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2017 Free Calendars

Click the links to download these free calendars.

God is Calendar
Winnie-the-Pooh Calendar
Snoopy Calendar

Happy planning!

 

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Labor Day Coloring Fun

doodles-ave-snoopy-labor-dayLabor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories*.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers*.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold*.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic*.

After your exciting outdoor activities or you finish resting from your labor, top off the holiday with some coloring fun! 

Click the image to download.

Enjoy!

 

*https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history


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Happy Independence Day

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The History of the 4th of July. On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event*.
Click the image to download the coloring sheet. Enjoy!
http://www.military.com/independence-day/history-of-independence-day.html


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Canada Day

doodles-ave-canada-squirrelHappy Canada Day! On July 1, 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982. The holiday called Dominion Day was officially established in 1879, but it wasn’t observed by many Canadians, who considered themselves to be British citizens. Dominion Day started to catch on when the 50th anniversary of the confederation rolled around in 1917. In 1946, a bill was put forth to rename Dominion Day, but arguments in the House of Commons over what to call the holiday stalled the bill.

The 100th anniversary in 1967 saw the growth of the spirit of Canadian patriotism and Dominion Day celebrations really began to take off. Although quite a few Canadians already called the holiday Canada Day (Fête du Canada), the new name wasn’t formally adopted until October of 1982.

Click the above image to download the coloring sheet. Enjoy!


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Summer Writing Prompt Activities

50 Writing Prompts Celebrating Summer*

doodles-ave-summer-writing-promptSummer is finally here…let’s get writing.

In these 50 new journal prompts, kids will consider their favorite summer activities and their ideal summer days. They’ll think about the feelings they get on the day before school starts and the fun they had during summer’s first week.

1. Where is your favorite place to go during the summer?

2. Write about your ideal summer day. What does it include?

3. What is your favorite family summer tradition?

4. Choose five words to describe your summer. Why does each word fit your experience?

5. Plan a “stay-cation” for the last week of summer. What will you do?

6. Did you spend much time with friends this summer? What did you do together?

7. What is the best way to celebrate the end of summer?

8. What is your favorite summer memory?

9. How did you spend most of your summer?

10. Do you get to stay up late during the summer? What do you do with the extra time?

11. Have you ever gone to a summer camp? What was it like? If you haven’t been to a summer camp, write a fictional story about your ideal experience.

12. How do you prepare to go back to school?

13. What are you most excited to do when school starts?

14. How did you spend the Fourth of July?

15. How do you feel when summer ends?

16. What did you do on the first day of summer?

17. What would you do if summer lasted all year long?

18. Write a poem describing the last day of summer.

19. Have you ever had a summer job or done something to make money during the summer? Write about your experience or brainstorm money-making vacation ideas.

20. What are the best summer activities in our city?

21. How many times did you go swimming this summer? Write about your favorite memory at the pool.

22. Plan a different fun thing to do for each day of the last week of summer, and write about your experiences at the end of each day.

23. Write a story about your summer. Include your favorite memories and lots of descriptions.

24. How did this summer compare to other summers?

25. Did you go on vacation this summer? Where did you go? What did you do?

26. What is your favorite thing to do outside during the summer?

27. What are the key ingredients of a memorable summer?

28. How are the beginning and the end of summer different from one another?

29. How would school vacations be different if they took place during the winter instead of the summer?

30. How will you spend the rest of summer?

31. What do you feel on the night before school starts?

32. Think of three fun summer activities. Can you do any of them before the school year starts?

33. If you could spend a summer anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

34. What is your favorite summer holiday?

35. Does your family have any special rules during the summer?

36. What do you like to do on the last day of summer?

37. Are you looking forward to going back to school?

38. Write a poem that celebrates summer.

39. What is your favorite summer treat?

40. Is it better to be inside or outside during the summer?

41. Write a letter to a family member describing your summer. Don’t forget to ask what he or she did!

42. What are some special things to do during the summer?

43. What is the best part of summer?

44. Should teachers assign summer homework? Why or why not?

45. How do you know when summer has arrived?

46. What is the most exciting thing you did all summer?

47. What does it feel like when summer starts to end?

48. Which summer month is best? Why?

49. Did you keep a journal this summer? Why or why not? If so, did it help you remember your favorite events?

50. Write about summer using all five senses to describe the way you feel during the season.

Click the above image to download the template. Enjoy! 

*http://journalbuddies.com/journal_prompts__journal_topics/53-writing-prompts-celebrating-summer/


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Father’s Day

Let’s celebrate the men in our lives who dare us to dream! Click the links below to download the coloring sheets and templates.

Certificate
Greeting Card
Coloring Sheet

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Finding Dory

Finding Dory is almost here!

The animated film reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this beautifully illustrated hardcover Big Golden Book that’s based on the film.

Click the links below to download the doodle coloring sheets.

Bailey
Crush
Destiny
Dory
Finding Dory Characters
Marlon and Dory
Mr. Ray
Squirt

Enjoy!

 


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Bugs Bunny Day

doodles-ave-bugs-bunnyNational Bugs Bunny Day is observed each year on April 30.  Bugs Bunny is the famous cartoon character best remembered for his roles in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies produced by Warner Bros.  He is known  for his popular catch phrase “What’s up, doc?”  Bugs Bunny first appeared in a short film on April 30, 1938, and has since been enjoyed by millions of viewers*.

Click the image to download the coloring sheet. 

Enjoy!

 

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-bugs-bunny-day-april-30/


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Ratchet and Clank

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Excited about the new Ratchet and Clank…I sure am. Here’s a little bit about it.

Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

Feel free to download our new coloring sheets by click the above images.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2865120/plotsummary