Ready to celebrate the rest of Lent as a family? Here are several activities you can do together, whether or not you homeschool.
p=suitable for grades 1-3
m=suitable for grades 4-6
j=suitable for grades 7-9
s=suitable for grades 10-12
Besides reading the Gospel accounts of Holy Week, try reading and discussing the following books that deal with sacrifice, martyrdom, or resurrection:
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (p).
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt (p+).
The Queen and the Cross: The Story of St. Helen by Cornelia Mary Bilinsky (p, m)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (p+ for reading aloud; m+ for independent reading).
We always watch Jesus of Nazareth this time of year. Here are some other movie choices you may not have thought of. All can provide interesting fodder for comparisons and contrasts with the events of Holy Week:
Disney’s Sleeping Beuaty (p+).
The Prince of Egypt (p+).
Joseph: King of Dreams (p+; see Typology section for more on Joseph).
Ben Hur –animated version by CCC (p+).
Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess (m+; some adult situations, tastefully done, that will go over youngsters’ heads).
A Man for All Seasons (m+; about half a dozen instances of profanity, implied adultery, and divorce).
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (j+).
Typology and Prophecy
Read my post on Teaching typology with Joseph and his brothers for an explanation of typology and an entire unit of homeschool activities (p+).
For those who are well-versed in the Old Testament, brainstorm as many stories as you can that foreshadow Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Then choose one to discuss in detail orally or write a report on (m+).
Using a study Bible, look up the Old Testament references found in the accounts of Jesus’ Passion. Read the passages in context (j+).
Works of Mercy
Use your spring cleaning as an opportunity to donate excess toys, books, clothes, and household goods to the poor (p+).
Every year for Easter, we buy chicks for a poor family through Food for the Poor’s gift catalog. We also buy a stable animal such as a goat for Christmas (p+).
Learn about the Shroud of Turin and scientific studies performed on it at The Shroud of Turin for Children. (p+)
Research the controversy surrounding brain death and hold a debate. (j+)
Did you know pretzels are a traditional food for Lent? Bake some together before Lent is over (p+ with parental supervision).
Make and eat a Seder meal in accordance with Catholic liturgical norms (p+ with parental supervision).
Read and discuss the lyrics to At the Lamb’s High Feast. This is a beautiful example of typology regarding the Eucharist, the Passover, and Christ’s Death and Resurrection (m+).
Practice the words of the Tantum Ergo in Latin in preparation for Holy Thursday (m+).
Listen to St. Matthew’s Passion by Bach (p+).
Cover the religious statues and paintings in your home with purple cloth during Holy Week (p+).
Follow the old Jewish custom of covering mirrors when grieving, from Good Friday at noon until Easter morning (p+).
Wear black on Good Friday (p+).
Share with us: Can you add to our list of ideas for finishing Lent with our eyes fixed on Jesus?