Homeschooling around the holidays looks different for every family. Maybe you are a family who has a lot of traveling ahead of you this holiday season or maybe you plan to be home, following your normal routines. As you think about your plans for the holidays, bring your plans to prayer and allow the Lord to lead you to make a choice that is truly best for your family.
Below are a few different styles for homeschooling around the holidays (but certainly not an exhaustive list). Perhaps these ideas will inspire you to try something new or simply reaffirm the plan that feels right for your family this year!
1) Carry on with business as usual! Maybe sticking to your routines is exactly what your family needs this holiday season. Don’t feel pressured to change your plans if sticking to your normal lessons feels like the best choice for your family!
2) Half-Days for Holiday Fun- Some families use the morning to work on their core lessons and save the afternoon for holiday-themed activities and lessons. For some families, keeping a routine and a schedule is an important aspect of being able to enjoy special holiday activities.
3) Holiday Themed Units- If you are feeling up to the challenge, you can change up your lessons to teach units that are holiday themed. It can be as simple as teaching measurements while baking cookies for math class or as in-depth as inviting your children to write and perform a Christmas play.
4) Take a break! And enjoy it! Maybe the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to take a full week off to soak in the holiday and time with family. If taking a break from school is what your family needs, do it! There will be plenty of time after the holidays to catch up or continue your lessons. Rest, relax, and enjoy some time off!
Whichever way you choose to homeschool this holiday season, try to stay flexible and entrust your plans to the Lord’s care. Let Him guide you to choose the plan that will bring the most growth and peace to your family this year!
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