With Thanksgiving being later in November this year and the first Sunday of Advent being THIS Sunday, I’m in a little frenzy trying to work out all the homeschool Advent retreat and our Thanksgiving, and refine our own Advent plans, especially while having a computer on the fritz. But I think my retreat plans are all nailed down and I just need to make my way to a copy center, so I don’t use up all my toner.
I thought I would share the little projects we will be doing. Our retreat is aimed for the Kindergarten to 2nd grade crowd. While Advent is interspersed with all sorts of feasts, I wanted to present a more unified idea that will go through the whole of Advent.
The first is preparing the manger. I did this a few years ago, adapting Alice’s Take-Along Mangers. We painted the mangers brown, I cut raffia and gave each child a baggie to fill the manger, or an alternative is a list of good deeds and prayers printed out on yellow paper. This is the list I’m presenting: Manger Straws
For our Baby Jesus I use a wooden little people, man size 2 3/8″. These are available at the local craft stores. The children use permanent marker to draw the face. Then I have pieces of flannel to line the manger and wrap baby Jesus.
The second project is based on inspiration from Maryan. I bought loose-leaf rings for chore reminders and had extras. While I’m not providing lanyards, simple pipe cleaners made into a circle or shoestrings can hang these little cards on doorknobs. (I’d love to find a place to get purple lanyards inexpensively. Anyone have any suggestions?)
These are business card size, are meant to print on cardstock, and then cut out and hole-punched and put on loose-leaf rings such as these or found in your local office supply store. There is a picture and simple thought for each day of Advent until Christmas.
Advent calendar 2012