5 Tips to Thrive in Your Homeschool During the Holidays

What is it the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”? Christmas lights everywhere, delicious desserts, warm drinks, and family get togethers–it truly is a magical time. It’s so magical it can be a little challenging to press on with schoolwork, let alone thrive in your homeschool during the holidays!

Thanksgiving hits and it is such a nice (and needed) break. It is hard to jump back into school until Christmas. I have put together five tips to keep you motivated and thriving in school throughout the holiday season. Here we go…

Tips to Thrive in Your Homeschool During the Holidays:

1. Mix Things Up

Try something new in your school. Try a different method of homeschooling, make or find a holiday themed study or printables that you could use for a month. Change the order in which you complete the subjects each day (if you tend to have school in the same order and schedule each day as we do).

2. Take a Trip

Any field trips you were hoping to get in this year but haven’t happened yet? Schedule them. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, check out the many virtual field trip opportunities available–many are free.

You could even create a place to visit in your own home. Research a place or topic together and let your kids’ imagination run wild and see what they can come up with. Research a little about fire stations and then have your kids build one using some of the details and information they find during the research. (Use legos, paper, boxes, etc. ) Turn your living room into a zoo using some stuffed animals and some imagination. Build and obstacle course using pillows. You get the idea.

Interested in a printable cheat sheet of these tips?

Tips to Thrive in Your Homeschool During the Holidays

3. Add an Unexpected Fun Touch

You could do this weekly, daily, or whatever works for you. Think up a fun activity with a holiday theme or related to something you are studying, and add it on to school that day. Maybe a holiday themed logic puzzle or Mad Libs, or a recipe that goes along with the time period in history you are studying. You could even challenge your kids to create some type of game to go along with something you are studying.

Dig deep into the books, curricula, digital resources that you already own and see what treasures you happen upon. Chances are you have something around that you always wanted to do but could never fit in or have forgotten about.

4. Plan a Holiday Party with Some Fellow Homeschool Families

This doesn’t have to be a huge deal, it can just involve you and another family getting together for a couple of hours one afternoon. Each family can bring a drink or some snacks. You could have someone be in charge of planning a craft or activity for the kids, or just let them play freely. This is a great way to catch up with some other moms too.

5. Swap Teaching a Subject with Another Homeschool Family for Awhile

We were able to do this some years back with a few other families. We would get our families together (switch off houses) and each of us moms would teach a subject to all of the kids on our day. There were three of us moms, and we actually got together three times a week, and on our day we would teach the subject we had chosen (we chose Baking, History and Spanish). You could easily do this only one afternoon a week though, and teach all of the subjects on the same day.

It is such a nice way to lift the load of a certain subject (even though you teach it all other days of the week, you are “off duty” once a week). And it is a lot of fun for the kids to be together learning, as well. If there are ever activities you would like to be able to do with your kids but you really need more kids to do them–this is your chance!

There you have it–5 tips to thrive in your homeschool during the holidays. Hopefully, these tips will help you persevere through those challenging days that seem to hit this time of year, and maybe even bring some fun and joy back into your day. You will also be able to relax and enjoy your much-earned break from school during Christmas and New Year’s.

Do you have any tips or tricks you use in your homeschool this time of year? I’d love to hear them. Shoot me an e-mail or share them in the comments below.

Interested in a printable cheat sheet of these tips?

Tips to Thrive in Your Homeschool During the Holidays

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