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An American Girl Christmas
*Homeschooling Through the Holidays*

Christmas School is the perfect answer to how to Homeschool during the holidays !

The holidays are coming ! The holidays are coming !
Cooking, cleaning, preparing for company, shopping, parties, children’s plays,
church events, cooking some more, oh, yeah….and homeschooling !
Phew! I’m tired just from typing all of that !

How DO you homeschool through the holidays ?

Do you dream every year about decorating cookies with your kids, curling up by a fire and reading Christmas stories, making handmade gifts and cards, and spending time as a family focusing on the real heart of the holiday ?
Do you find it impossible to balance the long list of  “to-do’s” with all the
“want to do’s” ?
Something always falls short … school doesn’t happen, the fun stuff doesn’t happen, or the sleep doesn’t happen.   Sure you can clean the house at 1am when company is arriving in the morning…. zzzzzz.   Yep me too.  I’ve tried juggling all those plates.  Just not my forte.
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****Christmas School****

Hello Friends!
It’s been awhile…

Is it already November?

The warmth and joy of the holidays are just beginning to stir in our home.
The Christmas music is playing, the candles are flickering, the first baking has begun.  

I’m sipping some hot, spicy tea and making lists.  
This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year.  Does that sound odd?
The week before Thanksgiving is kind of the calm before the storm.  
It’s a lovely week to me.   There’s still time to sit and reflect, and make preparations for all the sweet memories yet to be made in the swirl of the next month. 

Christmas School.

When my children were small, this was a time I also spent planning what we called Christmas school.   With just a bit of organization, this became their favorite kind of “school”… I was happy and much less stressed about getting it “all” done…. and best of all, “Christmas school” gave us some of the very best memories of our lives.

A Very Homeschooling Thanksgiving

Like the year we were studying Ancient Egypt just before Thanksgiving.
It was my very first time hosting Thanksgiving at my home.  I had three littles, including a newborn, and a collection of  in-laws and outlaws, and neighbors and friends….and I had pulled it off.

We were all happily eating and chatting and I, mostly zoning out from thankfulness that the turkey was edible, and from sheer exhaustion, was happily oblivious of how long my 4 year old had “excused”  himself from the table.
Just as the thought of it crossed my mind I heard moaning coming from the nearby “powder room”.   But the thought popped in too late.

I’m blaming the tryptophan.

Before I could move,  he came bursting into the dining room stark naked and wrapped up from head to toe with who knows how many rolls of toilet paper.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…….I’m a mummmmmmmmy !!!!

Thirty people.  Dead silence.
Shocked grandparents didn’t know what to make of the display.
Then a few grabbed their cameras, thank goodness, and this memory lives on and is retold every single year, much to my now 22 year old’s son’s chagrin.

Yes.
We are homeschoolers.
School has a way of integrating into every part of our lives !!

ANYWHO,  onto a much safer theme of American History (sans MUMMIES!)  and onto Christmas school, haha.

If baking is on your list that needs to be done, why not be learning what Swedish immigrants were baking up in their holiday kitchens, buy some cardamon and bake on….if ornaments are to be made, why not find out what ornaments in Colonial Williamsburg looked like, and try making your own… and if you need a creative way to focus your families hearts and minds on Christ, how about opening your home and gathering your friends together for a Las Posadas celebration ?

CHRISTMAS SCHOOL IS SO FUN !!!!

And just think of the great family memories that your kiddos might make.  lol

There’s tons of great units, lesson plans, activities, and other ideas out there to use if you don’t have the inclination to plan it all out right now.
If you’ve been working your way through the American Girl History Units on this site, or just think the idea of Christmas school sounds like fun, you might like to check out my AG Christmas Pinterest boards  (I’m still adding to them all the time!).  All of the ideas are related to the corresponding time period…
think homemade ornaments, old recipes, Christmas traditions, games, etc… and all are freebies.
I will eventually
 write  WROTE these into actual units, but for now, click away and ENJOY the holidays!

An American Girl Christmas :
         Homeschooling Through the Holidays
homeschooling holidays

*Below is a list of Historical American Girl Christmas idea pages on Pinterest-

*Felicity’s Christmas-  An American Girl Colonial Christmas

*Josefina’s Christmas-  An American Girl  Southwestern Christmas

*Kirsten’s Christmas-  An American Girl Pioneer Christmas

*Addy’s Christmas-  An American Girl Civil War Christmas

*Samantha’s Christmas- An American Girl Turn of the Century Christmas

Also, you may like to check out some of the fun books and movies to go along with ideas.  I’ve included several favorites for each below.
You can also find more of them in this post
—–> Great Books for American History.
great books for unit studies

–> Below are affiliate links.  There will NOT be any additional charge to you if you click to Amazon through these links, but I will make a small commission if you do!  So THANK YOU SO MUCH for supporting my work !   Wishing you happy Christmas School ! 

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free christmas unit studyCharles Dickens 
‘A Christmas Carol’- Mini Unit Study

If you’ve never tried a unit study before,
this busy time of year might be a good time to give it a try !
Here are some simple ideas for stress free and FUN holiday homeschooling !
More time for baking cookies, going to plays, homemade presents, and hopefully,
even a bit of quiet time to soak in the awe of the advent !
Add in some math and you’re good to go !

  Charles Dickens Unit Study

*Reading Suggestions-

*Note: There are lots of ways to complete the reading for this unit. You can read these selections online (all free), check out books from the library, print off most of the short stories below, or purchase them from the links at the bottom of this page. ENJOY !

*Week 1:  ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Christmas Carol”  (Gutenburg Version)
“A Christmas Carol”  (Easy to Read Version…Larger Print)
This piece is divided into 5 staves, perfect for one week’s daily reading.

OR
Listen to one of these audio versions
 iTunes Version
  YouTube Version  (Audio with Text)

AND/OR
Watch the 1971 animated version  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
George C. Scott full version  A Christmas Carol
(There are many good animated and full versions to be found)

*Vocabulary & Other Grammar Activities
* A Humbug’s Grammar   (Simple grammar lessons based on A Christmas Carol)
– plenty of grammar work for this entire unit !
* A Christmas Carol Vocabulary
* A Christmas Carol  Script–   Try gathering some friends and acting out this play version !
* Discussion Questions, Fun Activities, and more
*A Christmas Carol Unit   (from DIY Homeschooler- includes nice notebooking pages!)
* A Christmas Carol Lesson
Reading Comprehension Questions from Easy Fun School
*Ideas for ‘A Christmas Carol’Projects
* A Christmas Carol Crossword Puzzle

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**5 Thanksgiving Car Trip Activities**
(You will be thankful for !)

“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go…”

Sounds so nostalgic and cozy, right?  May be if Grandma lives just over the river and only
15 minutes away.   Otherwise, a Thanksgiving car trip with the whole family can be anything but enjoyable.

One is hungry. One is bored. One forgot batteries.
Someone is touching someone else; someone is making faces; and someone is breathing funny. I feel your pain.

BUT I have the answer to your holiday car travel woes!

In this post you will have everything you need to have a picturesque family Thanksgiving car trip to Grandmas !
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~Turn of the Century~
Unit Study


Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904:
Growing Up During America’s New Century
    

Welcome to the world of Samantha Parkington, and the 6th unit
in the series of
 American Girl/American History Unit Studies !

In this Unit, we will learn what daily life was like at the Turn of the Century-  imagine…the etiquette of high tea, ballroom dancing, or strolling through Central Park…or working grueling hours in a shirtwaist factory and living in a tenement.  We will delve into the Industrial Revolution and we will walk down the avenues of the World’s Fair  re-discovering the amazing inventions that were changing the world!  We will imagine life through the eyes of children seeing the shores of America for the very first time, and settling in a new country.  We will get to know the President, known for his connection to the “teddy bear”- can you guess who it is?  And we will also get to know some of his friends who called our attention to America’s great natural beauty.
What an EXCITING time to have lived !
What an exciting time to re-live !
Hope you enjoy this unit.

**Note:  This post contains Amazon affiliate links (directly to Amazon).  At NO extra cost to you, I will earn a small commission from any sales clicked on through the links on this page.  Thank you for helping me keep my units FREE !

* Turn of the Century Core Reading:

Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904

 

*Week 1: “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-
Samantha’s World

1.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-  Meet Samantha                         (p.  1 )
2.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-   A Growing Country                  (p.  2-5 )
3.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-   Factories & Invention             (p. 6-7; 26-27; 46-49)
4.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-   Immigration                               (p.  42-45; 50-51 )
5.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-   City Life, Country Life             (p.  10-13; 8-9)

*Week 2: “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-
A Day with Samantha

1.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-  A Girl’s Life                                          (p. 36-37 )
2.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-  Ettiquette & Society                        (p.  32-35 )
3.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-  Fun & Entertainment                      (p. 14-17; 28-29)
4.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-  Fashion                                                 (p. 18-19;  30-31 )
5.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-   Health & Beauty                               (p.  20-23 )

*Week 3: “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904”-
The Turn of a Century

1.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-   The President                                  (p.  24-25 )
2.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-   The Reformers                               (p.  52-53 )
3.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-   Changes for Women                   (p.  38-39; 56-57 )
4.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-   Philanthropy                                  (p.  40-41  )
5.  “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-   The Naturalists                              (p.   p. 54-55 )

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