First I went through all my books and chose ones that I thought would appeal to both boys. Some were old favourites , others were "long time since we'd seen them" friends and a few I had purchased earlier in the year. Then I divided them up into fifteen days of "happenings".Yes I know advent is not just fifteen days but I wanted to allow for visits with friends and unexpected events.
For each day I chose a memory phrase. Something we could focus on, a thought to grow in our hearts. Then I cut each phrase up and had the boys piece it together.
Next we read our books after which we made a simple craft and did some Christmas cooking(all to be salted away until Christmas Day!)
Below is the first days plans. I will endevour to add more as life allows.
day one: children are to go on a small hunt to find the "phrase of the day" this will be cut up for them to piece together. They may also find the books for the day + our recipe + craft activity(I haven't decided yet!)
"phrase of the day" "Some things are worth waiting for!"
recipie: Lebkuchen(Christmas Mosaic pg 67)
recipie: Lebkuchen(Christmas Mosaic
crafts: do a stained glass nativity picture for our schoolroom door using window paints
make mitten templates and have children cut out from card a mitten + decorate