christmas curriculum chalkboard baking

Recap: A Connected Christmas - Week One

What a wonderful first week of A Connected Christmas! Seeing your children reciting the poetry I spent hours pouring over, enjoying the art pieces I chose and researched, and falling in love with our favorite living Christmas stories has warmed my heart all week long. Most of all, seeing your children digesting the Word of God in a new way through narration and illustrations has been my greatest reward.

Each day I got countless messages from mamas sharing their enjoyment of the curriculum and how much connection and fun they're having too. I've been told that A Connected Christmas is living up to its name in homes across the world, and I'm so thankful. See what some mamas have said this week:

"My three children and I have enjoyed A Connected Christmas so much! We have read wonderful stories, read scripture, poems, and more!! Our favorite part is the hands-on activities which are simple and easy to prep for. I can already see this study becoming a holiday family tradition for years to come!"

"After using A Connected Christmas for a week, I can already tell my children and I are engaging more with the Advent season than we ever have before. This curriculum focuses on intentionality and assists in guiding us in the season and the memories there are to make. A Connected Christmas has been so painstakingly crafted to ensure a simple, easy flow to the elements involved... from the scripture studies all the way down to the hands-on connections. It’s all so beautifully laid out and we are enjoying it immensely!"

Throughout the course of our week, we studied the beginning passages of the biblical Christmas story by reading, narrating, and illustrating. The children can't wait to see how the rest of the story unfolds.

Related: Recap: A Connected Christmas - Week Two and Recap: A Connected Christmas - Week Three

The Snowy Day Snow Dough

We made sensory snow dough after reading The Snowy Day and made soap carvings like the woodworker in The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.

paper snowflakes chalkboard

We spent afternoons crafting paper snowflakes and foraged for twigs to make tree ornaments. Our kitchen and bellies were filled with cinnamon and spice as we made and ate sweet gingerbread families. My children fell in love with the carol "Mary Did You Know?" and the poem Winter Morning Poem by Ogden Nash–they haven't stopped singing and reciting since Monday.

Here are some photos of other families enjoying A Connected Christmas in their home.

Christmas Art Study

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Brown
string wrapped twig christmas trees

Photo courtesy of @twigsandsage

Photos courtesy of Kimberly Johnson

gingerbread cookie baking

Photo courtesy of @twigsandsage
soap carving
Photo courtesy of @raising.wild.wests
snow dough
Photo courtesy of @ourcoopernest

I'd love to see photos of your family using A Connected Christmas in your home! Tag me @treehouse_schoolhouse and use the hashtag #aconnectedchristmas.

If you enjoyed A Connected Christmas, I hope you will consider our newest Christmas advent, A Connected Christmas: Around the World. A Connected Christmas: Around the World revisits the nativity story with all of the beauty subjects, hymns, baking, and handcrafts alongside a study of how the holiday season is celebrated in countries across the globe.


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