It's the middle of December, and by now, I've remembered what I remember in the middle of every December, which is, STOP doing schoolwork and instead, just focus on the holiday.
One day I'll actually listen to myself.
I thought I was being smart this year. We did our "normal school" through the first week of December, and then changed gears into "Christmas School". However, after a week of that, we changed into an even lower gear, which I'll call "Christmas Not School". And that's where we are now.
I'm going to give you a look, though, at what Christmas School was envisioned in my mind and initially was...
We all continued with our math lessons during Christmas School. Math is not a favorite subject in this house, and, as a result, we don't do it as much as we should. Each day, before Christmas School began, we did a math lesson and my littles did their calendar work.
Then we began with unwrapping a Christmas book and reading it, while the kiddos worked on some Christmas or Nativity coloring sheets or mazes.
The next thing we did was a Truth in the Tinsel Advent activity, which consisted of reading a Bible passage relating to the Christmas Story, discussing it, and then doing a craft that reminded us about something in the story. Our clothespin people up in the top left corner of the picture above are Mary and the Angel Gabriel when he came to tell her of Jesus' birth. (I particularly like the neon colors in Mary's robe!)
After that activity, we skipped into another Christmas Unit Study. This year we used one from A Journey Through Learning, about Christmas Traditions. This study began with a brief reading as well, and included some coloring sheets, cooking activities, art activities, or math sheets. For example, when we learned about the history of Gingerbread houses, we got to color in our own gingerbread men and cook some gingerbread cookies. We took a short cut with this and put together some cool Peanuts gingerbread doghouses!
By then, most of our morning would be gone, and so we would break from Christmas School for some lunch and Quiet Time. After coming back together, I would do some reading aloud of "A Christmas Carol" at snack time to add a little "spookiness" to the fun!
The studies we used are wonderful Unit Studies and were a ton of fun. However, this week I've decided to scrap them both in favor of wrapping gifts, making cutout sugar cookies, visiting with friends, and enjoying family time. I've even lightened up on the math requirement--for my two youngest, at least.
Hopefully, the rest of the Christmas season will be a welcome, refreshing time that will help us ease back into schooling in January.
Do you change up your school routine in December? What do you like best about your "Christmas School"?