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My God, the Kindergarten Teacher

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How do I say this in a way that isn’t blasphemous?  We serve a, um, unique God!

To be completely honest, I think He is just plain unpredictable at times.  Want proof?  God sets up a series of celebrations and ceremonies each year, most of them including feasts and fasts and sacrifices.  Normal religious stuff.  But one of them includes everyone in His nation building little tents and shelters and living in them.  For a week!  Arts and crafts as part of the Torah?  What?

I can only imagine how the dialogue might have gone:  Continue reading

Strong Boys: Activities

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This weekend we had a great time with the Strong Boys. Today I thought I would share some of the activities that we did so that you can have your own party.

Frisbee Golf:

Supplies:

  • 3 Laundry Baskets from the Dollar Tree
  • Frisbees from Walmart
  • I zip tied numbers to the baskets for the hole numbers 1-3

Object:

  • We placed the 3 laundry baskets strategically around the yard.
  • We then split into two groups and took turns throwing our Frisbees towards the basket of the ‘hole’ we were on.
  • Boys started at one location and tried to get their Frisbee into each basket in the least amount of throws.
  • Younger boys just had fun throwing the Frisbees.  Older boys enjoyed the challenge of getting it as close as possible.

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April Storytime – Easter Week

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Today we are giving away the April Storytime. This month we talk about the most special time of year for Christians! It’s the time when we remember that Jesus willingly died for us to save us from our sins, and then rose from the dead and beat death at its own game! This gives us hope! This gives us peace! This is what makes us who we are. It is a great time to go over again what your children have been learning at church.

You can find the story and the verses in your Bible, you can get books that tell the story from the library, and you can also go online to www.biblegateway.com to easily look up the verses.

Main Theme Verse:

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Extra Questions and Memory Verses

Pick one to discuss and/or memorize as a family each week of the month!

Does everyone sin?
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

How can we get right with God?
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

Does the Lord Jesus ever change?
No. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8

How did Jesus say we could come to the Father?
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” John 14:6

“The angels said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” Luke 24:5-6

Download the whole Storytime here:  | PDF_Picture   Easter Week  |

Why would you do a Storytime?  Stories are a great way for us to remember concepts and principles.  By discussing these timeless stories with your children you can help them learn, and your family will grow closer as you experience the stories together.  This is also a great way to do an outreach to kids in your neighborhood, church, or circle of friends.  Kids enjoy listening to the stories, and in the process you are planting seeds of truth in their lives.  We hope that you are able to use this Storytime to bless your own kids and the kids in your neighborhood.

You May Also Like:

September Storytime: You Have What It Takes!

October Storytime: Work Hard!

November Storytime: Thanksgiving

December Storytime: A Savior Is Born! 

January Storytime:  How God Sees You

Christmas Crafts and Activities

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Christmas time is so much fun, and there is so much that you can do to make it extra special. Today I am going to give you some ideas of extra activities that you can do with your kids to spend some quality time together. (Remember Monday’s post though…it is more important to slow down and just enjoy being together than to do it all.) When you have free time, browse through the list. Pick 1 or 2 to do and then make a mental note of a couple for next year and throw away the rest 🙂 )

Homemade Cards to give to other:  (We hand them out at nursing homes)

  • Last year we did a Candy Cane Card using the kid’s thumbprints. I didn’t go to the extra effort to add the ribbon. Instead I stamped ‘Merry Christmas’ in the corner of the card.
  • This is this year’s Christmas Tree card.

Christmas Card Holders: (It is fun to have a place to display all the cards you get.)

  • Last year I attached 2 strips of ribbon to scrapbook paper that was placed on card stock. It hung by a ribbon on the door.
  • This year I took a picture frame that we were not using and made a framed place to put the cards. It looks similar to this Card Holder. I wrapped the backing in wrapping paper and used chicken wire instead of glass. Then I used mini clothespins to hang up the Christmas cards.

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Games: (Use these for Family Fun night, at your holiday parties or family Christmas gatherings)

Worksheets/Activities Pages:

Check out our Pinterest page for more ideas.

What are your favorite Christmas Resources??

December Storytime – A Savior Is Born!

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Today we are giving away the fourth Storytime.

Storytime is an opportunity for you to have fun teaching about a certain topic by reading Bible stories, fables and books. Most of the stories follow a similar theme, with a few books thrown in just for fun.  Most of the books can be checked out from your public library or can be put on a Christmas gift list to get and enjoy for years. If you are not able to find these specific books, feel free to substitute with ones you like. You can find the Bible story and the verses in your Bible and you can also go online to www.biblegateway.com to look up the passage.  The Fables can be found online (one place is http://www.aesopfables.com/) or in many different books at the library.

Why would you do a Storytime?  Stories are a great way for us to remember concepts and principles.  By discussing these timeless stories with your children you can help them learn, and your family will grow closer as you experience the stories together.  This is also a great way to do an outreach to kids in your neighborhood, church, or circle of friends.  Kids enjoy listening to the stories, and in the process you are planting seeds of truth in their lives.  We hope that you are able to use this Storytime to bless your own kids and the kids in your neighborhood.

Download the whole Storytime here:     Continue reading

November Story Time – Be Thankful

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Today we are giving away the third Storytime.

Storytime is an opportunity for you to have fun teaching about a certain topic by reading Bible stories, fables and books. Most of the stories follow a similar theme, with a few books thrown in just for fun.  Most of the books can be checked out from your public library or can be put on a Christmas gift list to get and enjoy for years. If you are not able to find these specific books, feel free to substitute with ones you like. You can find the Bible story and the verses in your Bible and you can also go online to www.biblegateway.com to look up the passage.  The Fables can be found online (one place is http://www.aesopfables.com/) or in many different books at the library.

Why would you do a Storytime?  Stories are a great way for us to remember concepts and principles.  By discussing these timeless stories with your children you can help them learn, and your family will grow closer as you experience the stories together.  This is also a great way to do an outreach to kids in your neighborhood, church, or circle of friends.  Kids enjoy listening to the stories, and in the process you are planting seeds of truth in their lives.  We hope that you are able to use this Storytime to bless your own kids and the kids in your neighborhood.

Download the whole Storytime here:  | PDF_Picture    Be Thankful!  | 

November Storytime: Be Thankful!

In this Storytime we will learn about the importance of being thankful.  During Storytime we will read several stories that teach us about the importance of being content, being thankful, and not being greedy or selfish.  We will do a craft that can help you remember this lesson throughout the month.  Continue reading

October Storytime – Work Hard

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Today we are giving away the second Storytime.

Last month we introduced the idea behind “Storytime.” This is an opportunity for you to have fun teaching a certain topic by reading Bible stories, fables and books. Most of the stories follow a similar theme, with a few books thrown in just for fun.  Most of the books can be checked out from your Public Library or can be put on a Christmas gift list to get and enjoy for years. If you are not able to find these specific books, feel free to substitute with ones you like. You can find the Bible story and the verses in your Bible and you can also go online to www.biblegateway.com to look up the passage.  The Fables can be found online (one place is http://www.aesopfables.com/) or in many different books at the library.

Why would you do a Storytime?  Stories are a great way for us to remember concepts and principles.  By discussing these timeless stories with your children you can help them learn, and your family will grow closer as you experience the stories together.  This is also a great way to do an outreach to kids in your neighborhood, church, or circle of friends.  Kids enjoy listening to the stories, and in the process you are planting seeds of truth in their lives.  We hope that you are able to use this Storytime to bless your own kids and the kids in your neighborhood. Continue reading

September Storytime

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Today we are going to begin a new series entitled “Storytime.” We will be posting one storytime per month during the school year.

“Storytime” is an opportunity for you to read Bible stories, fables and books that follow a certain theme. Most of the stories follow a similar theme, with a few books thrown in just for fun..  Most of the books can be checked out from your Public Library or can be put on a Christmas gift list to get and enjoy for years. If you are not able to find these specific books, feel free to substitute with ones you like. You can find the Bible story and the verses in your Bible and you can also go online to www.biblegateway.com to look up the passage.  The Fables can be found online (one place is http://www.aesopfables.com/) or in many different books at the library.

Why would you do a Storytime?  Stories are a great way for us to remember concepts and principles.  By discussing these timeless stories with your children you can help them learn, and your family will grow closer as you experience the stories together.  This is also a great way to do an outreach to kids in your neighborhood, church, or circle of friends.  Kids enjoy listening to the stories, and in the process you are planting seeds of truth in their lives.  We hope that you are able to use this Storytime to bless your own kids and the kids in your neighborhood. Continue reading

How Would You Answer These 5 Time Evaluation Questions?

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Think about how you spend your “extra time.” What do you do? Who do you do it with? Can you live without it?

It seems like in today’s world that we have become a me-focused, justifying, entitlement society.

Have you ever thought any of these thoughts?

  1. “I’m the mom.”
  2. “I do so much around here.”
  3. “I deserve it.”

Or

  1. “I’m the dad.”
  2. “I work hard.”
  3. “I deserve it.”

I know I have thought these thoughts, but when you really break it down, I am actually saying:

  1. “It is all about me.”
  2. “Here are my reasons and justifications on why I am more important.”
  3. “I am entitled to this and you will not stop me.” Continue reading

Audubon Society Field Guides

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One of the trade-offs in life is how much time and money you spend on toys, and how much you spend on tools.  Put another way, the trade-off is how much you spend on education, and how much on entertainment.  Today we are sharing some good educational tools.

Today’s product review takes us all the way back to my childhood.  My parents did an excellent job of instilling a love of nature in my life.   One of the tools that they used was the Audubon Society Field Guide series.  These books were high quality!  We had the Field Guides for Rocks and Minerals, Trees, Mammals, and Birds. They were designed to help you identify the object or animal that you were seeing, and gave you some information about them.  This made learning fun – we would see a leaf or a bird or a rock and then search through the guide to figure out what it was.  Solving the mystery was a lot of fun.   Continue reading