When it comes to the holidays, things become a blur. We’re thinking about the trip to the attic or storage to get decorations out. We’re thinking about our menu and getting to the grocery store before everyone else figures out that the holidays are coming. We’re cleaning voraciously to make sure that no one has anything to say about the condition of our home. We’re pulling out the good China that the kids can’t even look at. And then, it hits us…yes, lesson plans! The last thing we want to do is wonder about how school is going to go. May I make a suggestion? Try something different: Let the holidays be your homeschool.

Yes, I know that we all teach our kids the meaning of the holidays, but there is so much to learn and it can be a fun, worthwhile, and very needed break from the norm. Looking for a writing project? Try gratitude journals, letters to soldiers, or even family greeting cards. Looking for history? Research the origin of the holidays as well as how they are celebrated in other countries and allow them to present their findings to the family. Look for math? Let them into the kitchen with you and have at those recipes! There is so much that can be done.

A word of encouragement: purpose to make this time of year family time, even if it’s just you and those in your home. Form those new memories. Come up with new traditions. Put aside all of the events of life and focus on your family. Find joy in their smiles, no matter what brings them on. Allow yourself to indulge yourself in the love shown by those closest to you! May your holiday season be a happy and blessing-filled time. God bless you!

About Tammie Polk

Tammie is a wife and mother of three girls, ages 11, 6, and 1 from Memphis, TN. She began her homeschool journey in 2008 and has worked as both a private and charter school educator as well as a substitute teacher. She is an eclectic homeschooler and enjoys tailoring curriculum to meet the needs of her children, one of whom is special needs. She maintains a blog, Atkah’s Choice (www.atkahchoice.wordpress.com) and also writes for Learning Tangent Magazine. She is also in the process of starting her homeschool consulting and tutoring business. In her spare time, she enjoys writing books and devotionals, creating educational board games and lesson plans, serving in the choir and other ministries at the Crossroads Baptist Church, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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