Preparing for Preparing

Isn't that a mom's ultimate job?  We have to be prepared for everything so that at some point we end up preparing to prepare!  Here is a quick glimpse into some of the new (or new again) things that have appeared in our home this first week of Advent 2011.  This is just an overview, so if you would like me to expound on any of them leave a quick note and I will try to get to those first.

This is also only just a beginning, a few years ago my friend Meredith posted (or maybe told me in person- can I tell the difference any more?) about how she likes to slowly decorate to build anticipation.  That stuck with me so instead of putting out everything this weekend, we started small and will keep building as we move through these next four weeks.

For Home
This weekend we added greens to every corner we could find

8 feet of real tree beauty- there is also a new tree skirt hiding under there.  

See those tiny tin advent candles?  These were purchased, I'm going to see about coming up with a good tutorial.

For School

Cotton ball tweezing.  We will also do cotton balls in the sensory bin for Logan this week.
Rolling and cutting sugar cookies.  We are going to do this with real dough- more on that later!
Nativity Memory
File folder activities made from Raising (&Teaching) Little Saints Advent Activities Unit.
For Family
A new Jesse Tree, excuse the wrinkles. Tutorial to come, time permitting.

Link Ups (AKA lots of other even cooler ideas!)

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Martianne said...

Thanks so much for linking up at Training Happy hearts today and for leading me to the Preparing Baby Jesus link up -- so rich in ideas.

Love your greenery everywhere. I will have to consider doing that next year. This year, we began by doing a simple Liturgical table with Advent wreath, having a New Year Party at breakfast and making a purple paper Advent chain filled with ways we can show loce to one another, God and ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Visiting from THH link up! Thank you for sharing how your family has begun to celebrate this joyous season. Look forward to your tutorial on the Jesse Tree-- it looks fantastic!

Many blessings for you and your family-- may the graces of the season be bestowed upon you all!

Discovering Montessori said...

It's looking good in the neighborhood! Thank you for sharing.

Deb Chitwood said...

It looks like you'll have a wonderful December. I'll look forward to reading more about your Advent Activities Unit (and thanks for the link)! Thank you for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

Melanie said...

Love St. Francis! : )

Beth ( said...

I love that preparing for preparing =-) I am your newest follower, I'd love it if you followed me back =-) I also wanted to invite you to link up at mY TGIF linky party -
Beth =-)

Sierra @ H is for Homeschooling said...

I especially love the Nativity memory! I would love for you to come share your tray ideas at my new tray link party! Hope to see you there :)