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We have reached the time of year where my kids are extremely distracted. They are so hyped up with the excitement of Christmas that they don’t want to sit still for our standard lessons. I don’t blame them. I don’t want to stick with the same old same old either. Instead, I weave Christmas lesson plans into our our regular homeschool curriculum.
This plan helps keep us moving towards our educational goals while also acknowledging the excitement in the air. We have the flexibility to tailor our children’s education to their interest and we might as well take advantage.
Right now, my kids’ main interest is Christmas.
I discovered a long time ago, back in my classroom teacher days, that it is a whole lot easier to work with a child’s excitement than fight against it.
Besides, it always makes me feel like a grinch to squash their Christmas excitement. I don’t want to stop teaching for the entire month of December and adding a few Christmas-themed worksheets and activities is a fun way to continue practicing important skills.
I sprinkle in Christmas lesson plans in addition to all of our family fun Advent activities.
Christmas Lesson Plans
Language Arts Christmas Lesson Plans
Christmas Letter Find – I love that these letter find pages have a cursive option!
A Christmas Story Writing Prompt – This printable writing prompt includes a word bank to help get ideas flowing.
A Christmas Poem ~ Find the Idioms – Students will read through this free Christmas poem and find all of the idioms.
Related: How I am Teaching Poetry This Year
Christmas Simile and Metaphor Cards – Print out these 32 cards for extra simile and metaphor practice. I plan to laminate the cards and make them an independent activity to complete while I’m working with a sibling.
The Christmas Mystery ~ Prepositional Phrases – Students will identify prepositional phrases in Christmas themed sentences. I know my kids can always use extra grammar practice!
Math Christmas Lesson Plans
Fun Christmas Fraction Art Activity – Follow the directions on the task cards to use fractions to create a snowman picture. There are options for reducing and not reducing fractions.
Solving Quadratic Equations ~ Christmas in Hawaii – Older students can practice solving quadratic equations while racing around this printable game board. The first one to reach the beach hut wins!
Christmas Budgeting – Put each child in charge of planning a fictional Christmas meal. Give them a set budget and challenge them to plan a special meal for everyone using grocery store sales fliers. Don’t have a newspaper or sales flyer? No problem! Most grocery stores have them available online (this is a great way to show kids the benefits of comparison shopping).
Science Christmas Lesson Plans
Gum Drop Christmas Trees – Put Christmas candy to good use by building a tall Christmas tree structure using only gum drops and toothpicks.
Related: Other Christmas Activities
Compound Chemistry Christmas – Students will use this worksheet to complete an online scavenger hunt that manages to combine compound chemistry, Christmas, and fun.
History Christmas Lesson Plans
Silverdale Christmas Unit Study – This unit study explores the White House traditions surrounding Christmas. There is a total of 24 activities included so you have the flexibility to either do an activity a day leading up to Christmas or just chose the activities that will be the best fit for your family. Check out the free sample lesson.
Christmas Around the World (Plus FREE Christmas Passport) – Find out how 20 countries celebrate Christmas.
How do you include Christmas in your homeschool? Do you take an extra long holiday break or do you include holiday themed activities in your lesson plans? Share in the comments! I am always happy to hear how other families approach the holidays.
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