Free File Folder Games

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What is a File Folder Game?
If you’ve never heard of File Folder Games, this is the spot for you! A file folder game is basically just what it says…..A game that is played on a file folder.These games are inexpensive to make as you can often get a box of 100 file folders for around $5 and there are many free printable games online.
Free File Folder Games
We actually have an entire website dedicated to printable games, teaching resources and learning folders.  Over the years I’ve created over 100 different games for a variety of subjects and grade levels:
Circle Punch Games
Hands on Games
Math Manipulitive Centers
Games by Grade
Games by Subject
Find More Free File Folder Games Here
Find Christian File Folder Games Here

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Recycle File Folder Game

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Who doesn’t love to sort the recycling?

Okay….let me rephrase that.

 

Children LOVE to sort things!

This is a fantastic game for children who love to sort.

And Win.

Because this game can be played with up to 3 players (if you want more players just print more gameboards and cards).

Best of all this game is Print, Punch & Play meaning you can assemble it quickly and easily without any papercuts!

You can print this game free from File Folder Fun.

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Find More Free Earth Day Printables Here

Love the clipart?  Check out 2SuperTeachers for more.

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Free Bible Notebooking Pages

BibleNotebookingPin I’m so excited to release this set of Bible Notebooking Pages! I started this project years ago (2011 if we’re counting) when I needed VISUALS to use alongside our Mystery of History activities. While we also own a wonderful History Encyclopedia, filled with amazing photos and excerpts, I couldn’t help feeling that it would be great to have some photographs and such to use within our notebooking pages. Scouring the internet and adding them in one by one was how it started, and while it was great for building research skills it was SOOOOO time consuming. So I decided to make some visuals that included large colorful photographs as well as small areas for writing facts. Notebooking1

Now, this set doesn’t include every single event in Biblical or world history, but it does include many key events we compiled and arranged based on information gathered from a variety of resources. (see below) There are almost 100 pages covering Creation up to the Birth of Christ. We hope to add in some New Testament notebooking pages in the future (long term project) however the New Testament Timeline figures are already available here.

There is an optional Cover Page with Bible Verse:

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Many of the Bible History Pages include multiple images of story sequencing.

(Thanks to Distant Shores Media for the amazing Bible Images)

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Some pages include references to the lineage of Christ:

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Some of the pages include charts or maps:

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Some pages have interesting facts:

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Most of the pages have space to write in key facts

However, you may want more room so be sure to download these Blank Notebooking Pages too

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While binding your notebooking pages is pretty, I’ll suggest using a three ring notebook so you can add in extra pages easily. If you’d like to expand on a subject just add in one or two blank notebooking pages after your visual.

Circular Notebooking Pages

Square & Rectangle Notebooking Pages

 

And don’t forget to use our Free Bible Timeline Figures

alongside your notebooking journey!

BibleTimelineHeader2 Starting a Biblical timeline with your children is a great way to give them a historical foundation to back up their beliefs. I can tell you from personal experience that a lack of understanding leaves a child questioning who, what, why they are here. Even young children can learn that there is an everlasting creator, a beginning of time, a savior, and an end of time.

Looking to make History your Core for the year?

See below for our favorite History Resources:

Our Sources & Suggested Resources:

Illustrated Children’s Bible

Online Bible Timeline (free)

The Mystery of History

Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps & Charts

Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (secular)

Secondary Resources:

Student Bible Atlas

Trail Guide to Bible Geography

Classical History Copywork

Artistic Pursuits

So what about you?

Are you planning on making a History Notebook or Timeline with your kiddos this year?

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Bible Verse Bookmarks (Editable!)

 

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Editable Bible Verse Bookmarks

 What a great way to send kiddos home with their (customized) weekly reading list, and a scripture verse.

I made these sets with a few different options, you can customize them by individual bookmark, or for you teachers out there you can plug in your info and it will fill out all of the bookmarks the same.  Easy Peasy!

There are other editable coloring page bookmarks too!

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We also have some fantastic ready made bookmarks as well!

You’ll find Fruit of the Spirit, Books of the Bible and The Ten Commandments to name a few!

And don’t forget to drop us a line next time you’re looking for something!

Chances are you aren’t the only one, and we like to make things people can really use in their classrooms!

Siggy

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Bible Coloring Pages

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We’ve completely redone our

Bible Coloring Pages on Bible Story Printables.

They are all organized by chronological theme, hoping to make it easier for you to search and find just the right coloring page.

You’ll find collections of Bible coloringpages for themes like

Creation, Adam & Eve, Ten Commandments, Fruits of the Spirit, Easter, Christmas and more!

We hope to add more theme to this collection, if there is a particular theme you’d like to see leave us a comment below!

 

Siggy

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Printable Christmas Labels

Christmas is right around the corner so here are some last minute printables!

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Nativity  Christmas Labels.

These labels are so beautiful, and best of allthey each focus on a piece of the Christmas Story.  From Mary’s Good News, to the Visit of the Maji, these labels will enhance your Christmas presents while reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas.

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We printed ours on Avery Shipping Labels (8 1/2 x 11)

(Product ID# 8165)

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Then after we cut them out we could easily peel off the backing

And stick them on a gift.

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I also made a set without the “to” and “from” to be used as Christmas Tags.  Tie the tags on with a string and write that information on the back.

Blank Nativity Christmas Labels

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I even thought these would make beautiful ornaments if you added glitter to them Like we did with our Christmas Card Craft.

Either way, with these labels you’re sure to encourage people to think about the true meaning of Christmas.

Siggy

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Bible Minibooks

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I’ve just updated many of our Bible minibooks!

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Old Testament Minibook

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Adam & Eve Minibook

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Noah Ark Minibook

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Salvation Colors Minibook

We have a Huge Selection of Bible Minibooks here,
those were just ones needing a facelift!

Siggy

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Making a Classroom Quilt: Printables!

 

Yup, just for you!

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We’ve got ABC’s, 123’s, and everything in between!

You can print it all FREE!

Wondering how to use the printables?

It couldn’t be eaiser!

 


Print up a set of Classroom Quilt Printables.  You can use regular paper, if children are coloring with markers or watercoloring you might use cardstock instead.


Print up a set of Classroom Quilt Printables. You can use regular paper, if children are coloring with markers or watercoloring you might use cardstock instead.

NOTE:  Some of our Classroom Quilt printables even come with optional handwriting practice on the side.  You can instruct children to cut this part off first, write their name on it and turn it in.


NOTE: Some of our Classroom Quilt printables even come with optional handwriting practice on the side. You can instruct children to cut this part off first, write their name on it and turn it in.

Have each child color in their own quilt square.  Have them write their names on the back.


Have each child color in their own quilt square. Have them write their names on the back.

Have each child cut out their own quilt square.  There are easy cut dotted lines around the square.


Have each child cut out their own quilt square. There are easy cut dotted lines around the square.

Show children how to slide their square into the correct pocket.


Show children how to slide their square into the correct pocket.


This is the Quilt Pocket Chart we use, however any bulletin board or blank wall space works too!

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Stand back and enjoy your classroom quilt!  These look amazing when they are filled up with children's artwork!


Stand back and enjoy your classroom quilt!
These look amazing when they are filled up with children’s artwork!

 

Like our Classroom Quilt Pocket Chart?
Here’s where we got it!

Ready to make your own?

Click Here for ALL of our Classroom Quilt Printables

ABC Quilt

123 Quilt

Alphabet Animals Quilt

Butterfly Quilt

Christmas Quilt

Community Helpers Quilt

Earth Day

Easter Quilt

Farm Animal Quilt

Seasons Quilt

 

Want to suggest a theme?

Have an idea for using these in the classroom?

Leave us a comment below!


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Christmas Printables

As you plan your Christmas lessons this year,
we’ve got some great printables to help you out!

New this year we’ve added a set of printable Bible Verse Ornaments,
that would make great take home projects for children.

And here are some links to our most popular printables:

Christmas Coloring Pages

Luke 2:11 Bible Verse Printables

Psalm 72:11 Bible Verse Printables

Names of Jesus Printable Ornaments

free holiday printables

Also don’t forget to download your FREE 75 page holiday pack!
This is an exclusive offer for subscribers of Christian Preschool Printables!

Happy holiday planning!

 

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Heritage History

Last year I wrote a post entitled 10 Things I bet ya didn’t know about me.

I posted 10 because it’s a nice round number, and it seemed like a good place to stop.

But if I had to write a #11, this would be it:

#11. I love to read.

As a child I would read anything and everything that I could get my hands on.

Sometimes this was not such a good thing.

*ahem

Flash Forward 20 years and you’ll see that my 9 year old daughter shares my passion for reading.

Christmas and Birthdays are easy for this little girl.

Her stocking is filled with little brown rectangles and she cherishes every single one.

With her I hear, “Can we go to the library” more often then “Can we go to McDonnalds?”

What could be better right?

Well, if you have an avid reader you probably already know that
keeping the bookshelf stocked can be a bit of a challenge.

And if you’re a homeschooler you know how wonderful it is when you find an appropriate book….
a Classic even that teaches your children about important facts in a fun, and memorable way.

I believe the term for these types of stories are called Living Books!

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“Putting the story back into History-
Heritage History promotes traditional narrative history. Our online library contains biographies, legends, adapted literature, and introductory histories. All were written for the general reader and are easy and enjoyable to read.”

So here’s the deal with Heritage History:

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Isn’t that neat?

Heritage History has over 400 titles, and you can purchase a single book, or an entire collection!

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We were sent the Young Reader’s Curriculum

Every book in this curriculum was written pre-1923
You can check out theYoung Readers Book List here.

The Young Readers library is one of our largest collections, with over eighty books to choose from. Many of the books in this collect are simple enough for a fluent reader to complete in only a few hours, so avid readers may be able to read dozens of books from the collection before moving on to more challenging curriculums. Reading a few dozen of these books will expose students to hundreds of famous historical characters and will be an excellent foundation for future learning.

Ok.

Stop right here.

I HAVE to tell you that I was a bit worried when I saw that these were pre-1923 books.

Wait….Wait….Wait. Back up even further here.

Let me just say something here:

We are not KJVer’s.

I simply can’t get through the thee’s and the thou’s and the thy’s
without spitting all over myself
and that never makes for good worship.

Anyway, when I saw that a lot of these books had that old world ring to them,
I was a bit worried.

Read:
A bit worried was I that my eldest would find the text
a daunting reversal of mirrored context, neglecting to partake
in the fanciful pleasure of each winnowed passage.

(I’m 74% sure that actually makes sense.)

In short, I wondered if it was going to be too much for my little 9 year old girl to handle.

Would she get all tongue twisted and frusterated?
Would she just skip over the seemingly backwards sentences and simply go for the general idea?

Nope. She read them.
She understood them.
She enjoyed them.
She wanted more.

(And of course I secretly took Homeschool Mom credit for providing her
such a wonderful resource that I knew she would like)

Ahem.

Actually all of the stories in the Young Readers Collection are chosen
because they are told in a “child-friendly, easy-to-understand manner.”
You can read them online to get an idea of the tone.
(Green books are for Young Readers)

Quite a contrast to fact drilling, public school, History books that i grew up on!

What a great way to learn!

Just as a side note here: I believe I remember a certain someone
who used easy to understand parables in His teaching as well.

Just Sayin’

Anyway,I really love that Heritage History is providing these classic stories in an updated format, making it easy for today’s homeschooling families. You can easily print multiple copies, and reuse your teaching materials for your upcoming students. Some of the more difficult passages make excellent read alouds as well.

There are also additional resources like Teacher Guides, maps and clipart for you to use alongside the books.

(I smell a Notebooking project)

You can pick up the Young Readers Collection for $24.95

There are quite a few other collections for older children as well, and right now if you purchase multiple CD’s Heritage History is running a special deal you can take advantage of!

Be sure to check them out on Facebook, and subscribe to their newsletter.
(Which enters you in a giveaway for a Kindle Fire!)

Overall, I’m really excited about having this resource at my fingertips. I know that I’ll be putting our new books to good use, and tying them into all of our unit studies over the coming years.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this product for review purposes. Check out what other TOS Crew Review Bloggers thought of Heritage History!

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Behind the Scenes Busy…

Just so you don’t think I’ve completely fallen off the face of the Earth,
I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been up to!

I’ve been working like crazy
(read: KER-A-ZIE)
on a new look for Preschool Post.

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Preschool Post is a website that I work on with Lynn Felts (of GroovyStorytimes).
We post fun Preschool Bible Lessons that incorporate some beloved children’s books
with fun thematic units. You can read more about why we started the site here.

Anyway Come take a peek….

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You can find a lesson by book


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You can find a lesson by Bible theme (sidebar)

preschool bible lessons
You can find a lesson by suggested month

You can even find resources by type:

File Folder Games
Bible ABC Coloring Pages
to name a few….

We’ve also added something completly NEW! ABC Visuals: These are great for morning circle time, we’ve got a set up for each lesson available…..with plans on adding additional letters as we wrap up the final lessons.

What fun! We’re really working hard at getting the entire set up!
You can subscribe if you want notification when new lessons are posted.

And that’s not all!

I’ve been busy creating more Bible Printables for Seeds Family Worship Music!

Did you see that we’re over halfway through Seeds of Purpose!

(btw-I post these biweekly on Totally Tots in case you want to follow along)

I’ve also been updating our Bible Verse Printables on Christian Preschool Printables.

I thought these needed a new look, some more activities, and some introductory Bible Vocabulary.
These are worth checking out if you have little ones who want to learn short bible verses too!

And Homeschool Mom Brag Moment:
We are done testing!!! And we passed! Yippy!

Phew….

And yes…In case you’re wondering I do post these updates on Facebook…when I remember!

Hope to be back soon with some fantastic reviews,
we’ve been trying out some great products that I can’t wait to share!


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Kindle Fire: Can you Feel the Heat?

Hey.
Look closely for a moment.
See that little red book in the back of
my newly sewn purse?

Ha! Tricked Ya.
That’s not really a book at all.

Oh wait….actually it is a book!
It’s thousands of books….and so much more!

It’s the Kindle Fire,
And let me tell ya,

This thing is HOT!

Not “Hot” as in stolen,
I assure you that I paid for my kindle,
but the price was so good that I almost FEEL guilty.

You see, I’ve wanted a tablet FOREVER.
But I could never get over the crazy price tags,
or the monthly subscription prices for web service.

So, when I first learned about the kindle,
the first question that came to mind was:

How does it work?:
(read: how much more am I going to pay in monthly fees?)

Cynical I know, but every penny counts.

Now I’ve only had this baby for a week or so,
but I’ll tell ya what I know:

Kindle Fire uses a Wifi connection to access most content.

(i.e. No additional monthly charges)

However, that means that to connect to the internet
you will need you’re own Wifi, or to be at a Wifi hotspot.

Now wait. I know what you’re thinking.

Oh darn. I was hoping that I could take my content with me.
I mean come on, I need to be able to hand this thing to the kids
to keep them quiet to let them play around while we’re
in the car, or grocery shopping or doing anything else in which I need
a few peaceful seconds to collect my thoughts.

Well, let me tell ya, You can!

Here’s How:

There are two ways to store your content with the Kindle Fire:

You can store your content on the CLOUD,
(which is free with your Kindle Fire purchase)

OR

You can store your content on your actual Kindle device.
(it comes with 8GB of data storage btw)

Anything that you STORE on your Kindle is accessible without a Wifi connection,

Anything that you leave in the Cloud is only accessible with a Wifi connection.

You decide what content you want to actually STORE on your Kindle,
and what content you only want available in the CLOUD.

Make sense? Are you following here?

It was a little confusing for me at first too.

But Here’s What I DO:
Anything I want to access on the road, I put on the device
Anything I want to access when I have WiFi I keep in the Cloud.

Pretty Simple right?

Here’s the breakdown for some of the features:

Books:

Pro: All my e-books in one spot, syncs with my kindle reader on my iPhone.

Con: The kindle fire screen isn’t like the original screen. Since it is a color screen there is a little bit of glare.
You can change the brightness of the screen depending on the enviornment you’re in.
I haven’t had any problems reading it , just wanted to point that out.

Apps:

Pro: Apps usually work without the wifi connection

Con: Not as many apps available in the Amazon Android market.
Check out some of the Top Apps here

Music:

Pro: I Love the interface for my music.
Nice and large, easy to connect to my car stereo.
I can FIND a song without crashing my car. Bonus!
(btw: I’m listening in my car with a simple tape deck–> mp3 adapter.)

Con: None

PDF Documents:

Pro: The kindle comes with a Document reader, it’s very simple to use.
You email yourself any files that you want to access on the kindle.

Con: PDF links are not clickable. However, there is a APP that I downloaded
that makes the PDF links clickable! Score.

Movies/TV:

Pro: Hulu, and Netflix work on Kindle.
You can purchase or rent additional movies using Amazon Prime.
AND You can upload movies you already own to the CLOUD.

Con: If you want to take movies on the go, you have to make sure you download
them to your kindle first. You can download your own movies or ones that you rent or
purchase from the Kindle Video library.

You can’t download videos from hulu or netflix, they are streaming (wifi connected) only.

Web Browsing:

Pro: FAST, FAST, FAST. I have fast WiFi though so that may be part of the deal.
Our favorite websites are accessible!

Cons: No Web Browsing outside a Wifi connection.
(this is where you would pay the monthly service fee)
Sometimes certain platforms don’t work.
For example when viewing the 3-D panorama of King Khufu’s tomb the connection slowed a bit.

Size/Shape:

Pro: Fits in one hand, not to heavy…and did I mention it fits in my purse!
Con: Nothing, I love the smaller handheld size. It’s just right for what I need.

Overall: LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
I know that it’s not as amazing as a higher end tablet
but it does the job for what I’ll be using it for!

And in CASE you’re wondering,
This is the case I purchased, which I also love:

M-Edge Incline Jacket
It has a magnetic closure, and will prop up my kindle
legnth or width ways.

Additionally I’d recommend getting this amazing screen protector:

ZAGG Shield for Kindle Fire
I know they sell a similar version for cheaper,
but I’ve had some experience with protective screens,
and this baby is AMAZING. There are no bubbles or fingerprints or smug marks
and I actually prefer the texture to the touch screen.

The trick with installing the screen is to really get the sticky side wet with the solution they provide.
BEST protective screen experience EVER!

I hope that helps you decide about the Kindle Fire!
You can learn so much more by reading about it on Amazon.

All I can say is This Homeschool Mama is Super Happy with it:

And if you have a question feel free to ask,
I’m not an expert but I’ll do my best to see what I can tell ya!

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Free Nursing Cover Pattern

I Did It!

I found a Pattern off the internet, (and successfully followed it)

And Made this.

Okay, I know it’s basically a rectangle with straps.

But these were very important straps….

Ones that required exact placement 1/4 of the way to the center….

And Boning and D Rings were involved….

(Don’t worry, I had never heard of them either)

Here is a close up of the “Peek-a-Boo” feature:

It’s extra stiff and makes a half moon, so you can see your child:

I’m so proud to have gotten it done.

Seriously, I put this on and I feel soooooo Chic.

Now I can look down on all the other Mom’s who are covering themselves with their children’s blankets.

That’s Soooooo 90’s.

(I’m totally kidding….seriously….read my post from yesterday)

I’ve never used an actual Nursing Cover before, so I’m really interested to see which is better.

Now, I’m off to find a pattern for making bibs…..

I so want something unique and fabulous for my little guy to puke all over.

LOL

Is this not adorable?

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