Wednesday, December 9, 2015

In the 16th century, England proclaimed an official state church, 
any other religious teaching was strictly forbidden. 
So, for the next three centuries, the who refused to join the state church developed creative ways to teach their children the truth of the Bible. 
One popular method was lyrics and song.

Discover the 'hidden' symbols in the familiar carol '12 Days of Christmas' where 'My True Love' refers to God!

Here are slides adapted from Helen Haidles beloved book,
 'The Real 12 Day of Christmas',
One of my favorite books to read to my kids this time of year.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Missionary story time

My favorite part of Good News Club is the missionary story.
It's been my privilege to get to tell it the past few weeks.
One problem I have with the visuals is, 
the story is separate and it is hard to wrangle 
the visuals and the  story pages.

So this is my simple fix.

I photocopied  the  story pages, cut the section for each visual, 
taped them to strip of card stock and  
paper clipped them to the spine of the visual book.
Now I just flip the card stock as I turn the visual  page.

The story is 'No Darkness at all' an adaptation of 
Patricia March St John's   'Star of Light '.
Put out by

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Botany Lesson - Photosynthesis

I was looking for a fun visual activity to emphasize photosynthesis for students in our 'Rainbow Garden' botany class.
I found this neat idea .
But I thought I'd make it tastier.

So we have carbon atoms=blue, oxygen atoms=purple and hydrogen atoms=green

To make 6 water molecules and 6 carbon dioxide molecules.

They go into our green shamrock 'leaf' and we add some 'sun energy'.

Our plant makes....

...glucose and leaves us OXYGEN!!!

My students loved this activity!
It was fun to watch and listen as they made the glucose 'recipe'.
"Oh no, I did something wrong, I have extra."
"Hey, that's the oxygen they give us!!"

'Lightbulb' moments, it's what teaching is all about!

The grass withers and the flower fades but the word of our God will stand forever.
Isaiah 40:8

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Who Love You Good News Party Club

Lots of fun planned for today's Party Club.
'Who Loves You? is our theme.

A song we always sing in the fall, (because the visual is very fall themed)
is 'Who Loves You?'
I made a new visual to fit our theme better.

'Who, who, who loves you?
Jesus, He's the One.
Who, who died for you?
Jesus, God's own Son.
who, who will take you
to His home above?
Jesus Christ my Lord and King
He's the one I love!'

Cassia made Chocolate  cupcakes with berry buttercream frosting


I made loads of heart pizzas.
Oops I missed a heart. LOL

Our Brazillian missionary friends Marcos and Telma and their 4 precious boys will join us.
And we have 40 'Who Loves You' owl craft kits.

God loves us soooooooo much!!
I'm sooo happy to share that love!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Colored Light memory verse game

We came up with a fun way to work on our
memory verse for December Party Club 2014.

I printed out light bulb shapes, 
colored the tops and wrote one word 
of the verse on each bulb in white crayon.
I taped them to a foam core poster board and 
painted a wire running through and a cord.

I have bowls with a small amount of watered 
down craft paint and a piece of sponge in each.

The idea is to have kids rub the paint 
onto the bulb
 to 'magically' uncover a word from our verse.
Then we will recite the verse together. 

I will post a follow-up photo of the painted bulbs.

Here are the printable bulbs:

It was a hit!!

Only problem I had was,
there are only 14 'bulbs' and about 
30 kids that wanted to help 'turn on the lights! 

club photo by Julianna Dunning

We sang:

'and they shall call his name Emmanuel x3
which means God with us!',
to the tune of 'Happy Birthday'.

 So everyone picked up the verse easily.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, 
and shall bring forth a son, 
and and they shall call his name Emmanuel, 
which being interpreted,  God with us.
 ~Matthew 1:23

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Celebrating my Saviour Jesus' first advent...

...and eagerly awaiting His second!
If you see this, I'm praying for you! 
 May you know the great love of Jesus, our Creator!
 He'll be calling up all those trusting in Him soon and He will be King of kings and Lord of lords!

~And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14:3~

Monday, December 1, 2014

$ Dollar Stretchin' Holiday Gift and Decor Ideas

I was asked to find a Christmas craft to demonstrate for the ladies at a holiday luncheon.
Since everyone is so different, I decided that maybe 10 crafts would be better. 
The odds of one of them piquing someones interest are greater.
So, with help from Pinterest, here are 10 ideas
 I tried with reasonable success:

1. Dry Erase 'Notepads'
-Remove glass, spray paint frame of a Dollar Store 5x7 frame
-When dry, reassemble frame with a ‘shopping’ or ‘note’ sheet in place of a photo.
-Decorate edges as desired
-Attach a dry erase marker for a simple gift,
can be used in the kitchen for shopping list or by bedside for notes.

2. Personalized Plate or Mug
-Decorate a Dollar Store mug or plate with a Sharpie pen in desired design/pattern.
-Place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes to set the ink.

3. Decorated Journals
-Start with an economy composition book
-Using the plain side of pretty scrapbook paper, trace around cover of book, front and back.  Then on inside front and back. Cut out pattern you’ve just traced.
-Glue (stick or school) a complementing ribbon across inside cover front and back for a tie, then cover with the paper you cut. Glue cover on front and back, cut a strip to cover the binding if desired.
-Embellish as desired with lace, buttons, gems etc., using tacky glue or hot glue for best hold.
-Give with a pretty pen or pencil.

4. Button Bookmarks
-Use tacky or hot glue to attach big pretty buttons to super size paper clips

-Cut a small piece of felt or paper to press on the other side of paper clip/button to hold it in place with the glue.

5. Teacup Candles
-With super glue or E6000, adhere a teacup or tea mug to its saucer.

-Affix  a wick to bottom center (double sided foam tape is best)
-Melt and pour hot wax to fill and let set up.  Soy wax is best.
-Tie a pretty ribbon round the base or lay fresh greens and berries around.

6. Circle or Star Paper Ornaments
-Cut out stars or circles. Here are printables for circles and stars or cut your own from festive scrapbook paper.
-fold down center
-Glue or tape 3 or 5 folded stars or 4-6 folded circles
-Thread a cord through center and slide beads on either end.
-Tie a knot on bottom
-Tie a loop on top to hang.

7. Snow Scene Jars
-In any clean, dry jar arrange a bit of faux snow
-Take a small snowy tree (add a little glitter glue if you like) and place in snow
-Drop in tiny cedar cones, bells, other miniature items for your scene

-Wrap ribbon, lace or a strip of burlap to top of jar.
-Spray a little glitter or fake snow as desired.

8. Village Scene Jar
-You will need a good size wide jar with smooth sides, like from pickles
-Use ‘Township Candle Holder’ template and either
  1. cut out scene using black cardtock, wrap around jar or
  2. put template temporarily inside jar and carefully paint 2 coats using acrylic craft paint and a small brush.
-Allow to dry, spray a little fake snow around top of jar.
-Place a real or LED candle inside and enjoy the lovely scene.

9. Gift Tubes

-Cut scrapbook paper or cardstock into 7 x 4 inch rectangles

-Roll each into cylinders and tape seam with scotch tape then cover with washi tape
-Flatten one end of cylinder and seal with scotch then washi tape
-Fill partway with a tiny gift and candy
-Flatten open end the opposite way and tape closed with more scotch then washi tape
-Decorate with stickers if desired.

10. Scrappy Felt Keyfobs
-Cut out 2 felt circles with pinking shears
-Stitch a felt initial applique or buttons to the top piece if desired
-Cut a 2 inch piece of ribbon, fold in half and pin between the circles at the edge with a loop sticking out.
-Stitch around the circle making sure the loop get secure

-Attach a key ring.