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Bible Themed Writing Stations

I am excited to share with you this new Bible-themed product called Bible Theme Writing Stations. I collaborated with Dee Dee Wills to bring her monthly writing work stations to the private school or home school curriculum.

The Bible Theme Writing Stations Bundle features 8 popular Bible stories including:
      Adam & Eve,
      David & Goliath,
      Jonah & the Whale,
      Joseph and the Colorful Coat,
      Noah's Ark,
      Nativity,
      Daniel &
      the Lion's Den,
      and Jesus Loves Me.

Each Bible Story in the Bundle contains the resources for several student directed writing center activities including: Label a Picture, Write a List, Write a Story, Write a Letter, Write About It, I CAN Charts and Vocabulary Cards.



Label a Picture:  Students are directed to label the pictures correctly. Each “Label a Picture” has an edit section for students to self-check their work.

Write a List: Students will write a list on the blank template provided (featuring themed clipart) and draw a picture in the space to the left of the writing space.

Write a Story: Students will write on blank templates which are provided in vertical and horizontal views for differentiation.  There are writing pages that include a space for drawing a picture as well as without the picture box. Each template has an edit space at the bottom of each page so that students may self-check their own work, or for use in small groups. A blank booklet is also included with each theme for students to write their own story.

Write a Letter:
  Students will write on 2 blank templates included for differentiation. One template features a writing space only, and the other template features a writing space and a picture box for the student to draw in.

Write About It:  Students will write about the scene displayed in the picture provided on the blank template. There is an edit section at the bottom of each template for student's to self check their work.

I CAN Charts: These colorful “I CAN” charts detail the objective for each writing station. These may be printed, laminated, and hung in the writing center space.

Vocabulary Cards: Each theme has a set of colorful vocabulary cards with picture, and vocabulary words.  These may be clipped to twine and hung around the classroom, cut/laminated and put in a basket at the writing station, or hung on the wall. 

Dee Dee Wills included a photographic guideline for setting up the writing stations, and managing them.  The guideline provides a brief description of how she set up her centers, and provides some easy tips to use the materials in this packet and the time frame she used for the start of the school year.

Each of the Bible Theme Writing Stations support the students with their writing while still giving them the freedom to write what they want to write! This resource is perfect for differentiating your students' writing all while reviewing well-known bible stories!

For more Bible Themed resources you can visit Deanna Jump's store. Deanna and I have collaborated on a 35 week Bible Curriculum. 

For adorable Bible-themed graphics and clipart you can visit Creative Clips on Teachers Pay Teachers!




Back to School with a Brand New BIBLE Curriculum!

   

 Are you a Christian School teacher or Church Volunteer who needs a comprehensive Bible Curriculum? If so, keep reading!


It’s August! Yep, I know…already!? I’m so glad you’ve stopped by because I have some fun things to share with you! This week, I'd like to share the story behind Bible Lessons for Little Learners…After my children were born I began volunteering at my church’s nursery and Sunday School.  In addition to teaching in the Children’s Church, my own children were in the nursery and Sunday School program. You can imagine that my Sunday mornings were quite hectic between getting my munchkins ready and preparing to teach!  I really wanted to do a fabulous job at teaching Sunday School, both for my kids, and for everyone else’s little ones too, so I began thinking of ways to make the prepping process easier and as a result began creating a Bible curriculum!



Well, as is the case with lots of churches, teaching resources, and the funds to pay for them, are usually quite limited. I quickly realized that this was also true for my own church. While the lesson themes were pre-chosen every week, it seemed like every Sunday the assigned volunteer would have to figure out a way to piece together a Bible lesson for Sunday School. I was on rotation as a teacher and it wasn’t long before I knew that I didn’t want to go on trying to wing it every week---so I then made the decision to go ahead and create a Bible-based curriculum myself!
I was so excited about creating the new lessons because the project combined two of my biggest passions: teaching children and my own faith. I wanted to create a comprehensive and appealing curriculum that would be helpful to both Christian School teachers and Sunday school teachers alike.  Shortly after I began work on the new Bible curriculum, I got connected with Deanna Jump through my online store at Teachers Pay Teachers. At the time, I didn’t know that Deanna Jump was “Deanna Jump of Teachers Pay Teachers hall of fame!”  All I knew about Deanna was that she had a heart for teaching and that we both had a shared interest in creating a Bible-based Kindergarten and first grade curriculum.  It was then that we decided to collaborate on a Bible curriculum!  And now, when I think about it, I’m just so thrilled and honored to have such an experienced and innovative educator, like Deanna Jump, adding her special brand of teaching magic to this truly meaningful project!

As of this week, Deanna and I have posted the Growing Bundle, Unit 1, and Unit 2. You can check them out in Deanna's store!  More importantly, I’m excited about all of the creativity and love that has gone into creating this Bible-based teaching resource! We are very proud of the fact that it’s been designed to work wonderfully as both a Christian School curriculum AND works well in a weekly Sunday School class, that’s what’s so amazing about it! Our new Bible curriculum has two distinct lesson formats that function equally well for each of these two settings:

  • The Christian School classroom, (or homeschool class) with a format comprised of Monday through Friday lesson plans.

  • The Sunday School setting, with lessons that were created to be SUPER user-friendly, perfect for that sweet church volunteer that pops in on Sunday mornings and just needs a clever and easy-to-use resource that can be taken and run with!
Speaking of that big-hearted volunteer Sunday School teacher, we’ve even included a printer-friendly black and white version of all of the lessons. This set will save tons on printing & copying costs for those hard-working (and often ancient!) church copy machines too!
Deanna and I are very proud of the comprehensive ‘all-in-one’ style of this new Bible curriculum! It has 9 units totaling 35 lessons in all. What we love most is that each one of the units includes everything you’ll need to make teaching a breeze.  Each lesson has lots of kid-friendly engaging components! It’s been created in a way that will make the little ones eager and excited to learn more Bible lessons each week!


Let’s take a look at how it’s set up:

  • Each units starts off with a Table of Contents and a Bible verse for the week
  • Next comes a Bible story passage based on the most well-known (and well loved!) stories and parables from the Bible
  • Vivid story illustration cards. While the Bible stories are being read & discussed we’ve included adorable pictures related to the story that are perfect to display in a pocket chart. This helps kids understand the story and it’s sequence of events on a deeper level
  • Tons of included supplemental (and fun!) activities designed to provide hours of learning fun for the little ones
  • Each Bible story comes with a hands-on activity, a craft,
a memory-match game, and even a coloring page
  • Supplemental learning tools, including a dedicated Google Drive folder with even more resources & activities
  • Adorable songs that coordinate with, and help students remember, the Bible stories and Bible memory verses
  • Lesson embedded links to Bible-teaching videos
  • Interactive notebooks too! (kids love these!)


   Another one of the most engaging activities that comes with each lesson is the set of character headbands. In a small group setting, students wear the headbands and create their own innovative reenactments of the Bible stories stories that relate to that particular character. As you can imagine, this provides for some lively lessons, learning, and laughter as well! The character headbands also give students a chance to review and discuss the Bible stories that have been covered so far, providing a cumulative review of complex material in a memorable and interactive way.
With a love of learning and heart for the Bible, we’ve tried to include learning tools and elements in this comprehensive curriculum that we’d be excited to use ourselves. One of the new Bible curriculum’s elements that we (and the kids) love is the hands-on learning that takes place while using our interactive notebooks. Those little learning gems provide an opportunity for students to connect with the Bible stories on a deeper level, as they cut and paste story parts and put them in the correct sequential order.  The interactive notebooks contain resources for all of the stories in the entire curriculum and kids love working on these! The finished product is something that students, teachers, and parents can be proud of! Speaking of parents, we’ve also come up with a “Parent Take-Home Sheet” that relates to each Bible story and lesson. The parent take-home sheets give parents and students a way to connect over the Bible lesson that was learned.  Also, it enables parents to explain their own views, memories, and thoughts about each particular Bible story with their children.

If you’re in need of a new Bible curriculum, whether it’s for yourself as a Christian schoolteacher, or you know of a Sunday School volunteer who could really use some help, Deanna and I hope that you’ll take a few moments to check out this exciting and heartfelt resource of ours. We’re so proud of this comprehensive Bible curriculum! It truly was created out of a genuine calling to inspire little hearts and little minds each and every day!






Using a Cricut in the Classroom - Great Ideas & Tips!

Using a Cricut in the classroom can be a huge blessing! Don't believe me? Let me show you exactly what I mean!
Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now!

Saving Money using Cricut in the Classroom

My Cricut has allowed me to make staff, student, and room mom gifts cheap and easy. Here are a few examples:
  • Make Christmas ornaments as gifts for your students or have the students help make them as family gifts. Many times you can find ornaments for a great price at dollar stores and then affix vinyl to your ornaments. 
  • Create Christmas stockings to help decorate your classroom for your students. I also found stockings at the dollar store, used a heat transfer vinyl, cut the vinyl with my Cricut, and then ironed them on. These cost me a whopping $2.00 after everything was done! What a cheap keepsake!
  • Use the Cricut in the classroom to label backpacks or reading bags for your students - particularly those in preschool or Kindergarten. Heat vinyl transfer was again my friend for labeling the backpacks!
  • Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now!Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now!

  • Create t-shirts for your team of teachers. Buy some iron-on lettering, print out what you want, and you'll be all set with another great gift idea in no time!
  • Tip: Go to your local sign shops for free vinyl scraps! Many times these businesses will set aside scraps, particularly for teachers! This is a great way to save money and get professional grade vinyl to make your gifts and classroom goodies!

Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now! A Cricut in the Classroom is User-Friendly

  • Once you've learned the basics of your machine, it's seriously super easy! Ask a friend for help, or do a simple YouTube search for the type of Cricut you have. Within 30 minutes you'll have a basic idea of what to do, and your knowledge will continue to grow over time! It honestly becomes a bit of an addiction, and it makes the old die cuts that many schools have seem really old school.
  • When you purchase the new Cricut Air Explore, you automatically receive access to the online cloud based program Cricut Design Space. This will be awesome for you because you can work on a project from anywhere! You'll be able to use the amazing fonts you already have on your computer. And there are great support groups on Facebook to give you support, ideas, and a wonderful community of Cricut users worldwide. 

How to Use Cricut in the Classroom



    Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now!
  • Classroom decorating is a breeze when you start using your Cricut! You can make your own banners using your favorite scrapbook paper. Or create name tags, decorate bulletin boards, add some pizzazz to the staff workroom, or anything else you can think of! All of those amazing quotes or wording you see on the walls of a classroom? You can recreate that as well! The possibilities are seriously endless!
  • If you purchase the Cricut Explore, you can literally upload any image you want and cut it out. Google makes this easy as well as there are several images that are royalty free to upload directly to Design Space. There are also several Facebook groups that have shared Google Drive folders filled with thousands of ready to cut images. Many of these folders are organized by topics and make it virtually seamless to create anything you want! 
  • If you have an older model Cricut, you can still use your cartridges! You may want to quickly search the cartridges for a certain shape or animal. Let's say your school mascot is an elephant. Simply go to MyCutSearch.com, type in what you're looking for, and it will show you all of the cartridges that have that specific item. (You can find great deals on Cricut cartridges by watching deals on your local stores or searching eBay.)
  • Get organized with your Cricut too. You can cut out vinyl to label everything from your teacher toolbox to your clipboard or even label various areas or walls in the classroom so students know the expectation for that spot. Your classroom library? Yes, you can even cut vinyl to label all of your book boxes!
  • Are you required to show the standards you address in your classroom? Cut out some vinyl and affix it to your whiteboard. This way you have the basics up there each day and all you have to do is add the particularly standards or objectives that are being covered that day. 
I purchased my Cricut off of Amazon. This is the Cricut that I have: Cricut Explore One. This is the transfer tape that I use for vinyl projects: Transfer Tape for Craft Cutters. This transfer tape is by far the cheapest that I've found! Most crafters think that they have to throw the transfer tape away after they use it one time, but you don't have to! I typically just wrap my used piece back around the transfer tape roll and use it until it is no longer sticky. I will sometimes get four to five uses out of one piece of tape!

Need some more inspiration? Here are projects other teachers have done using their Cricut in the classroom!

Once you get comfortable with your Cricut you'll find you use it all the time in your classroom. It can quickly become a fun obsession! The fact that it can save you time and money is simply an added bonus!

What other ways would you add for using a Cricut in the classroom? I'd love for you to share them in the comments below!

Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now!
Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now!
Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now!
Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now!
Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now!
Are you looking for ways to use a Cricut in the classroom? This blog post has you covered! You'll find ideas for decorating, organizing, saving money, and more! Click through to see all the fabulous ideas that can be used at ANY grade level and even in your homeschool (or anywhere in your home or school)! Check it out now!

A BIG thank you to all of the teacher's that shared their pictures for this post! Photo credit: Danielle Siapas, Heather Burke, Lauren Nosbush, LeighAnn Durham, Lisa Gilliland, and One Crafty Brit.

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