I figure it's not really cheating since the author does provide for some alternate schedules in the back of the book, but instead -- we're still doing every day, just not on the "right" days.
Anyway, so far, we have really enjoyed the activities and crafts that go along with the curriculum and even some of the older kids (usually H) have jumped in on some of the crafts just for fun.
Today, we read in Luke about where Gabriel comes to see Mary. So the craft was to make a Mary ornament. We didn't follow the exact specs because I failed to get clothespins in time -- so craft sticks would have to do. Plus, J didn't like how Mary (in the book sample) didn't have a face. I guess it's more artsy to leave a blank face? I'm not really sure. But our Mary's have faces. And hair. And other accouterments (excessive glitter glue, for instance).
It was a lot of fun making them and even though the older kids didn't join in with us today, the three Mary's have such different looks. It's fun to see how we each interpreted her. I'm in love with J's Mary because she looks like so much more fun to hang with than my plain-Jane kind of Mary. My emphasis was more on "virgin" I think, while J made a Mary with personality! O played a little more on the safe side, but his is probably a blend between J's and mine. Still innocent, but no wallflower either.
Anyway, I'm not much of an artsy-crafty person, but it's fun to get creative with the kids during this season. Enjoy a snapshot of our Mary's.
|Left to Right: Mama's Mary, J's Mary and O's Mary.|