Do you sometimes struggle to keep your gifted child entertained and challenged at home? Each year we celebrate numerous holidays, but there are also many, many observances and commemorations scheduled during the year. Some, like Fiction is Fun Month, last the entire month. Some, like National Flag Week, last for a full week. Most others, like Family History Day, last for one day. These holidays and observances provide great opportunities for your child to learn and have fun. You can get overwhelmed by the number of holidays and observances, so I’ve picked the ones that I think are of most interest to gifted kids and their parents.

So what do you do with these holidays? Read some books about the topic, learn about the topic, create! For example, while June is National Candy Month, it doesn’t mean that you let your child eat candy all month whenever she wants some. Instead, learn about candy. When was candy invented? Who invented it? What were the first candies that were created? What kind of candy is popular in different cultures? Why do we like candy so much? You can even make some different candies with your child.

The holidays and observances are quite helpful for parents who are homeschooling their children since they include many topics worth learning about and are often not covered in depth in school. June 6th, for example, is the anniversary of D-Day. How many kids learn the importance and significance of that day? The holidays also offer opportunities to introduce your child to new topics. Camera Day, for instance, is a good day to introduce a child to the field of photography. Perhaps your child has the potential to become a great photographer. You’ll never know if your child is unaware of the field of photography. Check out the holidays and observances for the month and have some fun! If you click on the links, you’ll find some specific suggestions for things to do in relation to the holidays or observances.

(Caveat: The links go to the articles I wrote previously for About.com. About editors changed some of the links I created there, so if some links don’t make sense, please understand that I was not responsible and cannot change them. I will be rewriting the articles and linking to the new ones here.)

Month-Long Observances

  • Effective Communications Month
  • Fiction is Fun Month
  • Great Outdoors Month
  • International People Skills Month
  • National Audio Book Month
  • National Candy Month
  • National Family Month
  • National Fruit and Veggies Month
  • National Recycling Month
  • Perennial Gardening Month
  • Zoo and Aquarium Month

Week-Long Observances

  • Teacher Thank You Week – June 5 – 11 (first week)
  • National Flag Week – June 12 – 18 (week with Flag Day)
  • National Camping Week – June 19 – 25 (last full week)

Special Days and Holidays

First Week

  • June   2  Dinosaur Day
  • June   3  Repeat Day
  • June   3  First U.S. Space Walk
  • June   4  Socrates’ Birthday
  • June   5  World Environment Day
  • June   6  D-Day Anniversary

Second Week

  • June   7  Daniel Boone Day
  • June   8  World Ocean Day
  • June 12  Sewing Machine Day
  • June 12  Magic Day
  • June 14  Anniversary of the Creation of the US Army
  • June 14  Family History Day
  • June 14  Flag Day

Third Week

  • June 15  National Electricity Day
  • June 15  Fly a Kite Day
  • June 15  Nature Photography Day
  • June 16  Fresh Veggies Day
  • June 17  Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • June 18  International Picnic Day
  • June 19  Father’s Day (third Sunday)
  • June 20  American Bald Eagle Day
  • June 21  Summer Begins

Fourth Week

  • June 23  SAT Math Day
  • June 24  Celebration of the Senses
  • June 24  Let it Go Day
  • June 24  International Fairy Day
  • June 24  Camera Day
  • June 25  Great American Backyard Campout (4th Saturday)
  • June 30  Meteor Day
  • June 30  Descendent’s Day
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Do you sometimes struggle to keep your gifted child entertained and challenged at home? Each year we celebrate numerous holidays, but there are also many, many observances and commemorations scheduled during the year. Some, like Fiction is Fun Month, last the entire month. Some, like National Flag Week, last...