most days too…around the block to collect the mail. My plan is to keep exercising this fall. I realize I sit too much what with writing, drawing, computer work, etc. The End. 🙂

    • Tracy,
      Keep the Self-Improvement theme going. You can do it. Just bundle up extra good or maybe buy yourself a piece of exercise equipment to use indoors on chilly-freezing days. You’ll probably find you feel better and might even be more creative when physically fit. It helps me to exercise–my nerves really benefit from a workout. 😉

  2. P.S. Love the background on your poster. It’s looks like old parchment paper. 🙂

  3. so many things to celebrate! I think there should be a “I’m-celebrating-finishing-this-draft-of-my-book” day!!!

  4. eightpawswriting said

    Lots of things to choose from! I love apples and read the Johnny Appleseed picture book a trillion times!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed looking through the list of celebration choices. I love apples and eat them many days of the year. Johnny Appleseed never loses appeal. Does it? Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! I really appreciate having you visit. Come again soon!

  5. Tracy, I used Quozio.com for the poster. It’s free. Check it out.

  6. joyacey said

    Thanks for LOTS of inspiration this month, Linda. Has a year passed already since I last celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day? So many great things happening this month, and so many things to celebrate. Keep up the good work.

  7. Becky Shillington said

    Thanks for all of this September information, Linda–I had no idea so much great stuff was packed into this month!!

  8. Roxie said

    More fantastic info, thanks Linda!
    What fun, too, your ideas spark creative writing prompts: librarian on a typical card sign-up, ER nurse discussing about sew homonyms, an editor blogger joking over punctuation…

    BTW, I would like to reference this post in this month’s Sunscribe newsletter, if you don’t mind?
    😉

  9. […] speaking of great resources, pop over to Linda Andersen’s blog, A Writer’s Playground, to discover additional resources all through the year. Linda has chosen to highlight education […]

  10. Kathleen said

    The major college color is now teal in our house, ever since my daughter decided to go to UNC Wilmington 🙂 I love learning about all these special weeks and days!

  11. Dear Linda,
    It’s nice to have so many fun days to celebrate during September! Thank you for sharing them with us.

  12. Tomorrow’s National Ice Cream Day!!! Can’t wait!

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