Friday, December 05, 2008

Advent: The Jesse Tree

I have really been enjoying Deb's Rethinking Christmas series on her blog As We Walk. This was the post that inspired me to do a Jesse Tree with our boys this year. She referred to this Advent study, and that's what we're using. I printed out the coloring pages for the ornaments. And then made the tree out of brown construction paper and some leftover Christmas ribbon.

Considering that we're unschoolers who rarely do the same thing two days in a row (besides eating, sleeping and gaming, of course), I suppose it was a little much to expect us to consistently keep up with Jesse Tree lessons. But we're doing our best. Each reading takes only a few minutes, so it's not too difficult to do more than one at a time.

While I'm reading, the boys color, cut and glue, each according to his interests. (Littlest is very fond of glue. Oldest only likes to cut.) They all love sticking the finished ornament on the tree at the end.

Other links for Advent activities...

Advent Coloring Pages

Advent True or False


Anonymous said...

Love the ribbon branches--classy! Glad you're having fun with it.

I'm finding the longer I school, the more of an un-schooler I am at heart. I so empathize with your not doing the same thing two days in a row.

Love the gingerbread house. My kids have been begging to eat ours. Guess we're going to have to make some gingerbread men to satisfy their hunger.

Brandie said...

I like the Jesse tree idea ... hmm ... maybe the craft project for next week!

Bona Fide Mama said...

I really love the tree. I don't have a clue what advent is. I'm pretty sure they don't have that in the Church of Christ! Perhaps I'll look it up!

SmallWorld at Home said...

You'd think with a son named Jesse, we'd have done the Jesse tree at some point. Still not. *Sigh* Maybe someday?

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