Week Three of A Connected Christmas is all wrapped up, and we’re starting to get sad that this special time of festive celebration is almost coming to an end! Throughout the course of week three, we continued studying passages of the biblical Christmas story by reading, narrating, and illustrating. We learned about Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, when Jesus was born, when the angels visited the shepherds, and when the shepherds spread the news! We memorized Luke 2:11:12.
The kids loved singing along to “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and learning the poem “Christmas Carol” by Sara Teasdale. Our poet and artist studies took us on trips to New York, Missouri, and Paris! My kids especially love illustrating the imagery from the poems and recreating the artwork that we study all week.
We made homemade hot cocoa and took a nature walk after reading The Crippled Lamb. We loved Apple Tree Christmas and read it over and over all week long. To bring the story to life, we made clove apples to hang on our Christmas tree. We spent afternoons making birdseed ornaments, and we made our own decorated tree just like in the book Night Tree. We enjoyed The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree and made beautiful nature wreaths with air-dry clay. After reading Great Joy, we rounded up some coats and canned goods to bring to a homeless shelter.
Each day I got countless messages from mamas sharing their enjoyment of the curriculum and how much connection and fun they're having too. Here's what one mama said about A Connected Christmas:
"I am so grateful for this wonderful Christmas curriculum. Lyndsey is so talented and poured SO much work into this beautiful program. It’s gentle and fun, but it also checks so many of the academic boxes. We’re memorizing poems, narrating, writing, and illustrating the Christmas story, painting beautiful pictures, reading a new lovely Winter/Christmas book each day, and doing hands-on activities that connect our minds and hearts to the subject matter and each other. This is the BEST!"
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.