Christmas

Christmas poetry, pageant scripts, and prayers can be found at DTLK: Christmas Plays, Poems, Prayers and Songs.

  • These ideas are great for performances at church or holiday family get-togethers, or memorization and reading activities in the home.
     
  • Consider spreading the joy by helping your children learn the songs and scripts for a performance at a local nursing home or children's shelter!

Christmas print-out coloring sheets, online coloring pages, and dot-to-dot activities for children: all related to the Biblical Christmas story from Eden Communications / Christiananswers.net.

Advent Calendar activities for families and children leading for this Christian tradition leading up to Christmas Day from Thriving Family magazine. The calendar includes Bible verses, craft activities for children, and explanations of the symbols of the season.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg has become a classic in children's Christmas literature.

  • Find inspiration in these Math Stories questions related to the story. Help your child use the questions to practice choosing and applying the correct equation to solve the mathematical problem. You may also be able to come up with a few of your own that are ideal for your elementary child's level of knowledge.
     
  • "Children's Literature Across the Curriculum Ideas" was created by students at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. This contains great activities for a variety of learning opportunities in spelling, vocabulary, reading, math, music, social studies for students in Pre-K to 2nd grade.
     
  • Houghton Mifflin's "A Teacher Guide to the Polar Express" is designed for teachers, but can be used or adapted by parents to work on a variety of learning activities at home.

Hanukkah

Education.com has a host of educational and seasonal activities related to the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah:

From Activity Village: Hanukkah printables and online jigsaw puzzles.

Kwanzaa

History lessons, printables, book recommendations, holiday scrapbook ideas for Kwanzaa and other holiday traditions at FamilyEducation.com.

History, crafts, and learning activities at Activity Village for children celebrating this holiday with family.

Christmas Around the World

Using Christmas Celebrations Around the World, click on a country's flag, and learn about how these countries and cultures celebrate this season's holiday. A great learning experience for both children and parents to get an international perspective on how Christmas is celebrated by others!