For many homeschoolers, the month of February is cabin fever at its worst. I know we are longing for warmer temps and the great outdoors. But, with a bit of extra effort, you can revive your students and yourself and actually make it to spring.
Our Lady of Lourdes:
- February 11 is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Take a virtual pilgrimage to the grotto and walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. You can even liven up your desktop with some beautiful Lourdes wallpapers.
- And, here’s an Our Lady of Lourdes coloring page.
- St. Valentine’s Day:
- February 14 is St. Valentine’s Day. A favorite in our house has always been creating valentines with doilies. All you need are doilies in all shapes and sizes, glitter, glue, and some creative kids!
- For a Sacred Heart or Immaculate Heart craft, visit the EWTN craft corner.
- Mardi Gras:
- February 24 is Mardi Gras. For some “G” rated links appropriate for the whole family visit my Mardi Gras page.
- To really get into the Carnival spirit, make a shoebox Mardi Gras float!
- The penitential season of Lent begins on February 25. EWTN provides some of the best resources online for a Holy Lenten experience, including Stations of the Cross and details on fasting and abstaining
- Women for Faith and Family offer a very nice Lent & Easter Sourcebook that I have always found useful in my homeschool.
- For the younger crowd, check out CatholicMom’s printable Stations of the Cross coloring booklet.
- The Virtual St. Joseph Altar opens February 19. If you don’t know about St. Joseph Altars, make a visit. The Virtual Altar is open for the month prior to the Feast of St. Joseph.
- Do you have a student that needs a crash course in note taking? Catholic Homeschool Support has a post on Note Taking which includes an Intro to Study Skills Mini-course.
- Moms will want to check out the upcoming webinars being offered by Homeschool Connections.
- Whimsy Whimsy: Catholic Homeschool alerted me to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds in Art/Art in Birds contest.
- When you get a break in the weather, take advantage of it and head to your zoo. Lots of animals are more active and more interesting in the colder weather.
- Bundle up and go on a winter walk nature scavenger hunt. This worksheet from Hearts and Trees is designed to get you and your kids outside, enjoying and exploring.