I just love January. It has such a cozy feeling of candlelight, warm sweaters, a fire going, warm foods, books and handwork and board games. This is one of my favorite months!
This month, in our family, we are celebrating:
The Twelve Days of Christmas, January 1- January 5
Epiphany on January 6. Are you getting ready yet? Here are some suggestions for fun things to do with your children.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 16
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity– January 18-25
This is the month of Feast Days for many Saints and Holy People, so I am thinking we may do some read alouds around the biographies of some of the famous Saints and missionaries.
All month long we will also be celebrating King Winter, Jack Frost, and animals in winter in art, song, and nature walks. I hope to share a bit more of that with you all this month!
Things to love this month:
Fun things to do with children:
Cut out paper snowflakes, including really cool 3-D snowflakes; dip candles; roll candles; play board games or card games with your children; draw, paint, model; whittle wood; make popcorn together; bake together; play in the snow – build snow forts; have snowball fights; snowshoe; downhill or cross country ski; ice skate on a pond; read and tell stories; build forts inside; take a walk outside in the cold – look for animal tracks or berries or birds or all of the above; knit, crochet, cross stitch, finger knit, spin, sew; sing and make music together – learn some new songs; clean, scrub, dust, work around the house – rearrange furniture; go bowling or find an indoor swimming pool to swim in; write letters to family and friends; write stories together; snuggle on the coach with hot chocolate and marshmellows; cook for a neighbor; find a place of worship to attend and get involved; throw a party; clicker train your dog, cat, or other animal; take care of plants; start seeds indoors when it it is time
Get Your Rhythm Together:
Sometimes we just need a change of pace in January and we need a different rhythm than what we had before the holidays. We can often start with the basics, such as rest and sleep times, meals, and times to be outside and then add in our task of the day, our household chores, our errand day, and if we are homeschooling, our homeschooling time. Right now, my intention for January with a 9th, 6th and 1st grader is to have our artistic rhythm look like this: Mondays baking and painting, Tuesdays coloring/drawing in the afternoons, Wednesdays modeling, Thursdays painting, and Fridays seasonal crafts/handwork. All of us can work on projects with our first grader or our own projects and it feels nice and unhurried in an otherwise sea of main lessons for three children. I have a household rhythm as well for each day of the week. I would love to hear your rhythm for your home and family!
Get Your Homeschooling Together:
This is the month I am going to get together a few friends to read some of Steiner’s lectures on education. If you are homeschooling a certain way, maybe you can all get together and discuss possible plans for fall homeschooling and bounce ideas off each other. Maybe you can hold a tea and invite those interested in homeschooling to come. Sometimes January is a good, quiet month to begin laying out the next school year as well.
Get Your Self-Care Together:
As part of my vitality practices, this year, I have pledged myself to daily prayer and gratitude and to exercise a certain number of days per month. My husband and I are planning some date nights, and I am planning some outings with friends. It promises to be a fun month!
I can’t wait to hear what you are up to!