Last night, I began a ridiculously Type A chart of plans for living and learning during Lent, which I was hours into before stopping myself short.
Um, Martianne. I think you’re being a bit overly ambitious. Remember last year and letting Lent happen. It worked okay. And, even if you feel the need for a bit more structure, discipline and focused learning time this Lent, you KNOW that life is what happens when you’re making other plans. And you did recently realize (and share!) that freedom, responsibility and balance are your guiding words for February... So, um, STOP WASTING TIME being tedious. Follow your guiding words. Pause. Pray. Then, plan with less detail!
Wake Up, Five Before Breakfast (FBB), Breakfast and Circle Time
- During FBB, pray with children at the Liturgical Table.
- As FBB exercise burst, run and count items noted on Lenten Calendar as described in Guiding Your Catholic Preschooler.
- During Breakfast and Circle Time, read from Lent, Easter and Saints book basket. (Titles will come in another post.)
Personal Hygiene, Family Work Time, Core Four Lessons and Learning and Enrichment Time
- Be sure to put prayer cards inspired by those at Pondered in My Heart in places the kids will find them during Personal Hygiene and Family Work Time.
- Use Shaking off the Bonds of Stuff to direct Family Work Time Focus.
- Observe St. Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s days with teas, core four activities, read alouds and/or sensory activities.
- Focus on Stations of the Cross at least once a week.
- Among handwriting/writing activities, include Cross of Mercy, Lenten letters and Bible Verse copywork.
- Consider doing a Lenten Lapbook, a Resurrection Lapbook and/or and Easter Lapbook with prayer cards.
- Don’t forget to do some Washington / Lincoln /President’s Day themed Core Four lessons. These days fall within Lent.
- Consider hosting a Pretzel Playdate.
- Watch Holy Heroes video and add coloring pages to Countdown to Easter notebooks that has Holy Family Classical Academy’s Walk the Lenten Path printable in the front.
- Holy Week Calendar and Easter Story Wreath.
- Work on weekly Kids Bulletin and Catholic Kids Bulletin.
Lunch, Family Studies, Choice, Daily Five and Choice Time
- Choose an Act of Service to complete before lunch.
- Say an extra prayer before eating.
- Consider liturgical music or art study; use Family Feast and Feria's wonderful Lent for Children A Thought a Day.
- Continue to read about Egypt, because that is where the children’s interests are. However, also add stories from Lent/Easter Book Basket.
- Try to find printable easy reader booklets about Lent and Easter (or just make some) for Daily Five.
Outdoor/Active Play Time
- Let picture books inspire imaginative play and suggested motor activities.
Family Dinner and Read Aloud
- Account in Pray, Fast, Give jars.
- Jesus Tree, as inspired by Shower of Roses with ornaments from Homegrown Catholics.
- Read from Book Basket.
Intentional Family Fun, Wind Down, 5 T’s and Bedtime
- Enjoy Family Movie Night once a week. (See below.)
- Enjoy Easter and Lenten crafts and activities.
Family Movie Nights
I am hesitant to share these titles, which our local library carries and which I am considering for family movie nights during Lent since I have not previewed them yet. So, let me state that I have learned the lesson we were taught with our Epiphany movie choice, and that I will be previewing all of these titles before settling in with popcorn with the kids. If any of you have seen any of these videos and can offer comment on them, I would appreciate it. I’d also appreciate titles for other family-friendly movies for families with children 7 and under. Thanks, in advance, for your input.
- The Animated Passion Trilogy: He Is Risen / Worthy Is the Lamb / The Kingdom of Heaven
- How Can I Celebrate Passover?
- And It Was So!
- Easter Promise / Witness
- The Easter Story Keepers
- Here Comes Peter Cottontail (Yes, I know this one has NO real Catholic/Christian aspect to it. It’s simply an old favorite that we’d like to enjoy just before Easter.)
How is your family planning to live and learn during Lent and Easter?
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