Homeschooling Journey Weeks 14 and 15

Who is ready for Christmas?  I can’t believe we are only days away and without snow.  “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.”  The past couple of weeks have been pretty busy.  We are trying to stay up with our A Beka learning, but also taking breaks to complete Christmas unit studies and lapbooks.  We will be doing a lot of fun Christmas baking next week and can’t wait!

Last week we included our Christmas countdown in the mix.  It’s a fun one from Target.  Inside each flap is a piece of chocolate with an activity.  The girls seem to be enjoying that.  We also made these retro sand art Christmas trees.  I had left over colored sand that I thought would be fun to put to good use.  I had the girls paint the paper trees with glue in whatever designs they liked.  While they were doing that, I poured different colors of the sand into a cookie sheet.  They just put the trees face down onto the baking sheet and presto!  They turned out really cute and couldn’t resist making more as decorations.  We also painted pinecones as you can see in the beginning of the post and turned them into ornaments.  Still working on a few more, can’t wait to see how they turn out.  They will be part of our Christmas gifts to family and friends.

This week we are wrapping up extra-curricular activities such as dance, gymnastics, Pioneer Girls, Homeschool Connections classes, etc.  Now the girls are just getting ready for their Christmas piano recitals for the 12/21/2012.  Sweet Pea (9) will be playing Carol of the Bells and the Chinese Nutcracker Dance, and Cup Cake (6) will be playing O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Silent Night.  They seem to be coming along pretty well and are ready to perform.  They will be doing a Christmas gift exchange with other piano students so they are really pumped about that too.

What will you and your homeschool be doing over Christmas break?  Will you be schooling here and there or taking a full two to three weeks off?  I am currently undecided, but most likely I will make the girls keep up with math, reading, writing, etc.  I can hear the moans even now, haha.

As you can see, my trend lately is posting every other week.  I will most likely stick with this as my schedule is pretty busy along with other writing/blogging adventures elsewhere.  Stay tuned for my next post just a few days after Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone!