Friday, December 9, 2011

Seeds of Wisdom --- Christmas in Our Homeschools

Today, we share how we are incorporating Christmas into our homeschools.
We are doing Truth in the Tinsel as well as Jotham's Journey.

We have an Alphabet Christmas printable book--we do one letter a day and talk about the different holiday traditions. We also have a Countdown Chain where each link has a different activity for our family to do together.  And not to mention the many different Christmas books we either own or have gotten from the library.  My girls are learning some carols, too. I picked one Christian and one secular song each week to learn. Last week was Away in a Manger and Here Comes Santa Claus. This week is Joy to the World and Rudolph.

We are using The Truth in the Tinsel, and talk about the Advent story each day. I'm trying to keep it low key this year, and so far the girls are really enjoying it!


We are doing the Coming of the King advent calendar and devotionals for our family time, but anything specifically homeschool will be spontaneous. I don't have anything planned into my lessons.

For the month of December, we are completing a Jesse Tree, learning some carols, and reading a great variety of Christmas books. We add in other activities when we are inspired and have time as well.

I change material on our coffee table every month, so with December came back-issues of our magazines and our winter or Christmas-themed books. The kids have been spending their break time or crafting time to work on hand-made gifts for babysitters, teachers, and special friends. This year they are making perler bead ornaments and soap carvings.

We have a picture book for each day of December. Our favorites are by Tomie de Paola. We also have a Jesse Tree book that takes us through the entire history of salvation up to the birth of Jesus. We read a story from it after dinner each night and then the kids make ornaments for our paper Jesse Tree. It is their favorite holiday tradition!  We always make some fresh ornaments for the real tree and use writing cards for 'handwriting' all month.


Everything that we are doing this month is Christmas-themed.  We are counting Christmas objects (nativity scenes, pictures of Santa, putting stickers on paper Christmas trees, etc.), using Christmas alphabet flashcards, spelling Christmas words, writing Christmas cards, and doing Christmas art and cooking projects.  We are also doing a Jesse tree, and Advent calendar, and giving a daily gift to Baby Jesus.  So far, it has been a fabulous month in our homeschool!

What Christmas-themed activities are you doing in your homeschool?

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