Monthly Archives: January, 2014

Creation Lesson: by one created by the Creator.

The Creation 

Sometimes it is easy to read Bible verses over and over and miss something important. Common verses become common. This can be true when teaching kids about Creation. There are many cute coloring pages, story books, and activity pages about God creating the heavens and earth. But don’t leave out the most important part.

I was reading about Creation in Genesis 1 for the millionth time (exaggerated estimate) of how God said, “Let there be light…Let the earth sprout vegetation…Let the waters swarm with living creatures…”

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He spoke a word, and it was. His very words brought about the universe.

But what about us? Mankind.

God said, “Let there be man…”

Nope.

God said, “Let there be woman…”

Nope.

Genesis 2:7 “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”

Genesis 2:21-22 “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib he made into a woman…”

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God didn’t sit at a distance and say “Let there be man…”

The God of heaven personally formed the man from the earth. And woman, he personally formed from man.

In a hands-on, intimate way, he gave us life.

After sin, and the fall, we separated ourselves from the God who breathed life into us.

But the God of heaven stepped down again to earth.

Jesus, in a hands-on (nailed to a cross), intimate (dying in our place) way–gave us life.

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Road Trip Solutions: Seeing in the Dark (without night vision goggles.)

Driving in the dark with kiddos that don’t need to sleep yet can be hard, especially if they need to eat supper.Eating in the dark is extremely difficult.

We’ve tried flashlights, but they think it’s funny to shine light at the driver, or they just forget and don’t realize they are shining it up front. Which is too dangerous.

So during our latest road trip I had an epiphany. (Various epiphany pictures)

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Glow sticks.

They are bright enough for the kids to see their stuff, but it doesn’t distract the driver. As for distracting the passing cars, I’m sure they are trying to figure out what kind of party is going on in the backseat.

IMG_4483I bought mine from Walmart by the party favor section for less than $5. 

Oriental trading sells all sorts of them also. 

I keep the bag of them in the car so they are right where I need them since they last for one use only. 

Moon Phases: Using a Flashlight, Balls, Oreos, Spaceships (okay, maybe not spaceships)

IMG_0214Oreo Moon Phases using Oreo’s is my most favoritest (not a real word) Science Activities. There are so many awesome blogs that have used the glorious cookie and they would be useful for older kiddos. Since mine are 5 years and under I had to simplify the phases by only teaching 4 of them. Full moon (not the backside form), Last Quarter, First Quarter, and New Moon. 

 

Additional Moon Info:

NASA link about the moon

 

 

Moon monster gobbling up the moon.

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Junior moon monster eating the cream part of the moon.


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Another way to learn about moon phases is using a flashlight and balls. Here is a NASA link for another way to show moon phases as well.

Non-edible Moon Phases Activity

The earth: Big blue ball

The moon: Small white ball

The Sun: flashlight.

Space: Dark room

I started by asking questions to my son like:

1) Why is the moon so bright? (The light from the sun)

2) Why does the moon change? (Orbiting around the earth, earth orbiting the sun)

If you hold the moon (white ball) around the other side of the earth (blue ball) you can get a shadow to cast on the white ball. How the picture is below technically shows a Solar ellipse because the moon is lined up with the earth and sun and the moon is blocking the light. To show moon phases move the moon (white ball) behind the earth to cast a shadow on the moon.

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Must Read Monday: Your Story

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One of the favorites at our house is the book:

The Adventures of the McClimb Brothers.

The author is yours truly and it is a handmade, glued, made-up story using my son’s pictures.

One thing I know for sure is that kids love hearing about themselves and looking at pictures of themselves. They are kind of mini-narcissists.

The idea came to me when I was playing with the kids at a park and they were climbing up a slide. I started calling them the McClimb brothers and making up a story about enormous mountains, deep rivers, and different adventures. They loved it. When I got home I started looking through their pictures and seeing what stories I could write using the photos I had. So the McClimb brothers book was born.

I have a picture of us in a paddle boat, but then I added a pic of real rafting as well just for fun. There are lots of pics on clipart that you can add too. I used Microsoft Word and added (copy/paste) photos and typed the story. I printed it on cardstock paper to be stronger and then hole-punched the pages and looped yarn to bind them. You could also use a small binder, stapler, or other creative ideas. I glued some pics from a magazine to the front because my sons love trains.
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What is the going to be the title of your story?

Bb and Dd reversal game.

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Tape 4 squares on the floor and add the uppercase and lowercase b’s and d’s. We used colorful duct tape.

Bb/Dd Game:

Parent: Yells out “Lowercase d, Uppercase B, etc.”

Child jumps on the letter the parent calls out.

Good times. 🙂

Previous Post: Includes articles about Bb/Dd reversal

 

 

Colorful Ooey-gooey Mess-free Handwriting Practice (and Bb/Dd Reversal)

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Colorful Ooey-Gooey Mess-free Handwriting Practice:

Step 1: Print off or hand-write Practice Sheets

Step 2: Fill a gallon baggie with colorful goo and close bag.

Step 3: Place baggie over sheet (Don’t put sheet in bag or the paper will get mushy)

(Tape it down if the bag moves too much)

Colorful Goo: 

Options:

1) Cool whip/Whipping cream with food coloring

2) Liquid Soap with food coloring

3) Clear shampoo with food coloring

-Child can use their finger or a pen with the lid still on.

 

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2 year old brother “Doing school” with 4.5 yr old brother who is actually doing school. 🙂

 

Oldest is working on Bb and Dd since he mixes up the lower case letters of b and d.

Great articles on Bb and Dd reversals from:

All about Learning

Logic of English

 

 

 

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