Why not celebrate Christmas the ENTIRE month of December?
Though it is harder when teens are in high school, I try to keep our December schedules light.
Often, we have done a special unit study in December. When we have done Christmas units, we continued to do math, but every other subject was part of the unit. It has been a great break for the children, while still getting school days, and learning, into our lives.
We have celebrated Christmas in Colonial America, celebrated Christmas with Anne of Green Gables, celebrated Christmas in Victorian England, and celebrated Christmas back in Roman-occupied Israel. What wonderful memories we've made: Christmas teas, amazing recipes, Christmas poems, silly stories, field trip adventures, lovely ornaments that still hang on our tree each year, and all kinds of Christmas decorations!
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)