It’s that time of year again! I live in Central California, which means the weather outside isn’t frightful at all yet (my children are still wearing short sleeves most days), but the leaves turned pretty shades of red and orange, and rumor has it Thanksgiving is next week. That means…DecemberTerm planning is here!
I am planning to share my finalized plans sometime this week, but I thought today I’d post what I’m looking at for resources. Of course, my two greatest resources are the women I met with last night for brainstorming…
- For morning devotions, I bought The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean. Last year, I wrote my own, but this year I am trying to simplify, simplify. In our meeting last night, we all agreed that The Jesse Tree tradition is more suited to school (especially if coloring/making ornaments), while “regular” Advent devotions with candle lighting is more suited to evenings and husbands. So, we’re doing both.
- Speaking of making ornaments, I would like to someday make really nice Jesse Tree ornaments with the children. But this year, I’m just trying to perfect a few things before we take that step. For this year, I think I’m just going to print off the ornament symbol pattern available from the RCA on cardstock, cut them out, punch a hole in them, and tie a red ribbon through the top for hanging. This example of self-drying clay ornaments might be a fun project with the children next year.
- For evening Advent devotions, my husband usually has me choose something, and then he leads with whatever I picked out. This year, I’m trying to decide between the two amazing options, available free online, courtesy of Christ the King Presbyterian Church.
- Last night, we nailed down one manner per week to teach during morning Circle Time, but I still need to assign verses to each day, and then the manners will appear, like last year, in my posted plans.
- For memory work this year, we’re taking the plunge and attempting Luke 2. We all agreed that we always think that Luke 2 is a good idea, but then we also think our children are too young. Well, the oldest children are now not too young, and the younger children always surprise me, so we’ll see how far we get and it’ll be great. My only hurdle now is deciding on a version. I use the NASB for my own Bible reading. But I adore the King James, especially for memory work. Our church, however, uses the ESV, and that is what will be used when they read the Christmas story during the service. Decisions, decisions…
- A local church is offering weekly Advent lunchtime organ concerts, so we are going to try and eat a very early lunch and attend those weekly during Advent. If we like it, we might make it a tradition of sorts.
What plans do you have up your sleeve? Does Advent have a major impact on your children’s education?
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