Thanks to all who came to share in the fun at the EEDS Christmas program yesterday. The children did a superb job and we couldn't be prouder! Special thanks to the teachers for their hard work on making the program such an amazing success!👏👏👏 If any of our parents were able to get good photos or video, please email or message me and I will share some here. Here are a few shared by parents. ... See MoreSee Less
Parents, Here are some suggestions for ways you can teach the true meaning Christmas to preschoolers. We read so many Nativity stories to the children during December and here are some great suggestions for books and other activities you can do with your children to remind them of the true reason for the season!
1) Have a Nightly Christmas Story Time
Libraries and bookstores are full of Christmas books – you can easily find enough to read one book every night of December. Some good choices for young children include:
B is for Bethlehem God Gave us Christmas Room for a Little One Who is Coming to Our House Humphrey's First Christmas Christmas in the Manger
Make this a special time each night, perhaps snuggling up in front of the Christmas tree and reading by candlelight or flashlight with a cup of hot cocoa at hand.
2) Buy a Nativity Scene your Child Can Play With You may have a beautiful heirloom nativity set as part of your Christmas decorations – obviously you don’t want your children to play with it! But you can buy plastic or plush nativity scenes and let your children act out the Christmas story. Or the kids can make their own nativity pieces out of clothespins, wooden spoons, clay, cardboard tubes, etc. Lots of ideas are available on the internet. Our children love our wooden nativity set and the Charlie Brown and Playskool sets we have for them.
3) Choose Religious Christmas Music
Kids love music and can learn a lot by listening to it. Songs like “Rudolph” and “Jingle Bells” are fun, but your children will absorb the meaning of Christmas if you focus on more traditional Christmas carols that tell the story of Jesus such as:
Away in a Manger Hark! the Herald Angels Sing Joy to the World We Three Kings The First Noel Come, All Ye Faithful Silent Night
Many of these they already know from our EEDS Christmas program!
Our entire EEDS staff wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy sharing the joy that is derived from celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with your child! ... See MoreSee Less