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.