This upcoming month, September, is not only full of interesting days but it’s also known as Friendship Month! The non-profit organisation Oddfellows has been working for over 200 years to bring people together and celebrate friendship – take a look at their website and see what’s going on near you.
The World Literacy Foundation has made September 8th International Literacy Day – so close to Read a Book Day which is September 6th. The two dates are to encourage everyone to read, even if it’s only something short. Even getting the children involved with Story Sacks or creating words from pebbles would be a great way to get them speaking.
Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday is September 13th and there is plenty you can get the children involved with. From stories to exhibitions to crafts – what’s not to love? This recipe, Willy Wonka Playdough, will gets the kids going through their senses and using their imaginations. Building a Wormery has to be a favourite of mine – it’s cheap and gets the children in touch with nature.
International Talk like a Pirate day is 19th so why not get the children digging for their own treasure – here’s a great idea to join in International Literacy Day also! Throw your own Pirate Themed Party, there are all sorts of food and activities you could get the kids into.
September 21st is not only important because it’s my birthday (cards can be mailed to our Head Office) but also because it’s International day of Peace. This Calming Yoga would be great for down time at your setting for the children.
Jeans for Genes day is the 23rd, you can find out more on the official website. They have lots of information for nurseries on why and how you can join in along with many different activities.
European day of Languages is 26th September and the BBC has some great ways to get everyone involved. Get the children greeting their parents in different languages.
Please click on the picture below to download the full calendar of special days for September.
About the author: Zoë Tolley