Christmas School: Have Fun, Make Memories, and Learn

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It’s December, that time of year when the magic of Christmas meets the requirements of homeschool, and I attempt to find enchanting ways to bring them together.

This list of memorable ways to bring fun, creativity, and learning to your homeschool this holiday season will get you ready to kick off Christmas School:

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Christmas Homeschooling Ideas

December is a wonderful time of year to take a break from the normal routine and add some holiday fun to your homeschool. You can find seasonal art fun, visit holidays around the world, and read a Christmas book together. There are so many ways to make this month a special one in your homeschool.

Christmas Homeschooling: Games

We add at least one new board games to our game collection every December. There have been years that we opened one a week, but typically I just grab one or two to begin our month.

This year we added Pandemic, Ticket to Ride: Europe, and a new set of Exploding Kittens.

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Pandemic was brand new for our family and it presents quite a cooperative challenge. My 11-year-old son has enjoyed it immensely and we continue to attempt new strategies.

Ticket to Ride: Europe is our second Ticket to Ride game and we enjoyed the new twists in this version. Unlike the USA version, this one has tunnels, ferry routes, and train stations. Each one contributes a new challenge to the game.

Exploding Kittens is one of our favorites so we needed a new pack of cards. Our old set makes it too easy to cheat. We all recognize the bends and folds in the Exploding Kittens cards. We added this to our Imploding Kittens set and the Streaking Kittens set is going to find its way into a stocking this year.

For some of our game playing favorites:

Math Games Your Tweens and Tweens will Actually Enjoy
The Best Card Games for the Whole Family
Board Games the Whole Family will Enjoy
Math Games for Your Homeschool
30 of the Best Board Games you And Your Teens will Love
The Best Games you can Easily Play on Video Chat

Christmas Homeschool: Literature

I love selecting a book, science topic, or historical time period for our family to dive into together. The truth is that it doesn’t happen often now that I have kids from high school to elementary school. It isn’t easy to find a topic we can all focus on together.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

We decided to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I am reading it out loud to my younger three kids while my oldest is reading it to herself. My 8th grader is also reading the Graphic Novel version as part of her year of graphic novels. There are so many versions that you are sure to find one that suits your family!

The Classic Version
The Graphic Version
An Illustrated Version
OMG Classics Version (teens and up)

After you read the book as a family (or with friends), throw a book celebration! Gather together and enjoy some games, crafts, food, and decorations as you celebrate this story and Christmas past, present, and future.

Want a little help planning your book celebration? Celebrate a Book has you covered with their guide! You’ll find fantastic ideas for food, games, decorations, and activities as well as 10 discussion questions you can use to guide a conversation about the book.

Christmas Homeschool: Geography

Universal Yums

This is the tastiest way to enjoy Geography based learning and fun. You can order the Universal Yums Holiday Box and enjoy treats from around the globe while learning some facts about different countries.

Holidays Around the World

This Holidays Around the World Unit Study is the perfect addition to your homeschool learning in the month of December.

You’ll learn about 12 holidays/celebrations including: Christmas, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Epiphany/Three Kings Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Omisoka, Ramadan, St. Lucy’s Day, St. Nicholas Day, and Winter Solstice/Yule.

Christmas Homeschool: Art

We like to dabble in the Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Workshop course, completing new projects this year. One of our favorites has been the watercolor ornaments. My daughter and I had a great time working on the ornaments and the Mixed Media Christmas tree.

After seeing her art, my sons spent about 1.5 hours painting with me as they worked on their own ornament paintings. My 11-year-old enjoyed it enough that he was inspired to create more on his own.

We’ll continue working through several other art projects over the winter months, but is fun to focus on the Christmas themed ones for now.

We also own two Chalk Pastel art video lessons that we will continue working on this year.  There are a few lessons that we haven’t tried as well as a few favorites to complete again with new twists.

Christmas Extravaganza Video Art Lessons

My kids always enjoy selecting a few Chalk Pastel lessons from the Christmas guides each season. It is a fun and forgiving media so everyone feels pretty good about their final product. From Christmas trees to the Nutcracker characters, we love creating a few masterpieces.

Christmas School: Christmas Carols

We love SQUILT music lessons. They are so easy and fun to include in your Morning Basket. During December, we like to use the Christmas Carol bundle to learn the history of various carols.

Volume 1 includes: Carol of the Bells; Away in a Manger; The Little Drummer Boy; Angels We Have Heard on High; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Volume 2 includes: Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella; Go Tell It on the Mountain; In The Bleak Midwinter; The First Noel; Calypso Carol

These lessons are open and go and so much fun to use! Learn more details about some of your old favorites and get to know a few new carols.

December Schooling: Morning Time

Create a festive and fun morning time all month long using these FREE Advent Morning Time Plans from Pam Barnhill.

Your Free Advent Plans include:
Prayer
Poetry
Music Appreciation
Memorization (Bible Passages)
Art
Picture Study
Nature Study
Art Tutorials (Chalk Pastels)
Math
Reading Suggestions

All of these activities are organized for you in this FREE Advent Morning Time from Pam Barnhill.

Christmas School: Picture Books

Request lots a stack of picture books about winter or Christmas. Curl up with the kids and read a few each day. You can even wrap them in wrapping paper and let the kids open one to read each day.

Need a little Picture Book Inspiration?

100 Winter Picture books to read this Season from Mary Hanna Wilson (that’s me!)
Family Favorite Christmas Books from Raising Life-Long Learners
19 Amazing Advent Books to Enjoy This Year from Alicia Hutchinson
13 of the Lastest Christmas Picture Books You’ll Love from Alicia Hutchinson
Fantastic Christmas Books from My Little Poppies

December Schooling: Memory Making

Do not forget to leave plenty of time to make memories this holiday season. These activities vary from year to year, but it is important for my kids to have space for additional time with friends. Find time for activities like:

  • sleepovers with friends
  • Ice skating
  • art project days with friends
  • our favorite dessert place (this one is for my birthday)
  • art and craft sale
  • mall photo scavenger hunt with friends
  • decorating together
  • baking our favorites
  • Advent dinners each Sunday
  • Great Wolf Lodge trip (first time we are doing this in the month of December)
  • family movie night
  • fortnite fun (though this really does happen daily)
  • visiting light displays in the area

We like to do a few things that are out of the ordinary, even if they are simple.

What will homeschooling look like for you in December?

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