Holiday homeschooling with teens can be an excellent time to connect with them. It’s a little different from homeschooling your teens other times of the year because there is usually more time for fun and organic learning. Here, we’ve put together five ideas to make holiday homeschooling with your teen one of the best experiences of the year.
Teen homeschooling can feel like a daunting task all year long. There are transcripts to keep track of, record-keeping to follow through with, and standardized test prep – all rolled into each year of homeschooling your high schooler. To avoid burnout (for you and your teen), it’s a good idea to take a break and de-stress during the holidays. Help your teen homeschooler do this by implementing a mandatory break. Some moms will have no problem convincing their teens to take a break! Others, however, may have students who enjoy doing school and who worry about losing momentum if they take a break. For those students, point out that the break doesn’t have to be long (it can just be a week or two) and highlight some of the benefits, such as coming back to school refreshed for both of you.
Your homeschooled teen is a perfect candidate for engaging in service projects during the holidays! From volunteering to serve meals at a homeless shelter to walking dogs around the neighborhood, the homeschooling teen is at an advantage: he is available during the daytime when most kids are in school. Perhaps your teen has other ideas for things he can do. If he’s interested, he can also check out the Salvation Army’s Bell Ringer program, start an Angel Tree at church, start a food drive with his co-op or Scout group, offer to babysit for free, read to kids at the library – the possibilities are truly endless!
Whether audiobooks or hard copies, books are a great way to let your teen “travel” to different places and lands, learn about new topics, and meet interesting characters. As part of your holiday homeschooling plan, include a trip to the library or your local bookstore. If your teen is interested in fantasy Christian content, check out one of the newest Christian trilogies from Banquet-Cross Publications. If they’re fans of the “I Survived” series, they may enjoy reading Imagine, which is a new adventure series for teens who might enjoy hearing fact-based Bible stories from a different point of view.
Planning to give your teen money this holiday season? Help him make wise choices by teaching him how to be fiscally responsible. This includes not only starting a savings account but also budgeting the money he does allow himself to spend. The envelope system is a great way to keep money allotted for certain expenditures. Just choose what “categories” for spending he’ll have and let him put some of his spending money in each category’s envelope, being careful not to touch any of the other envelopes unless his spending will fit that category.
The holidays are a great time to cover something you don’t usually get to cover due to time constraints or the need to do direct teaching with younger siblings. Let your teen chart his own course for learning during your holiday break and learn what he wants to learn! This can be anything from learning more about caring for his pets to understanding more about a topic he’s currently covering in homeschooling.
Holiday homeschooling with teens can be a special time of bonding and memory-making. We hope you’ll put some of our tips to use while homeschooling your teen this holiday season! What are your plans for homeschooling your teens this season?