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|I'm really looking forward to Lent our next set of elaborate devotions, though. We're even going to make our own King Cake for Mardi Gras and our own ashes for Ash Wednesday (we saved our palm leaves from last Palm Sunday to burn). We also have an elaborate liturgy in the home for Holy Week, too, but I won't get into that because I really am rambling . .|
Well, you did ask . . .
For Palm Sunday, we collect pine needles and act out Jesus riding into Jerusalem (this year, we might even act out the Lazarus story the night before). I have a felt scene of Jerusalem that I made and pictures of Jesus doing different things for each day. We read the Bible story associated with each picture and then move Jesus to the appropriate places. We even build a garden of Gethsemane. On Maundy Thursday, we wash each other's feet and reinact the Last Supper by making our own unleavened bread and grape juice that we share. On Good Friday, we cover our cross with black lace at noon and leave it that way until Easter. One of dd's favorite games to play is hide the resurrected Jesus, in which she takes our picture of the resurrected Jesus that we put out on Easter and hides him and we have to find them. This is in honor of how Jesus would appear and disappear after his resurrection. (She came up with this idea, not me, but hey, she likes it and still talks about it a year later.) This year I'm planning on incorporating some Taize chants with our Holy Week devotion. There's a fantastic one called "Stay with Me" that is for Maundy Thursday. It's just haunting. I love it. One of the most memorable experiences of my life was Holy Week services at an Episcopal church that did Taize chant.
We also have a 7-candle holder that holds the Lenten candles we make on Candlemas (Feb.2) from our Advent candles (Palm Sunday is pink, the next 4 candles are purple, Good Friday is pink, Saturday is purple and Easter is white). The deal is to light all the candles on the first day, and after that you light one less candle so by Easter, you only light one candle (the opposite of Advent). We have a Lenten family devotional that we read each night during Lent, by the light of our Christ candle from Advent (the largest white one in the center of the Advent wreath).
(We actually attend a non-liturgical church, but I LOVE liturgy--I'm a Medievalist--so we do our own Liturgy of the Home, as I call it. It's amazing and it really "speaks" to dd in a way that no 2-dimensional children's Bible study can, imo.)
It was recently pointed out to me that my adorable, very much still a baby, 3.5yo would be going to prep if he were in a typical schooling family...
So may I take a moment to.... and then... .. seriously I may just
Ok, I'm over it now I just can't believe that this sweet, ringlet framed face is of an age for structured learning! So I refuse BUT I would like to snaggle neat ideas for fun activities that I can set him up with while I do his brothers (grades 1 and 3 this year) formal stuff. He is a cute babbly little dude who didn't even really start talking until just a year ago!
He IS recently getting interested in me reading to him (only VERY short books though lol) and colouring/ drawing and such. I do have playdoh, and things like lacing cards & buttons that he likes to play with but more inspiration is always good!
We are starting a Peter Rabbit lap book today without the Peter Rabbit book! I decided at the last minute to order it from Amazon and it should come tomorrow. So I printed off some coloring pages of Peter and we will talk about Beatrix Potter. This is our first lap book too!
The Peter Rabbit book came yesterday! So we read the story that night...twice! DD really enjoyed it and we will read it again then begin the lap book activities - I need to make copies on fun colored paper still....yes, slacker! LOL!
trottin', pole dancing, Norway and Sweden lovin' , ,WOHM Kiddos born 12/11/06 and 08/09/08
with #3 EDD:01/2013 So in love with my sweet Swede and my bonus-son 10/25/98
my son just turned 4. He did not talk at all till well past 3 and is in ST now.
He is my oldest, but i simply tell people we homeschool because EVERYONE here his age who is NOT a homeschool family IS in school. We get some pressure to put him in school it is jsut
I'm totally not meaning to brag (well, not in a "Holier than thou" sort of way) but this is the story dd composed tonight and I must say that I was really impressed. Do y'all mind if I share it? She just turned 4 and this is the first story she has EVER dictated. We've been reading lots of the original Winnie the Pooh lately, and that's where dd got her material for this. I'm most impressed by how she really captured the verbage inherent in the Pooh stories, and also the flow of conversation. I'm really proud of her.
In Which Kanga and Baby Roo comes to the Forest and Roo Falls In
One day, Cecily came to visit Pooh. He plunged into the water with a splash and Rabbit came along. “Pooh!” he cried as he plunged into the water too. “Let’s make a contraption.” And Cecily made a pipe-cleaner contraption to rescue Pooh and Rabbit out of the water. And mommy got cardboard tubes and banged them against Pooh’s feet (to get the water off). And daddy got a net to try to fish Piglet out of the water, who plunged in too.i “Make a loud noise until rescued,” said Rabbit to Pooh.
And Pooh had so much time that he forgot it was time for a little something. And when he got home, he went to the larder and stood on a chair and reached up to the very top shelf and found twelve pots of honey. And then Piglet came and said, “What about a little something at my house?” “I’ve already had my little something” said Pooh. “What about a little something later at your house?” said Pooh. So Pooh went to Piglet’s house, went to the larder, and stood on a chair and reached up to the very top shelf and found haycorns. “Mmm” he said with a sigh. “Delicious. I do love these haycorns.”
And he went back home and hummed a little hum to himself and it went like this. “How a bear say thee light and love, for the hope and the love of Jesus Christ is born today on Christmas Day in the morning.” And then Kanga and Baby Roo came along and everyone gathered around him to watch him have his hot chocolate tea.
Dictated by Cecily
January 12, 2010
i: This sentence was added a few minutes after the rest of the story when Cecily realized she hadn’t included daddy in the story and had meant to.
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