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!
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.
- February 1- National Freedom Day
- The entire month of February is Back History Month!
- February 2- Ground Hog Day (this Youtube clip is fun)
- February 12- Abraham Lincoln’s birthday
- February 14- Valentine’s Day (get a free printable packet here)
- February 17- Random Acts of Kindness Day
- February 22- George Washington’s birthday
- The third Monday in February is President’s Day
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, Tirzah. We’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:
- Henry’s Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine (one of my favorite stories about the Underground Railroad)
- Goin’ Someplace Special, by Patricia C McKissack (a great book for Black History Month)
- Heroes in Black History, by Dave and Neta Jackson (my 6th grader’s history book for the month of February)
- 10 Grouchy Groundhogs, by Katherine Heling (very cute book for young children)
- The Ground Hog Day Book of Facts and Fun, by Wendie C. Old (I didn’t like this one well enough to include it in my recommended reading list in February Printables for Kids, but it’s a pretty good resource for older children; there were a few pages I didn’t care for, however)
- Looking at Lincoln, by Maira Kalman (contains a lot of interesting facts about Lincoln)
- Saint Valentine, by Ann Tompert (an engaging book about the history of Valentine’s Day)
- A Picture Book of George Washington, by David A. Alden (beautiful pictures and interesting facts)
- A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, by David A. Alden (definitely a favorite)
*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.
Books play a pretty central role in our homeschooling model!
A few more reading lists:
- Kristy’s Ultimate Reading List for Women
- The Best Books I Read in 2015
- 80+ Books to Read to Your Kids
- Family Devotion Resources for Young Children
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?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.