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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Lesson Plan for Toddlers: A whole week of fun!

Here is my first attempt at lesson plans for Tornado. I had this whole post written and was so eloquent (ok, whatever) and all, but then lost it! Praise the Lord I had the lesson plan part in Word. At any rate, we've done very little "Christmas" this year, so I thought I'd take advantage of an extra set of hands this week (my mom will be here in an hour for the next couple weeks) and do our first ever homeschooling stuff. At 2, I'm mostly just planning some fun for us to do. I intend that he won't know he's "schooling" at all, but look forward to the deliberate quality time!
I thought I'd post now, before the week begins, in case any of you were interested in doing our Christmas theme lessons along with us! If anyone is interested (I'm sure we aren't the only ones with VERY mellow Christmas plans) in posting your version Christmas lessons on your blogs, let me know and I'll try to get Mr. Linky up as I share how our plans go. Merry Christmas!
Monday: Donkey Theme
Activities as they pertain to donkeys and their relationship to the Christmas Story.
1. Read Christmas stories with donkey in them.
2. Computer: look at picture of donkeys on Google Images, video of donkeys on youtube and find sounds of donkey.
3. Talk about what donkeys are good for (packing, sure footedness, etc)
4. Introduce color gray (hold up gray construction paper and/or gray crayon) Play color recognition game with gray and another color.
5. Color donkey color sheet.
6. Make donkey ears for him to wear and crawl around the house making donkey sounds. (I will have pre-cut pieces of gray and pink (inside of ears) and Tornado can glue everything together. His first experience with glue!)
7. Sing Donkey song. (Something I wrote: Donkey, donkey, soft and gray; carried His mother from far away; To Bethlehem all because; it was time for the birth of… Jesus!) You could say it as a rhyme too.
Tuesday: Stable/Barn Theme
Activities will focus on the place Jesus was born and what it is like (i.e. hay, animals, mostly outside, etc.) At this age, we will probably focus on the barn mostly because it is familiar to him and will give him a close idea.
1. Read Christmas stories and point out stables and mangers and such.
2. Talk about barns and hay and manger.
3. Make manger (popsicle/craft sticks?) and fill with hay (thin cut construction paper or raffia?) Talk about how animals eat from it. Leave it empty in anticipation.
4. Sing Away in a Manger.
Wednesday: Sheep Theme
Activities focus on sheep, the shepherds that watch them, and the meekness of Jesus birth.
1. Read Christmas books. Note sheep.
2. Explain shepherds in conjunction with books. (Take care of the sheep… we have a little board book about a little shepherd boy. )
3. Look at pictures and video clips online of sheep.
4. Sing sheep songs: BaBa Black Sheep (modified).
a. Ba Ba black sheep, have you any wool?
b. Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full
c. One for my mother,
d. One for a friend,
e. And the best for baby Jesus born in Bethlehem
f. Ba Ba black sheep, have you any wool?
g. Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
5. Talk about color black
6. Count to 3
7. Color sheep picture
Thursday: Jesus Theme
Activities focus on Jesus birth and the Christmas story. Also review other parts from Monday-Wednesday.
1. Read Christmas story from Luke 2 in adult Bible. Also read in toddler Bible, and read other books.
2. Play with cloth nativity dolls and place Jesus doll in our manger. (Talk about how Jesus was a baby, show animals around if possible.
3. Song time: Happy Birthday to Jesus, Jesus Loves Me, and others.
4. Color manger scene coloring sheet
Friday: Star Theme
Activities pertaining to the star.
1. Read Christmas books (toddlers need and love repetition!) point out star.
2. Intro 3 kings briefly and talk about gifts. Reference Christmas presents he got Thursday. Make present for Jesus and wrap it with yesterday’s wrapping paper. Bring it to Jesus in the manger later.
3. Color star sheet.
4. Count 5 points of star.
5. Game: Follow the star (follow the leader who is holding a star—End at Jesus and give present)



At December 23, 2008 at 1:39 AM , Blogger IF said...

I wanted to wish you a Merry Chrismas!! That is a great learning week plan!! I love it!

At December 24, 2008 at 3:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your lesson plans look like fun, I'll be anxious to read how it goes. Glad to read your mom will be coming for a visit - please give her a hug from me!


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