And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to do poor sinners good.
The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas Day in the morn.
~The Holly and the Ivy | Harrison S. Morris
I bet you thought I covered everything related to nature study a few months ago in my Ultimate Guide to Nature Study post, didn’t you? No way! In this post, I’ve pulled together everything related to CHRISTMAS nature study for you. Christmas nature study?? Yep. Who is Christmas about? Who made creation? Well then, studying nature at Christmastime is a perfect way to talk more about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Nature Study Through the Holidays: Advent
I’ve taken some time to pull together all you need for an Advent-themed Bible and science study in Nature Study Through the Holidays: Advent. Advent is a weekly focus on various parts of the Christmas story during the month leading up to Christmas. For each of these weeks, I have provided you with Scripture references, nature study activities and full-color notebooking pages. My hope is that your family will grow closer to the Lord and His perfect gift of Jesus this Christmas season.
Decorate your house with natural elements found on nature walks – everything from door and table decor to Christmas tree ornaments. Many nature projects turn out so beautifully they make perfect gifts, too! Below, I’ve linked you to some of my favorite Christmas nature crafting ideas. I’ve also been busy pinning fun ideas on my Christmas Nature Study Pinterest Board.
Milestone Academy encourages her children to make herb gardens as gifts by rooting supermarket herbs in small glass jars.
Have you been looking for a unique and engaging way to teach the Bible chronologically? Boy, have I found some goodies – What’s in the Bible? DVD’s!
What’s What’s in the Bible?
Created by Phil Vischer (of Veggie Tales fame), the What’s in the Bible? series uses puppets, animations and actors to clearly teach Bible truths through stories, skits and songs. Volume 1 in the series begins with the topics of what the Bible is and who wrote it. Each subsequent DVD continues chronologically teaching the history, people and lessons of the Bible.
The format of the DVD’s is goofy enough to make your children laugh all the way through, but serious enough to result in some super in-depth Bible knowledge. Besides the basic “stories” of the Bible, you’ll even find maps of Biblical lands, charts of lineage, and Bible vocabulary to be presented in kid-friendly ways. It’s for all the depth that I suggest even older children can benefit from watching What’s in the Bible? DVD’s!
About Volume 5: 1 & 2 Samuel
As part of an iHN review blitz, I was lucky enough to recieve Volume 5 of What’s in the Bible? This DVD includes (2) 25-minute episodes covering the main content of 1 and 2 Samuel. (Plus a bonus short video about the importance of honesty.)
The first episode covers:
Samuel the prophet
Saul as a king who doesn’t obey God and follows his own vain desires
Davis and Goliath
Saul chasing David
A lesson about the Trinity
The second episode covers:
David becoming king
The tribes and trials
The capture of Jerusalem
The Davadic Covenant (Jesus coming from the lineage of David)
Bathsheba and Uriah
David’s repentance and forgiveness from God
I kept thinking, “I can’t believe how much real content is presented in 25-minutes of fun!” My kids loved the episodes as much as me and asked when we could get the rest of the series. Besides our homeschool, I can see using these with church classes, too!
Disclosure: I received DVD’s and compensation from What’s in the Bible? in exchange for a fair and honest review. As always, my reviews are strictly my opinion and I do not have to give a glowing review.
Looking for purple flowers to represent the color of royalty in honor of our King Jesus.
Finding signs of death and decay when considering Jesus’ burial.
Exploring large rocks to go along with the resurrection.
Easter Scavenger Hunt Printable
For the class, I created a simple scavenger hunt sheet. It’s not included in Nature Study Through the Holidays: Easter (yet), so I’d like to share with you for FREE! It can easily be used for a group or a single child. Simply click on the link below to download it.
When you think of the Creation Museum, the first thoughts that pop into your head are probably things like Bible truths, dinosaurs, Noah and the flood, the need for Jesus and so on. We took a tad different approach to the normal routine of simply touring the museum this time around. Even though it rained the entire day, we spent time enjoying the beautiful and wonderfully varied nature trails.
Even though we probably would’ve had a lot more time to observe and look closely at plants and such on a pretty day, the rainy walk was a great way to see things we might not normally see. God’s creation is beautiful in any weather!
Water was dripping from everything, including us!
They have several water areas like waterfalls…
Plant life is just as varied from native to tropical.
Five different bridges make for a fun walk. My children’s favorite is the swinging bridge seen here.
Water, water everywhere!
Even clinging to the spider webs!
Trying to stay dry… Caleb found the leaf a bit too late. If you can’t tell, he’s soaked through and through.
And my personal favorite find of the day - itty bitty, teany-weany, less than 1/4″ each Bird’s Nest Fungi! It’s hard to tell, but each little cup has little egg-shaped pieces that are actually the mushroom’s spores and are ejected into the air by the rain!! How cool is that?? Now, see what we would’ve missed on a pretty day?
Have more fun in the rain than you can imagine with NaturExplorers’ Remarkable Rain!
On Sunday nights at church, I teach a Kidz Group class for children in 1-5th grades. Right now, I have only little boys in the class. What better way to catch their attention than to talk about dinosaurs! Dinosaurs and church?? Of course! Dinosaurs are a great topic for teaching the authority of the Bible as compared to evolutionary teaching. And for children, dinosaurs are one of the biggest “hooks” public schools use to disprove Biblical authority.
Just how do you educate yourself on the truth of the Bible vs. what the evolutionary world believes? It’s really as simple as children’s books! There are so many wonderful children’s books available now that teach Creation vs. evolution. And not only do they educate your children, they educate you as well! I’ll include just a few dinosaur themed books here and if you’re interested in me posting more wonderful creation-based children’s books, just let me know.
Some of these are more in-depth than others. If you’re hoping for a simpler book, I would suggest What Ever Happened To Dinosaurs or D is for Dinosaurs. The others are more detailed and best suited for upper elementary and above.
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