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Day 270: Homeschool “light”

“Are you going to give your kids a break over the holidays?”

I’ve been getting that question a lot since December started. The answer is, “I’m not sure.”

I’m leaning towards giving them a week’s vacation, but no more than that, for a few reasons:

  1. They’re doing maybe five hours of school most days. They’re not overworked or exhausted by any means.
  2. If they did have a vacation, they’d still be hanging around at home because COVID. They might as well work straight through so that when COVID restrictions lift, we can go out and actually do stuff.
  3. Our days work so much better with the structure we’ve created for our homeschool days.

On the other hand, I’m sure they’d appreciate a more relaxed couple of weeks. That’s why I’ve decided we’ll be doing “homeschool light”, in honour of Chanukah. Here’s the lesson plan:

Language Arts
The kids haven’t finished their writing project yet, so they’ll be working on the layout and final editing for that. The rest of our Language Arts time will be spent playing Scrabble, Bananagrams, and Dixit.

Literature
I’ll be introducing the kids to some of the great classics this week… in movie form. We’ll start with A Muppet Christmas Carol (it’s faithful to the storyline and it’s got Muppets!) and then follow with Gulliver’s Travels.

Social Studies
We’ll cover geography by playing Ticket to Ride, the board game where you’re in a race to build train tracks all over Europe. Maybe if the kids like it I’ll try to print off the fan-generated Canada version. For current events we’ll play Pandemic, working as a team to discover vaccines before the viruses take over. Then, for history, we’ll play Agricola to learn more about how peasant farmers in sixteenth-century Europe lived (hint: you really have to plan ahead if you want to be able to feed your family come harvest time!)

Science
Somewhere on my hard drive there’s a document called “Donut Science.” Given that doughnuts are the official food of Chanukah, it’s probably time to print that one out and read it with the kids.

Health Class
This one’s easy. Early bedtime for everyone!

This is a pretty low-prep kind of school week, but I feel like I should do a dry run for health class. G’night!

(and Happy Chanukah!)

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