Over the last few months I have been answering some great homeschooling questions. You can check out the full list of homeschool questions and answers to see if I answered yours. The holidays are just around the corner and I am already trying to plan our homeschool around them. I thought this would be a great time to answer the question, “How do homeschoolers handle holidays?” Below I will share a few different ways homeschoolers handle holidays as well as some tips to help you plan for the coming holiday season.
Questions to ask planning your holidays:
Do I care about the holiday? – Not every holiday needs a day off of school. If it’s not important to you, skip it. Your child will be just fine.
Do I have plans? – Some holidays are filled with plans to run all over the place and visit everyone you have ever met. Look at what you have planned for that holiday and it will help you decide if it’s worth it to take the day off.
Are we traveling? – Holidays bring countless trips to see family and friends. Look at your travel schedule. Does school need to be a part of your travel plans? If you are on a road trip you may pick an audio book for the ride or suggest that your child works on creative writing while driving. The choice is yours. Make sure to ask yourself whether adding school to the equation will help you enjoy the trip or not.
Can we do part of our schooling? – Sometimes things don’t have to be black and white. Instead of looking at it as school or no school, look at what subjects could work well with the holiday. Could you work on hands on Math skills while having your child help cook Thanksgiving dinner? Can reading time be implemented when there is down time? If you are not comfortable taking the day off completely look at what subjects would fit the holiday well and go with those.
Can I swap days out? – In Florida it gets crazy hot in the summer. I will occasionally take extra time off during the winter to enjoy the weather and the holiday and use those hot summer days to complete extra work.
Do I have plans with children who are on a school calendar? – If you have plans with someone who is following the school calendar this may help to make up your mind. Sometimes looking at when the schools take their holidays can help you to decide what you will do.
Do I have a child in school? – Because I know that not every homeschool mom looks the same, I know that you may be homeschooling one while you have another in school. Look at the school calendar and try to find the best fit for your family. This may mean that you take this time to just enjoy family and pick homeschool back up when your other child goes back to school.
What do you do for the holidays? Do you take a day off, skip them, or take more than a week. Leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you.