Geography Quest: Christmas Edition

Blog, She Wrote: Geography Quest- Christmas EditionIt’s that time of the year! We’re heading into the 12 Days of Christmas beginning on December 25th. Even though you might have been busy with Advent & Christmas preparations, the liturgical season of Christmas really does last 12 days until January 6th when Epiphany (see Geography Quest: Epiphany Edition) begins. When the family celebrations come to an end, enjoy a little Christmas exploration during the remaining days of the season with Geography Quest: Christmas Edition.

Christmas Weather Around the World

Most world-wide explorations of Christmas might include how people celebrate, but how about what Christmas weather is like in different parts of the world. Traditionally, we often think of Christmas with jingle bells dashing through the snow and the sweet pictures of snow covered homes with lights in the windows. What do you think?

  • What meteorological season is each continent experiencing on December 25th?
  • Describe the average weather for each continent in late December.
  • Find pictures of the outdoors in December from various parts of the world.

Christmas Trees Around the World

How does weather and location affect the type of Christmas trees people buy? I had a conversation recently with fellow bloggers in different areas of the U.S. and we determined that prices vary depending on where you live.

  • Do you buy a live tree or do you have an artificial tree?
  • If you buy a live tree, do you pick it up off the lot or do you cut it down at a farm?
  • Research live tree prices around the country. Can you see a correlation?
  • Map tree prices- just for fun!

Blog, She Wrote: Geography Quest- Christmas Edition

Does Santa Really Travel the Whole World?

Is Santa really known around the world? Do a little research to learn about this cultural icon.

  • Does each culture/country have a Santa figure which goes with the Christmas holiday? What are there names?
  • What traditions surround the Santa character?
  • What are the origins of these characters as they relate to Christmas?
  • Do you celebrate any part of the Santa tradition? What are reasons to enjoy Santa? Why do some families choose not to celebrate with Santa?

Christmas in Literature

We can see how Christmas traditions are portrayed in literature. One well known book with a Christmas topic is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. We read this recently for our book club. When is the last time you or your students have read the original by Dickens as opposed to a modern rendition? Our conversation brought up a few things we are going to research. Want to join us?

  • Did Charles Dickens start the idea of “Christmas Spirit” with his tale?
  • How was Christmas celebrated in England before this story? And after?
  • Did A Christmas Carol popularize the modern way we celebrate Christmas?
  • Compare the Christmas described in A Christmas Carol with other books mentioning Christmas in the 19th century. How do they match up?

Exploring geography is a lot fun and you can take time to research physical geography and the geography of people. As you enjoy your Christmas, take some time to answer some of these questions.

How did your Christmas traditions come to be?

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 40

Welcome to Finishing Strong, the link up for families homeschooling middle & high school students.

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #40

Have you already started your holiday break or are you still working hard at school?

Do you keep your normal schedule during December or are your days spent doing other activities? There are no shortage of fun things to do during this season, that’s for sure!

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Here are four reader favorites from last week. Did you get a chance to read them yet?

Learning Geography with Atlases from Blog She Wrote

100+ Living Math Activities from Our Journey Westward

Art & Music Appreciation for the Logic Stage from The Sunny Patch

Winter Craft Ideas for Middle School from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus

With the holidays quickly approaching, we will be taking a couple of weeks off from the link up. We’ll be back in January.

We hope you and your family have a wonderful season.

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100 Sewing & Handicraft Projects for Homeschoolers

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Sewing & Handicraft Projects for Homeschoolers

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Welcome to 100 Sewing & Handicraft Projects for Homeschoolers! You’ll find ideas and resources for doing beginner to intermediate and advanced sewing and craft projects. There are specific projects linked as well as general resources from Blog, She Wrote at the end.

Crochet Projects

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Sewing & Handicraft Projects for Homeschoolers

I keep a lot of ideas for crochet projects on hand for my daughter who loves to crochet. Enjoy a few below.

Knitting Projects

This is a set of project using both traditional needles and loom knitting.

Sewing Skills

These are links to tutorials on how to make your sewing skills better.

Sewing Camp Projects

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Sewing & Handicraft Projects for Homeschoolers

These are projects I chose to save for working with tween and teen girls during our sewing camp times. Feel free to use these just for fun!

 

Textile Crafts

Blog, She Wrote: Adventures in SewingThis category contains yarn and other fabric crafts which are not necessarily sewing, crocheting, or knitting.

Nature Inspired Handicrafts

We love natural crafts at our house. Items made with natural materials always bring a smile to my face.

Holiday Projects

Whether you are looking for holiday items for Christmas, Easter or anything in between. You’ll find all sorts of manners of projects here.

Resources for Projects from Blog, She Wrote

Blog, She Wrote: The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Sewing in Your HomeschoolThe links below are meant to be helpful sources for getting started in sewing and handicrafts with your students. Give your kids time and materials and see what comes out of it!

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool- A page full of all the posts, links, and resources you need to get started with sewing at home. Whether or not you sew! There’s even a section on how to incorporate sewing into your homeschool.

Sewing Adventure Box- An activity box and materials for the sewing enthusiast in your life. You’ll find more project resources here and websites that serve has wonderful idea places.

Adventures with Yarn- A great list with project fun of all the things you can do with yarn. This is especially nice for beginners and does not cost a lot!

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas- I wrote a chapter in this book on getting started with sewing and how to mentor a beginner so they thrive.

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Yarn Fun Pinterest Board- This is one of my most popular boards and I add to it regularly. Many of the ideas for this list came from here.

Owl Pinterest Board- All things owls here. I adore owls and by the numbers of projects out there- so do others!

Historical Fashion Pinterest Board- This is the place where I set aside ideas for my daughter’s fashion history work.

Blog, She Wrote: Gifts for Kids Who Love to SewI hope you will find this post to be a great reference tool in the future. Pin it and come back to the ideas you like! Happy sewing & crafting!

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