We are in the middle of a two week lesson schedule about Thanksgiving! We are having fun singing songs, reading stories and learning here and there. Today I wanted to share with you some neat things I've come across and that my kids enjoys.
A favorite DVD in our house right now is one of the Praise Baby DVD's.
This is one of the books we are using for our Thanksgiving lessons.
Counting our blessings is what Dr. Mary Manz Simon's My Basket of Blessings (and many reasons to thank God) is all about. This book is die cut to look like a basket, and each page has die cut images of items in the basket, giving a fun layered look. Adding to the attractive appearance are many sparkly images.
The text is well written rhyme and explains how the items in the basket remind us of God. For example, the juicy apples "will never match the sweetness of God's love for me" and the kitten "reminds me of God's caring and of his gentle touch." There's also a scarecrow to remind that God made us, a pumpkin pie, with it's wafting scent, to remind us God's gifts are everywhere, a squirrel whose "chatter now reminds me to share God's love with you," and a teddy bear, who reminds us bears sleep in deep caves and that God is with us day and night. The book ends:
"My basket overflows now the blessings from above.
These precious gifts around me remind me of God's love!"
Josh loves the cutouts and the texture of the pictures (they feel like sandpaper a little). He loves to flip through the pages and see the great illustrations - I am so glad I bought this book!
This would be a great book to pick up and add to your bookshelf for your children or in your classroom
For all of you Christian School Teachers, Sunday School Teachers and Mom's who like to teach - here are two great scripture memory sites:
1) hubbardscupboard puts verses to "tunes" to make them easy to learn by singing them to some well known children's songs as well as Bible Verse Copy work, Strips, and Coloring sheets.
2) childrenschapel has lots of coloring sheets to go with the verses on their site.
One of my favorite sites, Oopsey Daisy, has posted her "T is for Thanksgiving" packet. Check it out, download it, print it and use it! She is considering adding a fee for $0.99 which I think is totally reasonable. She puts a ton of works into these packets. How do I know? Because I started trying to pull my own stuff together so I didn't feel bad for using hers without the work. I can spend hours and hours each week searching for the best ideas. It is great to have it done for you - and that small cost is really just a thank you for her hard work. With that said, though, the Packets she has already done will remain free so check them out!
One last thing - our video this week is "You Are Special" based on the book by Max Lucado.
Right now, though, he is engrossed in the Praise Baby DVD - he smiles and laughs with it; and the music is so relaxing - seriously, you need to get one of these!!