Last year someone mentioned to me that they take the entire month of December off – no homeschooling. My initial reaction was – are they crazy? A whole month? What do they do with their kids with no school structure for a whole month? Aren’t they going to be behind? How will they ever finish?
Then, December came and went. Each day we accomplished less of our regular school agenda only adding stress to what already can be a stressful month. I struggled choosing between the various invitations we received and schoolwork.
This year we too will be taking a holiday sabbatical from our regular school work. I will pack up our curriculum and put it away until after we ring in the New Year. On December 1st, we will replace our math books and history folders with red and green boxes filled with decorations and holiday fun!
My children (and I) do crave the consistency of a daily routine. I will keep our morning chore sticks, our daily music practice, and our morning devotion time.
In the place of our curriculum we will:
1 – Complete one advent activity daily. I am using this site as our spine and adding other activities as we go along.
3 – Practice the art of service. We will say “yes” to helping a grandparent wrap gifts. “Yes” to taking a meal to a family in need. “Yes” to making that long drive to see a relative that we don’t see often. “Yes” to seeing the Nutcracker and lunch with friends afterwords.
4 – We will read – and read and read! I envision afternoons of hot chocolate and cozy Christmas books. Through the years we have collected 25 – one for each day leading up to Christmas!
Most of all, we will enjoy a much desired break from our regular schedule and focus our thoughts and energy on the real meaning of Christmas for our family. I’d say that it is pretty educational after all!
When Michele’s not relaxing by her Christmas tree with a good book and two sweet children, she can be found blogging about her journey into preparing her children for the real world just in case they don’t become famous rock stars at http://rockstarthing.blogspot.com.