(Our Pocket Advent Calendar)
The Countdown has begun for all Christians and especially Catholics during this blessed time of Advent! In our home school that means LOTS and LOTS of picture books and read-alouds. Like so many who read my blog, we have also enjoyed the lovely TOMIE DEPAOLA CHRISTMAS UNIT and the JAN BRETT LITERATURE STUDIES in years past.
This year, we are including all these FAVORITE BOOKS as well as some wonderful NEW ONES to the bookshelf! We will surely have more than enough to keep us busy Counting... our way through Advent to Epiphany!! This superbly illustrated picture book has been a favorite since Violet was a toddler and we discoverd Nancy Tafuri in our little library. Back then she was just as thrilling and a joy to read as she is today! Here's a little snippet:
"I'm counting to Christmas. On days 1, 2 and 3, I paint,cut, and paste. On days 4, and 5, I write, stamp and send. On days 6, 7, and 8 I pour, measure, and mix...On days 19 and 20 I cut, spread, and sprinkle..."
The story written for her daughter Cristina has the joy and wonder of the season beautifully drawn throughout the book. At the end, there are special recipes and ideas for the countdown including treats for the outdoor friends!! It's a true delight!
One new one for us this year is another delightful and heartwarming story, The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas, by Madeleine L'Engle. It's wonderful and my kids could hardly let me put it down last night to go off to bed. We are finishing it today and will be doing many of the sweet activities suggested by the ever-gifted Cay at her Cajun Cottage and House of Literature site! She has carefully selected ideas from the book and made a fun way to read through the book as an Advent calendar! Thanks Cay!
We'll also be doing her literature study of Night Tree, by Eve Bunting, who has become an author we absolutely adore. She truly has the hearts of children (and adults) captured by her stories, and they lend so well to further study and activities.
We are just going to start Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent, just waiting to pick it up from the library today!!
Here's a look at our Jesse tree with Advent Cubes in progress, the Cubes are in the basket and all has to be on top of our piano, for no little tiny hands to dismantle!! This is surely to be one of our favorite activities we will look forward to every year, thanks to Alice for bringing this lovely idea for us to make wonderful Advent memories with our family!!
To the right of the Jesse Tree is Seamus's special wood Nativity set for this year as little Mr. Sean-Paul still wants to put them in his mouth!! : o Baby Jesus is hidden behind one of the trees awaiting his place on Christmas Eve!!
May God Bless you in your Advent plans for today!!