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Photo credit to: Lamnee @ www.freedigitalphotos.net

It is coming up to Easter and I’m starting to see lots of cute ideas for learning activities and lesson plans based to teach young kids about the death and resurrection of Jesus.  But what to do with older kids – they are a bit beyond making a tomb garden, they know about the wordless book, and they’ve made Easter/Resurrection Lapbooks .

The search starts with knowing what your purpose is.  When the kids were little I wanted to use this time in our calendar to focus on the truths that Jesus did indeed come to earth, was without sin, and he then died on the cross and rose from the dead in order to restore our ongoing relationship with God.  There are so many resources and ideas available to teach young kids these important truths.  And it works repeating it year after year, maybe with a slight twist or expansion because the kids are being grounded in Bible knowledge and understanding.

But what about when they get older?  I’m not saying my kids know it all, but when you’ve studied the same things for many many years, it is hard to stay focused and really ‘learn’ anything.  What is my purpose for doing “Easter” studies with my older kids?  Some years I’ve not been able to articulate a purpose and our studies have flundered.  This year I have a purpose – want to make the knowledge of the story – the history – personal, to make it about ‘me’ (for each of my children and for Peter and myself as well.)

Here are the resources that I’ve chosen to use this year:

15 chapters (one a day) as we look at the gift of the cross and all that Jesus did for us.  All because he loves us - and chose us.

15 chapters (one a day) as we look at the gift of the cross and all that Jesus did for us. All because he loves us – and chose us.

 

Based on knowledge of ancient Jewish holidays and customs, this DVD probes the true depth of the Easter story as it begins 2,000 years earlier with a simple promise between a man called Abraham and Almighty God. God’s keeping of that promise reveals a beautifully intricate masterpiece of love for human kind--love fully realized centuries later in Jesus’ resurrection and his gift of eternal life.

Based on knowledge of ancient Jewish holidays and customs, this DVD probes the true depth of the Easter story as it begins 2,000 years earlier with a simple promise between a man called Abraham and Almighty God. God’s keeping of that promise reveals a beautifully intricate masterpiece of love for human kind–love fully realized centuries later in Jesus’ resurrection and his gift of eternal life.

It's a story that's captivated the imagination of many generations. Mourning the death of Jesus, two first-century travellers were joined by a mysterious stranger. Over the next few hours, the stranger revealed many mysteries that lay hidden in the ancient Scriptures. Soon, the purpose of Jesus' life became clear...and the travellers' sadness turned to great joy.

It’s a story that’s captivated the imagination of many generations. Mourning the death of Jesus, two first-century travellers were joined by a mysterious stranger. Over the next few hours, the stranger revealed many mysteries that lay hidden in the ancient Scriptures. Soon, the purpose of Jesus’ life became clear…and the travellers’ sadness turned to great joy.

 

This is a contemporary worship music cd – we are familiar with some of the songs – we will have a few lessons where we take a song and read/study the words, and make sure we know what we are singing about.  Lessons aside it will be good to have the house full of music that makes us reflect on Jesus.

This is a contemporary worship music cd – we are familiar with some of the songs – we will have a few lessons where we take a song and read/study the words, and make sure we know what we are singing about. Lessons aside it will be good to have the house full of music that makes us reflect on Jesus.

 

We will read “He Chose You” after dinner most nights.  With the DVDs and CD we will watch/listen to a segment each of our study days and discuss what we learn and record it in someway – probably a notebook page or blog post.    We may well not get through all these resources before Resurrection Sunday– but that doesn’t matter – we are simply using the corporate celebration and time of worship as a reminder to focus on the foundations of our faith – we will continue with this study until we’re done.

Read about Activities we’ve done other years (big and little kids) on my website:  Lifestyle Homeschool – Easter / Resurrection Sunday

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