During the month of December, we choose to take a break from our regular lesson plans and do our Christmas homeschool lesson plans. I do continue with our language arts and math programs, but have found that really taking the time to dive into learning about Christmas makes for some great memories. We call it our Christmas school and I wanted to share with you what we are doing this year!
Christmas Homeschool Lesson Plans
I have a wide age range of children. I have preschoolers up to a 3rd grader, so I try to find activities that can be done as a family. Here’s a look at everything we are using this year!
Christmas Celebration Morning Time Plans
We have had such a blast with these free Christmas morning time plans from Pam Barnhill. We have worked on scripture memorization, we have read some great poems, and even done some fun math activities.
I think our favorite part of the plan is the Nutcracker chalk pastel lessons from You Are an Artist. My kids and I have gathered around my iPad to do the lessons together. Even my oldest who isn’t very into art, has greatly enjoyed this time.
For our first lesson, I did not have chalk pastels, so we just used regular chalk. The kids still really enjoyed it, and we improvised on the colors.
They were so proud of their work, and I was proud of them, too!
All of our picture books for Christmas have come from the morning time plans, too. We have found some really wonderful books that I never would have known about! I love reading aloud to the kids, so it’s just a perfect piece of our homeschool puzzle.
A Gentle Advent
For our Advent activities, we are using A Gentle Advent, which is based on Charlotte Mason principles. It’s been a blessing! We have done picture study, artist, study, composer study, and we have learned about the background to some of my favorite Christmas carols!
I also love that handicraft projects are included in A Gentle Advent. We have already created salt dough ornaments, and will be doing some other wonderful projects in a few days!
Christmas Tree & St. Nicholas Unit Study
Finally, I am pulling from the Christmas Tree and St. Nicholas unit studies from In All You Do. I will say, if your house does Santa Claus, read over the St. Nicholas study before you read it to your kids, or you’ll get a lot of questions!
The kids have enjoyed doing a crossword puzzle, a color by number page, several coloring pages, and learning about these Christmas icons. There is even some map work and lots of suggestions for other activities that you can do together.
All in all we have had a great time this December!