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Podcast title The Learning Calendar
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Description The Learning Calendar is a daily podcast brought to you by the Homeschool Learning Network! You and your children will learn about holidays, famous birthdays and anniversaries, and teachable moments in history! Tune in Monday-Friday to hear a new podcast!
Updated Sun, 05 Oct 2014 00:55:13 PDT
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1. June 2, 2006 - Italy's Republic Day
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Description: June 2nd is Republic Day in Italy!

“Republic” day is the day that countries set aside to commemorate when they became a “Republic” -- and a REPUBLIC is a type of governement where there is ONE leader who is elected by a small body of citizens. ITALY is a REPUBLIC… But where is Italy? What is the history of this great country? You MAY know of Italy as the homeland of the Romans… one of the greatest empires in history…. but it's history begins even long before the rise of Rome! Also, Italy is home to VATICAN… and has been home to some of the greatest ARTISTS in history… Let’s learn more about Italy in honor of REPUBLIC DAY!


Today's Podcast: Italy - Republic Day

2. June 1, 2006 - Summer Safety Month
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Description: The eagerly awaited summer season begins this month and families begin to move at a more leisurely pace…. In the summer there seems to be a little more time on children's hands…. Time to fill outdoors—in the sun, near the water, on bikes, on boats, and cruising in cars. Each of these summer experiences means great fun! But there are also some potential dangers…. In today’s podcast, we’ll talk about Summer Safety – and how to make sure you have the most fun – safely – this season!

Today's Podcast: Summer Safety Monthh

3. May 31, 2006 - Walt Whitman's Birthday
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Description: Walt Whitman was a famous poet – but did you know he was also a journalist, and deeply involved in the politics of the 19th century? Today, we’ll learn a little bit about his life, and hear some of his poetry in honor of his birthday!

Today's Podcast: Walt Whitman's Birthday!

4. May 30, 2006 - The First Daily Newspaper Published in America
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Description: On this day in 1783, the first American Daily Newspaper was Published!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Have you heard THAT phrase before? It used to be shouted on the streets to encourage people to buy newspapers…
Newspapers today are usually published daily – and sometimes weekly – and people read them to find out about different kinds of news… LOCAL news, NATIONAL news, or WORLD news.
In honor of the first daily publication of newspapers in America, let’s learn a litle bit more about them and their history!


Today's Podcast: The First Daily Newspaper Published in America!

5. May 30, 2006 - The First Daily Newspaper Published in America
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Description: On this day in 1783, the first American Daily Newspaper was Published!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Have you heard THAT phrase before? It used to be shouted on the streets to encourage people to buy newspapers…
Newspapers today are usually published daily – and sometimes weekly – and people read them to find out about different kinds of news… LOCAL news, NATIONAL news, or WORLD news.
In honor of the first daily publication of newspapers in America, let’s learn a litle bit more about them and their history!


Today's Podcast: The First Daily Newspaper Published in America!

6. May 26, 2006 - Sorry Day in Australia
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Description: Today is Sorry Day in Australia. On May 27, 1997 a Referendum was passed in Australia where 90% of the people voted to remove discrimination clauses in the Australian constitution against Indigenous Australians.

In 1995 the Australian Government examined the practice of removing Aboriginal children from their families to make them more Western and to fit into the culture. This practice went on throughout most of this century until the late 1960s. As a result of the investigation, a national apology was called for.

These two events combined lead to the declaration of Sorry Day and the Week of Reconciliation. With this podcast we’ll take a closer look at those events and learn a little about the original people of Australia – the Aborigines.

Today's Podcast: Sorry Day in Australia

7. May 25, 2006 - The Release of Star Wars!
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Description: Thursday, May 25, 2006 marks the 29th anniversary of the first release of the movie, Star Wars. But why are we celebrating the release of a movie?

Is it because Star Wars was named #15 on a list of the top 100 films of the 20th century by The American Film Institute?

Or that the release of the movie was actually the start of a movie dynasty that spanned 30 years?

Or that the release of Star Wars marked the beginning of advanced special effects in films and movie-related marketing products that still is seen in Hollywood?

Yes! To everything! Star Wars is much more than a “just” a movie and its influence can still be felt today.

In celebration of the anniversary we’ll take a look at the movie’s story, as well as examine its cultural impact.

Today's Podcast: Star Wars is Released!

8. May 24, 2006 - Brooklyn Bridge Opens!
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Description: On May 24, 1883 President Chester Arthur and Governor Grover Clevland officially opened the Brooklyn Bridge before more than 14,000 spectators! The bridge crosses the East River, and connects Brooklyn with Lower Manhattan. While the engineering was a grand accomplishment, the design was also well noted.

Today's Podcast: Brooklyn Bridge Opens

9. May 23, 2006 - World Turtle Day
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Description: May 23 is World Turtle Day! There are about 250 species of turtles and tortoises... there are fresh water turtles, sea turtles, and tortoises - turtles that live on land! In celebration of World Turtle Day, with this podcast, we'll take a look at turtles, learn about the endangerment of sea turtles, and discover some things YOU can do to HELP turtles!

Today's Podcast: World Turtle Day

10. May 22, 2006 - Buckle Up America Week
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Description: Today begins "Buckle Up America Week"! Buckle Up America is a campaign to encourage proper safety belt use -- and is coordinated National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Seatbelts were first invented in the 1800s, and first appeared in the United States in the early 1900s... But because there were very few cars on the road back then, they were not designed to keep people safe in a crash - they were meant to keep people inside their cars on bumpy roads! Today, however, with millions of cars on the roads, the need for seatbelts to prevent injury is more important than ever!

Today's Podcast: Buckle Up America Week

11. May 19, 2006 - Malcolm X
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Description: Do you know who Malcom X is? His story – just like him – is a very powerful one! Today, we will look briefly at the life of Malcolm X, and then, to honor his birthday, we will listen to one of his speeches… in his own voice!

Today's Podcast: Malcolm X

12. May 18, 2006 - Mount Saint Helens Eruption
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Description: On this day in 1980, Mount Saint Helens Volcano Erupted...

Mount Saint Helens is a volcano in the state of Washington… and over 25 years ago, it erupted after a couple of months of activity… on this anniversary, we’ll learn a little bit about volcanoes, then we’ll learn about the events that led up to the eruption, what happened during it, and then after it.

Today's Podcast: Mount Saint Helens Eruption

13. May 17, 2006 - National Physical Fitness Month!
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Description: How do YOU stay physically fit? Do you know all of the reasons why physical fitness is GREAT for you? Today we’ll learn about different ways to stay physically fit, and what you can do to keep yourself healthy!

Today's Podcast: Physical Fitness Month

14. May 16, 2006 - Lewis and Clark Part II
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Description: Yesterday, we learned about the FIRST half of the Lewis and Clark Expedition… TODAY we’ll continue on with our story! When we left off, Lewis, Clark, and their team of explorers had traveled far enough across the United States to the glimpse the Rockies…. They had spent the winter in Fort Mandan, and had previously hired Native Americans to help guide their journey. Let’s continue on from there!

Today's Podcast: Lewis and Clark Part 1

15. May 15, 2006 - Lewis and Clark Part 1
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Description: Yesterday was the anniverary of the start of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition!

Lewis and Clark were great American explorers... how much do YOU know about them? Today, we will enter the world of Lewis and Clark and explore the untouched and wild vastness of the American West, 1803-1806!


Today's Podcast: Lewis and Clark Part 1

16. May 12, 2006 - Florence Nightingale's Birthday!
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Description: May 12th is Florence Nightingale's Birthday. Florence Nightingale's life was long and adventuresome but her most lasting contribution was the founding the nursing occupation. Nightingale saw nursing as more than a job, she saw it as a calling and is credited with saying, “"For us who nurse, our nursing is a thing which, unless we are making progress every year, every month, every week, take my word for it, we are going back."

With this podcast we will take a look at Florence Nightingale's life, her experiences in the Crimean War, and the contributions she made to nursing.



Today's Podcast: Florence Nightingale's Birthday

17. May 11, 2006 - Mother's Day is Sunday
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Description: Mother's Day is celebrated every year on the second Sunday in May. Many people celebrate by spending time with their mothers, making them special breakfasts and giving them gifts of flowers and sweets. It is also a day of remembrance and prayer for mothers who have died. Many churches hold special services honoring the mothers of their congregation through prayer and thanksgiving.

Where did this remarkable holiday come from? Let's find out!


Today's Podcast: Mother's Day is Sunday

18. May 10, 2006 - Golden Spike Anniversary
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Description: On May 10, 1869 the railroad tracks of the Central Pacific Railroad met those of the Union Pacific at Promontory Summit, Utah. While the ceremony was not especially well-planned or impressive, the significance of the event is tremendous.

America had been growing at an enormous rate and people were moving across the country in great masses. However, the traveling was not easy and sometimes dangerous. But the placing of the golden spike, changed all that.

With this podcast we will examine why this event is so important to the history of the United States and what the completion of the transcontinental railroad actually meant to Americans.

Today's Podcast: Golden Spike Anniversary

19. May 9, 2006 - European Union Observance
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Description: Even most people in Europe probably do not realize the significance of May 9th to the existence of the European Union. However, it was on this date in 1950, that the first declaration calling for a uniting of economic interests within Europe was read. That is why, during the Milan Summit of EU leaders in 1985, it was decided to make May 9th as the Observance of the European Union day.

Today the European Union has 25 member countries and covers a large part of the continent of Europe and their membership is still growing. According to the Europa Web site, "All EU countries are committed to peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, and they work together to promote these values in the wider world."

With this podcast we will examine how the European Union came into existence and learn what their role is today. We’ll also look at the plans for the Union in the future.


Today's Podcast: European Union Observance

20. May 8, 2006 - VE Day
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Description: On May 8, we celebrate VE Day - which stands for Victory in Europe Day. This date marks the official end to the fighting in Europe in World War II. The War, which is often called "The War to end all Wars" was fought around the world, with two main areas of fighting... the Pacific, and Europe. With this podcast, we'll focus on the actions in Europe, and the actions that led up to this momentous day, and find out why it is so important.

Today's Podcast: VE Day!

21. May 5, 2006 - Cinco de Mayo!
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Description: Did you know it’s Cinco De Mayo?!

Cinco de Mayo means “The 5th of May” in Spanish – yes, today IS the 5th of May, but WHY are we saying it in Spanish? It’s because it is an important Mexican holiday -- that we celebrate with parties and fun! In today’s podcast, we’ll learn a bit of history about this special day and why we celebrate it – not just for Mexicans, but for Americans, too!

Today's Podcast: Cinco de Mayo!

22. May 4, 2006 - Hindenburg Disaster Anniversary is Saturday
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Description: This Saturday is the Anniversary of the Hindenburg Disaster…

Have you heard of it? The Hindenburg was a ZEPPLIN – a large, floating airship – filled with hyrdogen to keep it afloat in the air… in 1937, zepplins were starting to become a popular form of transportation – but then the HINDENBURG BURST into flames upon landing… let’s learn a little bit about what happened, and also a little bit about the history and science behind balloons, dirigibles, and zepplins!

Today's Podcast: Hindenburg Disaster Anniversary - Saturday

23. May 3, 2006 - National Bicycling Month!
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Description: Did you Know this month is National Bicycling Month?

Have you dusted off your bicycle and ridden it lately? If not, this is a great time to do it… during National Bicycling Month! Today, sit back and enjoy a look at the history of bicycles, and the sport of cycling… then, perhaps you’ll want to plan a biking excursion for yourself, your friends or your family!

Today's Podcast: National Bicycling Month

24. May 2, 2006 - Astronomy Week
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Description: Did you Know that this week is Astronomy Week?

The mission of Astonomy Week is to “BRING ASTRONOMY TO THE PEOPLE!” THAT means that people around the country can learn new things about astronomy this week because… science museums, observatories, planetariums, and nature centers…. host special events and activities about it! In today’s podcast, we’ll learn a little bit about our Solar System in honor of Astronomy Week!

Today's Podcast: Astronomy Week

25. May 1, 2006 - May Day!
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Description: May 1st is celebrated around the world with a variety of different May Day traditions... but what are the origins of this holiday – why do we celebrate with flowers and may poles? Did you know that it was a Roman holiday celebrating the coming of Summer? Let’s find out more!


Today's Podcast: May Day!