My Lenten Promise Activity

I know that I’ve been away for what seems like forever.  It’s been months, in fact.  I’m back though!!  I have something for all of you, my loyal readers and followers.

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This is a freebie for Lent.  I know we’re now into Holy Week, so there’s not much time left to use this.  However, it’s a great activity for the religious classroom or at home with the family.  This is a set of journal pages or a writing activity.  They come in 2 types of lines for a variety of ages/grades.  

You can write your promises on the lines for each aspect of Lent….prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  It can be done daily, weekly, or just once during the Lent season.

If you’re interested in this activity, please just click to….

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Enjoy!!


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Flashback Friday: The Final Countdown

It’s been forever since I posted a Flashback Friday, so I thought it was time to get started again. I hope that you enjoy it!!

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This one is going to focus on “The Final Countdown”.  In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a song by the Swedish group Europe in 1986.  It was their third album and became a #1 hit in 25 different countries.

Europe-the_final_countdown So why am I talking about this song and this 80’s group??  Well, because they’ve revived this song in a new Geico commercial.  Hubby and I can’t help but to laugh every time we see it.  It brings back so many memories.  Hubby really gets a chuckle out of it, but part of that is because of the guy in the commercial too.

It’s good to see some “old” things revived like this!!  In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video to the commercial….

I hope that you join in the Flashback Friday link-up and share your flashbacks.  What do you have good memories of??  Link up and let me know!!

 




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A Christmas Present

I have something special, just for you my readers. I wanted to give you a present this year for following along and putting up with my sporadic posts and everything else!!

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This is a 4-page coloring book for the nativity. It focuses on Luke 2 and Matthew 2. It’s just a small book….well, it’s more like pages, to tell the real story of Christmas. The focus of these pages are geared toward Catholic, as I used the New American Standard Bible (NASB). Any faith surely can use it though!!

If you’re interested in these coloring pages, please just….

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I hope that you can use it in your classroom, homeschool, or for religious education. If you do, please be sure to leave me a comment and let me know!!

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Nativity Printables

Those of you who follow my blog know that I love to post about printable nativities. This year is no exception!!

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I didn’t think that I had many new or fresh ideas this year.  It seems like most of what’s out there, I’ve already posted in previous years.  If you’re looking for those previous posts, just search “nativity”.  That’ll pull up (or at least it should pull up) other posts about the nativity.

Here’s a free nativity paper craft.  It’s the Paper Nativity by Daniel Swartz.  I think this one is pretty fun and simple to do for kids of all ages.  I’ve blogged about this one before, but my daughter did it this year with her 3rd grade class and they loved it, so I just had to share again.  It’s the Nativity Scene (Joyfully Expanded) from Made by Joel.  Here’s a printable nativity scene for The Birth of Lord Jesus.  This one is a free nativity stencil pattern.  You can also download a free manger scene for Advent if you click here.  It’s from Sisters of St. Joseph/Good Ground Press and has a short form to fill out to access the download.

I don’t remember if I’ve shared this one or not, but it’s a DIY:  Make Your Own Nativity from Marloes de Vries.   Ministry-to-Children has this nativity playset.  You can click here for a fun Nativity Fold a House Craft.  “Build Your Own Nativity Printables” is a nativity based on basic shapes.  Last but not least, here’s a 3D manger.

I’d also like to let you know about a couple nativity printables in my stores.  I’m rather fond of them and the kids in my class have really enjoyed making and using them.  I hope that you’ll check them out.  First is the title, then the link to TPT, and then the link to Teachers Notebook.

Label the Nativity  TPT  TN

The Nativity Mobile  TPT  TN

Who Is Watching Baby Jesus? Game  TPT  TN

The First Christmas Story Wheels  TPT  TN

The First Christmas Do-A-Dots  TPT  TN

Nativity Write the Room  TPT  TN

That’s all that I have for you right now.  I hope that you enjoy all the free printable nativities and that you’ll check out my shops to see what I have to help keep “Jesus is the reason for the season”!!

 

 

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Cyber SALE!!

It’s time to prepare for the holidays and the best way to do that is a SALE!!

All 3 of my shops/stores will be on sale for 20%, so now’s the time to grab some great deals for now, the holidays, and into the new year!!

First, you can visit The Schoolhouse on Etsy.  Use code FRIDAY2MONDAY and get 20% off any purchase over $1 through 2 December.  To shop that sale, just click here.

Next, my shop on Teachers Notebook is on sale for 20% off from 29 November to 2 December.  If you use code PLUS15, you can get an extra 10% off!!  If you’re interested in shopping this sale, just click the banner below.

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Finally, my store at TPT is on sale for 20% off.  My sale runs 29 November to 2 December, but you can get an extra 10% off 30 November & 1 December with code SMILE for a total of 28% off!!  If you’re interested in shopping this sale, please just click the banner below.

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I always enjoy adding new resources during a sale, so keep your eyes open for any new items that you might need for the season!!  I truly appreciate you all and all that you do to help and support The Schoolhouse.  You’re what it’s all about!!
 

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Advent Activity Pack is a “Daily Deal”!!

I have some good news for all of you getting ready to start the Advent season, whether at home or in the classroom!! My Advent Activity Pack for Early Learners is the….

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That means that on Black Friday (27 November) and Cyber Monday (30 November), you can get this pack for 40% off.  That’s definitely a deal!!  I’ve also expanded it for this year to include more activities and some worksheets.  There’s now 28 pages of fun and learning in this pack for early learners (PreK – 2nd, 3rd or 4th).  So click on a cover below to be taken to the “Daily Deal” now!!

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You can click here to be taken to my Teachers Notebook store to pick up this great “Daily Deal” on the Advent Activity Pack for Early Learners.  Oh, and you earn double the rewards good toward future purchases on Teachers Notebook!! 

Happy Black Friday and Cyber Monday!!

 

 

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Hear My Prayer

This past week in class, we worked on learning about prayer. It’s always such an interesting topic for my kids.

So often, they think that they can only pray kneeling.  They also think that you have to be silent when you pray.  They love finding out that they can stand up against a tree in the park and thank God for his amazing creation!!

To help them learn more about prayer, I created this prompt for them to draw their prayer….

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I also have a big set of these prompts available in my stores.  There’s a total of 16 pages and it’s a great deal at $3.  It’s great for a variety of ages/grades as there’s prompts to write, draw, or do both!!  You can find this full set at…..

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Here’s my kids at work on their prayer prompt…..

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If you’re interested in the drawing prompt that I used in class, you can just….

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Anytime that you use one of my freebie samples, I always appreciate your feedback by leaving a comment.  Enjoy!!

 

 

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I Am Special Activity

Last year, I did a really fun activity with my kids. They loved it then and they really loved it again this year. So, I just had to share!!

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In the big open space, they draw a picture of themselves. They need to see what makes them special like the color of their hair, skin, eyes, and so on. Of course, they’re little ones, so they’re far from perfect, but they sure are fun!!

There’s also an area to put stickers down with their name on them or glue letters down. There’s also a blank line for them to write their names. On the side, there’s a cute poem about being unique. Finally, on the side, they can also put their fingerprint under the magnifying glass. Why??  Because each of us has a fingerprint that is unique to only us!!  To do this part, we just used an ink pad.

If you’re interested in this activity page, just click to….

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Here are some photos my kids in action with this page this year.  You’ll notice that I forgot my stickers at home, so we made due and used letter beads!!

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If you use this page, please leave a comment and let me know if your kids enjoyed it as much as mine did!!

 

 

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Welcome to the Adult World

Happy 18th Birthday

Today is my little girls 18th birthday!! I can’t believe how fast time has gone.  She’s an amazing girl woman who brings joy to everyone that she touches.  She has a smile that brightens the world around her.  I’m so proud to be her Momma and I’m honored that God chose me to take care of this angel.  

She has hopes and dreams….and I have no doubts that she’ll accomplish all of the, one way or the other.  She gives it her all in everything that she does.  She has a faith that runs deep and never doubts what God has planned for her.

As I reflect on the past 18 years, all I have is love and joy.  I know she’s not perfect, she is mine after all.  She’s truly a great kid woman and has a bright future.  I remember being told I couldn’t have kids and I remember the day I found out that I was pregnant.  Life would never be the same!!  She has always done things her way and she has amazing strength….and some that she doesn’t even know she has.  She was my partner all the times that hubby was gone due to military life.  Her dad is her buddy and they enjoy getting in trouble together.  Through it all, she knows that we’re her parents and love her unconditionally.

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Happy Birthday sweet girl young lady!!  Daddy and I wish you all the best today….and every day of your life to come.  We can’t wait to see what lies ahead!!  You may be grown up, but you’ll always be our little girl!!  😀

 

 

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Creation Story Wheel

I’ve been pretty busy lately. I’ve been uploading several resources to my store. I’ve also just been participating in life!! It’s been awhile since I’ve offered any freebies, but now’s my chance.

We’re back to religious education as of last week. It was hectic, so I really didn’t have anything to share. This week however, we’re learning about creation. This is the project that I’m working on with my little ones….

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This story wheel is actually 2 wheels under one cover “wheel”. The first is to select the day of creation and the second is to identify what was created on that day. This project is perfect for learning or reviewing the days of creation.

I’be listed this for free at The Schoolhouse on TPT. If you’re interested in using this project for your class, just click to be taken to the….

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I’ll post photos later of my kids making this in class. I quite often share photos on Instagram of my kids in action. If you don’t already, please click here to follow me on Instagram.

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Foto Finish: Heading to the Water

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This guy was heading toward the water at the Wildlife Refuge.  I just loved him and how casual he was.  He was definitely ready for a swim!!

Here’s my Foto Finish…..

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What’s your best or favorite shot of the week….or any time??  Please join in Foto Finish and show it off!!  Want to know more about Foto Finish, just click here.  Grab the button above, link it to this post on your blog (or wherever you share your photos), and enter the linky below.

I’m also linking up with….

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I can’t wait to see what your Foto Finish is and be sure to check out other Camera Critters!!  

 

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Macro: Mushroom

 

 

It’s time for another macro for Monday.  I went back in time for this one.  This is about 2 years old and was taken at my parents house.  They’d been having a rainy year, so there was all kinds of mushrooms all over their yard.  

Check out this brightly colored mushroom….

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Be sure to check out the other macro photography here….

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Be sure to come back here on Saturday and join in Foto Finish, where you can link up and share your favorite or best shot of the week!!  To find out more about Foto Finish, just click here.

 

 

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