Homeschooling in December can be challenging! I find most mothers who do not plan to take most of December lighter or off completely feel burned out and then end up taking some or most of the month off anyway.
Many veteran homeschoolers will tell you that they plan in advance for December to be a great month of cooking, crafting, perhaps doing a lighter rhythm of school with math only or with activities revolving around the holidays.
I think this is a smart idea. So many homeschoolers feel completely burned out by this time of year, and attempting to homeschool on top of all the cleaning, cooking, baking, crafting that goes with the holidays seems to put so many mothers on edge. This is the time of year many mothers start posting on the Waldorf boards that maybe their children really need to go into Unschooling more or that Waldorf homeschooling is not working for them. I doubt that is really what is needed, it just feels like it this time of year! I wrote a series of posts last January about Waldorf and Unschooling, so if you are really curious you can look there, but sometimes I think what we all really need is a break. Our bodies naturally are connected to the inner grace of this time period in the cycle of the year.
The Twelve Holy Nights between Christmas and Epiphany are a welcome time for me to read and dream and plan more than usual. It helps me recharge for the next part of the school year. I hope you will plan to get some time for reading and relaxing yourself!
If you are searching for ideas for December Homeschooling, I suggest the following:
Marsha Johnson has a December block on her Yahoo!Group that encompasses a week of Hannukah studies and activities, a week of the Three Wise Men and a week around the Winter Solstice. You can get this block for free by joining her Waldorf group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many homeschooling families also seem to use these two units from Elizabeth Foss over at Serendipity:
Christmas and Advent Around the World: http://www.elizabethfoss.com/serendipity/2010/11/christmas-and-advent-around-the-world.html
Tomie de Paola Christmas: http://ebeth.typepad.com/reallearning/advent-and-christmas-with.html
What do you all like to do during December in your homeschool?