|This is from These Forty Days - i cannot find our picture!|
|This Lapbook comes from Homeschool Goodies|
I love the idea - it gets things out of the common area of the house (though really the only area we have alone are our 2 bed rooms) and puts things in the hands of the kids. One problem though - the big guys might not be as excited about this activity as the little ones ...so the thinking continues.....
A poster might work if i keep it small and replace our daily calendar with it in the school area. I think i would like to add feast days that fall in the season as well as maybe a weekly activity for the family - whether prayer, fasting, or alms giving.
Growing up we always gave something up - didn't you?. Once we had kids of our own that was our first thought, but as we grow in our faith as adults we have begun to understand the true reason for the lenten season. We started looking at not necessarily giving up for Lent so much as giving up for good...a much harder, but truly lenten, plan. We have tried but failed at many things too. But it has all been a learning process - and will continue to be so for the rest of our life.
Our hope is that our children will understand far better than we ever had and that they will carry this knowledge with them once they leave home.
There are many confusing, though seemingly wonderful, lenten activities to help your children keep track of the season. One year, long ago, we used a Noah's Ark activity that took us through the entire season. After that the little kids kept thinking Noah had something to really do with Lent. It prefigures or typifies the season but it is not what Lent is about.
So what is Lent?
This is getting a bit long....i think i'll continue that thought in the next post...
Any ideas for a March give away? I'd like to keep it in line with the season, should it be handmade or a book? What would you be interested in? Maybe a school item? .... guess i need to come up with something soon! Tomorrow is March 1st! (and the birthday of our own little Ladybug!)