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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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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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Check out the other “critters” being shared at….

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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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I’m 6 Years Old!!

Alright, so it’s not me….it’s the blog!!

 

Commotion is 6 years old today.  I can’t believe that!!  Time has gone so fast.  

I know that I blog a lot less than I used to, but I still enjoy it.  I feel like I’ve finally taken ownership of it made this blog all mine.  That means that I had to give up on the idea of having lots of followers and readers, but it was a sacrafice worth making.  It allows me to blog about whatever I want and not just stick to one single topic.

Normally, I’d give you a bunch of stats from the past year.  I can’t do that this year, as I moved the blog to a hosted domain.  My stats only count from that point on.  That is by far, the biggest event on the blog in the past year.  The move was a lot of work, but it was well worth it.  I’m still working on moving files and making sure that links work.  In addition to that, I still get plenty of visitors on the old blog looking for my printables.  Despite signs and notes that I moved, they haven’t found there way to this new location yet.  I have hopes though!!

What has your year been like??  What do you like or dislike about the “new” blog??  What do you want to see more of….or even less of??  Let me know your thoughts on Commotion, as I always love to hear from my readers!!

 

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Newsletter

I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but I promise that I have several drafts saved and just need to upload files or make thumbnails.  Then you’ll be all caught up on what’s been going on around here and have access to my latest printables!!

MC_MonkeyReward_05I want to let all my readers, and especially my followers (by e-mail) know that I’ve changed clients.  If you currently follow me via e-mail, you’ll have to re-sign up to get my newsletter.  I’m no longer using the one that comes with WordPress and have switched over to MailChimp.  

I’m sorry for any inconvenience that this might cause.  However, it’s my hope that this will make it easier for everyone to keep up.  The new newsletter is set to be released every evening at 9pm on any day that there’s a new post.  I was going to go for a weekly newsletter, but I figured that I don’t post that often, so daily (or whenever I post) will work for everyone.  Also, it’s only a snippet and you’ll have to click on the article to finish reading it.

Please sign up for my new MailChimp newsletter updates to follow my blog via e-mail by using the form in the right hand column to “subscribe”.  I appreciate it and look forward to you following along!!

If you have any questions, problems, or comments, please leave me a comment or use the “contact” button in the right hand column.  I love to hear from my readers and followers!!

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Sweet 16

Sixteen years ago today, I had the most beautiful baby girl that God could ever bless anyone with.  I just can’t believe how fast time has gone.  It seems like just yesterday, but no, instead its…..

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You are the greatest kid and each day I’m so proud of you.  I see the woman/lady that you’re becoming and I know that everything is going to be alright.  You know what you want and you’re going after it….and don’t ever stop doing just that!!  Keep after those dreams and remember to enjoy these days and the good times.  You deserve all the best and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for him blessing my life with you and everything that comes with it!!

HAPPY SWEET 16, BEAUTIFUL “LITTLE”GIRL!!

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Love,

~Momma & Dad

P.S.  Your teacher says that you can have the day off, so you better have some fun!!

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The Commotion Has Found a Different Ocean

After blogging here since 14 April 2008 with my first post, I’m moving!! I hope that you all will follow me to my new location and check it out to see what I’ve already started blogging and sharing. It’s been a great experience, but it’s also time for something new….and better.

Click the button below to see which ocean this fish is now causing commotion in!!
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Armor of God

Tonight’s lesson was all about bringing the Armor of God to my students.  I wanted to show them in a fun way that there are things that they possess to protect them from evil.

I created a couple printable to use with my class, then I made a couple extra things in hopes that others would be able to us them.  First, there’s a set of memory match cards.  The armor is matched to its virtue.  There are also two worksheets.  One of them is “Label the Armor of God” and the other is “Armor of God Cut & Paste” where the armor is cut and glued next to the virtue.

Finally, it’s the big one!!  I called it “Roll the Armor of God”, but it has so many other uses.  It can be used to roll a die and place the Armor of God on the soldier.  This can also be used for a felt story set, which is basically how I used it with my kiddos.  I read the Bible verse to them and they dressed their doll in the armor as I read the verse.  It could also be used as a simple paper craft to do with the kids.  There’s 2 versions of this all in one download!!  There is a boy and girl soldier doll, as well as a black & white version or color version.  Then for the “Roll the Armor of God”, there’s just the virtue listed or the piece of armor with the virtue to use depending on the age of your kids.

On a side note, these activities are based on the Catholic version (NAS) of the Bible.  The only part that I didn’t use was the wording for “having girded your loins in truth”.  I chose to use “belt” instead as it’s easier for my little ones to understand.  I did choose to use “shod your feet”, as they grasped that it was shoes/boots and I didn’t want to use “sandals” as many do and hubby drew me great armor boots.

Here’s a sample of some of the items for the Armor of God (click to enlarge)….

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To get any or all of these Armor of God printables, just click here to…..

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5 Years!!

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Today marks my Blogoversary. I can’t believe that it’s been 5 years already. WOW!! Where did time go!?!?

As I do pretty much each year, I’m going to give you a few quick stats about Commotion.  I always find them interesting and hope that you do as well.  So here we go….

The top 10 posts/pages are….

Home page / Archives 151
Prayer 45
Sequence & Pray – Hail Mary 44
Fruits of the Holy Spirit 31
Books of the Bible – A Craft Project 28
Sequence&Pray-HailMary byElaine SAMPLE 22
Happy Birthday Garfield!! 18
GloryBe Trace&Color byElaine SAMPLE 18
Homeschool and Educational 18
ChristianHandprint Poem&Frames byElaine SAMPLE 18

Best ever day….

November 24, 2012 with 7,549 views

All time….

320, 403 views with 3,077 comments from 764 posts with 27 categories and 1,635 tags

There is…..

53 blog followers, 21 comment followers, 148 Twitter followers, and 41 Facebook followers

The top 10 countries that have visited (since 25 February 2012) are….

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Philippines, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, and Singapore

I have to thank each and every one of you that reads my posts whenever I get around to doing them.  I know it’s not like it used to be, but life just seems to dictate that I do other things.  I’m happy though and I can’t complain about the blog.  I get to post the things that I want and when I want.  Some of you are so very loyal and that means everything to me.  I hope that we’ll be around for another 5 years…..and many more….together!!

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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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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)….

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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!!

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

The templates, clipart and craft © The Schoolhouse and may not be used in any other manner without permission.

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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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, The Schoolhouse, and Commotion from the Ocean of Life. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine and © The Schoolhouse and © Commotion ) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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A Lesson of Thanksgiving

This week, our lesson is on Thanksgiving.  Before I get to that, I just wanted to let you know that I do have a blog post about last week’s lesson.  It was on the Bible and I created a craft for it using images that I’d found, but I’ve been waiting for hubby to draw me some so that I could share it.  He’s now completed those drawings for me, so hopefully by this weekend I’ll be able to get it posted….and it will still be dated for last week since that’s when I did it and saved my draft post.

Now, onto this week’s lesson!!  I simply love doing the Thanksgiving lesson.  I teach very little, except to tell them that they should be thankful and why.  I then open the class up to telling me things that they’re thankful for and why.  Sometimes, it turns into a “competition”, but in a good way.  They start to realize all that they have at such a young age and when someone says something, they almost have to match it.  The reason why I like that part of it because they are so young and sometimes don’t realize what they do have for what they’ve been blessed with.  It turns out to be very enlightening!!

Here’s a thumbnail view of 2 of the activities that we’ll do in class….

The first activity is a coloring page with the pilgrims praying.  It has the Bible verse for Colossians 3:17 on it as well.  If you’d like to download this activity, just click to…..

The coloring book image comes from Calvary Baptist Church Online and is © Calvary Kids Pages.

The next activity is a coloring/drawing one.  The page says “I’m thankful for….” and the kids will draw something that they’re thankful for.  Then, I’ll have them write what it is on the line.  There is also one without the line for those that don’t want to have their kids write (or the kids can’t write quite yet).  If you’re interested in this thankful activity, just click to….

Clipart © Laura Strickland at My Cute Graphics and used with permission.

I hope that you enjoy these printables.  I’m sure hoping that my class does, but not too worried as they love busy work!!  I love comments and knowing that you’ve used my free printables at home or in the classroom, so please leave a comment or use the “contact” form in the right-hand column.



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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, The Schoolhouse, and Commotion from the Ocean of Life. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine and © The Schoolhouse and © Commotion ) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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Down Again

Miss K and I have debated for a long time about changing the day that we weigh in.  It seems like Tuesday is here before we know it and it seems so soon after a weekend.  Today we finally made the change!!

One of the reasons that we want to weigh in on Wednesday is because the only days we don’t work-out are the weekends.  on Tuesday, we’re back on schedule, but sometimes still have weekend weight.  I’ve always weighed less on Wednesday then on Tuesday.  It’s been that way since the surgery.  I always weighed on Tuesday, then my appointments were always on Wednesday.  Each time, I weighed less at the appointment.  

I haven’t been keeping accurate tracking for a little while.  We’re having issues with the scale recording the changes from weigh-in to weigh-in.  My record sheet has disappeared and I just haven’t taken the time to find it.  I finally found it and am back on track today!!

With that, I’ve lost another pound.  Yippy!!  That puts me closer to that 50 lbs. mark.  I’m so tired of telling people “almost 5o pounds”.  HAHA  Only 2 more lbs. before I hit a huge mark on the scale too.  I’ve set this goal and thought I’d reach it sooner, but it’s close now.  I feel like once I hit this mark, it’s all downhill!!

On another weight loss note, Miss K lost this week too.  I’m so proud of her!!  She’s working at it hard and I see her putting effort into it.  I know she struggles with this and has done a great job maintaining.  She’s a great kid and I love seeing this sort of spirit in her!!




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