Reverse Advent Calendar

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This week we started our special topic about Christmas.

In fact today we had our religion lesson and we focused on the true meaning of Christmas – The Birth of Jesus Christ.  We started looking at the nativity story.  We will be dividing the story into two parts.

The first part is the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem which I read from The Christmas Story Book and at the same time took out our class crib showing the characters to the children.

Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus who was still to be born, the animals and so on.  We also took a closer look at the words used in the book.  We created a parallel between what existed in those days and today.

For instance the inn was the equivalent to todays’ modern hotel.  The inn keeper was the man who runs the hotel.  In Jesus’ time they had animals which they kept in a place called the stable.  The manger used to put Jesus in was truly the place where the animals ate their food from.

We saw why Mary and Joseph had to travel on the donkey to go to Bethlehem.  Why they had to travel using a donkey and not a car like we have today.  We finished the lesson by listening to some Christmas Carols.

The Nativity Story online –


Little Donkey –


Just like Mary and Joseph were preparing themselves for the arrival of Jesus even we are preparing ourselves for this big day.  In class we discussed what a good deed means and I encouraged the children to do one good deed a day.

I will be uploading these good deeds on the blog so that you can remind them and help them carry these good deeds out when they are at home.

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I also explained what an Advent Calendar means.  We will also be setting up a reverse Advent calendar in class in which we will be asking the children to donate a food item which will be given to those in need.

Each day I will be asking a different group of 4 children to get in an item to build up our stock of food starting Monday 4th December.

I will be putting up this list on the blog tomorrow providing you with further details too.

 

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