The Big Kids are finally old enough that I can give them a kit and they can follow the instructions to complete a nice-looking project--and even more, they can guide the younger kids step-by-step alongside them.
We gave them a kit to make paper suncatcher stars for St. Nicholas Day, and they have been busy folding and gluing stars during their free time for extended family members. They are loving it! I'm thinking of making this a tradition: having their St. Nicholas gift be a craft kit of some sort that they can work on together during Advent for Christmas gifting.
I now have more kite paper on my shopping list because the kids are begging to make more. I think this would be a lovely and appropriately-themed Epiphany gift too. And bonus: it can serve as continued "handicrafts" for the term!
They received an origami butterflies kit as well, and they already have plans to decorate the house for Easter with them!
It's the third week of Advent! Gaudete Sunday and St. Lucy's feast day were yesterday. We usually take a trip around town to see the Christmas lights of St. Lucy's Day, but it was absolutely pouring here, so we spent a cozy afternoon in.
We have always tried as much as we can to keep the season of Advent in our home and let Christmas have its own time and traditions.
I got caught up on some blog reading over the weekend and read a couple great recent posts on this topic that I thought I'd share for those also working to live liturgically:
On Keeping Advent
Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas
The kids spent last week finishing up their cards for the For All the Saint's swap--they had so much fun making them, as usual! Then they lined them up and had Daddy play "Guess the Saint." :)
|that's Vincent's row at the top, then Gianna's, then Cate's|
Right after the baby was born, I took a couple weeks off from Morning Basket--actually, I took a couple weeks off from joining the kids at the breakfast table at all! ;) That was our first real break from Morning Basket since our last baby was born since we do a lightened version over the summer too. And wow, we missed it! It was so nice to get back to our family readings these past couple weeks.
Hillyer's A Child's Geography of the World is such a huge favorite. I'll have to write more about it soon because goodness, that book is a gem! It's helping us forge all these connections among our readings in other subjects, from previous years, and just from life itself! From sermons the kids have heard at Mass, to songs from their piano lessons, to stories told by relatives, to little bits from free reading...it seems like we're all constantly saying, "Hey, it's like in Hillyer's Geography!"
One of our most recent connections is from George Washington's World--we were reading about how frustrated the Spanish were over the fact that the English had a fort on Gibraltar. "The nose of Europe!" Gianna practically shouted with glee. So fun.
I've got lots more to share, but that will have to be all for today! I'm hoping to get a post up on Big Books of Nature that I've had in my drafts folder for ages later this week. Hope you're having a great December so far!