All this week we have been discussing ways you can make Christmas the curriculum. Maybe you want to do a special unit study, use some fun Christmas printables for review or do some real-life learning. Another fun way to add a little Christmas learning to your holiday season is by spending some extra time following a passion your children have.

Christmas Learning: Yule School Ideas for Interest Based Learning

You can do one of these special activities or parts of a few of them. The important thing is the have fun learning as a family and remember that it is enough. We will be doing a little from each of these in our Yule School.

Music Appreciation

SQUILT Christmas Carols are a wonderful way to study the history and music of five different Christmas carols. Study musical terms like dynamics, rhythm, instrumentation and tempo as well as the history of carols and enjoyment of the beautiful music.

This study is so easy to do, because everything you need, including links to the carols online, is included in the PDF.

We are very excited about adding SQUILT, cookies, and hot chocolate to our Yule School. A little music appreciation is perfect for a chilly afternoon in front of the fire or even over breakfast or lunch.

(There’s also a SQUILT Christmas Carols Volume 2 and a Nutcracker Unit Study available!)

Art

Christmas Learning with the Winter Wonderland Mixed Media WorkshopIs there an artist in your home? If so the Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Workshop at Flourish with Alisha Gratehouse is the perfect way to feed their artistic need this holiday season.

The class is jam-packed with holiday and winter-themed art projects. Each week you get a new set of videos on the password protected site, but you have access to the class for an entire year. You can do many of these projects well into January.

So far we have loved what we are making. We create a little then stop and wait for things to dry and move to the next step the next day. This has been a wonderful addition to our Yule School.

Christmas Learning Winter Mixed Media Snowman

Science and Nature Study

Christmas Learning with Advent Nature StudyIf your crew is a science-loving bunch, then Shining Dawn Books’ Advent Nature Study is perfect for you. This is a truly unique study that takes you through Advent with information about the Advent Wreath, scripture to read each week, scientific information about a chosen nature topic for each week, and several nature walks including a red and green walk (perfect for those areasof the country that don’t have snow), a candlelight walk, and more. The nature study book also includes a Wise Man study for after Christmas and color notebooking pages.

While we, ahem, won’t do nature study nearly as much as we stay home and do art in our Yule School, I will likely round up Jessica and her bunch (big nature study folks there) and have her prod me outside to do a walk or two.

We’ve done a number of lessons together from Shining Dawn before and loved all of them. I can’t wait to dig into this study as well.

More Christmas Learning

Every few days I will post a new, helpful video to my Ed Snapshots Facebook page about a Christmas tradition or custom. You can watch the video with your kids and then head to the Yule School Resources Page for links to activities, crafts, and learning ideas for each topic.

Use these to help you plan a simple or more elaborate Yule School in your home.

Be sure to like Ed Snapshots on Facebook and subscribe to the email list so you don’t miss a resource.

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This post is part of the iHomeschool Network’s 5 Days of Christmas Series. Be sure to check out the other great posts for more fun Christmas ideas.5DaysofChristmas2

Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill

Pam is the author of The Your Morning Basket Guide and Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. She also is the host of three popular  podcasts -- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show. She lives in the Deep South with her husband and three kids, where she is the go-to lady for great curriculum recommendations or a just a pep talk on a rough day.
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