I haven’t had any real planning time for school in a long, long time, and boy have I missed it. While everyone else in the state of Alabama has been preparing for and watching the Iron Bowl, I’ve been scouring the internet for Christmas ideas and getting my act together for this upcoming few weeks. (Have I mentioned I don’t care for football at all? It’s true, and it also means that while everyone else is glued to the t.v. I can take advantage of quiet library browsing time, even on Thanksgiving weekend.) This weekend we’ve gotten a big head start on Christmas planning and preparation, mainly because this is my last free weekend before Christmas. (Eeeek!) I thought I’d share some of what I hope to do this Christmas season. We will have about three weeks of official school between now and Christmas, so we’re starting on this while it’s still November.
Christmas Around the World:
I plan to continue our Christmas tradition of learning about a country’s Christmas traditions and doing some sort of related craft to make an ornament for our Christmas Around the World tree. I’m taking book suggestions from the comments of this post from last year, so we’ll be studying Italy and Germany. I was also influenced by the fact that we’ll be visiting Epcot this year, so I chose countries we haven’t studied yet but are a part of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World event which we’ll be attending.
These are the crafts I’m planning to attempt:
- Germany–some of these (or one of these?) German stars or this glittery spiderweb if the stars prove too challenging–possibly both (ha!)
- Italy–make a star out of popsicle sticks and decorate with glitter, sequins, etc. I saw this on a website somewhere but now can’t find it. I’m not crazy about this idea and am certainly open to suggestions. I know the creché and a certain type of Christmas tree (which I’ve read about but can’t envision) are traditional Italian decorations, but my creativity well has run dry at the moment as far as transferring this idea to a do-able Christmas ornament. Any suggestions?
I hope to collect all my Christmas Around the World posts into one place in the near future. Stay tuned!
Other schoolish activities:
We’ll have our annual Christmas basket o’ books, from which the children will unwrap a book or two each day and we’ll read them together. I hope to learn a Christmas carol this year, as well as a passage of scripture. A Christmas Carol will be our read-aloud chapter book. We’ll also do our Jesse Tree readings again this year, but we might move this to night time so Steady Eddie can join in.
I also plan to try to keep our basics going–math, writing, language, etc.–but do Christmas readings, crafts, and baking in lieu of our history lessons. I also hope to spend time every day reviewing weeks 1-12 for CC. I realize this is a lot, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m trying to learn to hold my plans loosely.
Now that’s not much, is it? 🙂
- Visit a quilt exhibit at one of our local art centers. This isn’t necessarily Christmas-related, but it happens this time of year and I have two girls who are interested in sewing and artistic pursuits, so I try to make time for it. We all enjoy it!
- Attend a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors at the local university.
- Visit another local art center for their annual Christmas tree exhibit. This is one of my favorite events every year!
- Attend the girls’ Christmas recital for piano.
- Steady Eddie and I will attend our church’s annual Christmas banquet.
- I hope to arrange a time for the girls to play the piano at a local nursing home or assisted living center. This is something that’s important to me, and I really hope to make it a part of our monthly schedule, not just a part of our Christmas philanthropy. 😉
There are several events we won’t be able to attend since I’m still working on the weekends, but I plan to make the most of these!
What are your Christmas plans? Is it school as usual, all Christmas, or something in between?