Waiting for Jesus
If your classroom has a climber or a dramatic play corner, arrange this area to look as much like a stable or cave as possible. Lengths of burlap cloth draped over the climber for a roof, wooden boxes, blankets, buckets—use anything that creates the sense of a stable. Items that reflect modern times more than biblical times won’t bother the children as long as they can ‘feel’ that it is a barn or cave where animals were kept. Consider bringing in hay if you don’t have any children who are allergic to it. It will be messy but it is only for four weeks! And besides, Jesus wasn’t born in an antiseptic hospital!
3) For children who love to draw, put a large piece of paper on a wall. Over the four weeks of Advent, have them first draw shepherds and sheep. Each time you meet, suggest figures and details to add, such as:
To keep the sense of waiting for Jesus’ birth, don’t add figures of Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus during Advent. Before the children return after December 25th, add these figures you or a child has made.
We live in hope of Jesus,we live in hope of Jesus,we live in hope of Jesus,because we know he is near!
Then talk about things you as a class can hope for, such as:
Light the candle. Lead the children in naming things to hope for, allowing them to repeat your ideas. After each idea is stated, lead them in singing the song.
Begin with a short explanation of the Jesse Tree
Adaptation of the Jesse Tree for classroom use: