More Christmas Books

 


I saw this idea on Pinterest and I knew that Cricket would absolutely love it, so I set out to collect and wrap 24 Christmas books for an Advent countdown. I ended up with 28 books somehow so we started early, and she has been opening one each day.

This has been a huge hit so far, and we have both really enjoyed the variety of books. I chose not to number them so that she could pick whatever she wanted to open each day. I did write the title on the back of each package so that if she asked about a specific book I could find it. 
 
These are the books that Cricket opened and read this week:
Dora’s Counting Christmas – This is a simple countdown style book with a Dora theme. Cricket liked the Christmas items in the book, and of course Dora and Boots.
The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear – Cricket loves her Berenstain Bear books and this was no exception. I liked the “Joy of Giving” focus, but I’m struggling with balancing the Santa stuff.
A Very Minty Christmas – This was a My Little Pony board book. It had a basic countdown theme going through the book as well as a find the stockings theme. Cricket seemed to enjoy it overall.
The Animals’ Christmas Eve – Cricket loved this one, I think again because it focused on animals. This book also offered a basic counting lesson. I really liked that the animals were telling the story of the birth of Jesus, and the real reason for the season.
The Christmas Story – This is the closest story I have found to reading the actual nativity story out of the bible. Cricket was familiar with the terms and story from our Truth in Tinsel studies this year, and she enjoyed the pictures.
A Child Was Born: A First Nativity Book – This book is probably best suited for a preschooler, the story is very simplified. Cricket wasn’t very drawn in by this one, but I liked it’s illustrations.

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Week Two of Christmas School

Once again, a large part of our very enjoyable school time has been spent doing the Truth in Tinsel advent activities.

On Day 5 – Cricket made her Mary Ornament. She was very particular about Mary’s clothing and REALLY enjoyed making this one.

On Day 6 – Cricket got to waterpaint these images for Elizabeth and Mary. I loved that she was able to make this independently and that she got so much out of the message. When we finished them, she wanted Elizabeth and Mary holding hands since they were so close.

On Day 7 – Cricket loved learning about Mary’s song. Cricket is all about expressing herself through song so she really got into this lesson. While she was making her ornament we enjoyed some Veggie Tales Christmas tunes.

On Day 8 – We discussed the birth of John the Baptist and the foretelling of the birth of Jesus. Part of the lesson was Zechariah referring to Jesus as the Rising Sun, hence our sun ornament. Cricket adored this glitter paper.

On Day 9 – Cricket made a Joseph ornament, and once I was able to convince her that Joseph would have been wearing a robe (and not pants) she was very specific about how to decorate him. He absolutely had to have a beard, like the ones that we saw when I was convincing her he should have a robe.

On Day 10 – We talked all about how Joseph’s visit with an angel was different than Zechariah and Mary. It was different because Joseph was visited in a dream. Cricket really seemed to get into this discussion, but she wasn’t very into the pillow ornament.

On Day 11- We focused on the importance and meaning of Jesus’ name. Instead of doing a collage we wrote Jesus’ name largely, and surrounded it by the names of all of our friends.

In addition to Truth in Tinsel we have been marking items off of our Christmas To Do List.

This week we managed to read the Nativity story and set ours up, send a package to a loved one, and make fudge.

Blessings,

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Christmas Books – Week 2

 


I saw this idea on Pinterest and I knew that Cricket would absolutely love it, so I set out to collect and wrap 24 Christmas books for an Advent countdown. I ended up with 28 books somehow so we started early, and she has been opening one each day.

This has been a huge hit so far, and we have both really enjoyed the variety of books. I chose not to number them so that she could pick whatever she wanted to open each day. I did write the title on the back of each package so that if she asked about a specific book I could find it. 
 

These are the books that Cricket opened and read this week:
Elmo’s Squeaky Santa – This was a Target Dollar Spot find from last year. I’m seeing a theme here! This was a simple little Christmas book light on content and meaning.
Alabaster’s Song – Cricket was not interested in this book by looking at the cover, but I convinced her to let me read it anyway. That was a good thing, since she really enjoyed the book. I think it was nice to have something “magical” about Christmas that was still Christ focused.
A Christmas Prayer – I reviewed this book last year for Thomas Nelson, and I still really love it. It is a great companion to our Truth in Tinsel activities. It is a wonderful retelling of the Christmas story in children’s words and terms.
The Story of Christmas – I think this is my favorite Christmas Nativity book so far. It just does such a good job of telling THE story of Christmas to a child. I’m so happy Mimi added this one to our collection.
The Nutcracker – This is an old children’s version of the classic tale from my childhood. Cricket wasn’t so sure about this at first, but she ended up liking all the dancing in it. She has been really interested in my nutcracker collection since reading it too.
The Golden Christmas Tree – Cricket loved this book, because it had all of her favorite animals in it. She loved reading about the animals Christmas celebration, and I would recommend it to any little animal lovers.
The Penguin Who Wanted to Be Different – A Christmas Wish – This was a cute twist on a Santa style Christmas story. We both loved that it was all about penguins, a favorite in our house.

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Week One of Christmas School

Cricket and I do a modified version of our normal school week during December. We still do a lot of reading and other “normal” activities everything is just Christmas themed. The only thing we have continued from our traditional school week so far is her Horizon math work.

A large part of our very enjoyable school time has been spent doing the Truth in Tinsel advent activities.

Luckily we started on Monday to get ahead a little, since I already got sick and we missed two days at the end of the week. You know what they say about the best laid plans! Cricket has loved these lessons though and making the ornaments has really brought everything home.

On Day 1 – We made a Candle for Jesus “The Light of the World”. Cricket was telling her Daddy about this lesson and the names of Jesus that night, and said “but Daddy his real name is Jesus”. Cuteness.

On Day 2 – Cricket chose to mix red and blue to make purplish paint for our crown, and she added glitter instead of sequins or gems. She still wasn’t so sure about the other names of Jesus.

On Day 3 – We made Zechariah, and I think this was Cricket’s favorite thus far. While this isn’t a “cute ornament” I would want to keep, it REALLY sunk in the story. She loved popping the bubble on Zechariah’s mouth!

On Day 4 – We focused on the angel Gabriel and also what angels of the bible did. This was probably our best discussion yet. We also verged into talking about loved ones that we have lost and Cricket is still very focused on our dog that we had to put to sleep. She wanted to make our ornament look like M (our dog) and not like Gabriel. I couldn’t figure out how to make a black lab angel ornament so we compromised. We made the Gabriel ornament together and then she drew a picture of angel M. (It’s hard to see M’s pink wings, but they are there)

Once again, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy if you haven’t already. You can see how much everyone is loving it here on the Facebook page. I’ve really enjoyed seeing what everyone has done.

In addition to Truth in Tinsel we have been marking items off of our Christmas To Do List.

We started with decorating and these are a few pictures of Cricket’s room. Her Nativity has been one of my favorite purchases for her, just this year she has already played with it for several hours (in context).

She really loved making the Borax Snowflake Crystals. We must have checked in on them over a dozen times in the day that it was forming. I think I let her make this a little too big, it was hard to get out of the jar, but we will definitely be doing this simple activity again.

Before
After a few hours
Final Project

Cricket and I also worked together on the Felt Tree for her school room. She had very specific instructions on the ornaments and wanted to embellish them herself.

We also marked buy presents, make a present for someone, and have a movie night off of our list.

Oh, and for a little bit a realism this is how our school room looked on Monday and why we did our day 1 project at her lap desk. 

Blessings,

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Christmas Reading

 


I saw this idea on Pinterest and I knew that Cricket would absolutely love it, so I set out to collect and wrap 24 Christmas books for an Advent countdown. I ended up with 28 books somehow so we started early, and she will open one each day through Christmas Eve.

This has been a huge hit so far, and we have both really enjoyed the variety of books. I chose not to number them so that she could pick whatever she wanted to open each day. I did write the title on the back of each package so that if she asked about a specific book I could find it.

These are the books that Cricket opened and read this week:
12 Days of Christmas – This was a Target Dollar Spot find, and she loved it when I “sang” the book to her. She has enjoyed looking through it on her own, and it’s simple enough that she can somewhat read it independently.
Peanuts Color & Read Along Snow Day – Cricket has enjoyed having a book that she CAN color in since this is normally a big no no. This was another Dollar Spot find.
The Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas – The Poky Little Puppy was one of my favorite books as a child, and my mom got this for me a few years ago. It’s a cute little story, and Cricket enjoyed it because it was about a dog.
Country Angel Christmas – Cricket really liked this story about the littlest angels and how they helped prepare for the Christmas celebration in heaven. I thought it was odd that a Christmas book set in heaven contained Saint Nicholas, but only eluded to Jesus.
The Nativity – Cricket asked for me to find this book, making me glad I had labeled them. It focuses on the different animals in the nativity story and the role that they each played.
The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving – I think this was Cricket’s favorite so far based on her retelling, but she read this one with Daddy (and it’s new) so I don’t have thoughts on it yet.
Countdown to Christmas – This is a Big Bird Golden Book that I found at a thrift store. Cricket enjoyed it, and I liked that it emphasized presents being special surprises

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