Engaging Kids through Learning Styles: Keeping Things Fresh and Exciting in the Classroom

Engaging Kids through Learning Styles: Keeping Things Fresh and Exciting in the Classroom

Welcome to a new series all about learning styles in the classroom. In this series, we'll be taking a look at some great ways to engage kids in the classroom through the senses.  There will be some great suggestions for helping kids to connect to the lesson through visual methods, kinesthetic methods, with logic and more. For today, I'll introduce the series with a look at two classrooms. I'd love to hear - what does your class typically look like? Exhibit A: Miss Mary Beth and the Stale … [Read more...]

Fruity Loopy Toddler Learning Activities

Fruity Loopy Toddler Learning Activities

With Christmas just around the corner, you're likely scrambling to get things done while still trying to squeeze in some learning along the way!  If you're looking for a few easy toddler activities, grab a box of Fruit loops and keep reading. Activity #1: Fruity Tree Let your toddler or preschooler decorate a construction paper tree with fruit loops or cheerios. They can either use liquid glue and a paint brush (shown above) or a glue stick, depending on the level of mess you're … [Read more...]

The Great Cookie Bake-In

The Great Cookie Bake-In

I don't know what it is about this time of year, but after the Halloween Block Party, time whooshes by so fast I can't seem to catch my breath!   One thing I wanted to share with you before it was too late was a fundraising tradition we have at our church. Every year, the teens in the youth group participate in the great Cookie Bake-In (not to be confused with the ever delicious breakfast food, bacon).   We take orders from the congregation ($4 for a dozen cookies) and then lock the kids … [Read more...]

The Golden Braid {Book Review}

The Golden Braid {Book Review}

I know you can't judge a book by it's cover, but when I spotted this book the other day, the cover caught my eye and I'm glad it did!  I'm not much of a fiction reader, but I do love a good fairy tale, especially when retold for adults.  I stumbled upon a real gem with The Golden Braid.  This book was wonderful and a pleasure to read.  I felt like it captured true romance without all the needless angst that so often accompanies this type of book. It had subtle and believable mentions of faith, … [Read more...]

It’s almost time for Truth in the Tinsel again!

It’s almost time for Truth in the Tinsel again!

From the aisles in the store to the emails in my inbox, it's clear to see that Christmas is quickly approaching.  This year, I'm dedicated to taking a little time each day to focus on Jesus during the Christmas season.  Of course, my favorite method for this is the e-book, Truth in the Tinsel. Can you believe it's been 5 years since Amanda published this amazing resource? You may have read about our Truth in the Tinsel adventures in years past.  We took a break from it last year, and I'm … [Read more...]

New Book to Check Out: A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest

Mu, a ten-year-old orphan, has lived his entire life in the heart of Africa. For as long as he can remember he has served in the household of a great-uncle where he is unloved and ignored. In his drudgery-filled life, Mu has little hope of happiness, and little hope that anything will ever change. But one day, everything does change. On his way to draw water one morning, Mu is astonished when a chameleon greets him by name and announces that they will embark on a quest together. And what … [Read more...]