It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
December is quickly approaching and that means the holiday season is in full force. Although this is our first time homeschooling during the holidays, I can already tell it’s going to be an insanely magical month.
Before I start spoiling the rest of this post, let’s dive right into our December homeschool lesson plan!
December Weekly Themes
It was really hard to choose weekly themes for my December homeschool lesson plan because I selfishly wanted to do exclusively Yule things. We will probably still do a whole bunch of Yule crafts and baking, BUT I want to make sure my kids are getting a well-rounded education.
With that being said, I have decided on four themes to accompany the four weeks in the month of December. Starting in order from week one, our themes will be Pearl Harbor remembrance, Arctic animals, Winter solstice/Yule, and holidays around the world.
Okay, so I guess half of our December lesson plan IS going to be holiday related. I figure by learning about the different celebrations taking place around the world, we will get more into cultural diversity than just honoring our own religious celebrations.
Thematic Weekly Activities
As you know by now, I am a pretty huge fan of thematic activities. I think presenting these subjects to your kids in a fun manner makes learning interesting and easier for them to stay fully engaged.
To make life easier, I created this Pinterest board with activities pertaining to our December lesson plan themes. I chose a range of free and paid activities so you can pick and choose what serves you best.
The activity that I am most pumped about this month is this Winter Holidays Around The World pack by The Core Coaches. It costs $5 on TpT (which is insanely generously priced) and is real freakin deal y’all.
For each holiday they have a reading unit, writing unit, craft, and so much more! It’s definitely worth checking out if you are interested in teaching your littles about the various holidays.
Weekly Crafts And STEAM Activities
Also included in the aforementioned Pinterest board are the weekly crafts and STEAM activities we’ll be doing for each theme. I will list them out for you here and you can pick and choose which projects best suit your family.
The first week of the month is Pearl Harbor remembrance. Our craft this week will be to create paper sailor caps and decorate them to honor the ships that sunk during the attacks. For the STEAM portion, we will be observing the physics of implosion with this awesome soda can experiment.
Week two is all about arctic animals. I haven’t officially decided which craft we will be doing yet, but it will involve making polar bears and/or penguins out of toilet paper rolls. Our STEAM activity will be engineering animal shelters out of marshmallows, toothpicks, and of course, sprinkles.
Moving on to Winter Solstice and Yule. This is usually the time of year we go HARD on crafting so we’ll probably do a gazillion projects in addition to our regular December lesson plan. Our most involved craft this week will be creating our family Yule log. For our STEAM activity, we will be re-creating this insanely cool crystal snowflake by Little Bins For Little Hands.
Finally, we have our holidays around the world week. We will be doing all of the crafts in the TpT curriculum I mentioned before. I think the most “STEAM” we will do this week is baking like crazy and some holiday themed Minute To Win It games. We’ll probably have a very relaxed week though because I want to give the kids a little break before the New Year.
Books To Compliment Our December Lesson Plan
On to the best part of these posts: book recommendations. If you have been following along for more than just this December lesson plan, you know we usually read 2 to 4 books per week that pertain to our theme.
Week one is a bit of a unique experience for us in that my husband works at Pearl Harbor. We did rent a few books from the library, but they are mostly pictures. We will take the books with us as we drive all over base and check out the actual places these photos were taken as well as read any signs that have been put up.
Week two is all about Arctic animals. I will have a separate post coming up about tons of Arctic animal books, but for now I’ll fill you in on a few of my faves. For Pre-K, we will be reading Cold, Colder, Coldest: Animals That Adapt To Cold Weather by Michael Dahl. For First Grade, we will be reading A Polar Bears World by Caroline Arnold.
Week three was a bit tricky because I couldn’t find many books on Winter Solstice at the library. We will be reviewing some of our earlier lessons on seasons and the Earth’s tilt. Most of the books for this week, however, will be about the holidays around the world.
I was able to snag a few really educational books on Hanukkah, Diwali, and Kwanzaa by Trudi Strain Trueit. We will also be reading a tooooon of Christmas related books this week and for week four. The ones I am most pumped for is Shrek The Halls and Samurai Santa.
That Wraps Up Our December Homeschool Lesson Plan!
I hope you find these posts informative and inspirational. My goal is to help make homeschooling easier for everyone whether you are also brand new to it or a seasoned homeschool veteran.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any favorite December themes that I did not mention in this post. You know by now I love themes so I’m always down for new ideas.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I hope you have a wonderful time teaching your kids about all the holiday stuff your heart can handle and have a very blessed holiday season! I’ll be back really soon with more excellent content. Peace out homies!!