What are the monthly observances in August? These are ideas and activities that are set aside to observe for the entire month. It’s no surprise that August is designated as Back to School Month since that’s when many kids head back to school after the long summer break. But there are other month-long observances, like Family Meal Month and Family Fun Month. August is the perfect month for those observances as well since once school starts, life gets busy and family members need to find time to spend together.
- American Artists Appreciation Month
It’s never too early to learn to appreciate art. For some children, that appreciation comes naturally. They can see the beauty of lines and colors, whether those lines and colors are in nature or in a realistic work of art or an abstract one. They can be moved almost to tears by the beauty that they see. Art speaks to our most inner being, our souls. If your child already appreciates art, teach him about American artists this month. If your child doesn’t already appreciate art, get her started by introducing her to American artists. Learning about artists and their works is one way to appreciate art; another way to to engage in artistic activities.
Ways Your Child Can Celebrate American Artists Appreciation Month
13 American Artists Children Should Know (book)
How Artists See (book)
Art Supplies for Kids
Draw a Norman Rockwell Inspired Picture
- Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
A pivotal moment in a parent’s life is the moment she sends her child off to kindergarten. Even if you’ve sent your child to preschool, there is something about kindergarten that tells us that our child is taking a big step toward growing up and being independent. Yes, I know. A five-year-old is still a child, but kindergarten is a big step along that road. (Maybe I was just an overly emotional parent.) Five is young, but some highly gifted kids are ready for kindergarten a year earlier? Is your child one of them? If your child is five and about to start school, you’ll want to know what will be expected of him. If your child is younger, you might want to think about whether starting early would be best for your child.
Early Entry into Kindergarten – pros and cons
Kindergarten Readiness Criteria
Kindergarten Math Curriculum
Kindergarten Language Arts Curriculum
Kindergarten Science Curriculum
- National Back To School Month
If your child has already started school and is heading back for another year, you’ll want to get everything ready. What does your child need? Although most schools will provide you with a list, what can you expect to find on that list and what else should you buy? What can you expect your child will learn? Kindergarten is a big step, but first grade is an even bigger one since, for most kids, it means being in school a full day, not a half day. Children just starting first grade can experience some first-day jitters so it can help to read some books with them designed to relieve some of those jitters.
School Supplies List
10 Back to School Books: Calming Fears and Anxiety
Back to School Books: Stories with Beloved Characters
First Grade Math Curriculum
First Grade Language Arts Curriculum
- National Inventors Month
Do you know what it takes to be an inventor? Is one just born that way? Well…some people do seem to be more creative than others and some use that creativity to imagine new ways to do things, new ways to solve problems. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t train ourselves to look at the world the way inventors do. And if you think only grown ups can be inventors, think again! Kids can be inventors, too, and not just older kids. Robert Patch received a patent on a toy truck he invented when he was just six years old!
National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors
How to Be an Inventor
Invention Competitions for Kids
- Family Meal Month
When I was young, it was unusual for the family not to eat meals together. Everyone was busy, but it was still the rare day when we didn’t sit down as a family for dinner. Today, though, the opposite seems to be true for many families. Everyone is rushing around, grabbing something to eat before getting to this or that activity. Maybe for that reason it’s more important than ever to make an effort to eat at least one meal a day together. For most families that would be dinner. Why is eating together so important and what can you do around the dinner table — besides eat?
Making family meals enjoyable: six tips
Benefits of Family Dinners
Fifty Conversation Starters for Young Kids
TABLETOPICS Family: Questions to Start Great Conversations
- Family Fun Month
It seems fitting that August would be both Family Meal Month and Family Fun Month. After all, both focus on families coming together and enjoying each other’s company, doing things together as a family. What can you do as a family? It turns out that there are many, many fun activities the whole family can enjoy together. Make an effort to find time to participate in these activities on a regular basis. If nothing else, play some games together.
Family Fun Nights
Strategy Board Games
Language Games for Gifted Kids