I don’t know about you, but November is the when I generally experience my first homeschool slump of the year. There’s another one that usually comes around March, but we’ll leave that for another post!
Easily distracted by the upcoming holidays, it would be so easy to just put the books away until January. I have found that the only way to combat this strong urge to give up for a few weeks is to be intentional with creating some fun in our homeschool during the holidays. It takes some planning, a willingness to be flexible, and a bit of creativity, but homeschooling during the holidays can be so meaningful that it would be sad to have missed out.
Have fun with a Christmas-themed Unit Study
Christmas unit studies abound. Homeschool Share has a lovely (and free) unit study with lapbook on Christmas Around the World. Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett has a beautiful 4-week long study on the true meaning of Christmas. Be sure to download the free lapbook to go along, available on the website. For a quicker study from Amanda Bennett, you might enjoy learning more about the Holy Land with Expedition Israel.
Get outside and study winter nature!
I know, winter is not my favorite time of year for nature study either. But once we realized how much we were missing by staying indoors, it became just as inspiring to us to study God’s glorious creation during this season of slumber, as it is in the spring and autumn. I have a free nature study printable I’d love for you to use. It covers all 4 seasons, but for winter, you’ll find a scavenger hunt, journal pages, and a backyard bird watch log. Download Nature Through the Seasons here. For even more fun, check out these nature studies from Shining Dawn Books — Nature Study Through the Holidays: Advent, Snow and Ice, and Coping with the Cold.
Read aloud more!
There are so many amazing Christmas picture books! For years, we have collected some of our favorite books, bringing them out to fill our Christmas book basket each year. It is, hands down, one of our favorite traditions.
Add some fun hands-on activities to your days!
From making gingerbread play dough to hand-made Christmas ornaments, or baking a pumpkin pie, this is the perfect time of year to settle down a bit with the intense study and be more intentional with having fun with your kids.
The thing is, no one really feels like continuing with the daily grind with all of the excitement that begins close to Thanksgiving and doesn’t end until Christmas. It’s such a busy time. So, it’s really okay to change things up and just enjoy yourself and your children, without completely losing out on homeschooling. In the end, not only will you have the satisfaction of continued homeschooling during a busy time, you will have made amazing memories as well!
Marcy spent nearly 15 years as an Ob nurse, sometimes juggling homeschooling with the job she calls her first ministry. Grateful that her main ministry today is at home, she has been married to Tom for 16 years, and is 12-year-old Ben’s proud momma. Her homeschool style is delight-directed with lots of unit studies, lapbooks and notebooks. She is greatly influenced by Charlotte Mason’s love of living books and the Principle Approach method of homeschooling. If she ever writes a book herself, it’s likely to be titled “Homeschooling by the Field Trip Method,” though homeschooling by the “rabbit trail” method might be more befitting. Read more on Marcy’s blog, Ben and Me.