Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Candle Window

{sorry for the absence - a nasty head-cold knocked me out for a few days}

I thought I'd show you what we're doing for a Lenten Activity with Henry.  I decided to do something similar to our "Thank You Window" in November, with a cutout to hangup and an activity to go along with it.  When I was taking down our winter decorations I really didn't want to take down our window Candlemas/Birthday candles yet and realized that the symbol of the candle as an aid to prayer would be perfect.

So out came my construction paper hoard and I drew out some votive candle shapes on purple paper - because purple is the color of the Lenten Season.

I wanted a religious themed lesson to start sharing with Henry, but Stations of the Cross or something heavy like that seemed a little too much this year.  Then I remembered that I had these books from when I was a kid called "Big Thoughts for Little People: ABC's to Help You Grow " which is is an ABC book of virtues.

Since I knew we wouldn't get around to a lesson each night I figured that the 26 letters of the alphabet seemed like a good goal for the season.  Each Letter has a two page illustration, a simple lesson attached to the letter and the questions to ask the child about the picture and lesson and a bible verse.  I've found that Henry, at three, can do a pretty good job at understanding and answering these questions.

So every night that we have the time and interest we read a new page, I write the word from the corresponding letter of the alphabet on the construction paper and review the lessons it teaches.  Then Henry gets to put a candle cutout in the window.

We also have "Giant Steps for Little People " which focuses on lessons from the Sermon on the Mount and the 10 Commandments if we actually get through all of "Big Thoughts".

So that's that for now!

(p.s. I have the "classic" versions of these and it looks like "Big Thoughts" has been reprinted with new illustrations so I can't speak to the illustrations in the new version or if anything has changed, but I loved these books growing up).


  1. I hope you're feeling better (and that no one else catches it)! I love those candles. They are so simple and beautiful.

    1. Thank - yes, finally feeling human again!

  2. Oh I love this! And those books look so good I have never seen them before!

    1. I remember really liking them as a little girl and I feel they gave me a very clear idea of the behaviors that were expected of me without making me scared or feel guilty. Just a simple way that I understood - "this is how good girls act". =)


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