Throughout this past Advent season we counted down the days and explored lots of treasured stories both new and old, while in the school room, we celebrated the season by completing an Advent lapbook.
This was our fist ever attempt at completing a lapbook. I’ve long looked at this fun venture but kept putting it off because it just seem too overwhelming a task for my daughter- all of the folding, cutting and setting together seemed more drudgery than fun. Now that she is older and more independent it seemed like the perfect time to introduce this little project into our homeschool curriculum.
We started by disassembling two manila file folders, configured and taped together to form an extension lapbook. We opted to use plain old manila folders instead of the colored variety because my daughter wanted to use up the pretty scraps from the Advent Calendar we crafted this year, though a lovely lavender or rose color would have been a nice touch.
(I’m sure you will notice the unsightly brown packing tape holding the folders together. Our clear tape was carted off by a little blonde haired boy and used to hold a few army men hostage….)
Over the four weeks of Advent, after viewing the daily Holy Heroes Advent Adventure videos, little bits and pieces were added to the lapbook. By the last Friday of Advent, our book was finished.
To complete the lapbook, we used this Advent lapbook from Faith Folders for Catholics (with the 2011 Supplement). It contained information on the different weeks of Advent such as the Gospel readings, prayers for each week, and reflections and questions that were to be placed behind each week’s candle. Among other things, it also contained a reflections guide with questions and space to write or draw the answers which we really enjoyed.
Feast and Feria’s My Little Advent Cards and 2011 Advent Calendar were also added. I liked how both her Cards and Advent Calendar contained the saints and feast days of the season along with short prayers, reflections and/or tasks to complete. It was a nice touch to our family’s devotions.
(She also has a Christmas Calendar that is just as delightful.)
And then there were a few items that I created myself. You can print them out for your family, too. (All of the instructions for assembly are included with the printable.)
I am so glad that we gave this little gem a chance. It was a great way for our daughter to learn more about her faith in a fun and tactile way, while still focusing on preparing for the birth of Christ. We enjoyed this experience so much that we are now completing a 12 Days of Christmas Lapbook!