Monday, May 21, 2018

Ready to Enlist?

I might be telling my age....
but when I was a kid I LOVED the song,
I'm in The Lord's Army!

Did you learn that song?
Do your littles know it?
It's an oldie, but it's still good.
(Click the pic to listen - YouTube link.)

Several years ago I wanted to do something with the song,
& God took it & turned it into a whole military-themed unit.

since Memorial Day is coming up,
I thought you might like a craft/bulletin board activity.

It's part of my Lord's Army packet,
but you can get the pattern FREE right here.
(Click on any of the pictures to grab a pattern.)

I use the paper pattern to make a sturdy pattern on 
card stock so that it's easier to trace multiple copies
without the pattern going to shreds.
(A crafty parent told me to use empty cereal boxes.)

I also label the pattern pieces with the part name
and the suggested color.
(One year we found camo wrapping paper
and those were very cool.)
That helps students when they are tracing their own pieces.
Cut them out...
I never cut out pieces for my students unless
they are very tiny pieces.
My goal is not a perfect product that looks exactly like mine.
With them cutting, it usually means that
their final products have a LOT of character :) 
They could be assembled and glued onto 
construction paper (and then add a background)
or they could just assemble the character.
Finish up with whatever details they choose
(faces, scraps for camo, boot laces, etc.)

These make a great bulletin board.

If you're interested,
here is a preview of the entire unit.
Don't forget the click any of the pictures above
to grab your FREE craft pattern.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Ordering the Old Testament

"Is it Kings and then Chronicles?
Chronicles and then Kings?
Which of those minor prophets comes first?
I KNOW that Genesis comes at the beginning."

Has this ever been you?
Your students/kids?
(The older I get, the more it is ME!)

Many years ago, I made a packet of cards 
(along with section dividers)
to help my students begin to sort and learn the 
books of the Old Testament in order.
(and it was ugly, awful, so I just updated it)

I think that learning the sections,
then learning the books in each section
makes it so much easier for our kids (and us) to get the order right.

This activity could be used in many ways,
whole group, small group, etc.
But I mainly used it as a literacy station.

EVERY TIME I used this in a station,
they always wanted the laptop so they could listen to....
(click on it for the YouTube link)

If When you get sick of hearing this song over and over and over again,
 they could simply use a Bible to help with the order until
they are at a point of doing it without help.
I also made several recording sheets to help along the way.
There are sheets for each section and then a huge,
name all the books recording sheet
(this is a time-consuming activity 
so I spread it out over several visits to the learning station).
I also made a cute poster to hang in the classroom.
And if you have made it all the way to the end of this post,
then it is yours for FREE.
(click on the poster to get your FREE copy)

Hopefully this will be a great help to you and your students.

P.S. "Malachi is last for sure."

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Baggage Handler

I was on Facebook this morning and THIS came scrolling by.


Because it's how it should be.
What a great portrayal!

How many of us are walking around with ALL of our baggage,
lugging around so much that we can hardly stand?
Carrying around our problems, our worries, our past, our hurts, our disappointments? 

I'm also usually walking around with all the possible solutions 
that I can figure out to solve all of those things.

But honestly, the weight is just too much.

And the truth is that it was never ours to carry!

Do you know this Mercy Me song???
I LOVE the line that says
"You were never meant to carry this BEYOND the cross"

Psalm 55:22 
Cast all your cares on HIM and HE will sustain you....

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on HIM because HE cares for you.

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you are weary and burdened, 
and I will give you rest.

Let's give it to HIM today. HE has the strength to carry it.
Let's check our bags (not check them as in keep looking through them)
but turn in all of our luggage and let HIM do what only HE can do.
HE knows every situation, every problem.
And the best part is that HE knows the solution.
HE is the solution!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Is Your List Ready?

Ever get up in the morning with your list ready?
No, I don't mean your grocery list, or your activity list for the day.
I mean your list of complaints,
that list of ALL the things that are "wrong" in your life.

Have you ever woke up in the morning armed and ready with your complaints?
Ready to tell anyone who would listen what you were dissatisfied with?
(As if they wanted to hear your list, or could do anything about your list, arg!)

Well, today was one of those days for me.
I woke up with some things already on my mind,
and was all set to spend the day whining, complaining
(or maybe just being mad).

But God.........
(isn't that usually how the story goes?)

The kids and I sat down to do our devotion at school this morning,
turned to today's lesson and there HE was.......God.

There HE was, knowing what I was thinking and feeling today.
There HE was, knowing exactly what I needed to hear.
A very timely and accurate response to my plans for the day.

A reminder that GOD KNOWS.
A reminder that HE KNOWS what I need,
what I want,
what I'm thinking,
what I'm planning.

A reminder that HE knows better than I do what this day should hold.

Also a reminder that I have a choice. Did you see that part?

DECIDE to be happy!
CHOOSE to look for the blessings HE is sending our way today!


Thank you God. I got your message today.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Make HIM Famous

Have you ever seen a celebrity up close?
Or think about concerts or sporting events that you've been to.
What always happens when "they" show up?
People screaming, cheering, doing anything
 just so that person will have an idea of how much they are loved and supported.
Most of us are jumping up and down, 
wearing "their" t-shirts, 
faces painted and doing the warchant
(yes, I'm a Seminole fan). 

Scroll back many years ago, to the city of Jerusalem,
a man came riding into town on a colt.
And what did the crowd do?
They acted like us when we see someone famous.
They yelled and cheered.
Instead of wearing "HIS" t-shirt, 
they took theirs off and laid them on the ground,
along with palm branches.
They were "rolling out the red carpet" for HIM.

Who was this man and why did he deserve this kind of fame?
The answer is Zechariah.

Approximately 500 years prior, 
the prophet Zechariah prophesied about this event.
Everything pointed to THIS man as being THE ONE they had been waiting for.
Every detail of the prophesy was fulfilled.
Jerusalem was finally welcoming their KING.
So when the people saw HIM coming they began shouting,

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!"
"Hosanna in the highest!"

HE was famous, HE was their hero,
 and they were doing their part to show their support and love.

So.....what are we doing?
What are we doing to make HIM famous today?
Maybe wearing the t-shirt quietly?
Or are we out in the streets declaring HIM Lord and King?

No, I'm not saying we should just stand on the streets and yell.
I'm just wondering what kinds of things we are doing in HIS Name
that lets the world know that we love and support HIM,
that our hope is in HIM alone
(and that theirs should be too).

I know that many of us are up to something.
I would love to hear your stories.
Wave those palm branches friends!
Keep making HIM famous!

Palm Sunday FREEBIE
(Click on the picture for your copy.)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Easter Devotions (and one for FREE)

Have you been using my Devotions Weekly packets?
In case you haven't....
I wanted to do a FREEBIE so you could get a glimpse of what they're like.

I had a group of kids last year who really wanted to know about the Bible,
and the material that I had to teach from just wasn't making the cut.
That's when I started writing these weekly packets.
Many of them were written after the kids and I had worked through the Scripture together.
Some of the points in these plans came from questions they would ask 
or conclusions they made.

The packets are designed to last one week.
They come with 4 or 5 lesson plans and are intended to take 
approximately 15-20 minutes per session 
(depending on the discussion time with your students).

All you need is a Bible and the packet.
Each packet also features a Verse of the Week.
It comes with several activities to help your students learn the verse.

colorful poster to hang in the classroom

coloring sheet
build-the-verse cards

Some packets also contain a word search, 
unscramble the verse and illustrate the verse pages. 

Writing Papers are also included.
They can used in whatever way you choose for your students to convey their learning.
Some ideas are...
summary of learning,
write a prayer,
retell the Bible story,
personal application of the week's truths,
bulletin board displays, etc.

Below is my newest packet: EASTER.
The picture shows everything that is included.
And now the promised FREEBIE!
The following Palm Sunday packet is a smaller version
and only contains 1 lesson plan.
Click on the picture to get your FREE copy.
Below are some of my other Devotions Weekly titles.
Keep checking back,
I have several other titles in the works.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patty (and a FREEBIE)

Here's hoping that you're all enjoying your
St. Patrick's Day today!
My plans include coffee, pjs and couch sitting :)

While I'm sitting around,
I'm updating products in my store.
The one I'm sharing today is a 

It's a math activity that helps your students practice addition facts to 10.
It includes a recording sheet and an answer key.
Perfect math station if you're getting ready for Spring.
Click on the picture to get your FREE copy,
and then get back to celebrating!
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