Preparing for the Holidays: What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week

Preparing for the Holidays: What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week

Thanksgiving printables, Christmas unit studyNo matter what the retailers would have us believe, it’s not Christmas yet! We still have plenty of time to use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to teach our children. But it is true that Christmas is coming. I have some great resources for helping you and your children get ready for a blessed celebration.

You Can Declare a Homeschool Vacation!

Already overwhelmed by holiday preparation? LJSkool reminds us that we can declare a homeschool vacation when we need to.

15 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Just because we need some time off, doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Make some of these cute crafts with the kids and you can share them with family.

Free Thanksgiving Printables

Beauty and Bedlam shares these beautiful crafts for your own table or for giving as gifts to the hostess. Don’t miss the gratitude rolls tradition linked at the bottom of the post. I can’t wait to try this with my kids.

Proper Table Manners and Dining Etiquette

The holidays are the perfect time for teaching table manners. I love this post from Ask Andy About Clothes because it explains the history behind table etiquette.

Takeout Box Advent Calendar

This is such a great idea. I purchased these mini takeout boxes from Amazon and will have the kids help me decorate them. I will hang them from the garland in our entryway and will be using them for our Christmas bucket list. I’d like to combine a surprise with Scripture. When I come up with a plan, I will make it available to subscribers to Psychowith6.

Christmas Comes to America: Once-a-Week Unit Study

I don’t normally include links to resources that aren’t free, but I’m excited enough about this, that I had to share (I’m not an affiliate). Audra Silva reviewed this unit study that can be done just once a week for four weeks (besides the reading). You learn the history of American Christmas traditions. The author includes a sample week on her website.

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Learning to Be Thankful: What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week

Learning to Be Thankful: What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week

Thanksgiving printables, homeschool, learning, gratitudeI just love Thanksgiving. Homeschoolers have been busy sharing fantastic ideas for teaching kids an attitude of gratitude–an attitude I could use a booster shot of myself. Here are a few links that have caught my eye this week:

Thanksgiving Family Devotions

Proverbial Homemaker shares 7 days of devotions and activities that will help your children learn to praise the Lord in advance of Thanksgiving.

7 Mini Challenges to Make Your Kids Thankful This Thanksgiving

Christianity Cove helps us teach our kids to go beyond “thank you” to really consider our blessings.

7 Ways to Serve as a Family Through the Holidays

Homeschool Classroom gives us some clever and fun ideas for serving others. My favorite is the secret leaf raking!

Thanksgiving Printables for Learning

Sugar Aunts put together a great collection of Thanksgiving activities, many of which promote gratitude in children.

History of Thanksgiving: Free Printables and Unit Study Resources

Mama’s Learning Corner blesses us with everything we need to do a unit study on Thanksgiving. We did this one year and even did a Thanksgiving play in full costume. I think I was most impacted by this study as I really pictured what these faithful men and women had endured.

Pilgrim Hat Printables

Martha Stewart shares these really cute pilgrim hat patterns that would be perfect for a unit study. Role playing the pilgrims can help kids identify with those who celebrated the first Thanksgiving.

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