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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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More Olympic Lessons, Part 2

I haven’t been really good about finding information or materials on China.  However, almost any site that I’ve listed has links for that.  With that said, I came on the “mother load” of Olympic materials today.  This will most likely be my last share on this topic since I have many others to get ready and prepared.  So, here it goes….

The latest pages at  Homeschooling have been posted.  You can find pages for boxing, sailing, rowing, cycling, equestrian, judo, hockey, gymnastics and handball on the site.  The other sports that have been added are conoeing/kayaking, the modern pentathlon and football (soccer).  Please keep checking back here or on the site for the remaining summer Olympic sports that will be completed by the time the Olympic games begin.  Updating these will probably be the only other sources I add on this topic unless I find something “spectacular”!!

One of the great sites I found with great Olympic resources is the Official Site of the 2008 Australian Olympic Team.  You must register here and then you will have access to all the educational materials that they have.  Registration is free and you’ll immediately be able to get a teacher’s guide.  Once you reach the a.s.p.i.r.e. log-in, there’ll be many other resources available in 3 age/grade levels.

Next is the Official website of the Olympic Movement.  The resources can be found here under “educational”.  There is all sorts of materials.  There’s teacher’s manuals, resources and information kit on the Olympic Movement and the Games.  Browse this section thoroughly.  There’s archives, great photos and so much more available on this site.

Finally, it dawned on me that if Australia has educational material available that surely the United States does too.  That led me on a search and I found USOC where you will click on “resources” and “U.S. Olympic Education” which is where you will have to register.  After that, you have access to all the teaching materials available.  **WARNING:  This is a very slow moving site!!**  Navigate the “U.S. Olympic Education” box on the left side of page.  The “Classroom Teaching Materials” takes you here which has materials on the torch relay.  There’s also links to 2 other educational items.  However, after hours of trying off and on, I never got the “upper elementary” or “athlete profiles” to work under Olympians for Life.  I may try again, or I may just give up because I do have more than enough materials now.  I was able to get all the PDF materials under  Olympic Week in America.  Back on the USOC site, the other main link “Materials for Teachers” has an “Educational Gateway”.  I found that all the lesson plans were the same.  However, there are additional materials in PDF that were helpful and did work, but once again were very slow.  The best resources are all the other links to information and background on the Olympics.  It can be used as lessons or have the kids read.

I think if you want to learn more about different countries, the athletes, Olympic history and so on, that you could search just about any countries Olympic team site.  For example, you can find Canada and Great Britain both have educational materials on the Olympics.

I hope that this is at least a little helpful.     

One other “piece of business”.  There’s another contest going on over at Momsational.  You can check it out here and if you leave a comment, you’re in the drawing to win the giveaway.  This time, it’s the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.  Since it’s the 40th anniversary edition, it also comes with a cd.  Check it out!!


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Contest on Momsational

There is a site/blog that has some totally awesome offers, contests and give-aways.  I suggest that you check it out.  It’s worth it!!  Just go here for the latest contest.  The site is called “Momsational” and I know that’s all of you (readers)!!  This time, the offer is for Maria Shrivers new book called “Just Who Will You Be?”.  There’s several ways to get entered into the drawings and also several ways to get your name put in the pot a couple extra times.

Check it out!!

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