The holiday season is in full swing! We hope you enjoyed a terrific Thanksgiving break! Did your children struggle to get back into the homeschooling groove on Monday? Breaks can be tons of fun and an excellent time to recharge, but occasionally it can be challenging to return to the business of schoolwork. This can be especially true when there is another long break right around the corner.

I learned early on that homeschooling in December would go better with adjusted expectations for everyone so that we could make room for all the fun field trips, events, impromptu hot cocoa breaks, and lots of time together as a family celebrating the season. Whatever that looks like for you is excellent. We do our regular math and language arts, incorporating fun seasonal picture books, activities, and related science and history.

December is chock-full of reasons to celebrate and things to learn about. One of our annual favorite activities for fun study and activities is the winter solstice, which happens on Tuesday, December 22, 2022; this is the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the year’s shortest day.

We’ve tagged many free lessons, resources, and pages to explore on our EXTENSIVE December Pinterest board. We also have fantastic opportunities to gather with the community at field trips and events. I am particularly excited about the Wax Museum and Usborne book fair next week. You can see all the details in the CC and LL section’s below. I hope to see you soon!

Kara Parkins
Family Support Advisor