This year for the month of December, we are putting a pause to our regular lessons and jumping full force into “Christmas Schooling.” We have used many guides and curriculums in the past during the Advent season, and this year, I wrote my own! I am so honored to share it with you.
I have always wanted the Christmas season to be beautiful and nostalgic for my children. My desire is for this season to mark their hearts with traditions and give them warm memories of togetherness in our home. Most of all, I want the Advent season to draw them to their Savior. Out of these desires, A Connected Christmas was born.
A Connected Christmas is an invitation to gather your family and celebrate beauty and delight through festive carols, stories, poetry, art, baking, and handcrafts. It's about family, it's about Him. It's about connecting hearts to the heart of Christmas- to the truth of Jesus coming to earth to seek and save the lost.
A Connected Christmas is designed to be used with the whole family at the same time. It includes Bible, memorization, recitation, writing, stories, narration, and a plethora of beauty subjects (hymns, poetry, art, and handcrafts). A Connected Christmas was created for children Kindergarten-5th grade, but can easily be adapted for preschoolers and middle schoolers as well.
Each week families memorize a passage of scripture, worship together with a Christmas carol, enjoy a festive poem, and study a winter or nativity-themed piece of art. Along with that, each day families snuggle together and read a holiday picture book and then enjoy a coordinating handcraft or baking project that reiterates a theme in the story.
The foundation of the lesson time includes reading a passage of scripture aloud. These passages are studied in chronological order to complete the biblical nativity story by the end of the curriculum. Children orally narrate the passage and then complete a written narration in their "Christmas Story Narration Notebook". Then they illustrate the day's passage, completing a 16-page keepsake by the end of the season.
This guide is designed to be used five days a week for the four weeks leading up to Christmas, but can easily be moved around to fit into a four-day schedule or used as Morning Time plans.
Watch this video for an in-depth peek inside the curriculum:
Watch this video for tips on preparing to begin A Connected Christmas:
See how we include ACC into our daily rhythm here.