Homeschooling During The Holidays: 7 Ways To Keep Your Kids Learning and Entertained Over Winter Break.
The holidays are a magical time for us which makes homeschooling during the holidays fun and exciting. We’re huge fans of Christmas and Thanksgiving so I had a ton of ideas for incorporating the holidays into Reeses daily learning.
We’re still really new to homeschooling but I thought I would share a few ideas we came up with for some Holiday fun. The cool thing is you can do these things even if you don’t homeschool. Use them as fun and educational ways to entertain your kids when they are home from winter breaking driving you crazy. homeschooling during the holidays
Introduce Them To A New Life Skill
Use the holiday season as a chance to take a step back from traditional school and find fun ways to mix learning into everyday life. Focus on life skills as you work your way through cleaning and preparing your home for holiday guests. Teach them how to make minor repairs around the house, how to sew, how to read a recipe or even how to cook a family dish.
Dust Off An Old Toy
Make an Advent Calendar
Do a fun and educational advent calendar. Reese loves to read so we decided on a book advent calendar. Pick up a few books (used is even better) and gift wrap them to make them mysterious and fun. Each night let them pick a book and spend that last 30 minutes of the night reading to each other. homeschooling during the holidays
Spend The Day Baking
We love baking but Holiday time is when we kick it into full gear and can spend the entire day baking. Reese loves eating the cookies and I love that baking is a great opportunity to work on her math skills. Incorporating math into baking is easy. First, choose a recipe you need to double or even triple. Then, have your kids help you multiply the recipe before baking. Dividing finished cookies up in containers to giveaway is a great opportunity to practice division skills. They can work on their subtraction skills by eating them lol! Check our Reese’s Itty Bitty Baking Kits for DIY baking projects that come with all the ingredients you need to make a special treat with a side of education.
Get A Lesson on Budgeting and Consumer Math
Get In Some History, Geography and Map Skills
Study Your Families Geneology and Work on Interview Skills
Since Reese is a history buff she loves studying our family history as well. She looks forward to family gatherings so she can meet someone new and learn more about our family history. Have each child sit down with an older member of the family for a one on one interview. Kids can learn so much by talking to elderly family members and listening to all their stories. Score extra brownie points with a lesson on DNA by incorporating a DNA/genealogy kit like 23andme. This is also a win-win for the older person in your family who might be overlooked with all the hustle and bustle of the day. homeschooling during the holidays
Teach Them About Community and Charity
Use the holidays to teach your child about the importance of helping others. Enlist the entire
family to help with a charity project whether it be gathering items for the needy or volunteering at the local food. Food banks are stretched to the max during the holiday influx and could really benefit from a helping hand. homeschooling during the holidays