A lovely women whom I used to teach with in Georgia.
I find the above statement to be so true. Convincing children to work during December can be a challenge. Their minds seem to be elsewhere. There are certainly many ways to cope with this. I thought I would share a couple of things we do or have done to get through the month.
This is a great time to finish unfinished projects. Maybe that half finished log cabin, the time line that is missing a few spots, or an unfinished writing project.
Take a field trip. It's fun to get out and experience something new.
Do a service project. Collect caned foods for a local shelter. Have your children clean out their old toys, clothes, and other things to give to charity. Make Christmas cards for residents of nursing homes, soldiers overseas, or those who are homeless. Call a local ministry and ask them if they need any help for an afternoon or morning and volunteer. Clean an elderly neighbor's home or put up their Christmas lights.
Do "School Lite". I posted about this last year.
Bake goodies and review cups, tablespoons, liters etc. Measure things around your house and record them.
Clean out your school area to be ready for a fresh start in January.
Hopefully this will get you started. Below is a picture of my children making cards for the residents of Amsa a special needs orphanage in S. Korea. My brother was gathering Christmas cards to send to the children. He had at one time been a resident.
Let me know any great ideas that you have. The month is still really young and I am looking for things to do.