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Fun and Stress Free Homeschooling Through the Holidays

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

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Thanksgiving, Christmas, the holiday season... Why does homeschooling during this time equal stress for many of us? Why can't homeschooling be fun and stress-free during the holiday season? It took me years, but I did figure out how.

I can do it. Every year I say that I will shop early, make gifts during the summer, plan ahead, and then I can relax, enjoy the season and not be a stressed homeschool mom. Well..... sad to say, I just graduated my youngest from homeschool this last spring and I never shopped early, made gifts ahead of time or planned ahead enough! But I was still able to make homeschool fun and stress-free during my homeschool years. 

The “school” we did during this time was through crafts, cooking, baking, shopping, and reading! And yes, when I could I had to do the homeschool mom thing and add a little math as well.

Because there is so much for a mom to do during this time, I completely stopped formal teaching right before Thanksgiving  There are typically three weeks between the end of the Thanksgiving weekend and a few days before Christmas. During the time I would do a couple of hours of school in the morning at the most. Some years, we just stopped any type of school altogether! And yes, even without doing any school during the month of December some of our homeschool years, my children all graduated from high school, went on to college and are amazing adults!

If this season is also the most difficult and stressful time of year for you, give yourself a break. Try something different. My solution may not be the best for your family. It may be just as stressful. But whatever you do, make sure it is something that is simply easy and enjoyable for the whole family. This is so much better than having a breakdown and crying in the bathroom. (I know from experience!)  Enjoy the season. Learn and laugh with your family


I would love to share my Homeschooling Through The Holidays fun school ideas and two-week suggest plan. It also includes links to many other Christmas learning courses, unit studies, printables, crafts and more. Many of them are free! Click HERE, join my VIP list and get it free!

There's more!

This Christmas season, I wanted to do something to bless and thank you for being part of my online community. I really am thankful for you! As my way of saying thank you, I've come together with several of my homeschool blogger friends to offer an incredible giveaway worth over $1400!* That's right - over $1400 worth of homeschool resources and other goodies! We're working with some of the top homeschool companies around. All you have to do is enter below! Because we want to be a blessing to all of our readers, everyone who enters will receive a digital swag bag full of discounts and resources from several of your favorite homeschool blogs. Enjoy!

It is your responsibility to read the terms and conditions upon entering. Entering the giveaway signs you up for the following newsletters: In All You Do, Life Beyond the Lesson Plan, Heart and Soul Homeschooling, Homeschool on the Range, Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland, Yellow House Book Rental, My Joy-Filled Life, Clarissa R. West, The Multi-Taskin' Mom, Faith & Good Works, The Fervent Mama, Simple Living Creative Learning, Peace Creek on the Prairie, Brookdale House, The Art Kit, Making Room 4 One More, Sound Foundation Homeschool, Beyond the Stick Figure, Many Seasons of Motherhood, Everyday Graces Homeschool, Apologia, All About Learning Press, Sonlight, Media Angels, The Adventurous Mailbox, Homeschooling1Child, BJ's Homeschool, Truthquest History,, Abby Banks, and iWrite Bible. Enter in the form below! Each entry increases your odds of winning, and you're sure to find some new bloggers and companies to follow!

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*The prize package includes the following items:

Apologia - What We Believe Series, worth $125

All About Learning Press - Gift Card for $100

Sonlight - Book package including the following titles: A Christmas Carol, The Gift of the Magi, The Light at Tern Rock, The Family Under the Bridge, The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Year Down Yonder. Package is worth $75.93.

Grapevine Bible Studies - Old Testament Master Teacher Book & Zondervan Compact Bible Dictionary, worth $76

Peace Creek Crafts 'N Designs - $30 eGift Card

MT Designs Boutique - $30 Gift Card

Media Angels, Inc. - Creation Bundle, worth $69

The Adventurous Mailbox - Premium Digital Package, worth $64 - Homeschooling1Child Encouragement Basket, worth $50. In addition, three people will be chosen at random to receive physical, signed copies of all three of Terrie McKee's books.

BJ's Homeschool - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd edition & Gift card to Barnes and Noble worth $18

Everyday Graces Homeschool - The Homeschool Garden Morning Time membership worth $222

TruthQuest History - American History for Young Students III (1865-2000), worth $30

A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks - Choice of Products from Store, worth $50

The Wolfe Pack - Holiday Fact and Fun Packs Bundle, worth $46 - You ARE an Artist Clubhouse annual membership, worth $200

The Fervent Mama - Handwriting Curriculum

Abby Banks - Podcast Launch for Teens, worth $57

Yellow House Book Rental - three Life of Fred Elementary or Intermediate Series math books (5-month rental)

Beyond the Stick Figure - Intro to Drawing Course, worth $45

Sound Foundations Homeschool - Happy Homeschool Secrets, worth $37

The Art Kit - 5 Printables worth $30

In All You Do - Northern European Geography study. worth $40

The Multi Taskin Mom - $30 Shop Credit

iWrite Bible - Old Testament Scripture Writing Devotional, worth $30

In addition, all entrants will receive a Digital Swag Bag at the end of the Giveaway that includes:

Peace Creek on the Prairie - 35% off coupon

All About Learning Press - FREE downloadable reading and spelling activity pack T

he Fervent Mama - 30% off coupon

4 One More - 30% off Podcast Launch for Teens

The Art Kit - 30% off coupon

Life Beyond the Lesson Plan - 30% off coupon

Everyday Graces Homeschool - 10% off coupon

Beyond the Stick Figure - 25% off coupon

In All You Do - 30% off coupon We hope this giveaway is a blessing to you!  

What an AMAZING giveaway that I am blessed to be able to share with you! Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Enjoying the journey,


 Hi! I'm Michelle, 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. I'm a wife of 29 years, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children ranging from 18-26. We are just about to empty the nest. Oh, how time flew! My husband and I are excited to see how the Lord will use us in this new phase of life. I'd love to be friends! Send me an email, or connect with me on social media and tell me about yourself.

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