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Longhorns

I just downloaded these from my camera and I just had to share at least one of them!!

We went to the Wildlife Refuge after the rains. It was amazing to see everything to alive and bright since we’ve had a drought the past couple of years. There were huge herds of longhorns enjoying the green grass. Some were grazing and some were just laying around.

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Also, I’m going to be bringing back Foto Finish this weekend. I hope that you’ll join in and link up!! If you’d like to find out more about Foto Finish, just click here.

 

 

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Macro Monday – Turtle Face

I haven’t posted any photography in awhile and I’ve missed it very much.  I like few things more than taking photos and sharing them with others.  That means that it was again time to join up with Macro Monday!

Here’s my up close and personal macro of hubby’s turtle….

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I’m going to try to bring Foto Finish back, and I hope that you’ll join in.  You can read more about it if you click here and I hope to see you linking up this weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!!

 

 

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Ash Wednesday Fun and Learning

Last night’s lesson was all about Ash Wednesday and how it’s the first day of Lent.  Advent and Lent are always interesting concepts to teach the kids when it’s all about “waiting” and “preparing”.  At their age, they’re just ready for Santa and the Easter Bunny.  They soak up the information like sponges!!

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After our discussion about Lent, we focused on Ash Wednesday and did this activity page.  Since we attend mass as part of class on Ash Wednesday, it’s important the kids know all about the ashes so they know what to expect.  After that, we practiced for mass….several times!!  Our final activity was a little craft that I made for the kids.  They colored the pictures to look like themselves and then we took black paint and put a cross on the foreheads with their thumb.

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To see the a few of the final projects, just click here to see them on Instagram.  You don’t have to have an account and it’s worth it because they’re just adorable for being 3-5 years old!!

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All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine, Commotion from the Ocean of Life, and The Schoolhouse. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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The Good Shepherd

Last week, we worked on The Good Shepherd in my religion class.  I enjoy teaching this one to the kids to help them understand how loved we are.  We are protected by his love and his son, Jesus, died for us.

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I made 2 things for my class to use.  The first is a worksheet.  It’s to match Jesus and his sheep to a sheep on the page.  A line is drawn to match the 2 and then colored to match each other.  The next item is a coloring page.  It’s Jesus among the sheep with the verse from John 10:11 (NAS).

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You can click here and here to see my kids hard at work on their sheets. My class really enjoyed these activities and I hope that you’rs do too!!  Please be sure to leave me a comment about what your kids did with these pages and if they liked them….thanks!!

 

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All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine, Commotion from the Ocean of Life, and The Schoolhouse. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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Macro Monday – Snow on the Fir

It’s time for Macro Monday!!  This week, I chose a picture from a couple weeks ago when we had so much snow.  We were supposed to have a “dusting” to an inch and ended up with 6″.  I don’t like winter or snow, but it sure does make for nice photography!!

Here’s my Macro Monday….

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The “New” Boy

This is our newest little guy.  The photo was taken not long after some hard playing.  He just loves to play!!

Here’s our little guy….

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Baptism of Jesus

We’ve been having class for a couple of weeks now, but this is the first real craft that I’ve made for the kids.  I have to say that they loved it!!

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This is a simple paper craft.  Once completed, the kids can put Jesus in the Jordan River with John the Baptist, dip him in the water, and baptize him.  This project does need adult supervision to cut the slit in the river.  There are complete directions and supply list included, along with the patterns.

If you’re interested in the paper craft, just click to….

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You can find a picture of our finished project on Instagram here, here, and here.  Notice that we didn’t glue it on construction paper, which I really wanted to do.  I do recommend that you do it that way, as is given in the directions.

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All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine, Commotion from the Ocean of Life, and The Schoolhouse. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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Foto Finish: Hands

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The optional theme that I picked for today was actually a hard one for me.  This week’s optional themes is HANDS.

I had the choice of several hands to photograph.  I ended up picking the hands that have held my heart for over 25 years.  They’re the hands of a strong man.  These hands served this country for 20 years.  They held our baby and still comfort her.  They are the hands that pat and love the dogs as soon as they get home.  These hands often have extra work to do around the house.  They’re steady hands as they build a model.  These are the hands of a kind and loving man.  They’re hands that have done much in life and have so much more life to go through.

These are the hands of my wonderful husband….

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Back-to-School Sale

It’s time for back-to-school andThe Schoolhouse is having a SALE!!

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The sale will take place in both of my stores.  The sale is for 20% every item in my shops and I’ll be adding more products throughout the sale.  There’s also some freebies, with more on the way!!  Remember, I have Christian and educational printables….and I take requests.

You can click here to visit The Schoolhouse at Teachers Notebook.  The sale dates there are 4-8 August.

 You can click here to visit The Schoolhouse at Teachers Pay Teachers.  The sale dates there are 4-7 August.  If you use code BTS14, you’ll receive an extra 10% off for a total of 28% from 4-5 August.

 

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Foto Finish: Friendly Prairie Dog

I’ve been away from Foto Finish for awhile, but I’m ready to get back at it and I hope that you are too!!

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Today, I just had to post this cute little prairie dog that we saw.  My parents were here visiting and we couldn’t miss an opportunity to head out to the Wildlife Refuge.  As we were leaving, I stopped to get some photos of some geese that were nearby.  However, this friendly little prairie dog spotted my dad watching him out the window and he couldn’t help but to pose for us.  

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Isn’t he just adorable!?!?  We had so much fun getting shots of him and my dad couldn’t resist talking to him and getting the little guy to show off.

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Flashback Friday: “The Letter”

As many of my readers know, I haven’t done Flashback Friday in awhile. Well, I’m happy to say that it’s back!!

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I have always been a fan of Bette Davis, but while hubby was away (one of the times he was in Iraq), I was up very late and The Letter came on.  The opening scene is Bette firing her gun over and over as a man tumbles down the steps.

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From that moment on, I was enthralled!!  I couldn’t take my eyes off the tv.  

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But first, a little about the movie.  The film is in the film-noir, drama, mystery, and crime genres.  The Letter stars Bette Davis (Leslie Crosbie) and Herbert Marshall (Robert Crosbie), along with James Stephenson (Howard Joyce – her lawyer and husband’s friend) and Freida Inescort (Dorthy Joyce).  There’s also several other minor players in this movie.  Some of them are quite shady and eerie!!

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Gale Sondergaard (Mrs. Hammond)

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Victor Sen Yung (Ong Chi Seng)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This movie was directed by William Wyler and released by Warner Bros. in 1940.  It was nominated for 7 Oscars at the 1941 Academy Awards in including Bette Davis for Best Actress in Leading Role, Max Steiner for Best Music Original Score, and William Wyler for Best Director.  Other nominations were Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Stephenson), Best Cinematography Black-and-White (Tony Gaudio), and Best Film Editing (Warren Low).  The Letter didn’t win any Oscars, but it did win 2 awards at the 1940 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.  

Here’s a brief synopsis of The Letter from IMDb….

The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

And here’s one from TCM….

A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.

One of the most interesting parts of this film is that in the beginning, Leslie (Bette Davis) begins making lace (crocheting).  She’s seen working on it throughout the movie.  The representation of the lace is much like the crime that she committed.  It’s a web of lies and deceit.  It continues to grow.  By the end of the movie, it’s this beautiful lace shawl that Leslie wears to a secret meeting.  It is one of the best figurative objects in film as far as I’m concerned!!

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I highly recommend that you watch this movie.  You won’t be disappointed.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen it and it never gets old….or boring.  The Letter has stood the test of time and is definitely a classic that’s not to be missed!!

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Christmas in July

Who doesn’t love a sale….and receiving a “gift” any time of the year!?!?

I know I do!!  Since I’m going to be busy this weekend with my parents surprise visit, I’ve decided to throw a “Christmas in July” sale in my shops.  Every product will be on sale all weekend long (18-20 July) and if you haven’t checked it out in awhile, you should because I’ve added some new materials!!

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To get to “The Schoolhouse” at Teachers Notebook, just click here to find all the products on sale.

To see the sale on Teachers Pay Teachers, click here to find “The Schoolhouse” and everything in the shop.

Remember, I have educational and Christian printables available.  I have a couple FREEBIES  for download as well.  If there’s anything that you need, please don’t hesitate to ask!!  If I don’t have it, I just might be able to make it!!

 

 

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