Homeschool Blog and Tell #HSBAT: Celebrating Christmas!

 

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Welcome to the December Edition of the Homeschool Blog and Tell Linkup!

This is our monthly link-up that allows you to show off what is going on in your homeschool!

Each month has a different theme.

#Homeschool Blog and Tell #hsbat

December’s theme is CHRISTMAS, so link up and show us your posts about how you homeschool around the holidays, your best Christmas crafts, your Christmas traditions, or anything related to Christmas!

Through the end of this month, link up your post and we’ll share it with our readers.

So, show us what you got!

Now for a few guidelines: (I know…no one likes a lot of rules, so there are not many.)

  • Please direct your link to a certain post NOT your home page. We have the right to delete your link if this is not followed.
  • Use a least one photo in your post. We want to SEE what you have done!
  • Link your specific post to The Homeschool Post. (Again, we have the right to delete your link if this is not followed.)
  • These can be OLDER posts. We are okay with that – we want to bring new readers to your blog!

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to ask! We are here for ALL homeschoolers and truly want to bless you guys!

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Sara (41 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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8 Classic Christmas Read Alouds

Guest post by Tonia of The Sunny Patch.

Christmas is a wonderful time to create family memories and new traditions. Many of our favorite family moments involve books. Christmas is no exception!

There are so many fabulous picture books (and chapter books!) about the holiday season that make wonderful family read alouds. A beautiful picture book doesn’t only have to be for the preschoolers and early elementary kids. We still enjoy many books that are filled with wonderful pictures (and stories). Below you’ll find some of the best books to read this Christmas season.

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8 FAVORITE HOLIDAY READ ALOUDS

The books below cover a wide range of ages – from picture books to chapter books you’re sure to find a new favorite!

A Christmas Carol

The quintessential Christmas story – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A memorable story of change, forgiveness, and redemption. Don’t avoid this one just because you think it will be too hard for your children to understand. Start with the wonderful Focus on the Family audio dramatization. This story really shouldn’t be missed.

The Polar Express

This is one of those not-to-be-missed more recent classics (if you still consider 1985 to be recent!) written by Chris Van Allsburg, who also wrote Jumanji. Who wouldn’t love to hop on a train and head to the North Pole? This classic tale of Christmas magic is one that even older kids can appreciate.

A Visit from Saint Nicholas

I’m sure many people could quote large portions of this classic poem that begins with the famous line – ‘Twas the night before Christmas… It’s certainly earned it’s place in Christmas lore and legend. One neat fact – it actually predates A Christmas Carol by 20 years.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

My first introduction to this classic Seuss story, like many people, was the 1966 animated version featuring Boris Karloff as the voice of the Grinch. A few years ago we received a beautiful hardcover copy of the book and now enjoy the story every year.

The Gift of the Magi

I just love this story by O. Henry. A young married couple sacrifice their most prized possessions to give the other a special Christmas gift. We love watching the Mickey & Minnie version on Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.

The Story of Holly & Ivy

Written by Rumer Godden and published in 1958, it’s the story of a young orphan wishing for a home and family. Look for the version illustrated by Barbara Cooney (one of my favorites).

Letters from Father Christmas

This is a new-to-us book this year. We love many of Tolkien’s books so we’re excited to spend some time with him this Christmas season. If you’ve read it let me know your thoughts!

The Bible

Christmas Eve is the perfect time to read the second chapter of Luke. Turn on the Christmas lights, sip some hot cocoa, and remember why we celebrate this blessed season.

Do you have a favorite Christmas read aloud?

Every member of my family has a different Christmas favorite so we end up sharing a few memorable books over the holiday season.

And I’m always on the lookout to add to our collection. I’d love to know what books you read together during the holiday season.

Tell me about your family’s favorite Christmas read aloud!

 

Tonia writes about homeschooling life at The Sunny Patch. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

 

 

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Thanksgiving Writing Activities and Prompts

 

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Just because it’s the week of Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a few fun writing activities and prompts into your homeschool days. Even if you traditionally take time off from formal schooling, you can still find engaging and inspirational ideas to get the creative juices flowing (along with the turkey and cranberry sauce!).

Here are a few fun ones to try:

Video Writing Prompts: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Video Writing Prompts: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving from TeachHUB.com has great ideas for each age range (K-12). My favorites are “Food Frenzy” and “Create Your Own Holiday.”

25 Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

Journalinghelps.com has an extensive list of writing prompts for both primary and older students. In addition, there are story starters, report ideas, and movie ideas! Pick a story starter and add a little each day. Check out the movie list and choose one together to watch on Thanksgiving eve or day. It’s a nice change from football (not that there’s anything wrong with that)!

A Thanksgiving Tweet

From the wonderful folks over at WriteShop.com, here are 5 {fun} Thanksgiving writing prompts. I love the one where the thanksgiving turkey sneaks into the house and sends out five, potentially desperate, tweets. If you were the turkey, what would you say in 140 characters?

Journal of Thanks

This idea is fairly simple and is a take-off on the 30 Days of Thanks as seen on social media. If you haven’t had a chance to start on Day 1, no worries, get started now! Write down each day one thing that you are thankful for. Participate with your children. Have your kids decorate each page, if they like, by illustrating the thing they are thankful for that day.

Wishing your family a warm and joy-filled week of Thanksgiving. Be sure to let us know in the comment section if you tried any of the writing activities or prompts!

 

Angela (29 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .


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