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Children's Literature for February

February, oh February - our shortest month of the year, but there is just so much wonderful children's literature for February. We have Black History month, Dental Health Month, and President's Day in February. For some extra fun we have Valentine's Day and Groundhog Day. This is all in addition to the great topics in our Classical Conversations memory work this month. 

Good children's literature brings such enjoyment to our homeschool and helps bring topics to life. 

I have a ten year old and a six year old. We love picture books and chapter books. We use picture books, such as The Unbreakable Code  and Tucky Jo and Little Heart during our morning basket time, evening read alouds, and independent reading.

My ten year old spends much of his free time reading chapter books for pleasure. I added My Life as Dinosaur Dental Floss to this month's list for him to read as it loosely and laughingly ties to the theme of dental health. I also assign certain books for independent reading, like the You Choose:History books, that align with our studies. 

You'll find a variety of books in the children's literature for February list. These are geared towards Foundations and Essentials aged children but some could work just as well for middle school aged children, like the Great Battles for Boys books which is written for middle school age boys. Some would also work really well for read alouds with older preschoolers, like Ten Grouchy Groundhogs.

(When you click on the pictures, you'll be taken to the Amazon listing and can see the targeted age range of each book.)


This list of children's literature for February includes picture books and chapter books on the following topics:

  • That align with our Classical Conversations memory work: 
    • World War II
    • Sir Isaac Newton
    • Nouns
    • Impressionist Artists such as Degas
    • Orchestra instruments
    • Pi
  • Black History Month
  • Groundhog Day
  • Dental Health Month
  • Valentine's Day
  • President's Day

There's even a book about George Washington's Teeth - dental health and presidents discussed all in one book, lol! 

You can refer back to the Children's Literature for January list for some topics that you still may be covering in February. There are several books in the January list that would be applicable to the memory work being covered in February, such as the books on Sir Isaac Newton. 

There were books about the Presidents included in Children's Literature for January list for the inauguration that would be perfect for President's Day in February. I put additional books about Presidents in my Children's Literature for February list below. There are many wonderful books about the Presidents to choose from! 

Children's Literature for February

World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series)World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series)DK Eyewitness Books: World War IIDK Eyewitness Books: World War IIThe Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. ReyThe Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. ReyNumber the StarsNumber the StarsWho Was Winston Churchill?Who Was Winston Churchill?Who Was Franklin Roosevelt?Who Was Franklin Roosevelt?Great Battles for Boys: WW2 EuropeGreat Battles for Boys: WW2 EuropeGreat Battles for Boys: WW2 PacificGreat Battles for Boys: WW2 PacificThe Unbreakable CodeThe Unbreakable CodeTucky Jo and Little HeartTucky Jo and Little HeartYou Wouldn't Want to Be a World War II Pilot!: Air Battles You Might Not SurviveYou Wouldn't Want to Be a World War II Pilot!: Air Battles You Might Not SurviveWorld War II Spies: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: World War II)World War II Spies: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: World War II)World War II Pilots: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: World War II)World War II Pilots: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: World War II)World War II Infantrymen: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: World War II)World War II Infantrymen: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: World War II)World War II: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: History)World War II: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: History)See Inside the Second World War (See Inside Board Books)See Inside the Second World War (See Inside Board Books)You Wouldn't Want to Be a Secret Agent During World War II!: A Perilous Mission Behind Enemy LinesYou Wouldn't Want to Be a Secret Agent During World War II!: A Perilous Mission Behind Enemy LinesHow I Learned GeographyHow I Learned GeographyYou Wouldn't Want to Be Sir Isaac Newton!You Wouldn't Want to Be Sir Isaac Newton!Nouns and Verbs Have a Field DayNouns and Verbs Have a Field DayA Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun? (Words Are Categorical)A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun? (Words Are Categorical)Degas and the Little Dancer (Anholt's Artists Books For Children)Degas and the Little Dancer (Anholt's Artists Books For Children)The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Anholt's Artists Books for Children)The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Anholt's Artists Books for Children)Fancy Nancy: Aspiring ArtistFancy Nancy: Aspiring ArtistOliviaOliviaEdgar Degas (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists (Paperback))Edgar Degas (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists (Paperback))Edgar Degas: Paintings That Dance (Smart About Art)Edgar Degas: Paintings That Dance (Smart About Art)Katie Meets The ImpressionistsKatie Meets The ImpressionistsKatie and the Waterlily PondKatie and the Waterlily PondMeet the OrchestraMeet the OrchestraI Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a CelloI Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a CelloNever Play Music Right Next to the ZooNever Play Music Right Next to the ZooSir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure)Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure)Why Pi? (Big Questions)Why Pi? (Big Questions)Who Was Rosa Parks?Who Was Rosa Parks?The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary EditionThe Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary EditionHenry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground RailroadHenry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground RailroadI am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World)I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World)Who Was Harriet Tubman?Who Was Harriet Tubman?A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman (Picture Book Biography)A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman (Picture Book Biography)Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry SurpriseBrownie Groundhog and the Wintry SurpriseTen Grouchy GroundhogsTen Grouchy GroundhogsGo to Sleep, Groundhog!Go to Sleep, Groundhog!Groundhog Weather School: Fun Facts About Weather and GroundhogsGroundhog Weather School: Fun Facts About Weather and GroundhogsGroundhog Gets a SayGroundhog Gets a SayThe Berenstain Bears Visit the DentistThe Berenstain Bears Visit the DentistJust Going to the Dentist (Little Critter) (Golden Look-Look Books)Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter) (Golden Look-Look Books)George Washington's TeethGeorge Washington's TeethOpen Wide: Tooth School InsideOpen Wide: Tooth School InsideThe Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) by Jeanette Lane (2007) PaperbackThe Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) by Jeanette Lane (2007) PaperbackBear's Loose Tooth (The Bear Books)Bear's Loose Tooth (The Bear Books)My Life as Dinosaur Dental Floss (The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle #5)My Life as Dinosaur Dental Floss (The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle #5)The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Blessings (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Blessings (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)God Gave Us LoveGod Gave Us LoveSaint ValentineSaint ValentineCam Jansen: Cam Jansen and the Valentine Baby Mystery #25Cam Jansen: Cam Jansen and the Valentine Baby Mystery #25Splat the Cat: Funny ValentineSplat the Cat: Funny ValentinePrincess Posey and the First Grade Ballet (Princess Posey, First Grader)Princess Posey and the First Grade Ballet (Princess Posey, First Grader)A Kiss for Little Bear (An I Can Read Book)A Kiss for Little Bear (An I Can Read Book)Nate the Great and the Mushy ValentineNate the Great and the Mushy ValentineA to Z Mysteries Super Edition #8: Secret Admirer (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #8: Secret Admirer (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))Don't Know Much About® the American PresidentsDon't Know Much About® the American PresidentsYo Millard Fillmore!: (And all those other Presidents you don't know)Yo Millard Fillmore!: (And all those other Presidents you don't know)George Washington for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities (For Kids series)George Washington for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities (For Kids series)George Washington and the General's Dog (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)George Washington and the General's Dog (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)White House Kids: The Perks, Pleasures, Problems, and Pratfalls of the Presidents' ChildrenWhite House Kids: The Perks, Pleasures, Problems, and Pratfalls of the Presidents' ChildrenPresidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White HousePresidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House

Resources for Introducing the Orchestra

I've listed a few books about introducing your children to the orchestra above. But Mary has so many wonderful ideas for incorporating the orchestra into your studies already. 

And her newest resource in the SQUILT family, Meet the Instruments: Explore the Orchestra is a beautiful way to introduce your children to the orchestra. Get these cards and you'll have just what you need. 


 

Children's literature is plentiful on this month's topics. 

Thanks to some suggestions on the Classical Conversations Facebook page, Olivia and Fancy Nancy made the list to coincide with impressionist art study. Fun! 
 

What other recommendations do you have for February?

Cooking With Kids: Easy Freezer Meals

My kids help a lot in the kitchen.

I like to consider it part of our "life skills" curriculum. 

Cooking with kids is such a perfect way to have my children learn alongside me.

Cooking with kids gives me the opportunity to teach them a variety of skills that go well beyond the task of cooking such as planning, mathematics, and it also develops healthy eating habits.

Take cooking with kids to the next level by teaching them how to prepare easy freezer meals! We often are making meals for people in need, and I quickly discovered it was easiest to find a great freezer recipe and cook for two families - that way my load was lightened, too!

 By throwing in easy freezer meals, we can plan and prepare some delicious meals for friends, for our busy week, or even the entire month!

Cooking with Kids: Easy Freezer Meals

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Shopping For Easy Freezer Meals

I like to stay organized by using Plan to Eat - we've been using this tool for five years now.

Plan to Eat allows me to save and store my favorite recipes online, share recipes with friends, and it also allows me to create shopping lists based on my menus. 

Honestly, Plan to Eat has been the best $5 I spend each month! 

Easy Freezer Meals

  • Ravioli Casserole: I don't think meal prep could get much easier than this recipe. A real crowd pleaser with a few simple ingredients. (try this one with beef or cheese ravioli - they are both good!)
  • Italian Chicken Roll-Ups: This is a great recipe to use for introducing kids on how to cook with raw meat. Not only is it an easy recipe to follow, it calls for thin chicken, which means kids will be able to flatten the chicken. Something that has always been a blast for kiddos. 
  • Black Bean Taco Soup: Give Taco Tuesday a new spin with this hearty soup recipe. Make a little extra for a few easy lunch meals throughout the week!
  • The Easiest Baked Mac & Cheese: You can't go wrong with kids and mac and cheese! I like this recipe because there are a few surprising ingredients that will allow you to add a little more nutritional value to the meal. This is also a great habit to pass down to your kids. 
  • Orange Glazed Pork Chops: No more over cooked pork chops! This recipe shares a fool proof way to get moist chops every time. 
  • Sausage-Egg Rollups: These guys will come in handy on those busy mornings. Not only are they quick and easy to grab and go, they are also a great alternative to sugary cereals first thing in the morning. 
  • Simple Meat Loaf Recipe: (My kids' FAVORITE meal!) With just a few ingredients, you can have a wholesome and warm meal. Double, or even triple, the recipe to really stock up your freezer. 
  • Slow Cooker French Dip: French Dip sandwiches are a favorite go to meal in my home. Warm, simple, and delicious. Thanks to this recipe, you can now freeze it for later! 
  • Orange Apricot Slow Cooker Pork Chops: Using a slow cooker is a great skill to teach kids. I especially like it because it takes the danger out of using an oven and the stovetop. It also gives kids the ability to prepare a meal without any help from their parents. This recipe is great because the end result is beyond delicious. It is also gluten and dairy free. 
  • Buttered Maple French Toast Casserole: Another family favorite! French toast is a great way to feed several people without the hassle. Add a fresh fruit salad (you can freeze those too) for a well balanced meal. 
Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Cooking with kids by introducing them to freezer meals is an idea that will help you manage your meal planning and prep time.

When you teach your kids to prepare these recipes, double them, and freeze the extra servings for an easy to make meal. You have the convenience of an easy and nutritious meal all while teaching your kids the valuable skills of cooking. 

Do you have any freezer recipes you'd like to share?  Let me know if the comments below?

Cooking With Kids: Easy Freezer Meals

Harry Potter Activities (Notebooking Download & More)

I have JK Rowling to thank for my daughter's love of reading.  No matter your thoughts about the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling has inspired a GENERATION of children to read.  

When we made the decision to ditch the ideal of public school, the very first thing my then 8 year daughter did was READ. She read the entire Harry Potter series within the first two weeks of homeschool. It was a glorious time of deschooling and wonder in our home.  

I decided to take her love of Harry Potter and turn it into a little more... read on to see what we did and to download free notebooking pages at the end of the post.

Notebooking and Harry Potter - a free download

Expanding on Harry Potter

As she read the books, we also listened to the soundtrack (It's one of my favorites). 

The next thing she wanted to do was learn how play some Harry Potter music on the piano. I found an Easy Piano Harry Potter book and ordered it for her. 

She learned it within a few days. 

JK Rowling Biographies

We decided to learn a little more about the author:

Vocabulary Building

We also found a wonderful Harry Potter vocabulary book!  You can learn over 3,000 words from all seven of the Harry Potter books.


For more ideas and information about JK Rowling and teaching with Harry Potter you can visit my Harry Potter Activities Pinterest board.  


Harry and Friends Notebooking Pages

Whenever we approach a new study in our homeschool, I like to see if there are notebooking pages available.   I had a hard time finding specific Harry Potter pages that fit our needs, so we created our own.

Harry & Friends Notebooking Pages were created specifically for my children.  I never wanted to immerse myself in the world of Harry Potter.   I had tried to read the first book when it first came out, and I have to admit I DID NOT LIKE IT.  

I am so very glad, however, that my daughter picked them up. The sense of imagination, suspense, drama, and overall fantasy captivated me as I saw them through her eyes.  I'm so happy to share in this world with my children now.

Please enjoy these in your homeschool.  They include copywork, alphabetizing, grammar exercises, drawing, and more.  

 

Download Harry & Friends Notebooking

Do you have Harry Potter fans in your house?

You might also like:

Immersing Ourselves in the Chronicles of Narnia

The Hobbit: A Unit Study


Harry Potter Books & Resources

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition ScriptHarry Potter: Collectible Quidditch SetThe Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards (Unofficial Cookbook)Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original ScreenplayHarry Potter Coloring BookHarry Potter Playing CardsThe Unofficial Harry Potter Insults Handbook: 101 Comebacks For The Slytherin In Your LifeHarry Potter Time Turner Metal Fashion NecklaceThe Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Harry Potter)Harry Potter Gryffindor Hardcover Ruled Journal (Insights Journals)Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film CollectionThe Unofficial Harry Potter Vocabulary Builder: Learn the 3,000 Hardest Words from All Seven Books and Enjoy the Series MoreThe Complete Harry Potter Film Music CollectionWho is J.K. Rowling?Conversations with J. K. RowlingHarry Potter -- Sheet Music from the Complete Film Series: Easy Piano