Homeschooling Through the Holidays

Most homeschoolers are fortunate enough to be able to alter their school schedule around their winter holiday of choice. Our family, for example, generally tries to take off from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. It’s a long break, but one we really need.

Having said that, over the years I’ve discovered that my boys don’t do well with extended breaks. It’s not so much that they can’t remember what they learned prior to the break, but that it just takes so long to get back into the swing of things.

december-month-winter-kidsSo now, we do “school-lite” during the holidays. I take words from the holiday we celebrate, Christmas, and plug them into the website we use in place of a traditional homeschool spelling curriculum. ¬†They can then use that word list to play games, practice handwriting, etc.

We also enjoy learning about other holidays. How the holiday started, what traditions do the holidays carry, foods that are traditionally served, etc. After extensive “Googling” and “Wiki-ing,” (I think “Wiki-ing” should be an actual word, don’t you?), they enjoy doing unit studies or little mini essay writing exercises, talking about the different holidays they’ve learned about.

What about you? Does your homeschooling schedule change around the holidays? How so?