Monthly Archives: July 2016
August is here and school is well and truly out! Let the long summer of play commence. Enjoy a month of National Bank holidays, fascinating native bats, valued friends in our lives, the unique qualities of lefthanders and more.
We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!
Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to - help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:
Summer Bank Holiday 1st Aug Also known as Lughnasadh, the Gaelic festival for the beginning of the harvest, today is a national day off work in Scotland to enjoy the season with family and friends. UK Play Day 3rd Aug It all began in 1986 when many play centres and adventure playgrounds nationally were being threatened with cuts. Thanks to Kim Holdaway, Mick Conway and Paul Bonel a day celebrating playful activities, play areas and the importance of play was established, it was a great success. In 2016 we face similar cuts to play areas so it is important to keep supporting this day and ensure that we never lose our local play centres and playgrounds. Today is a great day to plan a day out celebrating the importance of play. Visit PlayDay.org for ideas and more info on how to get involved with the day’s events. www.playday.org.uk World Friendship Day 7th Aug Established in 1935 by US congress, this is a day to express love and gratitude for all friends in our lives and across the world. In 1997, the United Nation even named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship. www.friendshipday.org National Allotment Week 8th-14th Aug Time to celebrate our beautiful garden of England. We celebrate our own grown veggies, fruits, flowers and raise awareness of all the allotments that are readily available to us in our local areas across the UK. The National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners and National Allotments Garden Trust will be teaming up with local authorities to spread awareness. There are many benefits to having allotments; good for your health spending time working in nature, growing your own fruit and veg is a fresh and delicious experience unlike anything you buy, extra flowers grown help our bees and other mini beasts, it’s a continual learning experience, you can grow organic and chemical free and so much more. www.nsalg.org.uk//national-allotments-week International Youth Day 12th Aug Led by the United Nations and initiated in 1998, on this day we celebrate the contribution young minds and lives have had on our society. Young people have led the way with new innovative ideas and technologies such as; social global network communications (i.e. Facebook), mobile phones, new methods and innovating engineering in attempts to take better care of the environment for generations to come, and so much more. You can check the UN website for news, events to get involved with and links. You can also email email@example.com about any events and news you wish to share. It’s a great opportunity to showcase new ideas by young inventors and entrepreneurs. www.un.org International Lefthanders Day 13th Aug Have you got lefthanded learners in your learning setting? There are studies that claim lefthanded people are prone to having more creativity and imagination but struggle in a school environment. It is worth researching and sharing awareness of left handedness, as for some it is seen as a disability with so much of the majority of the world being right-handers. With the right support a left handed child can excel in its learning setting. Here’s a handy article on tips of how best to support a child who is left handed: http://bit.ly/29IJgXs . Build your lefthanded child’s confidence with examples of successful public figures such as; Paul McCartney, Prince William, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, President Barack Obama, to name a few. Famous left-handed intellectuals include Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Benjamin Franklin. A New York university conducted tests and found that more left-handed people then right-handed had an IQ of over 140, out of those who did have such a high IQ. Tish B’Av 14th Aug In Judaism this is a feast day commemorating the anniversary of five major misfortunes in Jewish history, such as the destruction of the second and first temples in Jerusalem. www.jewfaq.org Assumption of Mary 15th Aug This is a special Christian day remembering and commemorating the death of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is considered a holy day of obligation where Catholics are required to attend Mass. 27th -28th Aug – International Bat Night - Its Bat night! From Sweden to Belgium to the UK, They are vampires but only drink insect blood, you also get fruit bats. Conservation agencies may be running bat walks, exhibitions or a chance to listen to bat sounds using ultrasound technology. Find out who’s getting involved in your country on International Bat Night via the EuroBats.org website. www.eurobats.org/international_bat_night or www.bats.org.uk Summer Bank Holiday 29th Aug A day off work for all UK families and friends to enjoy together.