6 Ways Homeschoolers Can Use Elf on the Shelf

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Elf on the Shelf season is upon us, and there are so many ways to work this little fella into your holiday celebrations. While parents use the Elf on the Shelf for many reasons, incorporating the elf into your homeschooling curriculum might be one of the most fun and practical. ***Side note- there is a HUGE cash giveaway at the end of those post, don’t miss it!***

6 Ways Homeschoolers Can Use Elf on the Shelf

Not sure how to do this? Take a look below at 6 ways you can use Elf on the Shelf in your homeschooling lessons and curriculum. You will see how practical this little elf can be.

1. Have children write letters to their elf.
Practice those writing skills when children write letters to their elf. If you wish, you can even respond so there is some back and forth communication. Use a notebook to exchange letters in so kids can communicate with their elf all season long.

2. Use the elf as a math manipulative.
Work the Elf on the Shelf into math lessons when you use him for measurement. You can practice measuring the elf in both inches and centimeters or practice weighing it. You can even use the elf as an actual unit of measurement and measure items around the house with it.

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3. Create a geographical diorama with your elf.
If learning about a certain place on the map, create a small diorama to represent it using the elf in the set up. You can try creating the North Pole or even a desert or tropical location. Find a way to work the elf in as part of the display. This should no doubt be quite comical!

4. Research or write about the history of the Elf on a Shelf.
The story of the Elf on the Shelf goes back to the 1960’s. See what information you can dig up about the Elf on the Shelf and write a report about it. It will be fun to find facts and stats on the elf and learn more about its history.

5. Create a graph to vote for the funniest Elf on the Shelf displays.
Look at the thousands of funny elf se ups and displays on Pinterest. Create a graph where everyone can vote for the funniest or most creative. Or, you can create a graph to show how many use a boy elf vs. a girl elf. Create a graph that correlates with your lesson then put it up for display.

6. Read to your Elf on the Shelf.
Kids love reading out loud, and reading to their elf is a great way to do this. Use the elf as your audience when you read or go over site words. The elf will make the perfect audience as he only listens and will never interrupt.

See how easy and most importantly FUN using the Elf on the Shelf in your homeschooling adventures can be? Consider these uses for the Elf on the Shelf in your homeschooling and see how helpful it can be. Kids are no doubt sure to love it.

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This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. These are neat ideas, Thank you for sharing!

  2. I hadn’t thought of using our elf in our lessons. Great ideas!

  3. Great Ideas!

  4. My girls would love to read to their Elf! Great idea!

  5. We’ve never done the elf, because the whole big brother deal freaks me out.

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  8. Great ideas!

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  10. These are fun ideas! Thanks!

  11. Thank you for the creative ideas! My 1st grader is already counting down for our elf to return this year. He will definately enjoy him schooling with us.

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  13. Fun ideas!

  14. Love these fun ideas! We don’t do the elf, but I love seeing it used for more educational and interesting stuff!

  15. What a wonderful ideas for incorporating an elf into the day!!

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  18. We don’t do the Elf on the Shelf (we don’t even do Santa) but this are fun ideas!

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  21. Great ideas! We love our Elf in the Shelf!

  22. Our elves (yes, elves…apparently we’re crazy bc we have 3 elves for our 3 kids ?) will be showing back up soon & I’m excited to try some new things with them. I’ve never thought about using them in our homeschool lessons. I know my youngest will love reading to hers & my oldest girl would love to write letters to hers! ❤️

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