Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Across the Curriculum

Looking for a way to include the Christmas season into your homeschool lesson plans? 
Perhaps a few of these simple ideas will help...

Literature and Writing
a character study of Scrooge from A Christmas Carol offers a dramatic example of change
ask the children to write a family newsletter, or articles for one

devise a simple Christmas budget including gifts, decorations, and food
use sale advertisements to determine the best prices (find actual cost of individual products and compare)

interview older relatives, asking them about specific holiday traditions of their childhood and local areas
research Christmas traditions of the historical time period you are currently studying

explore another culture and learn how they celebrate Christmas
study time zones to find out who in the world celebrates Christmas morning first

observe various pine trees or learn about the animals in the stable of first Christmas
make cinnamon and applesauce ornaments, as they dry learn about evaporation

research composers of your favorite Christmas carols
watch a performance of The Nutcracker

do a picture study of paintings like Christmas Homecoming by Norman Rockwell
     or Christmas at Home, by Grandma Moses
find out what is meant by "a Norman Rockwell Christmas"

memorize and recite a poem like "The Gift" by Christina G. Rossetti

The Gift
Christina G. Rossetti

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would give Him a lamb.
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part.
But what can I give Him?
Give Him my heart.

These are only a few ways to incorporate Christmas.  Please feel free to include more ideas in the comments.  I look forward to reading them, and possibly using them in our homeschool days as well.

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