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When it comes to buying Christmas gifts for your homeschool, (and even if you don't homeschool) it’s always best to go with things that will get some use, like books and games. Better yet, gifts that dont get old.
Not only are books and games awesome educational tools, but they can be excellent teachers that never go out of style.
I have used games, movies, and books as the teacher when I was sick or simply not feeling well. Sometimes I used them when we needed a break from our regular routine, a way to switch things up a bit.
(I wish I had not been so stubborn in my homeschooling years about getting all the school work done in a day and turned to games and books more often.)
Another thing that I wish I had done differently when I homeschooled was relax a little more! I wish we had played more games, gone on more field trips, spent more time with read alouds, more hands on learning. Learning doesn't have to be done through textbooks!
In fact your children will most likely remember more of what they did and not the textbook they read.
So, if you want to take my advice and find some unique, yet useful, games and books for your homeschool, keep reading.
I have compiled a huge ist of games by age in this post. The Best Family Board and Card Games
I love books! Reading aloud after lunch was my favorite time of the school day and bed time stories and a devotional was always the best way to end the day.
There are so many books suggestions I can give you, but here are just a few that come to mind. They are all worth keeping.
The Pineapple Story: How to Conquer Anger It is a humorous yet profound illustration of applying a basic Scriptural principle. As you read this first-hand account, you will discover that it is a classic example of the kinds of struggles which each of us faces until we learn and apply the principle of yielding personal rights.
Rump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin (free with Audible trial membership) Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.
Three Times Lucky (Mo & Dale Mysteries) When a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.
Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure (Missy Piggle-Wiggle, 1) Families in town soon realize that like her great-aunt, Missy Piggle-Wiggle has inventive cures for all sorts of childhood (mis)behavior: The Whatever Cure and the Just-a-Minute Cure, for instance. What is a stressed out parent to do? Why, call Missy Piggle-Wiggle, of course! (fun book to read with your kids!)
Llama, Llama Red Pajama This is one of my favorites to read to my grandkids. Although it is written for littles, it is a short fun book for all ages. (Try reading this fast. It is tongue twister. Laugh!
Before you go, I have one very important holiday homeschool tip that I don't want you to miss.
Stop the regular homeschool routine during the holidays
Don't stop learning! But do it differently.
I recently created something just for you to help homeschool families take a break without feeling guilty for doing so.
Legends of Christmas- a family exploration of the season's traditions filled with coloring pages, writing prompts, activities, discussion questions, food fun and Scripture suggestions to help discuss the history of what's addressed as well as raise awareness of how these can relate to Christmas today, especially pointing to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It was designed to be used with kids of all ages. 50 pages of fun and learning.
I'd love to share a sample of it with you! I know you and your kids will love it! (a discount code for the complete set is included!)
A home full of games and books are a must for all families. If you haven't already, add read aloud time to your homeschool routine. Making it a priority to sit down once a week to play as a family is time well spent. It keeps families connected and requires little effort or cost.
Pick up a game today and ask your kids to join you!
One more thing. If you have a teen, please join me over at Homeschooling Teens Successfully Facebook group.
Enjoying the journey,
Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife of 32 years, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children and five adorable grandchildren. Three of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams
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