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Christmas Literacy Centers for Kindergarten

Christmas Literacy Centers for Kindergarten Christmas is just over a month away and I have been working as much as I can to get the updates available to you before the beginning of December. Things are a bit hectic in my life at the moment as we have just moved house, but I will do my best to get the Christmas Math Centers updated too ūüôā PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Christmas Literacy Centers for Kindergarten¬†packet. You can download the free sample pages by clicking on the photos. To purchase the complete Christmas Literacy Centers for Kindergarten packet,¬†please click here! 1. Christmas write & wipe alphabet To prepare the cards for use in a write and wipe center, print, laminate them, and then cut them apart. The intention of this activity is for children to practice correct letter formation with a dry-erase marker. The cards can be kept in a book-like format by making a hole in the top left corner and securing together with a key ring or a pipe-cleaner. 2. Missing letters: Christmas ornaments To prepare the cards for use, print, laminate and cut apart. Children are required to identify the missing letter and place it in the empty box. 3. Christmas clip the beginning sound Print, laminate and cut out the picture cards. The aim of this activity is for children to correctly identify the beginning sound of each picture and to clip a clothes peg to show their answer. Alternatively, children can use dry-erase markers to colour the correct beginning sound. 4. Christmas clip the syllables To prepare this activity for use, print the cards, laminate them and then cut them apart. Household pegs, or other small clipping items such as unused hair clips or paper clips, can be used for this activity. The aim is for children to identify the number of syllables in each word. 5. Christmas tree ornaments word family sort To prepare this activity, print, laminate and cut out the sorting tree mats and ornament picture cards. The aim is for children to identify the ending for each word and sort it to the correct word family tree. 6. Christmas stocking CVC words scramble You will need to provide children with magnetic or Scrabble letter tiles for this activity. To prepare this activity for use, print the Christmas stocking cards, laminate them and then cut them out. The aim of this activity is for children to... read more

Sunday School Promises for Abraham

Sunday School Lesson 13: Promises for Abraham This week’s lesson was a super fun one for our little ones! The focus was on God’s promises, so we started by talking¬†about a promise that¬†we had learnt a couple of weeks before. We remember that God had made a promise to Noah to save him and his family from the flood and we saw that God had kept that promise. Then, after the flood was over, God promised Noah to never destroy the¬†world¬†through a flood and God put a rainbow in the sky as a sign of that promise. God kept this promise, too. We explained to our kiddos that whenever we see a rainbow in the sky,¬†we should can remember that God is faithful: when He says He will do something, He will definitely, without a doubt, do it. We¬†then introduced one of Noah’s¬†great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandchildren: Abraham. We read pages 39-45 from our Beginner’s Bible, and then we¬†retold the story to make¬†it come alive for our kiddos. Our retelling started with¬†God telling Abraham to move to a new land. We spoke about the uncertainty of the journey that lay ahead, and that he would have needed to pack some things. I had brought in a¬†small suitcase with some travelling items (clothes, toiletries, food, sleeping things, etc.) and I took them out one by one to show the kids. They loved¬†calling out the name of each item. We then spoke about the journey. We asked the children to stand up and follow behind a pretend Abraham, Sarah and Lot. Before we started our class that day, we had arranged a few mini “obstacles” (an overturned chair, pile of books, etc.)¬†around the room. As we traveled, we made sure to avoid all the obstacles by going around them or jumping over them. After a long, long time and a few minutes of us following a pretend leader, we finally reached out destination. Before class had started, we had also made a fort using blankets, chairs and some pegs (you can find the¬†directions from eHow here.) We explained that Abraham and Sarah didn’t live in a house like we do, but in a tent. We¬†then all¬†went inside the tent. I don’t even need to tell you how much they enjoyed this part of the activity. We then dimmed the lights and told the next part of the story which, unfortunately, hadn’t been included in the Beginner’s Bible… Abraham... read more

Thanksgiving Math Centers for Kindergarten

Thanksgiving Math Centers for Kindergarten Hey all! I’m back again to show you the activities included in the Thanksgiving Math Centers for Kindergarten. PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Thanksgiving Math Centers for Kindergarten¬†packet. You can download the free sample pages by clicking on the photos. To purchase the complete Thanksgiving Math Centers for Kindergarten packet,¬†please click here! Let’s just jump right into it! Contents: 1. Thanksgiving count and clip cards. These are¬†basic counting cards that require kiddos to¬†clip a peg on the correct answer and then¬†record their answers on the recording page provided. 2. Turkey counting on (1-10). This¬†activity’s level of difficulty gradually increases. Kiddos start off by writing a couple of the missing numbers on the first handful of cards and then, by the last handful, they are given only the starting number or a middle number, from which they have to count on (and count backwards). 3. Thanksgiving Which has More? clip cards. Kiddos simply clip the box that contains the most items. On the recording page, they color either the top of bottom box¬†to show where they clipped. 4. Thanksgiving Which has Less? clip cards. This is the same as the “Which has More” activity, only the focus is on the box with the least¬†number¬†of items. 5. Thanksgiving count and graph (1-8). Kiddos simply count the number of items and represent their findings on the bar graph below and then by writing the total number on the recording page. 6. Turkey number match. This is¬†a super cute turkey activity to help your children with different number representations. 7. Thanksgiving number puzzles (skip counting by 10s). This is a great activity not only for number sequence, but also comparing numbers to determine the first number¬†with which to begin the sequence. 8. Turkey addition. Kiddos need to¬†work out the sum of each equation and then sort it to the¬†correct turkey. On the recording sheet,¬†for your higher kiddos, you could ask them to write¬†one¬†different equation. 9. Build a Thanksgiving pattern (AB/ABB/AAB/ABC). Kiddos build the¬†start of the pattern and then figure out what the missing picture is. 10. Turkey clip the shape cards. This is an easy way to help your kiddos recognise shapes. 11. Thanksgiving non standard measurement. I have included a turkey measuring strip for this activity, but decided to use¬†Unifix cubes this time around. 12. Thanksgiving Which weighs More? clip cards. This is similar to the What has More/Less activities. 13. Thanksgiving... read more

Sunday School The Tower of Babel

Sunday School Lesson 12: The Tower of Babel As a child, the story about the Tower of Babel fascinated me.¬†I honestly believed¬†that the people were capable of building a tower that would reach into heaven, where God “lived”, and it was interesting to think what they might find there. I felt disappointed and even somewhat annoyed that God mixed up their language and they could no longer work on¬†the¬†tower.¬†Needless to say, my understanding of the this story was… let’s just say inaccurate. Not only was it inaccurate, but it¬†led me to have a¬†false understanding of an omnipotent God and His plan for mankind. It was my mission, as I prepared the lesson plan for our little ones, to ensure that they did not have the same misunderstandings of the event, nor about God. I used some Duplo blocks and Lego people to act out the story. We started¬†where we had left off the previous week – Noah, his family and all the animals had just gotten off the ark and God told them to have many children and spread out over all the earth. And so, they had many children, just as God had told them. However, they didn’t listen to the last bit of God’s commandment to spread out over all the earth, and they¬†stayed together and traveled to a place called Shinar, where they decided to live. While in Shinar, they decided to build a great tower that would reach all the way into the sky so that they could show off¬†how smart they were. They didn’t want to give God glory like Noah did after he came out of the ark. They wanted to show off how smart they were and get the glory for themselves. God saw that the hearts of the people building the tower¬†were full of bad thoughts and that they were¬†forgetting about God. God wanted them to stop building the tower and remember Him. Now, God is all-powerful and He could have¬†knocked down their tower to stop them building it and to punish them for not listening to His commandment to spread over all the earth. However, God is much wiser than us and He didn’t destroy their tower; instead, He mixed up their languages! Now, the people had no choice but to stop building the tower. The people who spoke the same language grouped up and they all spread out in different directions, which is what God had originally asked them... read more

Sunday School God Keeps His Promises

Sunday School Lesson 11: God Keeps His Promises This is the¬†last¬†of three lessons about Noah.¬†You can view the first lesson in the series here¬†and the second lesson here.¬†The¬†aim of this third lesson was to show our kiddos¬†that God can be trusted to keep His promises! Last week, we saw¬†how Noah and his family¬†got ready to board the ark and how God was involved in that process. This week, we started by taking talking about about Noah, his family and all the animals that had boarded the ark. God had just closed the door to the ark behind them and they were waiting to see what would happen. Would it¬†start to rain, just as God had said?¬†Suddenly, they heard a great roar of thunder and lightning flashed across the sky and it started to rain. And it rained and rained and rained. We were¬†curious to see what Mr and Mrs. Noah were doing inside the ark. Were they¬†scared by the thunder and lighting? Nope! They did not look one but worried or scared. In fact, they looked¬†quite happy; God had kept them safe from the coming waters and they knew God would continue to be with them. They had nothing to fear¬†because they knew God was with them. We then went on to talk about the rain stopping and how Noah became excited that they would soon be able to get off the ark. Noah decided to send a dove to look for dry land. I printed the dove pictured below, attached it to an icy-pole / popsicle stick and demonstrates the¬†its flight in search of dry land. I asked some kiddos to help the dove fly all around the classroom in search of some land. All it found was a small little olive tree and it broke a leaf off from it, then flew with the leaf back to Noah, who was waiting on the ark. Noah knew that it wouldn’t be long until the ground would be dry enough for them. So, some days later, Noah sent the dove out again, and this time, it didn’t return; Noah knew this meant that he had found dry land! It was time to get off the boat and everyone was so excited!¬†Noah and his family were thankful that God had kept them safe and Noah built an altar and praised God. We explained to our little dears what an altar looked like and that it was a way to say... read more

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