February 21 Newsletter

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

I hope that each of you and your families are well and managing with the latest COVID-19 developments.

People all over the world have to adapt in ways never imagined. So, let's look at some of the ways to make life more tolerable, even fun, regardless of age. Telling a story of celebration is a happy way to do that! Even the littlest members of the family can easily tell us something that makes them happy if they are verbal. If not, we can read them a happy story. An even better way to do this is to read to little ones and then have them tell us what it all means This can be done in segments as you pause at a point in the story.

February is a month rich in ideas and history for the United States! Try a story about love for Valentines Day, #Fiona, or one about Black History Month, with so many positive role models! Try searching YouTube for "Biography of Frederick Douglas for Kids: American Civil Rights History for Children - Free School" to hear and see what this man's life was about and the difference he made in US history!

This is the perfect time to make heart decorations! You can give them as Valentine cards or hang them on a door or window. Or, how about making a heart-shaped cake or cookies for dessert? Don't forget to wear something red on February 14th!

We have silly holidays, too, like Ground Hog Day, which is supposed to predict when winter will end! We also have Mardi Gras which is a day (Fat Tuesday) of feasting before fasting for Lent. Where did this celebration start?

In other parts of the World there are celebrations, such as Chinese New Year on 2/12/21. This will be the Year of the Ox! Older children can "search" about why the Chinese New Year has a animal each year and tell the family about it.

What we teach children early on helps them to see they are a part of family, first, as well as community or region, the Country and the World! When we help build their vocabulary by introducing new words and ideas we are setting them on a path for success!

I hope you will explore my website and look at the books I have written, Starting with "Fiona and the Extra-Special Invisible Gifts" for any child, boy or girl, ages birth thru pre-school. "Who Found Who?" is for Kindergarten thru 3rd grade. And "You Can't Make Me!" is for "tweens," ages 9 thru 13. Keep in mind, especially for non-readers or this who are just begining, that reading to them builds better letter and word recognition as you point to and sound out words. I helps build confidence!

Please post reviews of my books and comments about this newsletter on Halina Schafer, Author page on Facebook. I'd love to hear from you!

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I promise to make the monthly newsletter educational, fun and inspiring for families!

Please stay safe! Wear a mask when outside. Please consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine!

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