How to teach your child about God this Christmas
As a mom, many times, at least for me, you sort of feel like you are not doing the greatest job raising your children. You try your best, but kids are kids and despite your best efforts, sometimes they still can be naughty. I feel very blessed and fortunate to learn about an e-book that I feel helps me be a better mom and helps me teach my children about God. The book I found is called Melk the Christmas Monkey. The book is intended to be done during Advent in the weeks before Christmas. It is like a teacher’s manual with word for word instructions on what to say and do. Each day there is a fun, easy activity that you do with your children and instructions of how to teach them about God while doing the activity. You can do it every day, or you can do it when you are able to do it.
You may remember my first post about Melk the Christmas Monkey. In the first lesson we found Melk the Monkey trying to reach into a jar of chocolate chips. He came to teach us to taste and see that God is good. God is like chocolate chips for our soul! In this lesson the children and I made an advent chain together. We put one link in the chain for each day there is before Christmas. We are preparing for God to come on Christmas. The children had so much fun making the wreath and each morning since we made the wreath, one of the children ran to remove another link in the chain. Before we know it, Christmas will be here! In fact, the children were so excited after making the advent chain that they asked to put up the Christmas tree. Normally I like to wait until after Thanksgiving, but, they asked so nicely and were so excited I just had to get out the decorations.
Melk the Christmas Monkey is an e-book… it does not include the monkey. You can either purchase a monkey, OR, just use any stuffed animal to do the lessons.
I wholeheartedly endorse Melk the Christmas Monkey. The children LOVE the activities and learn from the activities. As a mom, you look like the hero and you feel like a hero because you are teaching children to love God and you are spending fun, treasured quality time with your children. Start a new tradition in your family and welcome Melk the Christmas Monkey into your home.
Anyway, here are some pictures of us making our advent chain.
Here are all the children with their advent chain. The Children put Melk near the top of the Christmas tree -right next to the angel. They thought maybe the angel would whisper secrets in his ear.
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.
What a great and fun way to teach kids about god ! Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.Would love to see you again next Monday.
This is so fantastic! I will share this post! 🙂
My children are all grown now, but I think you have some very creative ideas here!! Thanks for sharing!
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what a great way to teach kids about God! the kids looks so happy and into it
My kids love Melk the Monkey. 🙂
This looks like such a fun way to actually TEACH the story of christmas. Love it! thank you for sharing. I’ll have to look that book up. Wish I would have heard of it sooner!
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What a fun and fab way to teach children.
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