A Family Bible….

Can I tell you something about our family?

We own WAY, WAY, WAY to many bibles.

I know that sounds like a backwards statement,

But it’s true.

I think if I stacked up all the bibles in one pile it would tower over my two year old.

It’s almost as if we keep purchasing them in HOPES
that they will somehow, by sheer volume,
touch our lives and bring us closer to God.

I believe I’d already said that we have the same misconceptions about cleaning products too….
more cleaning products = cleaner house

Of course it’s obvious that the missing ingredient to that formula is ACTUALLY USING them.

Well, today I wanted to share with you one that actually does get used….by our entire family!


The Illustrated Children’s Bible
By Tommy Nelson Publishing

It’s quickly become our Go-To bible.

The one that gets opened.

The one that gets read.

The one that gets put way high up on the shelf because little peanut butter fingers so desperately want to feel the pages.

This bible sells for about $35.00 so it was a thoughtful purchase for us.

Actually,it was the first bible I prayed over before I even took it home.

I wanted so much to have a “Family Bible.” I prayed that God would lead me to just the right one.

Something we could all sit around and read together.

One that held a keepsake quality, while still engaging my young children. (CEV version)

One that could also serve as our Classroom Bible during our history lessons.

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I wanted to share in case you too were looking for a little jump-start to your new year.
This would be a great time to start reading a bible reading plan with your little ones!

Here is a chronological reading plan to get you started.
(You can also find one on YouVersion)

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Exclusive Freebie From CurrClick!


This week I have a very special
(read: exclusive)
homeschool freebie to share with you!

Currclick.com and A Journey Through Learning have joined
up to offer this fantastic download free of charge for this week only!

Bible ABC Pocket Games Lapbook
Retail: $13.00
Your Price: Free!!

This is an unadvertised, exclusive freebie just for you!
and You’ll need to hurry because this offer ends Friday November 25th.

How to get your freebie:
Add Bible ABC Pocket Games to your cart.
Use the coupon code: CraftyClassroom during checkout

It’s that simple!

Just a special THANK YOU from CurrClick, AJTL, and The Crafty Classroom!

Feel free to share about this special freebie,
but please don’t publish this coupon code elsewhere!
You can always send people directly to this blog post so
they to can download this great offer!

PSSSST…….

I can’t wait to see what titles they have in store for us this year!

Thanks for Following!

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Warhol & Pollock

I just finished uploading two more of our Famous Artist Crafts!

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Jackson Pollock

This was a well loved activity for my kids,
they loved blowing with the straws!
Me? I wan’t really into passing out
for an art project, but they were in dizzy oblivion.

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Andy Warhol

These were really fun, Sissy enjoyed this a bit more then Bub,
who found it daunting to color in one color for each open space.

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I included some fun Warhol printables,
you can snag the boy & the girl as well as
some adorable cupcakes or some sneakers!

Older children can design their own!

Eveything is uploaded to our Famous Artist Craft Section!

PSSST…. Here’s a sneak peak at who’s coming next:

Stay Tuned!

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Rocks and Minerals Discover Day!


Rocks and Minerals homeschool lesson

Last week I set up this Rocks and Minerals Discovery table for the kids to explore with! Let me tell you that they L-O-V-E-D it, and it was hard to wrap it up and move on to the next thing. (Don’t you just hate when you have to pry them away from learning in order to get them to eat something?)

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I used a few different kits that I picked up at the local teacher store, as well as our local museum. If you’re looking to pick up a kit for your classroom, I think the Minerals kit was better because it came with a streak plate and a nail to test the rocks with. However, the more “fancy” rocks like the ones in the first photo are the ones we picked up at the Museum, and you can snag a nice kit of some here online.

Here are some photos of the different stations that I set up:

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Rocks and Minerals activities

Click here for the rest of them, including details for each one.

Rocks and Minerals Printables

I also made up this handy Rocks and Minerals printable to keep track of all the information we collected about the rocks. These print 2 to a page so you can easily have a bunch on hand for your kiddos to fill out.

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And CurrClick has a Rocks and Minerals Flash Card Set for Free!

Stay tuned for more Rocks and Minerals Activities!

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Word Ending Block Game


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I have been dreaming this up for weeks!

Okay, probably months, but I hesitate to let you know what a slacker I am.

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SO LOOK!

Awesome right?

Besides looking so colorful and linguistic (which of course appeases ever nerve in my homeschool body) these actually make up a fun educational game as well:

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Total Score, I know!

So you play by rolling the dice and making words from the letters and word endings that you get.

For every word you can make, you get one point.

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You can make these with as many letter blocks, and word ending blocks as you like depending on your child’s ability level. (We used 9 blocks total)

You can snag the wooden blocks at the craft store for about 50 cents a pop.

I put full instructions for how to make this game on our main site here!

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I even found this cool wooden crate to store it in from the Dollar Tree!
What an Awesome Day!

 

 

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Valentine Trees…or Spring Trees…

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Okay, so I’m not really sure what category these little guys are going to fall under, because we made them with rose petals in the shape of hearts…and they look like Spring trees, but Valentine’s Day is not exactly in Spring per-se’ …..so for now we’re just calling them Valentine Trees.

Whatever.

They’re really easy, and they are like a keepsake because you can use them with your children’s handprints…..(Imagine a full bulletin board of these!) I got the Rose Petals at the Dollar Tree.

Here’s the Scoop:

And in other “Lovey News”

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there is a little girl out there who will be recieving 10 inches of the most beautiful brown hair I’ve ever seen (Okay I’m partial).
Sissy (6) eventually convinced me to let her cut her hair to chin length, and while I’m partial to long hair on little girls, It was the “No-Tangles” argument that finally won me over and sealed the deal. (Serious, I’m not the only one that gets screamed at during hair brushing time am I?)

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Owl Crafts!

We’ll if you haven’t already figured it out from the Owl File Folder Games, or the preview of the Owl Softie I’m sewing together, we’re busy working and learning about OWLS!

And you know what that means….

OWL CRAFTS!

Owls are just adorable aren’t they?

Owl books

We started by snagging a bunch of Owl books from the library. Right off the bat, I saw that this book called, “Owls” by Gail Gibbons was a winner! There is so much information in the book that we spent a long time on each page reading and learning about the different types of owls, what makes owls unique, and even learning more detailed facts about barn owls.

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So anyway, to kick things off we started with these little pinecone owls. I let the children pick one of the owls they would like to try and make (mines a Great Horned Owl…can you tell?). Then I had them look at the colors and sizes and shapes to see how they could copy it with the supplies we had. Needless to say, they were a HUGE hit at our house, especially with Bubba (4) who made sure that his “Great Gray” owls wings were extended in flight so he could catch the mice.

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We even made little nests out of clay pots and moss, so our owls would have a place to come in and land.

These are super simple to make for all ages, and I’ve got photo instructions up on the main site here.

If you make these leave me a link so we can see your adorable raptors!

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