Living Gift Guide

Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life.
~Charlotte Mason 


    One of the things that I find begins to dawn upon moms as they embrace Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education is that not only can the education of their children be more living, but their play can be living as well. Of course, as we pursue a living education, our homes fill up with living books, handicraft supplies, and all things art. But, even our toys can both be living and encourage open-ended, imaginative play. Over the years, I have slowly ditched the more twaddle-like toys, games, and activities and replaced them with items that encourage my children to play like education is truly a life and like the atmosphere of our home aids them in learning outside of the "classroom".

Each year for Christmas, I attempt to balance out the inevitable "buzz" items that are requested (Read: Nerf Guns and Pokemon Cards) with living games, puzzles, handicraft supplies, art supplies, nature items and open-ended toys. What follows is a list of items that I love in the categories of: Play, Handicrafts, Nature/Scouting Supplies, Art Supplies, Games, Books, Science/STEM and Skill Building. This isn't an attempt at a "mega" living gift list, but is instead a compilation of things I have purchased, used, personally seen, loved, or plan to purchase for my children. 

Melissa and Doug Fold and Fill Taco Set  (this is the set I am purchasing this year, but we also love ALL other Melissa and Doug play food sets) 
Melissa and Doug 4-in-1 Puzzles (we also love ALL Melissa and Doug puzzles) 



Skill Building 



Art Supplies


Stocking Stuffers
Riddle Books

Want more gift ideas?
Here are a few gift guides from other living educators:

Merriest of Christmases to you, Friends.
May your holiday season be spent....Delightfully Feasting.
Crystin <3

Charlotte Mason Exams Q and A

"I should have liked to be asked to say what I know. They always tried to ask what I did not know. When I would have willingly displayed my knowledge, they sought to expose my ignorance. This sort of treatment had only one result: I did not do well in examinations."
~Winston Churchill 


Charlotte Mason Exams are an opportunity for children to display their knowledge. Even more important than that, Exams are an opportunity for children to share their thoughts and to engage in the process of digesting the sustenance of ideas in the community of their home and family. I adore the beauty of Exam Week in our homeschool, and I love to share Mason's brilliant design for this "display of knowledge". However, I also know that Exam Week can seem daunting, and is often a concept hard for moms to wrap their minds around. I have learned that the best way to truly understand Exams and to navigate what works best for your family to implement this flexible, but pointed, practice is to just do Exams. As we attempt to just take a breath and dive in, we begin to see that Exams are really an extension of what we do throughout our terms and that the logistics of it all don't entirely matter. The practice of Exams is flexible, because it is really just a narration of the term's narrations. It is simply a sharing of what is known and what is thought and what is loved. As we do exams, we begin to fully understand them.

But, it does help us to have some basic understanding of how we can set ourselves up for success. To that end, I will do my best to succinctly answer some basic Exams questions. I am not attempting to share every bit of what Exams hold and bring in these answers, because that truly is best discovered through the actual carrying out of the practice of Exam Week. I, instead, hope this helps equip you with some basic pegs upon which to hang your preparation and the platform on which to plant your feet for your "diving in".

What exactly are Exams?

Exams are a narration of all narrations. Exams give a student a chance to narrate an entire term's worth of reading in a particular book or study in a particular subject, building upon the narrations already given over the term. Exams are a display of all that is known, rather than a determination of what is not known. Finally, exams are the culmination of the work of digesting and assimilating the ideas that have been being consumed.

What do Exams accomplish?

There are three primary categories of benefit from Exams:
The Mother, The Child, and Planning

Exams benefit the mother by: 
1. Revealing fault in books. If a book is living, it should often not be abandoned simply because it is hard. It is good to learn to do hard things. However, often exams reveal to us that a book isn't as living as we deemed it to be, or that its material isn't as relevant to our child as we hoped. Exams shouldn't be a test of books, per se, but they can sometimes show us that a better book can be chosen. 
 2. Revealing areas we've abandoned or ignored. Sometimes, when writing an Exam question, a mother will be challenged to reflect upon material covered in a particular subject, and will realize that this is due to missing lessons in this subject throughout the term, or simply forgetting to pay heed to a certain area of homeschool. Other times, a mother will write an exam question, and a student's answer will reveal that they have a passion and an affinity for a subject, but that our schedules haven't given them much to work with. These are very good things to realize, as we can only do better when we know better. Homeschooling is a continual act of redirecting and pivoting and returning to our course, and Exams allow us to do so.
3. Illuminating areas that can be worked on. Things like poor posture, inability to make eye conduct, struggle to form full sentences, extreme shyness, etc are often clearly reveal during Exam Week, and might be missed otherwise. Again, this is a gift to us. These are skills that might not be on our "lesson plans", but that when revealed to us, give us the opportunity to work on with our children.

Exams benefit the child by: 
1. Culminates. All of the work and effort of a term culminates during Exam week, when a child is free to choose between ideas to apply those his mind needs most to the areas of his heart and life where they belong. 
2. Display of Knowledge. Exam Week reveals to a child exactly how much they know about a subject or how much they can do or how much progress they have made. This is easily lost in the day-to-day effort of lessons, but is put upon display and enjoyed (rightly so) during Exams. 
3. Possession of Knowledge. Exam Week allows a child to make knowledge their own. They are free and equipped to take possession of it and to assimilate it and apply it as they see fit. 
4. Encourages Listening and Builds Narration Skills. When a child knows that the opportunity will be given to display all that they know, they will begin to value this opportunity enough to improve their narrations and to listen carefully to and honor the material being provided to them so that they have ideas to share during Exam Week. 
5. Relations. During Exam Week, relations are often formed between subjects and books and ideas that have yet to be formed during the term and wouldn't be formed otherwise. This is the part I find most fun!

Exams benefit the planning process by:
1. Revealing passions. 
2. Revealing weaknesses.
3. Revealing strengths.
A mother uses all of this knowledge to plan her next term. You are given the gift of insight during Exam Week, and that insight is valuable as you build a schedule and a book list that applies directly and uniquely to your born persons.

What exactly do we do during Exam Week? 
During Exam Week, you ask for Narrations, Recitations, and Work that displays all that was studied during the Term.

For each subject, you ask a question or assign a task that looks much like the work of the term. If a subject involves reading and narrating a book, then you ask for a narration of the material that was read. If a subject involves sharing orally, like Recitation, then you ask for a Recitation. If a subject involves calculation, like math, then you ask for a calculation that displays the skills worked on during the term. If a subject involves creative work, like drawing, then you ask for creative work. If a subject involves playing music or singing or folding paper or sewing a stitch..... Then you ask for music played or singing or folded paper or stitches sewed.

We make Exam Week far too complicated in our anxious minds. It is truly just an opportunity to narrate what has been narrated, to display what has been learned, to show that skills have been built.

For each subject, ask an open-ended question (just like you would ask for a Narration during your term) that applies to the material that was covered.... or ask for the completion of a project or song or recited piece of poetry, or whatever applies.

A few tips:
1. Provide a variety of questions. For one subject, ask "What do you know about_____", and for another, instruct "Tell me all about_______."  Variety is always good. 
2. Set your child up for success. Ask your child about things they showed interest in, or worked hard at, or acted out, or gave good narrations in. Remember, this isn't a chance to find out what they do not know (you should know that already), but rather a chance to let them show what they do know...and to make connections that they haven't yet made. 
3. Carry out exams much like you would your school week, alternating between subjects and asking about as many questions for each subject as you have lessons in that subject. Note: This isn't a hard and fast "rule". You can ask 3 Picture Study questions, and you ask 1 math question. You know your child. You know your term. You know your current reality during this moment in your homeschool. Just have the framework of "1 question per lesson in our week", and then mold your exams to fit your home and your child and your homeschool. 

What does it take to consider Exams "passed"?

There is no way to fail a Charlotte Mason Exam and there is no way to pass one. Some questions will go well, and some will not. Your child either connected with material presented and digested its ideas, or they didn't. If they did, celebrate that. If they didn't, then use that knowledge for your next term.

Tip: Let go of your expectations for Exam Week. These Exams are for your child's benefit, and they will benefit from being asked to narrate and display their knowledge. There is no "passing grade" on such a benefit. Just like with everything else in a living education, you must trust the process and you must be in it for the long haul. Exams, like everything else about a Charlotte Mason education, are a long game. So, don't expect what you shouldn't and then be upset when it isn't "achieved". Instead, trust the process and know that it doesn't have to look like anything right now for it to be worthy in the long run.


How do I come up with Exam questions?

A couple of tips: 
1. Take notes during your Term of the materials and ideas that your child engages with. 
2. Read the Exam questions of others. I have several posts here on the site where I share our Exam questions, and there are examples of other here , here, here and various other places on the web. Reading the questions of others will give insight into what makes a good exam question. 
3. Have a list of questions that can apply to any subject and can be used over and over. Here is a list to get you started: 

1. Give me one example of....
2. Tell me what you know about....
3. Tell me about your favorite....
4. Reenact a scene from....
5. Recreate a.....
6. Design a......
7. Draw something that shows....
8. Describe....
9. What have you noticed about....
10. Choose ________ or __________ to tell me about. 
11. What was your favorite scene..... 
12. What would you do differently than.....
13. How would you feel if.....
14. What does this quote mean to you....
15. Tell me the story of....
16. What do you think about.....
17. What do you admire about.... 
18. Show me....
19. Recite.... 
20. Choose your favorite ___________ and tell me why you love it. 

What types of Exams can we use? 

Exam questions can be in many formats, such as: 

Written, Drawn, Typed, Oral, Artwork, Displayed, Recited, Performed, Composed, Acted Out, Sung, Calculated, Handiwork, Sung, Discussed 

How do I prepare for Exams? 

I have discussed how I prepare for Exams in detail in a video in the Delightfully Feasting Facebook Community .  I believe that the visual display and applicability to my actual Exam Week gives far better insight into how I prepare for Exams and how might best work for you to prepare for them than I can give you here. I would recommend making time to watch that video.
Here is a summary of my steps for Exam prep: 

1. Write Exam Questions
I take a spiral notebook, label it for the current term and write questions for each subject at the top of each page in the notebook. (1 question per page). 
2. Prepare Exam Notebook 
I then start back at the beginning of the notebook and check each question for further preparation needed. Some examples of this are:
*Gluing a map in for a Mapping question
*Gluing sheet music in for a Musicianship question
*Writing in a Copywork line or passage to be copied. 
*Drawing in a table or chart for questions that will ask for one to be filled in.
The goal is for the Exam Notebook to contain all that it possibly can for Exams. If it can be glued or written directly into the notebook, it is.
3. Prepare Exam Clipboard
I then grab a clipboard for each child, fill it with blank paper to be used to drawing or for extra room for answers that won't fit in the notebook, and then add anything that isn't being glued into the notebook. For example:
*A map too large to fit in the notebook
*Doublesided papers that will need to be accessed on both sides. 
*Dry erase maps, solfa charts, cursive charts, etc. 
4. Gather Materials for Exam Bucket 
Lastly, I grab a bucket to be designated for Exam Week, and I fill it with the Exam Notebook, Exam Clipboard, basic supplies (pencils, colored pencils, dry erase marker, etc), and any books that will need to be referenced or available during Exams. Most books that we have read are not needed, since I am simply asking for a narration of what is known. But, some examples of books that are needed are: 
*Poetry book for the question: "Choose your favorite poem that we read to tell me about".
*Hymn book for the question: "Copy your favorite line from one of this term's hymns."
*Nature book for the question: "Copy images of leaf shapes and tell me about them."

Other materials that need to go in the bucket can be: 
1. Nature Journals, for questions such as:
"Go outside and observe _____ and make a journal entry about it." 
2. Project Materials
Such as, Solar System model for completing as a Science Exam. 
3. Handicraft Supplies, for Handicraft projects to be done as an Exam.
4. Art Supplies, for Art projects to be done as an Exam.

If I can share one thing about Exams, it would be the beauty of being given a glimpse into the workings of your child's mind and the work being done in their hearts through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Exams are an important aspect of Mason's educational philosophy and they are a practice that is worth our time and our effort, but they aren't complicated and they don't need to be feared. They should be treated with respect, but they shouldn't be feared. Exams are an extension of all that you are already doing in a Charlotte Mason homeschool, and you are already equipped to carry them out. 

Exams will show you all that your child knows about, but what is so much more valuable and important is that they will show you all that your child is beginning to care about. Mason says: 

"The question is not, 'how much does the youth know?' when he has finished his education- but how much does he care? Infact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet? And therefore how full is the life he has before him." All that your child cares about will be displayed to you during Exam Week. And that is an invaluable gift. Cherish it. Celebrate it. Enjoy it.
Narrate. Display. Celebrate. Discuss. Enjoy.... that's the heart of Exam Week.

For further study: 

Charlotte Mason Help: Examinations
Simply Charlotte Mason: End of Term Exams

Volume 3 appendices. Mason provides examples of her Exam questions and student answers.

May all your days be spent....Delightfully Feasting <3

Exam Questions Form 2b, Term 3

Exam Questions

1.Explain one of Christ's teaching and tell me how his audience reacted to that teaching.
2.Tell me about the birth of Moses.

Choose your favorite line of one of this term's hymns and copy it perfectly.

Write the alphabet in cursive.

Composition : Personal Narrative:
Give me an overview of your fourth grade year. Tell me about things that you did, things that you learned, things you liked, things you struggled with, etc.

What do you think makes a good tale? 

1.What similarities did you find between various American poetry that we read?
2.Choose any American poem and tell me what you love about it.

Tell me about the connections between Laura Ingalls Wilder's life and her books. 

Nature Lore
Tell me about the wide variety of life on the seashore.

1.Why was it important for Laura to share her family's hardest seasons (like in Plum Creek) as well as their most joyful ones?
2. Compare Laura's life in Plum Creek with her life in Indian territory. 
3. What did life in Plum Creek reveal and/or display about Pa's character.

American History
1.Tell me about the history of the American flag.

Ancient History
1. Tell me how early astronomers viewed the universe and how this view was challenged.

Church History
1. Why was the German Reformation a significant event in the history of the church and what impact did Martin Luther have on how we worship God today?

1. Tell me about the impact of the Medicine Tree, how far it reached, and its final resting place.
2. What are some different types of maps. Illustrate them below. 

Geography: Mapping
1.Identify the following places in Europe: Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Portugal. 
2. Identify new states that you have learned, label them and color them on your map.   

Picture Study
1.Describe Whistler's approach to art and the things his art was influenced by.
2.What connection can you see between Whistler's life and his art?

1. Add together all of the ages of the members of your family and add together the years your family were born in.
2. Create a word problem with the numbers 572 and 246 and solve it using subtraction with borrowing.
3. Create a word problem with the numbers 965 and 187 and solve it using subtraction with borrowing.
4. Make 2 arrays that show both multiplication and division.

Create a sentence describing God and write it as I dictate it.
(**My son's dyslexia means that we are still learning to read, and could be for several more years. Our exams look differently, as a result, and yours can just include reading aloud for this age.)

Choose a poem or rhyme to read. (From Treadwell Reader Book 1) 

1.Complete a Mad Libs. 
2. Choose one part of speech and make a list of them.

Composer Study
1.Why do you think Bach's Sonata #3 is written in a Major key?
2.Tell me about the mood of Bach's Sonata's

Natural History 
1. Complete a diagram showing the types of leaf shapes and leaf structures.
2. Tell me about bird migration and some ways that birds might navigate as they fly.

Nature Study
1.Describe the varying weather and conditions you've experienced on hikes at Camp Mohawk this term.
2. Go on a perimeter walk in your front yard or back yard and record your observations in your journal.

Choose either navigating when lost or packing proper camping supplies to tell me about.

Science 1: Astronomy
1. Tell me about one of the planets or about the history of constellations and their names/uses over time.
2.Complete a model of the solar system.

Science 2:Detective 
1. Explain two skills or procedures that are helpful to a Detective. 
2. Create a Detective Handbook, illustrating the skills and procedures you've learned about. 

Special Studies 
What do you know about different breeds or groups of dogs?

1.What have you observed about Shakespeare's reasons for and approach to telling a story?
2. What role does the dialogue seem to play in Shakespeare's plays?

Hymn Study
Create a poster to display the heart and truth of one of this term's hymns.

Folk Song
Sing This Land is Your Land along with your favorite version of it that you've heard.
*Why is this your favorite version?

Describe the structure of a southern plantation.

Christian Studies
1. What does it mean to treat each other with compassion and respect and why is it important to do so?

Recitation/Memory Work
1. Recite House on a Hill.
2. Answer Catechism Questions 26-30.
3. Recite the section about the Church from the Nicene Creed.

1.Sing and clap to the beat of Hey Diddle Diddle. (Music pasted into exam notebook)
2. Draw a flat, a sharp, and a natural and tell me what they are for. 


Choose a song video, sing along with the video, sing it on your own, and then draw it on a staff.

Choose a drawing you've already completed and redo it, adjusting and editing as you see fit.

Typing1.Properly type each letter you've learned. 
2. Type the following sentences:
*Listen; I hear a noise. 
*The lake is so large! 

Complete a pastel project to give away as a gift.

1.Choose some colors to say and write in Spanish.
2. Read Un Dia De Nieve (The Snowy Day) and translate the following sentences from it.
*Crac, crac, crac sus pies se hundieron en la nieve.
*Era un palo-
*Y en cambio hizo un muneco de nieve que sonreia, y luego angeles en la nieve.

3. Recite the rhyme with proper pronunciation:
Zapatito blanco, zapatito azul.
Dime cauntos anos tienes tu?
Cinco! 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Y sales tu con la letra doble-u.

Complete a needle felting project to give away as a gift.  

May Your Day be Spent...Delightfully Feasting, 
Crystin <3

For Unto You is Born This Day.... the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 

Luke 2:11

In our home, this is truly the most wonderful time of the year. I have long loved the celebration of the Advent of our Lord, and of His miraculous birth. From December until April, we have the wonderful opportunity- as followers of Christ- to honor and commemorate His prophesied birth, His perfect life, His appointed crucifixion and His triumphant resurrection which we know to be His victory over sin and death. As we move from Advent to Lent to Advent to Lent, year after year as the Lord tarries, we have the pleasure of mindfully moving through our numbered days with Christ's birth and death ever on our minds and central to our day-to-day lives. I take great joy in celebrating those things, and in doing so with a joyful heart, despite the chaos that threatens to consume the richness of this season..

 In our commercialized and over scheduled culture, we often struggle to find the balance between neglecting to enjoy God's good and perfect gifts and enjoying the gifts more than the Giver. Neither of these extremes allow us to fully experience the things that the Father of Lights has bestowed upon us, and neither of them point to Him during the Christmas season and say "for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." I believe that true balance in this area is found in prayerfully deciding on your family's must-do traditions and acts of ceremony for the holiday season, and then reasonably filling in the remaining space with things that may be lesser but are nonetheless important and enjoyable. We can glorify the Lord while at our annual Christmas Eve candlelight service and we can glorify Him while building a gingerbread house with our children....we do so by doing all of it heartily, as to Him, and bearing the fruit of the Spirit within us as we do each thing that this season holds.

I say this to say, celebrate. Create traditions that bring you joy and that point to Jesus. Enjoy those traditions. Do not fear celebrating too much, and also do not fear not celebrating as much as someone else. Make Advent and Christmas about Jesus, your family, your home, and joy filled celebration....and you won't get it wrong. It will not be perfect, but it will be worth it. You don't have to do as much during this season as my family does, and you can do more during this season than what I give you below. Avoid the trap of comparison, and create a peaceful and joyful season.

Orient your heart to the coming and birth of our Savior, order your affections toward celebrating Him, and determine to do what gives you joy and skip what doesn't.

With that being said, I am always asked to share what I do during this season, and am happy to do so. I love that there are so many mothers desiring to carry living education into the craziest, and most blessed, season of the year. I will share below what I do during this season, both in the classroom and outside of it. 

      For school, we finish our year at the end of November and begin a new one in February. Between the two, we spend twodays each week during December focusing on art, music, poetry, cultural studies and literature. This year, we will be reading through The Christmas Carol again,studying Christmas Around the World, studying the art of Grandma Moses, enjoying Handel's works, focusing on 1 carol each week for hymn study, examining some of the "symbols" of Christmas from a biblical perspective, reading and reciting poetry, and looking at the history of Dickens and his Christmas stories.

     Outside of school, we make a big deal of Advent, and we observe the feast of Hanukkah. We have a time of Advent each morning, and a lengthier one each evening. This year, each evening we will be reading Scripture and completing a watercolor painting of symbols representing the Christmas story. We will also be reading through the Jesus Storybook Bible again.
     Christmastide: from the 25th to Epiphany (Jan 6th), we celebrate Christmastide. We transition from the sober waiting of Advent to the joy of Christmastide on the 24th by making a birthday cake for Christ and opening our Christmas Eve bags. Then, we celebrate!! We do this by singing The Twelve Days of Christmas each day, playing games, reading corresponding Scripture about each day's meaning, writing thank you cards, singing Go Tell it on the Mountain on repeat, and reading and listening to The Nutcracker Ballet. We also move our Magi closer and closer to our Nativity scene each night to represent their long journey to find the Christ child.

     Epiphany:  we celebrate Epiphany by making Kings Cake, singing We Three Kings (which we've purposely avoided singing during the Advent and Christmastide season), having a "Find the Star" Scavenger Hunt, and reading the story of the Magi and observing the stars to remember their long journey and God's guidance.

Below, I share all of this year's specific plans. My hope is that you will find inspiration and ideas, and that you will create a Christmas culture in your home that bring your family joy. Feel free to copy my plans exactly, use a single idea, or use the format to inspire your own unique ideas.

May All Your [December] Days Be Spent.....Delightfully Feasting
Crystin <3

Yuleschool Plans 
Week 1:

A Christmas Carol: Stave 1
A Christmas Carol Christmas Book: Story in Pictures

Picture Study-
Grandma Moses
                         Christmas at Home

Cultural Studies
Christmas Around the World- Germany
                         1.Reading: Read About Christmas in Germany
                         2.Listen to and Sing: Good King Wencelas
                         3.Listen to and Sing: Carol of the Birds
                         4. Geography: Map Germany
                         5. Copywork: Froehliche Weihnacten
                         6. Star Craft
                         7. Bake Gingerbread

Hymn Study-
Oh Holy Night

Composer Study- Handel
Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive        

Christian Studies
Symbols of Christmas
Bells- Psalm 100

Poetry and Recitation
The Friendly Beasts     
I Saw Three Ships
Christmas Daybreak    

Advent Prayer
Shout for joy
The whole earth
And everything within
For Light has come into the world.

The mountains sing
The seas resound
To the praise of your name
Once promised is here on earth.

The angels' song
Rings in the air
A child has been born
The Saviour of the world is here!

Week 2:

A Christmas Carol: Stave 2
A Christmas Carol Christmas Book: Dickens and Christmas

Picture Study-
Grandma Moses
                         Sugaring Off

Cultural Studies
Christmas Around the World-Mexico
                         1.Reading: Read About Christmas in Mexico
                         2.Listen to and Sing: The Pinata Song
                         3. Geography: Map Mexico
                         5. Copywork: Feliz Navidad
                         6. Poinsetta Papercraft
                         7. Read The Legend of the Poinsettia 
Hymn Study-
Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Composer Study- Handel
There Were Shepherds       

Christian Studies
 Symbols of Christmas
Poinsettia- Matthew 6:28-30

Poetry and Recitation 
Prayer of a Donkey and What the Donkey Saw     
How Far is it to Bethlehem    

Advent Prayer
Shout for joy
The whole earth
And everything within
For Light has come into the world.

The mountains sing
The seas resound
To the praise of your name
Once promised is here on earth.

The angels' song
Rings in the air
A child has been born
The Saviour of the world is here!

Week 3:

A Christmas Carol: Stave 3
St. Nicholas and the Valley Beyond

Picture Study-
Grandma Moses
                         Apple Butter Making

Cultural Studies
Christmas Around the World-Norway
                         1.Reading: Read About Christmas in Norway
                         2.Listen to and Sing: Mitt Hkerte Alltid Vanker
                         3. Geography: Map Norway
                         4. Copywork: God Jul
Hymn Study-
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

Composer Study- Handel
Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs       

Christian Studies
 Symbols of Christmas
Holly- 2 Corinthians 8:9
Make Cornflake Holly

Poetry and Recitation 
The Barn    
The Holly and the Ivy  
The Holly Bough

A Christmas Carol, by G.K. Chesterton
The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap, 
His hair was like a light. 
(Oh weary, weary were the world,
but here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast,

His hair was like a star.
(Oh stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart, 
His hair was like a fire.
(Oh weary, weary is the world,
But here the world's desire.)

The Christ-child stood on Mary's knee, 

His hair was like a crown, 
And all the flowers looked up at Him, 
And all the stars looked down. 

Week 4:

A Christmas Carol: Stave 4
The Legend of the Candy Cane

Picture Study-
Grandma Moses
                         Catching the Turkey

Cultural Studies
Christmas Around the World-Japan
                         1.Reading: Read About Christmas in Japan
                         2.Listen to and Sing: Japanese Christmas Carol
                         3. Geography: Map Japan
                         4. Copywork: Shimen Omedeto
Hymn Study-
Oh Come, Oh Come

Composer Study- Handel
Hallelujah Chorus      

Christian Studies
Symbols of Christmas
Candy Cane- Psalm 23
Candy Cane Bombing

Poetry and Recitation
The Camels    
In the Bleak Midwinter  

A Christmas Carol, by G.K. Chesterton
The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap, 
His hair was like a light. 
(Oh weary, weary were the world,
but here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast,

His hair was like a star.
(Oh stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart, 
His hair was like a fire.
(Oh weary, weary is the world,
But here the world's desire.)

The Christ-child stood on Mary's knee, 

His hair was like a crown, 
And all the flowers looked up at Him, 
And all the stars looked down.
  • Each Morning- Activity Card From Daily Envelope  (Printable Set)
  • Nightly- Scripture Reading and Watercolor Painting of Symbol (Printable Set)
  • Nightly -Read from Jesus Storybook Bible (Printable Plan)
  • Nightly-  Singing Carols
  • Nightly- Marking Day off of Calendar
  • Nightly- Reading a Picture Book
  •  Weekly- Candle on Paper Advent Wreath

  • Nightly- Read Scripture About Light
  • Nightly- Read Scripture About Jesus
  • Nightly- Open Gift (These gifts are always activities to complete together- craft kits, etc) 
  • Nightly- Complete Activity Together 
  • Nightly- Color in Candle on Paper Menorah 
Read Story of the Maccabees

Christmas Eve
  • Read Full Christmas Story from Scripture
  • Birthday Cake for Jesus
  • Christmas Eve Bags (filled with pajamas, slippers, socks, toothbrush, cup, hot cocoa, snacks, stuffed animal, blanket, movie, book, quiet activities, bubble bath, bath toy, towel)
  • Cocoa, Snacks, Movies, Cuddles}
 12 Drummers (12 Points of Belief)- Read and Discuss Apostles Creed
11 Pipers (11 Faithful Disciples)- Read Portions of the Gospels for Each Disciple / Read Matthew 10:1-15
10 Lords (10 Commandments)- Read Exodus 20
9 Ladies (Fruits of the Spirit)- Read Galatians 5
Eight Maids (Beatitudes) - Read Matthew 5:1-12
Seven Swans (Gifts of the Spirit)- Read Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-11, Ephesians 4:11-13
Six Geese (Days of Creation) -Read Genesis 1
Five Golden Rings (Books of Torah)- Discuss Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Dueteronomy
Four Calling Birds (Gospels)- Discuss writing style of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Three French Hens (Faith, Hope, and Love)- Read 1 Corinthians 13
Two Turtle Doves (Testaments) - Discuss Christ in Old and New Testaments/Read Prophecies of Messiah
Partridge in Pear Tree (Christ)- Read Matthew 27 and 28

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