It’s that time of year again! The holidays are drawing near and the excitement is growing. When you homeschool, that often means distracted kiddos and derailed lesson plans. Let’s face it, there is something about cold temps, warm fires, snow, and all things Christmas that can just pull at our attention. Not to mention decorations to put up and big feasts to plan, right?
So how does one manage to actually get school done in these crazy, but exciting times? Here are a few ideas for you!
I admit these are not my forte, but the few times we have tried them I have not been disappointed. There are so many out there, especially over the holidays, that make learning fun while concentrating on seasonal subjects.
Use what you have!
Want to do math? Count candy canes. Need to get that art project in? Make Christmas cards for your friends! How about History? Study Saint Nicolas or the very first Christmas! Reading? That’s an easy one! Grab a seasonal book and snuggle in for reading time.
Make learning fun!
When kids are distracted, learning gets a bit more challenging. During these busy times it often helps to add a little something different to your schedule. Put their spelling words into a word search or simply change locations of your “school room” for a few days. Shaking things up can often keep kids more motivated.
Save an afternoon or two and let your kids spend some time baking with you. Measuring flour can surely count as math and following a recipe can be included in our home ec. lesson plans.
We all know that the “homeschoolers do school in their jammies all day” concept is a myth for most of us. But why not interrupt your regularly scheduled day to put on your jammies, grab a cup of hot chocolate and a plate of cookies and school by the fire? Or at least on the couch! Your kids will love it and you might even decide jammies for school are not such a bad idea after all.
Embrace the Crazy!
Take some time off of school and just enjoy the season with your kids. Watch Christmas movies together, string popcorn, and sing songs. School will always get done, but the season is short and your time with your kids is even shorter.