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2016-01-30
St. Valintine's Day
February. St. Valentine Day. February 14 Valentines Day has its origins dating back to the Roman Empire when a young Christian man was martyred for refusing to give up his faith. According to legend, before he died he wrote a farewell note to a young daughter of one of his jailers, who had befriended him, and signed it from your Valentine. Today, modern traditions include cards, flowers and candy as ways to say I love you. But if you are looking for something that will really say it in a BIG way try saying it with one of the following ideas. Grown-ups and children alike can create their own special I.O.U coupons that entitle the recipient with special meaningful gifts of time and effort such as breakfast served in bed, a picnic by candlelight or wash and wax the car for mom and dad. Dont forget the family pet! Fido just might enjoy an extra walk around the block or a trip to the park. If you have a really special significant other or family members who live fan away you can take some snapshots of yourself and or the kids and have a special calendar made. A great way to say I Love You all year long. Many photo development stores have the ability to produce this special one of a kind gift for very little money. If making a calendar is a bit too ambitious for you try making a simple Valentines card out of construction paper and paper doilies. Children and adults can participate in creating these charming expressions of love. Try using some of those school wallet sized photos to insert inside. Grandmother and grandfather will be delighted to receive such a special card. Another fun way to celebrate the spirit of the day is just by performing random acts of kindness wherever you might find yourself. Take a few minutes to have tea and cookies with an elderly neighbor down the street or offer to let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store. Bake some heart- shaped cookies and or a heart-shaped cake and take them into work and share the goodies with your co-workers. Or simply buy a bag of chocolate kisses to share with the gang down at the office. A great idea for young adults or those without partners is to have a sleep-over party. The fun will really begin when everyone brings their favorite video of their favorite romantic movie such as Casablanca, Sleepless in Seattle or Ghost. The evenings entertainment is sure to inspire loads of giggles as well as a teardrop or two.

2016-01-30
Presidents Day
Presidents' Day is celebrated in February to honor two of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The holiday is celebrated in the United States on the third Monday in February. George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. When he was born, America was not a nation yet. It belonged to England, a country across the ocean. People in America didn't want to belong to England so they fought a war to become a separate country. George Washington was an American general in the war. America won the war and picked a new name for itself: The United States of America. George Washington was elected to be its first President. A legend is told about George Washington as a boy. Young George had a new hatchet and with it he cut down a small cherry tree. When his father saw the tree, he was angry. "George," he said. "Did you do that?" George was afraid to admit that he did.Nevertheless, the boy decided to tell the truth. "Yes, Father," he said, "I cut down the cherry tree with my hatchet. I cannot tell a lie." George Washington's father was proud of George for telling the truth. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 in 1809. Things were different then. When Abe was a boy, he lived in a log cabin. A log cabin is a small house made out of logs cut from trees. His father cut down the trees and made the cabin. There were no electric lights in the cabin. Young Abe read books by firelight and drew with charcoal on a shovel. Abe's family was poor. Often he went barefoot because he didn't have any shoes. When Abraham Lincoln grew up, he studied hard and became a lawyer. Then he was elected to be a law-maker. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States. The pictures of four Presidents are carved on a big mountain. Can you name them? PRESIDENTS DAY Back in Seventeen ninety-six Is when this Holiday began For the birthday of ol George At least that was the plan. It was his last full year Of his Presidency Born February twenty-second Or the Eleventh, cause you see The old calendar was different Than the one we use today And some celebrated one Some people on the other day. By the early Nineteenth Century Celebrated every year Birthnight Balls were held Taverns reveled in good cheer. Public figures gave their speeches And Receptions given by a few Then along came ol Abe Lincoln His Birthday in February too. In Eighteen and sixty-five The year after Booths fatal shot Both Houses of Congress gathered For a Memorial and solemn thought. Not a Federal Holiday like Georges But legal in more than one State And then a Resolution was enacted Back in Nineteen sixty-eight. They made the third Monday of the month To make for a three day weekend To honor Washington and Lincoln And this story comes to its end. ~Del "Abe" Jones~ 01-28-2005 George Washington Activities: George Washington Recipe Cherry Thumbprint Cookies 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 sticks butter or margarine 2 egg yolks 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt maraschino cherries Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the vanilla, butter, egg yolks and brown sugar until creamy. Add the flour and salt and mix well. Have the children roll the dough into 1" balls and place them on greased cookie sheets. Have the children make a thumbprint in each ball and then place a maraschino cherry in each thumbprint. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. (Makes about 3 dozen cookies) George Washington's Cherry Pie Place one large graham cracker in a resealable plastic bag. Seal the bag, and smash it with your fist 20 times. Pour the crumbs into a clear plastic cup. Scoop 1 large spoonful of cherry pie filling on top of the graham crackers. Add whipped cream on top. As you make the pie, say the following poem: (tune of row, row, row, your boat) Smash, smash, smash, the bag, Then pour the crumblies out. Scoop some goo, Then squirt the cream... It's cherry pie, no doubt. Idea from Tamra---thanks!! Abraham Lincoln Activities: Abraham Lincoln Recipe Celebrate ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY with your child or the children in your class by making Miniature Lincoln Logs! Here's how: Bake a white or yellow cake mix in paper baking cups as directed on the package. Cool and remove from papers. To form logs, put two cupcakes together end-to-end with ready-to-spread chocolate frosting. Frost sides, leaving ends of logs (tops of cupcakes) unfrosted. With small spatula make strokes in frosting to resemble bark. Decorate each log with a hatchet cut from red construction paper. An art idea sent to me for making a log cabin: We have the shape of a small house and open door cut out. The children glue this onto construction paper. Next they glue small pretzel sticks onto the house to resemble logs. Inside the door the children are given a shiny new penny and identify Abraham Lincoln's face on it. They glue it inside the open door. We talk about how log cabins were built prior to making our own. Sherry sent in this great Lincoln activity below. Thanks, Sherry! Read Just Like Abraham Lincoln by Bernard Waber. Compare/contrast Mr. Potts and Abraham Lincoln (appearance, when they lived, occupation, clothing, height, favorite things to do, etc.) Marilyn sent me this great Abe idea. Thanks, Marilyn!! My students are studying Abe and we have really taken off on quite an expedition. Here's a fun activity--My children were impressed to find out the Abe was 6'4" tall--the children took large paper --and my best artist drew Abe--we measured him to be the exact height he was--the students were amazed at how tall he was. Then I took a Picture of each student standing in front of Abe-- they'll take it home to remember our thematic unit-- The kids are also in the process of finding out how big the log cabin actually was-- we'd like to find out it's measurements--as we'd like to make a floor model of it--and then see how it is that 7 and sometimes 8 people lived in that cabin--do you have any information on how big it was?? **webmaster note! does anyone have the answer to this? Please email me if you do! Thanks! Marilyn wrote back with the answer to her own question: "I found out through another source that the cabin was 16 y 18 feet--my kids and I will go outside and measure it--it should be fun to do--I just have to wait for a warm day here in NY--hopefully it won't be too bad next week. It's his birthday and the kids are thrilled to be celebrating it instead of Valentine's Day--who would have thought it."

2016-01-30
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