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?

1 comments:

Rachelle Wooten said...

I am still working on planning it, but sometime this season I want our family to serve or give of our time to help others in need. It may be through contributing to Angel Tree or donating clothes, but the goal is to take their minds off of what they want and think they need and meeting someone else's needs. Thanks for these great ideas!