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I was sitting here thinking the other day and realized that Christmas is right around the corner! Have you decided what you are going to teach your children in the advent season? I recently found out about a new study on the way people celebrate Christmas all around the world! This exciting unit study includes 29 countries plus a lesson on Christmas Carols. Each lesson includes info and details on each country PLUS extra history, reading, geography, art, writing prompts, coloring pages, and other worksheets (like math and crosswords) about the country! There is a short list of extra books which you may wish to use in each lesson, as well. Each country includes a fill in the blank section to help kids remember fun facts about each country – and several of the lessons include recipes and other information about what the people plan to eat for their Christmas dinners.
I’m excited about this new study! We have 6 little ones – 4 of whom are the right age to participate in this Christmas Unity Study. I plan to start it with our kids next week! Although we do follow a formal history curriculum, I think for the next 6 weeks it would be fun to take a short break and study in depth these countries. The lessons are so in depth that I don’t feel that taking a “break” will result in our kids falling behind. This is a new spin on the traditional unit study – but it is so much more! It can help your kids see why YOU celebrate the way you do, too!
Are you ready to start a new tradition? As I read through the lesson plans and everything that is included in this amazing study – I got the overwhelming sense that this might just be the start of a new Christmas tradition in our house. In fact, I truly believe that we will take off the months of November & December from our typical work and focus our content subjects on the holiday season. Studying why we celebrate the way we do is an important part of understanding any special day. So many times we just accept that we do things the way our parents and did and they did things the way their parents did – but I love to compare and contrast the different countries and to dive in deeper – to see where the different traditions began. Share in the music, the culture, the baking, and the traditions – while you focus on what unites us all, the birth of Christ.
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