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Welcome to Day 2 of the 2021 12 Days of Christmas series at Thrive at Home. This series is for busy homeschool moms looking for easy Christmas activities that take less than 30 minutes. Today I’m sharing a few tips on how to add a 15 minute Christmas music lesson to your homeschool day.
15 Minute Christmas Music Lesson Ideas
If you’re looking for simple Christmas activities that don’t take much time and effort, yet will help create precious memories for your children, add a Christmas music lesson (or a few) to your homeschool days in December.
Use these five easy ways to get started.
Christmas Music From Around The World
Are you studying other countries or cultures this year? Maybe you have favorite childhood memories of singing Christmas songs with your grandparents. You know, the songs from THEIR childhood days in the old country.
One of my own favorite Christmas memories is singing with my grandmother. She had been a kindergarten and grade 1 teacher for many years in Scotland and England. To this day I can still hear her singing “Good King Wenceslas” with her sweet Scottish lilt.
Whatever the case, Christmas music around the world gives your children a chance to hear how other cultures celebrate this special time of year.
Do a quick online search for Christmas music from a specific country. Or simply visit this EF International Language Campus post on the 12 best Christmas Songs from Around the World for Kids. It includes YouTube videos right in the post.
Just set your timer for 15 minutes and watch (and sing) alongside your children.
Another fun option is Mental Floss: 15 Holiday Songs Other Countries Sing.
Old-Fashioned Carol Study
Do you love the idea of an old-fashioned Christmas? We do. And if you’re looking for old-fashioned Christmas carols, you’ll love these carol studies. Learn the lyrics, sing the songs, and print off the worksheets for simple Christmas music lessons this holiday season.
- DIY Homeschoolers FREE Christmas Carols Hymns Unit
- 2 Hours of Popular Traditional Old-Fashioned Christmas Songs (I set a timer for 15 minutes on this one but the kids wanted to keep it playing in the background while we worked on our Construction Paper Christmas Placemats)
- Classic FM: 12 Classic Christmas Carols for Children
Music of Christmas Online Course
Earlier this summer I was thrilled to discover Gena Mayo’s Music in Our Homeschool online music program.
Since we live in such a remote area, and with everything that 2020 and 2021 threw at us, music lessons in person were out of the question. So finding an online music course website was great. Even better is the quality and quantity of lessons Gena has made available.
And after working through the Folk Music course and the daily 15-minute music lessons for the months of September through November, I decided to try the Music of Christmas online course.
Each lesson includes a print or text lesson, videos, an online quiz, and always at least one fun printable. Check it out HERE (affiliate link).
Christmas Music for Kids on YouTube
So this might be just about the simplest way to bring Christmas music into your homeschool day. Seriously, it takes less than five seconds to search for Christmas music for your kids on YouTube. Try the following searches
- Music for Christmas preschoolers
- Christmas music for children
- Christmas lyrics and music for children
Family Zoom Call Carol Sing
Now depending on your technical aptitude, I admit this one *might* take more than 15 minutes. But it is so much fun.
Schedule a family Zoom call (or FB video call) with your children’s cousins, grandparents, or other family members living in other areas. And plan ahead and choose a few carols to sing together. Print out lyric sheets for your children if needed.
In a time when so many of us won’t get a chance to see loved ones this Christmas season, a family video Christmas carol sing could help get your kids into the holiday spirit.
And that’s how to add a 15 minute Christmas music lesson to your homeschool day. Remember to join me tomorrow for the next simple activity in my 12 Days of Christmas series.