New Stuff in the Works

I have been working on some reading packets for some of my favorite books. I just finished a packet for Flat Stanley’s Original Adventure and it can be found here


I’m currently working on a packet for Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Judy Blume was my favorite childhood author) and Goblins in the Castle (if you haven’t read this Bruce Collins book you really must…so much fun to do the voices!).

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Finding New Authors

A few years ago I found the author Rachel Hauck. I love the way she writes and the stories she tells. I have read almost everything that she has written (money becomes an issue when you can read a full book of hers in one day). When I was approaching the end of my reading list of books by her I knew it was time to broaden my horizons. But before that I found one more book by Ms.Hauck, A March Bride. I purchased the book that night on my kindle and realized that it was a part of a series. The entire series however was not by Rachel Hauck. The series is called A Year of Wedding Novellas and includes 12 books by 12 different authors. All of these authors have a similar writing style to Rachel’s and the same ideals (good, clean, Christian inspired romance). So from this series I have discovered 11 new authors that I like to read. I am not hooked to any of them the way I am Rachel (it’s a money thing, I assure you), BUT I am pleased to have new authors and books that I am reading. Check out these authors if you have liked Rachel Hauck or any other good, clean Christian inspired romance novels.

Denise Hunter

Deborah Raney

Betsy St. Amant

Lenora Worth

Meg Moseley

Marybeth Whalen

Beth Wiseman

Debra Clopton

Kathryn Springer

Katie Ganshert

Beth Vogt

Happy Reading!

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Science meets Art meets Writing

I love when a creative idea comes to mind. This one was inspired by Teach Like a Pirate (read more about that here). The “P” in pirate stands for passion. Dave Burgess says that you’re not always going to be passionate about the content you are teaching and when that is the case you should include something else that you are passionate about. I am not passionate about animal adaptations, but I do love creating, crafting, painting, anything artsy. So this lesson focuses on the life science standard of animal adaptations but includes art and writing also!

Prior to the lesson we learned all about adaptations and why they are necessary for plants and animals to survive. I also took photos of all of the students’ faces, cropped them, and put them into the Sketch Master app on my iPad.

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This app can take any photo and turn it into a sketch. There are many different versions of the sketch to choose. I simply chose the one that gave each students’ face some definition without too much shading.

Before the kids started the lesson I cut just their faces out from these printed sketches.

So we started the lesson by reading two books.

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What If You Had Animal Hair? and What If You Had Animal Teeth?

We then talked about which adaptations they would pick if they had to choose. It was a great conversation and I wish I could have recorded it (hahaha!!!). I want rattlesnake teeth so that I can bite and kill anything I want to. I want reindeer hair so that I float all the time. I then explained what was about to happen by showing them my animal hair and teeth on my photo face.

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I the have each student a plain sheet of paper and their sketched face. We glued them together and then they sketched in their hair and teeth. It was a blast watching them create these little details and explain to me why they picked them. The last thing I had them do was write two sentences about why they chose the hair they did. What adaptations does that give you? They wrote two more sentences about the teeth. Some of the kids wrote more which was awesome! They turned out so cute!

Next year the same authors are putting out another book.

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This will add another great dimension to this fun school craftivity!

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Faith Timeline

Today I finished reading Believing God by Beth Moore.

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This was the first Beth Moore book I have ever read. It was very good and I will definitely be reading more of her material. One of the most impacting parts of this book was when Moore urged me (as the reader) to build a “Faith Timeline”.

 

  

  

Here is how to make your own:

  1. Draw a line across a piece of paper.
  2. Divide the line into fifths to the best of your ability.
  3. Take your age and divide it by 5. For each section of the timeline put a portion of your life according to this simple math. For myself the math looks something like this: 27 (my age) / 5 = 5.4, so I rounded to 6 (yes, I know 5.4 doesn’t round to 6, but it was the number I chose). On the first dot I wrote my birth year (1988). On the second dot I wrote 1994, 6 years old. The third says 2000, 12 years old…and so on.
  4. Now insert times when God has moved in your life throughout the timeline. When were you saved? Baptized? God answered a prayer? Healing came? God taught you something? You grew in the Lord?

This was a cool experience for me. I could really see the different times God has moved in my life and shown Himself. It reminded me that He is always there, even when it feels alone. I cannot wait to continue to add moves of God to this timeline! I cannot wait to see how God continues to be faithful! I cannot wait for His timing on all of the things He has for me! I can’t wait!!!

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Pregnant With Hope

I was searching for a book about other infertile couples who are Christians a few months back and found this book, Pregnant with Hope by Susan Radulovacki. The title drew me in because whether I am actually pregnant or not, I am already pregnant with hope.

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This book was filled with scripture and promises to cling to. I loved it and would highly recommend it if you are struggling with infertility. One of the things that was in the book that I have clung to the most doesn’t really have anything to do with not having a baby. It has everything to do with each person’s life. Check this out:

When you confess, “I’m afraid,” God reassures you, I have not given you a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)

When you stress, “I’m always worried,” Jesus urges, Cast all your cares on me, because I care for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

When you despair, “I don’t know what to think,” God says, Count on me to give you wisdom through Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:30)

When you wonder, “What if it’s impossible?” Jesus says, What is impossible with men is possible with God. (Luke 18:27)

When you can’t figure out, “What now?” God says, I will direct your steps. (Proverbs 3:5, 6)

When you sense, “We’re both exhausted,” Jesus says, I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28)

When you are tempted to think, “I am so alone in this,” God promises, I will never abandon you. (Hebrews 13:5)

When you worry, “We’re running out of patience, money, stamina, options,…and hope,” God promises, I will meet all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)

When you despair, “It’s not worth it,” God assures you, It will be worth it. (Romans 8:28)

When you are tempted to think, “I can’t do this anymore,” the Bible promises, You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13)

When you wonder, “How will I survive this?” God says, My grace is sufficient for you. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

These promises are ones to cling to. The bible is FULL of scripture to encourage you. You can claim these verses in life, in prayer, in knowing that God is the same today as He was yesterday and He will be the same tomorrow as He is today. Today let’s claim God’s word!

Get your Promises Sheet here.

Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind

I love to read (if you can’t tell)! But until recently I had never read a teacher’s book of stories from the classroom. Most teaching books I read inspire, teach, share techniques or strategies, but never just share stories.  Phillip Done wrote Close Encounters of  the Third Grade Kind. 

 

I laughed throughout this book at how true each sentence was for every teacher, especially third grade teachers! Great read that will make you smile!

 

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Once upon a prince

Have you read anything Rachel Hauck has written? If not, you are missing out! I love sweet romantic novels but I don’t want a book that is just dirty and nasty. I want a butterflies in your stomach romance based on God’s word. Ms. Hauck does an awesome job delivering just that!

I have read and fallen in love with a series by her and the third book comes out soon. So in preparation I have reread the first two books (yes they are that good). Check them out here!

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck is a story of a young prince who is about to become king. He is on holiday in Georgia and meets a lovely American whom he falls in love with. The country he is from has a rule that royal family members may not marry foreigners. After much time and debate the prince convinces the country to change the laws and he proposes to his American love.

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Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck is a story of an American girl who finds out she is the princess of a small European country. She must decide if she wants to accept her royal position or abdicate and stay a classic car mechanic in Florida. Through this decision she meets a young man from the European country she is a princess in and falls in love even though she doesn’t want to.

How to catch a prince

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck comes out February 24th!!! I can’t wait to download this book to my kindle and stay up all night reading it!

Yes I am a book nerd.

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