Christmas School

{Although a silly story (needing some tweaking), the science mystery experiment pictured above is both fun and worthwhile as you step away from the textbooks this Christmas season.  Enjoy the Christmas Cookie Mystery with Teacher Directions.}

Below is an article I wrote for CHEK’s December Newsletter.  I thought I’d post it here just in case some of you are overwhelmed this Christmas season.  

Are you tired yet?  By the time December rolls around each year, I’m ready for a break – only to find all the busy moments surrounding the Christmas season staring me in the face!  Instead of throwing in the towel on homeschooling in order to manage all the other to-do’s of December, we have “Christmas school”.  That’s a fancy term meaning we relax the regular schedule and make the to-do’s part of our school routine.

During these two or three weeks just before Christmas, the textbooks are often replaced with practical things such as menu planning, couponing, baking, party planning and decorating, shopping for presents on a budget, crafting homemade gifts, addressing Christmas cards, practicing for plays and musicals at church, and more.  We’ll spend extra time fitting in service opportunities, too.

We also replace our daily Bible routine with one that prepares our hearts to celebrate the birth of Christ.  There are so many different Bible schedules and Christmas devotions readily available, even some with learning activities!  I’ll mention just a few to get you started.  We love completing a Jesse Tree and have done this several different years.  We have completed several themed studies relating to Advent, the Symbols of Christmas, and the Names of Jesus.  We’re also suckers for good literature.  Our very favorite Christmas series is written by Arnold Ytreeide and includes three books (read one book per year) with readings every day of December leading up to Christmas day.   If you are new to this series, I would read them in the following order: Jotham’s Journey, Bartholomew’s Passage and Tabitha’s Travels.

Don’t let the craziness of December leave you feeling overwhelmed and spent.  Enjoy your family.  Enjoy your homeschool.  Enjoy the to-do’s.  Enjoy the extra-gushy time with our Lord and Savior.


  1. We get through the Christmas rush in a very similar way. I love Christmas and homeschooling, so combining them is extra fun.

  2. Love the idea of Christmas school. We’ve been doing that this month. We are doing the silver packages unit study you suggested next week. Happy December!

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