Christmas Language Arts Ideas

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The entire Christmas season seems to hum with excitement. Rather than fighting to stay focused, my family trades in our regular lessons for Christmas school. It’s still a season rich with learning, but its contrast to regular lessons keeps us motivated rather than distracted.

Christmas Language Arts Ideas - By Jennifer H.

You can find treasure troves of science lessons and experiments: snowflakes, stars, conifers, etc. There is no end to Christmas-themed math worksheets across the internet, but my favorite school lessons are Christmas Language Arts. 

How to Make Christmas Language Arts Fun

  • Sharpen those writing skills by writing letters to soldiers!
  • Advent Idea Box is full of Christmas-themed learning. Each day of Advent has its own themed lesson studying about a Christmas tradition such as the poinsettia, nutcrackers, shepherds, etc. They also highlight a country and its customs. Each day has book recommendations for some great family reading time.
  • Use your favorite Christmas hymns for dictation/copywork or use hymn study worksheets for a complete study. 
  • Simblissity Cottage has a free Jesse Tree Copywork ebook.
  • Wrap up your family’s favorite Christmas books and let your children unwrap one every day. Snuggle up and read and enjoy some time together.
  • Use Christmas words (such as Christmas, Snowman, Angels, Shepherd) and write as many words as you can think of from their letters. Who can come up with the most words?
  • Practice handwriting and encourage thankfulness by writing thank you notes for each Christmas gift received. 
  • Have them make a list of questions they have about the history of Christmas traditions.
  • Take them to the library or shop online to find books about the historic Christmas tradition that interests them most.
  • Have them read these books (or portions of them) and internet articles in order to find the answers to their questions. 
  • Encourage your older students to write an informative article on what they discovered and have them include pictures and make an illustrated cover for their article. 
    • Do not forget to teach older students how to write a Bibliography page citing which works they used in their research.

If doing a full Christmas school isn’t an option, you can still bring some fun into your language arts lessons by creating a Writing Prompt Christmas Calendar. Buy or make a calendar with pockets for each day and put a writing prompt on a slip of paper for each day’s pocket. Here are some ideas for prompts.

Christmas Writing Prompts

  • Write a review of your favorite Christmas book or movie.
  • Learn about personification and write about a sugar cookie as if it has human traits.
  • Write instructions for making a gingerbread house.
  • Pretend you are a shepherd and write about the night you met the Son of God.
  • Write a biography of The Grinch.
  • Share your favorite part of the Christmas story.
  • Write a letter to a soldier.
  • Pretend you are a reindeer and write about your first night flying Santa’s sleigh.
  • Write instructions for building a snowman.
  • Share your favorite Christmas tradition.
  • Write a story about a talking snowflake that never melts.
  • Study and write a biography of St. Boniface and the Christmas Tree.
  • Write about a favorite Christmas memory.
  • Choose three countries and create a Venn Diagram comparing their Christmas traditions.
  • Write about a stocking that is bigger on the inside. What surprises might you find inside?
  • Pretend you are an animal from the Christmas stable and write about the night of Christ’s birth.
  • Write an essay explaining the meaning of Christmas.
  • Compose a poem about Christmastime.
  • Write a haiku about snow.

What are some of your favorite ways to cover Language Arts at Christmastime? I’d love to hear new ideas!

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