Holiday Learning Fun

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:

CRAFT DAY:

We went to the home of another homeschooling family and made glitter snowflakes and candy cane reindeer!

BAKING DAY:

On a different day, we invited our homeschool friends to come over for some healthy baking and treat-making!

First, the kids learned about whole grains and good health while they learned how to grind whole wheat flour. Then they baked their own miniature bread loaves with the fresh-ground flour:

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.

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Where’d She Learn to Talk Like That?

True story:

My 8 year-old, Dizzy, is talking to a ten year-old during a recent home school gathering.

“Are you good at art?” my daughter asks her.

“Well,” the ten year-old muses, “I do try to pay attention to detail when I draw. This means I’ll be good at art if I keep practicing.”

Say what? I’ve never heard ten year-old kids use phrases like “attention to detail” or mention the importance of “practice makes perfect.” This girl has the vocabulary and understanding of a young adult! Yet another side effect of spending her days learning in the home, I suppose! 🙂