Lots of people like to count the number of days left until Christmas (or even the number of days until Christmas break). Each year, I have struggled with my children going into “vacation” mode long before our actual Christmas break. Since December is usually plagued with this, I decided to institute a new kind of Christmas countdown.
In the first week of December, I made a chart for each child with boxes to color in. In the Christmas countdown chart, for instance, my oldest had math lessons, Essentials chart copying, books to read, copywork, and memory work practice. (We also had Essentials to finish the first week of December, but since it was done early in the month, I left it off the list.) The others had similar charts, but hopefully you get the idea.
I told my children that once they finished coloring everything in, their Christmas break could begin.
Instead of the usual December battle for school work, I have some children who are racing ahead. I think most will finish their work by the end of this week, if not before. I love that they can see when the break is coming and are working more diligently to get there.
I feel much better about our December accomplishments this year. Two children will be half way through their math books by Christmas. Another will have completed over 30 reading lessons in the month of December. Instead of accomplishing little like past Decembers, I feel like we are finishing strong.
(On a side note, I did find that I was overly ambitious with a younger child’s list. After revising the workload, the goals are much more attainable.)
Do you take a long break around Christmas? How do you keep the schooling going in spite of all the “extras” of the Christmas season?