“Children and Festivals around the World”
Our focus in the curriculum for December is the cultures, children and festivals taken from around the world.
In chatting with my group it has been sometime since I have actually told the story about the baby Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas. In a private school we are able to tell these spiritual stories. One of the little girls in my class loves to sing: "Away in the Manager" so that is where I started last week .
Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223 intending thereby to cultivate the worship of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian traditions celebrate this every Christmas.
Away in a manger
No crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down his sweet head
The stars in the sky
Looked down where he lay
The little Lord Jesus a sleep on the hay...
|Making our manger scene|
Today we were acting out the play together. It was a very sweet time.
|We had two Mary's today.|
|The baby wrapped in swaddling clothes.|
|They made the basket cradle for the baby. The sheep are looking on.|
The morning continued with acting out the story with figurines and natural lavender play-dough.
Creating this creche scene together brought out such sweetness in the children. Using natural materials also brings forth the calming spirit in the young child.
Joy to the world the Lord has come
|This was a show and tell nativity scene from one of our classmates.|
Let heaven and nature sing, let heaven and nature sing, let heavn and heaven, and nature sing.