Have you noticed how the holidays get busier and busier? You always have so much to do! Find time to homeschool through the holidays with joy!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!
How to Homeschool Through the Holidays
Concentrate on the Basics
During the holidays slow your homeschool down. There’s no reason to try to fit in history, science, art, music, languages, and grammar during December.
The world isn’t going to end if you don’t finish every intricate history project or science experiment this month. Just concentrate on keeping the kids reading, writing, and doing a bit of math. All will be fine!
For instance give your kids a basket of acceptable books and have them curl up in the living room and read for 30 minutes. Your kids can browse the various books, read Christmas stories, or spend the month working on one long book. It doesn’t matter!
What’s important is they sit and read for 30 minutes.
And include your preschoolers in the 30 minutes. Let them choose pictures books to look at while the older children read quietly.
For math, keep going at a lesson or even half a lesson a day. There’s no rush! If you’re feeling inspired, take math into the kitchen. Calculate how many batches you’re going to need to bake for the cookie exchange.
Divide cakes into fractions or figure out how much flour you will need for 3 batches of pumpkin bread. Math and cooking go hand-in-hand!
Remember to have your kids write everyday. They can create and write cards for soldiers stationed overseas or help you write Christmas letters for family and friends. Your kids can write long letters to Santa along with letters for lonely elderly in nursing homes. My daughter is currently writing short books for her friends!
Or use one of these 25 fun winter writing prompts to get the creative juices flowing.
It doesn’t matter what the kids are writing about, just that they write.
Add the Extra Subjects Carefully
Once you have the basic homeschool subjects flowing smoothly, try adding a few fun extra subjects in combination with the holidays.
Encourage the kids to be artistic and make homemade handprint wrapping paper. Grandma will enjoy the wrapping paper almost as much as she will the gift!
Play educational games such as Christmas Bingo. Make a family tradition of reading A Christmas Carol by Dickens together.
Work on your children’s fine motor skills with Christmas Tree Beading, or by making Christmas Wreath Cards to send out to family and friends this year!
And don’t forget about caroling. Kids love singing classic Christmas songs. So grab your kids and go caroling through the neighborhood. Everyone will have a wonderful time!
Homeschooling through the holidays doesn’t have to be an exhausting addition to the holiday craziness. This year change your regular routine and add a bit of Christmas cheer to your homeschool!
How do you homeschool through the holidays?
Christmas Blessings Giveaway!
The giving season is upon us and I have partnered with 22 other bloggers to give TWO families $500 Paypal cash in the 4th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway!
Our hope is to bless two families this year by allowing them to fulfill their kids’ Christmas wishes, pay off a bill, or to help build up their nest egg. Whatever the money ends up being used for, our prayer is that it helps to lessen any financial burden and/or fills a specific need.
You can earn a lot of entries using the Rafflecopter form below. I know it can seem tedious and time consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $500 worth it? I think it is! Plus, if all of these generous bloggers didn’t participate, we wouldn’t have been able to have such big prizes! So I hope you will take the time to go through each entry. Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow.
The giveaway will run from Monday, November 13th through Wednesday, November 22nd (ends at 11:59pm EST). Winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. You must have a Paypal account to win.