A holiday curriculum can complement a homeschooling program and help children develop a sense of commonality with the world.
However, just coloring hearts, shamrocks, and bunnies can wear thin after a time and doesn't meet the intellectual needs of older students.
Therefore, I've searched for a wide range of materials that will support parents and enrich children's education. As always, comment and share your suggestions to help me make these pages even better.
Since I homeschool as well, my sons need the same sort of enrichment that a holiday curriculum can provide to stay in the learning groove. Plus, as they become older, candy cane coloring pages just don't work anymore.
With that in mind, I researched St. Nicholas and other Christmas traditions around the world. That's why the free Christmas curriculum page is already built.
I didn't really think of making this a regular page until this week. Since there are 23 holidays listed below, not all of the pages are live yet. My next goal is St. Valentine's Day, so check back.
The Olympics are not really a holiday curriculum, but they are a special event. Here is a page that provides many links to Olympics educational materials for your children's enrichment.
The curriculum lessons that your children can learn by watching these young competitors achieve their goals after years of hard work can and will serve as quiet inspiration to help them achieve their goals in life.
The life of Michael Phelps was particular inspiration to my boys since we love swimming, so we made sure to watch as many of the events as possible from London.
I also used this as an opportunity to teach the boys about Mark Spitz's comeback in the 1972 Olympics. People with high goals must strive vigorously to attain them, and the Olympics can help teach this.
Here is another video detailing the history of the Olympics. It's pretty interesting.
Photo by Chris Boles
The majority of these holidays are celebrated throughout the world. By emphasizing worldwide holidays, your children will learn that people share similar bonds.
By studying that New Year's Day is celebrated by eating donuts in Holland, and black-eyed peas and collard greens in the southern United States, children will not only learn about other people, but also geography and history through these holiday adventures.
And one more thing, even though the Fourth of July is America's Independence Day, each country has a similar celebration to mark its freedom from some other nation, so look for opportunities to learn about freedom fighters and revolutionaries from this page.
It's a small world and incorporating a bit of holiday curriculum will teach them this.