Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mary and Martha: Preschool Bible Lesson

We just started teaching the 4 year old class at our church this past week and they are sweetest and silliest group of kiddos.

{ARRIVAL}  We started class just like every week, the first 8-10 minutes of class the children come in and play with toys that are laid out on the table. It is a great time to reinforce how God wants us to treat our friends. It also gives me time to talk to the little ones about their day, welcome visitors and finish up prepping any materials.

{INTRODUCTION} We then met on the carpet to discuss why we come to Bible class and sing and talk about our bibles.  We open our class praying together by having a circle prayer.  We continued to discuss things that we pray for (family, thanks, help, etc.)  We read the story of Mary and Martha in the The Beginner’s Bible.  We talked about why Mary's choice of listening to Jesus was better than Martha's choice of getting tasks done around their home.  

{CRAFT} The children then went to a table to color the printable and we discussed the different actions the children were doing in the pictures and that all the jobs were important, but some were more important to God.  As the children finished coloring and cutting their pages, I assisted in helping them place the cards by what God wants us to put first and then what we should do. 

{RETELLING} Once the children's pages were complete, we retold the story using the Jesus, Mary and Martha necklaces.  I reread the story as the children acted it out and then they switched roles.  It was adorable and helped the little ones retain the story. 
{CLOSING} To end the class, we sang the song Mary and Martha together as the parents came to pick up their children.  

You can get all the materials used in this Bible class {here}!  Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Grow in God: Mommy and Me Class


We had our March Mommy and Me class at church this past week and this time I remembered to bring my camera AND take pictures...GO ME!  Here's what we did...


Circle Time:
To open the class, we met for circle time and sang a few songs together.  We began by wiggling our fingers and continued to sing about plants and how their needs relate to what we need to grow in God.  The kiddos enjoyed using the flowers throughout our circle time and we worked together to "plant" a seed and help it grow.  

Sensory Table:
The sensory table was a hit with the kiddos this class!  I created a garden tub by using dry black beans, plastic flowers for the Dollar Tree, planters from Home Depot, and some gardening tools we had in our sand box. 

Craft Table:
There were two craft tables at our Mommy and Me class.  One table was gearing more for the little ones where they created Grow in God sticks with the circles provided and craft sticks.  Then they "planted" the sticks in a pot of black beans. 
The second craft table, for the preschools, allowed them to plant a seed in soil.  They could then take the seed home to water and take care of as they watched it grow into a plant.  This served as a reminder to continue to read their bible and pray everyday to grow in God just as they need to care for their seed.

Snack Table:
Chocolate pudding, Oreos and gummy worms = a yummy snack for our class.  The kiddos used the pudding and Oreo crumbs to create "good soil" (Mark 4:20).  They ate their snack with the adorable flower spoons my wonderful husband helped me make!  So cute...and delicious!

You can get all the resources I created for our Mommy and Me class {here}!  Enjoy!!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

5,000 Follower Extravaganza Details


I am still in shock that I reached 5,000 followers on my TpT Store!  I am so incredibly grateful and appreciative of the teachers, parents and other educators that have followed and purchased products from my store.  Because of my amazing followers, I have been blessed to stay home with my babies for the past 4 years and create education resources for sweet little learners...THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

I want to celebrate YOU by having a week full of FREEBIES and GIVEAWAYS!  Here's how it will work...

{FREEBIES}

Each day of the extravaganza I will post a NEW FREEBIE to my TpT store!  These freebies will ONLY be available for FREE during the extravaganza and then they will be marked to their regular price, so be sure to download them by April 3rd!

{GIVEAWAYS}

Each day of the the extravaganza I will host a GIVEAWAY on my blog!  Each giveaway winner will win a $10 TpT Gift Card and any (1) product from my store!  That's 5 winners, people...I'm so excited!

{20% OFF SALE}

On top of the freebies and giveaways, my entire store will be on sale for 20% off from March 30 - April 3!  Yeah, baby!!

I will be busy this week getting everything prepped and ready to go!  I cannot wait to celebrate with my amazing followers!  

Make sure you don't miss out on any of the excitement by following my blog, Facebook and Instagram!!!   

Monday, March 16, 2015

Let's Explore: Color Mixing

Colors, colors everywhere!  Last week, G woke up from his nap to find some color mixing gear in the sunroom. (HOORAY for not having colored water in the house)  The activity began as an invitation to play by letting him mix the colored water without any purpose other than playing.  He asked about the new science tool on the table, so I helped him learn how to use a pipette!  
Here is what I set out for G to play with...

Materials included: 
Cups of water with liquid food coloring (primary colors only)
Pipettes
Measuring Cups
Ice tray
Color Lab Mixer
Plastic Containers
After allowing him to play for a few minutes we read the book The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown.  After reading, we played with the color mixing equipment again, but this time we had a purpose for play!  We tried to make green, orange, purple and then (G's favorite for sure) brown!  
This activity was definitely a favorite of G's and allowing him to play with the materials before setting a learning goal made the activity even more fun and engaged!  We will be pulling our color mixing gear out again soon!      


Friday, March 13, 2015

Five For Friday: Spring Break

It has been WAY TOO LONG since my last Five For Friday post with Doodle Bugs!  But, I am finally here to blog about what we have been up to this week!  Let's share, shall we...
Last weekend, we were able to get away for a quick camping trip and we had a great time.  I have so many wonderful memories of camping with my parents when I was young and I love that my children are able to gain some special memories, as well.  

I am truly a blessed wife...my husband LOVES to bake and his is exceptionally good as it, too.  While we were camping my dad celebrated his birthday and my hubby whipped this deliciousness up in our trailer...so, so yummy!  And, aren't they adorable?!?!

We are finally getting to a point where are playroom is functioning as a homeschool classroom and G is LOVING it!  We work together on fun learning games and he is asking for more.  I am working on getting our learning tubs ready to go, so fun activities and games are always within reach!

Kynlee has always wanted to have a buddy to play with, whether it's her brother or mommy, she was not a huge fan of independent play...well, that has changed over the past couple of weeks.  She is finding toys and playing with them on her own for decent chunks of time and I am loving it!  It is so nice to know that she is learning to entertain herself...plus I can get a load of laundry done while she plays!

Finally, a sneak peek at next week's posts...  Little man had a great time coloring mixing this week.  I will share more of how I set it up and what he thought on Monday!