If you are a homeschooling mom, you may be curious to know how others handle school during December. With all the holiday related happenings going on in the month, trying to keep your children still long enough to learn a thing or two may sound completely daunting. You’re wondering whether or not you should take a homeschool break the entire December.
We get it! With so much to do – shopping, gift wrapping, parades, holiday lights, family dinners, caroling, etc. etc. – it can be stressful to even think about fitting in homeschooling as well.
For some moms, they simply take the entire month of December off. If you are considering doing this as well, let’s look at the pros and cons of trying a month-long break to focus on the holidays!
Pros of Taking a Homeschool Break in December
- December presents many opportunities for other types of learning. You may not be doing a worksheet or reading a book, but the holidays are a great time to work on character building skills. Volunteer to teach your children compassion, the importance of giving back, and how to serve others.
- By taking a break, you have more time to spend with family. Maybe you want to take a trip to see long-distance relatives…or plan to house faraway guests when they come into town for a family get-together. Putting aside homeschooling lets you focus on being together with loved ones.
- Taking a homeschool break means more time – and help! – for the busy holidays. Your children, since they aren’t studying for a quiz or working on their multiplication tables – can help you wrap gifts, shop, clean the house for a dinner, or volunteer at a food pantry. Plus, you can still fit educational opportunities into the holiday hustle and bustle. Allow your kids to help budget shopping trips or measure ingredients to practice math. Bedtime stories are a great chance to read books on the history of the holidays.
Cons of Taking a Homeschool Break in December
- Things may be less structured in your home with the homeschool break. Because you are switching up the general routine, you may feel overwhelmed and short of time. It may seem like your kids are more irritable and hyper if they don’t have a schedule to follow.
- It may be difficult to get back into things once the holidays are over. If your family is busy during the entire month of December, you may just want to take a REAL break in January. However, after a month off from homeschooling, you’ll likely feel that you must get back to it!
- Your children may forget some of the skills they were learning before December. It’s important that you don’t let this happen, however. Luckily, it can easily be prevented by incorporating learning opportunities into your holiday planning and tasks.
As you can see, there are benefits and potential flaws to the idea of taking the entire December off from homeschooling. Evaluate the pros and cons, and decide if a break would be a good idea for your children. Only you know what’s best for your family!
So tell me, do you take a homeschool break in December?