Bunnicula Perler Bead Creations

My children love crafting with perler beads.  Sometimes the beads sit around for a week or two unused, but inevitably, the children will find a reason to get out the beads and begin to make their own little characters again.  Most recently, my daughter was listening to me read aloud from James Howe’s Bunnicula series and found herself drawn to make her own Bunnicula perler creations.

Bunnicula Perler Bead Creations

She started with Bunnicula.  She gave him fancy red eyes, and even created two vegetables that he’s “drained” of their juice.

bunnicula

Next, she made the paranoid cat, Chester.  Chester loves to read any book he can get his hands-on, but it’s his reading of vampire books that has him convinced that Bunnicula is a vampire.  So, Rose made Chester a purplish square block to be his book.

chester's book

Next up was Bunnicula‘s narrator, a dog named Harold.  He talks constantly in the first book or two about his love for all things chocolate, and the children giggled so much because, as everyone knows, you’re not supposed to give a dog chocolate.

Harold

Finally, she made the two boys who are the animals’ owners.  First, she made Pete.  He’s the older brother, not as nice and has a tendency to yell at the poor animals.  He certainly wouldn’t share any chocolate cupcakes with them :-)

pete

The last character she made was Toby, who is also often described as reading.  So, Rose gave Toby a book as well.  I enjoy that Howe often has Toby reading classic literature, and that gives us an opportunity to go from a fun book like Bunnicula to something more classic like Treasure Island or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

toby

There are more characters in the Bunnicula books, but these are the main characters of the first book, and Rose was very proud of her finished creations.  In fact, she used my cell phone and Hubby’s cell phone to make videos of her perler bead characters interacting, both as a reinterpretation of some of the events in the book and to have their own brand new adventures.

David and Goliath Mini-Unit

The week before Christmas last year we were dealing with a little bit of boredom.  I’m sure you know how it goes.  Too much Christmas fever to do schoolwork.

We were sitting doing our Bible reading one morning when we finally got to I Kings chapter 17 and read the story of David and Goliath.  The children were captivated by the text and remembered that we have VeggieTales that go along with it.  When they asked to watch, I said, “Yes!” and we spent the next day or two happily playing and working on David and Goliath related stuff!

David and Goliath mini-unit

The first thing I did was find a Figures in Motion King David paper doll figurine that I had downloaded from SchoolhouseTeachers.com and printed it out on cardstock for the kids to color and cut out.  (You can purchase a version of this that is much fancier with moveable joints and everything from the Figures in Motion website.)

I liked doing this because it gave even the little kids a “David” of their very own to play with that week as we watched, listened and learned more about David.

david doll

Next we watched:

We also listened to two audio versions of David and Goliath that I had downloaded from Homeschool Freebie of the Day.  I can’t access it now because it’s been a while since they offered it (and I might even have got mine off the treasury disks or their Bible Battles package), but if you see them come up, they’re very attention grabbing and sweet radio versions of the David and Goliath story.

We also colored some pages (and read from) a David & Goliath Coloring Book that I had previously bought and we had laying around the house.

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After we did some of this, we were ready to learn about shepherd’s slings.  We used this Wikipedia article and this Christian Answers article to answer some of our questions about shepherd slings.  Of course, we then had to make our own!!

sling braid

I can’t really give you a good tutorial other than to tell you that it is a eight stranded cord that ends up being a four-stranded braid.  You also start with very long strings, so I made most of the sling for my children.  I would recommend you go here or here  to get a feel for how to create your own.

These are great to shoot marhmallows in once you get the kinks worked out and Monkey even later has converted his into a leash for his stuffed dog!

So, that’s what we did with King David.  We went simple, easy and very fun!!

The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

Earlier this year, I reviewed a book about finding balance in your homeschool and all the areas of your life, but was left without any concrete areas to start working towards that balance in.  So, when I received an opportunity to complete a review for The 7 Minute Life, I realized that this could be a great way for me to begin working towards my goals of peace and balance in my home.

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

I received the 7 Minute Life Daily Planner.  This is a physical planner that is approximately 8.5″ by 7.3″.  There are multiple forms in the front to work through, a few different calendar setups and then 90 days of daily planning pages.  This planner is $24.95, and it’s meant for adults to track their busy lives, appointments, etc.  As you’ll see in the review, it’s not something that would be at use appropriate to give to your children for them to plan assignments or anything like that.

I didn’t really realize until I received the daily planner that this was going to be a journey and not just a place to order my days.  I began (and I would suggest you begin) by watching this 12 minute video on what the 7 Minute Life is and how it’s going to help you to manage your time more effectively.

As I opened my lime green planner and began to read the preface, I found myself underlining and mulling over words in the preface and what they might mean to my life.  I realized this was going to be so much more than organizing my to-do list.

 7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

The goal of the 7 Minute Life is for you to realize what is important to you, and as you make that realization, you’ll be able to prioritize what you want to spend your time on.  Then, you’ll organize your goals and completion of meaningful tasks to simply your life in pursuit of your goals.  After all, our lives are made up of what we spend our time on.

The author, Allyson Lewis, really touched a chord with me in the preface to the planner as I read along and see where she writes, “Life is not a competition to see who can do the most things in a single day.”  Guilty here.  So very guilty of maintaining a lot (and often meaningless) to-do list and just marking time from point A to point B.  I suddenly realized that  I didn’t even know which of the tasks on my to-do list, in true “tyranny of the urgent” fashion, were the ones that it even made sense whether or not I completed them.

As I continued on into the introduction to the planner, I knew I needed this planner in my life when I read the words:

Most people think that if they could just “get everything done” life would be wonderful.  But we have discovered that this simply isn’t true.  People who feel insanely busy are in that place because their life is crammed full of low priority tasks that don’t bring them great meaning and productivity.

Don’t believe us?  Take your to-do list and be honest with yourself…If you got everything done on your list how much better would your life be?  Most people find it wouldn’t make a big difference.

Once again, I felt a big, stinging “ouch” of conviction.  Not only had I often spent my days worrying over the completion of low priority tasks, but I had also often let whether or not these tasks were completed ruin my feelings of productivity about my day.  So often, I had made an idol of my plan for my day and the things I had on my to-do list without ever once asking God if these were the things that should be on my to-do list.  Sure, I was filling my to-do list up, but how much of it was meaningful and how much of my to-do list alienated me from the plan that God had for my day and my life?

As you begin working with this planner, you won’t just step into the daily planning pages and get going.  Instead, there is some foundational work to do on priorities and goal setting before you ever start filling in a daily planner page.  The first page you actually come to is one called “Prioritize.”  In it, there are three columns of values and you begin to check off the ones that are important to you.  Then, you rank them 1-10 and write them down.  For me, these virtues pointed to the importance of faith, family, learning, connecting and teaching in my life.

Once you complete this exercise of priories, there are exercises to guide you through your strengths, your work loves, and your high value activities.  Once you’ve done this, you’ll be ready to write your purpose in life and to write how you would know at the end of your life that you have fulfilled your purpose.

Other forms in the front part of the planner include:

  • mental clutter–a great place to just write down the things that are causing stress in your life and to begin a plan of action surrounding them
  • 90 Day goals–there are several pages for this so that you can differentiate work, personal, financial and life goals.  There’s also space underneath each goal for breaking it into smaller tasks of action in the direction of the goal
  • Unfinished work and home tasks—This is a great place to dump your “to-dos” so they’re on the list to be taken care of but aren’t urgently trying to get things done.  I used my “unfinished work tasks” as a place to put school tasks and projects for the children that we haven’t gotten around to yet.
  • Home repair
  • Grocery List
  • Connections–The personal and business people you need to stay in touch with
  • Annual Calendar at a glance
  • Annual Projects and Tasks–Great place to list birthdays, holidays, family reunions, etc.
  • 90-Day Calendar Worksheets
  • Monthly Calendar at a Glance
  • Meeting Planner

Then, we get to the main part of the planner which is the “Daily Progress Report.”  It’s pretty all inclusive, and as one of the videos I watched from their website states, you can pretty much make this the only thing you put on your desk to tell you what you need to do that day.

As you’ll see, the pages are pretty straightforward.  The first page includes:

  • Daily contacts–These are the people you actually talk to, call, etc. each day.  As a stay-at-home-mom, I don’t call or visit with a ton of people, so I changed this area to be the people I’m praying for and their prayer requests each day
  • What I will do…5 Before 11–These should be the five most important goals you have each day
  • “7 Minute Connections”–This is place for you to write down the people you are keeping in touch with and intentionally connected with via visit, handwritten card or phone call.
  • Unfinished tasks–These will be the “to-do” list your continuing to add to from the front pages as well as new things that crop up
  • What I spent–great way to keep track of your expenditures for your budget

The bottom area of the page has a place for you to monitor your water intake, write down your meals and snacks, and log your sleep, exercise, reading time and quiet time.  Perfect for helping you take control of your diet.

The final question at the bottom of the first page is a yes or no, “Did I do what I said I would do today?”  In other words, did you complete your five before 11?

daily progress report page 1

 

The second page of the daily planner contains the other information you’re going to need to complete your day.  There are sections for:

  • Appointments–I used this for our daily schedule of things outside the house and for penciling in lessons to do at home
  • Voice Mail–I used this section to track the people I needed to call or email each day
  • Thank you notes–I didn’t write three a day, but I kept a better track of who needed a thank you note when I used this planner
  • There’s also a section down at the bottom for notes.  I mostly used this section for things that cropped up that we wanted to look up on the computer, notes to myself about more things to add to the to-dos, reminders of things I needed to buy, etc.

Daily progress report page 2

 

As you can probably tell from my descriptions and pictures, this is a very comprehensive planner.  In fact, if you carry this around, it’s probably going to be the only aid you need to guide you through your day, and I love it.

When I first started using the planner, I hated it–mostly because I had a big blank space or two that I hadn’t figured out how to use yet (like contacts and voice mail) and because I was having to check no every day to the “Did I do what I said I was going to do today?”  Let me tell you that it is a blow to your pride and your since of accomplishment when you look at the five things you said you were going to get done and find that none of them are done at the end of the day.  I soon realized that tasks that I put in the 5 before 11 were a little too ambitious for my lifestyle (like clean out the pantry), and that instead I might should put in some microtasks (like clean out one pantry shelf) and spread those tasks out over several days.  Once  began to see the 5 before 11 as microtasks that would help me to get to my 90 day goals and help me organize for my lessons (both at home and at church), I began to see them as a huge help.

Another one of my favorite things about this planner is that there’s a monthly progress report and you can use that end of the month wrap-up to evaluate where you are make goals, deadlines and action steps for each month as well as make adjustments to what you’ve been working on.

I can’t tell you enough how I love that there’s space for water, diet, etc. with the to-do’s and even a place to write down expenditures to keep me on track with my budget.  I also love that the planner helps me to see who I haven’t connected with in a while so that I can connect with them, especially since making personal connections is one of the things  I value the most about.

The only little quibble I have with the planner is that I wish it had a whole year’s worth of daily progress reports.  I understand that the corporate life falls into quarters (as do the seasons), but I would love to have a planner (even a really thick and fat one) that I was able to use for a whole year, mostly because as a homeschooler, it would be better for my academic recordkeeping.

If you think this planner might be for you, I highly encourage you to watch some of the planner videos on the 7 Minute Life website.  These will walk you through how to use the planner in a more detailed manner.  There are also some more videos on getting started with the 7 Minute Life here and some free time management tool downloads that I think you’ll find helpful.

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Move On Review

Life is messy, and often we find that there are many broken things in our life that need God’s fixing.  These may range from the need for approval, sin and its repercussions, shame, legalism, mean Christians and the idols that we make in our own lives.  Vicki Courtney’s new book Move On:  When Mercy Meets Your Mess writes about meeting God in these areas in your life and about using his grace and his mercy to move on and to truly get past your mess.

When I first requested a review copy of this book, I did not realize that Courtney is also the author of two popular Christian parenting books that I had also read.  I had looked to these books as a young parent looking for ways to keep my children on the straight and narrow.  This is an aim that, as a more seasoned (and hopefully wiser) parent, I realize is my own foolish legalism and pride trying to take over my parenting role.

So, the book opens with her son’s bombshell confession that he had gotten his girlfriend pregnant, which was something that Courtney was thankful to have been able to respond to with love instead of isolating them in legalism and shame.    I knew then that I had found a book that I needed to read.  As I read the next couple hundred pages, I found myself often nodding my head along with Courtney in agreement and often feeling the gentle tug of conviction as I allowed her wise words to speak into my life.  I think that as you read her book, you may find yourself slowly healing from the messes that you’ve made in your life and truly finding God’s grace is the place to start moving on and away from the shame, embarrassment and anger that can so often be a part of unhealed wounds.

Disclaimer:  I received a complementary copy of this book through the BookLook Bloggers Program.  My opinions are my own.

Five Favorite Books for Homeschooling Moms

Like most homeschooling Moms, I love to read.  Over the past few years of homeschooling, I have found a few books that are so inspirational and have such great advice that I turn to them again and again.  Today, in the hopes of pointing you in a great inspirational direction, I thought I’d share five of those great homeschooling books with you guys.

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Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson.  This is my very favorite book on homeschooling.  In this book, you’re introduced to gentle, Biblical parenting methods that strengthen your relationship with your child and their relationship to God.  Then, using a delightful Charlotte Mason-ish methodology, they go through learning styles, subject areas and more giving you wonderful resources to explore along the way.  It was here that I really learned more about living books and about relationship.  Since relationship is so important to me, this book won a spot in my heart.  It also has helped me on the gentle parenting path as well.

Deschooling Gently by Tammy Takahashi.  This is also a book that I’ve found very helpful on my path toward a more gentle and relaxed education for my children.  Takahashi has reminded me to stop comparing my children to other children and to a false standard that is unhelpful and totally created by our society and their schools.  Takahashi also encouraged me to stop thinking so much in terms of keeping records and to instead keep a journal or scrapbook.  That’s where my “This week” originates from.  It’s my scrapbook of our “school journey.”

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola.  This shows you how gentle and comprehensive education can be.  It’s a beautiful book taking Charlotte Mason’s theories and bringing them down to a relatable level.  It’s also a very organic look at how education can be much more rich and less schoolish than what we imagine.

Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell.  This isn’t one I would have normally picked off the shelf, but it is a book that the ladies in my local homeschooling community were reading and discussing in their monthly Mom’s night out meetings.  I gleaned a lot from it about keeping my cool, about how my children’s emergencies weren’t really my emergencies, and about consistency.  The biggest thing that stuck with me, however, was how often having a messy, disorganized house, etc. was triggering my own frustration and impatience with the children.

Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling by Diana Waring.  After reading books like The Well Trained Mind and The Core, I was a little terrified.  I was afraid of messing up my children, not providing the right resources, and the way my oldest balked at doing schoolwork.  After having half of a miserable year with my children, I found this book.  It was the first book I read that advocated a gentler path of homeschooling and because I encountered this book, I started down a path that is much more interest-led, organic to our family and much happier.  We’re way beyond survival (most of the time) now, and I think I wouldn’t have started down this road if I hadn’t of encountered Waring’s book and others like it.

So those are five of my favorite homeschooling books.  Have you read any of these?  Which books are your favorites?

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This Week: The Children’s Museum and Noah’s Ark

There are some weeks that I seriously wonder what all we got done until I look at my pictures and this was one of them.  Then, I was exhausted just looking at them! This wrap-up is huge and has tons of photos.  I keep thinking I’m going to split things into a preschool wrap-up and a big kid wrap up and then realizing that so much of what we do is intertwined enough that I’d rather just write one long post each week.  Between field trips, preschool and elementary school work though, this one is more like three posts in one!!

I realized that if I’m going to keep up my AWANA series that I started yesterday that I’m going to have to actually take pictures of what we do, so here’s a couple of pictures previewing activities from “A is for All.”  I’m just putting them here so I can find them again later :-)

a is for all

Our busiest day over the past week was probably a trip we took to the children’s museum in Chattanooga on labor day weekend.  Whew!  It was crowded.  Just to be transparent, I want to tell you that I don’t talk much about Monkey having some slight sensory issues, but taking him to the children’s museum and it being crowded was pure torture.  Poor kid was completely overloaded and weepy….and I’m not always the best mother in situations like this because he stresses me out so badly when he gets like this.

That said, we found a few spots of calm at the museum that we had fun at.  One of the them was the craft station where he and Firecracker created 3d snakes and horses.

animal puppets

We went to the children’s museum mainly because I had promised Rose I would take her back to the museum before the Wizard of Oz display packed up shop.  It’s gone now, and I didn’t get a lot of great pictures because Monkey spent most of his time in this area crying, but there was fun to be had. :-)

Wizard of Oz Display

I hadn’t realized how many different areas of science that you could touch on in the Wizard of Oz until we came to the museum and played with some of the displays.  I think I’m going to come back eventually and explain some of these photos better in a separate post rounding-up some science ideas for the Wizard of Oz.  (I’m thinking it would make a great unit study!)

wizard of oz 2

Hubby also took the children to the art section of the museum, and they found some fun things to do there :-)

art play at the museum

I took the children to the music side of the museum where they had lots of fun experimenting with different sounds and different stage lighting!  (Hubby took Monkey to the toddler section of the museum to play with trains at that time where, alas, it was too stressful for him.  Later, Monkey was really disappointed to have missed the music section :-( )

music and stage play

We did a little riverplay.  That’s one of my favorite sections of the museum and there’s a playground climbing/slide section up above it that the children really love.

riverplay

The dinosaur dig section of the museum was too crowded to get into the big sandbox, but we dressed up like dinosaurs and dressing up makes everything fun.

dino area at museum

We also spent what felt like forever in the little bee nook of the museum.  We watched bees, dressed up like bees and climbed in and out of the honeycomb.  I was really pleased that we lingered so much in this section as over the last two weeks we were so focused on how B is for Bee.

Bees

The next day we went to a festival at one of the local Jewish temples called “Nibble and Noshfest.”  I didn’t feel at liberty to take photos during the temple tour but the kids really soaked a lot in.  They also got a chance to sample some traditional “Jewish foods” and have their faces painted.   It was really a fun time.

face painting at noshfest

We did manage to work in some regular school type activities as well ;-)  We studied Abraham Lincoln for history this week and read Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln.  Rose, despite saying that she “hates” wars is completely wrapped up in our history program right now.

We also read another Bunnicula book.  This time it’s Bunnicula Strikes Again!  The children are nearing the end of the original Bunnicula series.  They’re going to be so sad to leave Bunnicula’s world.

books

The big kids also created some clay creations.  Rose created a cat and Firecracker made some sort of Kirby.

clay

Firecracker and Rose also began working from WriteShop again this week.  We journaled some and started working on an “All About Me” project that Rose was especially excited about us getting to finish into a book and decorate next week.

write shop

The big kids also had a few of their own projects they wanted to work on.  Rose, who refuses to do math has been working on puzzles and measuring fabric for her own felt TARDIS.  I find that amusing on many levels. :-)  I also enjoyed spending some special time with her one evening this week working on our puzzle.

Rose

Firecracker’s still working on some of this own felt projects.  In fact, he’s progressed from flat Pikmin to a more three dimensional Kirby.  He’s using a blend of online free templates and his own homemade ones, and he’s really enjoying the creative process right now.

stuffed kirby

We continued working through the letter B using Little Hands to Heaven.  We also added in a few Noah’s ark crafts just for fun.  The first was a cool handprint dove that is a copy of one I saw on Pinterest.

dove

We also made a great Noah’s ark craft using the printable Noah’s ark from Learn, Create, Love along with stickers we got from the Dollar Tree.

noah's ark

We also did a little abstract rainbow art.  It was a lot of glue and different colored construction papers, but I loved how they turned out.  I also loved Monkey’s strict adherence to straight lines of color in rainbow order.  He has a structure all his own!!

rainbow

While we were working on Noah’s ark, I also worked through a little preschool science on sinking or floating with the little kids and Rose.  This was a great experience and I could tell I’ve changed a little as a teacher.  We did this experiment two years ago with Firecracker and Rose and they brought every junky plastic toy that would float out of their room and learned nothing.  This time I was much more controlling about what we used and felt like the little kids were left with a much better idea of sinking and floating than the big kids had been when we explored it with them.

sink and float

We made a masking tape B to build block towers on, but I actually think that Monkey and Firecracker used it more for “Angry Birds and Lego Cars” pretend play than actually working on the letter B.

masking tape b

We also worked on finding B’s in a letter search and on counting using raindrops.  I liked that Rose participated in these worksheets with us because it’s the first time ever she’s found all Bs and not marked a few Ds as Bs, and because I had her count by 2s on the counting sheet and she really needs some practice skip counting.  I can honestly say that sometimes I’m using the preschoolers’ curriculum with her as a way to review some basic skills in a non-threatening manner.

week 2 worksheets

Even though we continued some work on the letter B, we also started working on the letter C and talking about how “C is for cat.”  Owlet has been so cute because she goes around the house saying, “Cats say kuh-kuh-kuh and meow-meow-meow.”  I really think she loves our letter time more than Monkey does.

C is for Cat

C is also for crown.  So, we made some crowns.  I do have to point out that the big kids are right in the middle of this collage pretending to be vampires.  Bunnicula has influenced my children in so many ways!!

crowns

One of my favorite C crafts we’ve done so far is the paper bag cat craft we found at DLTK kids.  The children love puppets and they all made them.  I love when we do something that all four of them want to do.  Cats are especially popular in our house right now because one of the main characters in the Bunnicula series is a crazy cat named Chester.

paper bag cats

We’ve also been really working through the “Five Little Monkeys” nursery rhyme and watching videos on You Tube of different variations of the song as our preschool music time.  We couldn’t help but make these cute Five Little Monkeys finger puppets that I found at Preschool to Plato.

five little monkeys

We also introduced another new virtue from We Choose Virtues.  This one is one of the ones I really need to work on–Self-Control.  I’ve got some bossiness and some “yelling” and stuff going on in our household, so I thought this was a good time to focus on that virtue.

self-control

That’s really about it for this week.  We also started back to Community Bible Study and started setting up some personal Bible times for the big kids to spend with me so that I can help them as they work through their workbooks.  I was feeling bad about mostly doing “little kid” stuff one day when I remembered that the big kids had already had spelling, reading comprehension, etc. just through me guiding them through their CBS books.  It’s a constant balancing act though balancing our “together stuff,” the big kids’ school and the little kids’ school.

Firecracker also did some math and English that aren’t pictured here, but all our other work in pretty much on the collages this week.

There are a few things I’ve made notes on this big post to pull out and make into their own more focused posts, but that probably won’t happen this week :-)  Hope everyone had a great week, and I can’t wait to read some other weekly wrap-ups!!

Jesus Loves Me

This year I’m teaching preschool aged kids in two different Bible classes (in addition to having my own preschoolers at home), so if you see a big uptick in the number of preschool activities I’m posting, you can probably guess why :-)

One of the places that I’m teaching this year is in Cubbies at my church, and it’s extra special to me because both of my younger children are Cubbies!  Also, I’m excited because AWANA has changed the format of their Cubbies books and this will be my first time teaching through their new book, Honeycomb.  My plan, at this point, is to establish a series of Honeycomb in action, showing how I use some of the activities in the teacher resources and what activities I might be inspired to do based on the lesson plans.  It’s not my highest blog priority though because I know that this information may not be useful for two years, until Honeycomb is taught again.

My first week of teaching this year actually ended up being the second week of the Apple Acres brochure, mostly because we went to the Braves game the first night of class, so I had to miss being with my little Cubbies.  Because of this, I also didn’t end up having my teacher’s book the first night of class, so I had to wing it :-)

The scripture that goes along with the “Jesus Loves Me” lesson is Mark 10:13-16.

And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.  But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.  And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

If you’re teaching Cubbies, your commander will probably have ordered you a very nice large set of teaching cards that will make it easy to show the children large pictures as you go through discussing the story.  If not, don’t panic.  This story is in most children’s Bibles, so you should be able to find a storybook Bible that has the story fairly easily.

Because I didn’t have my teacher’s book yet, I couldn’t prep anything from the book yet, and I had to improvise.  I started by bringing another book with me. God Loves Me More Than That is a lovely book that is beautifully illustrated and explores different things and tells me that “God loves me more than…”, “God loves me higher than…”, etc.  It’s a really nice book to have on hand for lessons like this one.

We also sang “Jesus Loves Me” and “Jesus Loves the Little Children.”

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I also pre-cut this craft out for the children so that they could focus on coloring and gluing down.  This one is Monkey’s, and as you can see, he did a great job with it!

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We also did these heart mosiac sticker sheets that I had left over from Bible school.  This is my sweet Owlet’s sticker page.  Monkey actually managed to use every single sticker and fill up the entire heart, and I was incredibly surprised at that.

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So, that’s about it for Jesus Loves Me week.  We had cookies that each child put frosting and sprinkles on for snack, and we used the church’s puzzles and legos during our center time.

I look forward to really digging in and improving next week for “A is for All.”  I didn’t like the feeling of scattered unpreparedness I had this week.