Friday, June 1, 2012

Crafts: Months and Holidays

Calendar Wheel 

The 5 Year Curriculum contains a unit about holidays in Week 32.  This is an activity and craft that I created to introduce the child to a major holiday for each month.  Included in the list below are links to more ABCJLM Holiday ideas. 

Print the Calendar Wheel.  Cut around the circle. Cut around the second circle and into the pie shape.  Using a brad, attach the blank circle on top of the calendar circle.  Turn the wheel to see the twelve months.  Starting with January, discuss each month's holidays and color. 

- January - New Year
The first day of the new year.  Time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. 

- February - Valentine's Day
A celebrate on February 14th to let those you love know how special they are in your life.
Valentine's Day Activities and Craft Ideas

- March - St. Patrick's Day
Born in 432 A.D., Saint Patrick became a missionary, bringing Christianity to Ireland.  He used Ireland's National flower, the shamrock (3-leafed clover), to explain the Trinity.  The anniversary of his death, March 17, is now celebrated as St. Patrick's Day.
St. Patrick's Day Activities and Craft Ideas

- April - Easter
A time of remembrance of what Jesus did on the cross by dying for our sins.  Then celebrating the resurrection of our Savior. 
Easter Activities and Craft Ideas

- May - Mother's Day
The second Sunday in May is set aside to celebrate moms. 
Mother's Day Activities and Craft Ideas

- June - Fathers' Day
The third Sunday in June is set aside to celebrate dads.
Father's Day Activities and Craft Ideas

- July - Independence Day
In the United States, July 4th is a celebration of independence.  This occurs on the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
July 4th Activities and Craft Ideas

- August - Back to School
Many schools begin in August.  Celebrate this exciting time.

- September - Labor Day
Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September.  It's a day to honor those who are working to make America strong and prosperous.

- October - Halloween
Halloween is celebrate October 31st.  Christians have taken this holiday back by telling the Gospel through pumpkin carving, Fall Festivals, and Trunk-or-Treat activities.   
Christian Halloween Activities and Craft Ideas

- November - Thanksgiving
The fourth Thursday in November is set aside as a time of giving thanks and praise to God for what He has given us.
Thanksgiving Activities and Craft Ideas

- December - Christmas
On December 25th of each year we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas Activities and Ideas

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