Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thursday Throw Down-Making Ornaments

Happy Thursday! It's hard to believe it is already January! I'm linking up with Erin at I'm Lovin Lit for her Thursday Throw Down linky.

Each December my students and I study the genealogy of Christ during our Bible classes. To make the study more interactive and memorable the students make an ornament for the major people that we study.

To kick-off our study, the students make a Christmas wreath using their hands the day before our Thanksgiving Break.
When we come back from Thanksgiving break the students and I start our study. We study the "major" people; Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Rahab, Ruth, King David, King Hezekiah, and King Josiah. Then we also make an ornament of a mini nativity, and a dove-standing for the peace God wants to give us.
Abraham Ornament
Jacob and Issac Ornament
The students love making all the ornaments, and it gives them something to help them remember what we are studying in Bible. It also gives them something to take home at the end of December. Many of the kids hang the wreath in their room, I've even had previous students come back and tell me that they still hang their wreath with the ornaments every year (and they are in high school!)

What do you do to make learning more interactive in your classroom? Head over to Erin's blog to check out other great ideas!


  1. What an AWESOME idea, Bethany! I love the creativity involved and the awesome message it communicates to your students and their families.
    Do you buy all of the supplies or have it donated? How much do you prepare for the kids ahead of time? Do you make them all together as a class or do you pull students aside to do it?

    Thanks for sharing, friend!

    Joy in the Journey

  2. I love the wreaths! Sometimes, I wish I taught at a private school:).

  3. Bethany, I love all of your ornaments that you make with your students! Very special and meaningful!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. I love it! I didn't know that you taught at a private religious school.. I do too!
    :) Erin
    I'm Lovin' Lit

  5. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea. We have a Jesse tree in my classroom where each student designs an ornament for one of Christ's ancestors to hang on the tree. I like how your wreath allows them to make many ornaments. So much better!!! I think we will do Jesse wreaths next year. Thanks for sharing.

    So, I'm wondering who else teaches at a religious school.