Happy New Year!
I’m guessing everyone is slowly getting back to their normal routines. And as much as I want our holiday break to keep going, we too have to get back to our norm. (sigh) But new year, brings a lot of new things so that’s something to look forward to!
So here we are back to do a monthly wrap up for you. Though this time, it’s not quite a homeschool wrap up but rather a summary of what we’ve been up to the last month.
To catch you up quickly, we took December off from homeschooling. And that was the first time we’ve done that. It was great though! It surely was a much-needed break for all of us. And though I wish we could have done more holiday fun, our family caught a nasty case of colds and flu. It took the whole family down, one after another. The whole time from the week leading to, during and after Christmas. It was awful!
So there went, the family get-together at Christmas that I was so excited about. It became more of a chore than a relaxing and fun visit with the family. Instead of laughing, dancing & playing board games, we spent the night of Christmas, (me recovering) and our little girl puking her little guts out.
Anyways, amidst all that, we did manage to squeeze in some holiday fun atleast. The baking, the crafting, the watching of Christmas movies and all those fun stuff before we caught the flu and slowed us down.
We were able to take a field trip and go back in time, in early 1900s, at Fort Edmonton Park and joined their Homeschool Christmas Tide program. This program actually was held the last week of November but since it’s a Christmas theme, I’m including it here!
I must say, the kids had lots of fun participating in this program. Ask me how I know that. Not once my boys asked when will it be done! Which was funny because my husband and I were both starving by the time it was finished (talk about being prepared, eh!?)! Well, we know better for next time and there will be next time!
The boys, got to experience baking and cooking in the old style oven. They have seen what an old refrigerator looks like (or more like an ice box), they got to experience living in an old style house being heated up by the wood burning stove (it was amazingly warm). They have seen and learned about a few old tools people used in the past and many more.
We also got to visit the house of the first premiere of Alberta from 1905 – 1910, Alexander Rutherford. In his house, we saw this old style cup gentlemen used to drink tea from so their mustaches don’t get wet and ruined (pretty neat I thought). We also saw a very old craft made by his daughter, you will notice the date on it (even cooler!).
It was such a great experience seeing, doing and learning things from the past. So much that we decided we’re going back and do it again sometime this year!
We also got to do a few baking together. That was learning in a different and fun way for the boys. Something I never really planned, but also something I never would have realized had I not been writing about it. They learned about measuring dry and wet ingredients using different measuring tools. They learned the process and science of baking. They got to decorate their baked goods and of course, they got to eat it too! Fun, fun, fun!
Meanwhile, crafting on the other hand, I’m not always good in following through (sadly). However, when we actually make time and do it, it is so much fun. We didn’t do lots but we got to do a few fun ones, like the hand print ornaments. It turned out so well, that I planned to keep their beautiful creations for years to come and add it to our Christmas tree every year. And every year also, I planned on doing different hand print ornaments with the kids so we can see how much they are growing yearly. I hope to make it into a tradition and keep it going every Christmas season.
We, of course have done a lot of other fun things as well on those days we weren’t sick, but these mainly were the highlights of our December.
How about you? Has your family ever taken a whole month of December off from homeschooling? How did you feel about it? Because I have to be honest here, I was worried we were going to be behind. But when I asked myself, from what and where are we going to be behind of. That’s when I realized, that’s why we’re homeschooling! (wink) Share your experience! I’d love to hear what other families do as well!
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