It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And I’m tired. Already. 😉
A few weeks ago I got really burned out with our homeschooling routine. And since we’re only doing 1st grade and pre-K, I’m super embarrassed to admit that. We’ve been at it since August without much of a break, and I’m just kind of feeling blah. After praying about what to do, I felt led to simplify and cut way back in December. I’m putting away our to-do list, ignoring the book piles, and packing away math for the month in honor of a simplified homeschool routine for the holiday season.
Here’s what our holiday homeschooling will look like:
Math games. We use Right Start Math. The main reason I picked this curriculum is because it has a lot of math games included in it. We love games. But many times we end up skipping the games because the lessons get too long and drawn out and it’s just too much. This month, we’re playing the games. And that’s all. It’ll be great reinforcement of all that we’ve covered so far. We’ll also probably add in some Christmas baking, which will require reading and figuring out measurements.
We’ll be reading books on Christmas traditions around the world. We’ll read about a tradition, find the country on the globe, talk about what continent it’s located on, etc. Super informal. Easy peasy.
We’re going to try SQUILT. I like the idea of studying the history of Christmas carols, so we purchased one of their Christmas carol bundles. Abby will do some online piano lessons with Hoffman Academy – we just started this and she loves it. We’ll also do some simple chalk art drawings, and whatever other crafts/art projects float our boat.
We love poetry teatime, so we’ll do this with a Christmas twist – Christmas poetry teatime by the tree. Also lots of read alouds, and maybe a few spelling lessons for Abby using Christmas words.
We’ll keep doing winter nature hikes. I’d like to make a bird feeder to hang outside, and have the kids gather nature goodies to make a wreath for our front door.
My hope is that a month off our routine will find us all ready to hit it hard again in January. And if not, we’ll reevaluate and go from there. 🙂