For many families it is easy to be over whelmed this time of year. When you home school it can be easier to be over whelmed. Between decorating, shopping, cooking, baking, gift making, gift wrapping, visitors stopping by often unexpectedly it can easily over whelm anyone. Throw in educating your children through all that chaos and it is enough to cause total over load, melt down and burn out. There is a very simple solution to this. Actually there are what I consider 2 good options this time of year to help avoid burn out for kids and parents. The first take a break, completely, no school work, nothing. Enjoy the season and let life be the teacher. There are so many projects to be done the kids really will learn even if taking a break. Include them in the cooking and baking, help them make gifts and it is the perfect time for lots of crafts and home made decorations. So if you stop having “school” around December 13th you have plenty of time to get things done. Or take more time if you want, who says break has to be in the summer. Why can’t it be in the winter? The next option is to plan units and learning that are based on holidays. A great source for Christmas Units is Easy Fun School. Did you know cooking and baking equal math? double or triple recipes for a fun way to learn fractions! Math Makes a Difference talks about ways math can be done through cooking, and also the many ways we use math in life. Read stories of Christmas, Christ, Santa whatever as part of school. Take words from those books for Vocabulary, Spelling and Language Arts. You can read about the history of Christmas, Santa, symbols for history. Study the traditions and beliefs of other countries for History, Social Studies and Geography. There are many ways. Keeping the school day shorter than usual will help with the chaos being somewhat controlled. Count the arts and crafts as school, make decorations. If you paid attention you will have noticed that there is not much difference in the 2 options. There are some and all the options can be used either way. So think it over and maybe change the way you spend the month. Step back and learn to enjoy the Holiday season instead of feel over whelmed and burned out. I bet your children will love it as well. I have included a video on how to make a hand print Rudolph with this article. It is lots of fun for the kids and makes a great decoration for the tree or home! If you need more ideas you can go to the Website for Lowes Home Improvement located in Wichita at:
NW Wichita, KS 2626 North Maize Road Wichita, KS 67205, Store #2340 Phone: (316) 206-1030 | Fax: (316) 206-1031 Mon-Sat 6 Am – 9 Pm, Sun 8 Am – 8 Pm on website for lots of Christmas projects. They have instructions on how to make many projects and usually carry everything needed to make them.
For your convenience the links within the body of the article are also listed below for easy access.
Math makes a difference: http://www.mathmakesadifference.com/everyday_math_cooking.asp
Easy Fun School, great resource for Christmas Units and units on other subjects: http://easyfunschool.com/IndexChristmas.html
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