February can be a hard month for many people living in cold and dark climates and where it seems as if winter is dragging on forever. I like to think of February as a month of illumination and light, which helps me counteract the darkness and think of February as a month of celebrating all kinds of love and light in the world.
This month we are celebrating:
Black History Month – Of course Black History IS World history and American history and should be in every subject we teach every month, but it’s also wonderful to take a renewed look at wonderful books and biographies this month. Watch @theparentingpassageway IG and The Parenting Passageway Facebook page for our library hauls this month
February – Mardi Gras! (until Lent, of course)
February 2 – Candlemas
February 14 – St. Valentine’s Day (you can see this post about Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Waldorf Home
February 17- Presidents Day
February 26- Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent (try this post about Lent from last year with lots of links and ideas: Lent – Pilgrimage of the Soul ) (and I am very excited to read the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lenten book selection)
Lovely things to do with children this month:
Make Valentine’s Day cards; plan little treats and crafts for Valentine’s Day; make window transparencies; 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, grow sprouts in the kitchen or a little microgarden.
Thoughts about Homeschooling:
This is the month I find myself thinking about plans for the fall. I think I often get a little bored and restless this time of the year – maybe you do too! This could be a great month for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, surfing if you live somewhere you can do that or swimming – in other words, break the rhythm up with physical activity outside. It can be really helpful!
Waldorf homeschooling is intensive and difficult at times. It requires a lot of planning and a lot of ourselves as teachers, so I think we should be easy with ourselves, especially in February and especially when we have all very young children close in age or large spans of ages, it can be a complete struggle to meet everyone’s needs. I understand why people drift away from Waldorf homeschooling to unschooling, or to field trip/road trip schooling or something where you can combine more as opposed to Waldorf. I have zero judgement about that. I also understand why those who love Waldorf Education sometimes move to an area where they have a Waldorf school available. I think we need to be easy on ourselves and find what rejuvenates us, and to be honest and real when teenagers are older and the homeschool season is just changing. For some families it doesn’t change, and that is great, but for many families there can be a lot of guilt and angst about switching either homeschooling methods or educational choices in middle and high school. It’s okay that things don’t stay the same if that is what the child or family needs. Our job is to prepare our children for the future in the right time and in the right manner for that child. They need to be functional adults!
My own little homeschooling corner of the world:
Our fourth grader finished a block on Norse Myths and now we are into a block I designed on Birds of Prey since that is a main interest. Our high school freshmen is still at a hybrid school, and our high school senior is finishing up the year with acceptances at all the universities applied to with scholarship money – so now we just have decisions to make about the best place to attend, which is a lovely place to be.
I would love to hear from you about your plans for February!