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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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Elle

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Picture Books are always a big hit in our house!

K Kinsey

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Love the activities and books!

Kinsey

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Love the activities and books!

Kinsey

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Love the activities and Christmas books!

Kinsey

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Love these ideas!

Morgan Androzzi

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We did the book advent calendar one year and it was so much fun!

Denise L

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Love the ideas. Thanks!

Denise L

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We have collected so many xmas books throuhout the years that I put them away and pull them out and we read 2 a day leading up to Christmas. They look forward to reading the books year after year.

Denise L

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We have collected so many Christmas books throuhout the years that I put them away and pull them out and we read 2 a day leading up to Christmas. Some years they are wrapped others like this year they get to pick what we read. But they look forward to reading the books year after year.

Denise Love

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We have collected so many Christmas books throuhout the years that I put them away and pull them out and we read 2 a day leading up to Christmas. Some years they are wrapped others like this year they get to pick what we read. But they look forward to reading the books year after year.

Dena M

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Thank you for these ideas.

Eveen

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I can’t wait to try the mitten activity

Eveen

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I can’t wait to try the mitten activity!

Tracey L Tate

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I love these ideas. Thank you for sharing them

Bree Elam

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Cute ideas! We love the reading Christmas books up til Christmas idea!

Sandy

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I love the idea of making books and reading a part of our holiday traditions.

Renatta

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Fun ideas! I love to plan a bunch of thematic things for December, I’ll have to add in some of these. Thanks!

Robin

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You’re welcome, Renatta!

Erica Klein

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I love the book advent calendar. We’ve collected enough over the years to do this, I imagine. This year my son read most of them the first night we brought them out, while we were decorating the tree!

Robin

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I love that your son was excited to read the books the very first night! Thanks for sharing, Erica.

Taylor

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These are wonderful ideas! Thank you so much!
We have done a book advent for the past two years, and it was an excellent way to build up our December library!

Robin

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You’re welcome, Taylor!

Dayla

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I always thought Jólabókaflód sounded fun, thanks for reminding me!

Kaylie Hamby

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Such fun ideas! We appreciate all of the free ideas and downloads!!

Katie Henderson

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We like to bake traditional cookies and talk about math but my kids are pretty young so I love all the free activities that AAR offers to incorporate the season with fun learning.

Robin

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I’m glad the resources we have here can be a part of your season’s learning, Katie! Plus, cookie math is the best math!

Amanda

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These are wonderful ideas!

Jonie

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We just bought an Advent Calendar. But I may end up doing a 10 days countdown to Christmas with books. It is a good idea, and my daughter loves reading right now.

Robin

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Great idea, Jonie!

Jen

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Love these ideas!

Cristian Salamanca

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This Is my second year homeschooling my 3rd grader and soon to start my preschool twins. Thank you for sharing all this great ideas/ posts, they have given me a wider view of how to start school with my twins.

Robin

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You are so welcome, Cristian! We have lots on our website for Preschoolers!

Jennifer Minet

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Great ideas!

Brandi Enns

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Thank you for all of these fun ideas! We are on our 3rd year of homeschooling so I am always looking for things to teach our learn around Christmas.
I will definitely be printing out the polar bear pack this weekend.
These ideas are so helpful!

Robin

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I’m glad these will be helpful for you, Brandi. Enjoy the polar bears!

Brandi Enns

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Thank you for all of these fun ideas! We are on our 3rd year of homeschooling so I am always looking for things to teach our learn around Christmas.
These ideas are so helpful!