Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas in Bethlehem

Learning goal: Jesus was born in Bethlehem long, long ago.
  • Reading= Little Porcupine’s Christmas by Joseph Slate, God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa T. Bergren and This Is the Season: Beloved of the Year by Simon Dewey. Letter of the day= J is for Jesus.
  • Science= Look at pictures from the day you were born. Talk about the care a baby needs as you discuss a collection of baby items. (Place items in a bag and use your hands to guess what they are.) Wrap a baby Jesus in swaddling clothes and prepare a soft manger for him to sleep in.
  • Art= Create a model of the city of Bethlehem by decorating 2-D gingerbread houses. For inspiration, locate Bethlehem on a map and describe how Bethlehem might have looked on the night Jesus was born. Show a variety of fine art depicting the holy family (e.g., Raphael’s Madonna and Child).
  • Play= Remove pieces from a nativity one-by-one and allow children to guess which item is missing. Or, dress up like wise men or shepherds and search for a hidden baby Jesus. Sing "Away in a Manger" softly then louder as the seeker gets closer to the hiding place.


Emily said...

Katie and I did this activity and lesson as a family activity night. It was a wonderful experience, thanks for sharing!

Emily said...


Did you use graham crackers or make the dough from a ginger bread recipe?


velinda said...

I LOVE this! It looks simpler than regular cottage construction, and yet it fits in with the Christmas theme better than anything. It sounds totally fun for the kids and just the perfect tradition to fit into our more than busy lives.Brilliant, April!