On the first day of Christmas . . .

. . . my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree . . .

Do your children know that there is special meaning to the Twelve Days of Christmas?  The song/poem was actually written as a catechism.  What a wonderful way to bring the true meaning of Christmas into the busyness of the season.  Our family did this study several years ago, and now when I hear the Twelve Days of Christmas song, I am reminded of what each gift really means.

Here is an example of another family’s adventure through the Twelve Days of Christmas at Shower of Roses.

She used Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett along with this study.

You can do this study, along with your kiddos, leading up to Christmas, by going to Homeschool Share.

Have you used a Homeschool Share unit, lapbook, or resource lately? Have you blabbed it on your blog? If so, please link up to your blog post and let others read about your Homeschool Share adventures! Please link back to us too!

How Many Hours Are Reasonable?

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“I’m wondering how many hours per day is reasonable for an elementary child. Thanks!”


Elementary aged children should get about 10 hours of sleep each night. That leaves 14 hours a day to teach them. No, I’m not suggesting sitting at a table for 14 hours. When my girls were of elementary age, they spent about an hour a day at the table. That’s it. But every waking moment is an opportunity to teach our children, well beyond table time.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 instructs parents that “thou shalt teach them [His commandments] diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

So from the time our children awake in the morning, until they fall asleep each night, we should be teaching them the Word of the Almighty, helping them hide it in their hearts, to use as a source of devotion and obedience to the Lord.

While this teaching could be through Scripture memorization, copywork, or a Bible-based curriculum, the best way parents can teach their children is through setting an example by living a prayerful, Word-filled life.

It is the kind of teaching that we can’t plan or schedule.

It is learned as our children witness our reactions to daily sorrows and joyfulness, struggles and triumphs, losses and gains.

It is learned as we share with our children our prayers for forgiveness and praise.

It is learned while our children watch us willingly being stretched and molded into what He wants us to be.

It is learned as us parents live what we teach. From the time we wake up till the time we go to sleep. Every day, of every month, of every year.

How many hours a day are reasonable? All of them.

Happy Thanksgiving!


T   hanks for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday.
for autumn’s frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember.
for kitchen, kettles’ croon, kith and kin expected soon.
for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that about.
That spells THANKS for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving.
                                 –   Aileen Fisher, All in a Word

Happy Thanksgiving from Homeschool Share!