Welcome to another Weekend Reads post here at the blog!

The month of January flew by in a flurry of busy homeschooling days, trying-to-keep-kids-well-during-cold-and-flu-season days, and just life-is-busy days.

So now February is peeking around my calendar pages… and I really love the month of February!  Yes, it’s my birthday month, but that’s not the only reason I’m fond of it.  😉

February is full of interesting days, themes, and historical people’s birthdays, which means it’s a great month for integrating seasonal themes into home education!

If you ever find yourself falling into the “winter is blah” or “winter is boring” blues, I hope this post will inspire you to look at February with new enthusiasm.  There are lots of fun days and themes to celebrate in February, many more than you may realize!

Weekend Reads for February 6 @ Kristy's Cottage

Fun Days in February You Don’t Want to Miss

You can celebrate these days on the actual dates, or just spread them throughout the month (which is what I usually do).  Click on the links to read more about particular days.

Our stack of books to read in February! A few of these are from the library; the rest are favorites from our personal library.
Our stack of books to read in February! A few of these are from the public library; the rest are favorites from our personal collection.

What We’re Reading in February

On my bookshelf-

I’m anxiously waiting for my copy of Sally Clarkson’s new book, The Life Giving Home, to arrive in the mail! I ordered the accompanying journal, The Life Giving Home Experience, as well.  I can’t wait to delve into these books!

I just finished reading Give Them Grace, by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, this week.

On our family bookshelf-

My sixth grader (12-year old Miss A) is wrapping up the historical junior novel, TirzahWe’ll be taking a break from our Ancient History theme during the month of February to focus on Black history month.

Here’s the reading list I built around the days and themes we’re observing in February:

We’ve enjoyed the Christian heroes series by Dave and Neta Jackson!


 *These books are featured in my recommended reading list in February Printables for Kids.  If you’re looking for printable pages to supplement your homeschooling, this packet highlights special days, people, and themes throughout the month of February.  

February Printables for Kids Packet

Books play a pretty central role in our homeschooling model! 

My favorite resources for finding great reading material are Amazon, Rainbow Resource, and our local library. 🙂

A few more reading lists:

If you’re a homeschooling mom, I’d love to connect with you in my private Facebook group, Homeschooling Moms at Kristy’s Cottage

This group is a great place to hang out with other homeschooling moms and find encouragement and support.  Hope to see you there!

Do you have a favorite day in February?

What’s on your reading list right now?



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4 thoughts on “Homeschooling, Black History Month, & February Reading List

  1. Super neat month planned. I love this time of year. I usually tie Valentines and Random Acts of Kindness day and we do Valentine Treats for homeless, battered, or special shelters.

    Posted on January 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm
    1. Love those ideas, Chrissy!

      Posted on January 31, 2016 at 5:31 pm
  2. My favorite days in February are the 14th (a family birthday), President’s day, and the 24th (my daughter’s birthday).
    If the birthday falls on a schoolday we take it off.
    On President day we pause our regular studies to focus on Washington, Lincoln, and our national symbols.
    That’s all the planning, etc., that we do.
    Hope you have a great birthday month!!!

    Posted on January 29, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  3. I love this Kristy. I just recently looked into lapbooking because I’m always feeling like our school is too book focused, and I’m loving them. I can easily incorporate them into our homeschool day and they can correspond with our regular lessons. Plus, they bring in more creativity to our studies which I like. And, I can completely forget the books and just do the days lapbook activity and still feel like my kids learned so much. I think I’ll try to do some lapbooks on these holidays as well. Thanks for the great reminder!

    Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:32 am