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Homeschooling and Holidays: Staying on Target

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Homeschooling and Holidays Staying on Target

As we approach the holiday season, you may be wondering how you can stay on schedule with homeschooling.  My family decided several years ago that we would take off the entire month of December from our schooling endeavors.  We usually have a lot of things going on with church programs, visits from out-of-town relatives, and special events with our supplemental school, so taking some time off from regular book work helps us to accomplish our other tasks during the holidays.  calendar

There are many ways we stay on schedule with some of our schooling during the holidays, though. This is a great opportunity to allow your students to research Christmas in other countries.  Perhaps they could find recipes of traditional Christmas dishes and then make some of them.  This allows students to work on history, language arts, and math.  You can also plan community service projects during the month.  It might include providing homemade laundry soap to a local laundromat, writing encouraging notes and leaving them on the vehicles of customers at the local grocery store or Wal-Mart or Target, or adopting an underprivileged family by providing a Christmas meal. 20130306_132015

Take this time to work on teaching life skills, character traits, and morals and values to your children.  Learning goes far beyond academics, and this is a wonderful time to invest in these areas of our children’s lives and education.

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About Lyn

Lyn Parker began writing in elementary school where she found her passion for creating worlds where she would like to live and travel. Her desire to write was put on hold as she began to raise and homeschool her eight children and has graduated four of those students through homeschooling. Lyn resumed writing in 2005 when she decided to return to college. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a minor in writing. The passion the Lord has given her has been the motivation Lyn needed to pursue writing her first three-book Christian fiction series (due to be published in April!). She currently homeschools two children in 5th grade, a 7th grader, a high school sophomore, and a high school senior (graduating in May!). Lyn, her husband and six of her children reside in northern Colorado. You can connect with her on her blog and Facebook.