Over the holidays, we spend a lot of time talking about the weather with our daughter. We live in a dry, desert climate that snows very rarely. This is our third Christmas here and her fifth as a child, so this is truly all she knows. Books come in handy as we tell her about how other places snow a lot, some for a good part of the year. As we head back to see family, she gets to experience the snow for a week or so.
We always enjoy coming back to warmer weather.
Since we don’t have a timeframe that revolves around the school holiday times, we’re free to start and stop school whenever we feel like it. Planning ahead of time is key to being able to do this though – even as a teacher I remember the panic of realizing we were two weeks behind where we should be with a holiday looming.
We also are able to share not only our own beliefs during this holiday season, but learn about others as well. We have books on Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and talk on what Winter Solstice is. There are so many other events during this time that many of us grew up knowing almost nothing about. Homeschooling is a great way to discuss them.
All the holiday baking and crafts means discussion about how things work.
There are endless opportunities for learning informally during the holidays – even far from home. Whether you homeschool or not, take advantage of this time to broaden your child’s perspective.
Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Liberating Working Moms, She Reads Truth, The New York Times, Still Standing Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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