God’s Little Explorers: Week 25 (S is for Servant/Community Helpers + The Last Supper)

Each Thursday, I will be reposting our lessons from last year.  If you want to follow along with us, we’d love to have you!

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Welcome!  Here are this week’s lesson plans.  You can find the printable plans at the bottom of the post.  If you’d like to know more about God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum, head over here.  Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments or send me an email!  Also, if you find any errors, please feel free to let me know.  This is a work-in-progress!!

God’s Little Explorers Week 25

  • Theme:  ”s” is for Servant + Community Helpers
  • Bible Story:  The Last Supper
  • Bible Verse:  “…The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 9:35 ESV
  • Letter: s
  • Color:  Pink

palm sunday activity for kids

We talked first about Jesus’ Triumphal Entry.  Since my youngest daughter had already made a palm branch at church, we used it and acted out the scene where Jesus rides in on a donkey, the people are waving palm branches and throwing down garments (we used coats), and saying “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9, ESV)

You can find a simple palm branch craft here.

alphabet list of community helpers

We brainstormed a “community helper” for each letter of the alphabet. It was tough! I had to recruit the six and eight-year-olds to help!

the servant king jesus bible storybook

We read “The Servant King” from The Jesus Bible Storybook!  It was perfect for this week.

washing feet like jesus

Of course, we had to wash feet after the story.  Next time, I think I’ll make them go outside and get super-muddy feet beforehand!

letter s

I gave the option of making a little s all over the big S or gluing string, and she chose the handwriting project.

pink collage

We found all kinds of pink pictures to add to our pink collage.  I’m sure you can guess this was one of the favorite colors so far…

string s

Making s with string in the Alphabet Notebook.

treasure map

Here is the treasure map!  We’re getting close!!!

You could also do a Transportation spin-off of the Community Helper theme with these ideas:

Other Resources:

 

 

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How to Make Napkin Babies

Monthly contributor post from Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with Me:

How to make napkin babies - frugal fun for your kids

I love folding napkins into fun designs.  Usually, it is for pretty tables and entertaining purposes.  But today, we are folding napkins into babies, ready for your sweet kiddos to play with.

All you need for today’s project is an old linen napkin and a couple Sharpies.  This napkin only cost me a quarter (click here to see how I save money on linens).  My mom’s grandmother used to make these babies with tissues.  So give that a try if you don’t have any napkins you are ready to destroy … err, let your kids use permanent markers on.

How to Make Napkin Babies:

HOW TO MAKE NAPKIN BABIES-

Instructions:  Fold your napkin nearly in half, as shown above.  Roll the napkin in from the sides.  Then as you would grab and turn a sock inside out, hold the bottom rolls (the babies) and turn the two corner ends over the babies, creating the blanket.  Draw faces.  Add outfits if your kids want.  And don’t forget to rock the babies.  Simply hold both corners of the napkin.

rocking the napkin babiesMade with an old napkin & markers! (1)

I am not sure what my daughter loved more:  getting to use permanent markers on fabric or playing with her napkin babies!

Would your kids enjoy making napkin babies with you?  

Kristen Summers-squareKristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.

Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve:  99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others.  On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.

Music Appreciation in the Elementary Grades (Made Easy)

Over the past few years, we’ve studied music in a few different ways–from piano lessons to composer studies to music theory–but I’ve never really done a “formal” music curriculum.  When I was given the opportunity to review Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades by Zeezok Publishing, I jumped at the chance!  Please note that I did receive this product for free and was compensated for my time, but I wasn’t required to share a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own–for sure!  See my disclosure for more information.

Music Appreciation Curriculum - Zeezok Publishing Review

I dabble in music and feel fairly comfortable teaching the basics to my daughters, but I know many parents wonder how to teach their children about composers, music appreciation, and basic music theory.  After spending the last few months reviewing the Zeezok Publishing Music Appreciation Curriculum, I feel pretty confident it is strong enough, flexible enough, and simple enough to guide any parent–even a parent without a music background!

What is Zeezok Music Appreciation Curriculum Like?

 

 Living Books for Music“It’s fun!” (my 7-year old)

“The books are my favorite!” (my 8-year old)

“Can we do another one of the activities today, mom?” (my 10-year old)

 

 

I had an excellent music teacher in high school, and she had a way of making the music history come alive, but it was a way different experience in my college music history class (read:  make-me-fall-asleep boring).  As I thought back to what my high school teacher did to make music fun, it really reminded me of this curriculum.

Why?

Well, the Zeezok Music Appreciation Set is hands-on and active!  It includes a student book with a variety of activities like geography lessons, history lessons, recipes, instrument studies, music vocabulary, handwriting, timelines (1685 to 1828), and character trait studies.  It also includes an amazing set of listening CDs, a printable lapbook CD for your computer, and a set of beautiful biographies.

You can find ideas and activities to suit all of your learners–whether they are auditory, kinesthetic, or visual.

Homeschool Music curriculum

What I love most about this curriculum….

Living Books for Music Appreciation

…the books!!! 

We are HUGE fans of living books, and I’ve noticed the girls will pull out these stories and read them on their own (not just during “school time”).  The Music Appreciation Book 1 Collection comes with seven composer biographies written by Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher, and these will definitely be books we keep on our shelves to pull out and reference over and over during the next few years.

The composers studied in Book 1 of the curriculum include:

  • Bach
  • Handel
  • Haydn
  • Mozart
  • Beethoven
  • Paganini
  • Schubert

Easy-to-Use Music Appreciation Curriculum

Each composer study is four weeks long, and the readings and activities are broken into weekly activities and ideas.  I LOVE that you can choose how you want to schedule the activities.  You might only want to study music once or twice per week.  Or you may want to do a little bit every single day.  There isn’t a set schedule, so it is quite flexible for your personality and family dynamics!

Music Curriculum Workbook

This curriculum is geared towards students ages K-6th grade and definitely works well for multi-age use.  So far, I simply read the recommended chapter, ask comprehension questions aloud, share some of the fun tidbits and let my oldest daughter complete pages in the student book.  We all work on the lapbook and complete other activities on subsequent days.  It doesn’t require a ton of prep work (although you definitely could build various history and geography studies around these composers), but it is still engaging and has quite a bit of breadth and depth to it.

Music Homeschool Curriculum

The student activity book also includes review activities and evaluation ideas.

Music Appreciation Curriculum

The full-color workbook makes it easy to find the composer with colored tabs for each one.

Music Appreciation Lapbook

The disc for the lapbook printables is a nice addition that allows you to print only what you need (or want) to use for your composer lapbooks.  We don’t do many lapbooks in our homeschool, but we have found it to be a fun project to do one composer lapbook all together as a family.

 music appreciation coloring bookIf you have younger students, you may want to consider adding this Music Appreciation Coloring Book.  The student activity pages include quite a bit of writing and are geared towards older students, so the coloring book might be a great way to include them.  There is also an optional Bingo game.

Zeezok

While I love pulling together resources and crafting unit study ideas to do with the girls, I’ve found myself with a little less time (and energy) these days, so having a complete music appreciation curriculum in one bundle was a big blessing for me this semester.  You can view the complete Music Appreciation Book 1 Set here.

How do you teach music in your home?

 

More about Zeezok Publishing:

Zeezok received two 2015 Practical Homeschooling Magazine awards

  • 1st Place Music Appreciation – Great Musician Series (the biographies the curriculum is based on)
  • 2nd Place Music Appreciation – Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades

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Also, if you want to see the products in person, they will be at the following homeschool conventions this spring:

  • Homeschooling Works – Farmington Hills, MI March 21
  • Great Homeschool Conventions – Cincinnati, OH April 9-11
  • Christian Homeschool Assoc of PA (CHAP) – Harrisburg, PA May 8-9

 

Zeezok is giving away one complete curriculum package! Be sure to enter to win below. 

You can also save 10% off on all products listed in the Music Appreciation Category with coupon code ihomeschool15. The coupon is valid through 4/10/2015.

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Snacks, and Activities for Kids

 

St Patrick's Day for Kids

I originally started my first blog, The Amazing Mess, in March 2010.  I posted several St. Patrick’s Day crafts, found out I loved blogging, and went with it!  These are some of the activities from those earlier days {and a few more recent}.

Here are thirteen St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Snacks, and Activities for Kids:

circle rainbow

1)  Here’s an easy way to make a rainbow!  Check out our “circle rainbows”.

 

shamrock button craft or pin

2)  Make a button shamrock.

rainbow letter practice

3)  Practice letters or numbers or spelling words with a rainbow writing box.

 coffee filter shamrock

4)  Find out what happens when you mix blue and yellow paint together with these coffee filter shamrocks.

Magic Leprechaun Pudding

5)  Make some magic with this Leprechaun Pudding!

 

st. patrick's day necklace

6)  Here is my youngest daughter three years ago (she just turned six today)!!!  Here is a simple way to wear green with the St. Patrick’s Day necklace.

heart shamrock

7)  Learn an easy way to make shamrocks from hearts.

shades of green shamrock

8)  Use peppers for printing and making this “Shades of Green” Shamrock.

These are not my ideas, but here are a few printable packs and activities for St. Patrick’s Day!

preschool pack

9)  Two Teaching Mommies has a printable St. Patrick’s Day preschool pack.

St.-Patricks-Day-Math-Printalbes

10)  Homeschool Creations has a set of St. Patrick’s Day math printables.

St. Patrick's Day Worksheet

11)  Free St. Patrick’s Day worksheets at Education.com

St. Patrick Printable Pack

12)  Gift of Curiosity has a St. Patrick’s Day Printable Pack.  She also has FREE Do-a-Dot St. Patrick’s Day Printables.

St Patrick's Treats

13)  I Can Teach My Child has a super-cute snack idea for St. Patrick’s Day!

 

A few of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day Books:

patrick of ireland