Getting Ready for Easter
Posted by homeschoolmentormom on February 18, 2010
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is something new to me, since our church doesn’t celebrate it (Southern Baptist.) But I must admit, the Liturgical year holds a lot of appeal for me. I think the time of preparation, especially for Christmas (Advent) and Easter (Lent) is a good idea.
Even if your church does not celebrate Lent, you and your children can benefit from some simple activities that will remind you about the true meaning of Easter, and prepare your hearts for celebration and worship. Below are links to some resources you might enjoy.
http://www.christianbook.com/lent_devotional?p=1154205 Free lent devotionals straight to your email from CBD.
http://www.currclick.com/product_info.php?products_id=27600&it=1 a free e-book with ideas for Lent from Curr Click.
Make a “resurrection eggs” lap book: www.homeschoolblogger.com/jaminacema/500883/
www.easyfunschool.com/article2110.html how to make your own resurrection eggs (one version)
www.teachkidsthebible.com/biblelessons/resurrectioneggs.htm (click on the video to see how well this little boy has learned the Easter story, using the eggs. This is a slightly different version than the previous link. This version (I believe) goe with the book, “Benjamin’s Box”. Let me know if I’m mistaken!
Note: If you don’t want to use eggs (some people object to them, because of their pagan origin), you can still use them to teach the order of what happened to Jesus by simply gluing the items onto 3×5 cards or putting them into numbered zipper bags.
You can open one egg a day, on each of the 12 days before Easter (or learn one of the cards for 12 days); or you could open them after reading the Easter story, and use them as a review (to learn the order of the events.)
www.annieshomepage.com/resurrectioncookiestext.html make your own resurrection cookies (so neat!)
Don’t forget to teach your children the classic Easter hymns, Hymns are such treasures of spiritual doctrine! I believe they are part of our “spiritual heritage”; we must teach them to our children so they are not lost. Preschoolers should learn at least the choruses of these songs, older kids at least the first verses:
Christ the Lord is Risen Today, He Lives, Christ Arose, and so on. Be sure to bring your little ones into the “big church” on Easter Sunday, even if they usually go to “children’s church”. Easter Sunday is too special to miss! It is so awesome to worship together, and hear our little ones sing along with the great hymns of the faith.
He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Next post: Our favorite Easter books.
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