Monday, December 12, 2011

Advent: Week 2 - Preparation

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Memory Verse - Luke 2:1&3  (if you have older children you could add verse 2)
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered...And all went to be registered, each to his own town.

Verses to Read -

December 12th - John 1:1-9
December 13th - Luke 1:5-25
December 14th - Luke 1:57-66
December 15th - Luke 1:67-80
December 16th - Luke 2:1-3 & Micah 5:2

Ornaments to Use - (download ornaments)

December 12th - Courtroom witness
December 13th - No talking sign
December 14th - His make is John sign
December 15th - Crooked pathway made straight
December 16th - Go home sign

Song - O, Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above the deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by.
Yet in the dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

(There are more verses if your child is older or more ambitious!)

Activities - 

December 12th -
  • Have your child pretend to be John the Baptist.  Put a leather belt around him and a sweater (for the coat of camel's hair).
  • Ask your child questions about Jesus and have him be a 'witness' of what he knows.  Some of the things John the Baptist witnessed about were: Who is Jesus? (God' Son) and Why did Jesus come? (to take away the sins of the world).
  • You could have your child repeat (or read) the words of John the Baptist "After me one is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals.  I baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
  • Give your child a snack of honey and raisins (to represent locusts)

December 13th -
  • Tie a scarf around your child's mouth. (Not in any way to hurt them!  Just as a reminder to them to not talk.)
  • See how long they can be quiet (try 1 minute =)
  • Have the child try to communicate something to you without talking (wanting a snack or wanting to play with a certain toy, for example)

December 14 -
  • "His name is John." copywork

December 15 -
  • Help your child imagine what it would be like to finally be able to speak after 9 months of not talking.
  • Have your child practice a range of emotions (excited/bored, happy/sad, thankful/ungrateful, for example)
  • Have your child repeat (or read) parts of Zechariah's speech (from today's reading) how you think he might have said them (excited, thankful, etc.)

December 16th -
  • Explain to your child what a census is.
  • Conduct a small census of your own!  If you know your neighbors, you could knock on a few doors and ask how many people live in their house.  You could call a few family members and ask them.  Do whatever makes the most sense for your situation.
  • Have your child chart or graph (or just practice counting!) his findings.

Check back throughout the week to see more details on how we did each activity.  To see the entire list of verses we are using and breakdown of the weeks, click here.  Also, I'd love to know if you are doing this along with us!  Let me know if you have any questions or if you have any other ideas for celebrating Advent.

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  1. Love your activities! Thanks so much for stopping by Reading Confetti!

  2. Wow! What wonderful activities! We have put all of our "formal" schoolwork on hold this Advent to focus upon what is truly important. I am going to take note of your activities/suggestions for next year! I posted our 2nd week of Advent activities on my blog, as well. :-)

    Many blessings,

  3. Lisa, that's exactly what we are doing =) Good for you! I'll go check out your activities right now!

  4. Wow, such wonderful activities. Thanks for sharing.

    How can I help you today?

  5. Thank you, Jasmine. You could come over and do my dishes if you'd like to help =) j/k You provide me such great encouragement for being a better housewife...I don't know there is any more I could ask for! I always love blogging tips, though! ;)

  6. Great ideas!! I'll have to bookmark these to add to our stuff next year!


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