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Christmas Schedule and Homeschool…. A Happy Medium

November 18, 2011







Wow! I am so excited for this season of year! Baking  Christmas goodies, shopping for the perfect gift, attending a few concerts and open houses, and having friends over….. all the things I want to do and  still the same amount of time. Something has to give.

May I suggest a few ideas to help homeschooling mom find the time to ENJOY your family and preparations?

Eliminate the drill-type work and stick to the core subjects for the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This will shorten each school day.

Possibly doing a unit study as a multi-level course will streamline one or two subjects. We will be doing the Total Language Plus Christmas guide as language arts course  for all the students during this time.

Consider a four-day week during this time. That will free an entire day each week to shop with the children, or bake cookies to share with neighbors, or meet some friends at an ice rink (or whatever). Basically you will only be giving up 4 school days.

You can make up these days by shortening your Christmas break to just 6-8 days off  and doing only the core subjects when you are in school. Or better yet, count the days you are baking as a home economics, or crafting projects as art, and even shopping as math and budgeting for some of your students.

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Remember that Christmas itself is a gift. It is a time to reflect on God’s gift to us, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

For God so loved the world that He gave His  only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

So go ahead and enjoy the season. Smell the pine trees and cookies, laugh and make some memories, tell the  true message of Christmas to those that are burdened and without hope.

All of life is a school, don’t miss teaching and learning the real lesson. This is what living is about.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Maria permalink
    November 18, 2011 10:14 am

    Or have guest lectures to spice up school a bit 🙂 🙂

  2. cheryl permalink
    November 18, 2011 10:52 am

    Love your recommendations! Going to implement them. 😀 Like Maria’s idea too!

  3. Rosie P:otter permalink
    November 18, 2011 10:49 pm

    Amen, Candy!

    What a sensible way to live Christmas!

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