Hello readers and thank you for stopping by my blog Be The Difference. I am a children’s book author and mother to three young children. I am dedicated to spreading the important messages in my books to children around the world. I strive to make a difference in my own home by spending time teaching my children character traits using age appropriate activities and quality children’s literature. I am sharing these lessons with you, week-by-week so that you can do the same. Let’s provide our children with tools they can use when they go out into the world and face difficult situations. Let’s give them a chance to grow up to be Problem Solvers! I would love to connect with you and continue this conversation—please see links at the bottom of this post— Maria Dismondy
What is Christmas?
The true meaning of Christmas is love. John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.
Book I am using with this lesson:
How I used this book to about Christmas
Book: Read or listen to the book with your child.
The theme of this wonderful holiday story is “It is far better to give than it is to receive.” Ask questions that go along with this theme. What did the main character, Sophie want at the beginning of the story. How do you think she felt when she saw her brother’s name on the bad list? What did you think about when Sophie changed her brothers name on the list to her own? What happened on Christmas morning? How do you think Sophie felt? This book brings up the character trait Empathy. Putting yourself into someone else’s shoes. Try making a connection with your child to a time when something similar happened in their own life.
1. No Cook Peppermint Playdough and make some extra to share for your children to share with their friends. Use this cute printable to pass it on to friends.
2. Make Reindeer Sandwiches to enjoy while learning all about the holidays!
Product I’ve created to go along with this lesson: Compliment Cards-FREE
Video to teach about Christmas: Holidays Around The World
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