My family had the privilege of trying the Christmas Comes to America Once-a-Week Unit Study from Homeschool Legacy for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.
Christmas Comes to America is a Once-a-Week Unit Study by Homeschool Legacy. This is a 4 week study that is geared towards second through twelfth graders. It has an option to use this to help your child earn a Music Badge in Boy Scouts or Music Appreciation Badge in American Heritage Girls or a project record in 4H, if your child is involved with any of those. I was given this in digital format.
Layout of weeks for the 45-page pdf:
- Week One: Dutch - Dutch traditions, Legend of Santa Claus, history of the real St. Nicholas, how to make Dutch Hot Cocoa, how to make homemade marshmallows, etc.
- Week Two: English - Reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, History of caroling, how to make wassail, history of Christmas cards, etc.
- Week Three: Germans - History behind the Gingerbread House, Holiday concert etiquette, Johann Sebastian Bach and his Christmas Cantatas, George Frederic Handel and his MESSIAH, Hansel and Gretel, history of Christmas trees, tinsel, glass ornaments, Christmas tree lights, cookie ornaments, advent wreaths, and Christmas stockings, Legend of lights on a Christmas Tree, etc.
- Week Four: An American Christmas - Reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, Gift of the Magi & Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Irving Berlin and his song White Christmas, how to make popcorn and cranberry garlands, decorate an After Christmas tree for the birds, etc.
Unit studies provide us with an in depth view of a certain focused theme and has us do many different subjects surrounding it. For example; with this Christmas Comes to America history unit study we were doing Bible lessons, history, geography, culture, reading, language, life skills, arts & crafts, music, science, etc. We also partook in field trips, watched movies, read devotionals and books on the reading list provided, listened to Christmas music, and made some yummy recipes that were included. As a homeschooling family we love unit studies! It gets us away from some of the more mundane work we sometimes have to do in our schooling at home and gives us a chance to dive into some hands on studies. A lot of the time unit studies also let us get out in the field to learn.
If you choose to use Homeschool Legacy Once-a-Week Unit Studies as your main source of history or science you can combine any four to five Once-a-Week Unit Studies to easily satisfy a full course study of those subjects. All Once-a-Week Unit Studies are appropriate for Grades 2-12, though upper levels will still need their lab sciences. These are comprehensive and wonderful for credits.
Homeschool Legacy Christmas Comes to America unit study is interactive and hands-on. Each study starts off with library reading and video choices. Then goes with a supply list, daily activities, and once-a-week activities. Within its pages you learn the history of all sorts of Christmas traditions.
How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It celebrates the birth of our Savior and I absolutely love giving gifts! I love going to look at neighborhood/city Christmas light displays with my family. I love decorating and going to local nativities. Every year I can count on the Monticello Hotel in Longview Washington to have a wonderful Christmas light display to see. We also have gone to the Portland Zoo and seen their neat lights. Our church puts on a Festival of Nativities at the Longview Stake building across the river from us. There is also a Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Kelso Washington that puts on a live Journey to Bethlehem which is spectacular!
We had a lot of fun so far with the Homeschool Legacy Christmas Comes to America unit study. We have done three out of the four weeks, but plan on also expanding upon what we did to include even more during the holiday season. So far we have followed the suggested schedule in the study. I love that there is a reading list of books and other media resources to pull from. We watched It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street as a family and listened to different Christmas music that was suggested as well. I also really like that with the digital version of the study we can access links within the unit directly from it. We are going to enjoy making garlands and the Christmas tree for the birds when it gets closer to Christmas. I love that these are Biblically centered and very flexible to incorporate in one's own busy schedule. We have learned a lot about Christmas that I didn't know and I am glad to have Homeschool Legacy as a unit study choice for my homeschool. I recommend this holiday unit study very highly. Homeschool Legacy also has a Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims Once-a-Week Micro-Study for the upcoming holidays.
Homeschool Legacy Christmas Comes to America Once-a-Week Unit Study in Paperback format is $18.95 and Downloadable Grab-N-Go format is $14.
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