Home-schoolers often try to find ways to give their children “credit” for the variety of experiences they encounter in daily life (and if you’re not already using this strategy you should be!)
I want to offer you some ideas for how you can use your holiday preparations and festivities as credit for just about every school subject you might think of:
- Sing Christmas carols in the car on the way to the mall – Music Appreciation.
- Bake Christmas cookies for a party or to share with the neighbors – Science, Math, and First Aid. 🙂
- Comparison shop at “real” stores or online stores for the digital camera your child wants to get for their dad – Economics.
- Do what I do and let your children – assuming they are not all still in diapers – take over the job of decorating the Christmas tree – Interior Design and Business. (Just think…they will have to use their “negotiating skills” concerning how many light strands to use and where the ornaments should go! Could get interesting.)
- Forget the GPS and have your children map out the best route “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house…” – Geography.
- Make home-made decorations or ornaments for your own home or as gifts – Art.
- Let them help plan what to wear for their Christmas pictures – Home Economics.
- Have your children write and perform a Christmas play for a family gathering (or if they are on the shy side then just for you) – Creative Writing and Drama
- Enjoy a Christmas movie marathon complete with popcorn and hot chocolate for refreshments: Film Appreciation
Or…just take a break and enjoy being a family with your own traditions and festivities. You can credit that as: remembering why we home-school in the first place!
P.S. About a week ago I was contacted by the New York Times (really!) asking me to write a mini op-ed for a panel they were doing on the pressure high school students are under to fill their “resumes” – not only with academic work but also extra-curricular activities, volunteer work, etc. I happily scribbled my opinion (I have lots of opinions!) and sent it in. So here it is: my New York Times op-ed entitled “The Home-School Advantage.”Print This Post