February can sometimes be dark and gloomy out despite the lengthening days. Cozy up with some fun food and tons of great books and let the learning begin. Our nature study, liturgical living, food, books, and learning ideas will get you started for a month of family learning fun.
Nature Study In February
The snow (or the mud) makes this a great time of year to find tracks of non-hibernating animals! Also don’t miss your chance to be a citizen scientist with the Great Backyard Bird Count.
- Snow Moon
- Feed the bird’s day (3) – Make your own pinecone bird feeders.
- Birdwatching and the Great Backyard Bird Count (18-21) – Read more about the bird count here.
- Animal tracks – Study about animal feet and tracks (in snow or mud)
- Winter constellations – What constellations can you see from your house?
- Hibernation – Watch this video on why animals hibernate.
- Groundhogs – Here are five facts you might not know about this famous prognosticator.
Faith Themes In The Month of February
Depending on where Easter falls, sometimes Lent begins in February, but this year it does not.
- Ordinary Time continues
- Presentation of the Lord – A lovely reading on the meaning of this day.
- Candlemas – It’s a day to have candles blessed but you can also try your hand at making your own.
- St. Blaise – This video talks about who was St. Blaise and why we have our throats blessed on this day.
- St. Brigid’s Day – Read Brigid’s Cloak by Bryce Milligan
- St. Valentine’s Day – Read Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda one of our favorite books about this beloved saint.
Food And Family Themes In February
You can always add chocolate to this list since it is a huge seller this month. For me I think the stone soup sounds divine!
- Heart candies – Do a little math or make your own
- National Cherry Month – Make and eat cherry pie (or buy and eat it!)
- Bake for Family Fun Month – Make a favorite recipe or try one from this awesome The Ultimate Kids’ Baking Book: 60 Easy and Fun Dessert Recipes for Every Holiday, Birthday, Milestone and More
- Homemade Soup Day (4) – Make Stone Soup – but be sure you read a version of this iconic story while it simmers. This one is our favorite.
- Pizza Day (9) – Make your own homemade pizza! We use jarred sauce and pita breads for a quick lunch version or whip up a crust dough in the bread machine.
- Banana Bread Day (1) – We love banana bread with our poetry tea time.
Books Perfect For February Learning
It’s the perfect time to cozy up with a good read. Enjoy these selections that celebrate the nature and holidays of this month.
- Nope by Drew Sheneman
- Robins!: How They Grow Up by Eileen Christelow
- Pizza for the Queen by Nancy F. Castaldo
- Finding Kindness by Deborah Underwood
- How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA by Marjorie Priceman
- Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker: A Peek-Through Story by Jessica Ahlberg
- Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
- Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
- This Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins
- Love Is by Diane Adams
- Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda
- Bat’s at the Library by Brian Lies
- Stone Soup by Ann Mcgovern
- If I Were President by Catherine Stier
- Brigid’s Cloak by Bryce Milligan
Brigid’s CloakSaint ValentineStone SoupNOPERobins!: How They Grow UpPizza For The QueenFinding KindnessHow to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker: A Peek-Through StoryAn Elephant & Piggie Biggie!Owl MoonSomebody Loves You, Mr. HatchThis Is Not a ValentineBats at the LibraryIf I Were PresidentSugar Snow (Little House Picture Book)Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington: 1837-1865
February Field Trips For Your Homeschool Study
Sure it’s still pretty cold outside, but bundle up and arrange a couple of visits to some indoor sites of interest.
- Visit the post office for a field trip and bring some cookies for the postal carriers.
- You have probably been to the library many times, but have you ever taken a field trip there to see behind the scenes?
Crafts And Activities For February Learning
It’s a big month of birthdays and celebrations this month. Let us help you with some fun ideas.
- It’s the perfect month for a Tea Time! Find out more about how to do a homeschool tea time with our blog post or masterclass.
- Chinese New Year (1) – Find out more about this here.
- Thank a Mail Carrier Day (4) – Create some thank-you cards for your mail carrier.
- Periodic Table Day (7) – Enjoy this video about the genius of the periodic table with your older elementary and up kids. This FREE elements game may be our family’s favorite learning game ever.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday (7) – While Farmer Boy or Little House in the Big Woods is a Great Longer read written by the iconic author, you can get a feel for the flavor of her life from the Little House Picture Books.
- Mo Willems’ birthday (11) – Read an Elephant and Piggie book! There are no bad ones.
- Jane Yolen’s birthday (11) – Read Owl Moon. Here are a number of fun activities that go with the book.
- Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday (12) – Read Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington: 1837-1865 by Cheryl Harness for a look at Lincoln’s years as President.
- Library Lover’s Day (14) – Read Bat’s at the Library by Brian Lies for a unique perspective on enjoying the library.
- Valentine’s Day (14) – Make some heart art.
- Random Act of Kindness Day (17) – Check out 76 Simple Acts of Kindness Anyone Can Do. Choose a few that interest your family and have fun!
- President’s Day (21) – Read about what it’s like to be president or play a rousing game of Presidents Vs. Aliens
- George Washington’s Birthday (22) Or is it February 11? It actually was at one time. Read about this fascinating tidbit here.
- Tell a Fairy Tale Day (26) – Discuss some of the elements of a fairy tale here. Can you write (or tell or act out) your own?
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