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The Peace and Joy Challenge: Take a little time this Christmas to make sure you and your children are stress-free. The year of organized homeschooling has come to a close and now we can have a peaceful, joyful Christmas. More than that, I hope that by employing these challenges, you have enjoyed a more peaceful year. If you didn’t get to many of the challenges this year, there is always next year! Plan 15 minutes into your calendar during the weekdays to take action and next year can be THE year for a more organized homeschool. Here’s what to do this week:

#1 Discuss stress and God’s peace

Go over this short explanation of stress with your children. Talk about how you each experience stress. One interesting new research finding is that if we don’t believe that stress is negatively affecting our health, it doesn’t affect our well-being, even if stress levels are high.

While the word stress isn’t in the Bible, the Bible has a lot to say about fear, worry, and the peace of God. Find a verse to memorize that will help you when dealing with stress.

#2 Christmas Eve

#3 Christmas Day

#4 Discuss the joys of the season

I have a journal that I used to record the best memories of that year’s Christmas. Sadly, I got away from the tradition. But this year, I will ask the kids to complete this journaling printable I created. It will be fun to read them together in future years.

Best Christmas memories, gratitude, printable, journal, handwriting

I have a little bonus mission for you to end the year.

Review the past year and set new goals.

Tom Dixon wrote about goal setting for Psychowith6 and Michael Hyatt has created free videos around goal setting. I love to set goals because they can turn what feels like a humdrum existence into an exciting adventure. I want my children to know how to set goals as well. I absolutely LOVE these student goals forms from Baking, Crafting & Teaching.

Finally, I want to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. It’s been a privilege to take this organized homeschool journey with you. Do you know someone who could benefit from this series? Please share it with them.

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Here is the December 2014 printable Organized Homeschool calendar and a list of previous challenges:

December 2014 Organized homeschool calendar

Organized Homeschool Challenge

Week 1: Daily Devotions Challenge

Week 2: Daily Routine Challenge

Week 3: To-Do List Challenge

Week 4: Memory Keeping Challenge

Week 5: The Decluttering Challenge

Week 6: The Organized Computer Challenge

 Week 7: The Marriage of Your Dreams Challenge

Week 8: The Confident Parent Challenge

Week 9: The Extended Family Challenge

Week 10: The Bring on the Spring Challenge

Week 11: The Spring Cleaning Challenge

Week 12: The Organized Easter Challenge

Week 13: The Serve the Church Challenge

Week 14: The Chore Challenge

Week 15: The Organize Your Finances Challenge

Week 16: The Curriculum Challenge

Week 17: The Friendship Challenge

Week 18: The Family Celebrations Challenge

Week 19: The Organized Clothing Challenge

Week 20: The Organized Vacation Challenge

Week 21: The Organized Summer Challenge

Week 22: The Outdoor Activity Challenge

Week 23: The Used Curriculum Challenge

Week 24: The Homeschool Space Challenge

Week 25: The Goal Setting Challenge

Week 26: The Homeschool Planning Challenge

Week 27: The Bible Time Challenge

Week 28: The Special Study Prep Challenge

Week 29: The Extra-Curricular Challenge

Week 30: The Core Curriculum Prep Challenge

Week 31: The Elective Curriculum Challenge

Week 32: The Back to School Challenge

Week 33: The Fall Bucket List Challenge

Week 34: The Organized Bedroom Challenge

Week 35: The Clean Out the Pantry Challenge

Week 36: The Meal Planning Challenge

Week 37: The Grocery Shopping Challenge

Week 38: The Organized Kitchen Challenge

Week 39: The Freezer Cooking Challenge

Week 40: The Hospitality Challenge

Week 41: The Blog or Business Challenge

Week 42: The Hobby Challenge

Week 43: The Charity Challenge

Week 44: The Thanksgiving Challenge

Week 45: The Christmas Plan Challenge

Week 46: The Christmas Decorating Challenge

Week 47: The Christmas Shopping Challenge

Week 48: The Home Ec Challenge

Week 49: The Hot Spot Challenge

Week 50: The Curriculum Review Challenge

Week 51: The Company Clean Challenge


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