Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's Holiday Time

December is here. I can’t believe how busy life can get this time of year. I am really struggling to find enough time to sit down and work on our curriculum. I’m actually thinking of declaring this whole month a vacation. Since we do a lot of work during the summer maybe I could get by with that.

A lot of what we are doing is learning related. Baking and shopping are definitely learning experiences. I was shopping a few days ago and saw a little girl hand the clerk her money. Before the clerk could say anything, the father asked the little girl how much change she should get back. It took her a couple of minutes and a little help from the clerk, but she was able to figure out how much change she should get back. What a great real life way to learn.

We are also focusing on some community service projects. One of young friends was in the hospital last year over the holidays being treated for cancer. He and his mother are collecting toys and decorations to take to the hospital this year to other children who are dealing with this horrible disease. We have purchased a few things to take to them. And we are collecting from our friends as well so we can have a few more things to donate to these kids.

Another project that we have been working on this year is to write cards to elderly people in nursing homes who never have visitors. We are sending them to a homeschool magazine who is collecting them to take to a local nursing home.

My son also made a very personal donation this year. He cut his beautiful long hair and sent it to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is an organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer or other diseases. To donate hair, you first braid it and then put rubber bands at both ends before you cut the braid off. My son’s braid was 14 inches long.

What things are you doing during this busy holiday season?

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