Each year we take the month of December off of our regular curriculum to focus on the birth of our Savior! As we began our ‘Christmas School’ this year, I found a great website for making a Jesse Tree. Its a fun, hands on way to retell the story of the family tree of Jesus!
You can download the ornaments as well as daily lessons for The Jesse Tree Here. (Just scroll down to the bottom for reflections(lessons) and Ornament downloads.)
Here is a sample of what your tree can look like. Some people use real trees and hang the ornaments on it. I’m planning on printing off the ornaments then either laminating them, or gluing them onto felt for durability. here’s a picture as we start our tree this year:
I also found this great book and we read a story from it each night: The Jesse Tree
I also found a fun list of Advent ideas from Teaching Mom. Just click on the calendar day you are on and you’ll find TONS of ideas for that day! (Note: This is the 2008 calendar, but the ideas are still great!)
Wild Wood Learning put up a whole Advent Idea Box website as well, with tons of ideas!
Have a Merry Christmas!