It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (in Tot School)

Ok, Christmas time is so quickly approaching. It’s absolutely nuts to me that the time is near, but I am so eager to prepare my heart to celebrate the birth of our Savior and to cultivate that same excitement in these two two little ones with whom I get to spend my days. (The teacher inside of me is also super excited about fun Christmas crafts, too, of course!)
So since December is usually a month that is completely “wheels off” crazy, as my friend Amy would say, I will hold these plans loosely and just pray that we “accomplish” whatever it is that God has for us this month.
I do want to stress that Christmas is about Jesus’s birthday. I feel like birthdays are a concept Fairley is starting to get, so it seems a good place to start. We are even in the midst of planning a Happy Birthday, Jesus party!
I also wanted to provide you with this great Advent resource that we will be using every day during our family time. It includes a passage from The Bible (and specifically, The Jesus Storybook Bible) and an ornament to help remember the passage for the day, all pointing and leading up to the birth of our King. For this great (free) resource, click here.
So, let’s get down to the Tot School planning.
Bible Verse: “For unto us a child is born.”
Luke 2:11
Books: I’m still looking for others, but here’s a start:
“Happy Birthday!” (to Jesus)

There is a reason for Christmas and Jesus is his name-oh!

J-E-S-U-S, J-E-S-U-S, J-E-S-U-S and Jesus is his name-oh!

“Jingle Bells” – Fairley loves this one already!
Red Song and Green Song
I’m sure Christmas music will be playing in our apartment all month long!
Color Focus: RED (Review) and GREEN (Introducing)
Lots of painting with the colors red and green – maybe make our own wrapping paper??
Letter Focus: Cc (for Christmas, candy canes, cakes, candles, Christ)
Printable Sheet – fill with stickers of things that start with the letter c
Arts and Crafts:
Decorating a Gingerbread House (if not a real one, at least one made out of foam)
Wednesday: (We will probably do art on this day, too, as you can see we have a lot of arts and crafts projects to complete!)
Shape Focus: Maybe introduce star (with ones we see on trees, etc.) And just review triangle and circle
Number Focus: Review #4
Math: One to One Correspondence with a Christmas Tree – I might also let her use Christmas colored M&Ms since she loved the last activity we did using those. (Wonder why?! She got her momma’s love for chocolate!)
Candy Cane Paint (to be used in a Candy Cane bath!)
Dramatic Play:
Felt Christmas Tree (This year we will be adding our advent ornaments to this tree.)
Retelling the Gingerbread Man story – either using this set, finding one at Michael’s, or making my own.
 Snack Ideas: Lots of good ideas here, but my favorite is the waffle/bacon tree!
 Field Trip: To Texas for Christmas!
 Service Project: Tot Visit at the nursing home


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