Sunday, December 8, 2013

Homeschooling During the Christmas Season

I love Christmastime!  I feel like there's so many things we could do each day.  Typically, I see that as on opportunity, though some days I feel a bit overwhelmed because we could be doing so much more...thank you, Pinterest.  This year, we've decided to incorporate a unit study into our homeschool for the month of December.  I like the idea of all of us working together.

Last Week in Our Homeschool

Last week, we got started on our unit study and our Christmas lapbook.  We begin with reading together then working on some copywork.  We have time for discussion and questions before we get started on our arts and craft project.  Later in the day, the boys work on their reading and math.  They seem to like the break in our routine.  We will continue school for this week and next before we take our time off for Christmas.

Zander making his snowman picture.

Few things are more precious than brothers working together.

We still find ways to incorporate science education into our discussions.  Last week, our snowman pictures were made by drawing a snowman onto blue construction paper (finally, a use for white crayons!).  We then painted over the paper with a saltwater mixture (made with equal parts of Epsom salt and hot water).  When you painted the water onto the picture, it just looked like the picture was wet.  When it dried, the saltwater mixture crystallized onto the paper.  Our snowmen looked like they were caught in a blizzard!

Social studies has turned into a geography lesson for us as we locate Nazareth and Bethlehem on a map and discuss how the middle east has changed from biblical times into what we know it as today.  The boys enjoy geography and talking about maps.  I suppose that explains why they draw themselves a map for nearly every adventure they find themselves imagining for the day.

This week in our Homeschool

Well, truthfully, it will be much of the same.  And I love it!  We'll continue on with our unit study and lapbook, while adding in math and reading.  We'll find a cool science experiment/project to do and incorporate some homeschool social studies, as well.

On Thursday afternoon, we are attending a Children's Christmas Party at Adam's shop.  The kids are very excited!  We went last year, but Jaxon was terrible so we had to leave early.  Plus, Adam was deployed at the time so I was wrangling the kiddos in a VERY hectic environment all by myself.  But the kids just remember the fun of it so they are looking forward to it quite a bit.

This weekend, we are VERY happy to be heading to Williamsburg, Virginia!  I've never been and I cannot wait to go, especially during this season!  The kids always get excited to stay in a hotel so it doesn't take much to entice them.  Hopefully, for next week's homeschool update post, I'll have some lovely Williamsburg pictures to share with you!

We have several Christmas traditions in our family and the kids love them.  I also want them to know that at Christmastime each year, Mom made school special.  I want to learn in ways we don't typically utilize, I want to talk more, be together more, read more.  I want the days leading up to Christmas to feel magical and special.  I want them to know that there is far more to this season than gifts.  When they think of Christmas, I want them to think of love.  That is my wish for this year and every year.  May it be yours as well.

1 comment:

  1. Nice post! I think it is a wonderful example of how much care goes into raising children, educating, and sharing beliefs with them.


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