Simple Advent Traditions with Children

Does it seem that each year the holiday season gets busier and busier, and we get further away from the true meaning of the Advent and Christmas season? We’re often so busy preparing for Christmas that all focus on the liturgical season of Advent is lost.

Advent is, after all, a season of preparation for the coming of our Lord, and He does not want us to be stressed out about decking the halls. The best way to focus our attention on the season of Advent is to adopt or renew some simple Advent traditions in the home. So for all of my fellow busy mothers out there, I have prepared a list of meaningful and simple Advent activities that you can do as a Catholic Christian family. Keep reading!

Homeschooling Preschool Plan

Our oldest, Timmy, just turned four a few days ago. It’s such a fun and curious age, isn’t it? He’s not enrolled in preschool (so shocking to some!) and so our homeschooling plans this year have been and will continue to be very laid back. Young children love to learn…you only need to nurture and guide their natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge. The only structured ‘school’ time at this point happens for about 30 minutes each day while my two year old and baby are napping. Most of his learning is woven into everyday life. Keep reading!

10 Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

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Tired of making turkey crafts with the kids? Yes, me too. You can only make so many turkeys, am I right? And besides, there is so much more to Thanksgiving than just turkeys. Try some of these 10 (non-turkey related) Thanksgiving inspired crafts with your little ones today. Keep reading!

Storytelling with Preschoolers

My three year old loves storytelling. He spends hours each day engaged in pretend play, creating stories as he plays with his trains, his cars, his animal figurines, his favorite elephant lovie, his Legos, pretty much anything he can get his little hands on! I adore his creativity and imagination and try to encourage his storytelling ability as much as I can.

All too often I forget his cute stories by the time my husband gets home from work. My favorite new way to both nurture his storytelling ability and to remember his stories is to document his stories. It’s very easy: I simply write down his stories as he tells them and I create a simple book for him to illustrate. Keep reading!