We’ve finished up our second week of A Connected Christmas, and we are really starting to get into the rhythm of Christmas Schooling! Throughout the course of week two, we continued studying passages of the biblical Christmas story by reading, narrating, and illustrating. We learned about Mary’s song, the birth of John the Baptist, Zechariah’s song, and when an angel came to Joseph. The children’s narration notebooks are filling up! They memorized Matthew 1:21 and reviewed last week's scripture memory as well.
The kids loved singing along to “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and learning the poem “The Waits” by Margaret Deland. Our poet and artist studies took us on a trip to Boston, Massachusetts, and Italy! My kids especially love illustrating the imagery from the poems and recreating the artwork we study all week.
We sliced and baked oranges after reading (and crying through) An Orange for Frankie. Our hearts were moved while reading Christmas Day in the Morning and we wrote “Acts of Service” gift lists to show our love in a tangible way. We spent afternoons making molasses candy like Pa and Mas Ingalls of Christmas in the Big Woods and learned to make Swedish paper hearts like the children in Noisy Village. We filled the house with the sweet smell of cinnamon when we made cinnamon applesauce star ornaments.
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:
"I purchased A Connected Christmas so that I could share Jesus’ birth story with my kids (ages 8 and 4). It’s surpassed my expectations! It lays out the story of Jesus’s birth so well, I’m even learning a lot with them! But it’s so much more than that! All the books we read together are wonderful in their own ways, the poems and Christmas Hymns my children are learning will stick with them for the rest of their lives. We do this study right after breakfast and we all look forward to it! I can’t recommend this study enough!"
Here are some photos of other families enjoying A Connected Christmas in their home.