It's good to have a "bag of tricks" for December homeschooling.
December is a great homeschooling month - if you plan it right it doesn't have to be frantic, commercial, or stressful. Give your children a few fun activities and focus on the meaning of the season - a little goes a long way.
My bag of tricks includes fun games, books, art & music activities - a few well thought-out activities can create so many special memories.
Something that has always been super successful in our homeschool is a game day - we play different games, read Christmas books, eat Christmas treats, watch The Nutcracker, and just bask in the season.
Scroll down for a complimentary Christmas BINGO game, as well as some other suggestions I have to make the month fun.
Christmas Books for Kids
We have a Christmas book basket that fills our December with so much goodness. When the basket comes out it's the start of a month of FUN!
Here are our favorites - there is something for every age in this group of books.
GLORIA The Christmas AngelSaint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas LegendThe Nutcracker: A Pop-Up Book: Adapted from the Classic Tale by E. T. A. HoffmannThe Little Boy's Christmas GiftJotham's Journey: A Storybook for AdventIshtar's Odyssey: A Family Story for AdventTabitha's Travels: A Family Story for AdventBartholomew's Passage: A Family Story for AdventThe Best Christmas Pageant EverHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)Llama Llama Jingle BellsMerry Christmas, Mouse! (If You Give...)The Night Before ChristmasHow Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?Pete the Cat Saves ChristmasThe Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center TreeThe Christmas WishChristmas in the Big Woods (Little House Picture Book)Humphrey's First ChristmasSplendiferous Christmas (Fancy Nancy)A Charlie Brown Christmas (Peanuts)The Nutcracker
Christmas Activities/Treats for Kids
Following are some simple art, music, craft, and FOOD activities.
Reindeer Sandwiches -- even the big kids like these!
Gingerbread Man Boy & Girl sticker sheets (decorate your own!)
Christmas BINGO for Kids
BINGO is something EVERYONE enjoys -- all ages can take part in this game together.
This free download includes 6 BINGO cards and 24 calling cards - simply print and laminate for posterity!