13 December 2007

Holiday Homeschool Open House 2007


I will be keeping this post at the top of the page and updating it as I have time, so please visit often.

Please visit Tiany HERE (oops ~ try HERE instead) and join the festivities.

  • How do you keep Christ in Christmas?

We use the Advent season as a time of Bible study, devotion, and preparation ~ we talk about Jesus making His home in our hearts.

We look for opportunities to share with others about the Greatest Gift ever given ~ the True Reason for the season.

We keep santa out ~ although we do learn about Saint Nicholas ~ a real man who loved and served Jesus.

more to come...

  • Share some fun things you do with your family, traditions, is there  a new tradition you want to start?

We end our academic year at Thanksgiving.

I try to never shop the day after Thanksgiving.

On Saint Nicholas Eve we each decorate a new felt stocking and hang them along the stairs. (We don't have a fireplace.)  We usually open them on the morning of the 6th, but this year I had one child who really really wants to open them on Christmas morning, so that is what we are doing.

If we have a tree, we usually get it and/or decorate it on our wedding anniversary, which is  23rd of December.  This year we are planning on going to a nearby tree farm to get a "Charlie Brown tree" on the 22nd.

Although I am not Catholic, I have always wanted to attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve.  Maybe this year...

We read the Christmas story out loud from the Bible either last thing Christmas Eve or first thing Christmas Morning or both.

We have a big Christmas Day brunch and open house.

I usually go out shopping early the day after Christmas.

We celebrate the twelve days of Christmas in some way; although, it has varied greatly from year to year.

I give my gifts to my children on Epiphany (or Three Kings Day).  I have done this for probably 15 years now, but have been trying to attach more meaning to it.  Well, thanks to a few of the other ladies who are participating in the Holiday Open House, I have found a wonderful resource here.  Thank you! (When I remember which blogs they were, I will mention them specifically.)

We begin a new academic year on or around 7 January.

more to come...

  • Share fun activities, projects, crafts, unit studies or websites you might incorporate into your homeschool/home.

Read Alouds ~ here is a list of books/stories/poems we are reading over the season:

  1. Amazing Peace ~ a Christmas poem by Maya Angelou

  2. The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas

  3. The Birth of Christ by Alfred Tennyson

  4. The Three Kings by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  5. So, Now is Come our Joyfulst Feast by George Wither

  6. Christmas in the Olden Time by Walter Scott

  7. Christmas Eve at Mr. Wardle's from The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

  8. The Christmas Carol by William Wordsworth

  9. The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen

  10. An Early American Christmas by Tomie dePaola

  11. The Miracle of the First Poinsettia by Joanne Oppenheim

  12. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

  13. Cranberry Christmas by Wende and Harry Devlin

  14. Rocking Horse Christmas by Mary Pope Osborne

  15. Country Angel Christmas by Tomie dePaola

  16. The Real Santa Clause by Marianna Mayer

  17. While Shepherds Watched by Jenni Fleetwood

  18. A Moon in my Teacup by Anita Riggio

  19. The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

  20. The Animals' Gift by Szaboles deVajay

  21. King of Kings by Susan Hill

  22. The Night of Las Posadas by Tomid dePaola

  23. Lullaby for a Newborn King by Jozef Wilkon and Hermann Moers

  24. They Followed a Bright Star based on a poem by Joan Alavedra 

  25. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojcieshowski

  26. A Cowboy Christmas by Audrey Wood

  • Gifts~ Share gifts that you will be making, gifts from your kitchen, frugal ideas etc…

This year we have felt convicted to really get to know our neighbours, so we are going to be making goodie baskets for the 9 or 10 houses on our half-block.  We hope to deliver these next week.  There will be a loaf of pumpkin bread and a loaf of ginger bread and some cranberry oatmeal cookies.  We also will make a card and an ornament of some sort, and include an invitation to our Christmas day open house.  All of the details aren't yet sorted out, but we are really looking forward to doing this.

  • Food~ Please share a tried and true family recipe for the Holidays! Side dish, cookies, cake, appetizer, drink etc.

still to come...



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