For many families, whether homeschooling or not, this time of year can become quite busy with preparations for the holiday season and getting schoolwork done can become a challenge. Some homeschooling families opt to take long winter breaks during this time while others like to incorporate Christmas themed activities into their studies. Here are a few websites that offer free resources for you to use sorted by subject.
STEAM Powered Family - Christmas STEM Activities To Celebrate And Learn – On this page you will find a variety of chemistry, math, tech, engineering and other holiday related science activities.
Lemon Lime Adventures - Top 10 Must-Try Christmas Science Experiments for Kids – Blogger, Dayna, shares some great, easy to do science experiments to explore physics, chemistry, life and earth science.
Elemental Science - 25 Christmas Science Ideas – Check out these ideas for science relating to snow, ice, trees, candy canes and more.
Little Bins Little Hands - 20 Best Christmas Science Experiments and Activities – At this link, you will find creative spins on some classic science experiments as well as some fun ideas you may not have seen before.
Math Salamanders - Christmas Math Activities – At this page of the larger ad-supported website you will find math printables, games and challenges.
You've Got This Math - 50 Christmas Math Games and Activities For Upper and Lower Elementary Children – Have a look at this great list of resources for learning and practicing number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and more all with a Christmas theme.
This Reading Mama - Christmas Math Games with Dice – Get this free printable of 6 cute Christmas themed math games. All you need are a few dice and kids will have fun learning and practicing math skills.
The Polar Express - Schools & Libraries – This website, designed to accompany the classic book by Chris Van Allsburg, provides a free downloadable discussion guide as well as ideas for extending your study to other subjects, an interactive countdown activity calendar, free downloadable party kit full of ideas and printable for a Polar Express event, and much more. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for more discussion guides to other books by the same author including Jumanji, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, and more.
Student Handouts - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Download this 60-page PDF that includes the story as well as questions after each stave and a few other activities at the end.
K12 Reader – Christmas Worksheets – 2 pages of theme related language arts printables to use in your classroom.
Santa's Net - Christmas Traditions Around the World – Discover some holiday traditions in over 70 different countries.
Why Christmas? – At this website learn about traditions and customs, how other countries celebrate Christmas, read, listen and/or watch the Christmas Story as well as download a comic version of the story. There are also games, interactives and other activities available at this site.
Shutterfly - 40+ Christmas Crafts For Kids + Free Printable Crafts – You will love all these free arts and crafts projects, several of which have free downloadable templates.
Art Hub for Kids - How to Draw Christmas – There are almost a hundred video art lessons at this site teaching children how to draw Christmas related things including some beloved characters for Christmas stories.
The Best Ideas for Kids – 50+ Christmas Crafts for Kids – From Santa to Christmas trees to Snowman and ornaments, there is a huge selection of ideas gathered here.
Print a Song - Free Printable Christmas Songs Christmas Carols – Arranged alphabetically, find printable PDFs of lyrics to over 100 Christmas songs.
ChristmasGifts.com – Free Christmas Carols Book – This 125-page PDF download, The Caroler, contains 102 classic carols. (Please note that The Caroler website no longer exists so the links to the sheet music and audios in the PDF no longer work)
Feels Like Christmas - Free Christmas Music – Listen online or download a variety of Christmas songs available in instrumental and vocal renditions as well as traditional or contemporary arrangements.
Moscow Ballet - Great Russian Nutcracker – Enjoy some scenes from one of the most popular ballets with these videos.
Holidays on the Net - The Voices of Christmas – Listen to how "Merry Christmas" is said in 28 different languages.
World Wide Christmas - Christmas songs and carols – Music is a great way to build language skills. At this page, there are Christmas songs in Italian, French, German, Latin, Spanish and English, most of which include lyrics and videos.
Light Bulb Languages – Christmas Resources – At this site you will find PDFs, PowerPoints, and Word documents for a variety of learning activities related to Christmas in German, French, Spanish and Italian as well as other related information.
Unit Studies & Lapbooks:
DIY Homeschooler – Dickens A Christmas Carol: A Unit Study – This is a well-planned online unit study for the book and includes background information, copywork suggestions, additional resources, activities, book suggestions and much more.
HomeschoolShare - Connection Christmas – At this index page of the website you will find available unit studies and lapbooks including Christmas Around the World, The Night Before Christmas, The twelve Days of Christmas and much more.
Eclectic Homeschool Online - Christmas Unit Study Resources – On this page you will fine links to resources to help build your own Christmas themed unit study.
Confessions of a Homeschooler - Christmas Around the World Unit Study – With this free downloadable study, children can learn about different traditions from other countries and do some simple related activities. Also available on this page is a link to a 49-page Christmas themed preschool pack that you may want to check out too.
Living Montessori Now – 40+ Free Resources for a Christmas Around the World Unit – This is another great list of resources to use to build your study.
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard Home – Virtual Tour – Step back in time and see this famous author's through the pictures on this page.
Christmas Designers – Virtual Christmas Light Tour – The Western USA – If you love Christmas Lights then you are going to enjoy these video tours of homes decked out in lights. There are 21 videos averaging about 3-8 minutes long (though the Target Holidazzle Parade – Minnesota is about 25 minutes long) that provide a visual feast for the eyes.
Christmas Designers – Virtual Christmas Light Tour – The Eastern USA – Continue your Christmas Light tour with another 27 tours.