April the first stands mark’d by custom’s rules,
A day for being, and for making fools: —
But, pray, what custom, or what rule supplies
A day for making, or for being — wise?
(Rev. Samuel Bishop, 1796)
This is one of the earliest known mentions of April Fool’s Day. Though the exact origin is a bit cloudy, most historians trace a general air of tomfoolery back to antiquity.The Romans celebrated a festive holiday during the end of March known as Hilaria. The Jewish festival of Purim is also celebrated during this time and incorporates costumes, carnivals, and pranks.While I’ve heard that an ancient Dutch poem mentions April Fool’s and was written in 1561. So, in any case we can see that playing pranks and making all sorts of general merriment is the custom for this time of the year!
I personally just love April Fool’s Day, and at our house we are always on the lookout for some fun and exciting ways to celebrate this quirky holiday. So, in conjunction with our typical article submissions we’ll have some great ways to celebrate this silliest of all holidays!
Of course, as homeschoolers a great way to celebrate this day would be to research the history, make a spelling list that coordinates with the holiday, and possibly do a few science experiments, and even some art that may include making some incredibly fake April Fool’s Day food!
April Fool’s Idea #1
Make some fake food!!! You can use clay, or even other foods to make it crazy! We like to get daddy with this one! Another fun thing… try to eat with chopsticks!!
I love homeschooling for the simple reason that there’s usually time to do the fun stuff! Here’s a few other fun homeschooling ideas to fill your day!
Solagratiamom has shared one of her posts about presidents day. I love learning news ways to connect holidays to regular homeschool learning and she has done just that with her post, Presidents and Heat Flow.
Phonemic Awareness for Pre-Reading is a necessary aspect for pre-readers to gain the fundamental knowledge that enables them to be successful readers. This article gives some great online resources for teaching your child how to read.
I have been looking for some advice on the topic that Natalie shares with us today from her blog, Fill Your Bookshelf. Grammar Unit Study offers alot of ideas for homeschoolers to get their kids having fun with words!
April Fool’s Idea #2
One of our favorite yet slightly messy ideas is to fill something with packing peanuts. My teenagers have taken this as far as filling up someone’s vehicle, but you could make it simple by filling up their bookbag or may be even one of their drawers in their dresser…loads of fun! (Warning: this can get rather messy!)
Yet, play can be messy…
I’d love to throw in one of my favorite blog posts – Make Homeschool Science More Fun than Play… don’t you wish that was the case with all our homeschool subjects every day!
April Fool’s Idea #3
Cover a bar of soap with clear nail polish, our highschool children love doing this kind of thing to each other, uncles, and even poor daddy!
With high school in mind, here are a few great homeschooling articles that top the list!
Don’t miss out on Let’s Homeschool High School’s 30 Questions in 30 Days! It’s definitely going to cover a lot of homeschooler’s FAQ!! While we are over at LHSHS you need to visit their High School Curriculum Directory, it is loaded with great curriculum options that even veteran homeschoolers might not know about. I found several things to use for my higschoolers this year!
Dee shares with us a great post on Why I’m Not Making My Kids Do Dishes Anymore. I know mine would love for me to say this for sure!
I love this article from Pandahoneybee on Digging into Writing. I don’t know about you guys, but writing is always an issue at our house.
April Fool’s Idea #4
I love to use this fun exercise to get creative juices flowing and to get my kiddos writing. It’s an easy way to have some fun, and to get a little April Fool’s Day going! You can even have them illustrate it like a cartoon!