As a former Pre-Kindergarten teacher and now stay-at-home mommy of 2 boys and a sweet baby girl, many people ask me how they can be implementing educational concepts in the lives of their young children at home before they enter school. Instead of trying to come up with a quick list of ideas off the top of my head to answer these questions, I have decided to put all of my lessons into this blog. I, along with so many other parents, want to be purposeful at home with my children and make the most of the time I have with them.
I hope that this blog can help, encourage, and inspire you to work with your kiddos and
get involved in the learning process! The benefits will be endless,
and the moments you share together will be priceless! As Dr. Seuss once said,
"The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Thinking Theme: Easter

* This Easter I really want to focus on Holy Week and each significant event that happened leading up to the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  I want Sawyer to learn what this holiday is truly all about!  I've included 5 specific lessons (will post pics as we go) with scripture references for you to read with your children.  May you have a blessed week remembering the incredible sacrifice Jesus Christ made for all of us and praising God for His gift of love!

Memory Verses:
"But the angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.'" Matthew 28: 5-6

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live.'" John 11:25

1. Palm Sunday: John 12:12-17 - Palm Leaf Craft from DLTK
* Read the verses about Palm Sunday and print out the palm leaf and "Jesus is My King!" page from DLTK. Cut out the leaf and sentence, and glue them to a piece of construction paper.  Cut out small pieces of green tissue paper or construction paper, and glue them on the leaf. 

2. The Last Supper: Mark 14:12-26 - Communion as a Family
* Read the verses about the last supper.  Explain what communion is to your children and how it is a special way we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross.  Break the bread and pray over it, then eat it.  Then pray over the cup and drink the juice.  Only Michael and I did this because our children are not believers yet, but we wanted to demonstrate to them what the last supper represents to us as Christians.  We explained that one day when they accept Jesus into their hearts, they can participate in this holy communion, as well.  This was such a special, blessed time for us as a family!

3. Prayer in the Garden: Matthew 26:36-45- Prayer Pail from Lu Bird Baby
* Read the verses about Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane.  Talk about the importance of prayer and how even the Son of God had to pray for guidance and comfort.  Create this prayer pail/jar using any kind of small cup, pot, or pail and popsicle sticks.  On the sticks, write the names of people you can pray for daily, as well as things like your church, your school, and your country.  Each day your child can pick out a popsicle stick and pray for something specific.  This is a great way to pray with your children!

4. The Cross: Mark 15:33-40 - Cross Book from Ministry to Children or Cross Craft from Frills, Fluff, and Trucks
* Read the verses about the cross, and choose one or both of these activities to do.  We did the stained glass cross craft and followed the directions from Frills, Fluff and Trucks but tweaked it a little bit.  Instead of contact paper, I used parchment paper because I already had that on hand.  Also, we just did one layer instead of two.  It still turned out very pretty!  This was a great way to teach Sawyer about how the cross was a very sad thing that Jesus died on but also a beautiful symbol of the sacrifice He made for us!

5. The Empty Tomb: Matthew 28:1-8 - Resurrection Rolls from DLTK
* This is a very precious way to end the week!  Read the verses about the empty tomb, and follow the directions from DLTK in order to bake these special rolls.  I love this "kid-friendly" way of sharing what the resurrection is! 

Where did it go?

Praise the Lord!  He is risen!


* Jelly Bean Prayer/Jelly Bean Prayer

* The Real Easter Bunny

* Happy Home Fairy Easter Ideas

* Playing House in Maryland Easter Egg Games

* 2 Teaching Mommies 12 Days of Easter

1 comment:

  1. LOVE. We are doing the palm craft right now and I already bought a pail. Your hard work is a BLESSING to mommies!