You can teach your little ones about the different seasons by creating a winter lapbook. I enjoy lapbooking with the children because it’s just a more creative way for your children to display their written narrations. My son is very visual learner so it really appeals to him. Eventhough he is considered middle school aged, he still enjoys lapbooking. We just place out minibooks into a notebook instead of a file folder. This makes storing it a lot easier.
Luckily we don’t have any snow here yet, but winter is fast approaching, why not incorporate it into your homeschool with some fun books?
What do you do when it’s snowing outside? To keep warm with your family, snuggle up and read a good book. I’ve already placed mine on hold at the library. I figure since we get to keep the books for three weeks, we’ll be in December by then and bound to see snow. If not, it will still make for a good read. I always keep a list of books ready just in case the ones I want are not available. That’s the downside of relying on the library for all your books, you may not always get it when you want it.
Sometimes, I catch my middle schooler reading picture books, he’s a very visual learner, and if it’s a good book, he can’t resist. I love this time of year when Christmas is around the corner, you can deviate from your regular homeschooling plans and just read and enjoy great books. I like to look for activities or lapbooks that I wouldn’t normally have time for and bring those out in December. You’ll have plenty of time in the new year to get back to your old plans. [Read more...]
A great way to celebrate Thanksgiving and have some fun with your kids as well are crafts.
Crafts are a great way to get in some hands on learning or just to have some plain old fun. Relax and get messy with some fun crafts, paint, draw, cut and paste. Decorate your house with your childrens’ crafts. You can make wreaths or napkin holders. Get more educational and create a writing assignment for your children about what they are thankful for this year. You could also add it to the feathers on the TP roll turkey. [Read more...]
Christmas is fast approaching, what books will you be reading with your children this Christmas? Last year we read A Christmas Carol and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. This year we’re going to read Christmas in the Trenches since we are studying the modern era in history. I love Christmas read alouds, it really gets you into the Christmas spirit.
Since we use the library extensively for our books, I have to start thinking now about what books we want to read so I can put them on hold. It’s very disappointing if you can’t get the books in time for Christmas. We also love reading the Polar Express every year and then watching the movie.
Christmas Picture books:
I love this time of the year because the holidays are coming up. There are some great Thanksgiving picture and chapter books to read with your children. There are some great titles here, it is meant to be a buffet of books. Pick and choose which books would be best to read in your homeschool. If there are certain books you don’t get to, they’ll be first on your list next year.
Learn about the Pilgrims, Native Indians and the Mayflower. This is a great time to teach your children the meaning of Thanksgiving and follow it up with some fun activities.
Thanksgiving picture books:
With the holidays coming up, do you continue to homeschool through the holidays, keeping your regular schedule or do you change things up?
Here in Canada, our Thanksgiving holidays is in October so we continue our school as usual until we hit December. However, if you are in the United States, Thanksgiving is at the end of November. With all the holiday preparation and family get togethers, how do you handle school?
Once December hits, I get tired, I need a break. We like to change things up and do fun holiday activities. We read a lot of Christmas read alouds and picture books. We read The Polar Express last year and then made a lapbook, we made our own chocolate milk and cookies, drew Christmas pictures, and decorated our house with their drawings and crafts. [Read more...]