Holidays and Special Days in the Second Week of February

The Second Seven Days

February Calendar
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In addition to Valentine's Day that everyone loves to celebrate one way or another, the special days listed here provide some wonderful opportunities for learning and having fun.

February 8

Kite Flying Day When I was a child, I'd go out on windy days and see if I could get a kite to fly. It was rather tricky. There had to be the right amount of wind. Too little and the kite would fly. Too much and the kite would be too hard to control and could get away from us. We used to love watching the kites take off and fly. February might be a little too cold and snowy for some of us to go out and fly a kite, but it's not too cold to learn about kites and make them!

February 9

  1. National Stop Bullying Day
    Each of us has experienced bullying in one way or another. Either we were bullied ourselves or we knew someone who was bullied. We saw it happen. Some of us might have even engaged in bullying behavior at some point or another in our lives. Bullying has been around probably forever, but that doesn't mean we have to like it or accept it. It can have devastating effects on a child, so we want to do all we can to stop it. We should be concerned about bullying every day, but this is a day for us to learn all we can about bullying and what to do about it.
  2. Weather Day
    Weather is a part of our lives. It affects the way we live - the shelters we construct for ourselves, the clothing we wear, the way we travel, and even the food we eat. What causes the weather to be what it is? What makes the weather change? What makes the wind blow? What makes a storm form? A tornado? Today is a good day to help your child learn all about the weather.
  1. Read in the Bathtub Day
    I love to read and I'll read anywhere. One of the more relaxing places to read a book is in the bathtub! When you are all stressed out from advocating for your child at school or dealing with your child's asynchronous development, take a bath and read a good book. Take your favorite book or read up on giftedness. Your child can read in the tub, too! Gifted kids can get pretty stressed out, too, so encourage your child to relax in the bathtub with his favorite book. Even young kids can enjoy books in the tub - nice waterproof ones from Magic Bath books!

    February 11

    1. Make a Friend Day
      Gifted kids are no different than other kids. They want friends. However, because of their asynchronous development, they may have a harder time than other kids of finding good friends. They need friends like them, true peers who understand them. Many gifted kids are introverts and don't require a lot of friends, so you don't want to push your child into uncomfortable situations where their energy is drained. Spend the day today learning about the need gifted kids have for friendship and what is important to them. You can best help your child when you understand them.  
    2. Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
      This is a perfect day to talk to your child about leaving the past in the past. We all make mistakes, and gifted kids are no different. Of course, when the gifted kid is a perfectionist who thinks the simplest mistake is a sign of some kind of character deficit, it can be a big problem. We want to help our children understand that we can learn from our mistakes, but they do not define who we are. We are not our mistakes. It's not just our mistakes that we shouldn't dwell on. We make choices and things happen to us that we can't do anything about. Feeling bad about them is just counterproductive.

      February 12

      1. Lincoln's Birthday
        Few people are unaware of who Abraham Lincoln was, but not many realize that Lincoln was a gifted individual with many of the traits of the gifted - emotional sensitivity, humor, a sense of honor....  Kids can learn today all about his life and all he did, but they (and you) can also spend some time today learning about what it was that made him a gifted individual.
      2. Darwin Day
        On February 12, 1809, Charles Darwin was born. His theory of evolution transformed the way we think about life. This is a good day to teach your child about the Theory of Evolution and the man who thought of it.

        February 13

        Get a Different Name Day This is just a fun day. Sometimes we find that we aren't too fond of our name. So why not come up with a new one? Sometimes kids can struggle with their identity. Or sometimes they just plain wish they were someone else, someone different. Picking a new name, one that "sounds" better can make a child feel better. It doesn't have to be a permanent change, of course, just a different name for the day. It's just fun to pick a name we think represents us better. Perhaps your child can talk about why the name she chose for the day is a "better" name. Perhaps your child can even write a story about this new character! Ultimately, though, we all know, as Juliet said to Romeo, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." It's not our name that makes us who we are.

        February 14

        1. Valentine's Day
          This holiday is a fun one. When we think of it, we often think of sweethearts, but that doesn't mean we can't also spend the day showing others in our lives how much we love them - and just having some fun!
        2. Read to Your Child Day
          Reading to your child is a good idea any day - and every day possible. It is good for so many reasons. This day isn't about reading to your child only on this day, but as a reminder to read to your child every day.

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