Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lesson Plan- (Pre K - K): Advent


Objective: The children will be able to
- identify who God promised to send to be our Savior
- retell the story of Mary and the Angel
- identify who Jesus’ mother was
- explain that Advent as a time before Christmas
- identify how many violet, rose, and white candles are on the Advent Wreath
- identify what color the last candle is lit on the Advent Wreath and on what day

Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.

Vocabulary Words: Christmas Word Wall Word Templates (scroll down to bottom for this). Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words. Use the cards you want that are posted. Christmas Word Wall (scroll down to this). 4 types to choose from.


Circle Time:

Read your story “Mary and the Angel” or Virgin Mary and the Angel (under Story Time)

Then ask some of the questions from below:

1. Where did Mary live? (In Bethlehem, In Nazareth)

2. Who was Mary engaged to be married to? (Joseph, Moses)

3. What did Joseph do for a living? (He was a shepherd, He was a carpenter.)

4. When an angel appeared to Mary, how did she feel? (She was frightened,
She was happy.)

5. Who told Mary that she was going to have a baby and he was going to be the Son of God? (The angel Gabriel, The angel Michael.)

6. What did Mary say when she was asked to have the Son of God? (Yes, No)

7. What was Mary told to name this child? (Jesus, Moses)

8. When Joseph found out that Mary was with child, what did he do? (Nothing,
Called off the wedding.)

9. What changed Joseph’s mind? (His family, During a dream an angel told him that he should marry her and that her son was the Son of God.)

10. What did the angel say that Jesus would do? (Become a fisherman,
He would save people from God’s punishment for the bad things they had done.)

Write the word Advent on the board. Say to the children:

Do you know this word? Advent is the special time before Christmas. It is the season of the Church year during which we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ coming as our savior. Christmas is the day that Jesus was born and it is the day we celebrate His birth. Advent is the four weeks (hold up 4 fingers) before Christmas. Each Sunday during Advent we light a candle and we say a prayer.

Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What is the special time before Christmas called? Advent Song

Advent Song:
Sung to: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

Advent is a time to wait
Not quite time to celebrate
Light the candles one by one
Till the advent time is done
Christmas day will soon be here
Time for joy and time for cheer.


Introduce activities: What is the special time before Christmas called? Winter Holidays Around the World: A Multicultural Kindergarten Holiday Unit: Advent The Angel Appeared To Mary lesson with crafts An Angel Visits Mary lesson with ideas for story The Angel Appears to Mary lesson with craft Announcing Jesus’ Birth lesson A Virgin Will Have A Baby: Promises Kept (scroll down to Preschool lesson on page 4 & 5)


Introduce craft: What is an Advent wreath? (It reminds us that we are waiting and preparing for the coming of the Savior, Jesus.)

Discuss on the board (show students what color each candle is) and review how an Advent Wreath is lit and in what order. Students make Advent Wreath.

Advent Wreath (coloring sheet) Advent Wreath Craft
No burn, construction paper wreath that is made with your child's handprints. (You can also add a white construction paper candle in the middle of the wreath. Do not cut out a hole in the center of the paper plate so you can glue the white construction paper candle in the middle.) Advent Hand Print Wreath Craft No Flame Advent Wreath Advent Wreath Craft for Catholic Kids Easy Advent Wreath Advent Wreath Placemat Craft

Introduce craft: Advent as a time before Christmas. How can we count down the days until Christmas?

Advent Calendar- A take home Advent calendar that you make. (Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation, by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson, page 7 & 8).

Printable Nativity Advent Chain by Easy project to do with little ones. Just print it out and make the chain. Every day, it comes with a reading from the Nativity Story, and then you glue a character to the chain. Advent Chain with Verses & Activities
Make a 25 loop Patterned Chain with verses and activities listed for each day, detaching one chain each day leading up to Christmas day. Read and meditate on the verse throughout the day. Read the Scripture passages or story book mentioned and do the activity!

Printable Advent Chain- Print out pattern on colored paper. Have students cut into strips. Build your paper chain stapling the strips with a stapler in the correct order. Each day you tear off a piece of the chain that corresponds to the date and do the activity. Before you know it, it will be Christmas day! Print out pattern on colored paper. Have students cut into strips. Build your paper chain stapling the strips with a stapler in the correct order. Each day you tear off a piece of the chain that corresponds to the date and do the activity. Before you know it, it will be Christmas day.


Introduce game: Mary had some good news to tell. What was her good news? Mary Tells Her Good News

Introduce game: What do you know about Advent? Let’s find out.

Advent Adventure- Take the children on an Advent adventure. (Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation, by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson, page 6).

Advent Wreath- The object of the game is to color all of the Advent wreath correctly.

To Play: Place 2 small baskets or boxes on the table to put question cards in. Put the question cards in one basket (the other basket will be for discards). Give each player a copy of the “Advent Coloring Sheet”. Place your markers on START. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the player lands on a “?”, the person to their right draws a question card and reads it out loud. If the player answers correctly, they can color what is stated on the card on their Advent wreath coloring sheet. If they have already colored that part of their wreath, they do nothing. If a player lands on a space with the leaves, they may color some of the greenery on their wreath. When a player has completely colored their Advent coloring sheet correctly, he/she is the winner. Play continues until all players have colored their sheets.


Introduce snack: Stir Up Sunday

Rich Fruit Cake

Dried Fruit Bread

Dutch Treat- This Advent cookie from the Netherlands is full of the rich flavor of Dutch chocolate. Advent Cookies

Edible Advent Wreath by


Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles. Printable Advent Coloring Pages for Kids Advent Calendar
Students can count down the days until Christmas by coloring the calendar.

Advent Wreath (coloring sheet) Candle of Hope (coloring) Candle of Peace (coloring) Candle of Joy (coloring) Candle of Love (coloring) An Angel Visits Mary (coloring) An Angel Visits Mary (coloring)
(Scroll down to bottom for this.) Mary and the Angel Gabriel (coloring)

The activity below is free; however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of this, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. *All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this activity are not my own and are from various internet sources.

Advent- Mini book for the children to color.

An Angel With Good News (mini book)- New Testament Take-Home Bible Stories: Easy-to-Make, Reproducible Mini-Books That Children Can Make & Keep!, Preschool - Grade 2 by Thomas C. Ewald, page 7. (Click on Sample and go to page 7.)

Advent (handwriting sheet) Christmas Candle (dot-to-dot) Mary was Visited by the Angel (dot-to-dot)

An Angel Tells Good News (dot to dot)- Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 9.

Mary’s Good Answer (find the hidden picture)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s World PK-K by Linda Standke, page 17.

Mary’s Good Answer (hidden pictures) page 78, A Visit From an Angel (color by number) page 79- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK-K


Ticia said...

Oh my goodness, you have so many great ideas for Advent season. This is perfect timing because I'm doing a presentation on this on Monday!
Great job!

Amazing_Grace said...


I'm so glad that you like them. I'm doing Advent with my students soon as well. :)

Lacy said...

I just found your blog and I looove it! I think this is an amazing page of advent resources, so I featured it on my Catholic blog here:

Thanks for all the great ideas!

Amazing_Grace said...


I'm so glad that you like it. :)

I added your blog to my list of Blogs I Follow. :)

DMIS Patricia's Spanish Pre-K Class 2009-10 said...

Hi. Will you be doing this each week? Or is it already posted for the next three weeks somewhere. Very helpful info.

Amazing_Grace said...


I teach 1st grade I'll be doing this lesson next week (we did not have CCD today because of the Thanksgiving holiday) and some stuff from


And finally:

I hope this helps. :)

You can also make an Advent Lapbook:

or a 12 Days of Christmas Lapbook:

or a Christmas Lapbook (it will be posted tomorrow)

*Please scroll down the right side bar of my blog for various topics, games, lessons plans, etc. Just click on what you want to see and the link will take you right there.

Kara said...

Great ideas! So glad to find your blog:)

leeleejack said...

Thank you so much for all your hard work on this! It has truly not gone unnoticed by us and I am sure by the Lord above! Your reward will be great in Heaven. This has been invaluable to me and to our church youth group! God Bless all you have done and Merry Christmas!

OneFaithOneFamily said...

Thank you so much for this. My family and I live in the convent where I attended Kindergarten and we plan to use the downstairs as a preschool. This gives us a great plan to get started right now!