I LOVE homeschooling through the holidays because it means special holiday-themed projects, tons of hands-on crafts and foods, and a million memories! Every year, I sit down and consider what projects we should do, and also hold a family meeting where my kids give input and reminisce about previous years and all the holiday fun we’ve had.
We use this Holiday Homeschool Planner Pack for all of our ideas, which in turn becomes a special keepsake year after year! We don’t have to try to remember what we did from year to year because it is all right there! (You can buy the Thanksgiving and Christmas separately, but the pack is much cheaper!)
Watch this video to learn more about what is in the Holiday Homeschool Pack!
Some projects I like to do year after year, like Advent readings and our Blessing Tree, but many of the crafts we do are new ideas I’ve found on Pinterest or heard about from other bloggers. I like to write these down in list form on the Ideas page of the planner and then use the Supplies page to jot down everything I need in order to do that craft or pull together that unit study. Then, I put those ideas into the monthly or weekly calendar so I don’t forget to do it.
So, let’s talk about making holiday homeschooling traditions and memories of your own!
Seasonal Unit Studies
We often do a Johnny Appleseed unit study, and this year we also did an Apples & Cinnamon unit study. Unit studies are easy to find on the internet, and can be as simple or as intense as you care to make them.
Holiday Homeschooling in the Kitchen
With all the cooking and baking that goes on during the holiday season, it is the perfect time to turn it into a homeschool lesson! From budgeting and measuring, to learning about ingredients and geographical customs, to using the fruits of your labor to bless others, kitchen homeschooling is full of fantastic life lessons that are sure to make plenty of holiday memories!
Reading through the Holidays
Many families like to keep seasonal books on hand to read during the holiday season. You can have a special basket for these books, display them on a book easel, or simply leave them lying around where the children will be likely to pick them up. You could even wrap up some of your favorite Christmas books to unwrap each night and read! To extend this homeschooling idea, look for unit studies, crafts, or projects that go along with the book or the theme of the book.
Bible Readings & Hymns
I have a FREE Thanksgiving Family Service as well as a FREE Christmas Eve Candlelight Service here on Raising Arrows that would be perfect for making memories that include Scripture and traditional holiday hymns! We do these every year, and they have become a special part of our holiday homeschooling!
Holiday Homeschooling Memories
However, you choose to homeschool through the holidays, remember to take lots of photos, write down the projects you choose to do, and revisit them the next year! This is the main reason I created the Holiday Homeschool Planner Pack! I wanted one place for all of our holiday plans that would become a keepsake to look back on. I wanted to be intentional about how we celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I wanted a way to bless my family year after year. This planner is all of that and so much more!