12 Days of Christmas ~ Free Nativity Printables {Updated}


Last year I released a free Nativity Preschool Pack and this year I had to update it for all of us!  Here’s what is new in case you haven’t downloaded the new version yet!

  • 3 Part Cards
  • Graphing
  • Beginning Sounds
  • ABC Mats
  • Read & Write the Room Cards
  • Write a Sentence

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All of the original printables are still in the same PDF file also! 

You can download the Nativity Printable Pack for FREE here!

In case you are new to my blog, I also have a Christmas Tot Pack, and a Christmas Fun webpage with many more printables and resources linked up!

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12 Days of Christmas ~ Christmas Around the World Calendar Connections

My wonderful friend Shannon is still working with me to create the Calendar Connections cards. She is a fellow inner city missionary with me and also a homeschooler {and former school teacher}.

We chose the theme of Christmas Around the World for December!

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The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme. 

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar {which is currently IN STOCK at Oriental Trading}, item # IN-62/2017. 


but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart. They seem like they would fit in this calendar on Amazon but I am not certain.

I am now creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found recently in the Target $1 section. Here is what they look like…

Calendar Connections Small Christmas

Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!

There is also a new sheet included to be used in a Calendar Notebook if you are using those too!

I printed my numbers on cardstock and laminated them before cutting them apart.

You can download these for FREE here!

You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We are slowly building up what we hope will be a wide variety of themes to choose from!

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12 Days of Christmas ~ Advent Adventures in Homeschool


Advent is a special time for many families and the choices of how to celebrate and make this time meaningful are bursting up all over the internet.  Below are many of the ideas I have found, I recommend choosing one that would work for your family and get cracking.  But, don’t feel too badly if you are a Jesse Tree drop out like myself ~ just do what you can!  Choose something you can handle and have fun with it!  I always used to beat myself up if I didn’t do it “the right way” and then I realized that even my lame-o way {using my 5 year olds terminology} is better than no way. 

We will be using Truth in the Tinsel this year, which combines the idea of an Advent countdown with a Jesse Tree all wrapped up in fun crafts for little ones. 


Knowing my drop-out tendencies, I knew I needed to prepare in advance and have a simple system.  This is what I decided on.

IMG_7391 I got 24 brown paper bags, and put the supplies for each day {the small specific ones} in each bag.  I used the printable numbers from this site, and laminated them so I could use them again next year.  I hung the bags up with thumb tacks on my bulletin board strips that we normally display the kids’ school work on.  Hopefully this will be a daily reminder and I won’t drop out this year!  I plan to do more than 1 per day on some days since we are traveling this year and also since we won’t be doing the crafts on weekends.  We are making it work for us!  My motto from last year’s Christmas activities will be in place too: Mommy’s ATTITUDE matters way more than the ACTIVITIES.

Here are my other favorite Advent/Jesse Tree printables online.  All of these are free…

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Ready for Christmas Learning!

I have been “stuck” down south for several days now and not only did I create an entire new {unplanned} Nativity Preschool Pack, I also got our plans for the December all finalized-to an extreme degree.  Here’s a small glimpse…
Yup, red and green file folders and all.  I even have a detailed spreadsheet {which I will share once we get home and I get the final activities in and linked up}.  We plan to begin our Christmas schooling on Monday, so I still have the weekend to gather the rest.
Thankfully I was able to use a printer AND laminator down here {thanks Mom!!!}, and was able to get most things totally prepared.  One night my mom and Ladybug were playing in the hall while I was laminating and cutting away…I looked up and saw Ladybug helping my mom snap a photo of me…

We head back home today, and I am thrilled!  I have so much planned for the kids and am excited to be so prepared {usually I just gather some Christmas activities and hope I remember to do them all}. Have you shared your Christmas plans on your blog?  Leave me a link in a comment, I’d love to check yours out before I finalize ours! ;-).