Homeschooling in December

Well, December is now here. And I don’t know about you, but when the twelfth month hits, that’s when the holiday season officially begins in our house.

It’s getting really close to Christmas and New Year’s Day – that two holidays that we celebrate with our families. In addition to present buying and decorating, we are also preparing to take a week-long trip out to see my folks in Colorado.

There’s so much to do, and so little time. But the excitement and holiday rush are so exhilarating!

You know what’s not? Stressing about school. One of the best things about homeschooling is that we can focus on education in  sync with our family rhythms. December is a month where our family rhythm is crazy! So, we can take a break from at least one thing that might make it even more crazy.

Does that mean the kids aren’t learning? Not at all! In fact, they are learning far more this month than they learn the entire year. They are learning about caring, sharing and doing what they can for other people in the world. They are even learning math, English, history and all the things that we think are academically important – those things are being taught too, in a different context.

On the other hand, our kids love routines and being in control of that. So, when I say, “Ok guys, time to spend an hour or so doing some work. You can help me clean, help me decorate, help me make Xmas cards, or…” The kids interrupt me, “It’s OK mom, we’ll just do some school work.”

Sometimes, doing schoolwork is less stressful. I say, “whatever works.” And smile.

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