I don’t know about your kids but when November hits mine can only concentrate on one thing. The fact that Christmas is only one month away! Getting them to focus is hard and sometimes frustrating. All I hear is it’s almost time for Christmas! When can I make my list for Santa? When can we decorate? I am not going to lie there are some days I don’t fight it and will throw a Christmas movie on for my sanity!
It gets even worse after Thanksgiving! Just this week I have had to hear the number of days until Christmas 3 times a day! Now I’m not complaining I love Christmas too but when I am trying to get my son to focus on his school work it usually turns into some kind of report about the coming holiday. I have to hear about Santa, my son’s theory on how he travels around the world so fast, all about the reindeer, what his favorite toys are and all about Christmas trees. I thought we weren’t going to make it this far without my pulling my hair out haha!
The other day as I was trying to show him his math for the day he was going on and on. I decided I had enough I was going to tell him that he just needed to stop! Then it hit me, I was going to be waging a war I may not win and possibly come off seeming mean. I made a decision right there that I would incorporate Christmas and all the awesome things involved with it in our schooling. Starting tomorrow I am going to teach him math that asks questions about how many trees there are, taking away elves, dividing reindeer. His history will be about how Christmas got started, social studies will be about the people around the world celebrate Christmas. We will make a map of Santas’s possible route. I figure why fight when I can just join em’!
He can write stories and poetry about Santa, the reindeer whatever and it can count toward his writing. Bible will be learning about Jesus’ birth and the wise men. Art will be all about Christmas! This way I know he is learning in some capacity and he is surrounded with his favorite for the moment thing Christmas! I feel like this is a win-win and I don’t have to bang my head on a wall.
Do you allow your kids to learn using a Christmas theme during this time of year? If so what do you do?