Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas School

I know we've done bits of school since the 18th, but sadly I can't for the life of me remember what we did! Sad I know. This is why I'm keeping this blog!

Tomorrow is December 1st so I'll be starting "Christmas School." This was something new I started last year after seeing it around the WWW & I'm going to continue with it this year.

We were all pretty ill around here this weekend & we also lost power most of Saturday so I'm scrambling today to put things together. So far this is what we'll be doing....

**Teaching Mom's Advent Calendar - I just noticed that this is still set up for last year (2008) in which Advent began on Sunday, November 30th. This year it began on Sunday, November 29th. I'm planning to just follow the dates rather than the days of the week. This puts everything together nicely with some fun stuff thrown in.

**Jesse Tree Devotional - using Ann Voskamp's The Glorious Coming ebook. I've been eying this book for a bit & was able to find it a few weeks ago on sale for only $5. I had some money sitting in my paypal account so I snagged it. I'm glad I did! I also have a book that I have used in the past. There are also many free ones on the 'net. Just search out "Jesse Tree Devotional." Here's one and here's another one.

**We'll be reading through Jotham's Journey as well. It's been at least a couple years since we've done this. Each day has a reading (so we'll need to get caught up since we'll be starting late) and all end on a "oh no" moment.

The boys will also continue with these basics throughout the month:
  • AWANA verses
  • MUS
  • Spelling
  • Writing Journal
  • Independent Reading
  • Anything we need to be reviewing for the TOS Crew
Plus we'll be adding in some fun things (I hope they see them as fun!)

**A Hands Of a Child Lapbook called the 12 Days of Christmas. This was a free download I received at one time or another. Only N8 will probably be doing this unless I can convince B13 that it's fun. When I asked them tonight who wanted to do a lapbook only N8 spoke up.

**Christmas crafts and activities as added on a daily basis. I also have a bunch of fun stuff printed off from ABCTeach. They have a ton of fun printables so be sure to check them out. Even if you are not a member, they have a lot of free ones.

I've even reverted back to my checklist from last year. Click here to see a Google Document of it. (I checked the link & it works, but the formatting is wrong. I have it set up in two columns & this didn't do that, but you'll still be able to see what I do for a checklist.)

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