The Longest-Shortest Month: Surviving the February Slump {Episode 15}

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the longest-shortest month: surviving the February slump {S2E15}

The Longest-Shortest Month: Surviving the February Slump | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Oh, February. It’s a short month, but for homeschoolers, it can feel like it drags for about 2 years. But don’t worry, mamas- Cait and Kara have you covered.

In this episode, the sisters talk about how February is basically like homeschool PMS, “the husband shuffle,” lazy unit studies, and a ton of fun resources including one that Cait terms “math dessert!” Plus, the gals spill the beans about their MASSIVE February giveaway.

So don’t worry, homeschool mamas- February is notoriously hard, but you’ve got this, sister!



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The Longest-Shortest Month: Surviving the February Slump

Books from the episode

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0763666491″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts [/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0425287688″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0761160965″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Big Fat Notebooks (series)[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00P45G1HW” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Cait’s favorite puzzles right now[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0061124958″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0310345677″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0310344131″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01FKJ9VRI” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]History Mysteries: Curses, mummies, ghost ships, spies, disappearances and other awesome cases to study as a family by Kara S. Anderson[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01C7B1TKY” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Homeschooling: What to do When You Want to Quit (with chapters by Cait & Kara)[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0201484048″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]How Children Learn by John Holt[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1892083205″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Let’s Play Math by Denise Gaskins[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0763668966″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Maps[/easyazon_link]
  • Melissa Camara Wilkins (her books are amazing!)
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0803741367″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Ordinary People Change the World series by Brad Meltzer[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0544319591″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1600512879″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Teaching from Rest by Sarah McKenzie[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0986223506″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]The Green Ember by S. D. Smith[/easyazon_link]
  • Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White on audible
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”076368922X” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Under Water, Under Earth by Aleksandra Mizielinska[/easyazon_link]


  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B014Q1XX9S” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Codenames[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”2914849656″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Dixit[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B0051DT66A” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Gubs[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00074FYAU” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]There’s a Moose in the House[/easyazon_link]

Other educational resources FROM THE EPISODE

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B000FA6APE” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Instant Snow[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B000N0O3OQ” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Kara’s sensory bins[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B00NQBBDDS” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Kinetic Sand[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01B55BSM2″ locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]K’Nex[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B000062SPJ” locale=”US” tag=”thehomeschoolsisters-20″]Play Dough Accessories[/easyazon_link]

february slump giveaway rules

  • No purchase necessary.
  • All giveaways are void where prohibited.
  • Open only to U.S. Residents, age 18 and older.
  • The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
  • The Homeschool Sisters or its representatives are not responsible for entries not received due to technical failures or entries not eligible due to typographical errors or failures to follow entry guidelines.
  • Winners are chosen randomly using a random number generator.
  • Unless otherwise stated, winners have 24 hours from the close of the giveaway to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be selected.
  • Notification of a winning entry will be made and prizes claimed by private message. The Homeschool Sisters or its representatives are not responsible for prize notification or claim not received.
  • By entering a giveaway, you agree to give The Homeschool Sisters and/or the giveaway sponsor the right to obtain your name and address by email for the purpose of distributing the prize(s).
  • By entering a giveaway, you agree to giveThe Homeschool Sisters and/or the giveaway sponsor the right to publicize your name and/or likenesses for promotional purposes.
  • Giveaway winners agree to hold harmlessThe Homeschool Sisters and the giveaway sponsor in the event that the prize or sweepstakes in some way negatively impacts the winner.


Cait and Kara will be giving away many of the resources listed above throughout the month of February. Be sure to follow us on both Facebook and Instagram because that is where the action will be happening every weekday in February 2017!

You can hang out with Cait and Kara on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Tell us: What are your winter homeschooling tips and tricks? Share here!

The Longest-Shortest Month: Surviving the February Slump

17 thoughts on “The Longest-Shortest Month: Surviving the February Slump {Episode 15}

  1. Maria Peters says:

    Thank you for this wealth of resources! We spent last February on the Alabama coast and it was glorious. However, this year we are staying out in Minnesota. It is our second year homeschooling and first year at home in February, so I was dreading the February slump that I have heard about. To survive, I scheduled several field trips (plays, dance performances, the orchestra). So we will be unschooling a bit. ?

    Also, I love that though shared about your Speilgaben. I bought one a couple months ago and was so overwhelmed by it that I haven’t even opened it up and used it! I would love to hear how you are using yours, as most blogs show preschool activities that would be far too easy for my six year old. However, I know that all of my children would love using it if I just take the time to pull it out and learn how to use it myself!

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  3. Nicola says:

    I don’t know why my alert didn’t work for this podcast, but I just discovered it and listened. What a fabulous perk for mid-February! I really enjoy your podcasts and am often nodding along! Thanks!

  4. Lauren Sisson says:

    I listened to this at the beginning and again last night. This is my first year officially homeschooling and our first year without a trip planned. We’re struggling. Also I laughed both times when hearing the ‘husband shuffle’ amazing.

  5. Kathleen says:

    Cait I’m so glad you mentioned the Ordinary People Change the World Series. I looked these up after the podcast and my 3 kids (3 years old up to 8 years) are loving them. They beg me to read them over and over. They’re entertaining and informative. Really appreciate the share on this!! (My daughter now wants to be Lucille Ball for Halloween!)

  6. Nicola says:

    I hope I am commenting on the correct podcast. I go caught up by listening to a couple in a row. For podcasts, I wanted to add Sparkle Stories for the kids! Also, Kara, are you still using the Charlotte Mason Business Math for either of your kids? Curious how that is going, if so. I bought it, it is great, but we have tapered out. There are only just so many things we can do!

  7. Kali says:

    Hello!! I remember listening to an episode a while back where Cait mentioned a book that she would read in the morning before the kids woke up that gave her some motivation/put her in a good mindset for the day. I thought it was a parenting book about relationship/love first with our kids….I thought it was this episode but I’m not finding it. Does that ring a bell? I was wanting to add it to my morning routine but I can’t remember the name of it. Thanks in advance!!!

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