Friday, December 4, 2009

A Week of Christmas Fun!

The tree is up and the advent studies have's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! That's why I'll be devoting next week's blog posts to all-things-Christmas. We've got Christmas lessons, crafts, recipes, and gift ideas. I've got enough ideas for at least one post a day, so check back often!

Let's start out with a few...okay, a lot of ideas for your advent season...

I cannot begin to tell you how much we enjoyed Christmas last year simply because of participating in advent. Before last year, advent was always a little mysterious to me...but after a little research I found that it really just boils down to taking a little bit of time each day of December to focus on the true meaning of Christmas as a family. You can see my post about advent from last year here.

Once again, we are taking a pause from our regular studies during the month of December to focus on our advent studies. Advent does not have to take the place of your regular studies, but we tend to find ourselves ready to mix things up a bit by this time of the year.

Okay the two resources that get my HIGHEST recommendation this year are the Jotham's Journey series and the Advent Idea Box.

The Advent Idea Box is a FREE online resource and created by my good friend, Jenn. She has put together daily lesson plans including devotionals, games, craft ideas, recipes and more. Jenn has truly taken all the hard work out of planning an advent unit study and is so generous to offer this resource for free!

Bartholomew's Passage is the second book in a beautiful trilogy. (The first book is Jotham's Journey.) Choose one of these books to read aloud each night as a family during advent. The stories are wonderfully written, edge-of-your-seat, true Christmas tales and each evening's passage includes a devotional.

We will be using both of these resources this year as well as a few more.

Now for more freebies...

Audrey's Christmas Page has loads of links to coloring pages, crafts, recipes...oh, there's too much to list. You'll have to look for yourself!

Here is a Christmas Movie Unit Study for homeschoolers with lessons based on four Christmas movies: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, It's a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Carol.

A free unit study to download on The Names of Jesus. Each day your kids will study a different name of Jesus. I really like this one.

Free printable ornaments and idea to Make a Jesse Tree.

Christmas Nativity Felt Board Fun.

Christmas Crafts and printables at Enchanted Learning.

Free Nativity Lapbook to print.

Free Christmas Symbols lapbook.

Free Christmas Customs lapbook.

Free Christmas Around the World Unit.

Well, that should keep you busy for now! Check back next week for more ideas!

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  1. There is an award for you at Have a beautifully blessed Saturday.

  2. What a GREAT list of resources! Thanks!

  3. Thanks, Shanna! I'm thrilled to hear it's something your family is enjoying and joining us in! This past year, Chris and I have changed the site up a bit, to make it easier to use and we've moved it to:

    Every year, as we run across new ideas and traditions that the kids love, we try to add them in to the site, so it definitely never gets old.



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