Are you planning to travel this holiday season? Wondering how you’ll swing homeschooling and holiday travel at the same time? Not to worry, it’s totally possible to keep the learning going and embrace the joy and whimsy of the holiday season too.
I’m excited to share how we slow down, enjoy Christmas, and keep homeschooling right through the holidays. These tips and tricks for holiday homeschooling and travel are perfect whether you’re on the go or staying at home for Christmas this year. Keep reading to discover my favorite books, games, and easy holiday resources for your homeschool family this year.
Homeschooling Through The Holidays
Homeschooling through the holidays looks a lot different here at The Waldock Way. At this time of year, we want to slow down and spend more quality time together making holiday memories than focusing on our homeschool checklist. Plus, there’s a lot more going on!
If your holidays look like ours, you might be looking for a more relaxed approach to homeschooling that works better during a season filled with activity, excitement, and travel too. Fortunately, It’s totally possible to pull off holiday travel and homeschooling at the same time while still enjoying the season! Keep reading to discover my favorite tips and tricks to help you make it happen.
Holiday Travel and Homeschooling: Tips and Tricks
The holidays are a little bit different when you’re homeschooling. For starters, you won’t need to worry about that pesky school schedule or planning your holiday travel around school breaks. You’ll have the flexibility of homeschooling to take breaks when you need them and school on the go.
This is definitely a season for project-based learning, gameschooling, and learning on the go in our homeschool. You can learn more about what works for us during holiday travel and get my favorite tips for homeschooling during the holiday season below.
My first tip for homeschooling through the holidays sounds simple, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a big part of how I stay sane during a crazy holiday season and keep learning going too.
So what’s the number one thing to do if you want to homeschool through the holidays successfully? Slow down and enjoy it. We adopt a slower pace, spending more time reading on the couch with hot cocoa and blankets than at the table with pencil and paper.
The holidays are a great time to carve out space for connection with one another and some great books too. There are so many beautiful Christmas books you can share together to make memories and continue learning through the holidays! Check out more of our favorite books for Christmas Fun in Your Homeschool to get started.
We love family games! Playing games together is such a fun way to make family memories over the holidays! Plus, it’s a great way to teach kids all kinds of important skills like critical thinking, strategy, problem-solving, and loads of academic concepts too.
If you’re not sure where to begin, check out my Guide to Gameschooling for tips on how to get started learning by playing games together in your homeschool. Then, don’t miss my holiday game list for fun games you can play together with your kids this year. Here are some of our favorite stocking-sized games you can play while you travel this Christmas.
My next tip for successfully embracing holiday travel and homeschooling is to enjoy traditions. Participating in traditions is an important part of the holiday season, but it can become an aspect of celebrating that we start to dread. This year, embrace the beauty of traditions and make time for them when you can.
Slow down and make the cookies, go see the Christmas lights, and make time to enjoy the things about the holidays you truly love. Over the years, we’ve created some new traditions that fit our homeschool family best. We like to talk about the history behind our traditions to make it more meaningful for our family.
Does your family have a special Christmas recipe or tradition? Share the why behind it with your children and enjoy taking part in the tradition again this year. They’ll be learning and building connections with real-world experiences that will last a lifetime.
Project Based Learning
Christmas projects are another super fun way to enjoy the season this year and get kids in on the fun while continuing your homeschool lessons. Check out my Project Based Homeschool Math for Christmas activity for a fun way to get the kids involved in shopping for the holidays, learning about money management, and helping with Christmas prep this year.
Holiday Unit Studies
It’s no secret that we love unit studies here at The Waldock Way! One reason holiday unit studies work so well when you’re traveling is that they can go with you. Check out my complete holiday unit studies for fun ways to incorporate interest-led lessons about history, geography, science, art, music, and more with your holiday traditions this year.
Resources To Help You Homeschool Through The Holidays
There are so many great resources here at The Waldock Way to help you as you homeschool through the holidays this year. Don’t miss out on some of these fun ideas for enjoying the season and learning together as a family this December.
- Our 2020 Christmas Themed Morning Basket
- Christmas Writing in Your Homeschool
- Printable Christmas Mini Fun Pack
- Our Christmas School Traditions
- Ultimate Gift Guide for Homeschooling Families
What’s your favorite trick for homeschooling through the holidays while traveling? Tell me all about it in the comments. I can’t wait to read all your great ideas for holiday travel and homeschooling through Christmas!