This month can be difficult for some homeschoolers as we prepare and participate in celebrations and traditions of our families. There are special events, parties, recitals, Christmas lights to drive by and see, and just unique opportunities in a multiple of arenas.
This is a good time to sit down and re-evaluate what is important to you, your family, your school and life in general. Is it only academics that you wish to pass along to your child or children? Are there traditions that you want your child to continue in their adult lives? Do you want your children to learn that the holiday you celebrate is much more than the media presents? Would you like to take the focus off of “what will I get” to “what can I do/give to others”? Each is a great question to answer as you prepare to celebrate your holiday.
After doing your evaluations, you have a unique opportunity to teach the children any of these points. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money but it can make a huge difference in their education just the same.
What about making homemade Christmas cards (art), then visiting a nursing home and distributing them to the residents (social skills)? On the same lines, what about cleaning out old toys that are still in good condition (home ec, organization), and taking them to a homeless shelter for the kids that live there? This serves multiple purposes. First, they get to downsize prior to Christmas and make room for things they will receive. Second, this will simplify their lives and truly leave behind things they love instead of things they just do not play with. Third, they will get the joy of giving without spending anything and they may walk away with a greater appreciation for what they do have.
This is the time to make homemade gifts as well. There are wonderful websites and/or books (you can borrow them from the public libraries). A few websites that can get you started are:
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Written by: Susan Harris
Homeschool.com News Editor