25+ members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew started getting prepared for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with a 5 days of Preparing for the Holidays Blog Hop, and we would love for YOU to come and join us for the fun!!
I am planning on participating on:
Tuesday: to share a couple of our favorite recipes for the holidays- sweet potatoe casserole, and chocolate e clair desert.
Welcome to the last day of the Preparing For The Holidays hop, I hope you have enjoyed learning about how we prepare for the holidays! If you missed any of the posts they are linked up above so check them out, after you read todays post 😉 I would love to see what your homeschool looks like during the holidays, so don’t forget to link up your Preparing For The Holidays post using the linky below!
I have split the post into 2 sections the first I share what our homeschool looks like during Thanksgiving, then what our homeschool looks like during our Christmas break both holidays are very different as far as time off and our Homeschool is concerned.
During Thanksgiving we usually just take a few days off of school, we take a longer break at Christmas so we take less time off on Thanksgiving. Before Thanksgiving there are some changes and some special learning that take place in our homeschool…
Our Sensory bin is changed over to our Fall bin.
We also learn about the lifecycle of the apple and pumpkin, and add some apple and pumpkin activities to the shelves.
While we are learning about the apple lifecycle the kids help cut up apples and learn how to make…
Fall themed cutting strips are wonderful for those kiddos who are obsessed with cutting!
We also talk about animals that hibernate and learn about hibernation.
The older kids work on learning about the Pilgrims this year we have been using Dayspring Christian Academy and that has been an amazing resource for the older boys, they have learned so much about the complete history of the Pilgrim Story.
Last year we made Pilgrim books, the kids had to fill in the blanks with the answers, color, cut and assemble their books on Pilgrims.
We read Thanksgiving stories, talk about what we are thankful for, make fun Thanksgiving books all while learning about the Thanksgiving story.
We have different Thanksgiving work books and activity pages for the older kids to do. In those pages we practice all kinds of skills like nouns, geography, math, and more.
Printable Thanksgiving Resources
- Free Printable Coloring Pages has printable coloring pages and a printable turkey kids can paste together
- Kaboose has free printable Thanksgiving Mazes
- Homeschool Creations has a printable Thanksgiving pack.
- Paper Glitter has some adorable table decorations and games for the kids table.
- Whatever DeeDee Wants shares we give thanks placemat for the kids to make for their Thanksgiving place setting.
- Skip To My Lou shares some Thanksgiving dinner conversation starters.
- Activity Village shares some Thanksgiving worksheets.
Stop over and check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board for other great ideas to try with your kids!!
Homeschool Christmas Resources
During the month of December our homeschool slows down and we spend time learning about different Christmas celebrations from around the world, and we do an in depth study of the birth of Jesus. Because we have chosen to homeschool year round we have the ability to take a longer break during Christmas which is something everyone enjoys!
I add some Christmas themed work to the shelves for the little boys to keep them occupied. The tray below is the little Christmas Tree we put out for the boys to decorate (it’s great fine motor practice!)
We add our Jingle Bells music box and our Christmas bell to the shelves which are both a favorite of the little ones!!
Something fun to do on a cold winter day during break use tacks and sequence to make a foam Christmas Tree.
Playing with garland from our Christmas Sensory Bin is always a favorite as well.
Here is one of our simple Christmas bins the boys had to explore last year.
Ornaments in a tub with a scoop and bowls to scoop them into was a simple but much loved sensory bin!
Ethan has a big love for cutting, keeping a cutting sensory bin out during Christmas break is always a fun thing to do. As break goes on I add different things to the bin.
During our break it is guaranteed we will get snow. The kids love going out and playing in the snow, and Ethan loves to shovel paths everywhere using his little shovel!
Another fun activity that the kids have really enjoyed is a “gift wrapping station” we used wooden blocks as our “presents” have smaller pieces of wrapping paper pre cut and sitting out, last year Ethanf still needed help with the tape but this year he won’t need help with that either.
Of course enjoying all the new presents is always fun to!
All the boys really love crushing candy canes with the mortar and pestle.
Christmas break also means everyone gets more computer time then they are usually allowed…
Spending the afternoon coloring in coloring books is a simple pleasure!!
Printable Christmas Unit Study Resources
- Free Homeschool Printables has lots of resources including some Preschool Printables, Christmas lesson plans and printables, More Christmas preschool printables, Christmas Countdown Activity Book, and so much more!
- Red Fly Creations shares a printable a Printable Nativity Preschool Pack.
- Confession Of A Homeschooler shares her Preschool Christmas Activity Pack
- Homeschool Creations has a few different printables build and draw a Christmas Tree and snowman, Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree Preschool pack, Gingerbread Baby Tot Pack, Nativity Preschool Pack.
Here is one last picture to leave you with a smile. One year for Christmas Dustin accidentally opened Serena’s gift which was a barbie doll, he seemed pretty happy by the gift…
My Christmas Pinterest board has lots of other Christmas Ideas, stop over and check them out!
I am linking up with these linky parties.