Monday, Jan 12 2009 

I realize I haven’t posted nearly as much as I had hoped when I began this little enterprise.  We are getting ready to begin a new curriculum at our church.  I am currently teaching, while some are in a teacher’s training class.  I will enter the training class in April and will prepare to teach in July, August, and September.  The new curriculum is called Engraving Heavenly Truths.  It is a four year program in which we will approach the bible from various perspectives.  We will do a survey of both the Old and New Testaments, then a look at the men and women of both the Old and New Testaments, and a look at the geography of both the Old and New Testaments.  It is a scary and exciting prospect.  You can find out more about this curriculum by clicking here.  I hope as I enter the training class to have more material and thoughts to share.  In the meantime I am finding myself quite busy preparing lessons for both Sunday and Wednesday.  Transistion periods can be a lot of work!  I did make some scrolls for our students a couple of weeks ago.  These are simple to make and can be used with many different lessons.  The students should be able to make their own, if time permits.  I’ll get some pictures taken and post a tutorial later this week.  Thanks for your patience and support!

Pipe cleaner love Sunday, Aug 17 2008 


We made these this morning. Our lesson was from I John 4. We wrote “God is love” and “Love one another” on the hearts. The kids wrote other things about love on the hearts as well. They also decorated the pots using glitter glue. Silly me, I thought a few stickers would suffice. I found this craft in a book for 2-6 year olds, but my slightly older crew of girls really seemed to enjoy it. They were able to make the whole craft themselves with little or no prep on my part. You’ll need construction paper, pipe cleaners, small pots, stapler, and play dough. Cut hearts out of red construction paper and staple them to the pipe cleaner. The pipe cleaner was a little long so we curled it around pencils. Next, put a ball of play dough in the pot and put the pipecleaner in the play dough. My husband made the play dough lastnight. It is a simple recipe. You’ll need 1 cup flour, 1 Tbsp oil, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1/2 cup salt, 10 drops food coloring in 1 cup water. Mix the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir and cook until the mixture looks like mashed potatoes and forms a ball. Knead until cool and place in an airtight container. This craft can easily be done in a short class time and again the kids really seemed to enjoy it!

Fruit of the Spirit Sunday, Aug 17 2008 


Last week we studied Galatians 5:22-23. We needed a fun fruity craft. I found this recipe for Scratch ‘N’ Sniff watercolor paints you can make yourself in The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions. The kids had a great time with this craft. Mix 1 tablespoon of water with one packet of Kool-Aid. We used lemonade, strawberry, cherry, grape, and orange flavors. We mixed our colors in an ice cube tray. One could also use a muffin tin. My husband drew the above picture which we copied onto cardstock. I also put down an inexpensive tablecloth purchased from Wal-Mart’s party section. This made clean up especially easy. The colors are rich and vibrant. Once the paint dries, it can be scratched and will smell just like the various flavors. The kids had a wonderful time and were quite excited.

NOTE: We did notice that the grape flavor initially looked black, but as it dried it began to look more and more purple.