Way back ages ago when I was teaching, every couple of months we would have a teacher inservice day. We’d be updated on new policies, maybe get a new way to teach a lesson, and generally it was a great way to improve my teaching skills. (I’m sure you’re wondering what this has to do with books of the Bible cards, I’ll get to that in a minute)
You don’t get that as much as a homeschooling teacher. There are homeschool conventions you can go to, but that’s not always in the budget, and they aren’t always convenient to go to.
A few years ago, a blogger I follow started up a newsletter called “Useletter” and each issue she includes great tips and ideas for all of us bloggers who can’t go to a blogging conference, but still want to grow as bloggers. That got me thinking, can’t we do the same thing as homeschool Moms or Sunday School teachers?
So, I present to you Inservice in your INbox.
Each week, I’ll be sending you the posts from the week, as well as links to practical things to implement in your homeschool (my plan is to have 2-4 links per category: Bible, geography, history, reading, and science, I might add in math). They’ll be links to posts I’ve found or written that can help you that week in your homeschool/classroom/Sunday School class (I recognize I have a bit of a varied audience).
I’ll also occasionally have freebies only for those of you on the newsletter, and towards that end let me tell you about the first one.
Books of the Bible cards
One of my goals for my Sunday School class kids is for them to leave my class able to find stuff in the Bible. I detailed exactly how I do that in this post, How to teach kids to find verses in the Bible, and I wanted a few more things than were in the cards I had on hand at the time I wrote that post.
So I made some books of the Bible cards.
I went through for each book of the Bible and found a few important passages and 2-3 verses that are great to know. Then I included what type of book it is (history, law, poetry, etc).
These are free for you to print off and use with your family, Sunday School, what have you (obviously what have you does not include selling it as your own stuff).
I printed off one copy per small group in my Sunday School class, laminated them, and have been using the same sets for the past 3 years.
What other subscriber freebies would you like?
I’m brainstorming ideas for each of the categories I’m planning on including each week, but am not quite sure what I want to do for each of the categories.
Ideas I have bopping around in my head:
- historical paper dolls
- Armor of God paper dolls (for when I switch out books of the Bible cards)
- state study lapbook or notebooking pages
I’m really not sure what to do for science or reading.