Easter is one of the celebrations on the Christian calendar that I look forward to the most. I love Christmas, but it feels like it can come with a lot of extra things to do that I feel like we just don’t need, but feel obligated to do somehow. The gift giving and receiving, the over abundance of decorations… it all tends to overwhelm me if I’m being completely honest. It’s easy to celebrate with our children though because we are rejoicing over the birth of a Savior that had been promised for generations. It’s sweet, emotional in all the right ways, and tends to bring a lot of joy to most people.
Easter though. Easter can be tough. It can feel raw and visceral. The anticipation and expectation of the death of our Messiah is not one that you can say you “look forward to” necessarily. Knowing what has to happen for the ultimate debt to be paid, it’s hard to face that at times. It can be even harder to teach that to our young children in a way that makes sense, doesn’t frighten them, and delivers the impact of Christ’s death and resurrection. Ultimately, the celebration is in the culmination of three days, when our Savior defeated death and sin! Hallelujah!
This year we will be using An Expectant Easter in our home to connect over the greatest true story of love and redemption. Lyndsey at Treehouse Schoolhouse has beautifully designed and compiled a 3-week curriculum intended to be used Monday through Friday the three weeks leading up to Easter, but can be adapted to your specific needs and time constraints. The digital download includes:
- Weekly layout with an overview of lessons
- Individual daily plans that are extremely detailed and easy-to-follow
- A materials list organized by week
- Booklist including Read-Alouds and Art/Nature Study supplements
- See my complimentary free access book download if you want to save some money on the book purchases or time reserving books! Includes linked resources for electronic access to the books in the curriculum.
- Bible Story Egg Hunt Guide
- Scripture memory display sheets & copywork
- Poetry display sheets & copywork
- Picture study sheets in high-resolution, full color
- 12-Page Narration Notebook
- Kid-friendly, classic Easter recipes
- Handcrafts with detailed instructions, templates, and step-by-step photos
We used A Connected Christmas from Treehouse Schoolhouse as well and LOVED getting to share the story of Christmas as a family in such a special and profound way. I am not a naturally “hand-crafty mom”, so the fact that Lyndsey has laid everything out for me was a HUGE bonus. The same care has been taken with her Easter curriculum. She has included simple recipes and handcrafts with step-by-step instructions as well as a perfectly laid out week with details for each day in sequence.
You can find more details about this curriculum on her blog, Treehouse Schoolhouse.
We plan to continue doing our normal language arts, math, and science during the three weeks of using An Expectant Easter, but we will set aside our current Bible devotional, handwriting practice, and history lessons to give margin in our day to fully experience the advent of Easter.
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