Themes and plans for February

Nature:

  • Full Snow Moon (9)
  • seeds begun indoors - Part of Tu B'Shevat
  • the trees in their bare winter glory
  • spring birdsong begins for some species - investigate which ones
  • snowdrops poking through the snow - can we find any?
  • slowly but surely, lengthening days
Food:
  • humble winter roots - parsnip
  • citrus still in season - yummy clementines
  • pancakes (or paczki) on Shrove (or Fat) Tuesday
  • cherry cake for Washington's birthday
  • a jelly roll on Lincoln's birthday

Chumash/Liturgy:

  • TuB'Shevat (8)
  • Rosh Chodesh Adar (23)
  • Begin preparing for Purim by Rosh Chodesh
  • Weekly Parsha (Parsha book and My Weekly Sihdar

Home & Garden:

  • declutter ahead of Passover cleaning
  • purchase Valentines (or any last minute materials)
  • pick up seeds for spring garden; file in index card box
  • order summer flowering bulbs
  • take an inventory of garden tools and equipment
  • Finalize spring planting order
  • prune where needed
  • stock up on bird feeding supplies
  • launder all throw blankets

Life:

  • American Music Month
  • Black History Month
  • National Bird Feeding Month
  • Potato Lover's Month
  • National Heart Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • Great American Pie Month
  • Superbowl (1)
  • Groundhog Day (2)
  • Focus on Feeders Weekend (2-3)
  • Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (12)
  • Valentine's Day (14)
  • President's Day (16)
  • Washington's Birthday (22)
  • Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras (24)

Book Basket:

Field Trip Ideas:

  • Visit the Nature Center for bird identification
  • Visit Mount Vernon

Crafts & Activities:

  • Play shadow tag.
  • Make silhouettes.
  • Make shadow puppets.
  • Decorate plates for Tu B'Shevat seder
  • Plant parsley seeds
  • Lincoln logs on Feb. 12th
  • Spend an afternoon making Valentines.
  • Have a Valentines tea with friends.
  • Start Purim Costume
  • Make Felt board figures for the Purim Story - Esther,Mordicai, King, Haman, Vashti


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