Homeschooling Through the Holidays: Thanksgiving Week

Are you homeschooling through the holidays this year? If you’re in the U.S., you may be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. Many students from homeschoolers to public school students are preparing for the holiday break this week. I planned for our holiday break in advance and hoped to take the full week off from school. But since we got a little behind with a few lessons, I decided to have a very light week of school. This will help us get back on schedule when we start our full week of school after Thanksgiving.

We’re also having family visit for the week of Thanksgiving. So I definitely don’t want to spend everyday on school. Family time is important and I want everyone to have a joyous holiday. To prepare for our holiday break, I created a weekly plan. Here’s our school schedule for Thanksgiving Week:

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Homeschooling through the holidays with my teens.

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Elijah and Michala

I planned for our Thanksgiving break to be November 21 to November 27. But as I mentioned above, we got a little behind. I have planned for the teens to have one day of school at the library. Since we will have family visiting us for Thanksgiving week, the teens and I agreed the library will be a great place for them to focus on their assignments. They will have less distractions, and it will be quiet so they can concentrate on their work.

  • Elijah: two math lessons and a math quiz
  • Michala: two science lessons and a science writing assignment
  • English/Language Arts: Both teens will continue reading their novels during the week for their literature studies.
  • Home Economics: both teens will make one side dish or dessert on Wednesday for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Field Trips: Thanksgiving Parade
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Elijah, Zechariah, and Zhen at the pumpkin patch.

Homeschooling through the holidays with my toddlers.

As for my little ones Zhen and Zechariah, I plan on also doing light school with them. We just started a new preschool routine a few weeks ago. So I don’t want to break their routine too much. It will also be helpful to keep school light since Zhen and Zechariah do not understand the meaning of school breaks yet. Here’s what we’re going to focus on during Thanksgiving week:

  • Calendar Time: routine calendar songs and talk about what is today’s date (I have a song list of our routine calendar songs. The songs include a dance and they love it!)
  • Weather  Time: routine weather songs and talk about what’s the weather today
  • Art: fun, Thanksgiving-themed arts and crafts
  • Home Economics: I bought Troll (the movie) cookie dough for Zhen and Zechariah to make cookies. They’re going to love it! They always love helping with cooking.
  • Field Trips: Library Day and Thanksgiving Parade

As you can see, our school schedule for the week is a mix of academic lessons and fun activities. I think that is the big key for homeschooling through the holidays. You don’t want to overwhelm your kids with too much school. Adding a few lessons with the fun stuff will give the kids a chance to still enjoy their holiday.

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Are you homeschooling through the holidays this year?



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  1. nicole

    November 22, 2016 at 09:27

    Yay for Thanksgiving week! Love the ideas for the teens and the photo of yours!

  2. Mary Barham

    November 22, 2016 at 15:02

    I’ve always thought about homeschooling… how old are your toddlers? Mine are 1 and 2 1/2…. what do you do as far as the weather goes? I want to teach my kids more!

    1. Jennifer

      November 22, 2016 at 21:53

      Hi, Mary! My teens are 16 and 14, while my toddlers are 4 and 17 months. If you by weather you mean how do I teach the weather, this is what I do: I bought a weather chart at Dollar Tree and taped it to the wall in our preschool room. I have two songs saved on YouTube. First, I have my 4 year old look out the window or go out on the porch and then she tells me the weather. She finds the card for “today’s weather” and puts it up on the board. Then we play the two weather songs and sing and dance to it. It takes us about 10 minutes to complete the activity. She is starting to understand the differences between weather. If you have any other questions, just let me know! 🙂

  3. Shi hui

    November 22, 2016 at 15:13

    I always wondered how home schooling works. I guess lots of discipline (which I don’t have) is needed for both the child and the parent.

    Shi Hui

  4. Natasha

    November 23, 2016 at 17:41

    Awesome, I love the planned out ‘lite’ week! We did school Monday and Tuesday and are taking the rest of the week off. Your schedule looks great!

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