Thursday, December 2, 2010

Once Upon a Book ~ Mortimer's Christmas Manger


by Karma Wilson

Summary: Unhappy in his cold, dark hole under the stairs, Mortimer the mouse finds a home that is just his size…the nativity scene. Mortimer believes he has found the perfect home until he overhears the telling of the birth of Christ and discovers who truly belongs in there! 

Bible Verse

For there is born to  you today in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11


We learned the letter J and used the Happy Birthday Jesus dot printable from 1+1+1=1 as a reinforcement. Rather than using our Do-A-Dot markers, we used round stickers to make the letter J! This was a FAVORITE for the little boys!



We used the Jesus counting cards from Confessions of a Homeschooler's Letter of the Week Curriculum to work on our numbers. The boys clipped the appropriate number of clothes pins onto each card. For more of a challenge for little fingers, consider using mini clothes pins.


We also used the nativity sequencing and sorting cards from The Nativity Preschool Pack on 1+1+1=1.


Motor Skills
We used the Jesus lacing cards from Confessions of a Homeschooler.


Pre-writing Skills

The boys used the nativity tracing page from the 1+1+1=1 Nativity Pack and LOVED it!



Build a pseudo gingerbread house using the Mini Holiday House recipe!


We pulled out our Songs of Saplings CD and sang the Luke 2:11 Christmas song.

Dramatic Play

Read the nativity story from Luke 2:1-20 and act it out! This is a Christmas morning tradition in our family that the kids have grown to love!!! In keeping with our tradition, we will wait until Christmas morning to act out the birth of Christ. However, we did reenact the story with our nativity sets.


While we mostly used our homemade nativity sets (grins…I won’t let the kids play with my nativity set), there are some really cute kid-friendly nativity sets available!

Want to see what's coming next (and books we've done in the past)? Click here to see our Once Upon a Book webpage!


Unknown said...

I love this book. I sent to my partner in a book exchange. We did the same sheets for 1+1+1=1 this week. I am going to post about them next week.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a super cute book! I am going to have to look for this one!

Tonya Hache said...

We used the Preschool Nativity Pack to make a Christmas Lapbook! Go check it out :)

<3 Rockabye Butterfly

Jill Stanish said...

LOVE the idea of using circle stickers to fill in the dots. I'll have to add this book to my wish list. I enjoy your Once Upon a Book posts.

bwntw said...

Thank you for sharing. I am preparing my nativity preschool activities for this week and you have some great ideas!