‘Tis the season to be jolly and joyous! With Christmas and New Years fast approaching, I’d like to introduce some fun educational activities to enrich your holidays without losing the momentum for homeschooling that you have worked hard to build all year.
1. Learn about carols and their history & meaning
Gather around, sing joyful Christmas carols together and learn about their history and meaning. Some of the most famous carols you can listen to include:
2. Watch Christmas movies and educational documentaries
Have a family Christmas movie marathon with hot cocoa for a cozy night of fun. For families looking for more educational contents, check out nature and animal documentaries like Planet Earth or Blue Planet and bring an aquarium or a zoo into your living room.
3. Attend a local holiday market or parade
Visit a holiday market or watch a parade in your town! It will not only be fun and festive but also give you a chance to meet your neighbors and socialize.
4. Make holiday presents for friends & family
Celebrate your friends, family, and neighbors and let them know how much you love them by making holiday presents for them. This could be a fun arts & craft class where your students can get creative and crafty.
5. Write family holiday cards
Send your warmest greetings to family, friends and neighbors and wish them a happy new year. This will be a great writing exercise and help your students gain more confidence in writing.
6. Research Christmas traditions around the world and make international holiday foods
Learn about different holidays traditions around the world, watch documentaries or YouTube videos, make international holiday foods and listen to carols from different parts of the world!
7. Teach Math with cooking
Teach your students how to cook without stress AND develop their math skills. You can teach a wide array of math skills from counting and sorting to measuring fractions while cooking or baking. If you’d like a self-paced online cooking program that help kids become independent chefs, check out the best deals for Kids Cook Real Food at the Co-op.
8. Team up with friends and neighbors for a community service project
Holiday season is for giving and sharing. Get together with friends and family, donate food items, water bottles, new socks to local food banks and homeless shelters. Your kids can also help other kids in need by donating used books and toys to a local children’s hospital.