To be honest, I don’t think I’d be feeling very Advent-ish at all this year if I weren’t forced to do so by my job.
But there are 18 second-graders in my foster classroom, and it’s my sworn duty to teach them all about Advent (hey, it’s actually in the curriculum! Their book has chapters for each season of the Church year.)
So before we headed off to Thanksgiving break, we made this:
Inside each little “door” of the calendar is an activity (fun, festive or devotional) suggested by the kids.
I also have Sarah Reinhard’s Welcome Baby Jesus book and I know how to use it. It’s perfect for this age group.
I bought a little tinsel tree at 5 Below yesterday and plan to have them make Jesse Tree ornaments to hang on it. Don’t know from a Jesse Tree? Don’t feel bad; I don’t either. I’m relying upon the extensive resources Christine at Domestic Vocation has compiled. You can even sign up for daily Jesse Tree devotionals.
Tomorrow we’re going to make little mangers out of cardboard jewelry boxes. I have a container of yellow basket filler. When the children do a good deed for someone else, they can put a “straw” in their manger.
Finally, I’m going to take the Holy Family out of the cloth manger scene (my kids’ baby toy) and let the students move them around the classroom, each day getting closer to the manger. We’ll start at my desk tomorrow.
Around the house, it’s time to take out the manger scene and set up the empty stable. And, of course, we’ll have the Advent wreath on the dinner table.
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3 thoughts on “Advent 2014: And So It Begins”
Thanks for the linkup, Barb!
Nice post! Those 18 kids are going to have fun this Advent and learn a lot! Thanks for joining the Catholic Bloggers Linkup!
I *never* feel Adventy. Evvvverrrrr. But, funny thing: I did a similar thing with my own kids. I’m using my Advent box thing (which my MIL always uses for candy) and have an activity in each one. Today, for example, we’re “making room for decorations” (which is a tricky way of saying “clean this mess pile up,” I suppose, as much to myself as to them).
Great ideas, and love the pictures! I’m always glad that Advent (and Lent, for that matter) come no matter how I feel. 😉