January Themes and Resources Your Kids Will Love

We are fully into winter now, which means some activities are great in front of a roaring fire (good book anyone?). Check out our list of fun January themes and homeschool activities to do with your kiddos this month. With nature study, liturgical living, food, books, and learning activities we have you covered with fun homeschool lesson plans all month long.

Nature Study In January

The cold is upon us so this is a great month to focus on snow and ice — even if you don’t live in a snowy climate. Do you have a backyard bird feeder? Help our feathered friends by making one this month. You will be rewarded when they visit!

Faith Themes In The Month of January

As we enter Ordinary Time once again, we remember that there is nothing ordinary about the seasons God has give us to celebrate. They are still rich with opportunity for worship. Here are a few, but also add things that are meaningful to your family.

Food And Family Themes In January

Highlighted below are my family’s food favorites. I love any excuse to serve a sandwich while nachos and French Toast are regular favorites. I will get the kids to make bread on the 17th. Candy Day on the 4th is a great excuse to pull out the remaining Halloween candy and do a little candy math with it.

Books Perfect For January Learning

There were so many good books to choose from this month and so many children’s classics fit with the monthly themes. I had a tough time narrowing down the list. Have fun with these!

Strega NonaStrega NonaTomie dePaola's The Popcorn Book (40th Anniversary Edition)Tomie dePaola’s The Popcorn Book (40th Anniversary Edition)John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. TolkienJohn Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. TolkienThe Three Wise Men: A Christmas StoryThe Three Wise Men: A Christmas StoryThe Snowy DayThe Snowy DaySnowflake BentleySnowflake BentleyThe Big SnowThe Big SnowCaps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey BusinessCaps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey BusinessOver and Under the SnowOver and Under the SnowNow We Are Six (Winnie-the-Pooh)Now We Are Six (Winnie-the-Pooh)Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (A Big Words Book, 1)Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (A Big Words Book, 1)Boxes for Katje (Rise and Shine)Boxes for Katje (Rise and Shine)The Puzzling World of Winston BreenThe Puzzling World of Winston BreenNot Your Everyday Illustrated ThesaurusNot Your Everyday Illustrated Thesaurus

January Field Trips For Your Homeschool Study

Yes, it is cold, but it is still fun to get out on pretty days. Take a winter nature walk or try one of these other ideas below.

  • National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (9) – Take a field trip to your local police station. Be sure to take along thank you cards and maybe a sweet treat for the police!
  • Go ice skating! Find an indoor or outdoor rink near you and enjoy this winter sport. My family recently tried it and it was a big hit!
  • Visit a bird sanctuary.
  • Visit an art museum. Here are some tips for doing that with kids.

Crafts And Activities For January Learning

So many birthdays and fun learning events to celebrate this month. While some of these activities are perfect for the youngest kids in your house, many will be enjoyed by and meaningful for teens as well. My teens and I would listen to Stephen Foster, watch King’s speech, play with the thesaurus, do a puzzle, and take a shelfie. Remember themes are not only for little kids!

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