I was just thinking of how the busyness of the holiday season and all of that hustling about can be stressful, especially when it comes to school. Why not put some fun into your school schedule and use the holiday season as a springboard for your academic studies? Here are some of the things we have done over the years in place of our regular schedule leading up to Christmas. After the idea I have italicized the area of educational study that would pertain to it.
Write a Christmas newsletter and send it electronically This saves on postage, you can add cool graphics and be easily edited. language arts, technology
Read the story of Christmas (Luke 1,2 and Matthew 1, 2) language arts- reading, listening, narration
Write and illustrate a narrative of the Christmas story. It can be close to the original story or taken from a totally different perspective or time period. For example: an innkeeper’s point-of-view, set in modern-day, etc. language arts-narration, summarization, grammar,punctuation
Look at the map of Jerusalem to see where Mary and Joseph traveled, calculate the distance social studies, math
Study the vocabulary of Christmas– manger, host of angels, Immanuel, swaddling clothes, crèche, lowly, etc. language arts
Delve into the history of Christmas carols and share what you have learned, either through narration or a written summary. language arts, social studies
Read about other countries that celebrate Christmas social studies, language arts
Read about Saint Nicholas Look on a map to see where he lived. Discuss his life and kindness to others. social studies, language arts
Read the history of the Twelve days of Christmas. Who would give someone 12 lords anyway? Calculate how many items would be in our house if your true love gave you each of the items listed in the song. social studies, language arts, math
Make cookies and take to neighbors, shut-ins, and the nursing home. home arts, math, social skills
Shop for those less fortunate. Make Christmas cards to go with the present. home arts, financial literacy, art, language arts
Write and decorate a Christmas card and send to a serviceman or woman art, language arts
Invite someone over to help bake, make crafts, or gingerbread houses. home arts, art
Have a great month!