Christmas Advent Fun
I love that it all started with God. It was His idea to celebrate the birth of his son. He set a bright star in the sky like birthday candles and sent gifts through three kings. The heavenly hosts sang songs to lonely shepherds and a tired mother and father found room in an inn.
Let’s keep our hearts yearning for what’s important this holiday season. Take the Nativity out first, let it be the first thing you decorate with. Take it out piece by piece one each day and read the correlating Bible verses and reflect on its meaning.
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The first craft I want to post is how to up-cycle Christmas cards into beautiful ornaments. So many tell the Nativity story in a beautifully illustrated way. We use gold trim, glitter glue, red and green ribbons.
Each year we save the prettiest cards to make into ornaments for the next year. It’s also fun to do it with friends and trade cards- have a Trading Christmas Cards Party! Its also a great idea to glue a magnet on the back and let little hands tell the story by putting each magnet on the refrigerator in sequence. Here is one of my favorites we have made over the years.
For Full FREE download of instructions Click on the Picture.
More Advent Activities for Kids
Thriving Family has a terrific FREE Advent resource for families! It has games and puzzles for kids for each day along with a poster and some great verses to read. Build lasting strength in your family by learning the Bible and celebrating these things together.
The Pilgrims and Homeschooling
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s a great time to
incorporate art with writing! My kids love bean mosaics and we made a cool one
of the Mayflower. We chatted as we worked about the First Thanksgiving. How
brave the Pilgrims were, how devout their faith in God was and their desire to
raise godly children.
It almost feels like homeschooling! We look at the public
school system with shaking knees and pounding chests and think, there’s got to
be a better way than this! We embark on
the Home Education ship to take us to a good land, free land only to find that
there are challenges and hardships there too!
BUT if we stick it out, like the
pilgrims did, teach self-government so our children begin to take responsibility
of their things and actions, we learn that what we have embarked on is a life
changing experience! One that could possibly change the world with godly adults
with leadership qualities and moral character that will shine in the darkness
of this world.
Keep at it dear friend! Your harvest is greater than you
know! Pull back if you need rest. Regroup and get creative! Join a co-op, talk
with a friend, get your nails done! You’ll be glad you did. The Pilgrims had an
opportunity to go back after that first year. But they didn’t take it. They
pressed on to build the New World.
Making Bean Mosaic is easy!
Draw a picture of a the Mayflower and the ocean on orange construction paper
Using Elmer’s Glue, make a puddle and let children
fill in with beans
Embellish with glitter glue
Let dry for about 4 hours
Luther said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen!”He was spot on.
Harriet Beecher Stowe was hailed as the
little woman who started this great Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln
through the influence of her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. If the written word is
paramount in influencing the world around us, howcan we as educators develop it in our homeschools?
Writing is far more than leading your children to make up fanciful stories. It
offers a multitude of educational opportunities building skills your children
will use throughout their lifetimes.
teaches strategic thought and problem solving through learning how to write a
teaches close observation through learning to develop sensory writing which
will overflow into science class!
teaches characterization, producing self expression and empathy
teaches sentence structure and format in a fun way
teaches how to unleash creativity, how to think outside the box, invent and
helps children succeed and grow in confidence. They may not feel brave enough
to tackle a new skill, or process a current life experience but through
speaking through the eyes of the characters they can write about it.
Spiritual Themes through Nature
Exploring Nature teaches children about who God is and
how He provides for all the earth. There is a reason why people feel close to
the Creator when they walk in a forest or enjoy the song of a bird. In this
hectic fast paced world we live in teach your children to slow down and enjoy
nature. It will serve them as a peaceful haven for the rest of their lives!
Catch frogs or toads and make a special habitat for
them. Read books from the library to find out how. Talk about how creating a
natural environment is important in keeping them alive and healthy. Talk about
how God wants us to live in a healthy spiritual environment so we will be
healthy and alive, too.
Write down the things that create a healthy spiritual environment with
colorful markers together, decorate the page and post it on the refrigerator. (2 Corinthians 6:17-18) These might include:
- Bible reading
- Bible memory
- Good attitudes
of love and kindness
music and movies
Catch fireflies and put them in recycled plastic
containers. Let them light up your patio like little lanterns. Talk about how
you can be Christ’s light to a dark world.
Make a weather watch calendar with a piece of white
poster board. Each day draw what kind of weather is outside. Talk about how
even though it may be cloudy sometimes, the sun is still shining above them.
Talk about how we can always count on God’s goodness even when we can’t feel
Visit the Zoo and talk about how each animal’s
difference is pleasing to God and how each one demonstrates a truth about who
He is. Talk about how each one of us, no matter how different we may feel or
look, is pleasing to God and He loves us.
Bolster Creativity with
Free Summer Activities for Kids
Creativity is a huge component in developing critical thinking skills and spacial awareness in children. Bolster it and your students will be above
the learning curve.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy
special creative activities that time doesn't allow for during the school year.
Consider one of the following educational opportunities that might feel more
like fun than education to the kids! And the best part about it
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By Make and
Google: Building tinkering and exploring! July 6-August 14th Join young inventors and artists from around the
world in their Maker Camp
Google Community to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field
trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers. Maker Camp packs six weeks
with fun projects and videos.
Visit your local Apple store for a field trip
or Apple Camp experience where kids learn how to create movies or create
animated stories. Space is limited for these three-day workshops designed for kids ages 8 to 12 so sign up
Microsoft YouthSpark is committed to
helping young people capture opportunity. They have programs to learn skills,
to prepare for the jobs of the future, even to start your own business. Kids can learn game coding, game design and develop mobile games, movie
making using Windows Phone and Surface Pro, or photography with a phone. This is
incredible for high schoolers and kids of all ages!
Stop by Home Depot on the first Saturday of each month for a
free kids workshop ages 5 to 12. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a
FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin
while supplies last!
your child likes to build with wood then Build and Grow Clinics are free to the
public and occur select Saturdays at 10am. Each child receives an apron, goggles, patch and more.
Michael's offers awesome projects for kids and adults of all ages. Dates and times vary, but
projects have included things like making a tie-dye t-shirt for Father's Day
(with purchase of shirt), making a Fourth of July wreath, and intro to jewelry
making. Scroll down the page a bit for the kids stuff.
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Relaxed Learning Summer
Ask my kids and
they’ll tell you we
don’t homeschool in the summer. But actually, they do! I sneak in my “we are
going to be explorers all summer” speech. I give them binoculars, a notebook,
and a magnifying glass. I beef it up with all kinds of explorer talk and even
cook up a few fun snacks that they can take with them in their back packs.
Each day they can pretend to go to another
place-California, China or the moon! I encourage them to build tents, count
ants, and listen for birds and record their findings like real explorers. They
can take pictures or draw pictures in notebooks.
Of course I have my younger children
count the bugs and rocks they collect on their expeditions and the older ones
get to use fractions in our cooking time. But as experts tell us, self discovery
learning sticks with kids for a longer time so I encourage them to find out for
themselves why crickets sing and lightning bugs light up. It doesn't take long for them to beg to
go to the library to find out! We all feel more relaxed and happy without the
push, push, push of the regular school year and I know my kids are satisfying
their curiosity and learning at the same time. Exploring nature keeps them
learning without them even knowing it!
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Scrumptious Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!
These are my favorite Non-Gluten
Paleo Modified Sweet Treat!
Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 ¼ cup almond meal flour and a teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 to 2/3 cup Stevia (I like somewhere in the
½ teaspoon baking soda
Add in one egg
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 teaspoons vanilla Or 3 capfuls
Mix altogether-Add in a little more Almond flour if
the dough is sticky-1
teaspoon at a time
And in 4 tablespoons Hershey Sugar Free Chocolate
½ cup chopped walnuts
Bake 350 for 11-13 minutes
Cookies are done when they feel firm to the tough.
When you take them out-Let them sit for a few minutes before taking them off
Summer Boredom Busters
is a great time for excitement for kids for those first few weeks when school
is out. But it seems like only a couple of weeks before the loss of routine
makes them say, “Mom, I’m bored!”
this, I always sit down with my kids at the beginning of summer with a special
treat and brainstorm with them things they would like to do with others AND the
things they could do by themselves if they get bored. Some of my favs:
- Paint rainbows on toast with food coloring then eat it!
- Use giant size t-shirts, stuff pillows in them and be suma wrestlers!
- Make a doll house out of a shoe box
- Mix up bubble paints with water and paints, then blow bubbles and lay paper over it to catch the imprint
- Catch bugs
- Dig for treasure
- Make duc-tape bracelets
- Marble paint-tape a piece of paper inside a shirt box lid- squirting washable paints in a shoe box then roll marbles around-lift off paper when finished!
- Have a bubble party and invite friends over to bring their bubbles and wands
- Make ice cream cups by layering crushed cookies and candies with ice cream. Push a wooden stick in and freeze.
- Go on the Oregon Trail Adventure
- Play Post Office
- Bird Watch and draw and color in a notebook
- Host a book club and do activities
- Make Teddy Bear Jello Cups
- Let your child make a collage of things they like for their bedroom with poster board and magazines
- see how many things you can make out of plastic recyle-ables
younger one who can’t read or write yet, I have them draw a small picture next
to the words, so if I’m busy and can’t read the list with them, they can
understand the list by themselves. For example, they might draw a tent next to
the one that reads: Make Army Tent with Brother.
I post the
list on the refrigerator. I find my little ones zooming in the room to look at
the list then zooming off again on an adventure. Once the list is exhausted, we
make another one. I also look for outdoor projects they can work on. If this doesn’t work, I always use the, “ace
up my sleeve,” I have some chores for you to do.” They vanish!
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Count for Character
is an open window to work on your children’s character when there is free time to
be creative. I just heard a mom say, "Their dad said they may be
great at reading, but they need to work on manners!” 2 Timothy tells us that
the Word of God is good for teaching, correcting, reproof in righteousness."
are some fun things to help teach Christian character while enjoying the abundant
good weather of summer:
Draw the letters L-O-V-E
in your garden with a stick and plant radish seeds in the letters. When the plants come up, it will spell the
word love. Talk about how God made loved us so much that He gave His son. When
the radishes ripen, give some away to those you love. Memorize John 3:16
Study bugs with a magnifying glass. Make a list of all
the wonderful ways God makes provision for each one; like giving them large
eyes to see all around them to keep them safe from hungry birds. Talk about how
God makes provision to take care of us, too.
Plant pumpkin seeds. When they sprout, have each child
scratch their names on one; when they grow the names will grow, too. Talk about
how He is the big vine and we are all the little pumpkins. We are all a part of
His family. Memorize John 15:5 Sing the
song, “We are the Vine He
is the branches” with hand motions. This is a fun one!
Make natural sugar free soda by adding equal parts of
your favorite sugar free fruit juice to flavored seltzer water. This is a great way to cool off! Talk about how
God has made natural sweet treats to enjoy because He loves us. Pray about how you could share some with your
neighbors. (Genesis 2:8)
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Chocolate -Confetti Christmas Tree
Fun to Make and Eat!
Kids love language enhancement activities when reading novels and Christmas makes it more fun! In the addendum of Isabel's Secret, is the directions for Christmas Card Placemats with a sensory Christmas Poem and a cool Chocolate Confetti Christmas Tree.
Listen to an excerpt from the book:
"The next morning the girls jumped around throwing pillows at each other as Isabel's parents drove off to buy new horses at Red Mountain Ranch. Isabel turned on Christmas music and the girls danced around the room. "What should we do first?" asked Isabel.
"Make Chocolate Confetti," said Holly jumping onto the bed.
Thank God for Holly, thought Isabel. She's my connection with the girl world. She grinned inwardly when she remembered how helpful Holly could be. She'd helped Isabel fix her hair for the spring play last year. Everyone told her how pretty she looked. Even if the recent secret weapon escapade didn't work, it wasn't Holly's fault. All Isabel knew was that Holly was the best friend a girl could have."
Isabel's Secret, Chapter 4, page 43.
Full of fun and faith, Isabel's
Secret is a terrific read for girls 8-12 years old and would make a perfect gift! On sale now with paper doll book.
Chocolate-Confetti Christmas Tree
You will Need
24 oz bag of chocolate chips
Miniature candy canes
Red fruit roll ups
½ bar of white chocolate bark
Mini chocolate candies
Nuts of any kind
Square chocolate candies like Giardelli’s
Any kind of candies to decorate with:
Miniature peanut butter cups, mini-marshmallows,
Tin foil, wax paper, cookie sheet
Click the Photo For Free Downloadable Directions!