The idea that the holidays are a time to cease learning and take a vacation is detrimental to young minds. It teaches children to view learning as a chore from which one must escape in order to have fun. Instead, I teach my children that continued learning is not only good for the mind, but a fun time to be shared with friends and family! 🙂
In our home school, we continued to do schoolwork during the holidays (except Christmas Eve, Christmas day, or the weekend). However, my children were rewarded with a fun activity after they accomplished all ten subjects each day! Here are some of the things we did:
We went to the home of another homeschooling family and made glitter snowflakes and candy cane reindeer!
Next, they got to make fun (though less healthy) chocolate mouse treats:
The end result: our children continued to learn during the holidays, but they worked with greater motivation, knowing that if their assignments were completed with excellence, they would enjoy a festive educational activity for the remainder of the afternoon.