Getting school done while prepping for a holiday can be tough—but it’s not impossible!
So start with taking a big breath—and a few of these tips—to bring the merry back to your season when it comes to homeschooling.
Don’t let it load you down before you’ve given it to the Lord!
Like Corrie ten Boom said, “Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”
Don’t try to do too much.
There are times of the year to push through a lot of school work, but during festivities is not one of those times.
Plan ahead to slow down a little. Let the kids just work on core subjects, or knock out a spelling test. Or you can do core subjects one day and additional subjects the next.
Address the upkeep of homeschooling. But don’t expect to get extra work done, or you’ll be twice as frustrated!
Use (don’t lose) your time during the season.
Use the season for application! This doesn’t mean the kids get to skip school because you’re busy wrapping presents. It means they get the most out of their education by taking advantage of the holidays.
As one experienced homeschool mom explained it,
“All year long my kids are getting book knowledge. But when it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas time… I go a different route. Their homework is still homework. But we’ve adapted it to the season. Writing a book report might be instead, writing Christmas letters to soldiers. And that’s the joy—really, the advantage—of homeschooling.”
Here are some ways you can encourage the kids to apply their book knowledge during the season:
Write letters to soldiers.
Write, direct, and produce a holiday play.
Prepare musical pieces to perform at church or in nursing homes.
Do a research project together on a current seasonal event.
Tell your phonics learners to practice reading festive books aloud.
Give the younger ones the job to count ornaments, or help with baking.
Assign each child a country and have them study and share how that country traditionally celebrates the holiday.
Make the best out of the changes instead of fighting them.
It’s been said that 90% of life’s disappointments come from unmet expectations.
What does that mean? Ninety percent of the time we’re disappointed, we don’t really have to be. It’s just an attitude fix.
Everything might not work out the way it did last year! Someone gets sick. Relatives swing through town as a surprise. The Thanksgiving gravy gets burnt. Allow margin for these changes! That way when they do happen, you won’t get thrown for a loop.
You never know when a change in the schedule could turn into your family’s new holiday tradition!
Remember the big picture.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is remind yourself of the things that really matter—like being together. Like realizing the Lord’s provision, or just having a chance to laugh at an old family joke.
Homeschooling during the holidays is completely doable! But on the days it doesn’t go so well, there is a bigger picture. Learn to step away and see it, and you won’t get so weighed down in the details that aren’t going perfectly.
The holiday season can get crazy! But have hope—it can still be a productive, even a memorable time of homeschooling together.