Written by contributor Hillary Boucher of infinitely learning
Christmas. It’s wonderful and overwhelming all at the same time. In our attempts to create happy holiday memories and traditions for our families it’s easy to get overwhelmed, stressed, and quite possibly push your homeschooling to the back burner.
While it’s perfectly okay to let go of homeschooling during a busy season (something we’ve typically done in the past), one of our family’s goals this year is to keep a steady pace with our home learning.
The challenge for us is the stop and go learning that happens around busy times–like the holidays.
For example, my son is working hard as he learns to read and he needs lots of support. I notice that when life gets busy his learning stalls out a bit and leaves him feeling frustrated. He specifically asked us to keep moving forward with regularity and we want to recognize and honor his request and needs.
This year we’ve created a Christmas Bucket List to help simplify and focus our holiday season. It started out long and full of many creative and exciting ideas, but we whittled it down to a simple and attainable holiday plan. Here it is:
- Make an Advent Wreath
- Visit Santa
- Roll beeswax candles for gifts
- Paper chain to count down days until Christmas
- Make Christmas Cookies
- Polar Express and hot cocoa
- December Photo Project
- Trim the tree
- Find Santa hats for everyone in the family
Exploring our individual and collective hopes and expectations for the holiday season helped us in a few ways:
- Having a high level view of our planned holiday activities helped us to identify the ways our homeschooling and Christmas fun complements and overlaps.
- Being realistic around expectations and time limitations not only avoids potential disappointment and holiday burnout, but it helps us honor our commitment to stay steady with our homeschooling.
Life is funny. The best learning happens spontaneously, but the freedom to learn spontaneously comes from being grounded and organized.
Paring down our Christmas activities to a short, but sweet list has meant less stress and more joyful learning this holiday season.
Do you take a break or keep homeschooling through the holidays?