Monday, November 28, 2011

Getting Ready for Advent

Ok... I've downloaded my copy of Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands by Amanda White of Impress Your Kids. (Not sure what I'm talking about? See my previous post.) Now It's time to get ready to start Day 1 on December 1st!  I have decided to do one of the alternate schedules, "Just the Basics" since Karis is still pretty young and my schedule  has been pretty unpredictable lately ;).  "Just the Basics" includes, Day 1, Day 5, Day 9, Day 16, Day 19 and
Day 24 activities. I want to do them on the corresponding calendar days so I can follow along with people who are doing the Truth in the Tinsel Facebook Challenge! I love to see what others share about their experience. Buy your copy and join in on the great storytelling, fun and family time!
Now, it's time for me to put together my Advent calendar. Back at home, when I was a kid, my mom definitely had an advent calendar or two... or three. But when I got married I never purchased one. And now that my daughter is two and getting more interested in doing activities and stuff I think it's time.  For now, I love the creativity of making my advent calendar so that's what I'm gonna do! :)

Amanda shared on her blog some easy ideas for making your own Advent calendar. So creative! And I also ran into another blog post from Carisa of 1+1+1=1, who is also doing Truth in the Tinsel. She found the cutest printable numbers for a creative advent calendar and came up with her own.  Plus she has tons of great ideas for small children, not to mention a gazillion FREE printables. One of which I'm using this Christmas. Here is a pic of one of Karis' peices of work!
"J is for Jesus!" Click image to download your own copy on 1+1+1=1!
(P.S. Once you are on the page to download the Nativity Printables click "Download the entire Nativity Printable Pack Here!" The "Download Free!" button does not download the Printables.)

Karis had so much fun coloring and talking about the letter 'J' and Jesus and insisted that mommy color with her. :) So I did. It was great listening to her go on and on about Jesus and some other things I couldn't make out. Can't wait to do other stuff with her. She's a great little girl!

Okey Dokey, enough typing. Time to get going on my advent calendar!  I'll post on it soon.  Let me know if you are doing Truth in the Tinsel! Email me your ideas and pics. I'd love to see how your advent experience is going.  If you haven't though about it... think about it and pick up your copy  of the e-Book,Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands and join in. It's only $4.99! You can't beat that. :)

I'll post pics of my homemade advent calendar soon. Stay tuned!

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  1. Hi Rosie,
    Would love to hear your thoughts on how you talk to Karis about Jesus and also how you would go about it (i.e. in what ways do you teach her?) as she seems to respond really well to however you are teaching her. I struggle with getting any interest what so ever aside from just scribbling away at the craft activities

  2. Hello!
    Yes, it definitely can be hard to capture and maintain the attention of a small child. One of the things I do to "teach" her is to play music. Music made for preschoolers that talk about Jesus. DVD's with dance motions that also sing about scripture and Jesus. She loves those. She gets to wiggle around and dance while listening. She learned the words fairly quickly. Here are two resources Karis likes: AND

    The other thing is I keep activities short and phrases repetitive. Teach one thing at a time, one word or short phrase at a time. And continue to repeat that one thing.

    As you see from the picture above she didn't exactly stay within the lines for “J is for Jesus” I just used her time of coloring to focus her energies on one thing and repeat a few phrases about Jesus, baby Jesus, and that Jesus wants to be her friend forever. Once she loses interest in the activity I move on as well.

    I’ll share a post soon on some ideas on teaching small children about scripture.
    Finally, keep trying and don’t give up.

    Eventually they’ll catch on to the learning fun! Hope that helps!

    Does anyone else have any tips?


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