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Free September Unit Studies and Lessons

by | Aug 14, 2022 | curriculum, general homeschooling | 9 comments

Planning lessons around holidays, historical events, and seasonal themes can be a fun way to homeschool. It’s an excellent way for kids to learn about the world around them, including topics that aren’t usually covered in a textbook. Our family has enjoyed occasionally adding seasonal and holiday-themed lessons to our homeschool routine.

Below is a list of free unit studies, lesson plans, and activities for September. All of the holiday dates given are for 2022. Because the dates of some holidays vary, I will update this post each year. For other months, see this page.

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Children’s Good Manners Month (all September)

Children’s Good Manners Month is a time for parents to focus on teaching courtesy, respect, and thoughtfulness.

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th to October 16th)

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. The start date was chosen because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15th. Also, Mexico’s Independence Day is on September 16th.

First Day of School (varies)

Many homeschoolers choose to start their homeschool years in August or September, like public schools in the U.S.

Blueberry Popsicle Day (September 2nd)

Blueberry Popsicle Day is a great time to beat the summer heat with a cool treat.

National Skyscraper Day (September 3rd)

National Skyscraper Day celebrates these architectural marvels and feats of engineering. Visit a skyscraper in your area or learn about famous skyscrapers.

Labor Day (September 5th)

Labor Day celebrates the contributions and achievements of American workers. It’s observed on the first Monday of September.

National Cheese Pizza Day (September 5th)

National Cheese Pizza Day is the perfect time to say, “hold the toppings!” and enjoy a cheese pizza. Order or make a cheese pizza to celebrate.

Read a Book Day (September 6th)

Read a Book Day encourages us to grab a book and spend the day reading.

California’s Statehood (September 9th)

California became a state on September 9, 1850, under the Compromise of 1850.

Patriot Day (September 11th)

Patriot Day commemorates the lives of those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and those who perished when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.

Teddy Bear Day (September 9th)

Teddy Bear Day honors the popular cuddly stuffed animal. The creator of the teddy bear was inspired by a national news story about President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s refusal to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi.

Grandparents’ Day (September 11th)

Grandparents’ Day is a special day for celebrating and honoring our grandparents. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

National Video Games Day (September 12th)

National Video Games Day is a day to gather with friends or family and play video games together. There is a similar holiday called National Video Game Day on July 8th.

Chocolate Milkshake Day (September 12th)

Chocolate Milkshake Day is a fun day to visit your local ice cream shop or make a chocolate milkshake at home.

Roald Dahl’s Birthday (September 13th)

Roald Dahl, born on September 13, 1916, was a famous novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. Some of his most well-known children’s books include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach.

National Peanut Day (September 13th)

National Peanuts Day celebrates the tasty peanut. Enjoy a PB & J sandwich, or grab a handful of peanuts to celebrate. It’s also a great day to learn about George Washington Carver and all the uses for peanuts he discovered.

Milton Hershey’s Birthday (September 13th)

Milton Hershey, best known for creating the Hershey bar, was born on September 13, 1857.

Star-Spangled Banner Written (September 14th)

The Star-Spangled Banner, the US national anthem, was written by Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814, during the war of 1812.

Tomie dePaola’s Birthday (September 15th)

Thomas “Tomie” dePaola was an American writer and illustrator who created more than 260 children’s books, including Strega Nona and The Art Lesson. He was born on September 15, 1934.

National Collect Rocks Day (September 16th)

National Collect Rocks Day gives us all the chance to become geologists for the day. Search for and collect unique rocks and then learn about them.

National Play-Doh Day (September 16th)

National Play-Doh Day recognizes the popular, brightly-colored modeling clay. To celebrate, play with Play-Doh or even make your own homemade version.

Mayflower Day (September 16th)

Mayflower Day commemorates the day the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England. The colonists departed on September 16, 1620, and the Mayflower arrived at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 16, 1620.

Constitution Day (September 17th)

Constitution Day commemorates when the Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution on  September 17, 1787.

Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th)

Arrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day is a fun day when people all over the world talk like pirates.

First Day of Fall / Autumnal Equinox (September 22nd)

On the Fall Equinox, which marks the first day of fall in the northern hemisphere, the Sun crosses the Earth’s celestial equator. Both the northern and southern hemispheres equally receive the sun’s rays on the equinox.

Dear Diary Day (September 22nd)

Dear Diary Day celebrates how diaries help us get our thoughts out and document our lives.

Rosh Hashanah (sundown on September 25th to sundown on September 27th)

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. The festival begins on the first day of Tishrei, which is the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. This is sometime during September or October on the Gregorian calendar. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that ends with the Yom Kippur holiday.

Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday (September 26th)

Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman, was born today in 1774. He was a pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Ontario.

World Tourism Day (September 27th)

World Tourism Day was started by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The day’s purpose is to raise awareness about the importance of tourism.

National Crush a Can Day (September 27th)

National Crush a Can Day is dedicated to encouraging people to recycle aluminum cans. So, crush a can today and toss it in the recycling bin.


Free September Unit Studies & Lessons

Have fun learning this September! I will add more unit studies and lessons next year. Be sure to pin this post so you can find it next September.

Note: This post was originally published on August 14, 2021, and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.