Celebrate Special Days in September
National Honey Month
-Serve vanilla ice cream and let your child pour honey over the scoop for a delicious treat! You can also eat honey on pancakes or waffles, on toast, or use it as a sweetener in tea.
National Literacy Month
-Set aside time for family members to read silently or take turns reading stories aloud. Encourage each person to describe a favorite story and explain why they like it, then draw a favorite scene from the story.
Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September
-Have family members tell about the jobs and chores they do daily or weekly. Jobs can include washing clothes, making the bed, cooking dinner, etc. Have everyone pitch in and help with household chores or yard work, then enjoy some well-deserved time off.
Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September following Labor Day
-Celebrate this special day by helping your child make picture frames to give as gifts. Find photographs or have the child draw pictures of himself or herself with his or her grandparents. Cut out frame shapes from poster board and have the child decorate them. Glue the fames over the pictures, and then glue another piece of poster board behind them. Attach magnetic tape to the backs so the pictures can be displayed on the refrigerator.
Italo Marchiony invented the first ice cream cone on September 22, 1903
-Enjoy ice cream treats in honor of this occasion. Make ice cream cups by pressing a warm waffle into the bottom of a small bowl. Allow the waffle to cool to room temperature in the bowl. Then, allow your child to fill the waffle with a favorite flavor of ice cream and top with candy sprinkles.
September 23 is the First Day of autumn
-Hunt for colorful autumn leaves outside with your child. Help your child make a leaf collage by gluing the leaves to construction paper. If desired, use a Tree Identification Guide to label each leaf with its name.
September 26 is Johnny Appleseed’s birthday
-John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, was born on this day in 1774. Johnny is thought to have planted numerous apple orchards throughout the United States. Slice several different kinds of apples, dip them in peanut butter or honey, and enjoy them as a snack with your child.
Read in September
Abuela by Arthur Dorros
-While riding a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are flying over New York City, visiting people and sites from her grandmother’s past.
-Have your child ask a grandparent to tell about places and people that were important to him or her.
I Don’t Want to Go Back to School by Marisabina Russo
-A little boy is worried and anxious about starting second grade.
-Share a story about a time when you were afraid. Encourage you child to share a similar experience with you.
This is the Way We Go to School by Edith Baer
-Lovely watercolor illustrations depict how children in different parts of the United States and around the world travel to school.
-Have your child draw a picture showing how he or she travels to school.
Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10 by Judy Finchler
-When his teacher moves into the apartment building, a first grade boy realizes she does, not live at school.
-Have your child tell his or her favorite part of the story and explain why.
Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
-Tells the story of this legendary man and his travels throughout America.
-Ask your child to tell about what food he or she would want to share with other people and explain why.
Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
-Two sisters watch their apple tree throughout the seasons, waiting for the fruit to be picked and used for pies in autumn.
-Have your child draw a picture of what an apple pie tree would look like.
Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say
-Using beautiful paintings, the author illustrates the story of his grandfather’s travels between America and Japan.
-Work with your child to write a letter to a grandparent asking about a trip he or she took.