Monday, December 3, 2012

5 ways to teach Children about CHRISTmas

We're really close to Christmas and the preparations have been non-stop for some of us. I am a believer that I should prepare my children to celebrate the real reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ.
Here are a few ways to teach preschool children about the birth of Jesus:
Story Books • start early by reading the Christmas story a few months before. Even if you use a Children's Bible you already have, read the Christmas story often. Repetition is the key to succeed in this area of learning.
Celebrate Advent • Advent is a season of preparation and expectation of the birth of Jesus. It usually happens 4 weeks before Christmas. Children will enjoy having their own Advent Wreath at home and learning more about Christmas this way.
Practice Christmas Greetings • I start encouraging my children to greet others by saying "Merry Christmas" after Thanksgiving. The simple act of greeting people in a different way gives them the sense that this season is unique even in the way we greet each other.
Sing Christmas Hymns • I am a lover of hymns, especially the Christmas ones. During devotional time, teach your children how to sing a Christmas hymn. They are wordy, so if you stick with the chorus the kids will most likely join you. I sing the verse so they can hear what it sounds like but they usually pick up the chorus very quickly.
Reinforce Sunday School • my kids' teachers at church already started going over Christmas stories. I use the handouts to reinforce what they learned at church. The more help I can get with teaching my children about the Christ of Christmas, the better.
These are my 5 ways to teach children about the birth of Jesus. What are some of the creative ways you teach your children about Christmas?