Portugal for kids

It’s time for another round of Around the World in 12 Dishes, and this month it’s Portugal for kids.  Portugal was a fun place to study about, but our library didn’t really have any good books on it.  This is the first time our library has failed me.

Portugal lesson for elementary

Portugal Recipe: Quejidas

quejida ingredients

Quejidas ingredients: 3 eggs, 2 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, 3/4 cup flour, 2 cups milk, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

 

making quejidas for Portugal

1.  Crack eggs, add sugar, and butter.  Cream those ingredients together (this takes FOREVER).

2.  Add the milk and vanilla and blend some more (maybe add a bit extra vanilla because it tastes good).

3.  Slowly add the flour, or maybe we added the flour first and then the milk…..

4.  Pour into muffin tins until about 2/3 full.  Bake at 325 for 45 minutes or so.  Grumble about the silicon muffin pans and vow never to use them again.

5.  Make the kids clean the counter.

I would just like to point out that for once I actually had ALL of the ingredients, ALL OF THEM.  Did you see that?  It never happens.

Quejidas for a delicious dessert

These disappeared really fast.  They also reminded me a little bit of the Finnish oven pancakes.  Which also disappeared really fast.

 

We also made, but have no good pictures of:

Portugal Kale soup

Kale soup for Portugal

Which goes like this.  Brown the onion and some other stuff.  Then brown half a pound of turkey and some sausage.  Add in a can of diced tomatoes and a whole bunch of chicken broth.  Then add in 4 LARGE diced potatoes.  Look at the amount of potato to broth ratio and think they said to add in way too many potatoes.  Now let it simmer until the potatoes are all done.  Yep, that’s it.  Oh wait, tear up kale and add it in at the very last minute.

Yeah, that’s it.  I may also be trying to write fast because I still have packing to do, and think the flowers are conspiring to kill me.  Stupid pollen allergens.  In my mind I have a quite hilarious visual of flowers marching around with pollen guns.

 

Portugal learning fun

Portugal

The kids completed their Portugal lapbook (notebook?) on the last day of woman’s Bible Study, only for me to find out they lied to me about completing it, so they got to sit at the dining room table until they finished it.

This was followed up by large amounts of extra chores for not doing their schoolwork.  So, the pictures didn’t happen because I was not happy with said children.

 

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So, what books would you recommend for Portugal?

All the ones I thought of were obviously for Spain, and there are differences between the two.  I had a craft planned, but between all the illness this month it just didn’t happen.

Happy Easter!

He is risen!

 

He is risen indeed!

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May you have a wonderful Easter!  We’re enjoying a day of family and time together, and I hope that you do as well.

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Now link up your SCIENCE posts, new and old, and then visit some of the other posts linked up and say hi. I’m going to be pinning, commenting, FBing or tweeting all of the posts linked up as the week goes by. At the end of the month I’m going to feature the best posts linked up.

Make sure to include a link back to my blog so people can come back from your post to see what others have done.  By linking you are agreeing I can feature your posts in a round up post later (I may use a picture to feature, but will link back).

What happens when allergies invade

Or a myriad of other titles I could call this post.  I actually sat down to write this at 7:00 Friday morning, only to be interrupted less than 5 minutes later by Princess coming down sick.  Which led to a morning of cuddles, a dropped suitcase, an X-ray visit.

 

And finally a very tired Mom by the end of the day.  The good news, I don’t have a broken toe.  I just have a very bruised toe, that’s possibly a bruised bone.  Oh, but I started off talking about the last few weeks.

life in our house

Let’s see since last I shared with everyone the general doings in our house, Princess had a sleepover.  Why do they call them sleepovers, anyways?  It’s not like those girls really slept all that much, or at least she was certainly tired as all get out the next day.

Our Sunday School lesson was all skits and silliness, so we brought armfuls of props to church that morning, including 2 knight helmets.  The kids all loved the lesson, and it was a HUGE hit!

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The boys were quite convinced it wasn’t fair Princess got a sleepover and they didn’t, so they camped out downstairs in a giant puppy pile with our dog, Mac.  I laughed at the uncomfortable positions they seemed to easily sleep in.  Do you ever wonder at the positions your kids seem to sleep in?

learning silliness

We didn’t have as much learning as I would have liked the past few weeks because I’ve been fighting allergies, and then when I wasn’t fighting that it seemed like someone was always sick.  but, we did sneak in a few things: learning about the brain, trying our Lexis reading software, and playing a fun learning game sent to us by Quentin from All Things Beautiful for the Battle of Troy.  My boys have been pulling it out to play over and over again, and I’ve been tickled to see them play it.

play at the park

One of the few days there wasn’t at least one person sick we snuck out to the park for some fun, I think I pretended we were there to learn something.  Oh yes, I read a Bible lesson, but really it was an excuse to get outside and have fun.  Which they did, sufficiently so that we did NOT go to the library afterwards because they were rather soaking wet.

more bluebonnet pictures

We snuck out for another attempt at bluebonnet pictures one morning, which just resulted in even sillier pictures, but the good news is I did manage to get some in Indian Paintbrush this time.

indian paintbrush pictures

But those were even more ridiculously silly, but the kids were happy, and that’s what matters.

date time with my boys

Jeff took Princess off for a father-daughter date night, and I absconded with the boys threatening them with sitting and watching me eat a Blizzard at Dairy Queen, they didn’t believe me, but they did have fun filling an empty peanut butter jar with Mommy/Son date night ideas.  It was everything from “get a blizzard” to “read the Bible,” and a whole slew of other unique ideas.  I look forward to randomly doing some of these with the boys from time to time.

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Oh, I did find a way to make Psalms a good deal less painful for me.  If I read them in very small excerpts AND draw all over my Bible, wildly scribbling notes, I’m much happier.  Now some of the notes may be “Why is he whining so much?  I get it everyone hates you and no one is nice to you,” but it’s better than my complaining to Jeff about it.

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Batman amused me with his best vampire impression as we drove for errands (this was on the day Superman was sick, sigh, it was like pass the sickness around here).

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And I loved this picture of Jeff helping Princess lead our family devotional this week.  We’ve been doing the Year 1 version of the Holy Week study, and the kids have really enjoyed being in charge of the devotional.

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And I’ll leave you with a picture that had me chuckling for several minutes after I received this paper.  I’d complained to the kids about them not putting their names on their papers.  Well, Batman took that and said, “Oh yeah, you wanted a name on my paper, well I’ll give you a name.” Then proceeded to cover the page with his initials, and name on every bit that he could squeeze it into.   This is the scaled down version with just the initials, but you get the idea.

All right, I’m off to take more Tylenol.  I’ve discovered, yet again, that I am a horrible patient and am not very good at “resting” or “putting my foot up.”  I think Jeff may be more relieved than I am that my toe is not broken (I may be putting words in his head, but really I’m not good at waiting for help or asking for it).

 

Tomorrow I’m packing like a mad woman to get us ready to head up to Great Homeschool Conventions in Ohio.  I hope to see some of you there!

Scheduling All About Reading

There are a lot of components in All About Reading, and after using it for 3 years, I think I’ve finally worked out scheduling All About Reading.

All About Reading Scheduling

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First, let’s talk about what makes up an All About Reading lesson.

Components of an all about reading lesson

  1. A game, I always do this at the end of the lesson because it’s the most popular component.
  2. A story, this is not every lesson, usually every other lesson.
  3. Another shot of the game, there’s a wide variety of them.
  4. Making words with letter tiles, we use the spelling board I made.
  5. “Flash cards,” words that review the sound learned that lesson.
  6. Reading page, I couldn’t find a picture of my kids doing this, so no picture.
  7. Reviewing previous words from other lessons.  I’ll admit I do not always remember this one, but we will review old games from previous lessons.

Scheduling all about reading level 1

Scheduling All About Reading LEVEL 1

For AAR1 I set a timer for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes I stop.  My daughter was able to do 15 minutes, but my boys really could only handle 10 minutes.

Each day I would complete part of a lesson.  I would alternate what parts were completed, but almost every day we included the game for the lesson.  It made the day go smoother.  So one day we would read the flash cards, then a section of the reading page, and finally the game.

Some important things to note for AAR1:

  • The reading pages are LONG, break them down into sections.  If I only required 1 section I got less frustration.
  • You might take 5 days for a lesson, or longer, it’s better to take it slow than to hurry, especially at this stage.
  • Do not worry if you take 2 weeks for your child to read a story.  It will get faster.

On days we read it a story it was especially important to set a timer, my boys would get frustrated if we took longer than 10 minutes, and it was a struggle then to read the stories.

 

Scheduling All About Reading level 2

Scheduling All About Reading Level 2

With AAR2 their attention span is a little longer.  With this level I increased the timer up to 15 minutes.  We still had lessons that might take several days (that first open syllable lesson comes to mind, they really struggled with that).  In level 2 I expected them to be able to read 2 of the sections on the reading page once we started working on that at the beginning of level 2.  By the end of level 2 I was expecting them to read the whole page.

It really helped the pages were shorter and more broken up.  I think All About Learning Press took feedback that level 1 could be overwhelming, and adapted.  I’ve been impressed by the improvement from level to level as it’s come out.

For reading stories I still kept the timer at 10 minutes, BUT we might spend a few extra minutes at the end playing a game together.  I found scheduling All About Reading level 2 much easier than level 1.

Scheduling All About Reading level 3

Scheduling All About Reading level 3

Somewhere towards the end of AAR2 and the beginning of AAR3 my kids reading just exploded.  Planning lessons at this point became a breeze.  At this point most days we can fit in all of the elements of a lesson with no problems.  The lesson flows smoothly, partially because they know what to expect already.

Side note, I also think All About Learning Press took another note because these lessons were printed slightly differently making it easier to prepare the lessons ahead of time.  I’m really curious what they’ll change up when level 4 comes out.

At this point my kids’ attention is sufficient I can schedule 20 minutes for a lesson if I need to.

I’ve also discovered, for us at least, somewhere around the middle of AAR3 we can change from scheduling 1 All About Reading lesson to covering 2 lessons in one day.  Not ever day, but most days they’re already familiar with the concept, this just firms up what they were figuring out.

Superman is really eager to finish 3rd grade reading, so he’s pushing to cover 3 lessons a day.  That’s a bit ambitious even for me, but I’m glad he wants to do this.

 

Other All About Reading posts and Reading Resources

All About Reading spelling board

Organizing All About Reading lessons

Teaching Reading to Multiple Kids

Adventures in Reading with Zig Zag Zebra

Reading Pinterest board

Psalms 23 for kids

You’ve heard me complain frequently about my goal to read through Psalms this year.  Jeff gets to hear it even more often, but I do recognize it’s important, and there is a reason it’s in there.  Since we’re studying David’s life, I figure now is a good time to introduce Psalms to the kids, and we started with Psalms 23 for kids.

Psalms 23 lesson for kids

Psalms 23 for kids

We started off using this Psalms 23 file folder game.  Because I’ve come more recently to learn gluing them into the file folder and things like that are somewhat limiting to how we want to use the game.

Psalms 23 verse search

I hid the Psalms 23 Bible verses all over the room, and the kids happily found the sheep (we were pretending the sheep had wandered off), and looked through the Bible for the correct order of the verses.

Then we went through and looked for what things God did for David in this chapter, and of course talked through our discussion questions.

Acting out Psalms 23

It’s us, of course we have to act something out, or move something around.  This time we got to learn what it’s like to be a sheep being guided.

Your rod and your staff comfort me Psalms 234b Psalms 23 lesson for kids

I used some cloth from my stash to create a path, and the kids took turns leading the blindfolded sheep.  Mac was sometimes the wild animal that was stopping us from going where God wanted us to, that our good shepherd had to chase away.  Here’s what we learned from this:

Psalms 23 lessons

Sometimes we are silly sheep, and I feel very sorry for God trying to lead and guide us.  Batman was a very silly sheep who kept falling over (because we’d just watched Dave and the Giant Pickle {affiliate link}), and the poor shepherd was getting very frustrated.  It’s times like this I’m very thankful God is patient, much more patient than I am because I can get frustrated with the kids’ silliness at times.

Psalms 23 lesson, feel God leading us

Sometimes it’s very easy to know where God is leading us.  Because it was a cloth path you could feel if you went off the path (it might have worked better if I’d taped out a path, but this was convenient).  At times it’s blindingly obvious where God wants us to go. This is when we are spending time in God’s Word, and with other believers.

Psalms for Kids resources

Job Psalms and Proverbs

Buck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume Eight – Words to Make Us Wise (Psalms, Proverbs & the Writings) {affiliate link}

David unit study

Job, Psalms, and Proverbs pinterest board

Greek Columns lesson for elementary

I remember learning about Greek columns in high school, and being amused by the different lessons.  When I saw in our Illuminations schedule we were starting the Greeks I immediately ran to the internet to remind myself of Greek columns so I could plan out a Greek Column lesson for elementary kids, because I don’t think my high school lesson would work for them.

Identifying Greek Columns

Greek Columns lesson supplies

toilet paper roll, play dough, paper for taking notes

 

As a side note, when we first started reading about the Greeks in Mystery of History 1, I was very disappointed they didn’t really talk about their architecture, but then several weeks later there was a whole lesson on it.  So, note to self remember to look AHEAD in your schedule and not just assume you’re adding in something totally awesome that’s not covered.

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Greek Columns lesson for elementary

Doric Column

First we have the Doric Greek Column, the most simple.  This let me introduce the basic features of a column (great simple illustrations).

learn the parts of a greek column

Every Greek column has to have: a capital, a shaft, a base or pedistal (they are different parts sometimes, it has both).

Doric Greek columns are the most simple, being made up of simple shapes.

Identifying Greek columns Ionic

Ionic Greek columns are more complex.  They add in scrolls and curlicues to the capital and the base.

Identifying Greek columns Corinthian Column

Corinthian Greek columns are the most elaborate.  They have scrolls, curlicues, leaves, and flowers in the capital and the base.

After we’d looked at and built the 3 Greek columns we talked about the differences, and what they tell you about the society.  Doric columns are built by people who need a building, it’s quick, and relatively easy.  Ionic is built by someone who has some more time and money, and are able to take the time to add in some extra flourishes.  But the Corinthian columns, those are the most time-consuming and most expensive.  It takes great skill and time to make those columns.  Not coincidentally, Corinth was one of the most wealthy Greek city-states.

Now build your own Greek Column

build your own greek column

The kids loved this assignment.  Once we’d learned about the actual Greek columns I gave them free reign to make their own.

Build your own Greek Column lesson requirements:

  1. It has to have the needed parts: capital, shaft, and base
  2. You must have a name for it
  3. You must be able to draw it and explain your design

Design and build your own Greek columns

And build and build and build their Greek columns they did.  Here’s their final results:

Chariot Column design

Superman, and I only know this because it’s blue play dough, built a chariot column.  It cracked me up to see his drawing, but he was so proud of it.

Flower column design

Princess made a flower column.  Notice on the diagram there are flowers all over the thing.

And Batman’s has disappeared into the night somewhere.

Other great Greek Columns lessons for elementary or cool Greek stuff

All Things Beautiful Greek column lesson

Highhill Homeschool Greek column lesson

Ancient Greece activities roundup

How to Teach first aid to kids

One of my goals for teaching my kids anatomy is teaching first aid to them.  I want them to have at least a passing idea of what to do if someone they know is seriously hurt.  I have to admit part of this is because my kids are quite prone to BEING the one seriously hurt.

how to teach first aid to kids

Supplies needed to teach first aid to kids

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red marker, clean Washcloths (I like to buy them in bulk and use them for spills), First Aid Kit , Band-Aid (anyone else buy these in bulk?), something to clean the “wound” (we used water for this time, but I showed what we usually use), a lot of patience for giggling and silliness

 

What I did to teach first aid to my kids

I figured I’d add in that “my kids” because Princess got a first aid lesson with American Heritage Girls that was still hands on, but didn’t involve markers.

teach first aid to kids draw wound

1.  Have your child draw a major wound somewhere on their body.  Batman of course immediately drew one on his head in the exact same place he has at least two scars.

teach first aid to kids, ham it up

2.  Let them seriously ham it up as they act horribly wounded.  If this was a video you would hear the cries of pain coming from your speakers.

first aid to kids wash the wound

3.  The person aiding them comes up and assesses the injury with a few questions.  Then starts to clean the wound.  Notice as you’re doing so the red marker is coming off, exxxxcelleeent, just as you wanted it to happen.  The kids won’t be running around all day covered in red.  Make sure to talk about the importance of wearing gloves in case the wounded person is infected and to help keep the wound more clean.  The kids then remember we have yarn gloves to wear….

first aid for kids apply pressure and elevate the wound

4.  Apply pressure to the wound to slow bleeding, if possible elevate the wound to slow blood flow to the wound.

first aid for kids tickle patient

4b.  Tickle your patient as the dog tries to lick him to death.  I’m sure that’s part of all major treatment plans.

first aid to kids decide on bandages

5.  Decide what treatment is needed.  Does the person need to go to the ER?  Do you need to give them medicine?  What type of bandage can you use?

*As a side note, if you ever have to go to the ER and decide to call your mother, make sure to sound properly panicked, otherwise she might not believe you are taking your son to the ER, and tell you she doesn’t have time to get you food because she is working.  And yes I still tease my Mom about this to this day, 3 years later.  Because she NEEDS to be teased about this.  NEEDS, did you hear that?

teach first aid to kids apply bandage

6.  Apply the bandage to the wound.  For this particular activity the kids all decided they needed plain old band-aids.  Mainly because they like putting them on, that’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it.

First aid for kids

Other lessons on the Circulatory System

Learning about Blood Types

Make a model of Blood

 

Other lessons on First Aid

Learning about broken bones

Nursing during the Civil War

Quick tip for owies (way back in my first year of blogging)

 

King David lesson for kids

After a couple weeks learning about David, we finally get to the King David lesson.  But, it’s not all fun and games for King David in this lesson for kids. (Side note, it’s really hilarious what you come up with you search King David lesson for kids, all sorts of odd stuff pops up).

King David lesson for kids: cost of disobedience

Don't let the Ark of the Covenant touch the ground

One of the first things David did as king was bring back the Ark of the Covenant.  But in his excitement to bring it back he did not find out HOW he was supposed to do that, and he put it on a cart, and things did not go well from there.

King David lesson

The cart started to slip and poor Uzzah tried to stop it falling, and he died because he touched the ark.  God clearly said no one is to touch the ark.  So we played a game with a balloon to get this point across.  They had to keep the balloon in the air, but they couldn’t touch it.  It was very very hard, and if they touched the balloon they died.  They quickly figured out this was a fool’s errand because it’s just not possible.

King David lesson application

But once King David learned how to transport the ark, he saw great blessings.  Because of David’s great heart for God, he was given a promise, his future great-great-great grandson would be THE Messiah, and through HIM the world would be saved.  That’s a pretty impressive promise.

For my kids once they were given the “correct” way to play, with bandannas to hit the balloon up and keep them from touching the “ark,” the game became much more fun.  They didn’t really die, the balloon still hit the ground occasionally, but it was rare.  Suddenly the game was all smiles and fun.

 

There was one last part to our King David lesson that was a bit of a surprise.  As we read through the beginning portion of the story with the end of King Saul’s life, Princess was scared by this part of the story.

What is witchcraft King David lesson

In the passage King Saul goes to a witch or a spiritualist and asks her to raise the spirit of Samuel.  Princess was very disturbed by it, and wanted to know if witches were for real.  I gave her a very simplified answer, because that made her wonder about Harry Potter and things like that, are they ok.  Here’s a vague retelling of my answer.

The Bible says it is not OK to be a witch, that being a witch is a sin.  In this time there are two different types of witches.  There are people like in the Wizard of Oz who pretend to have powers so they can get money from people.  That is a sin because you are lying and taking advantage of other people.  God does not want you to do that.

There are other people who may have real powers, but they did not get them from God.  In the Bible it says they got them from false gods or from demons.  In the Bible story today, we don’t know what type of witch she is.  She was very surprised Samuel actually came, so I think she might have been the pretend kind, and God used her to teach Saul a lesson.

Today there are only pretend witches (this part I explained to calm her down, I know there are people who truly believe in witchcraft, but that’s an explanation she’s not ready for yet) who are making money off of people.

Now as to Harry Potter and things like that, is Harry Potter real? [No….]  Exactly, he’s pretend, and we’re just pretending we can cast spells and do things like that.  If you started to believe you really could do those things, I’d be worried, but until then, it’s a fun game to play.

So, that was my very long explanation.  It’s very over-simplified and doesn’t really get into aspects like spiritualism, or Wicca, or things like that, but I’m waiting to introduce too much about other religions until they’re a bit older and better able to understand differing viewpoints.  Right now when that subject comes up they just look at me in confusion, and say “Well why don’t they believe like we do?”

 

That about sums up our King David lesson for kids.  Next week we get to the really hard lesson about David….  David and Bathsheba, and all the problems that caused.  Watch as David lets his life spiral out of control because he can’t discipline his kids.

King David lesson story Get your King David lesson for kids by clicking the picture up above.

 

More King David ideas for kids

1 and 2 Samuel pinterest board

okay, yeah there’s just not a lot out there……  Sorry, it’s sadly true

How blogging is a blessing to my family

I have been blogging to some extent or another for about 5 years now.  Since my boys were that little, awww, look at the quiet sleeping boys.  They’re not quiet now.

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In that time blogging has become a true blessing to my family.  I’ve seen many posts written about the dangers and terrible things that happen when Moms blog, ironically enough, often by “Mommy bloggers,” and there may be many posts on the blessings, but I haven’t seen them shared as much.

 

Blogging has blessed me with great friends

friends found

I could go through and list the friendships I’ve formed over the last several years, but then I’d have 500 words just listing their names and their blogs (and yes this is a picture of my kids’ friends, but I picture my online friends coming over for this party).  They have helped me through tragedies I thought would break me as friends and family have died.  They have shared great joys with me and rejoiced at changes in my life.

I’m an introvert (read this and laugh with me at the truth), and so I value these friendships that let me be who I am.

 

Blogging has grown me mentally and spiritually

As I write my blog, and as I homeschool my kids, I’m doing a lot of research to write what I write.  I am learning so much as I write.  I learned more about the Vietnam War as I taught the kids and wrote about it here than I’d known before because it was still “current events” when I went through high school and my college course the professor chose to teach his pet topics (mining towns, why?????) rather than an overview.

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FYI: Current events is classified as anything within the past 20 years, so my high school years were just at the edge of that time.  Theoretically after 20 years people will be less passionate and more logical about the events, I don’t really think that’s true.

The more I write about the Bible for you guys the more I’m learning myself.  I’ve also been asked great questions that have forced me to look into the information more and more to answer them.

 

Blogging has humbled me

I’ve watched friends take their blog from nothing to an amazing pillar of the homeschooling community online.  I’ve seen other bloggers who I don’t understand their popularity explode into online empires.

Meanwhile, I’ve not seen explosive growth.  I’ve grown, but I haven’t had that post that went viral and everyone was sharing it and reading it.  And I have to admit I’ve wondered why at times.

 we run and play and learn and have fun in our way

I’ve thought about writing on the topics I’ve seen others write about that were popular, but that’s not me.  I don’t make cutesy crafts or 2 million variations on the same printable because it’s not me.  Or, it’s not where I am now.  Once upon a time the kids and I did a lot more crafts, but now they have a very strong vision on crafts and so I just let them go.

So, I’ve learned to be humble and balance who I am with who I want to be.

 

Blogging blessed me with great contacts

Blogging has brought me into contact with many great people AND companies.  I’m trying to be careful here because I don’t want to name drop, but because of blogging I’ve been able to work with great companies (see my disclosure page for some), and that has been both a blessing to us financially, and in learning more about homeschooling.

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Easter Sunday school lesson

I’ve been working on this Easter Sunday school lesson for a couple of weeks now.  Each time I think it’s done, I come back and tweak it a little more, and then tweak it again.

Finally, I can say 100% for sure it’s done.  I’ve bought the supplies for it, all the pictures are taken, and I’ve sent off the print request to the church (okay that last part is still in the works).

Easter lesson resurrection for kids

 

I was vaguely inspired by a couple of posts from my Easter pinterest board, but mainly this post that talked about the Stations of the Resurrection.  I’ve always been intrigued by the Stations of the Cross, but they add in so many things that aren’t in the Bible, I’ve never quite been comfortable teaching the concept.

But, these are straight from scripture, and I love them.  So, I got to thinking about how to represent the events to the kids visually.

Do Not Fear Easter craft

Their fear as they went to the tomb, and discovered it empty.

dove craft for Easter lesson

Their great hope when they saw Jesus for the first time.

nail memories of Easter

And the doubt they had, did it really happen?

resurrection lesson

In the end these are all precious memories the disciples had.  Memories of reconciliation, of grace, of great hope.  These are memories that change your life.  And for these men and women they did.

Easter lesson memories of the resurrection

So, if you’d like to get your own copy of the Easter Sunday School lesson, click on the link, or the picture at the top of the post to download and print your own copy.

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