It is hard to homeschool through the holidays, unless you take holiday activities to also be educational. Gift ideas, too, can be used for education.
Surprise December Fun Links. Now updated for December 2016. A fun activity added daily December 1-26.
Christmas Gift Tags With Hints
Just add a cryptic hint to a tag to get the recipient guessing what it could be!
Christmas Lesson Ideas
A Christmas curriculum.
Divide the group into four smaller groups and assign each group one of the words listed here. Read the story. After each of the words is read pause for the group to sing the first line of the song.
Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers
If you want to know what real homeschoolers who love this site are getting their kids for Christmas, here is a list taking directly from my Amazon sales reports.
My gift of laughter for you.
Living Joyfully With Children
Maximize freedom and success, minimize fear and failure.
Luke 2, The Christmas Story
An illustrated story of the birth of the Christ Child, designed for children to read.
Toystore – Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers
Toys that teach, and are a lot of fun, too.
The Twelve Math Days of Christmas
Here are 12 great ways to combine math in your Christmas activities.
You’ve made the decision to homeschool.
What do you do next?
Where Do I Start With Homeschooling?
Where to start looking for beginning homeschooling information and advice. How to do the basics. Why home school works.
Home Education Laws & Legalities
Take the steps necessary for beginning to homeschool legally according to your regional laws. Look under “Regional Information” in the “Homeschool Categories” to your left to find your local homeschooling laws and other supportive resources.
Homeschool Support Groups in Your City
Meet with other homeschool families in your area with concerns similar to your own. Exchange tips and ideas with experienced homeschoolers.
Educational Field Trips
Some call it Autoschooling, as we homeschoolers learn on the go, visiting historic sites, science and art museums, civic monuments, and more. Get outside and learn what educational opportunities your local community has to offer.
Truly Free K12 Homeschooling
How to have a totally free K12 homeschool experience online and off.
Lesson Plans for Free
Websites that have structured lesson plans. Usually these have goals and objectives and meet state standards.
Free Homeschooling Curriculum Materials
You can build a curriculum for free or for very little or by borrowing.
Explorations 4 Kids
Tons of links to free sites for kids to learn. Includes some links to inexpensive Amazon books and games, too, for those who wish to learn experientially offline.
Curriculum related to our homeschooling topics are on each of our relevant home education pages. Design your own custom homeschooling program! Check our Curriculum Shopping section for advice, tips, and for homeschooling curriculum, games, books, and toys. Our Quickstart Curriculum gives you grade-by-grade suggestions for an inexpensive, basic curriculum to buy from Amazon or borrow from your public library. Some home school programs suggest or provide the curriculum.