I often come across questions on Facebook, Yahoo, or even through email that I feel would best answered in a newsletter, because I feel so many can benefit from the answer.
This question was on a Facebook Homeschool group:
I've been toying with the idea of taking December 'off'. Does anyone else do this? I want to have FUN! I want to bake, sew, serve...do all the things we never seem to have time for. I'm scared to let go! Maybe we'll at least do math everyday. Anyone else here take December off?"
First, you do not have to give up homeschool to enjoy the Christmas season. Try Power of an Hour: Gateway to a Classical Education. And since the Power of an Hour is an only about an hour, it is a thread that can run through the year as a spiritual- intellectual devotional! It is scripture, classic, and focused learning. This is just one hour! Then you can do all you want to do and it can be school too!
In December, do Christmas as part of school, building Lost Arts skills, enjoying the cultural arts, and serving. The great thing about homeschool is we get to include anything we feel is worthwhile learning and experiencing. We are not limited by what schools do. When I was a child in the early years of elementary, we did not do pre-school. Kindergarten was non- academic. Christmas programs were religious. I remember doing a nativity play about the Three Christmas Trees when I was in 3rd Grade. We sang Christmas carols, not just holiday songs in our school choir. It was all part of school. When we studied other countries we learned of their religious beliefs and even made their food in our classrooms. It was all part of the academics!
When you boil down the 3 Rs whether you do: "Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic," "Reading, Reasoning, and Reciting," or "Research, Reason, Relate, and Record," approach to home school, it is not difficult to substitute Christmas themes through cultural arts, reading classic stories, writing in a Christmas Journal, and even doing Christmas math, in lieu of what you normally do.
If you look and think about it, there are many subjects to study dealing with Christmas!
One Dozen Ways to homeschool Through the Christmas Season
1. Scripture Study
Old Testament prophecy and New Testament passages about the gratitude, charity, forgiving, service, and the nativity.
Appreciate classic nativity and Christmas themed art.
Appreciate classic hymns of Christmas and Christmas carols, some are centuries old.
Enjoy classic Christmas stories and excerpted Christmas passages from classics.
Learn, recite, and appreciate Christmas Poetry.
Write lists & baking lists, create Christmas tags, write thank you notes, sign Christmas letters, sign Christmas cards, and even keep your own special Christmas Journal.
7. Social Studies or Geography, Hisstory, and Culture
Study Christmas traditions around the world and the history behind the carols.
8. Living Science
Make a study of snow, keep a weather log, take winter nature walks and collect nature, such as, tree studies, winter birds, pine cones, and seed pods.
9. Living Math
There is so much of contextual, hands on, experiential Living Math that touches Christmas!
- Counting of links in a chain, counting cookies, and counting Christmas Cards.
- Fractions in measurements for cooking.
- Decimals in giving change.
- Telling time and time management.
- Mensuration of measuring fabric and weighing packages.
- Creating a Christmas budget, shopping for needed materials, handling money and giving change.
-Learning to read thermometers, such as-- candy thermometers, meat thermometers, and weather thermometers.
10. Home Economics
This is part of math too! Activities such as holiday baking, crafting, sewing, making decorations and gifts, all use math.
11. Shop Class
Make useful items of wood, wire, glass, beeswax, or ceramics, etc.
12. Preforming Arts
This season is usually full of many opportunities for the performing arts! Carol to shut-ins. Act out the Nativity. Attend Christmas Concerts and Christmas productions.
All of this can be done very matter-of-fact, very playful, fun way, and what is also important, they are learning, moving forward, and do not even realize it is school! Savvy mom!
The Christmas season offers all the above and more. Mom can keep Victory Journal of all the school she did with the children. And all the while they think they have a month off!
Enjoy the Journey!!!
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