For many classroom years, February has been a mid-year “mirror” month - time to gather data & take a rear view assessment of kids’ growth. Time start serious strategizing to get to year-end goals.
Which brings me to a childhood memory.
When I was in third grade, my family moved and I changed schools mid-year. My new teacher told me I was seriously behind because I didn’t know my times facts. Just like that, in a blink of an eye, I traded in carefree evenings for an endless firing line drill on multiplication facts.