The holidays are a busy time. We're usually on the go quite a bit with church activities, family dinners, holiday parties, and other gatherings. Not to mention all the seasonal things I want to fit in - playing in the snow, enjoying Christmas movies, sipping hot chocolate by the fire, and putting up our holiday decor just to mention a few! Homeschooling can easily be put on the back burner with all these activities going on - but with a little planning, it doesn't have to be a problem. It just takes a few simple steps! And to help you remember, all you have to think about is the word PLAN:
1. P: Prepare - The first step to homeschooling during the holidays is to prepare. Take a little bit of time to sit down, look at what you're currently doing in your homeschool, and then to jot down some ideas of what you'd like to accomplish during the holiday season. Maybe there's a holiday unit study you've had your eye on or perhaps you've been working ahead & would like to schedule a break.
2. L: Look - Examine your schedule for the next month and look at what activities you already have planned out - church or family gatherings, parties, dinners, field trips, etc. See which days look the busiest and plan accordingly. There are so many great things that you can do during the holidays but that doesn't mean you have to do everything. If you try to, you'll all end up feeling stressed and unhappy!
3. A: Assemble - Incorporate the holidays into your school work and vice versa. This is so easy to do! Have holiday baking to do? Your kiddo can practice their fractions, adding and subtracting, and cooking skills while helping in the kitchen. How about reading up on the history of Christmas customs and traditions? Reading and history, maybe even a little geography can get done that way. One great thing about homeschooling is that kids can learn through a variety of different experiences and situations. Every day life situations & circumstances are often part of our curriculum.
4. N: Nap - Ok, maybe not literally nap...but I needed an "n" word and wanted to remind you to take it easy. :) Don't be afraid to take a break during the holidays, especially during the really busy days! You don't have to be Superwoman. A holiday vacation could be just the thing you need to get started fresh in the new year.
The Bloggers of IAHE have shared their top tips for how to homeschool during the holidays: