Taking a Christmas Break – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


Have you started your Christmas break? This is the first day of our break. We started school on August 1, so the boys and I are both ready for a break. Taking a break from school work is a good thing. If you do not schedule regular breaks, please consider that taking a break helps them. Kids need time to process all the new things you have been teaching them this year. Having a break from academics helps them process this knowledge. You can still keep your routines in place, and you can have fun and educational things for them to do. But take a break from the book work.

Last summer, I took off two whole months from bookwork. One of my sons jumped two levels in his spelling in that time. I did not do anything extra to help him with spelling. I did ask that they read daily, and I believe this helped him with his spelling. I let them pick what interests them to read. I don’t give them a reading list.

Taking a break will also keep you from burning out, too. You need a break from planning and grading papers and teaching. So take a couple of weeks off from school and enjoy this season with your children.

This week, our zone is the master bedroom. Use the missions with your children and ask them to do missions in their rooms, too.

Zone Missions: The Master Bedroom
Monday – Declutter the flat surfaces in the bedroom and detail dust

Tuesday – Declutter drawers

Wednesday –  Declutter in your closet

Thursday – Declutter shoes

Friday – Clean under your bed

Menu Plan for Monday – Hot Dogs and Tater Tots

Weekly Home Blessing – Wash the Sheets

Daily Routines:

  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
  • Daily Movement for 15 Minutes

School: Do some thank you notes for handwriting practice and make a Christmas craft

Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
Family Fun: Take a nature walk today.
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at the Launch Pad that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at https://tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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