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Page Turning Mondays- There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover

Hi everyone!! 

It has been quite sometime since we had a page turning Monday post, but we are going to try to get those going again 馃檪

Today’s book is one I recently came across when I was looking for St. Patrick’s Day goodies for the kids.

It is:

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover

This is a fun book that entertained my 8yr old greatly. You follow along as the Old Lady swallows various things for various reasons until the end when it all comes together and you see why she swallowed what she swallowed.

I highly recommend this as a fun St. Patrick’s day read! I purchased ours on Amazon for less than $10, but you could also check your local library!

Now for some St. Pattys Day fun!!

Check out this link to my Pinterest board for ideas that go along with this fun book!

We always enjoy crafts, leprechaun traps, and green pancakes! Check out this link for my St Patty’s Day board!

I hope you have fun celebrating this holiday with your littles!

There are several books in this series. We also have There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell which is for Christmas.  Be sure to check them all out!
Until next time,

Jennifer

A Little St Patrick’s Day Fun!

Hola all! Ginger here with a Quick post about how we are having some fun with St Patrick’s Day.

First and foremost, I bought my daughter lucky charms! She was so excited! 

Then we took some die cuts I found of a pot of gold and a leprechaun and glued them to craft sticks to make puppets, then we used die cuts of shamrocks and added googley eyes and drew on faces and craft sticks to make puppets out of those also.

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Then we pulled out the foam board leftovers from our Valentine craft and green paint and combined two Pinterest finds into one.  You use your child’s hand to make a shamrock, then I added the caption ” not lucky blessed”. I also did these with my preschoolers on thick cardstock and instead of painting the caption I used a green permanent marker.

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This next one was a blast and my  daughter loved it!  For this I also combined Pinterest finds. 
You will need a:
Green shirt (found ours at Wal-Mart for $3.00)
Heart shape cookie cutter
Clorox bleach pen.
Cardboard, or something hard to put in the shirt

You simply lay the shirt flat(I placed cardboard between the layers), then with one hand hold down the cookie cutter while your little one traces the cookie cutter with the bleach pen.

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You move the cutter around four times and then tada!  A homemade St Patrick’s Day shirt!

We had lots of fun today and I hope you have some fun to!

Until next time,
Ginger

Page Turning Mondays: “Fancy Nancy

Hola all! Ginger here with your latest Page Turning Monday post!!

Todays book is:

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Written by: Jane O’Connor and Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.

Fancy Nancy is an adorable little girl who loves everything, but she always likes to make things look, sound, and act more fancy. In this book we are introduced to Fancy Nancy and learn how she made her bedroom more fancy, how she taught her family to be more fancy, and how they even dressed fancy to go out for supper!

There are several books in the Fancy Nancy collection and so far my daughter has enjoyed all of them that we have read.

Now for some fancy fun to go along with the story:

路You have to let your little one dress up as fancy as they can! I am talking dresses, shoes, jewelry, hat, makeup, gloves, everything fancy!

路Let your little one make you fancy. My daughter loves to dress me up, do my nails, and to do my makeup. Let them make you fancy!

路Plan a fun”fancy” activity for after your all dressed up. Maybe have a tea party.

路Act out the story and let your little one make their bedroom fancy, let them teach you to be fancy, and for some added fun go out to eat all fancied up!

路You could also combine this story with numerous crafts and letters of the alphabet.
-My first thought is doing c for crown and letting your little one make and fancy their own crown. Try to use different shape and colored jewels so you can discuss colors and shapes.
-Have your little one sort the jewels by various categories: shape, color, size, etc.
-If they are old enough use this as a time to practice those scissor skills and let them cut out shapes to use on their crown, and let them cut out their crown.
-If they can, use this as a fun way to work on math skills. Try some simple addition and subtraction with whatever you are using to decorate your crown.

路There are several Fancy Nancy books that are set in different seasons, so the fun teaching possibilities are endless, not to mention all the opportunities for crafts and dressing up!

I haven’t tried Google or Pinterest, but I am sure you can find more ideas there!

I hope you enjoy this book and the others in the collection, now go have some Fancy Nancy fun with your little one!!

Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today.

Until next time,
Ginger

Secret Sight Word Valentines

Hey y’all!

Jess here again with a really fun learning activity for Valentine’s Day. I found this activity on Pinterest as just a fun Valentine’s craft, but I decided to go a different route with it and use it as a learning tool and a time to review the sight words my Kindergartner has learned so far. This project was so, so simple to create, and let me tell you, my son LOVED it! He got so surprised to see a hidden message appear as he painted, and of course, read the word he discovered, thus reviewing the words he learned without even realizing that this was an educational activity! I love being able to make learning fun for my boys and watching them grow in their knowledge!

All I did for this activity was cut hearts of various sizes out of white copy paper and write the sight words he had learned on then with a white crayon.

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That way, the words go unnoticed until the paint is applied. You could write valentine messages, draw pictures, review letters or numbers with your younger child, or do any number of things with this activity. The possibilities are endless!

Next, just give your child a set of watercolors and let them go to work! They will be so surprised as they see a secret hidden message appear!

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I even made a special one for my hard-working boy!

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This is such a fun and versatile activity that we’ll be doing again throughout the year. My boys couldn’t get enough of it!

I hope you and your kiddos will try out this easy yet entertaining project, and that it will be bring lots of smiles and giggles to your classroom or home, or in our case, our homeschool!

Have fun with your learning! Until next time!

“Love”ly thumbprint bookmark

Hey y’all!

Jess here with a fun craft to make with your kiddos for Valentine’s Day or any day, for that matter! I found this idea on Pinterest (but of course!), and thought it would be simple, yet fun enough for my biggest boys to make these cute thumbprint bookmarks. We are planning on giving these bookmarks to some special friends for a Valentine’s gift, but you could make them any day, for any occasion!

The materials I used for this project were:

White cardstock paper
Red and/or pink ink pad or paint
Red and/or pink construction paper
Decorative scissors
Laminator
The thumbs of a special little one

It’s really quite a simple project. I just basically followed the instructions given on the website. I cut my cardstock into strips 1.5 inches wide and 6 inches long, and I cut my construction paper a little wider and a little longer (no exact measurements; I just eye-balled it). I used the scalloped edge scissors on the construction paper, by the way.

Then, I painted my son’s thumbs red, and made a series of three hearts on the cardstock, as shown below. Some of the thumbprints turned out to resemble hearts, some not so much (it’s a little difficult to get a wiggly 5 year old boy to be still for a moment!), but you get the gist of what they’re supposed to be, nonetheless. It’s still a special keepsake!

I added some Bible verses pertaining to love to the back of the construction paper, and my son’s name and date as well. You could also add a personal message to the recipient or a quote about love, if you’d rather.

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And here’s the finished product. I plan on laminating these so that they’ll last longer and be able to withstand use. You could also hole-punch and add a ribbon at the top as a tassel after you’ve laminated it, if you’d like. I didn’t have any ribbon on hand, so we opted to do without.
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As I mentioned, this is a quick, but fun craft to make with your child for a special friend or family member that’s sure to be cherished for years to come!

Hope y’all enjoy it! And a happy Valentine’s Day to you all! Always remember that you are loved by the one true and living God!

Until next time!

“We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19