Holiday homeschool is full of opportunities to discover simple yet meaningful experiences. The best part is the ability to create the roadmap for learning adventures in the season. It is the perfect time to take a break from the routine of a homeschool schedule and enjoy the magic of this time of year.
Holiday Homeschool Unit Study
Unit studies are a flexible way to keep kids of all ages engaged during holiday homeschool. This hands-on approach encourages active learning skills and incorporates language arts, math, and even science. There is no right or wrong way to use or create one. The time frame depends on the interest level of everyone involved. A simple unit study can take a couple of days to complete while others may continue for several weeks. The benefits of family members who research and work together is truly the greatest advantage from this type of educational path.
Pre-written unit studies are widely available, inexpensive and even free. Creating your own unit study is fun and surprisingly simple. Start with an interest or idea and let imagination be the guide. Research and discovery strengthens language arts skills. As readers collect information, vocabulary lists form. Easily incorporate math and science components. Art, music and creative writing ice the study guide cake.
The Legend of the Candy Cane
During this holiday season, this method of learning is alive with the themed unit study based on the Legend of the Candy Cane. Many stories are available about the history of the candy cane, however, we choose to believe a non-secular version that makes our holiday homeschooling a spiritual treat. The vocabulary lists include three groups of words used in puzzles for different age levels. The entire Holiday Homeschool unit study collection is available from Road Trip Teacher free during the month of December by simply subscribing to the site.
Whether you keep a set homeschool routine or take a complete break from it all, we wish you blessed holidays. Set intentional time to enjoy every day of the season. In our house, we enjoy the gift of time with each other and the peace given from Our Savior to us with every morning light.
Mary Beth Goff is a Christian, homeschooling mom of four who chronicles the family's fulltime RV travel at Diary of a Road Mom. The creator of Road Trip Teacher, she writes educational resources based on destination experiences. Mary Beth co-hosts the live, weekly podcast Roadschool Moms hosted on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”