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Page Turning Mondays- Pooh’s Silly Day

Hi everyone! Jennifer here with a Page Turning Monday post. Today’s book is:

I love this book. It is the fun story of how Pooh and his friends are going to catch the “April Fool” and fool him, before he can fool them. This book is sure to be a favorite of yours and to give you some laughs with your little one as you read it.

Now, of course April Fool’s Day is coming up! So it’s the perfect time to share this book with your little(s) and then play some pranks on them! Check out my April Fool’s Day Board on Pinterest for some great ideas and a coloring sheet.

And because I have always wondered how this day came to be I just had to consult Google! I found a great article on History.com that you can enjoy and share with your kiddos.

I hope you enjoy this book and your day of pranking!!

Have fun,

Jennifer Donovant

Teaching the Bible to Children

Hey y’all Jennifer here with a post that is about something that is so important…..teaching children about God.

I know we all have different methods and all children are different, but I wanted to share what has/is working well with my little girl.

We have tried different things, but she is really enjoying what we do now and is retaining it very good.

My lessons are based off a curriculum written by a preacher named Mike Glenn and his wife called the Joshua Generation. The study is set up on a month schedule and each month covers a different characteristic. There is a slogan for each month, memory verses, and four bible stories (one for each week). We do the same story for a week. I also added a hymn from a hymn book that goes along with each characteristic.

We start by reviewing:
How many books are in the bible, how many in each testament, and other things like how many apostles, who were the first people, how they were made, little things like that.

This month is characteristic is self control. So we review the slogan and what it means. The slogan is self control is my goal.

Then we practice her memory verse and what it means, you will be amazed at how quickly they can remember this! The curriculum provides four memory verses, but we usually focus on one or two. Sometimes I pick a different verse, depending on length and her ability to understand it.

Then we move on to our story for the week. This week we are studying Adam and Eve and how they didn’t practice self control and what happened. This story is in most children’s bible story books so you can use that, or you can read straight from the bible. We have been blessed to be able to borrow a felt board set so that is what we use, and my daughter loves it. For this story I have been reading straight from the bible, it helps her to remember little details that aren’t always in regular bible story books. So I read the story and use the felt board to illustrate what is happening. I move the pieces and review the story for the beginning of the week then as the week progresses I let her tell the story and move the felt pieces. It always amazes me how much she remembers. I know not everyone will have access to a felt board, but you can find different things to illustrate the story like bible story books or even picture cards.

After the story we discuss how they didn’t practice self control, and how they could have better handled the situation.

Our hymn for this month is Trust and Obey so after the story we sing the hymn and talk about the song.

Then we sing other songs like the books of the bible, the apostles song, and other favorites of hers.

Then we close with a prayer. We usually use our prayer pail, it’s a wonderful tool that my sister in law blogged about in a previous post. My daughter picks out three sticks and prays for who ever is listed on the sticks, then I draw out three and pray for them.

Then we are done. It’s that simple!

I have really enjoyed using this curriculum with with my daughter. I like it because it already gives you everything you need. I have adjusted it some to make it on my daughter’s level, but that’s one of the beautiful things about! You can do it repeatedly and change it for them as they grow and mature.

If you are interested in getting curriculum you can email Mike Glenn at mglenn1023@gmail.com

If you are interested in the other things we use they are these:

*Betty Lukins felt board set- click here
*Books of the bible song from you tube-I couldn’t paste the link, but search book of the bible song and it is the one with blue back ground with white clouds by bigsbyshow
*Children’s bible story book-click here to see the book I like
*Prayer pail-click here

An added bonus is as the parent/teacher you are reading and researching the stories and you learn along with you child!

Well I hope this helps you in some way, and if you have any suggestions or things you use to study the bible with your child please share it in the comments.

Until next time,
Jennifer!!

Fun in the Tub

Hola y’all! Ginger here with a new post about having some fun in the tub!

I ran across all these ideas on Pinterest, and I can tell you they are kid tested and approved!

The first is so simple and was an instant hit with my daughter. Go to the dollar store and buy a pack of glow sticks, at bath time run the bath like normal, then snap a few(2-3 is what we use) to make them glow, then toss them in the tub, once your little one gets in, turn off the lights and hear their excitement!! My daughter loves this! I have quite a few packs of glow sticks I keep in the linen closet, so every now and then I toss a few in her bath as a fun glowing surprise!!

The next one is bath tub paint. My daughter loves to paint! After the first time I made her these, she ask for them repeatedly!! This can be used while in the bath out just as a fun “rainy day” activity.

You will need a muffin tin, shaving cream, food coloring, and paint brushes.

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Simply fill each muffin tin hole with shaving cream, then add whatever food coloring you would like to each section, then sir them up. I found as I was stirring in the colors the shaving cream was dissolving so I did add more cream as I was mixing it up. Then once my daughter was in the bath I gave her the tin and brushes, she was beyond excited!!
*I didn’t have any issues with this staining my tub*

The third is a fun idea that works great for those days you are stuck inside. Bath tub fishing!

You will need:
Magnetic letters (like for the fridge)
A fishing pole (we made ours with sticks and yarn)
A magnet for the”bait”. This was a trial and error part for me. I first tried the magnetic tape from the craft department and old magnets from my fridge, but they were not strong enough to hold onto the letters and pull them out of the water. I ended up using a mason jar ring magnet-I got it at Wal-Mart in the canning area for less than $1, it is a strong magnet on a sort of pole so you can lift you canning lids and rings out of boiling water easier for canning, really a brilliant thing that I love!

All I did was run a little water in the tub, enough to fill the bottom and allow for fun fishing, then dropped in the letters, and let my daughter fish. She fished some just playing and then to take advantage of the opportunity I would have her try to get certain letters. She looked for letters that started names (hers and her cousins), then we would just catch whatever letter we could and we had to name a word that started with that letter, then I would have her take the letters she had caught and see if we could make a word. She really enjoys fishing in the tub, she likes to put her stool in the tub, roll up her pants legs, put her feet in the water, and just relax and catch some letters.
*My daughter is 5, but we played this one day when I was watching a little boy who is 3, he enjoyed it just as much and we were still able to have some learning time. I would ask him what the letter was after he caught it, some he knew and some he didn’t, but it was a fun way to work on our letters 馃檪

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Well these are the three things we have done at our house to have fun in the tub! I hope you enjoy them and have done fun in your tub to!!

Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today…like having some fun in the bathtub.

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

A Snow Volcano

Hey y’all Ginger here with a quick post I just had to share!!

We have gotten a wonderful snow here and of course have been playing in it.

Well while we were making a snow-woman, my daughter said it looked like a volcano…..to which I replied…do you want to add red food coloring for lava and then make it explode? She of course thought that was a brilliant idea!

So I went inside to get the food coloring, baking soda, and vinegar. What followed was bubbling fun!!

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Our volcano.

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Adding the food coloring, we used yellow and red.

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Watching the eruption!!

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This was so much fun!!

We will most certainly be getting this again! I think next time we try using a container to hold the food coloring, baking soda and vinegar and put that in the top of the volcano…..thinking a cylinder shape would be perfect!!

Now obviously you can do this just for fun as we did, or you can use it in your homeschooling! This is an awesome way to add some outdoor learning fun!

Hope you enjoy this and go have fun in the snow!!

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!

Read through the Bible in a year-with your little one!

Hello All! I hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the New Year!

(I wrote this last year, but thought I would share it again)

I know a lot of resolutions were made and are probably still being made. I wanted to suggest a resolution to you….that you may have already thought about….why not resolve to read through the Bible in a year?

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In the picture is a chronological read through in a year Bible that was given to me by a sister in Christ, she gave me this Bible and a corresponding study book that is for daily reflection. I LOVE them! It is divided into sections to read everyday and if you stick to it-you will read through the bible in a year! What I also love about it is that there are sections of notes added in that give you background on history at that time, info on geography, info on hard to understand passages, etc. I have found it to be a great study tool.

I promise I am getting to including your child 馃檪

When I was first given this I would read it and do my reflection during my lunch break at work. It was a wonderful pick me up halfway through the day, especially on those extra tough days…..but some sections are longer than others and I would runout of time to finish reading, much less do the reflection part. So I needed a new time to do it….well I loathe getting up early….and night time just seemed to disappear with cooking, cleaning, spending time as a family, bath time, bedtime….before I knew it I was asleep….and had not read the Bible. Well I got to thinking about how I always would sit in Kaitlyns room until she went to sleep and read stories or play on my phone…..then it hit me-I could read it during that time! I know “light bulb”. So I started reading it in her room out loud to her. So not only am I reading it myself, it is the last thing she hears before she goes to sleep, we also have talked about how important it is to study and know Gods word, and most importantly she sees that it is important to Mommy to read the Bible. It also turns into a learning time for her because as she listens she will ask about what I have read and then we get to talk about it :). I want to add this does not take the place of “Bible time” it is in addition to, and also I will finish a section after she falls asleep if there is only a little left…if there is still a page or so I will stop there and pick up the next night. We have gotten a little off schedule with moving, and her spending the night at other homes, but I did do this on vacation and when we go stay with our family I make sure to pack it.

I think that children learn so much from watching the adults in their lives and I hope that this is a good lesson for her.

I know it isn’t a huge mind blowing idea, but it is something I have come to really enjoy sharing with Kaitlyn and thought you may like sharing it with your little one.

Even if you don’t have a little one to read to……I still recommend trying to read through the Bible in a year and if that is to much then at least read your bible everyday. If you don’t have time to sit and read…..consider this…there are a TON of Bible apps that will read the Bible to you. I used to use Bible.is..you can pick the version you like and have it read it to you from your mobile device while you workout, drive to work, drive to the store, etc. When we study and read the bible we are so much better prepared to fight the evils of the world, and we know how to live and most importantly how to get to heaven!

Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Love,
JD