For some Nature Study activities, Shining Dawn Books has the perfect mini-unit — Nature Studies through the Holidays: Advent. While not your typical full-fledged NaturExplorers study, this mini-unit will be just what you need to prepare your hearts for Christmas through a unique, Christ-centered nature study tied into the themes of Advent. For each week of Advent, it provides Scripture references, nature study activities and full-color notebooking pages. Bonus ideas and notebooking pages are included for Thanksgiving and an after Christmas theme about the Wise Men, too. For the month of November, use the code: BOGO to buy one get one free.
For the most part, our homeschooling is finished for the year once we have completed our Advent activities, but I do have one more study to share with you for Christmas. It’s another wonderful unit study from Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett — Christmas.
Just like Thanksgiving, Christmas is a 4-week study for K-12. In Christmas, your family will learn what the world was like at the time of Christ’s birth. Use this study to help your children understand the significance that the coming Savior had for so many people. Read about the prophecies that were fulfilled by His birth, and begin to clearly see God’s hand in history since the very beginning of time.
There are several picture books we always bring out at Christmastime as well. These are our perennial favorites, and I don’t think either of us could imagine not reading them. In the past, I have wrapped one book for every day of Advent and place them in a basket for Ben to choose one to read. It’s because of this practice that we have fallen in love with these books. I remember the first year I did this, I just went to the library and picked any book about Christmas that looked good to me. We found some wonderful (and not so wonderful) books this way, but we were introduced to all of these books with this method. Most of them are now a part of our home library.
I do have a warning for you here. Most of the time, Ben has to take over reading for me because every, single one of these books makes me cry. But we love them so much and I hope you do, too.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
Christmas Oranges by Linda Bethers
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Hunt
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walberg
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant
An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
Annika’s Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis
The Littlest Angel by Robert Tazewell
Be sure and check out the Christmas Connections page at Homeschool Share for some great free unit studies and lapbooks. Click on the banner below to find those. You’ll find unit studies for two of the books I’ve listed above, as well as a Christmas Around the World unit study and a 12 Days of Christmas lapbook.