There are so many neat things to do for Christmas that are actually learning adventures. If you address Christmas cards (handwriting), write a Christmas letter (creative writing), bake cookies (home economics), make Christmas presents (art), go Christmas caroling (music), celebrate traditions from other countries (geography), or listen to family stories (history), then you are learning!
When I plan a unit study for the month of December, I incorporate Christmas activities into our unit study, often choosing a topic somewhat related to Christmas. Here are some unit studies I have done.
Pre-Packaged Unit Studies
I have published 2 of the unit studies we have done in our home with more to come. You can purchase Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America Unit Study or Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study online. These have been such fun and we have made so many delightful memories!
One year, I found a unit study at the homeschool convention, Celebrate the Savior by Charlene Notgrass. In this unit study, you make a baby book for Jesus. It was adorable and only ten dollars, so I picked some up and we did the unit study the following year.
Planning Unit Studies
Let's look at some possibilities for Christmas unit studies. We'll look at 2 different Christmas unit possibilities in future article, but for now here are some categories to think about when preparing a unit study.
- Read Aloud
- Arts & Crafts
- More Fun
Whatever you do, relax and enjoy learning this year with your children. Keep it fun and festive while learning at the same time.
Enjoying Christmas & Homeschooling with you!
(Meredith Ludwig Curtis)