Advent is a time of anticipation and preparation for the coming of our Lord at Christmas. It is a season in which we focus on how we can get ourselves ready for Jesus’ return as we celebrate Jesus’ coming into the world. We hear the words of the prophets and John the Baptist and come to a greater appreciation for who Jesus is and how he comes into our lives daily.
At the same time, December seems to be the busiest time of year. Both we and the parents of the students we teach are frantically shopping for Christmas gifts. Our students prepare Christmas plays and pageants and sing Christmas songs throughout December. We see more images of Santa Claus on TV and advertisements than we see Christ.
As religious educators, do we successfully encourage our students to fully experience the season of Advent? Have our students come to a greater appreciation for what Advent is all about?
The Religion Teacher’s Advent Activity Pack provides a large variety of resources to help religion teachers and catechists prepare their students for Christ’s coming into the world. The easy-to-use resources focus on important topics of Advent: the meaning of the season, Advent wreaths, the Second Coming, the names and titles of Jesus, and John the Baptist.
Resources in the Advent Activity Pack include:
- Advent lesson plans
- Advent activity suggestions
- Over 20 Advent worksheets and graphic organizers
- Short, informational Advent videos
- Advent prayer ideas
- Short quizzes about Advent
The resources are perfect for last minute activity ideas amidst test preparation and Christmas play practices. Use the printable handouts or have students watch the short Advent videos to learn a quick lesson about Advent to start each class.
Teach students about Advent devotions like the Advent wreath. Most homes and classrooms use the Advent wreath as the focal point of their Advent prayers and devotions. The Advent Activity Pack includes a number of resources to help students understand the meaning of the symbols of the Advent wreath and how to pray with it.
The Religion Teacher’s Advent Activity Pack is available for a limited time at only $14.95. Act now because the price will soon go up.
Special Combo Offer: Get The Religion Teacher’s Jesse Tree Kit Half-Off!
The Religion Teacher’s Jesse Tree Kit, priced for a limited time at $14.95 as well, can be purchased together with the Advent Activity Pack for only $22.95. This Jesse Tree Kit includes pre-designed Jesse Tree ornaments and symbols, ornaments with names only, and blank ornaments for students to create on their Jesse Tree symbols.
Jesse Trees are used in many classrooms and homes to learn and pray about the many people and events leading up to the birth of Christ. Creating Jesse Trees can be an excellent learning experience that will help students learn about many Old Testament figures.
This particular Jesse Tree also puts a special focus on the key figures of the Old Testament and New Testament leading up to the birth of Christ. It also includes the O Antiphons as key titles of Christ for the final days of Advent.
All twenty-four ornaments in The Religion Teacher’s Jesse Tree Kit come with a handout that includes:
- a Scripture suggestion
- an explanation of the meaning of the symbol
- other symbol suggestions
- a reflection
- and a short prayer
These can be used in the classroom each day as a prayer-starter or a full Advent project for students to complete alone or in groups. You can also send these handouts home with the students to share with their parents and families.
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