I can’t believe that it’s that time of the year again!
And yes, I haven’t been around here much lately. This year has been crazy busy for me, or maybe it was just all in my head. I’m not sure. Anyways, maybe I’ll write about it later on. But today I want to talk about what my kids want for Christmas. And yes, it was influenced, a LOT, by me! Lol! Part of it is because we are a homeschooling family, and another is because we don’t have cable in our home. So our kids need a little bit of guidance, suggestions, or ideas (I like the first one!) about what to ask Santa for Christmas (wink).
Last year, I wrote a letter from Santa to give to our kids because playing Santa is starting to get a little bit overwhelming. My first son has acquired quite an expensive taste (I wonder who’s to blame for that! lol!). He is 9 but still very much believe in Santa. One day he said to me, Mom, you don’t have to worry about spending so much money for Christmas because I’m asking Santa to get this for me. Then proceeded to show me some expensive toy he found online. Hence, the need for a letter from Santa. It was a bit cheesy but it did the trick. You can read it here.
So this year, they understood how things work with Santa and his elves (grins). Yup! So, let me show you below what’s on our Kids’ Christmas Wish Lists this year. Heads up though, we don’t have a problem buying our kids something a bit pricey as long as it’s something we know they will use for sure.
In making the lists of gifts to choose from, I like to keep in mind the following:
- Something educational
- Something to read
- Something they can use
- Something they like
However, throughout the year, I have been slowly purging things around our house that doesn’t serve us purpose any longer. And I have been encouraging my kids as well to learn to part with their toys that they don’t play with anymore. And they’ve done an amazing job already!
So when I was deciding about what to get them for Christmas, I don’t necessarily want to bring back more of what we’ve gotten rid of already, meaning, toys! Toys that they might play with for a day or two and then be done with it. It has to be something they are really interested in and can see them using for quite a while.
The lists I came up with reflect their current interests and these are mostly for boys 10 and below. Although some are for a bit older ones. So if you have a boy who loves video games (who doesn’t?), loves building and creating structures, into Astronomy or loves Science, you might find something interesting for him down below.
Okay, let’s get to it!
These are the things that they picked and on their list for Santa. They get to pick their best 3 and number them 1 to 3. From their most favorite to the least favorite. These are by no means in any order below.
What’s on our Kids’ Christmas Wish Lists: For boys 10 and below.
- Thames & Kosmos Code Gamer Coding Workshop and Game
- Thames & Kosmos Robotics: Smart Machines Science Kit
- Thames & Kosmos Biology Tk2 Scope
- Thames & Kosmos Elements of Science Kit
- Thames & Kosmos Geckobot Wall Climbing Robot
- Thames & Kosmos Gyrobot
But here are some of the other things that I included in their lists to choose from. And all of these things are from Thames and Kosmos which can be purchased through Amazon.ca.
- Ultralight Airplanes
- TK1 Telescope and Astronomy Kit
- Structural Engineering
- Stepping Into Science
- Space Farm
- Solar Power
- Science or Magic
- Remote Control Machines Space Explorers
- Robot Engineer
- Optical Science
- Mechanical Engineering Robotic Arms
- Chemistry Set
- Intro to Engineering
- Giant Mars Volcano
- Eco-Battery Vehicles
What’s NOT on their lists but they are getting as Christmas presents and a few stocking stuffer ideas:
- Origami Extravaganza
- Origami for Beginners
- 40 Color Origami – 120 Sheets
- DK Workbooks: Coding with Scratch Workbook
- DK Workbooks: Coding in Scratch: Games Workbook
- DK Workbooks: Coding in Scratch: Projects Workbook
- Hardy Boys: Scavenger Hunt Heist
- Hardy Boys: A Skateboard Cat-astrophe
- Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #1: The Kingdom of Fantasy
- Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #2: The Quest for Paradise
- Jelly Belly Beanboozled Jelly Beans Spinner Gift Box
- Toy Wooden Pick up Sticks Retro Traditional Game
- NPW Get Emojinal Page Markers, 10-Count
- Sea-junop Mini Flexible Adjustable Bright LED Clip on Book Reading Creative Light
What’s on our Toddler’s Christmas Gift List and stocking stuffer ideas:
She didn’t really pick any of these, I did! Well, she is 2! Of course, my picks are based on her interests as well. And something that will encourage creativity, early learning development, use of her imagination and something I know she will enjoy.
- Step2 Midtown Modern Wood Kitchen Playset
- Kids Tablet
- Girls Pop Snap Lock Beads
- Little Scholastic: Old Macdonald: Hand Puppet Board Book
- Melissa & Doug Puffy Sticker Activity Book: Santa’s Workshop – 52 Reusable Stickers
- Melissa & Doug Scissor Skills Activity Book With Pair of Child-Safe Scissors (20 Pages)
There you have it! I hope you find it useful.
Have you noticed the theme of the lists yet? This brings me to how our homeschooling is going on so far this year.
Quick Homeschool Update
I’d like to give you a quick update on our homeschooling since that’s the whole reason for why I made the kids’ lists as they are.
In the beginning of our homeschool year, I talked about switching us into using Unit Studies so we could focus on each kid’s interests. But as it turns out, the Unschooling method maybe the one that actually suit our needs. In short, that’s where we are. Letting our kids pick and learn what their hearts tell them to. It’s a bit informal but the freedom that you get with it gives you the more relaxed homeschooling atmosphere. Which so far, is liberating and enjoyable for me, as the teacher, and the kids because the pressure is off.
Also because we are following a more relaxed homeschooling method, we don’t necessarily need to have a specific homeschool hours. Instead, we have the whole day to do anything we feel up to that day. However, we do require the kids to do these 3 main things before the end of the day:
- Read aloud and quietly
- Math – We will continue to use Math U See
- Writing through journaling
The rest is up to the kids to decide what to do. They may play video games, or watch an educational video, practice typing, create something with legos or our Remote Control Machines set by Thames and Kosmos; learn a new language through Rosetta; research about constellation or outer space; read a favorite book; do arts and crafts; perform science experiments or play some more video games (Lol)!
Like I said, the lists I made for the kids above reflect what they are interested in right now. Mr. M (4th grade) is interested to learn about stars. While Mr. S (1st grade) is into building stuff with our Remote Control Machines set by Thames and Kosmos and is into Origami so much lately.
Also, I continue to make sensory bins for our toddler, and set her up with her own tot trays to explore and play with each day.
However, with us doing some sort of informal homeschooling, I won’t be doing any lesson plans. But, I still would like to be able to tell whether we are learning anything. So we asked them to write down in a journal before they go to bed each night about what they learned that day, hence the # 3 requirement. Mr. M does his own journal while I help Mr. S with his. So far, it’s been going well for us.
And that’s it in a nutshell! That should give you an idea about what we’re up to these days. But I promise you, that I will write a more detailed update about our homeschooling this year, complete with a list of resources that we’ve been using soon! So stay tuned for it!
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