The weeks leading up to Christmas are the perfect time to help your kids focus on the real meaning of the season. If you are looking for an Advent Bible Study or countdown ideas that are focused around Christ’s birth, then add these resources to your December homeschool plan.
Names of Jesus Advent Bible Study
Advent cards present one Scripture each day in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Simply print out twenty four cards with Scripture on each one and include it in your family Bible time each day.
You can do fun things like hide the card each day and give your children clues to help find it. Or, you can wrap each card up in a special bag with some small treats, and each day from December 1-24th, your children can open a bag.
If you’d rather not create your own set of Advent cards, then take a look at the Names of Jesus Advent Cards from 4onemore.com
Each day in the month of December, you and your kids will learn about the many names of Jesus. Read the Scripture each day and discuss what you learn. You can clip each card on a garland to keep them part of the holiday décor.
If you want to win a physical set of the Names of Jesus Advent Cards (already printed and laminated), then enter the giveaway at 4onemore.com. Two winners will be mailed a complete set of 24 cards just in time for the December countdown. (Giveaway ends November 20, 2020)
The Jesus Tree provides a tactile way for your young children to learn about the names of Jesus.
Your Jesus tree can be your actual Christmas tree, or it can be a garland running up the railing of the stairs, or it can be branches from your yard tucked into a simple jar.
All you need to do is create about 24 ornaments, each with one name of Jesus written on it. You can do this with inexpensive plastic ornaments – just write the name on it with a permanent marker! Or, you can get fancy and create ornaments with the kids for each of the names of Jesus. You can print out FREE Jesus Tree ornaments at 4onemore.com
But the key is to keep it simple so you’ll actually follow through with it all month!
Each day, read the passage of Scripture associated with the specific name for that day. Ask the question, “Why is Jesus called this?” and get ready for some wonderful conversations with your kids.
What a meaningful way to talk about the Lord for a whole month and marvel at what His names reveal about His character and why He came.
Scripture Memory Cards
My kindergarten teacher at our Christian school helped us memorize Luke 2:1-7 and then verses 8-20 in first grade. To this day, many, many decades later – these verses are still memorized!
Scripture memory is a wonderful gift we can give our children. Most kids won’t just naturally want to memorize Bible verses. But if we make it a regular, consistent habit, then it won’t be long before they hide God’s word in their hearts.
A great tool for organizing your Scripture memory and being consistent with reviewing verses is a Bible Memory Box. You can see a video of the memory box in action HERE.
You can use the weeks leading up to Christmas to help your kids memorize the Christmas story from Luke 2 in the classic King James with these Luke 2 Scripture Memory Cards or create your own with 3×5 cards!
Include the whole Bible verse on the front of the card. On the back, include the reference and then the first letter of each word, with punctuation. By providing this memory tool, your kids can quiz themselves and self-correct as they work.
Advent Bible Study About Prophecy
Learn how Old Testament prophecy finds its fulfillment in Jesus with the Advent Bundle – Jesus: Prophecy Fulfilled.
This bundle includes a Family Scripture Reading plan for December that will engage your teens!
Follow 25 days of Scripture readings that will show how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy as the Messiah.
Each day highlights one of the prophecies, then lists the Old Testament reference and multiple New Testament references showing their fulfillment in Jesus! These cards will provide a meaningful plan for your family Bible time during the Advent season. But this format will not be oversimplified for your teens. Sometimes teens are left out of the Advent season, as many family Bible plans are geared toward the youngest kids with simple retellings of the Christmas story.
These cards will give your teens a jumping-off point to discuss theology with the family!
In addition, this Advent Bundle includes related copywork pages and Scripture memory cards to round out the learning for the whole family.
Check out these related posts for more Advent Ideas:
- A Homeschooler’s Ultimate Guide to Advent and Christmas
- 33 Simple & Festive DIY Advent Calendar Ideas
- FREE Christmas Devotional Journaling Pages Printable
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.