Letter from the Editor: February 2024

Dear Readers,

Happy February! February is one of my favorite months for several reasons. For one thing, February is for Friendship! February 11th was National Make a Friend Day, February 14th is Valentine’s Day, and February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day! This month, be sure to let your friends know you care, and show them how much they mean to you. See if you can make a new friend too!

Happy Chinese New Year! The Chinese New Year officially began on February 10th, 2024, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 24th, 2024. In Chinese culture, this year marks the Year of the Dragon, which promises success and authority. The Chinese Dragon is endlessly energetic and full of vitality, goal-oriented yet idealistic and romantic, and a powerful, visionary leader.

What’s more, 2024 is a leap year, which means there will be an extra day at the end of February! Have you sometimes said to yourself, if only I had an extra day to get caught up or get something done? Well, this is your chance!

Guess what! February is also a popular month for homeschool birthdays! According to FamousHomeschoolers.net, the following famous homeschoolers were born in February: George WashingtonAbraham LincolnAnsel AdamsThomas EdisonWilson “Snowflake” Bentley, Charles Dickens, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. (Laura was taught at home when she was unable to attend school due to distance or weather, and she homeschooled her daughter Rose!)

Of course, we can’t forget Presidents Day! Mount Rushmore, the world’s largest stone monument, is a tribute to four Presidents – George WashingtonThomas JeffersonAbraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Do you know what else each of these men have in common? As children, none of them had any regular, formal schooling. They were all self-educated or taught at home!

February is also Black History Month. Famous black homeschoolers include: Benjamin Banneker (first African-American scientist), George Washington Carver (agricultural researcher), Booker T. Washington (Tuskegee Institute founder), Louis Armstrong (King of Jazz), Jordin Sparks (singer/actress), Venus and Serena Williams (tennis sisters).

What is your favorite thing about February?

Happy Homeschooling!


P.S. We’re having trouble with with our web hosting service and are being forced to get new emails and possibly switch providers. We’re not IT experts here, so I will be taking a March hiatus to try and get these things sorted out. If any giveaways come up I’ll try to post them, but I will have to skip the March issue. And in April we’ll be going on a road trip for two weeks so I can’t guarantee we’ll publish one then, either. Sorry! But we’ll certainly be back up in May, if not before. Take care and TTYL!

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