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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Letter of the Week: Jj

I’m sorry that I’ve been away for so long.  We had company from last Thursday until this Tuesday.  It was a very busy time, but a good time!!  I’m back though and ready to share the next letter in my Letter of the Week post.

This week, my Letter of the Week is “Jj”.  This has proved to be an interesting letter to say the least!!

Activities for the Letter of the Week include writing practice in both ZB and DN font. There’s also Play-Doh mats, which have a variety of uses.  These are also available in DN or ZB font.  Be sure to check out all the  printables that I’ve created for letter “J j“.  Also, please check back because I haven’t had time to create the letter tile mats yet and I certainly will get to them yet this week!!

If you use my printables, please leave a comment and let me know if you liked it or if the kids enjoyed the activity. I can only create from the input that I get from those that use it most often!!  Also, If you enjoy my blog, posts, or printables that I share, please click the button below to vote for me.  Thanks!!

UPDATE: The letter “j” letter tile mats are now available here.


The information that is posted on this blog is general information. It is not intended to substitute for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free; however they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share your materials with them. Copyright © 2008-2010. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

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Eddie Fisher is Gone

Eddie Fisher died yesterday, 23 September from complications due to hip surgery.  He was 82 years old.  Although Eddie was a good actor and a great singer, that’s probably not what he’ll be remembered the most for.

Eddie Fisher married Debbie Reynolds and they had 2 kids.  One of them is actress Carrie Fisher from Star Wars fame.  It was while he was married to Debbie, that Eddie had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor and later married her.  He was married to Debbie Reynolds for 4 years when the scandal broke and they divorced.  He was best friends with Elizabeth Taylor’s husband that had recently died in a plane crash, Michael Todd.  Elizabeth and Eddie did the movie BUtterfield 8 together.  After that, they went on to do Cleopatra together, but that brought another controversy.  With that scandal came another divorce.  Elizabeth soon married Richard Burton and Eddie married Connie Stevens.  Eddie and Connie had 2 kids, one of them being Joely Fisher.

The scandal caused Eddie Fisher’s career to take a plunge, but he continued to play small venues and in Las Vegas and New York.  He also wrote 2 autobiographies with received mixed reviews.  To this day, his music is still very popular and has stood the test of time.

Peace to you, Eddie!!


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Thursday Thirteen: 13 Favorite and Best Classic Movie Quotes

As many of you know, I love classic movies.  It’s easy for me to find thirteen things about movies….old or new.  For this Thursday 13, I decided to focus on movie quotes.  There’s actually more than 13 quotes that I’m going to list, but they do come from 13 movies.  That’s the way I’ve decided to do it and I’m sticking to it!!  HAHA  With that said, here’s my “13 Favorite and Best Movie Quotes”.

Oh, and by the way, I’m counting down from 13 to 1!!

13. Rear Window – James Steward as Jeff, Thelma Ritter as Stella, Grace Kelly as Lisa

Stella: We’ve become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. Yes sir. How’s that for a bit of homespun philosophy?
Jeff
: Readers Digest, April 1939.
Stella
: Well, I only quote from the best.

Stella: Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence.

12. This Could be the Night – Jean Simmons as Anne, Paul Douglas as Rocco, Anthony Franciosa as Tony

Anne Leds: You live like a Casanova with a string of women running up and down the stairs, but when somebody tries to talk to you truthfully you react like an outraged prude. Let me tell you something, you’re the museum piece, not me.

11. On Golden Pond – Katharine Hepburn as Ethel, Henry Fonda as Norman, Jane Fonda as Chelsea

Ethel: Don’t you think that everyone looks back on their childhood with a certain amount of bitterness and regret? It doesn’t have to ruin your life!

Chelsea Thayer Wayne: It just seems like we’ve been mad at each other for so long…
Norman: I didn’t think we were mad; I just thought we didn’t like each other.

[to Ethel] Norman: Wanna dance or would you rather just suck face?

10. Bringing up Baby – Cary Grant as David, Katharine Hepburn as Susan

Susan Vance: You’ve just had a bad day, that’s all.
David Huxley: That’s a masterpiece of understatement.

9. Executive Suite – William Holden as McDonald, June Allyson as Mary, Barbara Stanwyck as Julia

McDonald Walling: The force behind a great company has to be more than the pride of one man; it has to be the pride of thousands. You can’t make men work for money alone – you starve their souls when you try it, and you can starve a company to death the same way.

8. Jezebel – Bette Davis as Julie, Henry Fonda as Preston, George Brent as Buck

Julie Marsden: This is 1852 dumplin’, 1852, not the Dark Ages. Girls don’t have to simper around in white just because they’re not married.

Julie Marsden: Don’t stand there with your eyes bulging out like that!

7.  Spartacus – Kirk Douglas as Spartacus, Laurence Olivier as Marcus, Jean Simmons as Varinia

Spartacus: And maybe there’s no peace in this world, for us or for anyone else, I don’t know. But I do know that, as long as we live, we must remain true to ourselves.

Spartacus: Knowing we can. All men lose when they die and all men die. But a slave and a free man lose different things.
Tigranes Levantus: They both lose life.
Spartacus: When a free man dies, he loses the pleasure of life. A slave loses his pain.
Death is the only freedom a slave knows. That’s why he’s not afraid of it. That’s why we’ll win.

6. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – James Stewart as Jefferson, Jean Arthur as Clarissa, Claude Rains as Sen. Paine

Jefferson Smith: I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.

Clarissa Saunders: You just make up your mind you’re not gonna quit, and I’ll tell you what. I’ve been thinking about it all the way back here. It’s a forty foot dive into a tub of water, but I think you can do it.

5. The Big Country – Gregory Peck as James McKay, Jean Simmons as Julie, Charlton Heston as Leech

Patricia Terrill: But if he loved me, why would he let me think he was a coward?
Julie Maragon: If you love him, why would you think it? How many times does a man have to win you?

Patricia Terrill: [discussing McKay’s “cowardice”] Don’t you care what people think of you?
James McKay: I’m not responsible for what people think, Pat, only for what I am.

4. The Cowboys – John Wayne as Wil, Bruce Dern as Long Hair (Asa)

[before fighting Asa Watts] Wil Andersen:   I’m thirty years older than you are. I had my back broke once, and my hip twice. And on my worst day I could beat the hell out of you.

3. Gone with the Wind – Clark Gable as Rhett, Vivien Leigh as Scarlett, Olivia de Havilland as Melanie

Scarlett: Rhett… if you go, where shall I go, what shall I do?
Rhett Butler: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
[Rhett walks off into the fog]

[last line] Scarlett:   After all… tomorrow is another day.

2. It’s a Wonderful Life – James Stewart as George, Donna Reed as Mary, Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Potter

Clarence: Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

Clarence: You see George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?

Clarence: [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.

1. The Shootist – John Wayne as John Bernard Books, Lauren Bacall as Bond, Ron Howard as Gillom

John Bernard Books: I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.

Honorable Mention(s):

To Have and Have Not – Lauren Bacall as Slim (Marie), Humphrey Bogart as Steve, Walter Brennan as Eddie

Slim: You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.

Dirty Dancing – Patrick Swayze as Johnny, Jennifer Grey as Baby (Frances), Jerry Orback as Dr. Houseman

Johnny: Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

So there you have it….my 13 favorite and best classic movie quotes.  Were any of your faves here??  What’s your favorite line from a movie??


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Johnny Appleseed

As many of you may know, Saturday is John Chapman’s birthday.  You may better know him as Johnny Appleseed.  Some think that’s he’s merely fiction, but he was indeed a real man.  Today, I have printables to share that are all about Johnny Appleseed!!

Up first is a strip puzzle that teaches and re-enforces number order from 1-10.  Next up is a set of jigsaw puzzles that are 4, 8, and 12 pieces and feature great art of Johnny.  You’ll also find a tic-tac-toe game that has a variety of game pieces to go with it.  Then there’s a memory game to test the kids thinking and memory skills.  You’ll need to print out 2 pages of each page for this one!!  I don’t want to forget the Johnny Appleseed shadow match game.  This one is great for visual recognition.

More along the educational line than the skill areas, there’s “Johnny Appleseed Beginning Letter Match”.  This one, the kids will match the apple tree object to the letter that it begins with.  Johnny of course is carrying these “seedy” letters!!  You can find these 2-part cards here.

Finally, I made did some copywork for Johnny Appleseed.  I’m pretty proud of the way that it turned out.  The first book is all cursive.  The second book is for a variety of ages/grades.  It contains cursive, ZB, and DN.  The cursive copywork book is just simply, “Johnny Appleseed Copywork“.  The second copywork book is based on the poem In Praise of Johnny Appleseed by Vachel Lindsay and is In Praise of Johnny Appleseed Copywork“.

I hope that you find something that you can use to celebrate John Chapman’s birthday and it will inspire you to find out more about the man behind the name of Johnny Appleseed!!

If you use my printables, please leave a comment and let me know if you liked it or if the kids enjoyed the activity.  I can only create from the input that I get from those that use it most often!!  Also, If you enjoy my blog, posts, or printables that I share, please click the button below to vote for me.  Thanks!!

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Letter of the Week: Ff

This week, my Letter of the Week is “Ff”.   I had a pretty easy time finding “f” words for kids.  It gave me several options for what I created.

Activities for the Letter of the Week include writing practice and letter tile mats. There’s also Play-Doh mats, which have a variety of uses.  Everything is available in DN or ZB font.  Be sure to check out all the “letter f” printables that I’ve created.  Also, please check back because you never know if I might add an activity and update this post about it!!

If you use my printables, please leave a comment and let me know if you liked it or if the kids enjoyed the activity.  I can only create from the input that I get from those that use it most often!!  Also, If you enjoy my blog, posts, or printables that I share, please click the button below to vote for me.  Thanks!!

The information that is posted on this blog is general information. It is not intended to substitute for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free; however they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share your materials with them. Copyright © 2008-2010. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

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A-Z Christian Flashcards

A couple days ago, I shared some A-Z flashcards.  They turned out well and people seemed to like them the way that they were.  With that, I decided to create a Christian set as well.

I made a Christian set of A-Z Flashcards with scenes and characters from the Bible clipart.  Each card contains the upper and lower case letter.  There are actually 2 sets of flashcards.  One is just the letter and Christian object, while the other also has words or a phrase that about the clipart for the particular letter.

If you use these flashcards, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT!! I like to know who’s using my creations and if they enjoy them. I can only keep creating by the feedback that I receive.


The information that is posted on this blog is general information. It is not intended to substitute for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free; however they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share your materials with them. Copyright © 2008-2010. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

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Wordless Wednesday: Now That’s Tired!!

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A – Z Flashcards

Just one quick thing to share tonight!!  I made some a-z flashcards for a request in my group.  These are made with real images for better recognition.  I made the large so that they’re easy to handle and could easily be used for a “circle time” activity.

There are 2 sets of these flashcards.  You can find the first one here.  They are just plain flashcards.  The second set is identical, but they have the words of the objects located nearby.

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Letter of the Week: Nn

This week, my Letter of the Week is “Nn”.  I had such an easy time last week with “Mm”, that I would again this week.  Little did I know that so many “Nn” words aren’t on a list for kids!!

Activities for the Letter of the Week include writing practice and letter tile mats.  There’s also Play-Doh mats, which have a variety of uses.  You can find all these activities here.  Everything is available in DN or ZB font.  Please be sure to check back because you never know if I might add an activity and update this post about it!!

If you use my printables, please leave a comment and let me know if you liked it or if the kids enjoyed the activity.  I can only create from the input that I get from those that use it most often!!


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I Remember….Do You??

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Thursday Thirteen: Favorite Books

1.   Gregor the Overlander
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2.  The Penderwicks
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3.  Summer’s Child
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4.  Summer of Roses
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5.  Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie
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6.  The Book of One Hundred Truths
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7.  Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs
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8.  Miracle on 49th Street
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9.  Shakespeare’s Secret
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10.  Pish Posh
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11.  Each Little Bird That Sings
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12.  Hoot
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13.  Main Street series
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Honorable Mentions:  Little House on the Prairie, A to Z Mysteries series

This is my first “Thursday Thirteen”.  I hope that you enjoyed my favorite 13 books so far.  Of course, I have plenty of reading ahead of me and I’m sure to find new favorites.

What’s your favorite book?







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Letter of the Week: Mm

I’m starting a new “feature” on my blog called Letter of the Week.  During the school year, my printable themes group does a letter each week as part of our theme.  Since doing this, I’ve found that educators are always looking for new ideas for teaching the alphabet.  With this post, I plan to share things that I make letters of the alphabet.  The letters will be random and I’ll try to keep things somewhat uniform with the posts.

To start things off, we have the letter Mm.  I tried to think of common things most kids would know and could identify with that start with the letter m.  I decided to go with monkey and mouse!!

The first printable that I have to offer for letter m is a book.  Included in the book are a mouse, a monkey, a monster, and more!!  I also made some writing practice sheets which focus on our cute monkey and a mouse.  Next is a set of mats that also feature a monkey and a mouse.  These mats could be used for Play-Doh or a number of other activities and include the letter and an activity to do with them.  You can find all these items here.  I also made all of these printables in ABC Print and ABC DN Manuscript font for those that teach with either method.

If you have an suggestions for activities to do with my Letter of the Week, please leave me a comment and let me know.  I’d be happy to make anything that will help in the teaching of our alphabet!!

**UPDATE** I’m stressing a bit about religious education starting this week.  Only natural for me because I like things to be “just right” when the kiddos get there.  Anyway, the perfect way for me to relax is to create something….and I did just that.  To add to the Letter of the Week, I’ve made some letter tile mats for the letter m.  Paper letter tiles could be printed out (I’ll be making those at a later time), Scrabble tiles, Upwards tiles, or a variety of other objects could be used to spell the objects out on the tile mats.  If they’re laminated, a dry erase marker could also be used to fill in the letters.

If you use my printables, PLEASE comment and let me know that you’re using them, how they work for you, a link to your blog for photos of them being used, and so on!!  I can’t keep creating if I don’t know they’re being used or work!!


The information that is posted on this blog is general information. It is not intended to substitute for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free; however they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share your materials with them. Copyright © 2008-2010. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

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