Free December Unit Studies and Lessons

by | Oct 25, 2021 | curriculum, general homeschooling, holidays | 2 comments

Planning lessons around holidays, historical events, and seasonal themes can be a fun way to homeschool. It’s an excellent way for kids to learn about the world around them, including topics that aren’t usually covered in a textbook. Our family has enjoyed occasionally adding seasonal and holiday-themed lessons to our homeschool routine.

Below is a list of free unit studies, lesson plans, and activities for December. All of the holiday dates given are for 2021. Because the dates of some holidays vary, I will update this post each year. For other months, see this page.

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National Write to a Friend Month (all December)

National Write to a Friend Month is set aside as a time for writing notes to friends.

Advent (Sunday, November 28th through Friday, December 24th)

Advent is a time when many Christians prepare for Christmas and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Advent officially begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which can fall anytime between November 27th and December 3rd, and always ends on Christmas Eve. In 2021, Advent starts on Sunday, November 28th. However, many families celebrate Advent from December 1st through the 24th each year.

Rosa Parks Day (December 1st)

Rosa Parks Day honors an American Civil Rights leader. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Some states observe Rosa Parks Day on February 4th instead because that’s her birthday.

Illinois’s Statehood (December 3rd)

Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818.

National Cookie Day (December 4th)

National Cookie Day is a fun excuse to bake a batch of cookies to share with family and friends.

Thirteenth Amendment Ratified (December 6th)

The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, was ratified on December 6, 1865.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7th)

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed in the United States to remember and honor the 2,403 Americans killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

Delaware’s Statehood (December 7th)

Delaware was admitted into the union on December 7, 1787.

National Brownie Day (December 8th)

National Brownie Day is a fun day to bake and enjoy the chocolate dessert.

Mississippi’s Statehood  (December 10th)

Mississippi became a state on December 10, 1817.

Indiana’s Statehood (December 11th)

Indiana was admitted into the Union on December 11, 1816.

Pennsylvania’s Statehood (December 12th)

Pennsylvania became a state on December 12, 1787.

National Poinsettia Day (December 12th)

National Poinsettia Day celebrates one of the most recognizable plants of the holiday season.

Alabama’s Statehood (December 14th)

Alabama was admitted into the Union on December 14, 1819.

Bill of Rights Day (December 15th)

The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, was ratified on December 15, 1791.

New Jersey’s Statehood (December 18th)

New Jersey became a state on December 18, 1787.

The Boston Tea Party (December 16th)

The Boston Tea Party, which occurred on December 16, 1773, was a protest by the American Colonists against the British government’s unfair taxes. They boarded ships in Boston Harbor and threw the ships’ cargo of tea overboard into the ocean.

National Maple Syrup Day (December 17th)

National Maple Syrup Day is a great time to enjoy maple syrup on your pancakes, waffles, French toast, or biscuits.

A Christmas Carol (December 19th)

A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, was first published on December 19, 1843. The first edition sold out by Christmas Eve.

Las Posadas (December 16th to December 24th)

Las Posadas is a Christian celebration commemorating Joseph and Mary’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a place where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. Las Posadas is celebrated in Mexico, other parts of Latin America, and by many Hispanics in the United States.

First Day of Winter / Winter Solstice (December 21st)

The winter solstice, which marks the first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere, is the shortest day of the year. The Sun reaches its most southern point in the sky at noon. After this date, the amount of daylight begins to increase, and the days start getting longer.

Christmas (December 25th)

Christmas is a Christian holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus. Most Western Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25th, while Orthodox Christians celebrate on January 7th.

National Pumpkin Pie Day (December 25th)

Pumpkin Pie Day falls on Christmas. This is likely because Christmas is the day, second to Thanksgiving, when the most pumpkin pies are consumed. Celebrate by adding a pumpkin pie to your Christmas menu.

Boxing Day (December 26th)

Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. Though it originated as a day to give gifts to the poor, today Boxing Day is mainly known as a shopping holiday. Boxing Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Visit the Zoo Day  (December 27th)

Celebrate Visit the Zoo day with a trip to your favorite zoo.

Kwanzaa (December 26th to January 1st)

Kwanzaa is a 7-day celebration of African-American culture. The holiday was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 and is modeled after African harvest festival traditions.

Iowa’s Statehood (December 28th)

Iowa was admitted into the Union on December 28, 1846.

Texas’s Statehood (December 29th)

Texas became a state on December 29, 1845.

New Year’s Eve (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve is the last day of the calendar year. Many people celebrate with parties and fireworks and stay up till midnight to ring in the New Year. Some also set resolutions or goals for the New Year.

Free December Unit Studies and Lessons

Have fun learning this December! I will add more unit studies and lessons next year. Be sure to pin this post so you can find it next December.

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