The other day, my daughter (the blondie) and I were talking about homeschooling. She asked why she had to be homeschooled and I told her we were not happy with the school system here! Then she said that she was happy that we homeschool and really did love it. This came as a surprise to me because there are days (bad days) when she says she doesn’t want to homeschool or that she wants to go back to public school. So, when she said that she loved it, I was shocked! As we sat and talked, she rattled off some of the reasons why we are blessed to be able to homeschool: they got to play volleyball, they had their STEM class, they get to sleep in (meaning, they are up around 7:45 and we start schooling around 9:30-10), we get to go on more then 2 field trips in a year, special activities, park day… The list could go on. But one of the things that she didn’t realize is that since we do homeschool and don’t have to be up at 6:30 am, we can do more together as a family at night! So, bring on the fun Advent activities!
Fun Advent Calender Activities!
This year, seeing as the kids don’t have to be in bed by 7:30 pm, we are doing a couple of fun Advent activities. The kids have been enjoying the homemade advent calender from Only Passionate Curiosity. This Advent calender is different then the ones you buy in the store because you (the parent) can pick what goes inside of it. Plus, it is homemade… Who doesn’t like homemade things? Only Passionate Curiosity even gives you predetermined activities or you can write an activity a blank activity sheet that they designed for you!
What I picked for our family: some predetermined activities and some activities I wrote. The activities I wrote were events that we already planned, so that works out perfectly! One of the predetermined activity was to watch a Christmas movie. I put that together with string popcorn for garland. Made for a great memory maker type of night!
Truth In The Tinsel
On top of doing our Advent calender activities we are doing a 25 day Bible study that has a craft for every day! It is called Truth In The Tinsel. I am going to quote their website because they said it perfectly! “Each day Truth In The Tinsel will lead you through a passage of scripture, a corresponding ornament craft and talking points for you and your kids. It is more then a devotion– it’s meditation and hands-on learning for kids. It is more then a craft book– it is a memory builder for your family. It is more then an ebook– it is an experience and adventure in God’s word!” I truly don’t think I could have explained it any better! You could just do this as your Advent calender but I decided to do both!
Slow down this Christmas season!
Seeing as homeschool has given us the freedom, that I didn’t know I craved, we are taking the time to spend together throughout the week as a family doing special memory making Advent activities! I hope you do too!
Wishing you a very Happy and Merry Christmas! I hope you take time to study the Word with your family and slow down to enjoy this wonderful season! Your kids are young only once, so go and make those special moments with them that they will cherish for a lifetime!
Here are the links to the great activities I talked about!
Thanks for taking time to read about our journey into homeschooling. Please feel free to share my blog with your friends and family! Also, I would love to learn from you and how you homeschool. Please leave a comment below. Have a Blessed Christmas season!