The holidays always slow us down during the school year. With all of the family visits, church programs, holiday parties and preparation, it sometimes seems impossible to get it all done. When we added our NaNoWriMo work to it, the schedule took a rough bunch of knocks.
How Do You Do It All?
I’ve come up against this question several times over the course of my home schooling career. The truth is that you sometimes have to roll with the punches and just keep moving forward, even if you’re only taking baby steps. “Progress is progress, no matter how small.” Right now, we are focusing solely on the four core subjects: Math, Language Arts, Science, and History. The other subjects are on technically on hold until January.
However, holiday preparations, parties, church or community programs, and family visits offer different kinds of learning experiences. Home Economics, leadership skills, community service, social interaction activities, all these and more are wonderful benefits during the holiday season. Don’t dismiss the many good life lessons your children can learn by helping to plan a holiday party, helping to cook one or two dishes for the holiday meals, helping with charity projects, or singing in a musical or theater production.
What fun the holidays can be! If your schedule is getting you down and becoming more like drudgery, why not drop it down to the basics and leave some room for life skills training? You may find it to be more fun and enriching than you ever thought it would be.
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.