5 Ways to Get High School Done During the Holidays
Homeschooling, high school, holidays—so much on our plates! Are you overwhelmed right now with all there is to do in the month of December?
Sometimes when we are feeling like the walls are closing in and there’s just too much to accomplish, it’s best to stop and take a deep breath. It’s time to reevaluate what is absolutely necessary and what might need to be put aside for a season. December gives us the freeing opportunity to focus on the academic non-negotiables and let everything else take a backseat to the holidays.
Do you need ideas for how to get some school accomplished during Christmastime and enjoy the season at the same time?
High School During the Holidays
December is the perfect time for unit studies. Is there a particular subject your student has been itching to take down a rabbit trail to soak up everything there is to learn? Provide the time and space to do such a study, and give your student some guidelines. They can create a presentation about the subject, produce art, write stories, make flipbooks, or just chat happily with you about what they’ve learned. I find that a plate of Christmas cookies and a mug of something hot to drink in the kitchen while I prep dinner is an ample invitation to get a teen talking.
We often don’t think about nature studies at this time of year, but there are excellent winter nature studies available for the backyard or trail setting. One of the benefits of starting a study like this in December is that you can take it into January and February. There’s no rush to finish a unit study about the winter landscape, and it can feel like there’s less pressure to finish it in December. A winter nature study doesn’t need to be wrapped up until well after the holidays.
Does your high schooler need to continue writing, either because they itch to write every day or because they need the practice? December is also a great time to assign some themed writing. Do a search for “Christmas writing prompts” and you’ll find no end to ideas.
What better time to hang out as a family, stoke the fire, and listen to something great together! Compass Classroom offers excellent audio stories, and several are just perfect for listening in December. “The Story of Mary of Nazareth” is a free download from the Bible Comes Alive Series. Be sure to browse the other audio resources for car trips and days when mom and dad need to be cooking and doing holiday prep.
December is also a great time to start the “Life of Jesus”. As with a winter nature study, starting a series like this feels like less pressure to finish when you know you don’t need to until well after the holidays.
Lastly, include your high schoolers in the Christmas prep, assuming they haven’t already taken over. One of my daughters so badly wanted the Christmas tree to go up the day after Thanksgiving that I finally said, “Have at it!” and she’s been doing our tree ever since. What do your teens want to help with? Put your feet up, homeschooling mom, and sit back to watch your high schoolers jump in. From the decor to the wrapping, shopping, running errands, visiting family, cooking, baking, organizing events like caroling, writing the annual letter, and addressing cards, this could be the year you enjoy Christmas alongside the homeschooling!
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Author, Kendra Fletcher
Kendra Fletcher is a mother of 8, speaker, author, and 22-year homeschool veteran. She is the author of Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace, and Leaving Legalism, and she regularly writes for Key Life Ministries. The Fletchers reside in California, where they play in the Pacific Ocean as often as possible. Find her here: www.kendrafletcher.com.