George Washington’s Birthday

Below are some links to fun activities for George Washington’s Birthday:

(Use at your own discretion.)

George Washington’s Birthday activities for kids on Pinterest

George Washington’s Birthday for kids on YouTube

Presidents Day: Unique Crafts about George Washington

Meaningful Activities For Kids On George Washington’s Birthday

President George Washington

Learning Games and Activities for Kids

George Washington Cotton Ball and Paper Craft

George Washington

President’s Day

Below are some links to fun activities for President’s Day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

presidents day activities for kids on Pinterest

presidents day for kids on YouTube

President’s Day Crafts and Activities for Kids

Presidents Day Activities

21 Fun Presidents Day Activities & Crafts

Presidents Day Theme for Preschool

Presidents’ Day Activities, Grades K-5

Presidents’ Day in the Classroom

Valentine’s Day

Below are some links to fun activities for Valentine’s Day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

St. Valentine for kids on Pinterest

valentine’s day activities for kids on Pinterest

St. Valentine for kidsSt. Valentine for kids on YouTube

valentine’s day for kids on YouTube

Heart-y Valentine party ideas: 14 games & activities for kids

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Children’s Activities

100+ VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFTS & ACTIVITIES

Valentine’s Day Activities that Kids (and You!) Will Love

Hearty Love Gone By @ Stimulating Learning with Rachel

“Hearts-a-Flutter” Penguin Craft

 Hair Tie Valentines

Printable Lollipop Valentines

Be sure to check out my Pinterest Page Homeschool: February too!

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Below are some links to fun activities for Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday:

(Use at your own discretion.)

abraham lincoln for kids activities on Pinterest

abraham lincoln for kids on YouTube

Abraham Lincoln Activities for Kids

Abraham Lincoln Classroom Activities, Crafts, and Games

Abraham Lincoln Teacher Resources

abrahamlincoln.pdf

Biography President Abraham Lincoln

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln

Groundhog Day

Below are some links to fun activities for Groundhog Day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

groundhog day activities on Pinterest

groundhog day for kids on YouTube

Happy Groundhog’s Day!

February Holidays

I will try to update this list with some fun activities as well. Feel free to click the links to find out more about the origins and meanings behind these special days. I plan to incorporate a few of these into our normal homeschool routine to add a little fun and excitement to our days. Have fun and maybe make up your own personal family holiday or tradition for the month!

This month is also know as:

  • American Heart Month
  • Black History Month
  • Canned Food Month
  • Great American Pie Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • National Grapefruit Month

Sometimes the 100th day of school will fall somewhere in February as well. **see 100th day of school for more activities

I found this list and more here:

National Freedom Day (1st)

**see National Freedom Day for more activities

Ground Hog Day (2nd)

**see Groundhog Day for more activities

Feed the Birds Day (3rd)

**see here for lots of crafts kids can make on Pinterest

Send a Card to a Friend Day (7th)

**see here for lots of crafts kids can make on Pinterest

Kite Flying Day (8th)

**see here for lots of crafts kids can make on Pinterest

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday (12th)

**see Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday for more activities

Valentine’s Day (14th)

**see Valentine’s Day for more activities

National Gum Drop Day (15th)

Random Acts of Kindness Day (17th)

**see here for lots of crafts kids can make on Pinterest

Cherry Pie Day (20th)

President’s Day (3rd Monday)

**see President’s Day for more activities

George Washington’s Birthday (22nd)

**see George Washington’s Birthday for more activities

National Tortilla Chip Day (24th)

National Pistachio Day (26th)

Tell a Fairy Tale Day (26th)

**see Tell a Fairy Tale Day for more activities

Polar Bear Day (27th)

**see Polar Bear Day for more activities

Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday (varies)

**see Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday for more activities

Leap Day  (29th)- not again until 2020, once every four years

**see Leap Day for more activities

Also check out:

It’s February (lots of fun activities listed)

Homeschool: February on Pinterest for crafts/activities related to the month of February.

National Freedom Day

National Freedom day is a day to celebrate America being free and freedom from slavery. Click here to learn more about this holiday.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

National Freedom Day – A Day to Celebrate America!

National Freedom Day on Pinterest

National Freedom Day

Whipped Pie Crust

I will admit I haven’t made this in a while as I just haven’t had the time. There was a time that this was the only pie crust I’d use though. I plan to try my hand at it again soon when I make some Fried Apple Pies.

Pie crusts are always something fun that the kids can help with too. My littles love to get the scraps or ‘extras’ that I cut off the sides. They make their own little pies or designs with them. It’s edible play dough! Continue reading “Whipped Pie Crust”

Cinnamon Dippers

This is yet another, sweeter, version of our basic breadstick recipe. This makes a super simple dessert or snack that the kids can help prepare. Top with a vanilla glaze to make it extra special. Continue reading “Cinnamon Dippers”

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas

This is not the most authentic enchilada recipe but my kids really enjoy these. Pair it with a salad or rice and beans to make a complete meal. Continue reading “Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas”

Black Bean Soup

Beans are usually fairly cheap and we like to eat them so I try to include them every week or every other week. The leftovers can be used up during the week for a variety of other things or they can be frozen for later.

You can cook them pretty much like Pintos but sometimes I like to add a few extras to them. Continue reading “Black Bean Soup”

Momma, I can write!

Anyone with kids, especially boys, can know how hard it is to help them get their handwriting to a legible state. It starts when they are young as a scribble and progresses as they get older. Well, my youngest who is 3, and my special needs son who is 14, both have a lot of trouble in this area. I don’t want to push them and I know that it will happen in time but I was running out of ideas to get them interested and to encourage them in this area.

My 4 year old just picked up a crayon one day and started writing his name.The 3 year old has shown absolutely no interest in wanting to draw, trace, or attempt to write his name. He would ‘trace’ them with a toy dinosaur or a race car but nothing more than that. He knows the majority of the alphabet by sight and can tell you what the sounds are but just doesn’t want to write.

We have used playdough to make letters. We have tracing pads, tracing games on the tablets, and a variety of other activities. Sometimes they like to pull out the Wikki Stix and use them as well to make letters. When it comes to actually writing they would often just plain out refuse or the 14 year old would conveniently ‘forget’ how to write.

That was before Christmas. For Christmas the kids received a couple of drawing pads. They love them! Then we also got a couple more of the same things, see So Much More Than A Basketball, at their older sister’s house. This was indeed a blessing!

Now the boys have been drawing and drawing and drawing. First thing they grab in the morning is a drawing pad. They wait for their Grandpa to stop in and they play ‘Guess What I Drew?’ with him. The kids don’t realize that they are strengthening their fine motor skills, they are learning the proper way to hold a writing utensil, and they are using their imaginations. The difference a couple of weeks can make has been incredible!

The 3 year old is not only learning to draw some amazing art work but he has been practicing his letters as well. He walks around the house with his drawing pad and finds letters and words to copy. Now he will ask me to write things on the drawing pad for him to copy too.

This enthusiasm has rubbed off on big brother as well and he has been practicing his name on the drawing pads and on the huge chalkboard in the playroom. It makes my heart smile to see them happily doing these things on their own. We didn’t have ‘school’ for the past two weeks either so that has given them a chance to explore and practice on their own. This is helping them to build their independent working skills as well.

Another benefit is that the kids are also learning to read! As they walk around copying things they always ask someone to read what they wrote. Then in turn they repeat it and before we even realised it the kiddos are reading everything!

 

This is a picture of the art work the 3 year old left on my desk: