Nothing is more important or foundational to our faith than the substitutionary atonement of Christ for our sins. It is our profound privilege and honor to celebrate our Savior’s death, burial, and resurrection. As homeschoolers, we have the ability to focus our family’s attention on this indescribable gift all day, every day, and in particular on the days leading up to Resurrection Sunday. You can use the links provided in The Homeschool Classroom to supplement your studies on the resurrection of Christ.

*Parents, please review all resources to make sure they are appropriate for your family.

1.1 Article: “How a Busy Mom Can Stay Consistent in the Word”

One way to honor our risen Lord is to stay in His word. As moms and busy homeschoolers, we might find carving out time to spend in God’s word difficult. Courtney Reissig has a few suggestions on how a busy mom can find time for consistent Bible reading.

www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/new-parents/how-a-busy-mom-can-stay-consistent-in-the-word.html

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1.2 Celebration of the Resurrection for the Whole Family

These empty tomb/resurrection buns are a great object lesson on the resurrection of Christ.

http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com/2010/04/empty-tombsresurrection-buns.html

Making this Easter garden would be a great way to focus your children’s attention on Christ and his gift of salvation. It also makes a great conversation piece for your home. You could read one of these passages from the Bible, Matt 28:1-7, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, or John 20:1-9, about Jesus death, burial, and resurrection to give deeper meaning to this project. Then challenge your children to share the story of Jesus great sacrifice for us with guests in your home.

www.posedperfection.com/2014/04/easter-garden.html

In this blog post, Ann Timm shares her ideas on how to have a Christcentered Easter. You will find topics on having a conversation about Easter with your children, meaningful Easter baskets, Easter foods, crafts, and projects, as well as encouragement to tell the story.

www.keeperofthehome.org/having-a-christ-centered-easter-ideas-for-families

The Not Consumed blog has a free holiday download: The Ultimate Christian Holidays Printable Collection. This collection has Christ-centered suggestions for New Years Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Christmas. A free registration is required to download this resource.

www.notconsumed.com/free

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1.3 Christ-Centered Easter for Preschoolers

Small children learn best by doing or acting out a story or lesson. The article “10 Ways to Teach Kids About Easter: Hands-On Activities & Books” provides ideas that may help your preschooler learn about the true meaning of Easter.

www.leeanngtaylor.com/teach-kids-about-easter

Preschoolers love stories, and storybooks are a great way to introduce your smallest students to the truth about Easter and Christ’s resurrection. This list of 10 picture books is a great place to start.

http://heidistjohn.com/blog/homeschooling-homeschool/10-picture-books-for-a-christ-centered-easter

This list of books includes a clickable link to a short review as well as each book’s ISBN to allow you to quickly locate the book in your local library or in a retail store .

www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/easter-religious/kids-books

Coloring pages are a simple way to introduce a story to preschoolers. These 25 Easter-themed coloring pages can be used to teach your preschooler about the biblical account of Easter.

www.laurengreutman.com/religious-easter-coloring-pages-2

You can print, cut out, and have your children color the elements for this Easter wreath. Then assemble it and use it as a beautiful decoration for your home, as well as a great reminder about what we actually celebrate in this season of the year.

www.weelittlemiracles.com/2012/04/make-easter-story-wreath-free.html?m=1

This art work created with crumpled colored tissue paper can be made by your preschooler while you can read the account of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection from a children’s Bible.

http://inlightofthetruth.blogspot.com/2010/04/preschool-craft-easter-cross.html

You could also use this contact paper cross craft.

www.learnplayimagine.com/2012/04/cross-collages-he-is-risen.html

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1.4 Easter Activities for the Elementary and Middle School Student

These popup paper dioramas will engage your students as they color, construct, and act out the biblical scenes depicting the last days before the crucifixion.

http://amysfreeideas.com/English/pop-up_Easter_scenes_for_Sunday_school.html

Word search puzzles are a great way to help develop word recognition, assist in learning context clues, support pattern recognition, provide practice for vocabulary, aid in spellingand they are fun. These Easter word search puzzles might be a fun addition to your school hours this week.

http://sundayschoolresources.co.uk/activities/easter-wordsearch.pdf

http://wordpuzzlehound.com/free-printables/easter-of-the-bible-word-search.pdf

This object lesson using a white carnation and water colored with red food coloring is a great illustration for Christ’s atoning sacrifice for our sins.

http://beinglds.blogspot.com/2012/03/teaching-children-about-atonement.html

This craft requires a wooden cross, a sharpie pen, and spackling compound. Have your children write their sins on the wooden cross, then use the spackling to cover over their writing on the cross. It’s a great illustration of how Jesus’ death covers our sins. You could even take this a bit further and place colored jewels in the spackling as a representation of Christ adorning us with his righteousness. God now sees his son’s beautiful perfect record instead of our sins.

www.icanteachmychild.com/jesus-covers-all-our-sins-good-friday-activity

Couple this nature walk activity with the reading of The First Easter book, or any book about the resurrection.

www.theunlikelyhomeschool.com/2014/04/good-friday-nature-walk-free-printable.html

You can use this Bible verse scavenger hunt to challenge your children to find and record verses either through drawing or photographing the items referenced in these Easter Bible verses.

http://arabahjoy.com/easter-scavenger-hunt

Baking together can be a bonding experience. You can make these Italian Easter loaves with your children. They will make a dramatic display on your Easter dinner table.

www.seededatthetable.com/2012/04/03/italian-easter-bread

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1.5 Resurrection Day Writing, Research, and Art

These writing prompts can be used for daily writing assignments for the days leading up to Easter.

https://writeshop.com/writing-prompts-life-christ

You could use this reference chart of the synoptic gospels to have your high school student write a paper to compare and contrast the Easter story in the synoptic gospels.

www.gospelparallels.com

This handy chart cross-references the events of Jesus life with the scripture references in each of the gospels.

http://so4j.com/harmony-of-the-gospels-of-jesus-in-the-bible

Who was Caiaphas and what role did he play in the Easter story? This blog post from Drive Thru History explains who Caiaphas was and his important part in history.

www.drivethruhistory.com/caiaphas-the-high-priest

This string art cross would be a beautiful display for your home during Easter. Send your high school student out to find the materials and create this beautiful piece of art.

http://517creations.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-beautiful-mess-string-art-cross.html

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