What’s that saying about March? In like a lion, out like a lamb? And, conversely, in like a lamb, out like a lion? The gentle breezes or ferocious ones of March seem to chase winter away and make room for springtime. Whatever the weather in your neck of the woods, enjoy the month of March with the ones you love. March boasts hints of spring, with warmer days, longer light, all shades and hues of green reappearing in new life, and bold colors and pastels popping out in pretty buds and flowers. Celebrate every moment of March and don’t let the month blow past without making lots of family memories. Try some of the March homeschool celebrations below or create unique family ones of your own.
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8 (ESV)
March Homeschool Celebrations
March Forth Day – Find marching music on an online playlist and march around the front yard on a warm day. With the extra energy that comes from all that heart-racing, pulse-beating marching action, march forth into a new activity to celebrate the day that’s also known as “Do Something Day.” That flower bed that needs weeding to make room for new plants? Work on it today as a family. The garage that needs organizing? Tackle that project today. The closets that need less clothes and more air to breathe? Accomplish that project as a family and put a check mark on your to-do list. Memorize this verse while working: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NKJV)
Pencil Day – Read The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg to begin the day’s celebration. Then, treat the kids to a new package of pencils, unsharpened ones, and play a game before you put the pencils into working action. Recycle used sheets of notebook paper, tearing each page into thirds and wadding each third into a ball of paper. Place coins in various places on a large table or the floor. (Monitor toddlers and little ones, of course, around coins.) Each person takes a turn with a pencil and a wad of paper. Place the pencil on the floor and hold one end with fingertips. Sling the pencil quickly 180-degrees, without letting go of the end, to bat the wad of paper across the table or floor. Give that person points, according to the worth of the coin closest to the paper wad. A nickel? Five points. Add up the points after five rounds to see who received the most points. After the game is complete, sharpen pencils for each person and use them to write these verses: Habakkuk 2:2, Isaiah 8:1, and Jeremiah 30:2.
National Words Matter Week – Save newspapers and magazines in preparation for the holiday festivities. Memorize this verse together: Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 (ESV). After talking about the importance of kind, positive words, spread out the newspapers and magazines and give each person a pair of scissors. The assignment: cut out words from the headlines or stories to put together in a sentence to compliment another family member.
National Celery Month – Work together in the kitchen to make tasty appetizers. Wash, clean and prepare celery into long stalks. Drain on paper towels. Prepare a batch of pimento and cheese by combining in a mixer: three ounces of softened cream cheese, one cup of grated cheddar cheese, one cup of grated Monterey Jack cheese, one-half cup of mayonnaise, one-half teaspoon of garlic powder, and three tablespoons of pimentos chopped finely. Spread pimento cheese in the celery pieces, heaping the cheese spread over the top. Once you’ve filled the celery stalks, have an adult slice each one into bite-sized pieces for celery appetizer snacks. Read this verse together from Genesis 1:29 (ESV): And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you very plant yielding seed that is on the face of the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.’” Give thanks for God’s provisions and blessings, and enjoy!
Mad for Plaid Month – Make a fun, plaid placemat craft with construction paper. To make one placemat, fold a nine-by-twelve inch piece of construction paper in half, folding the long edges together. Use a ruler to draw lines along each of the one-inch marks. In other words, you’ll have eleven lines drawn. Cut along those lines, starting at the fold, but do not cut all the way to the end. Stop with one inch left. Open the paper and press the fold gently so that the paper will lay flat. Cut various colors of nine-by-twelve inch construction paper pieces into strips, one inch by twelve inches. Starting near one uncut end, weave one strip over and under each of the cuts on the large piece of construction paper. With the next strip, weave in the opposite pattern of over and under to form a plaid pattern. Continue with each strip until the large piece is filled in completely. Let each person complete a placemat and then cover each one with contact paper. Use the placemats for dinner this month to celebrate the plaid holiday. Practice saying this verse aloud as you work: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
Enjoy all that’s special about this time of year with the ones you love: fly kites on a windy day, watch for new life and new flowers, look for four-leaf clovers and thank God for His blessings, take long walks in the evenings when the time changes again, and read chapter books together on the porch. And until next month, may God bless you and keep you ….
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Julie Lavender loves to encourage families to find ways every day to “make a memory.” Journalist and author Julie Lavender is excited that her parenting book, 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories, published by Revell, releases in October of this year. She thanks God for the opportunity to offer “make a memory” suggestions, and she looks forward to hearing memory-making ideas from others on her Facebook page, 365 Ways to Love a Child. Connect with Julie there – she’d love to meet you!