Four Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Your HomeschoolLeah Courtney
I’ve never enjoyed taking long periods of time off of homeschooling either in the summer or during the holidays because the kids and I seem to function better when we keep a routine of sorts. But when we homeschool through the Christmas season, we incorporate fun, seasonal activities instead of sticking with our regular schoolwork.
The best part of using seasonal unit studies is often the kids don’t even think of them as school. A unit study can include fun projects and activities while still teaching concepts from a variety of academic subjects. You can purchase pre-made Christmas unit studies or find free resources on the Internet:
- the history of Christmas
- Christmas celebrations all over the world
- the biblical story of Christmas
- the history of The Twelve Days of Christmas
Although we can and should be looking for service opportunities all year long, there are unique volunteer options available during the Christmas holidays. Taking time to discuss why we’re doing service projects, plan a project to be a part of, and spend time volunteering are meaningful ways to instill generosity while celebrating Christmas.
Check with a local church or homeschool group for ideas:
- making a meal for a homeless shelter
- taking cookies to a nursing home
- packing shoeboxes to send toys to needy children
- going with a group to sing at a home for elderly people
- choosing gifts for the Salvation Army angel tree program
- buying Christmas presents for an under resourced family you know personally
Crafts or Cookies Days
One of the most fun activities we’ve done over the holidays is to invite other homeschool families over for baking or crafts days. For this homeschool class party, we ask each family to contribute a craft or baking project plus a snack of some sort. Here are some activities that we enjoyed:
- making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers
- decorating sugar cookies
- making Christmas trees out of ice cream cones, icing, and candy
- free crafting with Christmas stickers, paint, wooden ornaments, glitter glue, and ribbon
The point isn’t to come up with some Pinterest worthy creations, but just to have fun. Let the kids be silly together, and you can enjoy time spent with other moms as well.
When my kids were younger, I tried to make some kind of Advent countdown a part of our December homeschool. Not only does it builds anticipation to the holiday, but with some of our countdown activities we’ve also had the opportunity to make time for family worship during what is always a hectic season. Here are types of Advent activities we’ve used over the years:
- an Advent wreath that includes lighting candles and reading scripture each week
- Advent books that tell the Christmas story over the course of the days leading up to the holiday
- a Jesse Tree which traces Scripture pointing to Jesus Christ over the month of December, leading up to the story of Jesus’ birth on Christmas Day
The Christmas season can be busy and chaotic. Keeping a somewhat normal schedule helps me stay sane. But just because we’re doing school doesn’t mean we can’t have fun celebrating the season in our homeschool. If you, like me, want to continue school through all or part of the holidays, you can use some of these ideas to help you celebrate as well.