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Special Days in December, 2015


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Learning Christmas with Countdowns

countdownfull_thumb%255B1%255DAre you extra busy this time of year?  We are!  Our calendar is filled with Christmas program rehearsals, a holiday workshop, caroling, and parties.  We’re decorating, crafting and baking.  And of course, there’s light displays to drive by, extra shopping, and gifts to wrap and deliver.  Oh yeah, there’s homeschool lessons, too.

Not only are we counting the days down until Christmas, we’re counting the days left in our semester.  I know some homeschooling families that take off the month of December, as nice as that sounds, it isn’t for us. We keep on learning through December, and we have about two more weeks of homeschooling before we’ll be ready for a break .   However, with the added busy-ness, regular lessons won’t give us the time we need to pursue the activities that make this time of year so special.

Below are  the online links to Advent and Christmas countdowns that we are using for quick lessons that are helping us check off our daily subjects.  Not only have the kids been liking these (probably because it’s extra computer time and the studies are short), I like them too.  It’s wonderful to have a break in lesson planning and to devote my “teacher time” to all the activities December brings.  It’s fun knowing that we have surprises waiting for us to learn about each morning.  And since these resources are brief, we have the afternoons for all those extras.

For Bible references and a little related trivia each day until Christmas – http://www.jamtrust.org/resources/adventcalendar/AdventCalendar.html

Learn Something “Christmassy” every day for 25 days  –  http://www.whychristmas.com/adventcalendar/

Countdown with Math –  secondary grade levels (6-12)  –  http://nrich.maths.org/11330

Countdown with Math – primary grade levels (1-5)  –  http://nrich.maths.org/11078

For Science, a Chemistry Countdown  –  http://www.compoundchem.com/2014advent/

Unlock a New Game Each Day Until Christmas  – http://www.santagames.net/calendar/index.htm

World Geography and Cultures  – Read about Christmas traditions around the world  (We used this as a study link last year and it’s great!)  –  http://projectbritain.com/Xmas/calendar/index.html

Liverpool Museum has a historic display to share each day – http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/christmas/advent/

For even more Christmas Advent and Countdown resources

I hope you enjoy your final learning days until the holiday break.  I wish you Merry Homeschooling!

betty jo



Merry Christmas


Our stockings are hung by the chimney with care!  (The above photo is our latest chalkboard mural)

It’s Christmas Eve and our family is wrapping presents (yes, science toys and art supplies and books), baking cookies for neighbors, and listening to Christmas music!  As busy as I am today, I just had to stop by the blog, and wish you all TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY!  And send you our family’s  new favorite Christmas song.

Have a very merry CHRISTmas!

betty jo


Homeschooling Humor – Christmas Edition






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What goes “oh, oh, oh”?   Santa walking backwards!  Ah yes, my Z has been telling Christmas jokes, and some are actually funny!  Click here for the resource site for his “comedy act”! http://www.hellokids.com/r_563/reading-online/jokes-and-riddles/christmas-jokes

 I hope you have a few minutes to check out this creative and fun performance of the story of Jesus’ birth set to the rock classic tune , “Bohemian Rhapsody”!  http://www.crosswalk.com/video/bethlehemian-rhapsody.html

Wishing you and your family Christmas Cheer!

betty jo

Christmas Break Fun


Our homeschooling winter break has officially started!    Though practicing skills with last minute shopping, crafting, baking, parties, and parts in a  Christmas play, the learning doesn’t stop.

Since studies won’t be mandatory, our thoughts can be focused on Christmas, fun, and playing Santa, (We decided when our oldest was young not to encourage a “belief” in Santa, but to encourage idea and play of Santa.  We each  draw a name and are responsible for filling  that family members stocking, wrapping a gift or two and eating the cookies left out.)

Without lessons, my kids will no doubt be asking for extra computer time.  I found these fun “Santa” sites for the kids to play on.

Track Santa on the map, play interactive games and more  http://www.noradsanta.org/

Join Raymond the Reindeer for a tour of the North Pole, short stories, and interactive games  http://www.northpole.com/

A wonderful selection of Christmas themed games  http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/christmas/games.php

The “Naughty or Nice ” rating from this site may not be accurate because this is what Santa said about me, “Nicer than nice. A real champ! I was really proud of all the hard work that went towards changing those “naughty” habits of last year. Treated friends nicely and was exceptionally honest (which happens to be one of my favorite traits!) It’s amazing what a good old fashioned “I’m sorry!” can do for a rating. Keep up the good work!”   http://www.claus.com/naughtyornice/index.php

Claus.com has many other activities including an updated North Pole weather forecast, attend “Elf School” and earn your diploma, and more activities   http://www.claus.com/village.php

Christmas Jokes for Kids  https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/christmas-jokes

All of our Christmas fun won’t be from the computer, but will come from just being together as a family.  These game ideas are great for that special family time http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/printable-christmas-party-games-for-teens/

Have a Very Merry Christmas Break!

betty jo