Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Blending Holidays and Homeschooling.

It's the mid of December and we are finding our schedules interrupted seven ways from Sunday. One thing you can be certain of is that a first grade child may not be a slave to his or her schedule, but they still like to have some sort of knowledge of what to expect as to what will be happening on a daily basis, and take comfort in that. A crazy holiday schedule can certainly knock that for a loop.

This week I talked with Dawn, who's little girl is in a Christmas Ballet with my own little Diva, and is named Cooper. Cooper's a few weeks older than my own Diva and is as cute as a button. As a Homeschooler there is a misconception of homeschooled children not getting the same social interaction that public and private schooled children miss out on the same experiences that their peer group get. That's where a Co-op comes in to play, but it's not the big focus in Dawn's holiday school plans.

“We take three weeks off... and enjoy the holidays right before and after Christmas. “ Dawn finds a less rigid schedule, with plenty of study time geared to the different culture's winter celebrations, is key to working out a winter curriculum for her first grader.

From a mother's standpoint, I can say with authority that things like being a room mom, and bringing the snacks, being there for field trips etc still happen - Dawn and I both helped decorate the hall that our daughters are in for the Christmas Ballet this year. I wouldn't change a thing to be honest - our kiddos are thriving in an education environment that is tailor made to their learning needs.

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