As August begins, summer is winding down and parents and kids look ahead to a new school year filled with limitless possibilities. In August, we celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month.
Celebrate August with ideas from Apples4TheTeacher.com. Whether you're looking for a party theme, a week to observe or a special day to celebrate, you'll find many possibilities.
On Aug. 3, you can celebrate Sister's Day by spending time with your sisters. I'm blessed with four sisters who helped shape me into who I am today. Although we live far apart from each other, we enjoy spending time together when we can.
You can also celebrate Friendship Day by inviting friends over for lunch or dinner or National Kids' Day by enjoying family time together on Aug. 3.
Bring out your best chocolate chip recipes on Aug. 4 to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Make cookies the night before and you'll have enough to take to work too.
National Night Out began in 1984 as a way to involve citizens in the safety of their communities. National Night Out is celebrated each year on Aug. 5 by over 37 million people in 16,124 communities across the country. Check with your local police department to learn more about Neighborhood Watch and other community involvement programs in your community.
The beach lovers in your family will enjoy celebrating Lighthouse Day on Aug. 7. Take a trip to the beach or plan a beach-themed celebration at your house.
August is Happiness Happens Month and Aug. 8 is Happiness Happens Day. Join the Secret Society of Happy People on Facebook and celebrate the people, places and things that make you happy. Add the hashtag #HappinessHappens to your photos and share on the group's Facebook page on Happiness Happens Day or anytime.
Some families enjoy going to yard sales each weekend. Celebrate National Garage Sale Day on Aug. 9 by holding your own sale or looking for bargains at sales in your community.
On Aug. 10, celebrate National S'mores Day or Kool-Aid Day. S'mores are always a family favorite, whether cooked over an outdoor fire or melted in the microwave. Kids of all ages enjoy the fun flavors of Kool-Aid. Combine the two and you have a party waiting to happen.
National Play in the Sand Day is celebrated each year on Aug. 11. Create a beach-like setting in your own backyard by setting up a sand table for your kids to enjoy. Aug. 11 is also Daughters' and Sons' Day, a day to celebrate the uniqueness of each child.
If you're a middle child like I am, you'll want to celebrate Middle Child's Day on Aug. 12. There's a lot to celebrate about your family's middle child so enjoy the day.
Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers' Day. If there's a southpaw in your family, celebrate the day. If not, let your kids have fun doing everyday things with only their left hands to learn how difficult it can be to be left-handed in a right-handed world.
Kids of all ages love creamsicles, icy treats of vanilla ice cream coated with orange-flavored ice. Celebrate National Creamsicle Day on Aug. 14 with your kids.
Enjoy your favorite family kick-back activities on Aug. 15 as you celebrate National Relaxation Day. If you have to work that day, plan an evening of family fun.
At state parks and campgrounds, geocaching has become a favorite family activity. Celebrate International Geocaching Day on Aug. 16 at your favorite park or set up your own geocaching event in your backyard. Whoever finds the the most geocaches wins.
Shop at your favorite second-hand store on Aug. 17, National Thrift Shop Day. You can find clothing, furniture, toys and many household items at reasonable prices at your local Goodwill store or other thrift shop.
Let your kids try their hand at poetry on Aug. 18, Bad Poetry Day. Teach the kids to use words that rhyme at the end of each sentence or learn more about different forms of poetry.
Aug. 19 is National Aviation Day, a great day to learn more about the history of aviation. Brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright contributed to powered flight. You can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devils Hill, N.C. any time of the year.
Your family's pie lovers will love Aug. 20, National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day. Stay tuned for my favorite recipe for chocolate chip pecan pie, a family favorite.
Celebrate the seniors in your extended family on Aug. 21, Senior Citizen's Day. Visit or call your childrens' grandparents or great-grandparents and enjoy a multi-generation celebration.
National Be an Angel Day is celebrated on Aug. 22. On this day, perform acts of kindness to help others. Teach your kids the value of random acts of kindness, good deeds done to quietly help others without receiving praise or thanks.
Enjoy Sunday morning waffles on Aug. 24, National Waffle Day. A day that begins with waffles for breakfast is sure to be a good day, filled with family fun and enjoyment.
The last week of August doesn't have as many family-friendly celebrations, but here are a few. Aug. 26 is National Dog Day, a day to celebrate man's best friend. Celebrate Women's Equality Day on Aug. 26 by learning about the women who fought for the right to vote many years ago.
Aug. 27 is Burger Day to fire up the grill and enjoy your favorite hamburgers for dinner or head to your favorite burger restaurant and enjoy a night out.
When I was growing up, we loved to play card games. Solitaire, Hearts, Spades and other card games are easy to learn. Aug. 29 is the anniversary of the death of Edmond Hoyle, who wrote about the rules of card games. The book "According to Hoyle" was a fixture in our family. Celebrate According to Hoyle Day on Aug. 29 by enjoying a card game together.
Every day offers the opportunity to make family memories together. Whether you choose one of these red-letter dates or make up your own special days, celebrating together helps kids feel the unique love your family shares. Happy August!