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Sometimes it’s easier to believe in God’s power on a grand scale- creating the universe, sustaining it through all time, reigning over centuries- than to believe one simple promise. Ann Spangler- Praying the Names of God
Sometimes it’s easier to believe in God’s power on a grand scale- creating the universe, sustaining it through all time, reigning over centuries- than to believe one simple promise.
A free reminder.
When our son struggled with great pain this past week and all we could do was give him medicine, pray, and wait… my heart was troubled.
I needed to focus on God’s promises, but all I could hear and see was my son in pain.
The quiet, still, repetitive motion as I meditated on God’s ability to QUIET our son cause my heart to fill with peace.
Do you need that too?
I bet you know a gal who does.
I’m sharing my drawing/prayer for free in hope that the Lord will use it to calm your heart as well.
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My personal statement of faith:
I believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
I believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
I believe “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and that we are saved by faith in Jesus.
Some of my favorite Bible teachers are my husband (Craig Sayler), Pastor Jon Courson, Pastor Chuck Smith, and CH Spurgeon.
Kids are energy in motion.
Mom, there are simple to use easy to put together activities to help your kids learn… and thankfully, someone has already organized it so it’s ready NOW!
Clothes make the woman.
I like being comfy and cozy. I spend most of my time at home and I like to spend that time as comfortable as possible!!
Aren’t you nicer when your clothes are comfy?
WARNING: Make sure you do a weekly “Jean Check”.
That’s right. Wearing yoga pants is super comfy, but it can also be a bit deceptive. Catch those extra few pounds before they get you by simply slipping into your favorite jeans once a week.
If they’re “snugglier” than before…
Wear them for the next few days!
A Quick Start Guid to Teaching at Home
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This post comes with a free printable reminder list to help keep your heart focused on the heart of our kids. I always have the hardest staying focused. This printable simplifies it!
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I am a professional Nerf Bullet Dodger who LOVE creating activities, games, and printables for kids of all ages.
When great grandma stayed with us for a month, she looked at our five sons playing and doing “school” at home and she declared, “Gosh! This is just like my one room classroom!”
Grandma taught hundreds of kids in a small one room school in the middle of the cornfields in Iowa for years and she just adored having kids of all ages around.
If you’re new to homeschooling, rather than trying to grab everything all at once, I’d recommend you start here.
I have a free printable for you!
This post comes with a free printable reminder list to help keep your heart focused on the heart of homeschooling. I always have the hardest staying focused. This printable simplifies it!
Really! Make them laugh and they’ll beg for more.
Math with a Deck of Cards
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Mother’s Day Crafts
Mother’s Day is a few weeks away.While it may seem self-serving to have your kids make you a Mother’s Day Craft, it can be one of those precious keepsakes that finds a forever home in your treasure chest.
This booklet craft is easily modified for different age kids.Recommended Time for craft: 3 days- each with an hour block. (some children prefer to complete the project in one sitting. Younger children require smaller chunks of time spread out over a few days)
Why do a Mother’s Day Keepsake?
Print, color, cut, assemble: Sneak Peek Video
Includes:Mother’s Day Craft templatesdirection with photos10 customizable booklet pagescut and paste activitiesscissor skill practicecreative writinggames
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Quick round up of all the math games I can find that you can play with a deck of cards.
Lay out 20 cards on the table (leave out face cards or change them to equal 0, while aces equal 1). Kids remove sets of cards that add up to 10, ultimately trying to remove all the cards from the table. It’s harder than you think! Learn more at First Grade Round up
This game is great to develop logical thinking and problem solving, review two digit addition and subtraction regrouping, and is fun! The object is to come up with a math equation that has a sum or difference closest to the number 50. First player to five points is the winner! Learn more at Scholastic
This game is a simplified version played in casinos, with no gambling involved. Object: be the closest to 21 without going over! Learn more at Scholastic
Turn over 1, 2 or 3 cards. Place them in any position to make the highest number possible. The higher number wins all of the cards for that turn. Learn more at Newark Schools
Shuffle the deck and place it face down on the table in front of you. Flip the cards face up, one at a time.
For each card, say out loud the sum (or product) of that number plus (or times) the number you want to practice. Don’t say the whole equation, just the answer.
Go through the deck as fast as you can. Learn more at Denise Gaskins
Related: Games with a deck of card FREE printable by SAU 39
Starting with two digit numbers, deal out two cards per player. Each player takes the cards in their hand and rearranges the digits to create a number that is closest to 50. The players show each other their hands and the player who is closest to 50 wins the set of all of the players’ cards. Learn more at Math engaged
Lay all of the cards down on the table face-down in a grid. Players take turns flipping over three cards and seeing if they can make an equation with the face-up cards. Younger players can try using addition and subtraction, and older players can also try using multiplication and division. Players are challenged to remember what cards every player has flipped to help them create equations on their own turn. The player with the most amount of cards at the end of the game wins. Learn more at Math engaged
Here’s a game similar to the one described above, but this version allows students to compare fractions instead. You will need two pencils, one for each player, to serve as the fraction line. Learn more at Super Teacher Worksheets
Place a student at the front of the room and give him or her two playing cards. The cards can be ordered any way the student wants. Be sure the cards cannot be seen by the class!
Take turns around the room guessing what the number is. The types of questions asked have to use math vocabulary, such as, “Is it even?” “Is it odd?” “Is it greater than 10?” “Is it a factor of 20?” and so on.
The student can only answer with a “Yes” or “No”, until the actual number is guessed at. Learn more at K5Chalkbox
Math Picture Books Breath Life into Arithmetic!
This beautiful activity comes from author Gail Masinda, with Maestro Heights.
The idea is simple.
Learn to care for baby while living your normal life.
Perfect for training siblings for life with baby!
There are two sets of activities:
How to play
Back slips are included so you can customize chore/tasks and activities for baby.
Kids can use dolls or stuffed animals for “Baby”. I purposely used the word BABY and did not include his/her pronouns. HAVE Fun!
Download your free copy here
When I was about 11-years old I had the BEST summer ever.
We lived on a 15 acre farm in Connecticut and my dad spent the summer carving out adventures for us with his ride-on tractor.
⚽️First he cut the soccer field.
⚾️Then he lowered the mover and cut a baseball diamond into the same field.
💐He carved a 6-foot wide path around a huge field on our property so he could take us on a walk to see “which wild flowers bloomed” that day.
🌼We played🌱Caught dragon flies🌱Watch clouds float by👀Sat in the yard playing I-spy🎼Turned off all the lights in the house and blared the music while playing “who knows the most lyrics to each song”
We fed wild birds, watched the squirrels steal their food and simply enjoyed each other’s company.
🐾What a great summer!
It wasn’t until I was a grown woman that I learned the truth.
😳Dad had been laid off that summer.
While he applied for over 150 jobs looking for work at night, during the day he created, played, and was present with all four of us kids.
Today, we have a choice.
I say, let’s make this season of quarantine the “BEST Spring vacation of our kids’ childhood.”
🌸Be present🌷Read🌱Cut soccer fields out with a lawn mower⚽️Play games
And at night, when the kids are nestled in bed make our plan for the next day.
I found the EXACT 200+ year old house I lived in at the time.Yes, I had a heart attack too. It was not fully restored when I lived in it.
It was NOT this beautiful when I lived there.
But you get a rare opportunity to see where my DREAM summer was lived out.Page 27. That yellow room is where I heard my sisters snore like tigers.Page 28 was a closet PACKED with boxes and clothing and didn’t have a window.Page 31 was the scary attic in our garage where my parents hid Christmas presentsPage 34 is the window I witnesses the greatest ice storm I’ve ever seen. I sat on the sofa and peeked out.Page 38 shows you why I remember spending a HUGE portion of time doing yard work with my dad.
But the magical field?Page 32. Walk to the right of the garage and hang a right after that clump of trees… I spent hours and hours and hours there with my family, led by my father…
When I lived here, all the walls were white. There wasn’t any fancy decor. We had 13 cats, no heat in my room (you could see your breath)
What’s your favorite memory from your childhood?
If you know people who can use an easy to follow plan for school for the next few weeks/months… Share this FREE, no gimmick plan with them.
Learning at Home: Everything you need in one place
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**Hands-on Activities and Printables
I am Earth Book
Earth Day Pocket Book Project
Save the Earth Stickers
3D Globe Puzzle
Mini Squishy Globes
Terra Cotta Mini Pots
Gardening Tools for Kids
Experience Lead learning simply works BEST!
With over 20+ years of thematic/Unit based teaching experience, Bekki is an expert at wrapping a learning activity with hands-on activities, engaging stories, and fun projects to bring topics to LIFE.
*This type of learning transforms a dry topic in to a DELICIOUS and Contagious excitement. Sounds like a win!!
Photos! Have your camera ready. You’re gonna want to capture their
smiles and excitement!
As you wait for your goodies, print and prepare your lessons.
FAQ- Why add everything to the cart?
Because, it makes is really easy to remove and re-add things that work best for you with as little hassle as possible.
This all began on a 4 mile walk in the rain.
He wants to be a cardiothoracic surgeon, that 14-year old son of mine.Forget the fact that he’s dyslexic, a ball of energy and only an early teen. He’s diving in.It all began on a walk a few weeks ago, where we brainstormed the steps he could take to pursue this newish dream of his…… and has grown into a full emersion independent study of everything related to the heart.
I showed him a cut, fold, and learn template of the heart on teachers pay teachers and said, “I’ll get it for you, but honestly I think you can create a better one yourself.Boy, was I right!
Am I the only one obsessed with teaching kids all about God’s word and promises?
Fruit of the Spirit
A favorite Children’s Sunday School Lesson is the Fruit of the Spirit as explained in Galatians 5:22-13. The Fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Whether you studied to be a teacher or SUDDENLY woke up a teacher in March, you are a ROCK STAR!!
This is for YOU!
I want to wish you a very Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!In this season of craziness I have talked to classroom teachers, administrators, parents and homeschoolers and we all agree: Being a teacher is hard work, and it is so much harder now. I’ve seen parents/teachers go above and beyond during these times that are so unreal and unthinkable. I know how exhausting this is and you definitely deserve all the teacher appreciation love, this week and always!
A SALE? WHAT SALE? WHEN?To kick off Teacher Appreciation Week, I am excited to announce that TpT is celebrating YOU with a special Teacher Appreciation SALE! Save 20% off all my resources (including bundles!) this Tuesday and Wednesday (May 5th & 6th). Save an additional 5% off by using promo code THANKYOU20. VISIT MY TPT STORE HERE!
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What about all the masterclasses?Yep! On sale too, with the same coupon, THANKYOU20, to get 25% off everything! Yes, that includes the homeschool classes, Pinterest, Business, and Selling printables classes!! Visit my academy here.
I have some AMAZING Creator friends who are also joining Teacher Appreciation week to help CELEBRATE YOU!
Gail, with Maestro Heights, has the most creative graphic printables that bring biographies and music to life! My top pick for this week? Morse Code for Kids! Gail’s sets make perfect “Unit study of the Month”
Holly, Will take your kids on a virtual world tour of some incredible sights as they “Unlock” some amazing destinations!
Renee has the first role play set for your little midwife I’ve ever seen! So cute!
Mary Beth has STUNNING cursive practice and scavenger hunts that will tickle your child’s imagination.
Debbie is here to help you teach your kids ALL ABOUT NUTRITION!
Tricia has ready to go Bible Lessons for your children.
Mission Mummy has all sort of goodies for your preschoolers who need better fine motor skills!
Hands on Verb Craft and Activities for Kids.
Your kids see the calendar flip to November and suddenly they are ready for the holidays, right?
It’s the same in my house.
We all love this time of year as we prepare to bundle up, snuggle in and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.
Every family, every home, every heart can prepare Him room; but some of us are lacking creativity. While we don’t need to be Pinterest perfect to celebrate the birth of our Lord, we can add a handful of traditions into our lives and show our children how to embrace this season with the same enthusiasm as a homeschool mom embraces that first cup of coffee.
I’ve scoured the internet to bring you fun, creative, and wonderful ideas to help you celebrate Advent this year. Be sure to bookmark this for later. And take it slow. It really only takes 1-3 activities to help your holidays stand out as you celebrate JESUS!
Advent calendars are special delight for kids. They are meant to celebrate each day in a small way as we count down the days to Christmas.
They can be as simple as printing a calendar and adding designs each day:
I know. It’s not a nativity, it has a little santa, and there are no wise men or donkeys.
I love it anyway.
Introduce a new Christmas song every day of Advent! This is the EASIEST tradition to start this year! You can create your own playlist, print out the words, dig in tot he history behind the lyrics, or just listen.
Oh, these are the easiest things to incorporate into your advent celebrations. Click, print, and be that cool mom!
I created this Advent and Jesse Tree Printables Packet a few years ago and each year I add a few new activities. The great news? Once you grab your copy, you can simply re-download each year!
These advent acts of kindness cards from Mum in the Madhouse are worth the ink!
Spread the JOY of Christmas by blessing others! It’s always time to be kind, but it’s especially fun to enlist kids as secret agents on a mission to bless others
Related: 30 Adorable Handmade Christmas Ornaments
The holidays are filled with plenty of opportunity to overstuff your calendar with fun stuff that drives you crazy. Make time to sit at the table, or around the fire and enjoy each other’s company and you play a game together
Learn biblical history and geography as you play Portals and Prophets. No biblical knowledge required, so you can play with your entire family whether they know the Bible yet, or not!
The day after Christmas, I bring out wrapping paper and gift wrap my favorite Christmas Picture books for the following year. Then, those books get packed away until the following Advent Season.
I am one of those people who decorates for Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving, and my kids LOVE seeing those books get nestled under the tree.
Each day, a child gets to pick a book to be unwrapped and enjoyed together. It’s one of our FAVORITE traditions!
I love picture books in general, but there’s something magical about a Christmas story, a child in footed pajamas and a mug of something warm and wonderful.
6 last Minute Advent Ideas
Yes, it’s time to plan for advent season. With a few supplies, some paper and ink, and a few ideas, your family will delight together as you add new Advent traditions into your home.
Oh, Come let us adore Him…
My favorite Bible teachers are my husband (Craig Sayler), Pastor Jon Courson, Pastor Chuck Smith, CH Spurgeon.
Bekki Sayler is the creator of A Better Way to Homeschool, author of Homeschooling From the Inside Out, and homeschooling mom of five rambunctious sons. Yep. She says it’s as crazy as it sounds!
Bekki is most thankful for the love and support of her husband of almost 30 years. When she’s not dodging nerf bullets or stepping over piles of Legos, she creates classes, printables, books, and resources to encourage Christian homeschool moms to trust the Lord in their journey. Her heart’s passion is to share the truth that it is possible to educate your kids using God’s word as a guide while focusing on the holy trinity of homeschooling: heart, attitude, and character.