Monday, December 22, 2008

What God Wants for Christmas

Wow - has it really been almost two weeks since the last post? My mom came into town last Saturday, and despite my best intentions, I have not been able to get a post up. If you've been checking in periodically, thanks for sticking with us!

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, we celebrated our last day of school before taking a break for the Christmas holidays. For Circle Time, Miss K read the kids a really neat book called What God Wants for Christmas:

The book comes with a nativity scene, six nativity figurines, and seven boxes that are wrapped like presents. As the reader reads the story, the first six boxes are opened to reveal the nativity figurines. Finally, after asking again and again what God wants for Christmas, the seventh box is opened to reveal a mirror, because...what God wants for Christmas is YOU!

This was the last day we would be meeting for quite some time, so we made it a little special. Everyone got dressed up, and we spent the day making Christmas crafts. Afterward, we even went to lunch together - how fun!

For starters, the kids made wreath picture frame ornaments...

...and then they decorated miniature gingerbread houses:

Miss D's daughter's ski chalet:

Hmmm, not sure what happened to the roof on this one, but it looks delicious:

Miss K's mother- and father-in-law were visiting from out of town. We loved their company, and they were extremely helpful - the gingerbread houses were kind of an "all hands on deck" sort of thing.

Finally, the kids made an ornament kind of like this one, although I can't find the exact one. We closed with the N story and verse from My ABC Bible Verses, "No one can serve two masters," and then we headed to McD's for nuggets all around - it was a fun way to end our first semester together.


Paul and Ines said...

I've been peeking on your blog recently & I love the idea of mothers getting together & doing it yourself. I love Montessori philosophy & have always wanted to do it myself...maybe in the future :)

BG said...

I just wanted you to know how much I love your blog! Your pictures and stories are great! They are a fabulous record of what you guys are doing but also an excellent resource for mothers like me! Thanks for taking the time to do this! I wish I could do this with you guys!