The Unintended Christmas Break

How is your holiday school schedule looking this year?  Are you being as productive as you would like?  Or do you purposely take off the month of December?  

Or are you like me and seemed to have stumbled into a break without intending to take one?  I tell myself every year that we will school right up until Christmas and then take a week or so off.  Yet here we are, a week before Christmas and we haven’t accomplished anything near our regular school routine since before Thanksgiving.  I’m harboring some guilt over this.

A friend from a homeschooling forum stated that being able to take off around this time is one of the perks of homeschooling younger children.  She said to enjoy it while I can because as the children get older it’s not quite as easy to do.

Do you agree?

My girls and I have been enjoying the “cooler” weather by spending more time outdoors.  (See! In some of these pics my girls even have long sleeves on!!) 

We’ve been reading a bunch of picture books but haven’t delved into any chapter ones in awhile.  It’s like I just can’t commit to anything long-term at the moment.  I wake up every morning thinking- “Okay- TODAY we will get a full day of homeschool in.”  I even tell myself that while we’re on our holiday break from our weekly Classical Conversations co-op we’ll really delve into reviewing our memory work.

And then- nada.

Some errand or chore relating to our new homestead pops up or we hear of some holiday happening somewhere and suddenly our entire day is gone.

And other days, it’s the allure of the outdoors that pulls us out: the sunshine and fresh air (sometimes cool, sometimes not).

It’s not as easy to define those days or to quantify them on a homeschool planner.  There are no tangible boxes to check off or subjects to mark as completed.

Unless- you count happiness and wonder, and throw in some extra credit for the precious moments spent together- as families should be, really.  Maybe I won’t stress out so much anymore about our casual and blithe December.

And maybe, I wrote this post because *I* needed the reminder to take into consideration the greatest {homeschooling} gift of all this season –

Freedom.

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8 Responses to The Unintended Christmas Break

  1. Ticia says:

    We’ve had an unintentional Christmas break as well. I was going to school longer, but it just didn’t happen.

  2. Mama says:

    You know my thoughts on the matter, my friend. There is a significant body of work out there that supports that what you’re doing now is, in fact, more intellectually and spiritually beneficial than an institutional model of education. So, be comforted and enjoy this time xoxo

  3. Pam says:

    I agree. What you are doing is just as important. We are moseying right on in to Christmas ourselves. I set a small list for each day, we do it, and then we move on to something better. Love the photos in this post, by the way.

  4. Jody says:

    Beautiful! We are also on a break and I’m coming to terms with the fact that, with all our moving around, we are never going to finish what I had planned for this school year. I agree that at it is one of the perks of homeschooling younger kids and I’m going to take full advantage of it!!

  5. Jenilee says:

    love it :) and their rainboots for the adventures outside… my girls LOVE rainboots!

    • Kristen says:

      We’re steadily acquiring quite the collection! (Although now we call them Muck Boots since they serve us more regularly by protecting us from homestead muck than rain.) :)

  6. yes, I do count taking time off when the kids are young a benefit of homeschooling! I hear you, I always say we are going to keep going and then everything just stops… love the photos, enjoy your break!

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