Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
This is the time of year when my kids appreciate the fact that we started school in early July. We have been off since last week and will be off until after New Year’s. We do this so that we can slow down and enjoy the Christmas season with less stress.
Many homeschooling families stick to their regular schedule throughout December because their kids do better with a consistent routine.
However, I know a lot of families are either taking some time off or are drastically scaling back their academic schedule. If you fall into the latter group, you may be looking for ideas on how to create stress-free learning opportunities this month.
Before I offer my suggestions, let me first offer a disclaimer for families like mine so that you can carry on your December plans, guilt-free as well as stress-free. We start school in early July so that we can take December off. It is a scheduled school break for us.
That means there is lots of video game playing, TV watching, staying up late, and sleeping in. We sometimes bake together or do fun art projects (the girl, not the boy), but that’s the extent of December school for us.
If that describes your family, you may now resume watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, playing Words with Friends, or playing Just Dance with your kids and enjoy your time off. Do not feel an ounce of guilt from the following suggestions.
Now, for those of you who are still doing school, but want to scale back your academic schedule for December, may I suggest the following: