The Jesus Tree :: A Lenten Craft and Bible Study
Last year, since we were traveling during some of Lent and Holy Week, I didn’t end up pulling it out to use with our little ones, and this year our schedule has been so packed that I decided to just keep things simple and we’ve been focusing on our annual Lenten calendars
, Stations of the Cross
every Friday night, and additional books
(including books for the older children
) when we can fit them in each day.
I didn’t have any poster boards large enough for the crosses, so we just printed them out on card stock and glued the four sections together. I’m pretty sure our little guy used a different shade of brown for each section.. lots of variations in the wood of his cross!
While they were working on coloring their crosses today I pulled out some additional books to read with them during these last couple weeks of Lent and displayed them on our portable library
! (I’m really loving this new addition to our homeschool!)
One of the older girls helped set up some of our Holy Week/Easter themed toys for them as well!
|Looking for the perfect shade…
While they colored each ornament I read through the various bible verses provided for each image from the Gospel of Matthew.
Occasionally we’d take a break from coloring and add in some extra stories and discussions, including the section on The Incarnation from My Path to Heaven
and Lesson 55: The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes from Chat’s With God’s Little Ones
. These are both such excellent resources and I highly recommend them for young children.
The pretzel I had picked up at Trader Joe’s a couple days ago didn’t “multiply” but it did end up being plenty big enough for the two of them to share with three of their older siblings! 😉
That’s where we left off, even though they were ready for me to read though all the rest of the books on that shelf… We will definitely be reading more today!
From the Archives:
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.