I promised the kids this year that since we started school in early August and have yet to take a "holiday", "teacher work day" (um, that's every day), or have any early release days like their public school friends, that we would take off for December.
Now, that thought scares me a bit. So, I've backtracked and renamed it a "light December". Which means, they'll be maintaining their independent reading schedule, we'll be doing some math activity a few times a week, they'll be building lots of models (like the Pitsco Siege Machine kits we are going to be using a reveiwing in a few weeks), and oh yes, musn't forget the starfish and clam dissections!
Also, have you heard about Instructables? It's a "Share What You Make" site where people post pictures and videos and things they build, create, etc. Some of them are amazing machines, science models, and really geeky stuff. Around here, we love ALL of that! So, I may let the kids build some cannons or other stuff that could potentially make my house explode. All in the name of learning...
Also, we wanted to do a unit study on Austrailia, more experiments from AIMS Educational Company's "Electrical Connections" as well as their "Chemistry Matters" book, a unit study on Simple Machines from Evan Moor's Daily Science, and we must finish The Hobbit from last year (only 2 chapters to go and we never seem to find the time). Add these things to our normal holiday routine of ice skating, baking cookies, making gingerbread houses, attending our hometown Christmas Parade and ringing the Salvation Army bell, and I think we have our "light December".
Do you try to do school during the busy holiday season or do you take off? Please share your thoughts!