While cleaning up the schoolroom for the 100th time since yesterday, I kept asking myself, “Why did I decide to homeschool, anyway? Wouldn’t it be great to just drop the kids off at the school down the street?” I even have the choice of two schools within walking distance, one private and one public.
This being the holiday season, these are the reasons I came up with:
10. Every day can be a snow day – even in Arizona.
I mean, who said there needed to be snow to have a snow day? Doesn’t feeling too cold to get out of bed count?
9. Daily Christmas movies can be part of the curriculum.
And there are so many good ones that we could even watch two a day. If we add a narration afterwards, it could still be considered Charlotte Mason, right?
8. Christmas music! Every day!
Not only could this be part of Hymn Study and Folk Music Study and Composer Study and Foreign Language Study, but we could listen to it while doing our Artist Study and Copywork and Handicrafts and so forth and so on.
7. You can start and end the vacation any time.
Yep. My Christmas vacation starts in September. It ends in May. Just in time for summer vacation.
6. Cruising the neighborhood looking at all the Christmas light displays can be a field trip.
And what a great field trip, too! So what if it provokes feelings of envy. The twinkling lights are so pretty.
5. Children fighting to the sound of Christmas music doesn’t sound nearly so serious.
The toddler’s screams almost match pitch with “Ave Maria.” What could be more lovely than that?
4. You can have a Christmas party every day … for a month.
Weren’t those days the best? Not only could you eat cookies and other Christmas goodies but there was usually a movie and gift exchange. Good things are always better the more you do them. Eating junk food full of processed sugar while getting more stuff can definitely be done more than once a week, right?
I mean, honestly. Have you seen the number of fun activities that you can do during the Christmas season? You could do a new one every day for 50 years and still not even scratch the surface!
2. Decorating the house can be counted as an Art Credit.
Why stress about coming up with lesson plans for drawing or painting. Just have the kids decorate the house with the 100s of boxes of Christmas decorations you’ve accumulated over the years. If they can do it in a tasteful manner, they’ve succeeded at something even design majors can struggle with … using every decoration ever made by your kids so that no one ever feels left out. Wins all around!
1. Did I say Christmas music?
You can never have enough of Christmas music! During morning basket, quiet time, while doing chores. The possibilities are endless!
Bonus: Keep Christ in Christmas
But seriously, the best reason to homeschool, especially during the holidays, is this:
We can keep the focus of the Christmas season where it belongs … on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 9:6 King James Version (KJV)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
God bless! Let’s keep Christ in Christmas!