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Homeschooling Through the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Would you like to inject a little bit of learning into your holiday festivities? Here’s a great list of free activities that you and your children can enjoy together this holiday season.

10 Free Holiday Activities

ABC Snack: G Is for Gobble, Gobble

This adorable turkey snack from our ABC Snacks series is a perfect way to begin your holiday feast. It will add just the right touch to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu! Try our yummy snack and practice letter G with your little one!

The Polar Bear Pack

Brrr! It’s time to bundle up! Our full-color Polar Bear Pack contains 30 printable pages of delightful reading and spelling activities that are positively popping with polar bears. Download our fun-filled Arctic activity collection for free!

Favorite Picture Books for Christmas

Take time out from the busyness of the season for family read-alouds! Whether it’s the story of a magical journey to the North Pole or a life-changing moment for an ornery camel, you won’t want to miss even one! Download our library list!

Around the World with Holiday Picture Books

The holidays are a special time, and this wonderful collection of picture books celebrates the rich diversity of holiday traditions practiced by people all around the world. Check out a few of our favorites. Download our library list!

Create a Christmas Book Advent Calendar

If you’re looking for an extra special way to incorporate read-aloud time into your holiday festivities this year, why not create your own Christmas Book Advent Calendar. Read our post and download printable advent calendar tags.

Jólabókaflód: A Tradition for Book-Loving Families

Jólabókaflód is a “Christmas Book Flood”! It’s a wonderful Icelandic tradition that you can enjoy this year with your family. Read our blog post and discover eight different ways to bring the love of books into your home this holiday season!

ABC Craft: L Is for Lights

Ready to light up the holidays? Illuminate your child’s love of letters with this festive lowercase letter craft! This cheery string of colorful lights will brighten up any room. And it’s bound to light up your preschooler’s face, too!

Snowman Picture Books

If the snow is piling up in the yard, it’s time to build a snowman! This collection of sweet picture books will inspire you to create some wintertime magic with your children. Download our library list!

Wonderful Picture Books for Winter

Ahh…winter! There’s just so much to love—especially curling up in front of a crackling fire with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a wonderful picture book for winter! And speaking of books, download our Library List and grab a few of our favorites!

ABC Snack: M Is for Marvelous Mittens

When winter arrives and the snow piles up, it’s time to break out the hats, scarves, and mittens! But not ALL mittens are for wearing. These mittens are for eating! Warm up with our yummy snack and practice letter M with your preschooler!

What’s your favorite way to add learning to your holidays celebrations?

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Abby Schiera

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These activities are perfect for all age groups and look really fun. We will definitely be trying some of them out this season.

Shallena

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I love this, I was wondering what I could work on with my kids during the xmas break. These would definitely help!

Jenn F.

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So many cute ideas!

Heather

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Games! We love learning through games.

Robin Kuhl

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Love all these different ideas.

Ashley

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I love the Christmas advent book countdown idea!

Donna

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All of these activities sound great! I especially love the Christmas Book Advent Calendar.

Elizabeth

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Thanks for all the super helpful book recommendations and extension activities!

Jennifer Davis

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Love all these different activities and tips!

Tamara Lowrey

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I love the Advent Book idea and had never heard of Jólabókaflód (how fun)!

Penny

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I like to bake with my kids. We use our imagination to create and decorate and get a little math in with doubling or halfing a recipe.

Faith Shive

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I love fun unique ideas for homeschooling during the holidays as we take a break from regular school work. It I still want them to be learning!

Kristy Wolfgang

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Holiday crafts could be fun to do.

Melissa

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Our son loves to take his AAR readers to Grandma’s house and read to them. They love it! Thank you AAR!!

Shannon

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I will be going to the library list to check out some if the Christmas around the world ideas and book advent is always a winner! Thank you for all the great learning ideas through the holiday season!

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Shannon!

Kelli

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Love these ideas! Thank you!!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Kelli. Glad you like them!

Lauren

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Great tips!

Kelly Weber

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Christmas around the world & advent book calendar!!!

Allie

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Christmas book advent calendars are the best, plus you can rewrap the same books year after year!

Robin E.

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So true, Allie! Part of the fun of the tradition is enjoying the books again each year.

Samantha Mallory

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Like the polar bear pack

Robin E.

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Thanks, Samantha. I’m glad you like it.

McKayla Dippold

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Love the idea of a book advent calendar! Such a fun little idea

Robin E.

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Thanks, McKayla.

Kathy

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We’ve always enjoyed Christmas Around the World studies!

Robin E.

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I hope you enjoy these too, Kathy!

Jessica Green

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We really enjoy the colorful books from around the world. My daughter loves reading to her sister and they love looking through everything.

Robin E.

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I love that your daughter reads to her sister, Jessica! What sweet memories!

Kelli

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Snowmen at night is a favorite of ours!

Jenn

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We’ve done the Christmas book advent calendar for a few years now, and it’s so much fun!

Robin E.

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It’s wonderful to hear that your family has this great tradition, Jenn!

Christi H

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Such great ideas!! Can’t wait for cozy schooling.

Colleen

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Just picked up our holiday book order from the library today! Can’t wait to start reading!

Robin E.

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Enjoy!

Kelly V

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Love these ideas!! Thanks so much!!!

Nancy

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Challenging, but so doable with all the freebie games. Thank you!

Renee Brown

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We love the World of Santa’s Cookies book.