Stumped on what to do with your homeschool group this year? Did your volunteers fall short or get too busy to plan?
It’s not too late to put something together – here’s some great ideas for groups or families:
Host a last minute pizza party at a local pizza parlor that has an arcade – the schools are still in session usually through the second week of December, so you may get the place to yourselves!
Have a cookie exchange- Every family brings a platter of their favorite cookies or treats. All of the platters are laid out on tables buffet style. Each family brings an empty container or plate and starts at one end, selecting from the buffet one cookie in exchange for each cookie they brought. If the family brought 2 dozen, then they get to take 2 dozen in any assortment. This is a great opportunity to share multi-cultural foods and traditions.
Host an ornament making party for a family or special cause. You could donate handmade ornaments to a childrens wing at a hospital, or shelter. Ask the fire department for names of families who have lost their ornaments in a fire. Children love to serve through their creativity!
March in a local parade! It might be late to construct a float, but most city-wide parades would love to have your group. Make a banner out of light colored denim, place some rivets across the top, and put some rope thru (you could also wrap a long pole so the banner doesn’t droop). Have your group march behind a decorated van or pickup with your banner and let people know that homeschooling is part of the community too. Or just join in to help a community organization that needs people to be on their float. Call your local chamber of commerce to ask if anyone needs marchers.
Visit a cultural performance – if you call ahead and tell them you are an educational group, you can probably get a matinee show for a discount. There are many ballets, musical performances, and plays.
Have a gingerbread house decorating contest – buy kits for less than $10 (usually on sale starting black Friday), and set simple rules. (Some people might use parsley for a lawn, peapods or shredded wheat for a roof, uncooked pinto beans for rocks, just let the creativity flow!) Or have each family bring specific supplies and use graham crackers to make tiny houses.
Go caroling! There are no gifts or cards needed, just spend a few minutes in song, thank them graciously, and go on to the next location. Try senior centers, rest homes, and preschools. With each location only needing one or two songs, you don’t need an entire hymn book, just print out copies of the words for 4-5 songs. Carol to people you don’t know instead of only your friends. It’s a great way to reach out and serve. Bring flashlights and dress warm!
The public library, normally a quiet place, might enjoy having carolers outside the doors to greet patrons. Inside, someone might host a reading of Charles Dickens, or short cultural stories to entertain young children. Check with your childrens’ librarian to see if they would enjoy this. Or offer to share your cultural traditions with the patrons.
Go church hopping – find out what churches, synagogues, or places of worship are doing special holiday performances – from dozens of various religions to choose, these are great opportunities to learn about other faiths with your children.
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