A great, relaxing activity for the kids – and maybe you too. Every weekday, Mo Willems gives a short drawing lesson on YouTube, and it has become very popular. Here’s the first one:
They also just added English Subtitles [CC] that you can turn on when watching in YouTube.
In case you’re not familiar with his books, here’s a reading of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus:
Quizlet Flashcards are a great way to learn new English words. There are many flashcard sets that let you study English words – translated from your native language. Here’s a large set of flashcards (more than 1000!) with English and Portuguese:
Is it FEB-ROO-ARY? or FEB-YOU-ARY? Both are acceptable, but it is more common to hear someone say FEB-YOU-ARY .
And here’s a YouTube video about the different pronunciations…
If you have kids out of school this week, or just have extra time for yourself, here are some places to go – to see more of Boston and MetroWest, have some family fun, and practice your English:
- Feb Fest at the MIT Museum in Cambridge – Feb 17-22
Lots of extra science activities
GPS: 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
- Vacation Week at Boston Museum of Fine Arts – Feb 18-22
Family Art Walk, Performances, Art-Making Activities, Kids’ Tours
GPS: 465 Huntington Ave. Boston
- Vacation Week Activities at:
- Untold American Stories – Black History Month
at the Boston Mapparium – Mary Baker Eddy Library Tuesday Feb 18th to Friday Feb 21st
GPS: 200 Massachusetts Ave. Boston
- Kids’ Activities at the Boston Public Market
GPS: 100 Hanover St. Boston
- Ice Skating– at the Frog Pond on the Boston Common – now open (Video)
- Children’s Winter Festival on Boston Common – Thursday Feb 20th from 11 to 2
- Places to go sledding in MetroWest
- Places to go skiing near MetroWest/Boston
- Places to go for a winter hike
- A little farther away:
- Lots more to find on…
Until the middle of the 1970s, February 22, the birthday of George Washington who was the first president of the United States, was a national holiday. Also, February 12, the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the president during the Civil War, was a holiday in most states. In the 1970s, Congress declared a single holiday, to be called Presidents’ Day, would be observed on the third Monday in February (Monday February 17th this year) to honor all past presidents.
Here’s a video rap to help you remember their names.
Here’s information about what places are open or closed on this national holiday…
Town/City Hall and other government offices and courts: Closed
Public Schools: Closed (Part of February vacation week)
Senior Center: Closed
Public Library: Closed
Retail stores: Most are open
No Mail Delivery
– What it means?
– What this means?
– What means this?
– What means [xx]? (such as What means hyperbole? or What means doodle?)
February 2nd is a small, fun/silly holiday called Groundhog Day. You may see it mentioned on the news – especially during the weather report. According to legend:
- If the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb 2nd, there will be 6 more weeks of winter
- If he doesn’t see his shadow, there will be an early spring
There’s also a popular romantic comedy movie called Groundhog Day that you might enjoy watching.