Ultimate list of Christmas homeschool activities, resources, ideas and inspiration to help save your sanity and have family fun time. Homeschooling during the holiday season can be tricky and takes some creativity to decrease stress. Simplify your homeschool through the holiday festivities and add in some fun with these options!
Staying on track during the holidays with your homeschoolers can be tough. However, it’s easy to navigate the holiday season, it just takes a little refocusing the homeschool schedule with a little planning and preparation, and—according to Harvard University—a little shift in our thinking to avoid the holiday stress!
Here’s what our contributor Angelene recommends for homeschooling during the holidays. (Don’t miss our ultimate list of Christmas homeschool activities later in the post. KEEP SCROLLING!)
If your schedule is anything like mine, then you are probably anticipating holidays with glee…and maybe a little dread?
This time of year is crammed with an overwhelming amount of activities, parties, and errands.
There is additional cooking and decorating.
Travel may even be a part of your holiday.
There are special projects.
Special field trips.
Special theatrical performances.
Special . . . blah blah blah.
In addition, we have all the regular day-to-day responsibilities.
The dog must still be walked.
The laundry still has to be washed.
We’ve gotta eat something between brunch at Aunt Sally’s and snack time in the fellowship hall after the candlelight service at church.
Let’s not forget about our curriculum as well.
Seriously, Timmy is not going to learn to read on his own just because the rest of the world vacays for a solid two weeks.
What’s a holiday-lovin’ homeschool family to do?
HOW TO HOMESCHOOL DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Honestly, we can do whatever the heck we want we want with our homeschool schedule!
We have that ability.
We have that flexibility.
It’s called homeschooling.
Here’s my advice though: center your plans and activities around YOU.
More specifically, plan the next few weeks around your stress level.
Pay attention here, Mom and Dad:
The holidays do not have to center around the children.
Here’s the deal.
At the end of the day, what all homeschoolers need is a happy mama or papa.
It’s that simple.
What is it that is going to facilitate a happy home for those in authority of that home?
Tips to Reduce and Revise Those Christmas Homeschool Activities and Lessons To Save Your Sanity
Homeschooling During the Holidays Tip #1: Ease up on the schedule.
Maybe following a flexible, abbreviated curriculum every single day in December eases your stress level.
If skipping school altogether stresses you out…then don’t do it.
Instead, try something like a fun Christmas activity theme lesson for learning.
Homeschooling During the Holidays Tip #2: Play hard.
Maybe you want to see and do and experience absolutely everything possible this year, you know, because the kids are finally old enough to enjoy it.
By all means, skip any and all planned curriculum for the entire month and party hard.
It’s a great time of year to take a winter break and some fun winter activities!
Homeschooling During the Holidays Tip #3: Simplify the gatherings.
Maybe you shouldn’t cook Grandma’s old-fashioned-homemade-such-and-such for the family gathering this year because it takes too long?
Just this once, it’s okay.
Cook it if you have the time and desire to do so.
But, if you do not have the time and desire, then stop by the bakery and pick something up.
(I know, so radical!)
Should your family consider having a few friends over for a game night, but this time everyone brings a pitch-in dish instead of you hosting everything.
Just don’t do it if it adds more stress!
Homeschooling During the Holidays Tip #4: Divide (or relax) the responsibilities.
Maybe each family member gets an additional chore this month.
Would that be helpful or stressful?
Or, maybe you decide to just take an attitude of “Let It Go!” and have more relaxed standards during this time?
Homeschooling During the Holidays Tip #5: Make a homeschool holiday schedule that works for your family!
Should your family skip an event, so you can all just take a nap?
The beauty of homeschooling is we get to do whatever we think is best.
Yes, we still must function within society.
But, what society (and maybe our extended families) don’t realize is just how demanding homeschooling is.
Additional demands and requirements this time of year may or may not benefit our household, or homeschool, or family like it does for most everyone else.
Only you know if you crave structure and routine.
So what if the rest of the world is taking a break?
We can practice a reading lesson on Christmas Eve morning if we want to!
Only you know if you and yours need a legitimate break from schooling.
Homeschooling is a custom lifestyle to be tweaked and adjusted as needed. This is especially true during the holidays.
As parents, we are running the show. Let’s not run ourselves into the ground this year. Unless, of course, we want to.
Christmas Homeschool Activities and Ideas
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Contributor Angelene Woodard is a wife, mother, writer, and reluctant homeschooler who blogs about her frustrations and victories at www.unqualifiedmom.com where she encourages fellow Christians to embrace their weakness and accept His strength.