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    Egads! It's the end of November--how did THAT happen?!?

    So the holidays--whatever you celebrate--are coming. Do you incorporate them into your lessons? If so, how? Or do you take a nice, L O N G break at this time of year to keep stress levels down?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (20), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    We just got back home from a looong trip to DC-Virginia. The trip was intense with all of the historic places to see, all of the friends and relatives to visit, and the insane amount of driving required to accomplish both. We will take a couple of days to recover, adjust back to Pacific time, and finish laundering and unpacking. Then, on Dec 1st, we are (hopefully) back to the normal flow of our homeschool.

    We do not celebrate anything in December in any significant way. We will decorate the tree - the kids started a collection of horse/cat/chicken-related tree decorations - but that is it. Otherwise, we plan to go full speed until the end of February, and then we will break for a 'birthday week' and our next trip. I call December-February our second homeschooling semester (September-November being the first).

    I know it is completely the opposite of what most HSers are doing, which is taking a break in December, but isn't it a beauty of HSing to do whatever suits you and your family. I wonder if anyone else is plowing through December full speed like us.?
    mom to 3 girls: DD9, DD8, DD5

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    We celebrate the winter holidays, but they are not a really big deal for us. Now that the kids are older, we don't do any of the cute social studies activities for the holidays (no more turkey hand prints).

    We do take off the week between Christmas and New Year because DH has the holidays off. We are also planning to take the week after the New Year off, the school kids will be back in session so we can enjoy a few empty no-educational-goal museum days. I'll use the break to plan our second semester as well as tackle the usual household upkeep stuff, car stuff, and dentist appointment type of things. I'll also squeeze in a few days of nothing. It will be a bit of a working break, but I'm looking forward to the change of pace the break will bring.
    Rebecca
    DS 12, DD 10
    Year 6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oksana View Post
    I know it is completely the opposite of what most HSers are doing, which is taking a break in December, but isn't it a beauty of HSing to do whatever suits you and your family. I wonder if anyone else is plowing through December full speed like us.?
    We usually continued through this season when we homeschooled. However, I typically changed things up a bit and we did more projects, field trips, etc than normal.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (20), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Well its heading into our summer here. Main break for school (about 6 weeks). Many work places get an extended period off over Christmas/NYs as well. So we will have a decent break. Mainly because there are a lot of summer activities (swimming, dance, horse riding camp etc.) on that I like to enroll DD in to get some group time and I get a break from her for extended periods of time. She is generally quite a highly intense person to be around, full on (both in exuberance/excitement and frustration/anger), and demanding. So, I need a break from her for sanity as I am an introvert and some days I get into bed just feeling drained from spending all day with her. Also, the weather is good enough to go camping and enjoy being outside.

    As for Christmas. On the one side we have a very Catholic family who are very into all the going to church and intense family gatherings. On the other, not religious, but just love buying, gifting, decorating, and preparing and eating the food. Personally, I would love to just go away camping or hiking somewhere and not do Christmas at all, but that is not happening. We don't do any crafts. Last year I did a unit study with DD about the origins of different Christmas traditions and summer solstice, since that is what time of year it is for us.

    We are have a fantastic stretch of sunny and warm weather here. I am sure its not so great for the farmers, as stuff is starting to dry out pretty quickly. I got to canter properly in my riding lesson yesterday, so that was fun. It was on the lunge and I got my reins taken off me, so I did not do much at all but sit there. The horse even responds to voice commands, so all the instructor had to do was say 'canter' and he did. It was a bit of a non-event, which is great because I had some not so great experiences with cantering prior to this. My 4th lesson ever, with a different instructor who went too fast, she tried to get me to canter, and I ended up falling off. Then around my 12th lesson, I cantered by accident when I was mid rising trot, and did not fall off but felt like a rather unbalanced sack of potatoes. And on another lesson not long after that, I was trotting on the lunge and the horse decided to canter and give a little buck and I ended up over her neck. So, in my head, canter had become this thing that I thought I could not do. However, yesterday I was totally not worried about it at all. I was more like "thank goodness for a break from rising trot" as my legs were getting rather tired.

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    I absolutely adore Christmas, not the religious aspects, but all the full-on pagan ones. The tree, the lights, the baking - it just brings me joy. So we do a lot of just enjoying our rituals of the season: sitting by the fire, reading all our favorite Christmas books, playing with the trains, watching all the Christmas shows. I was raised in a very chaotic family and I started a lot of the traditions that we had around Christmas, so I guess I just enjoy continuing them with my family. Yesterday was my birthday and my children did a full dinner and dessert, cooked by them including homemade gifts. It was a delight.
    Beth
    DS14 with ASD, DD11 and DS8

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