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5 Fun and Easy Christmas Activities! - Successful Homeschooling, Issue #08
December 04, 2008

Christmastime is here, and there's no better time to learn with those you love. Here are 5 fun and easy activities that will keep your family learning through the holidays!

Christmas Activities

Christmas Gift
Take time this season to serve your community as a family. Gather blankets and coats to take to a local shelter, volunteer at a food bank, visit a nursing home or make a donation to The Salvation Army.

Every Christmas, my children and I sell cookies and use the money we raise to purchase gifts for a local children's advocacy center. Our friends have already called to ask about our famous chocolate chocolate chip cookies, and my children are already looking forward to shopping for gifts!

Christmas Mail
In addition to sending out cards this season, help your children develop their writing skills by creating a family newsletter. Have each member of your family write an article describing their favorite moments of the current year.

Send the newsletter to friends and family, or place it in a scrapbook to serve as a record of fun times you've had together.

Christmas Bell
My children can't wait until the day after Thanksgiving when I pull out our favorite Christmas CDs and we hear everyone from Mickey Mouse to Kenny G celebrate the joy of Christmas.

Add fun to your home this season by playing Christmas music throughout the day. Sprinkle in a bit of history by learning the origins of your favorite Christmas carols.

Santa Baby
In addition to reading your children the story of Christ's birth this Christmas, take time to tell your children the stories of their births. Pull out their baby books and show them photos of themselves as infants. Tell your children what you love about them and the hopes you have for their futures.

Spend time every evening reading traditional Christmas poems and stories like A Christmas Carol and A Visit from Santa. Usborne's Christmas Treasury contains 96 pages of stories and activities your children will enjoy.

Christmas Cookie
Resist the urge to use the holidays to catch up on traditional schoolwork, and use everyday moments to teach reading, writing and arithmetic. Work as a team to send Christmas cards and letters. Let your children help you plan and prepare holiday meals. Show your children how to develop a budget and save money on food, decorations and gifts.

Give your children responsibilities and the tools they need to succeed, and watch them spring into action. Here are some additional tips for celebrating homeschool holidays!

Thank You

Last month marked the one year anniversary of my website, Successful Homeschooling. This holiday season, I am especially thankful for the opportunities I've had to learn, share and grow with all of you.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your homeschool journey!

Wishing you His love, joy and peace this Christmas,


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