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A story that has always touched my heart is Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. I love the message and the the theme of it. I found a beautiful Young Reader’s Edition of this classic holiday tale and wanted to find some fun learning resources and lesson ideas to use in our home as we read it together this December. I have compiled some of my favorites here for your use as well.
Read Charles Dickes a Christmas Carol for Free Online:
Free Kindle Version of A Christmas Carol
Gutenburg is another great site to get free classics. They have it, too.
Listen to Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Online:
Story Nory is one of our favorite sites for young children to listen to Audio. They have A Christmas Carol there.
There is free audio of A Christmas Carol on BBC School Radio.
Wired for Books has another free audio version of it.
Watch the Movie of A Christmas Carol:
There are tons of different versions of this movie available: If you are on Netfllix, many are there to watch, or you can rent or buy different versions through Amazon.
Act Out A Christmas Carol:
Here are a few sites that offer free scripts to act out the story. This could be such a fun way to help your kids really get to know the story.
They could even perform it for family and friends!
Discuss the Lessons Learned in A Christmas Carol:
What are the moral lessons learned in this story?
How does Scrooge change from the beginning of the story to the end? Compare & contrast.
Write a sequel to A Christmas Carol. How will scrooge live his life after this experience?
How would a visit from these three ghosts impact you & your life? Think of the different visits and the symbolism of each one. How do they relate to your life?
Discuss the consequences of our choices in life and how they affect others, too.
Discuss Biblical applications and look up scriptures related to different themes of the story: Selfishness, Greed, Regret, Repentance, Salvation, Service
Color Pictures of A Christmas Carol:
There is a fun A Christmas Carol coloring book for purchase on Amazon.
You can also print these free old fashioned graphics to make it yourself!
Education.com also has some printable coloring pages.
Use Literature Units To Study A Christmas Carol:
Education.com has a Young Readers Workbook for sale.
I found a free PDF Unit from SchoolRack.
I found another free unit from Core Knowledge– this is specifically for Elementary-aged kids.
CAPA (The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts) has a free study Guide for A Christmas Carol.
Learn More About Charles Dickens:
Visit the Dickens Museum website.
The Charles Dickens Page has some great info.
Bipography.com has a great bio on Charles Dickens.
Make Some Old English Recipes:
We made some yummy spiced apple cider also called wassail.
Spiced Apple Cider (Wassail) Recipe
1 gallon of apple cider
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 sliced, peeled & cored apple
1 sliced orange (leave peels on)
1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low or high until hot and flavors have cooked together. I cooked mine on high for about 3 hours (It doesn’t need to be exact).