Last week our LETTER OF THE WEEK was W and this week it has been J. In addition to our ornament crafts we have been working diligently on some special homemade gifts to share with our families and friends. I won't be posting pictures of these until later on, however, because some things just are better kept as a surprise! :-)
The Small One: A Good Samaritan
By: Katherine Brown
By: Holly Davis
Who is Coming to Our House?
By: Joseph Slate
Away in a Manger
Illustrated by: Linda Clearwater
The Donkey's Christmas Song
By: Nancy Tafuri
Baby Jesus is Born
By: Juliet David
By: David Martin
(very few words, easy for a toddler to "read")
Christmas in the Manger
By: Nola Buck and Felicia Bond
- W is for wreath.
- W is for Star of Wonder.
- W is for wise men.
-W is for white winter wonderland.
- J is for joy.
- J is for baby Jesus.
- J is for jingle bells.
-J is for jolly.
Jesus is the Light! Hallelujah!
Jesus is the light, Hallelujah!
(It just keeps repeating! If I can figure out how to attach a video of the song I will! Stay tuned!
If not, you can always just add your own melody!)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(We learned just the first part of verse 1)
Away in a Manger
We Three Kings
(We sang the chorus part about the Star of Wonder!)
I've Got Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart
This is a song that Rob, my hubby, wrote awhile back that we changed a bit to fit our liking. It works well because it is short and catchy and we can easily change the words based on what we are learning about. (ie. Jesus is my King, Jesus gives me joy, Jesus is my hope, Jesus gives me peace...)
This has become June Bug's all time favorite song. It used to be "Holy, Holy, Holy." but this season this carol has taken over! Any time she hears it sung she stops in her tracks and shouts out, "Uh! Mom its our song!" :-P
This song has also become a favorite. It is easy to learn and it goes along with the book Away in a Manger that I found at the library listed above!
ART CONNECTION: Daily Ornament Making
DRAMATIC PLAY: The Nativity Scene
June Bug, as I suspected, was overjoyed when she helped me put the set together and display it in our family room next to our Christmas tree. Now every time we read a book about the Christmas story she will run over to the nativity with such enthusiasm and bring back the doll for each person we are reading about. She also loves to gently rock the baby Jesus while we sing Away in the Manager. Above the girls are pretending to be Mary with baby Jesus in their belly. One day they put a scarf for a leash around a stuffed cow and pretended it was their donkey and made the trip to Bethlehem. I guess they definitely comprehended aspects of the Christmas story! I am definitely glad I decided to share this with the girls.