Planning for February
It’s February already, how did that happen? The new year seems to be well under way. In case you missed it last month, I’ve made a new year’s resolution to try and be more organised this year in planning ahead for each month. In case it helps anyone else be more organised too, I’ll be sharing our monthly list of things to do, plan, remember and celebrate. And for those who want to be extra organised, there’s a free downloadable printable at the end of this post too, to help you make your own monthly list.
Plan World Book Day Costumes
In the UK, World Book Day is always held on the first Thursday in March, and without fail it always takes parents by surprise. Many schools celebrate by letting children dress up as their favourite characters, and there’s often a lot of last minute panic and scrabbling around for costumes. This year is falls on Thursday 3rd March, so to be prepared when March comes around, get the date in your calendars now and plan ahead! Here’s some of our tips from previous years to help you out:
- 5 Last Minute World Book Day Costumes
- 9 World Book Day Costumes on a Budget
- How to Celebrate World Book Day at Home
Create a Plan for Half Term
This will vary depending where you live, but in Scotland schools have a half term holiday in February. If you’re going away,you’ll probably have booked it long ago but if you are staying at home it’s good to still have a plan. Whether you’re working and sending the kids to a holiday camp, or taking time off to do stuff together, I always find it helps to write out what’s happening each day when the normal routines are disrupted. We’ll then pop that plan on the fridge, and everyone can check at breakfast each day what’s happening when. This year my husband will actually be away on a business trip over half term, so I’ll be be splitting my time between the kids and work – the silver lining of working freelance from home and being able to choose how I organise my time. I’ve planned one activity for each day, either for the morning or afternoon, and then the kids will have to entertain themselves for the other half of the day while I work. So far, we’ve got trips to the National Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art planned, and a visit to the bookshop to choose some new reads for the holidays.
Dates for Our Diary
There are so many dates from different cultures and religions to consider, I’ll just be listing the ones that we ourselves celebrate or commemorate (you can create your own personal list using the download at the end of this post). I’ll also highlight some previous activities from our archives, which will help us to celebrate.
1 February – Lunar/ Chinese New Year
14 February – Valentines Day
28 February – ‘Rosenmontag’ (Karneval in Germany)
Coming Up Next Month
One thing I’ve found with monthly planning, is that the things that happen at the beginning of the month can often take you by surprise (like World Book Day, every single year!) So that’s why at the beginning of each month I’ll also be reminding myself what’s coming up the following month…
- 1 March – Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Day
- 3 March – World Book Day (UK)
- 27 March – Mothering Sunday (UK)