Keeping Holy Week…Holy!

Due to all the chaos and illness that has whirl winded here at the Hoggatt Homeschool this past month…We have found ourselves in Holy Week and Easter season and no decoration to be found. We usually do holiday decorating BIG around here. I am ashamed to admit that I have 4 totes full of Easter decorations in the garage. haha But here we are and not a single colored egg, bunny statue, Easter tree, figurine, etc… to be found. Yes, I miss those items but in a strange way it is helping keep the focus of holy week where it belongs…On Christ!
I thought I would compile a list of the Holy Week activities and resources we have planned for the upcoming week. We have kept it simple and decided to emphasize the true celebration of Easter.
1. The Jesus Film…I love this movie and the ministry behind it. We received a copy from a dear friend for Christmas one year and it is so nicely put together. It also has a children’s version where a young boy narrates the story of Christ. The kids enjoy watching it and learn the valuable meaning of Easter.
2. The Stations of the Cross for kids…Last year we stumbled onto the EWTN production of the “Stations of the Cross” for kids. We DVR’d it and the girls like that it is simple and easy to follow along with. It takes them through the Passion and allows them to focus and meditate on His sacrifice for them (and all of us!).
3. Resurrection Eggs…this is an activity that also takes the kids through the steps of the Passion but in a fun interactive way. Each egg has a visual item as well as a scripture passage to read. This activity engages the senses and helps tell the Easter story.
4. The Easter Story Reader…A free printable book for ages Pre-K to 2nd available on Free Homeschool Deals. Children can color the pictures and read the story of Eater.
5. Make A Resurrection Set…My kids have a nativity set that they love to play with and act out the story of Christmas…So why wouldn’t they love an Easter version! Here is a free printable set that they can color and use to tell the story from Palm Sunday through the Ascension.
6. Holy Week Wreath… A FREE printable from “Wee Little Miracles”. It is a beautiful and simple craft that the children can interact with to tell the story from Palm Sunday to Pentecost.
Image used from “Wee Little Miracles”

7. Stations of the Cross, Montessori Style…This printable allows children to label and put in order the “Stations of the Cross” and the “Way of the Light”. Great for children who are learning about each of the stations or to use during the services.

8. Resurrection Cookies... A great way to involve the senses and hands on learning with the Passion. these cookies taste super yummy but have a meaning behind every step as you make them. Even the younger children enjoy participating in this activity!
9. Easter Listening Pages…Easter Sunday services kind get long especially for sugared up little ones. Keep them engaged (and quiet) during the service with these listening pages form “Raising Arrows”. They are available for readers and non-readers. 
10. The Story of Easter sticker book…This book is great for family devotion time and is re-usable. It has a paragraph for each section of the Easter story including Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, The Garden, Stations of the Cross, Burial, Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost. Plus many more!
The Story of Easter Sticker Book (PS066) - Paperback
These are just a few of the wonderful resources available and I’m certain there are so many more! What are your favorites to use during Holy Week? Let us know what you are doing in the comments!
I wish you all a blessed and Christ centered Holy Week!

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