December is one of my favorite times of year to change things up and have fun veering off our normal homeschool path. That’s why we include Christmas activities in our homeschool plans whenever possible.
This holiday season we’ve stayed busy with mixed media Christmas art and Christmas Around the World. Now that those projects are winding down, we can add some other things to our December homeschool mix.
Thanks to my fellow iHomeschool Network bloggers, I didn’t have to look far for some fantastic Christmas-related homeschool ideas. Here’s a look at ten Christmas activities I can’t wait to do with my kids.
10 Christmas Ideas I Can’t Wait to Do
1. Christmas STEM Challenges
We’ve spent this year focusing on zoology in our homeschool. We’re learning lots of great stuff through zoology, but it hasn’t allowed much time in other areas of science or STEM. That’s why I’m excited about these Christmas STEM Challenges from Schooling a Monkey. These fun projects are a great reason to put zoology on the shelf for a few weeks.
2. Christmas Goodies
Naturally I’m looking forward to making some yummy Christmas treats with my kiddos. I’ve spied more than a few must-try ideas Shelly’s list of 25 Christmas Goodies to Make with Your Kids.
3. Christmas Music Lessons
Christia’s Christmas music lessons roundup has several great ideas for including music in your Christmas homeschool plans. The “Christmas Carols from Around the World” and “Christmas Songs on the Piano” especially grabbed my attention.
4. Christmas Literature Studies
I’m not-so patiently waiting for another library patron to return Kate DiCamillo’s Great Joy (aff) to our library so we can get started on Amy’s Great Joy Literature-Based Unit Study. This study incorporates character qualities, math, science, history, and music. It certainly has plenty of good stuff to keep us busy as Christmas approaches.
5. December Writing Prompts
This is that time of year where I just don’t have it in me to fuss over detailed language arts lessons. That’s why I can’t wait to print these December Writing Prompts I found over at Embark on the Journey. These prompts will keep my big kid in the practice of writing while giving us both a break from our normal language arts routine.
6. Christmas Letter Hunt Activities
On a similar note, my kindergartener loves letter hunt activities. I know she’ll love these Christmas Letter Find Printables from Living Life and Learning.
7. Serving Others Locally
There are no words for how much I love Rebecca’s idea of Giving the Twelve Days of Christmas. I can’t wait to brainstorm ideas with my family and pick a recipient. What an incredible way to bless others while encouraging kids to serve.
8. Serving Others Worldwide
“Sometimes the concept of reaching the world is so overwhelming to us that we just shut down.” That spot-on quote from Pat and Candy comes with some great ideas for serving others by reaching the world. We’ve done several of these suggestions before, but I’m looking forward to sharing the new ideas with my kiddos.
9. Christmas Serving Dishes
I know my kiddos are going to love experimenting with these DIY Christmas Serving Plates. They love sharing their drawings with others anyway, so I plan to let them make some of these plates and include them with some Christmas goodies to share with friends and neighbors.
10. Christmas Ornaments
Thanks to Heidi at Starts at Eight, I think I’ve found our Christmas ornament project for this year. First I need to get some replacement Scrabble tiles (aff) or round up our extra Bananagrams tiles for this project. Either way, these Scrabble Tile Christmas Ornaments are going to be super cute.
So, what about you? What are you excited about doing in your homeschool this Christmas?