An Expectant Easter homeschool curriculum

Curriculum Overview: An Expectant Easter

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A few years ago, Easter time snuck up on me and I had only a few days to prepare how and what I would do to make the season special and reflective for my children. I tried to throw some things together, but the season came and went and we barely brushed on the topic of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I realized that just a couple months before that I had spent weeks preparing and celebrating Jesus’ birth at Christmas, but what about the most important part of the story? I decided from that year on I would spend just as much energy preparing our hearts for Easter as I do for Christmas.

My desire is to mark their hearts with traditions and give them warm memories of togetherness in our home during the season leading up to Easter. I want to make it memorable, fun, and most of all, draw them to their Savior. Out of these desires, I decided to create a guide to follow in our home and I am so honored to share it with you.

An Expectant Easter Overview

An Expectant Easter is a Bible-based, Charlotte Mason-inspired curriculum designed with your whole family in mind. It’s an invitation to gather your family to center your hearts on what Easter is all about. Through Bible stories, hymns, poetry, art studies, picture books, projects, baking, tea time, and nature studies, your family will spend three weeks connecting together and focusing on the newness of Spring, the sacrifice that Jesus made, and the power of his resurrection.

The foundation of your lesson time will include reading a passage of scripture to your children. These passages will be studied in chronological order to complete the crucifixion and resurrection story by the end of the curriculum. Children will love opening a Bible Story Easter Egg each day that a new story is read, which holds a clue to the day’s story. To practice sequencing and retention of the stories, they will enjoy putting the clues in order as you progress through the passages. Children will orally narrate each Bible story and complete a written narration in their "Easter Story Narration Notebook." They will then illustrate the day's passage, completing a 12-page keepsake by the end of the season.

Each week your family will also memorize a passage of scripture, worship together with a hymn, enjoy a poem, and study a biblically-themed piece of artwork. Along with that, each day you will snuggle together and read an Easter-themed picture book and then enjoy a coordinating handcraft or baking project that reiterates a theme in the story. On Fridays, you will have a sweet time together over tea and a treat and reflect on all you have learned. You will also complete a gentle and engaging Spring-themed nature study.

Curriculum Details

This 3-week curriculum includes the following:

  • Weekly grids with an overview of lessons
  • Daily plans that are detailed and easy-to-follow
  • Materials list broken down by week
  • Booklist including Read-Alouds and Art/Nature Study
  • Bible Story Egg Hunt Guide
  • Scripture memory display sheets & copywork
  • Poetry display sheets & copywork
  • Picture study sheets in high-resolution, full color
  • 12-Page Narration Notebook
  • Kid-friendly, classic Easter recipes
  • Handcrafts with detailed instructions and step-by-step photos

This year, An Expectant Easter is available as both a digital download and hard copy. The hard copy includes:

  • 1 spiral-bound Teacher Guide with daily lesson plans and hands-on connections
  • 1 spiral-bound Narration Notebook
  • 1 set of Student Sheets including display sheets, copy work, and menu inserts

You can also purchase separate Narration Notebooks & Student Sheets for additional students in your family.

You can find all of the books and materials I recommend for An Expectant Easter on my Amazon Storefront. If you have trouble finding all of the read aloud books, Hannah from The Whispering Glen, made this helpful list of places you can watch the stories for free.

We will be beginning the curriculum on March 28th and using it for the three weeks leading up to Easter. You can watch and follow along in stories each day on Instagram.

Watch this Instagram Video to see a peek inside and a walkthrough of the curriculum.

Watch this Instagram Video for tips on preparing for An Expectant Easter.

If you use An Expectant Easter and would like to be considered to be featured on my blog, please send your photos and Instagram handle or blog web address to treehouseschoolhouse@gmail.com. I would love to see and share!

4 comments

Treehouse Schoolhouse
Treehouse Schoolhouse

Hi Caitlin, if we sell out of the hard copies, we will restock them next year in February, but the digital download is available year round.

Treehouse Schoolhouse
Treehouse Schoolhouse

Hi Talia, all hard copies ship in 2-3 business days via USPS Media Mail.

Caitlin Harness
Caitlin Harness

Hello! This whole set is so beautiful and well thought out. I was wondering if it would be available all year long. We will start homeschooling next fall and I would love to do it then with my children.

Talia
Talia

How quickly will hard copies ship?

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