It’s the season for Christmas homeschooling unit studies and ideas.
Christmas Homeschooling Unit Studies and Ideas
It’s that most wonderful time of the year- made all the more wonderful because we are homeschooling. And homeschooling during the holidays can be meaningful and fun. In this post we want to share lots of holiday homeschooling ideas for the whole family.
First of all, don’t forget that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool and there’s not ONE right way to homeschool during the holiday season. In fact, what works one year, might not be the best fit the next. I know that in my family, how we handled homeschooling during the holidays varied year by year. Some years we:
- Followed our usual syllabi or lessons until around December 15
- Other years we did the same but added some Christmas read aloud and special unit studies
- Some years we weaned down on most core subjects except Math and English/Language Arts
- Then we did special unit studies that could count as elective Social Studies, Science and Fine Arts
- At the same time, some of my friends took the whole month of December off and just did fun, holiday-related unit studies, field trips, art, and music.
So, we would like some favorite Christmas homeschooling unit studies and ideas!
Easy Christmas-themed Apologetics presentations for teens
These are free Apologetics presentations from Good Answers Ministries (their gift to teens to help grow their faith during the holidays).
Fine Arts ideas for the Holidays
There are so many ways to log some Christmas-time Fine Arts hours.
A play for co-op or homeschool group to put on
The Christmas Carol War is a delightful play with some good lessons. Co-ops have enjoyed this one.
Making arts and crafts gifts
Create digital gifts
Our friends at FundaFunda Academy share a post on how to create digital gifts for Christmas.
Music of Christmas online course
Music in our Homeschool has a fabulous Music of Christmas course- simple for musical novices.
Fun Christmas read-alouds for the family
Favorite Christmas Movies for high school literature projects
7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning is popular with homeschool high schoolers. They especially love a Christmas movie. Check out A Christmas Carol Cinema Study for Literature Learning Guide.
Unit Studies based on favorite holiday movies
Unit studies based on movies are so much fun. Here are some unit studies that will cover:
- Social Studies
- And more
Check out these posts
- 5 Ways to Turn Muppets Christmas Carol into a Homeschool Unit Study
- 6 Ways to Turn White Christmas into a Homeschool Unit Study
- How to Turn It’s a Wonderful Life into a Homeschool Unit Study
Christmas unit studies based on Geography
Our Cousin Sarah May has LOTS of Christmas unit studies based on World Geography. These are free Christmas unit studies!
Favorite books and literature unit studies for elementary schoolers
Here are a couple of our popular Christmas elementary literature activity guides:
- Just in Time for Christmas Literature Activity Guide– this is a fun literature activity guide, ELA, critical thinking and fun
- The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Literature Activity Guide– this is a precious, meaningful guide full of good life lessons
And even MORE unit studies for the whole family
Cousin Sarah May has a HUGE post with lots of December unit studies.
Holiday reading that teens tell us that they liked
We asked homeschool graduates, friends and family about favorite Christmas themed books and short stories that teens like. There are SO many. However, we pulled together a list of favorite Christmas books for teens in this post.
Special holiday writing projects for teens
The holiday season is a wonderful time to do some special writing assignments- the kind that will be meaningful and delightful. Check out this post with ideas for inspiring Christmas projects for homeschool high school.
Work on a Life Skills elective over the holidays
As we homeschooling families know, ALL of life is education. Why not log some hours towards a Life Skills elective by having teens work on (and record):
- Budgeting, finances
- Social skills for the holiday gatherings
- Event planning
- Deep housecleaning
Big unit study for the whole family: Twas the Week Before Christmas Unit Study
This is a huge unit study with a week’s worth of delightful and inspiring activities that we have loved (not just for teens but the all the siblings) in the Twas the Week Before Christmas Bundle.
This bundle of downloadable curriculum, links and activities includes:
- Writing a Holiday Family Narrative Short Story Writing Guide (5 fun lessons for a week of creative writing) for middle and high school students (mentioned above)
- Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guide for A Christmas Carol (1984) starring George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge for high school students
- Literature Activity Guide for Just in Time for Christmas by Louise Borden for elementary students
- Holiday Science Experiences for all ages
- Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts for all ages
- Literature Study Guide Hymns and Creeds (including study of lyrics to traditional Christmas carols) for high school students
- The Christmas Carol War script for a fun taste of Readers Theater for your family or co-op
- Christmas Carols in languages from around the world
AND… Encouragement for MOM as the calendar year draws to a close!
- Christmas with 7Sisters: Real Christmas for Real People (including personal stories from your “big sisters” and tips for handling the holidays when things are harder than usual…after the death of a loved one, when finances are especially tight, when your family is broken or blended, etc.)
- Making Great Use of Holiday Family Gatherings in Your Homeschool (a 3-page article to help you blend learning and celebration)
- A collection of favorite Christmas recipes from each of us at 7Sisters
- A Prayer Journal to encourage you to spend the time you NEED with God as a new year is about to begin
Encouragement for homeschool moms
Sometimes homeschool moms can feel a little bit harried during the holiday season. How about taking a few minutes and invest in yourself by reading these posts:
- Christmas expectations vs. grace
- How to Stay Calm at Christmas
- Mom during Holidays: You Don’t Have Time to Read This Post
These are good places to start! What would you add? Happy Holidays!