February is a jammed pack month in Kindergarten with so many amazing holidays. From celebrating Black History to chatting about Dental Hygiene to spreading kindness to rocking into the 100th Day… Groundhog Day… President’s Day & of course LOVE. As you can see, there’s a lot to do, celebrate and learn about with your littles. Today, I’ve rounded up a few resources that are perfect for implementing in February and beyond.
Picture Books worth Pullin’
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A mix of new releases and my go-to’s year after year! I stick with themes of love (all types), friendship and kindness and heavy with bio’s for BHM research and President’s Day. (PebbleGo & Epic! are also helpful here)
Black History Month
Celebrating Black History is all year but February marks the official calendar celebration. If you’ve got an Epic! account, here’s a K-1 friendly collection of digital books to learn more about different Black male and female trailblazers.
I love using Epic! + PebbleGo for researching in the classroom or library. I’ve had kiddos that really loved research and found myself doing almost monthly dives into influential men/women throughout the entire school year! We used picture book bio’s, PebbleGo and Epic! to guide research/share findings, we made group anchor charts, responded on different graphic organizers, made paper books and even created content using the Draw & Tell app.
Another thing the kiddos enjoyed was seeing visuals of different trailblazers! My most heart warming memory with the visuals was watching a preK boy see a photo of Muhammad Ali and throw his hands up to pretend box! Download the B& W pictures I used here. Please note: I do not own these images but found them royalty free. (Images are clickable too)
I love a theme month and in February, it’s all about love + kindness + friendship. Here’s a few resources that pair with popular picture books that support those themes that can help build-up comprehnsion while crafting. You can find these and more over in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop – click here or read about other Valentine activities on this blog post – including a free sight word crafty.
and if you’re just looking to update your collection and freshen up your comprehension organizers for the month – this set of Valentine story element pages might be your jam. A new Valentine picture book I added to my collection this year was Cupig: The Valentine’s pig – it’s ADORABLE and I’ve got a FREE download for it – you can read more about it on this blog post.
Children’s Dental Health Month
February also is Dental Hygiene month for kiddos. As an aunt to a 2nd grade nephew who thinks teeth brushing happens in 5 seconds or less, I know the importance of chatting dental care (often). Plus, littles LOVE their candy LOL. This How to Brush Your Teeth Craft would make a create chat and review piece during the month. For picture books, I really love Talulah the Tooth Fairy CEO and I Love My Fangs for reading aloud and opening up the doors to a conversation about oral care. The ADA website also offers a free (order ahead) poster each year.
Lunar New Year
The date for Lunar New Year changes each year but this year it begins February 10th. The Lantern and Dumpling writing activities are to help littles learn more about this tradition’s rich history that’s centered around family, fortune and feasting as preparation for welcoming Spring. These writing crafts pair great with fiction or non-fiction books – if you’re needing some digital non-fiction, here’s an Epic! collection (login to your Epic! account and click here to access it). If you’re a fan of fiction picture books to help celebrate, I’ve got a free set of story element graphic organizers to pair with your favorite Lunar New Year read – download that freebie here.
I’ve done many different (all day centers) for the 100th day but the one that never gets old is SOLO CUPS. I mean it’s simple and engaging. The kids count out 100 cups and just build… BUILD. Since I love a theme, we’ve done a challenge to create a castle that protects a stuffed unicorn. I mean, hello 100 MAGICAL DAYS. I also love a good sticker book for fine motor and Amazon usually has pretty good deals on bulk sticker sheets. And money…. who doesn’t love a classic What would you do with 100 Dollars on the 100th Day?
Acts of Kindness Day
One of my schools used to do a door decorating content to celebrate Acts of Kindness day which is 2/17. One of my go-to activities for this day is reading Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller because the illustrations are perfect for analyzing and discussing. After reading, we make kindness crayons and share how we will Color the World with Kindness (Grab that Pack Here). If you’re gonna display them, I printed out black & white pictures I took of a few pages in the story and taped above our display to give some context to hallway lookers and guests. For other Kindness themed read aloud, I love Nobody Hugs a Cactus and Bring some Kindness, Share some Light – example activities below!
Another great opportunity to do a little research using PebbleGo. Presidential picture books are also great to pull and add to your class library, read aloud rotation or student literacy center. Here are some simple graphic organizers to use for researching, if that’s your jam. And if your kiddos like directed drawings, grab this set of FREE President’s Day Draw & Tell pages.