Friday, November 15, 2013

Christmas Comes to America

Homeschool Legacy has a Once a Week Unit Study for your family to celebrate the Christmas season in a stress free, actually fun, educational style. I was sent their new Christmas one to review and share with you! 


Christmas Comes To America is a Once a Week Unit Study that will teach you about Christmas traditions from around the world, all the while incorporating scripture and is NO PREP for the parent.  (other than gathering a few library books and supplies)

You get to learn which settlers brought these traditions to America.

About The Company:

Homeschool Legacy offers many Once A Week Unit Studies and is constantly coming out with new ones. 

Some of the ones they offer are:

  • Birds of A Feather
  • Forest for the Trees
  • Weather on the Move
  • Horsing Around
  • Native America
  • Early Settlers in America
  • Revolutionary Ideas
  • We The People {Check out my review of that one here!}
  • Lewis and Clark, From Sea to Shining Sea
  • Westward Ho, Part 1
  • Westward Ho, Part 2
  • Knights and Nobles
  • Christmas Comes to America

and coming soon:

  • The Civil War, A Nation Divided

Each Once A Week Unit Study meets requirements for a Boy Scout Merit Badge, and all but two meet requirements for American Heritage Girl Badges.  Many 4H requirements are met too!

About The Product:

Once a Week Unit Studies are designed with simplicity for the homeschool parent in mind.  They get it, we are busy, we want to create amazing memories while learning with our children. 

Revolving around a family read aloud Christmas Comes to America fits that bill perfectly.

It is a 4 week Christmas study.  Each week you learn about a different culture’s Christmas traditions and which ones were brought to the USA. 

  • Week 1 The Dutch
  • Week 2 The English
  • Week 3 The Germans
  • Week 4 An American Christmas


It begins with a recommended list each week.  Don’t worry, you don’t need to read them all.  Usually one or two will suffice.

Every day each week you spend some time with the family read aloud book.  Then one day a week you dive deep into the Once A Week Unit Study.  By doing the suggested devotional and/or some of the suggested activities. 

Once A Week Unit Studies also suggest a family night, playing games going on a field trip or watching themed movies.  {I love this suggestion, often we forget how important fun family time really is!}

Each Week comes with a list of recommended books for readers and non readers alike.

A supply list.

A list of ways you can cross teach using the Once A Week Unit Study.  Things like:

  • History
  • Writing
  • Geography
  • Research Skills
  • Life Skills (Cooking, crafting, being generous and the like)
  • Family time!

Your child can meet requirements for Music in both Boy Scouts or American Heritage Girls.

This 52 paperback unit study book is just $17.95.

See a sample of it here! (Click where it says sample week)

A day/week in our life:

We followed the suggested schedule pretty much to a T.  It really is laid out so it is easy to incorporate.  Each day we spent about 15 minutes doing our chosen read aloud from the list of suggestions.  Then once a week, we chose a weekend day, since that worked best for us, we would do some of the suggested activities. 

Some of our favorite activities from Christmas Comes to America are:

  • making homemade, from scratch marshmallows and decorating them to go in homemade hot cocoa
  • making homemade wassail
  • designing our own Christmas cards
  • making gingerbread houses
  • learning about concert/event etiquette
  • playing Christmas Trivia

and many more!

So now you can really see the memories you can make with your children this December. 

Our thoughts and feelings:

With the busy Christmas season upon us I know that I want my children to still be able to be immersed in learning, but my time is stretched even thinner and I need the simplicity that is offered here.  I also am so grateful for the memories we are creating using this study.   If me, a working, blogging homeschool mom could fit this in and make learning fun through the holiday season, so can you!



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