The holy season of Advent can get frantically busy.
With decorating, shopping, baking, and parties, a family’s schedule gets jam-packed in no time. Add homeschooling to the mix, and it’s enough to make a mom burst into tears over a string of twisted Christmas lights.
So what’s a homeschooling family to do?
1) Relax! You can’t possibly do everything that comes your way, so stop trying! (I know that’s advice you hear everywhere, but at this time of the year it’s really, truly important.)
2) Prioritize. Some homeschooling families like to take the month off to focus on Advent activities. We’ve done that in other years, but our children are getting older, subjects are getting more difficult (ask me about algebra 2!), and it’s harder to get back in the groove after a long break. So this year, we’re focusing on the more challenging subjects (for us those are history, Latin, and math), and letting some other things relax a bit by doing them less often. My hope is that the revised schedule will keep our brains sharp but still leave plenty of quiet space for our top priority of Advent:
3) Worship. Our favorite resource for family worship time is called The Advent Book, by Jack and Kathy Stockman. (For purchasing information, see www.adventbook.com) This is a wonderful book, with a different door to open from December 1st until Christmas Day. Inside the doors (each in a different architectural style) are beautiful illustrations and the story of Christmas.
We’ve used the book along with our Advent wreath for ten years now, and our children love to see each new door as it’s opened. They’ve learned much of the Biblical text by heart… Christ’s story is their story.