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School Meets Christmas
Volume 101, Program 15
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Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to conduct mini unit studies, while also making fun memories with your children. HSLDA Early Years Coordinator Vicki Bentley—a former homeschool mom herself—has a wealth of experience to share about using the holidays to teach your kids all through the year. Join Vicki for a live webinar this week and learn how to give your children the gift of celebration! Register today by clicking the link above.

Looking for ways to weave the meaning of Christmas into your December schooldays? Today, Home School Heartbeat host Mike Smith discusses how celebrating Advent can help you bring Christmas into the various subjects you teach.

Mike Smith:
The traditional season of Advent is a time of anticipation and preparation for Christmas. What’s more, the four weeks of Advent provide a natural framework for making school a part of the Christmas season.

Whether or not you’re the unit study type, here are some thoughts for weaving Christmas into your schooldays during Advent. You might do a study of fine arts. Christmas has given birth to some of the most beautiful works of art, literature, and music ever created. You could visit the art museum and look at Nativity paintings. Read Christmas poetry or fiction, such as “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. You could also listen to stunning music like Amahl and the Night Visitors, watch The Nutcracker, or participate in a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Another thought is to focus on life skills by doing some Christmas cooking, making crafts, or doing a building project that results in a manger scene or Christmas tree stand.

What about adding holiday cheer to the more traditional school subjects? On the internet and at the library, you can find fun math and English activities that relate to the seasons. You could also study the history of Christmas traditions, and learn how different cultures celebrate the season.

Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. By celebrating Advent, you can reinforce the true meaning of Christmas as something that extends to all of life and shouldn’t stay wrapped up on December 25th. Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.

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