It’s the most wonderful time of the year – to learn!
This is a guest blog post from Christianbook.com
Christmas is a notoriously difficult time of year for homeschoolers – as the holiday to-do list piles up it can be hard to keep on track with your homeschooling schedule. While different families value keeping a schedule to different degrees, the Christmas season can be a good time to integrate learning with some Christmas activities.
We at Christianbook.com/homeschool have some tips for overcoming those seasonal distractions and making Christmas part of the curriculum.
- Math + Baking = Learning Fun: We all know with Christmas come cookie swaps, festive baking and just a whole lot of eating. So why not multitask? Keep young hands busy alongside you and demonstrate the real-life need for math and fractions through baking. Let’s be honest, what better reward for answering sums correctly than freshly baked cookies? One for your child… and one for you of course!
- One-of-a-Kind Learning: Snowflakes are a fun way to explore geometry in action with your kids – but when you’re done observing, pick up Snowflake Bentley. This book tells the story of the first man to see and photograph snowflakes up close – a thoroughly enjoyable book that explores this particular aspect of science history.
- Explore Christmas Tradition: Take a festive trip around the world with your kids by exploring Christmas traditions from different countries, cultures and times – while you’re at it, you’ll be helping to develop their geography skills and history skills!
- Let it snow… books! Cold winter days and the fast approaching holiday provide the perfect excuse for adding even more literature into your daily routine. There is an endless array of books available for all reading levels and interests – many are ideal for helping to span the gap from picture books to independent readers to high school classics, such as “A Christmas Carol.”
- Pen a Christmas story: Christmas is often a time for dreams and wishes – why not take some of that thinking and turn it into creative writing prompts for your child? Their imagination is sure to run wild with the excitement of the season.
- O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree: Teach your child about the different types of trees used at Christmas, and what makes them different from other species. While you’re on the topic of botany, how about looking up other information on holiday plants like holly and mistletoe, and spices like cinnamon and cloves?
- From b-ball to snowball: Your PE routine will differ based on your location, but if you find yourself in colder climes – where putting on those mittens and leaving the warm house can seem like a chore – there are always seasonal activities to keep your children active. Grab those skates and take a skate around a rink, add a puck and couple of sticks and you’ve got a game of hockey. Even a rousing snowball fight is a surefire way to burn some energy and get outside during those oh so short winter days.
- Do a good deed: While many homeschoolers volunteer at various community or church-based activities throughout the year, the holidays are a great time to show kids the value of helping those less fortunate. Given Christmas is an especially busy time of year for community organizations, there are no shortage of activities your child can participate in – serving meals at a shelter or soup kitchen, visiting a nursing home, buying gifts for a family in need, or simply donating items to a charity.
- Explore the origin of Christmas: The advent and nativity season provide natural spaces for Bible reflection, thanksgiving, anticipation, and celebration. Formulate Bible activities for your child based around the first Christmas – both an enjoyable and informative exercise.
Christianbook.com/Homeschool is dedicated to helping homeschoolers easily discover the curriculum and resources that best fit with each child. Partnering together with homeschooling families as they work to meet their educational goals, CBD offers over 50,000 homeschool resources for grades PreK-12, including curricula, workbooks, living books, and resources for all styles and methods of homeschooling. To learn more, visit Christianbook.com/Homeschool, call a homeschool specialist at 1-800-788-1221, or email [email protected].