Many classrooms in Catholic/Christian celebrate the season of Advent in anticipation of the birth of Christ. I always have an Advent wreath on display in my own room and I incorporate it into my daily prayer. Over the years I have used several different kinds of Advent wreaths, but I love my current one.
The wreath itself is a simple evergreen wreath that was already in my classroom closet when I moved in. It's the candles that make it truly special. Since open flames are never a good idea in a kindergarten classroom, I use battery-operated votive candles. To make the simple white candles appropriate for Advent, I adorn them with lavender and pink ribbons.
Every morning in the classroom begins with prayer. During Advent, a student comes up to "light" the candles. We turn the lights off for this seasonal ritual and sing the song Candle, Candle after the lighting. It's always a tender moment in the classroom.
Of course, the goal of any Catholic or Christian teacher is to help students be mindful of their faith in all parts of the day. Integrating religion across all subject areas is something I am always mindful of and strive to achieve. My newest Interactive Sight Word Reader Advent is for Waiting helps carry the lessons of Advent into reading and language arts.
In this simple emergent reader, students cut out, unscramble, and glue letters to spell "for" and complete the sentence on each page. The best part? Like all of my Religion resources, you can download Advent is for Waiting for FREE from Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook.
Blessings to you this Advent season,