Planning for February

Last updated: 01 February 2024

It’s February already, how did that happen? The new year seems to be well under way. I’m updating all my monthly planning posts again for this year. 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. For those who want to be extra organised there’s a free downloadable printable at the end of this post, to help you make your own monthly list, with both a colour version and a printer friendly B&W version available! The downloads include two sheets each, one with and one without a space for notes on foraging. There’s not much foraging happening for us in Scotland in February, but depending on where you live it may be different for you.

To Do

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 7th 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:

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. So far, we’ve got trips to the Glasgow Science Centre and the National the Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh planned, and if the weather allows we’re hoping for a winter beach trip. 

Book a summer holiday 

In Scotland, our school summer holidays start at the end of June. Last year we left it until March/April, and so many affordable places were already booked up! In the past, we’ve organised holidays much further in advance, especially bigger trips abroad, but this year we’re just heading for a week at the Scottish seaside.

Dates for Our Diary

There are so many dates from different cultures and religions to consider, I’ll just be listing the ones that are most popular in our area or family (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, to help celebrate.

10 February 2024 – Lunar/ Chinese New Year

12 February 2024 – ‘Rosenmontag’ (Karneval in Germany)

13 February 2024 – Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Day

14 February – Valentines Day

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…

  • 7 March – World Book Day (UK)
  • 10 March – Mothering Sunday (UK)

>> Download February Planner (full colour)

>> Download February Planner (printer friendly)

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