We have just set up our Christmas tree. I can’t believe it but in a few weeks, Christmas will be here! What a wonderful way to welcome this season though an in-depth study of Christmas from Homeschool Legacy.
The Once-a-Week Unit Study Christmas Comes to America is biblically centered. The main source of the Christmas story is the Bible though throughout the weeks, you will be taught how Christmas traditions have originally started in different countries, the customs, symbols and traditions of the Christmas season.
To make this unit study more interesting, they have provided a list of books you can read while doing the lessons. There is also a list of videos that you can watch during Family movie nights to further enhance the learning experience.
The lessons also incorporate ways for the Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls to earn their badges while doing this unit study. The material is good for the entire family and is best suited for grades 2-12. You will receive the material in PDF format so you can read the material in any mobile device or through your computer.
The lessons are divided into 4 weeks. Week 1 tackles The Dutch. The proposed schedule is that the children do independent reading daily while the family meets once a week to discuss the devotional. Then as suggested, children are encouraged to research the history of one tradition per day throughout the month. The origin of “Santa Claus” according to the Dutch was also disclosed. There are some activities for language and then cocoa-making for life skills. This was probably the favorite of our family! At the end of the week, you are encourage to watch a classic Christmas movie.
Week 2 is all about The English. It begins with individual reading daily and the family meets to discuss the devotional. The English discusses the origin of St. Nicolas and the tradition of singing Christmas carols. The making of Christmas cards is discussed and encouraged at the end of the lesson as well.
Week 3 focuses on The German. Ever wondered what “Christkindl” meant and what it stands for? This lesson would help your family understand that. It also features many of the symbols associated with Christmas like the trees, ornaments, tree lights, advent wreaths and the stockings.
Week 4 features The American Christmas.
It includes the same activities as with the other weeks and at the end, you will be encouraged to create an after Christmas tree for the birds. Definitely, an activity that the children will love!
If you are interested to learn more about the the history and diversity of the U.S., you may check out the Once-a-Week Micro-Studies: Many Nations . This study would let you know more about the different Nations of Native Americans in the U.S.
This downloadable product only costs $14.00.
If you are looking for a unit study with no frills on Christmas and one that is easy to implement, then you should go ahead and purchase this unit study. The activities listed are definitely going to make Christmas more memorable for the entire family and make each one appreciate all the Christmas traditions that they have been doing all these years.
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