The merriment began a few days ago with the assembly and decoration of our gingerbread house, a simple kit I purchased from Aldi.
We all went last weekend when Hoodie was home and chose our tree. Jessie had been so excited about this outing, she was disappointed that we chose one so quickly.
Our state is apparently the second biggest producer of Christmas trees in the nation. Fun to know! I absolutely love live trees.
We had a lovely Saint Nicholas Day and have had fun with the Ramona paper dolls that were in Jessie's boot. Daddy got coffee, Sam got granola(his favorite thing) and a book he wanted and we all got the traditional Saint Nicholas chocolate coins.
I love teaching 3-6 year olds. Even though I have a tiny little group in my co-op class (5-7 children usually) I so enjoy preparing the lessons and inviting them to learn something new and exciting.
It is a pleasure for me to work with my daughter too, although some days I am not sure she shares my enthusiasm:)
One fun thing we did was Nativity grammar, a seasonal take on the traditional Montessori farm game.
Generating correlating phrases with an article, noun and verb was not difficult.
And one of the most pleasant things (for both Jessie and I) is picking out poems to recite each month. She absolutely loves performing in any capacity and has often used her recitations as after dinner entertainment.
I use the handwriting program here to type in the poems so that they are large enough. Also, later they can double as handwriting practice.
At least one other activity we have planned for the month are acting out the Nutcracker with Sarah Jane's amazing puppets. We have so enjoyed using the Peter and the Wolf set we made earlier this year.
And of course, we are reading a metric ton of Christmas books. Some new to us books are A Christmas Goodnight, by Nola Buck and illustrated by (again) Sarah Jane Wright.
A book Jessie begs me for a few more pages each night is A Cole Family Christmas. This is one I got information about when I managed a bookstore several years ago. I found a copy and ordered it this year. It is a true story, and beautifully told.
Praying for some quiet and peaceful moments for all of you during Advent.