Do you feel disillusioned with the materialism of holidays? Inundated with Santa, reindeer, wish lists, football, turkey, and Easter baskets only to find yourself too wrapped up in the chaos to enjoy the real meaning of the holidays?
A few years ago I found myself struggling with these questions, too. I wasn't that I had anything against these things, but that we just seemed to be missing the point of it all. After much prayer and intentional planning, I found that keeping our focus on Christ brought a spirit of true joy and peace to our home during the holiday season.
This study was written to help families like yours do the same thing. Trade in the hustle and materialism for joy and peace this year!
Gloria: A Christmas Hymn Study is a 92-page collection of history, scripture, and fun. In addition to the story behind the hymn, students are guided through a study of the meaning behind it and the scripture that shares the story of this wonderful event. Each hymn includes the music and lyrics for you to learn and sing, plus a Tin Whistle tablature. This fingering would work for any similar instrument, like a recorder. Of course, there are also copywork pages, coloring pages, word searches, and other fun activities to go along with the hymns.
There is enough content to cover 1 hymn a week, but the study is flexible, so you can choose how much to cover in one day. No need to worry about having a specific number of days to complete it. Each hymn is a stand-alone unit. Do as much or as little as you’d like.
I have written this unit study with the older elementary student (3rd-5th grade) in mind. Should you so choose, this study can be done fairly independently at that age. For younger students, simply work together allowing him/her to take control of any parts that can be handled independently (suggested adaptations are included in the instructions). Of course, you may choose to do this study as a family and that would work perfectly as well! Copywork is included for each hymn, both in KJV and ESV.
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Away in a Manger
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Joy to the World
We Three Kings of Orient Are
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
You can view a sample by clicking here. It will lead you to a page with the pdf file. You can view it there or download it to your computer for easier viewing. If there is more than one version of this product, a sample of each will be included.
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