Holidays and Special Days in the First Week of February

February Calendar
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What can you and your child learn about in the first seven days of February? What activities can you and your child engage in? What holidays can you celebrate? These days can be a way to kick off some learning and have some fun.

February 1

National Freedom Day
On February 1, 1865, Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution to outlaw slavery. This resolution proposed an amendment to the US Constitution. The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified on December 18, 1865.

To observe this day, you might ask your child to write an essay defining "freedom." Or you might ask her to write a story or poem about freedom. It can also be a good time to learn about Lincoln.

February 2

  1. Groundhog Day
    This is one of those days that is just a fun day. How much do you know about Groundhog Day? Take the Groundhog Day quiz and find out. Share some information about Groundhog Day with your child and let him take the quiz too! One thing we all know is that on February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil comes up out of his burrow and "predicts" the weather. If he sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter. 
  2. Take Your Child to the Library Day ( first saturday)
    I love, love, love Take Your Child to the Library Day. If your child is bibliophile, there is no better place to go. We spent many, many hours in libraries when my son was young. If your child isn't a bibliophile (and maybe even really dislikes reading), going to the library is still a great idea for an outing. Find books around your child's interest. You could foster a love of learning!

    February 4

    USO Day
    USO stands for United Service Organizations. The USO has been providing services to help American service men and women and their families for decades. They do so much to make troops feel at home when they are away and help their families cope with deployment. What do you know about the USO?

    How can you and your child get involved?

    February 5

    National Weatherman's Day
    How did February 5th come to be National Weatherman's Day? It happens to be the birthday of Bostonian John Jeffries, the first person to make balloon observations in 1784. He had started in 1774 making daily weather observations. Although the holiday falls on Jeffries' birthday, the day is meant to mark our appreciation for the men and women who provide us with weather forecasts and warnings. It's a good day for kids to learn about the weather.

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