30 Ways to Celebrate the Lenten Season in Your Homeschool

30 Ways to Celebrate the Lenten Season in Your Homeschool

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30 Ways to Celebrate the Lenten Season in Your Homeschool

Today marks the beginning of the Lenten season for those of the Christian faith around the world. Originating as an annual Catholic tradition, Lent has evolved into a widespread custom for many Christian faiths in observance of the time preceding Easter Sunday.  Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the Lenten season is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Lent is an exceptionally important time of year for Christians to draw closer to their faith and to God in thanksgiving for His ultimate sacrifice.

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday, in the Christian church, marks the first day of Lent. It is commonly observed with the placing of ashes on one’s forehead and fasting. In accordance of scripture, God says to Adam in Genesis 3:19, “By the sweat of your face will you earn your food, until you return to the ground, as you were taken from it. For dust you are and to dust you shall return.”

Ash Wednesday remains an earnest reminder of our mortality and the need for reconciliation with God for forgiveness of our sins.


As a Catholic homeschooling mother, helping my children to grow in love and in faith is a critical part of our daily educational activities.

Here are some great ways to incorporate an educational lesson on Christ’s teachings into your child’s learning during Lent:

Lenten Activities and Lesson Plans

Lenten Crafts and Projects

photo of child reading holy bible


Other Things You Can Do to Honor Lent

  • Attend a Stations of the Cross event in your area.
  • Gather with family and/or friends at your local fish fry to support your church and community.
  • Take on a new challenge — 40 days of letter writing, 40 acts of kindness, 40 phone calls to the important people in your life.
  • Pick a habit or vice of yours and give it up for Lent to grow closer to God.
  • Attend a weekday service in addition to Sunday service during Lent.
  • Volunteer at a local charity.
  • Donate canned goods and/or clothing to a local charity in need.
  • Disconnect from technology for a while and replace that time with prayer!

Books About Lent for Homeschooling Families

The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale

Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter

Into the Sea, Out of the Tomb: Jonah and Jesus

Who Was Jesus?

An Easter Egg Hunt for Jesus

The friends of Brother Francis: What is Lent?

Movies About Lent for Homeschooling Families

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Jesus of Nazareth

Son of God

The Miracle Maker

The Animated Passion Trilogy

The Easter Story Keepers

Brother Francis: Stations of the Cross

Deciding how to best embrace the spirit of the Lenten Season can be challenging for some of us. After all, we are human. And as such, very humanly flawed. During these next few weeks- through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving- we are presented with a wonderful opportunity to seek out a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God. Through this time of self-examination and reflection, it is my great hope to strengthen my relationship with the Lord while bearing witness to my Faith to my children as well. Wishing you and yours a blessed Lenten season.

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26


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