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Homeschool Activities for Christmas

Homeschool Activities for Christmas

The streets are glittering with Christmas lights, the advent calendars are in position, and Christmas carols are playing on the radio. Despite children looking impatiently at the unopened doors on their advent calenders, we parents know the Big Day will be here before we know it. That is why this year I have a plan to do at least one Christmas activity per week. Annually I tend to be quite good and reading Christmas books, but Christmas crafts and activities tend to be not so good. Here is a not too overwhelming (I hope) list of things to do.

Crafts

  1. Christmas Tree Paper Strip

  2. We did this lovely little craft the other day. It is simple, and there is very little prep needed.

  3. 3D Paper Christmas Trees
  4. Giant Paper Snowflake
  5. We made these giant snowflakes last year. I was surprised by how simple it is, it looks like it should be very complicated.

  6. Christmas Cards
  7. This website gives lots of really nice Christmas card ideas. However, last year I set out a load of craft materials, pens, paint, glitter, sequins, etc and the children made a lovely selection of cards to send to relatives.

Books

There are so many beautiful Christmas stories. I love a beautifully illustrated, well crafted tale. I have a stack of books that I bring out at this time of year, and I try to add to it every Christmas. Here are three of our favourites:

  1. Holly and the Ivy by Rumer Godden
  2. This is a charming little story about the need for a loving home. It is the story of a little orphan girl and a doll wanting to find her “little girl”. Rebekah says it is a lovely story. This year Jude enthusiastically asked for a re-reading: proving there is no such thing as a “girl” book!

  3. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
  4. This is a beautiful story about a man consumed by the grief after the death of his wife and baby, but who finds healing and love through the lives of a widow and her son. Noah read this and told me a blow by blow account of the tale. He then sat through a re-reading as a family read aloud. This was my first reading of it, and I highly recommend it.

  5. I Saw Three Ships by Elizabeth Goudge
  6. This is another beautifully written tale. A book which explores the pain, loss and healing within a family. This little book left a deep impression on my heart. I would highly recommend it.

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