Thanksgiving has come and gone for another year, and the holiday countdowns begin. Since kids tend to be distracted this time of year, why not use something as basic as a page out of a calendar to open up days, weeks, and years of learning opportunities. Find a free calendar page for December 2015 from Making Learning Fun. Print the calendar page from the site, and get ready to learn.
This simple sheet of paper offers a chance to practice number writing skills, which tackles handwriting and math all in a few motions of a pencil. Trace and learn all at once, or space out the skills by tracing one number as each new day arrives. Use colorful markers or crayons to add a Christmas or Hanukkah touch. Use the calendar to emphasize special days for religious studies. Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 6 this year, and St. Nicholas Day is also December 6. Celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah, or the Advent season that will take up to 25 days’ worth of learning.
Enhance your classroom with the sounds of music by circling the December days that celebrate the tunes. Learn what day in this wintry month is set aside to remember violin music. Play some classics to listen to, or have your children pull out their own violin and play. Don’t forget to go caroling on December 20 which is the day set aside for this door-to-door chorus event.
Emphasize historic days of December that changed America. Pearl Harbor Day is December 7, and Bill of Rights Day is on December 15. Take each day to learn details and to remember, but don’t foget to also enjoy some silly December holidays while you’re at it. These unusual specialty days are a fantastic way to get kids interested in learning.
In addition to the religious holidays in December, there is one final holiday at the end of the month – New Years Eve. Use this day to discuss plans for the new year. This makes a great writing prompt for any level of writer. Talk about your hopes and dreams, and take some time out to revamp and reassess lesson plans to determine whether the curriculum you have been using all year is working or if it’s time to switch it up.
Find special and unusual things to celebrate in December at holidaysinsights.com. Discover when Wear Brown Shoes Day is, or when to have fun in the tub. Discover what December day is officially set aside for baking cookies. Don’t miss Ice Cream Day, Oatmeal Muffin Day, Cotton Candy Day or National Chocolate Day.
There is so much learning that starts with a piece of paper and a free calendar page. If your homeschool is on holiday during the month of December, grab the calendar freebie page anyway. Chances are your kids will have at least one bored moment when you can hand them the page and give them a fun activity. If not, just put it on your wall so you know what day it is.