Homeschool Christmas activities ultimate list! Home school holiday activities are important to save your sanity while homeschooling during the holidays. We have creative Christmas homeschool fun ideas that your kids will love and will decrease your holiday stress! Add these to your December activities calendar for homeschooling!
HOMESCHOOL CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES
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, a little shift in our thinking to avoid the holiday stress and have some Christmas fun! Homeschooling at Christmas doesn’t need to be stressful! There’s enough in here for December daily ideas!
How do you entertain your family at Christmas?
Holiday Homeschooling Activities and Christmas Fun Ideas:
- Allow for quiet time where everyone does what they want
- Add learning about Christmas music to your music lessons for fun Christmas music activities (for example, learn about the music of Charlie Brown Christmas and rock your homeschool!)
- Do Christmas STEAM activities / Christmas STEM experiments (like growing your own snowflake!)
- Relax rules and bedtimes and give everyone a little more autonomy over their schedule
- Read a Christmas book together every night until Christmas or tackle a Christmas themed novel for literature studies
- Put together your own Christmas homeschool curriculum (*see below)
- Learn about Christmas in other countries for activities about Christmas in other cultures / holiday diversity studies and a Christmas geography activity
- Have a cookie decorating contest
- Watch the cartoon and then do some How The Grinch Stole Christmas activities
- Do some crafts for Christmas instead of regular lessons
- Make a gingerbread house or gingerbread nativity scene
- Go on a Christmas lights drive scavenger hunt (or a neighborhood walk!)
- Volunteer as a family and serve others
- Make old-fashioned popcorn garland for Christmas at home activities (a great idea for homeschooling and learn about old fashioned Christmas traditions / do some history of Christmas lesson plans)
- Do a Christmas Eve traveling dinner with other homeschool families or neighbors
- Write Christmas letters (the old-fashioned way!) to friends or family you haven’t seen for a while
- Make DIY Christmas cards for kids and deliver them to a local hospital or family shelter
- Have board game nights and play family holiday games
- Host a Shepherd’s Dinner (see Christmas events ideas below) as part of your Biblical holiday lesson plans
- Do family puzzles (or divide into teams and see who finishes their puzzle first before Christmas!)
- Grab one of the many free homeschool Christmas unit lessons and focus on that instead of regular lessons
- Create Christmas crafts as part of your fun homeschooling activities
- Do some Merry Christmas math
- Play Christmas Bingo for funny gag gifts (fun activities Christmas for a group!)
- Make a Christmas carol toilet paper roll singer
- Have your own ugliest sweater or ugliest pajama contest
- Compete in karaoke Christmas carols for fun holiday activities at home
- Make up stories with fun Christmas writing prompts (or play this holiday story game, it will be a huge hit for Christmas activities for students in middle school and high school students! Fun for Christmas story prompts!)
- Create a homeschool Christmas ornament (see below)
- Make Hot Cocoa Mugs gifts for friends and family
- Do a virtual sleepover (fun virtual Christmas activities for high school schoolers, too!)
- Get family holiday onesies and snuggle down to watch 25 days of family Christmas movies
- Go on a winter nature hike
- Make nature garland
- Help others – even from home!
Don’t miss more fun holiday activities below and home school activities in Christmas spirit! KEEP SCROLLING — whether you’re looking for Christmas projects for first graders, Christmas art, middle school English Christmas activities, or holiday activities for the whole family, you’ll find something on this homeschool Christmas activities list!
ALSO CHECK OUT FOR FUN CHRISTMAS WEEK ACTIVITIES / FUN DECEMBER ACTIVITIES:
(If you’re wondering how to make Christmas fun for homeschoolers, this is it!)
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Holiday Homeschool Activities and Homeschooling Fun Ideas For Christmas
HOW TO HOMESCHOOL DURING THE HOLIDAYS WITH FUN HOMESCHOOL ACTIVITIES
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.
Figuring out a Christmas unit study lesson.
And, then you have one who needs middle school Christmas activities and another who needs December kindergarten themes, so you need to find Christmas projects for schools that work for everyone.
There is additional cooking and decorating.
Travel may even be a part of your holiday.
There are special projects and that Merry Christmas lesson plan you’ve been meaning to put together.
Special field trips as part of your fun activities for Christmas homeschool.
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.
(And, don’t even get me started on the Christmas performance ideas for Sunday school December activity ideas…)
Let’s not forget about our regular homeschooling 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 do we add all those fun Christmas ideas in and not get exhausted?
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 and then add in the fun ideas for homeschooling after that!
Here’s how to juggle those Christmas learning activities and still save your sanity…
Tips to Reduce and Revise Those Christmas Homeschool Activities To Save Your Sanity
Here are some of our favorite homeschool Christmas ideas to do Christmas school homeschool instead of your regular schedule (and ideas on homeschooling through holidays to keep you sane!).
Homeschooling during holidays doesn’t need to be stressful!
Follow some of these Christmas homeschool ideas and tips to help!
Here are activities Christmas tips and things for homeschoolers to do during holidays…
Homeschooling During the Holidays Tip #1: Ease up on the homeschool schedule.
Maybe following a flexible, abbreviated curriculum every single day in December eases your stress level.
Or, maybe you want to ditch the regular schedule and just do educational Christmas activities.
Try things to do with homeschoolers like a fun Christmas activity theme lesson for learning and create your own fun Yule School/ Christmas School / Christmas Academy or Christmas enrichment activities for the holidays.
For example, get all those nature collections together and make fun homeschool Christmas ornaments like this out of them!
These were fun Christmas activities at home for homeschooling that we all enjoyed as a family!
(Bonus for decluttering and creating something cool for Christmas as part of your activities for Christmas! Yay for double duty homeschooling Christmas ideas!)
You can simplify your homeschool during the holidays and Christmas plans and still learn!
However, if skipping school altogether stresses you out… then don’t do it.
TRY THESE FOR FUN AND EASY CHRISTMAS HOMESCHOOLING LESSONS / CHRISTMAS THEME LESSON PLAN IDEAS
Great to make your own homeschool Christmas curriculum, for Christmas week school activities, and for winter activity ideas for homeschooling (and how to make homeschooling in December easy)!
Grow a Christmas Snowflake (fun STEM homeschooling idea!)
(One of our favorite Christmas curriculum homeschool additions and even fun for the whole family to do as part of Christmas activities home or for fun Christmas activities for high school students!)
Homeschooling During the Holidays Tip #2: Play hard if you need it (or want it!).
Is filling your schedule full of activities for homeschooling during the holidays your idea of fun?
Then do it!
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… including letting them have some unlimited screen time.
(Add in Christmas technology activities for some fun!)
Or, maybe you create a family holiday bucket list and check off those items as part of your December ideas!
It’s a great time of year to take a winter break from school responsibilities and do some fun winter activities and holiday activities instead… without guilt and enjoy some Christmas homeschool fun activities ideas!
Homeschool Holiday Ideas and Fun Christmas Activities To Do At Home With Family:
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 to make a cheater cheeseball recipe like this.
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!)
Or, maybe you don’t do the whole traditional family gathering this year?
Instead, 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? (Also check out these family Christmas games and activities!)
Or, maybe you have a homeschool Christmas party online with your favorite homeschool families and play some of these fun holiday party games with this Christmas printable!
Or, maybe you decide to focus solely on the Reason For The Season or want a the true meaning of Christmas lesson plan activity and have a Journey To Bethlehem Dinner for Christ-centered Christmas activities and a connected Christmas for the family idea instead of an extended family gathering. (This was one of our all-time favorite Christmas activities at home / Christian Christmas related activities that we’ve ever done! This would even be fun things to do for homeschooling co-op!)
It’s OK for you to pull back if you need to.
Just don’t do anything if it adds more stress!
Homeschooling During the Holidays Tip #4: Relax the responsibilities for everyone.
Sometimes what you really need is a break from doing your normal routine and trying to fill the schedule with homeschooling activity ideas.
Maybe you decide to just take an attitude of “Let It Go!” and have more relaxed standards during this time and not cover any homeschool projects or worry about coming up with any fun homeschool ideas… at least for a week or two.
If you’re really worried about letting everything go, read Christmas books together as part of your Christmas reading activities!
TIP: Let go of moving that elf every night and learn about alternatives to Elf on the Shelf (including Christian alternatives to Elf on Shelf).
Homeschooling During the Holidays Tip #5: Make a homeschool holiday schedule that works for your family — no matter what other families are doing for Christmas holidays!
Maybe you don’t want fun activities for homeschooling to take over your schedule.
Maybe you should be asking yourself, Should our family skip that Christmas event so we can all just take a nap?
The beauty of homeschooling is we get to do whatever we think is best.
We have the ultimate freedom to live our lives (mostly) free of society’s rules and restrictions.
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 and you don’t want to and instead come up with some holiday homeschool activity ideas or do a Christmas homeschool unit?
(We can practice a reading lesson on Christmas Eve morning if we want to!)
Or, what if we take the entire month of December off to recoup and save our sanity?
Only you know if your family needs 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.
Have fun with these Christmas activity at home ideas for homeschooling!