Monday, November 11, 2013

Homeschooling and/or Unschooling With Pinterest Series, Post Four

How many of you love Pinterest? I know that I do! I am frequently on Pinterest looking for ideas to use with my children for their learning. This is our first full year of homeschooling and we are definitely beginning to lean more heavily towards unschooling our kids. I currently have over 200 boards on Pinterest, easily divided up into categories so that I can find exactly what I am looking for that goes along best with my children's current interest!

You can find all of my Pinterest boards at BeckyatGUNIHCC.

This post will be the fourth in a series that will highlight the various boards that I have available. The first post focused more on my three year old daughter who is currently doing upper preschool/lower pre-k work. Please see the first post in this series which focused on teaching your child about rhyming and learning to write their name, the second post which featured all things related to Autumn, including worksheets, snacks, activities and more, and the third post that is all about Thanksgiving both the historical portions and yummy food ideas!

This post will focus on what we do from after Thanksgiving through early January (specifically, from The last Sunday in November - the start of Advent - through January 6th, the end of the Christmas season on the Feast of the Three Kings.)

We learn all about Holidays Around the World, although since we celebrate Christmas, we do focus on Christmas. My sister married into a Jewish family, so my niece and nephew are being raised Jewish, so we try to encourage our children to learn about their history and holidays as well. (Interesting tidbit - this year, the rare occurrence of Hanukkah will fall on Thanksgiving!). I tend to focus more on corn the week after Thanksgiving as a lead into Kwanzaa activities in December.

Here is the primary Pinterest board we use - December/Holidays Around the World. This board currently has about 90 pins but I am sure that I will soon be adding a lot!

Use dried corn and legumes to create an ear of corn project!

Paper plate African necklaces

Making air-popped popcorn with melted coconut butter

Sensory Activity : Hauling Corn 

Corn shucking

Counting Corn Roll Game

Corn Field Craft

Ear of Corn Craft

Tribal Pouch Kwanzaa Project

Fingerprint Corn Craft Kwanzaa Project

Kwanzaa History Lesson YouTube Video

and more!

Hanukkah YouTube Video to explain family traditions

Hand print Pom Pom Menorah

Menorah paper model

How to Make a Paper Strip Dreidel 

The Dreidel Game Meme (How to play)

Paper Plate Menorah

Glittery Menorah Craft

Hanukkah Connect 4 - The Gelt Edition

Latke Syllable Sort

Printable Hanukkah Games and Puzzles

Hanukkah Online Match Games

Pass the Potato Game

Reindeer Thumbprints Ornaments 

Handprint Christmas Tree Canvas 

Craft Stick Christmas Tree 

Christmas Countdown Craft 

Christmas Themed Toilet Paper Tube Crafts

Gingerbread Playdough Recipe 

Snowmen Christmas Ornament Using Fingerprints

Footprint Christmas Tree

Four Gingerbread Men Fingerplay 

Christmas Tree Counting Game 

Christmas Find The Difference Game

Christmas Ornament Color Matching Game

Christmas Tree Grid Game 

Candy Cane Folder Game 

Cinnamon ornaments

Printable Reindeer Template

Printable Christmas Music Sheets

Christmas Song YouTube Videos

and more!

For those of you who do the Elf on a Shelf, check out my board for Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

I also have a board all about Christmas Gift Ideas - maybe some of you can get crafty with your kids and make some of them together!

I do not have Christian Christmas ideas pinned on this board. I pin religious items to a separate board for teaching my children specifically about their religion. Check out my Growing Up Catholic board (which currently has over 190 pins) to find:

Baby Jesus Rolls

Several Different Nativity Scene Crafts

St. Nicholas Printables

Nativity Ornament Crafts

Printable Nativity Scenes

Paint a Stone Nativity

Angel Crafts

Several St. Lucia's Feast Day Activities

Several Feast of the Kings Activities

Happy Birthday Jesus Cake Ideas

Religious Candy Cane Craft

Advent Prayer Chain

Printable for Advent with the Jesus Storybook Bible

and more!

Do you think this is a lot to start with? I do! But...I still have more for you!

What about worksheets and coloring pages? 

Are your kids the type that like to do these? Well, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa Worksheets.

Here you will find:

December Math (shopping for Santa's suit)

Christmas Paper Chains Template 

E is for Ears of Corn

Christmas Analogies

Polar Express Preschool Pack

Connect the Dots: Hanukkah Sweater

Subtraction Stockings

Hanukkah Color by Number Worksheet

Christmas Tree Puzzle Worksheet

Arrange Numbers: Hanukkah Worksheet

Christmas Thumbprint Tree Worksheet

Make Your Own Christmas Stocking Worksheet

Follow the Candy Cane Maze

Christmas Tree Dot-to-Dot Worksheet

Wish List for Santa Worksheet

Gift Box Match Up Worksheet

What About Snacks and Goodies?

This is the perfect time of year to spend some extra time in the kitchen with your little ones. Here are some ideas from my Pinterest board entitled Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa Snacks.

King Cake

Potato Pancakes with Sour Cream and Applesauce

Cherry Cream Cheese Candy Cane

Edible Hanukkah Menorah 

Santa hat brownie bites

Kwanzaa Potatoes

Hanukkah Donuts

Reindeer Cake Pops

Chocolate Gingerbread Men


Well, I hope that these boards come in handy to help you with your homeschooling or unschooling lessons. Please feel free to follow these boards, any others or all of my boards on Pinterest! 

What current interests do your children have? Do you think that Pinterest could help you teach them about it? 

I would love to hear your thoughts about this post and any ideas for future posts in this series!