As the holiday season approaches, many find themselves on a quest to keep their children or grandchildren occupied and engaged — especially during winter break! Look no further than St. Joseph’s Indian School for a selection of free digital downloads that not only entertain, but also instill children with the values of generosity and kindness. Discover how these resources can bring joy and create meaningful conversations about the mission of St. Joseph’s Indian School, which is to educate Native American children and families for life — mind, body, heart and spirit.
Holiday Treats and Puzzles
Visit stjo.org/free and locate the Seasonal section. This selection includes a Favorite Christmas Recipes book that will liven up your festive cooking this holiday season. Holiday memories made in the kitchen last a lot longer than the treats do on the plate, and baking together creates moments of connection. Plus, who doesn’t jump at the chance of eating sweet treats like Candy Cane Kiss Cookies, Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies or White Chocolate Pecan Pie?!
As you and your child bake and savor the delicious treats, initiate a conversation about the importance of empathy, compassion and the impact of nourishing others, like the Native American children at St. Joseph’s, through acts of kindness.
Also in this Seasonal section is the Christmas Inspirations booklet. School may be out for winter break, but the minds of your children can still stay sharp with the fun brainteasers and activities. They’ll be ready to learn when they head back to classrooms in January!
Learning with Cultural Crafts
The Downloads section at stjo.org/free offers an even wider array of digital products and activities — all free-of-charge. The printable projects, such as the Important Animals Coloring Book, the How to Make a Dreamcatcher tutorial and the Lakota-language-inspired Finger Puppets activities all allow children to dip or delve into Native American culture. These activities not only entertain but also provide an opportunity to learn about the cultural heritage and traditions of the Lakota (Sioux).
As your child creates, seize the opportunity to discuss the significance of cultural diversity and the importance of respecting and embracing different cultures, while reminding them of the mission of St. Joseph’s.
Peaceful Moments of Prayer
For moments of relaxation and quiet, explore St. Joseph’s Prayer Book, also located in the Downloads section. This assortment of printable prayers offers a chance for children to slow down and express their gratitude and release their burdens through prayer. While you and your children recite the prayers, work together to create your own prayer by using St. Joseph’s Prayer Builder exercise. Such an activity would put the focus back on the true meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of Christ.
Philámayaye — thank you — for sharing in our mission at St. Joseph’s Indian School this holiday season. With St. Joseph’s Indian School’s wide variety of engaging free digital downloads, you not only provide your children or grandchildren with exciting and educational activities, but you also open the door to invaluable conversations about cultural diversity, empathy and generosity.