Preschool Years at Home

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Friday Freebie

on February 24, 2012

Tonight, I was enjoying some quiet “Mommy Time” on the computer and browsing other blogs, when I found a link to a free e-book full of activities and ideas for observing the Lenten season with children. The book titled Jesus Loves Me This I Know is the work of two homeschooling moms and was written with 2- to 6-year-olds in mind. It is divided into seven lessons or units, with summaries, teaching points, and craft projects for each. Topics covered include the following:

  1. The Triumphal Entry
  2. The Lord’s Supper
  3. Praying at Gethsemane
  4. Jesus Appears Before Pilate
  5. The Crucifixion
  6. The Empty Tomb
  7. The Resurrection

The book is a guide for parents, not a text for children. Users will need to supplement lessons using relevant Bible passages, excerpts from a story Bible, and/or Bible story books. We’ll be supplementing with the excerpts from the child-friendly NIrV, The Jesus Storybook Bible, The Child’s Story Bible, some Easter-themed Arch Books that I purchased last year, and these printable Holy Week sequencing cards created by one of the book’s authors.

The related art projects would work for children of varying ages. Every lesson contains at least one activity simple enough for my preschooler (age 3 1/2), but equally appropriate for kindergarten or early elementary students. I can’t wait to incorporate these hands-on activities into our Bible study time and will be posting pictures of Little Bear’s completed work.

Thanks to Erin and Nicole for creating and sharing this great resource!

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