Halloween is over and now our minds are looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. I’ve already started watching Christmas shows on tv. We’ve been working on a review that has also had our minds on Christmas and it’s helping Mini understand Christmas a little more. Mini has always been curious about where the Christmas traditions started especially Santa.
We received a digital download for this product which means it’s going to cost less than an actual book. There are four weeks in this book and they each are detailed about the traditions of Christmas in America.
Each week will give you a list of books you can pick up at the library that will go with that week’s activities. Mini’s not big on reading so we would take turns or we found audio books to use. There are activities for each week and scriptures that can be used for copy work if you want to add more writing to the unit study. You can wrap each week up with a classic Christmas movie.
Leaning about The Dutch and their Christmas traditions was really cool! Learning about the history of the Dutch is really cool, especially if you want to know where Sinterklaas comes from (also known as Santa Clause). I personally really loved the crafts in this section of Christmas Comes to America. I really loved learning about the Marsh Mallow plant (who even knew there was a plant).
Reading about The English and how they brought about their Christmas traditions was enlightening. Many of today’s customs come from the English. You will learn a lot about the peasants and Christmas caroling. You will learn how these peasant beggars helped to change the tradition into just plain joyful caroling. During this week you’ll also learn some important life skills.
Wow, The Germans have a lot to teach us in the form of Christmas traditions and customs. Germany is an exciting week and I think it was a tie breaker for one of our favorites. Learning about their songs, life skills, and what they helped to contribute to our Christmas traditions is amazing.
An American Christmas
Christmas is precious for so many reasons! There was a point in American history that Christmas could not be celebrated in this country. Learning in week 4 about the history of America’s Christmas traditions was really informational. I also think this was Mini’s favorite.
Let’s be honest, Christmas Comes to America is something that the whole family can do together. We have spent hours studying the history of Christmas together.
If your kids are in American Hertiage Girls or Boy Scouts this unit study will help them earn badges. It covers most of what is needed for Music Appreciation Badges.
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