Homeschool Christmas Activities


Homeschooling during the holidays can be a challenge - most families are busy and it's easy for schooling to take a backseat to cooking and cleaning for holiday parties, wrapping and shopping, church and group obligations, decorating, volunteer work, and family get-togethers. How do you manage? I'm joining up this weekend with other bloggers from the IAHE Social Media team to share how we homeschool through the holidays.

For us, the holidays are a time to add in a little fun. We do our normal work (at least up until we decide to take a Christmas break) but also add in fun activities or games. Here's a few of our favorites:

DLTK's Christmas Winter Crafts & Children's Activities - DLTK was one of the first sites I stumbled upon when I began homeschooling. In addition to a huge amount of activities and printables for everyday, they offer holiday themed ones as well, along with coloring pages, games, crafts, puzzles, poems, prayers, songs, and worksheets. I'm actually using a few things on there for our children's Christmas program at church this year.

Need some inspiration for your holiday baking? My kids absolutely love to help in the kitchen! Sometimes it's a challenge being patient with them while they inevitably make messes but it's all part of the learning experience. Check out There's No Place Like Home's 25 Christmas Goodies to Make With Your Kids or 10 Kids Christmas Recipes from B-Inspired Mama. From Grinch Cookies to Strawberry Santas, there's definitely something on there to suit your family!

Homeschool Creations & 1+1+1=1 have a ton of awesome stuff on their websites - one of my favorites is their Printable Packs for tots, preschoolers, kindergartners, and early elementary. Your kids get to practice counting, reading, learning their letters, learning their colors, and more through games, puzzles, worksheets, crafts, and practice pages. Here are a few of our favorites:


Do you have an Advent calendar? I try to make one with the kids each year - we've had some that were more elaborate with activities and things I'd planned out and others that were simpler with just a piece of candy or toy. Check out these and find one that works for you:

Check out the other bloggers of IAHE and read about how they homeschool through the holidays - and be sure to check back as we'll be blogging on the IAHE Convention and more over the next few months!

Hannah Ruth's Birth Story


Our newest little one has been Earth-side for almost five months now and I'm finally getting around to writing about her birth! In my defense at the time we had her we were also closing on our new house and preparing to move...and in the months since then we've moved, been settling into our house and fixing it up, started another semester of school, and had a couple holidays. Anyway, you can continue reading below to hear about her birth: