Holiday homeschooling will look different for each family. For some, it means taking a complete homeschool break in December. For others, it means using the holiday season to “get back on track” with their homeschool goals. Whatever your take is on it, here are some ideas to keep you busy and learning through the holiday season.
Many families enjoy baking during the holiday season. There are the traditional foods that have been passed down for generations and then there are the sweet treats and delicious specialty drinks, such as eggnog, that only come out this time of year. If you’re looking for something to get you up and moving, head to the kitchen and start baking up some tasty treats! Your family is sure to enjoy doing this together!
It’s the perfect time of year to try your hand at holiday crafts for the kiddos! Whether you’re making your own homemade gift wrap or creating DIY decorations for your home, you’ll enjoy being crafty this time of year. You can also use this time to engage with your preschooler in a cute craft you’ll keep forever (though he may beg you to toss it in about 10 years). This is also a perfect time to try your hand at handmade cards. Instead of buying boxed cards this year, get some basic supplies and start making your own! Think outside of yourself and make holiday cards to send to the military or others that are away from home during the season.
You’re always learning something, whether you’re aware of it or not! On that note, consider December a time to do some holiday-themed unit studies! There are so many ideas you could center a family unit study around. Start a family tradition of reading aloud in the evenings before the holiday. Classic literature is always a great place to start. You could incorporate biographies and learn more about the authors in general. You could also do science experiments involving snow and play some weather games that revolve around snow.
Acts of Service
This holiday season, think of ways you can give back to the community. You could put together stockings for the homeless. Just use a small stocking and stuff it with things such as wipes, a frozen bottle of water, and perhaps a gift card to a restaurant. Make several of these and keep them in your car so you can pass them out when you see homeless people. Your family might want to participate in the Salvation Army’s “Bellringer” program, too. Many people volunteer at homeless shelters, shelters for battered women, or even at group homes for children. You may be able to help fill a gap that the loss of their family has left. If you’re really into the giving spirit, you could give up presents for your own family and instead choose a family who cannot afford to give presents. Show up with a tree, lights, ornaments, and the works and help them set up and decorate. Then, start stacking those (pre-wrapped) gifts under their tree. It’s important to teach our children to think of others. Just imagine the impact your care will have on that family!