Christmas Traditions, Journalism, Classical Music, Delayed Academics, and More
From the Editor
Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Christmas season is in full swing. Longer nights and early evenings are ushering us closer to the start of winter later this month, and the question of what to do about Christmas comes up yet again – how to focus on keeping thankful and generous hearts while preventing Madison Avenue from unduly influencing our families. It’s a challenge, and these reflections on TheHomeSchoolMom blog are encouraging and full of ideas for your homeschool Christmas:
- Fun Family Christmas Projects
- The Jesse Tree: Christmas Tradition and Resources for Homeschoolers
- The Christmas Question
- Did We Do Enough?
- Celebrating Christmas With School
- Inoculating Against Madison Avenue
Our featured article this issue highlights Rebecca’s favorite Christmas tradition – I think you will like it. Have a great Christmas, and enjoy the newsletter!
Mary Ann Kelley
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Our Favorite Homeschooling Christmas Tradition
by Rebecca Capuano
It’s like fall comes and then…
Boom! You’re getting ready for Christmas.
Now, I’m certain that many of you homeschoolers out there already have your December homeschool-worthy Christmas plans in the works before Thanksgiving rolls around, and, well…yay for you. Me? The thought of Christmas plans doesn’t usually seriously cross my mind until the turkey and dressing have become turkey sandwich leftovers.
That being said, it’s usually not too much of a deal to get prepared, because many of our family’s Christmas preparations are traditions that we do every year. No stress, no planning — just pull most of it down from the attic on Nov. 30 and let ‘er roll. Homeschoolers tend to be big tradition-ers; traditions, after all, are things we do as a family over and over again each year, and Christmas traditions are especially meaningful.
No doubt there is the Christmas tree, but many homeschoolers include uniquely teachable Christmas traditions that help kids truly understand the meaning of the holiday. Putting together a Jesse Tree, baking Christmas goodies for neighbors, purchasing gifts from a relief catalog for those in poverty, doing a Christmas unit study, and putting up the nativity are all December traditions in which our family engages — the things that make the season meaningful, educational, and special.
But there is one tradition that might just be my favorite of all…