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Holidays

Holy Week Begins

Today marks the start of Holy Week and culminates on Easter Sunday. This is such a somber time and a time for reflection. It is also a time to celebrate. Today is such a day….a day to celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem.

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I want to wish all of you, my family, my friends, and my readers and followers, a very Happy Palm Sunday and wishes for a Blessed Holy Week!!

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Montessori Stations

I’ve been trying to decide what printables to make for Easter.  While taking notes for the ideas that are going through my head, I found some beautiful art work for Stations of the Cross.  

I decided to make some Montessori inspired 3-part cards.  Each card has the beautiful art work on it to match to the clearly marked station, along with the event.  These are quite ink intensive, but I believe that they’re well worth it.  I think these are going to be a lovely addition to a lesson on the Stations of the Cross.

Here’s a sample of the 3-part cards….

StationsOfTheCross Montessori 3PartCards byElaine SAMPLE

 

The images/art are from an internet source and is believed to be public domain.  It’s used for personal and educational purposes only and without profit. 

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Palm Sunday Paper Craft

This coming weekend starts Holy Week with Palm Sunday.  Tonight is the night that I teach my kids about Holy Week and what a special time it is.  I’ll do Easter next week, but tonight is all about the events leading up to one of the most important days there is.

I did several “lessons” with the kids, but our main focus was this paper craft project.  It’s a simple color, cut, and paste activity.  Choose the background you’d like to use, then the pieces that go with it.  Finally, glue all the pieces to the background and add “Hosanna!” to the project.

Here’s a sample of the completed project….

PalmSunday craft byElaine SAMPLE

The background is from various internet sources and is believed to be public domain.  It’s used for personal and educational purposes only and without profit.  The clipart is hand drawn by my husband © Commotion, © Elaine and © The Schoolhouse.

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Silver

Today marks a very special day for me….

and hubby.

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We’re celebrating our 25th anniversary!!  That’s right, we’re silver!!

Our life together so far has been an interesting one, to say the least.  Twenty of those were being married to the Army.  There’s no part of that time that I’d do over.  I’m so very happy.  I’ve been so very blessed in so many ways.  He’s my high school sweetheart, my best friend, the love of my life…..and so much more!!  I can’t wait to see what else life has in store for us as we grow “old” together.

Honey, Happy 25th Anniversary!!  I love you forever and always!!

For all the rest of you…..

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May the luck of the Irish be with you and yours has it has been with me and mine and may God bless you as richly as he has us!!

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Lent Begins

Today we begin to celebrate Lent with….

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May you all have a happy and blessed Lenten season!!

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Happy V-Day!!

Valentine’s Day isn’t one that we really celebrate. I personally think that it’s highly overrated!!  I do believe in love and romance and all that it entails.  Therefore, I want to wish all my readers and followers a….

Happy V-Day

More so, I believe in Saint Valentine and all that he was from the history that is know about him.  Thus, we celebrate the man as well….

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It’s April….Already

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April first already?!?! Really!?!?

I can’t believe how fast time is going.  I can’t believe that it’s already April.

This is going to be a busy month for us, but it’s all going to be good!!  I just wish that time would slow down a bit.  I miss some of the time I used to have to just kick back and enjoy.  April also means that we’re close to the end of the homeschool year.  WOW!!  The first year of high school will be down and out.  So many other things coming this month, but again, it’s all good.

To all the “fools” that take the time to read my blog and follow along, a very Happy April Fools’ Day to you and I hope that you don’t get too many pranks pulled on you!!

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A Blessed Easter Day

I’d like to wish all of you a…..
HAPPY and BLESSED EASTER!!

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Merry CHRISTmas!!

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Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

~Luke 2:4-7

Merry CHRISTmas to all!!



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Paper Nativity

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the nativity.  It’s really what Christmas is all about.  I even have some nativities that stay out all year long.  There’s 2 of those, in fact!!  One is a music box and the other is a Native American nativity and I keep it in my curio since my house is decorated pretty much with southwest decor.

I try to pass the meaning of the nativity onto the kids in my religion class.  I encourage them to love Santa and the spirit of Christmas, but I also instill that there would be no Christmas without the birth of Jesus.  That’s the TRUE meaning of Christmas and that’s why we celebrate such a special day.  All the presents in the world don’t matter without what happened that night in the stable with the shepherds, 3 wisemen, and that wonderful birth of baby Jesus.

OurLittleBears WoodenNativityTonight, we have our class party.  This is the night for the kids to “let loose” and have some fun and eat some pizza.  However, I don’t let the night pass without some sort of lesson as well.  Our lesson will simply be doing a paper nativity craft.  My kids just love paper crafts!!  The one that we will be doing tonight is the Paper City Nativity Scene from Made by Joel.  It’s a beautiful one, but it’s simple for my kids to do tonight with the other party activities going on in class.  They can get it colored and cut-out with time to spare!!

My search for a paper nativity tonight led me to other great nativity paper crafts.  I’m going to share some of those links for you who might be looking just like I was!!  Some of them I might have shared before, but some of them were new to even me.  The first is another simple one and was my second choice for tonight.  It can be found at Kyrkkafe and was created by Susie Poole.  In case you can’t translate/read the page, scroll down to “Susie Pooles julkrubba” and click that link, which opens to the PDF file to download or print.  You can find a nativity scene at PaperToys.com in GIF or PDF format and also colored or uncolored versions.  There is also this Paper Christmas Crib, which will need to be translated too.  To make it easy though, just click on each character and the pattern will open.

Over at the Making Friends site, they have a paper doll friends nativity scene.  It takes a bit of ink as it’s all in color, but they do have a bw variety using their making friends paper dolls and have full instructions for whichever you choose.  Here is a nativity scene that’s as simple as print and fold!!  ScrapbookScrapbook has a beautiful free printable Christmas nativity.  I’ve done this one before and it turns out great!!  There’s a fantastic set of paper dolls and nativity at Design Dazzle.  These are so versatile!!  They can be used to retell the story as puppets/paper dolls, on a felt board, on a cookie sheet, and many other ways too.  There are some Christmas nativity paper toys at Samantha Eynon.  (I didn’t find these where it says that they should be to download, so if you find them, let me know!!)

There is “no room at the inn” that’s a paper nativity scene, circa 1976.  My Little House several Christmas nativity printables to check out.  First, there’s a pop-up card in color or bw.  There’s also a Christmas coloring tract to make for yourself or share!!  He’s also created the town of Bethlehem into a paper toy (in 4 parts).  It’s amazing!!  Just as amazing is his paper toy for the nativity story.  Activity Village has several nativity printables that include a mobile, finger puppets, felt board story patterns, coloring pages, and more.  MakingLearningFun has a full set of nativity toilet paper tube puppets.  At the same site, you’ll also find a nativity felt board set, nativity stable hang up, nativity story retelling pieces and many more things.  Just type in “nativity” in the search box on the home page and it’ll give a long list, about 3 pages, of printable nativity pages.

Deviant Monk has a nice and simple paper nativity.  Nativity finger puppets can be found at Craftaholics Anonymous.  Over at Prepared Not Scared!, she’s shared things she made and used for The Nativity Play.  You’ll find the story packet and a complete nativity scene to put on chipboard, felt board, or many other things.  You’ll find mobiles and dioramas at Daily Coloring Pages.  Kids can make a paper nativity from Faith Kids Sunday School Bible Bytes and it comes in color or bw.  At Design You Trust, they have a pop-up nativity (which links to the original creator site to download here).  The Redheaded Hostess has nativity paper dolls that are so cute!!

There’s a great paper nativity card at Amy’s Free Ideas.  There’s actually 2 of them….a quick nativity scene card and a deluxe 3-D nativity card scene.  One that I know I’ve shared before is the printable nativity for kids using toilet paper rolls at Catholic Icing.  They also have a printable nativity Advent chain that would be a great project!!  There’s a make your own nativity set at Marloes de Vries and it can be printed in bw or color.  The Simple Home has a build your own nativity that’s using basic shapes and is great for all ages.  At Lucy Paintbox, they have several free nativity printables in bw to color or in full color.  You’ll find a Christmas picture and cards, a color and cut out one-page nativity, nativity figures and a couple other things!!  There’s an easy diy nativity set at Prudent Baby that’s meant to be used on printable fabric, but paper would work as well.

Simply Better at Home has an easy and fun magnetic nativity project.  She gives directions how to make the magnetic board and a link to the nativity characters that she used.  One of my favorite sites is Ministry-to-Children.com and they have a printable nativity activity sheet.  There’s a nativity scene at Bob’s Crafts that has a skill rating of average for an adult and difficult for a child, but might be a great do-together project!!  This is a nativity color page and I know it’s not a paper craft, but I just really like it and it’s available in 2 sizes.  On the subject of nativity pictures to color, there’s 6 pages of them at NetMums, where you’ll also find a nativity scene Advent calendar.  Kids & Glitter has a nativity stable scene that will take some time to make and it will probably be a family project, but it’s something to be cherished for years.

Paper Crafts Square has a nativity set Version 1 and Version 2, which are linked to another site with the templates to download.  I think these have been previously shared, maybe in their original links, but still worth checking into.  The Wisdom of Gavroche has Christmas paperdolls for Mary (pregnant and with baby Jesus) and Joseph.  At DigiProp, they have a diy Advent calendar that’s a nativity scene and of all things, it’s made of match boxes!!  Sarah Jane has a nativity puppet theater that I’m just in love with!!  You’ll also find coloring pages and figures for the story, A Christmas Goodnight.  There’s a beautiful stained glass nativity here, here, and here….which were all inspired by each other.

If you’re looking to purchase, you can find these nativity paper dolls at Mo’s Digital Pencil TooBible Kids Fun Zone has lots of nativity printables, including a paper nativity craft on the membership site.  At Cottage Arts, they have a fold-out nativity project.  It recommends purchasing their kits, but it might also give you ideas to use things you have on hand or perhaps parts of the free paper crafts above.  Rainbow Resource Center also has an Easy-t0-Make Nativity Scene.  At Paper Model Kiosk, they have a variety of paper nativities for free and to purchase.  Over at Kiki & Company, you can get a free Paper Tots Nativity Set if you purchase the Christmas Countdown House.  On Etsy, you can purchase a nativity scene paper theater.

I think that’s about all the paper nativity crafts there is.  I did a lot of research on this looking for the right one to do with my class tonight.  I’m sure there’s more out there, but I don’t think that I missed very many!!  HAHA  I hope that you enjoy them and that you find one….or more….that’s right for you and your family or class.


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Meet Ralph Elf

We have a new member in our family. Well, our holiday family, that is.  Yesterday, we officially adopted Ralph Elf.  He’s direct relation to all those other helpers to Santa, Elf on a Shelf.

Kiddo and I went shopping yesterday and for a couple years now, we’ve been saying we should get one.  She told me she didn’t get how they could possibly work.  (I just love how she plays along!!)  Finally yesterday, she decided it was time.  Leaving the store, I told her that she gets to name it.  I jokingly said he looks like a “Ralph” and Ralph Elf  was “born” and became ours!!

We went home and promptly filled out all his information and his new family name.  We printed out our adoption certificate so we could keep it close by him.  Miss K read the story to the dogs and they listened with great intent.  I about know what they were thinking…..FINALLY, we won’t be the only spoiled naughty ones in the house!!  We set Ralph on the tv cabinet with some other decorations and said that we hoped he’d be a good boy and just return there each night.

No such luck!!  This is where we found Ralph Elf this morning….

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Click to enlarge Ralph Elf on Day 1

Now this is a definite no-no!!  That decoration is very old and delicate.  But sure enough, there he is enjoying a ride on the reindeer.  SHEESH  The kid in the picture is pretty cute too, isn’t she!?!?  It was a few years ago, but she’s still alright for a teen!!  HAHA

I’ll keep you posted on our newest holiday family member.  Right now, I’m just hoping that he doesn’t find too much trouble or he might get a punishment!!  By the way, if you head over to the Elf on the Shelf site, they have some really fun games that we wasted a fair amount of time playing yesterday afternoon.  HAHA

 

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Advent Wreath – A Paper Craft

This week, I did an Advent Wreath paper craft with my class.  We had so much fun doing this.  It was quite a bit of work for them to do, but they loved being busy and seeing their final product.  They just love to take their projects home!!

This is a 4 candle wreath.  I know some households and churches place a white candle in the middle, but we don’t teach it that way.  You could print out an extra candle if it’s your choice to teach it that way in your class or home.

Here’s a sample of how this craft could be completed (click to enlarge)….

COMING SOON!!

There are several ways to decorate this craft.  Some suggestions are to use buttons or fake holly berries or add red glitter to the paper holly berries.  Use fake holly leaves on the wreath instead of the paper ones or add glitter to the veins in the paper holly leaves.  Candles could be colored with crayon, markers, or wrapped in tissue paper.  The flames could be covered in glitter and placed on the candle the week that the candle is lit.  There are also 4 labels to place on the candles for what each one stands for.  There are several possibilities for this paper craft!!

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I hope that you and your kids or class enjoy this craft project.  If you do this project at home or in class, please just leave me a comment or use the “contact” button in the right hand column.  I’d love to hear from you and see how your project turns out!!



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