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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All Wrapped Up Gift Guide Series

All Wrapped Up Gift Guide Series from In Our Pond  #christmas #giftguide #holidays #gifts #birthday
The motivation for this gift guide series came from a blogging challenge in one of my facebook groups.  I was challenged to blog every day for a month.  I had been thinking about doing a few gift guides already, but I never expected that I'd be able to put together a set of thirty!  For every day in the month of November, I'll be posting a new gift guide or pre-Christmas post.

Disclosure- I do not own all the items in these blog posts.  We do, however, own many of the items.  These items are not our Christmas lists, nor do we expect to get any or all of them.  These lists are supposed to be helpful and memorable.  There are silly and serious lists and lots of items that reflect who we are at this exact moment in time.  I really enjoyed putting the lists together too.  I contemplating making it a tradition.  I hope you take pleasure in reading the blog posts as well.


The full list of published posts will appear under the picture.

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10 Reformation Day Videos for Kids

Happy Reformation Day!  On this date five hundred years ago, a monk named, Martin Luther, nailed his list of complaints to the door of the church.  Although the Protestant Reformation began before 1517, the event at the church is seen as the definitive moment and official start of the Reformation.  Today is a perfect time to teach your kids about Church history.  Here are 10 videos to get you started.


This is a Playmobil stop-motion video that is very well done.  The kids were completely engrossed and keep asking to watch it again.  I'd say that's a win.



The audio on this song is a bit weird, but the tune is catchy and has a good message.  I like the way they did the pictures and animation.



I really enjoy Crash Course history, but they are more acceptable for older kids and adults then children.  It's a bit sarcastic and rough, and focuses on the political significance as well as the religious.  Surprisingly, it has a good description of salvation, though.



What if the Lego "Everything is Awesome" was Reformed?  TULIP.  Catechism.  Reformers.  Presbytery.  "Everything is cool when you're a Calvinist kid!"



A mom and son made this video together.  It's very cute and has a lot of Scriptures in it.  Plus, it's Legos, and who doesn't like Legos?



This video is also good for older children, but it's not as crude as Crash Course History.



If you show this to your kids, be sure to also read the Bible passage (Psalm 91) on which the video was based.  It makes some statements that make it sound like Christians never get sick, never die, and never sin.  I debated with myself whether or not to include it on the list, but I decided to put it in here because of its scripture context.



The hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" is thought my many to be the theme song of the Reformation.  This video is a choral arrangement with the lyrics overlaid on the castle picture.  It would be a great introduction for kids who aren't familiar with hymns.



This is a CGI video about the life of Martin Luther.



This is a fun video with a Reformation Polka.  It's quite a catchy tune.  Plus, it uses the word "transubstantiation" so that give you lots of good stuff to talk about with your kids.



Bonus- the Martin Luther rap!


Reformation Day Videos for Kids  #reform500 #gracealone  #martinluther #homeschooling #protestant #history

I hope you have a great Reformation Day!  Raise a glass and eat your potato pancakes!  Check out the post below for 50 more ways to celebrate!






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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dental Health Word Cards

Dental Health Word Card Printable from In Our Pond  #teeth  #homeschooling  #dentist  #montessori  #3partcards  #dentalunit  #toothfairy

After I made the Dental Movable Alphabet, I wanted to make some cards that we could use for spelling and reading practice.  The Dental Health Cards can be printed as a single set or doubled to use as Montessori-inspired 3-part Cards or for a matching game.  Whether you're studying teeth for school or adding something educational to the Tooth Fairy's visit, these printables are free!



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Dental Health Word Card Printable from In Our Pond  #teeth  #homeschooling  #dentist  #montessori  #3partcards  #dentalunit  #toothfairy



Dental Movable Alphabet Printable from In Our Pond  #teeth  #homeschooling  #dentist  #montessori  #3partcards  #dentalunit  #toothfairy



Tooth 3-Part Cards Printable from In Our Pond  #teeth  #toothfairy  #dentalunit  #homeschooling  #montessori  #dentist

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tooth 3-Part Cards

Tooth 3-Part Cards Printable from In Our Pond  #teeth  #toothfairy  #dentalunit  #homeschooling  #montessori  #dentist

In the past two weeks, two of my kids have lost teeth for the first time!  This event has spawned a series of dental questions.  I made this set of Montessori-inspired 3-Part Cards to help them understand more about teeth.  The whole project was a huge sacrifice for me, since I really don't like looking at, talking about, or thinking about teeth (eww!).  The cards can be used for matching games, spelling/reading practice, parts identification, and whatever else.


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Tooth 3-Part Cards Printable from In Our Pond  #teeth  #toothfairy  #dentalunit  #homeschooling  #montessori  #dentist



Dental Movable Alphabet Printable from In Our Pond  #teeth  #homeschooling  #dentist  #montessori  #3partcards  #dentalunit  #toothfairy

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Monday, October 9, 2017

50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.

This October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  In 1517, a monk named Martin Luther nailed a long list, called the 95 Theses, onto the door of a church.  For Protestant Christians looking for an alternative to Halloween, Reformation Day is a great substitute.  You can eat good food, dress-up, and play games- all in a way that honors the lives of the Reformers and celebrates Church history.  Because I seem to be addicted to lists lately, I put together a list of 50 way to party like it's the Middle Ages.



50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.
Picture from Inn at the Crossroads


1- Color a Lutheran Rose

2- Discuss the 5 Solas

3- Eat a Hearty Soup out of a Bread Bowl

4- Write with a Quill Pen

5- Listen to a Reformer's Sermon

6- Color an Illustrated Letter

7- Talk about Indulgences

8- Watch the movie Luther

9- Do a Homeschool Unit Study

10- Sing "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


11- Carve a Lutheran Rose Pumpkin

12- Homeschool Packet

13- Have a Photo Booth

14- Read  Reformation ABCs

15- Eat a Diet of Worms

16- Wear a "Fixed Your Theology" shirt

17- Make German Pancakes

18- Play "Sola Fide"

19- Wear the Reformation Day Look

20- Did Luther Go On a Diet of Worms?





50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


21- Watch this History Video on the Reformation

22- Read "Luther: the Man who Changed the World"

23- Post a Silly Meme

24- Martin Luther Action Figure

25- Simple Lutheran Rose

26- Pin the Beard on the Reformer

27- Read the Bible in Latin

28- Copy the 5 Solas

29- Printing Press Potatoes

30- Label the T.U.L.I.P petals




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


31- Teach Good Theology

32- Lutheran Copywork

33- Play Toss the Coin in the Coffer

34- Discuss Purgatory

35- Make a Medieval Feast

36- Read "Inside the Reformation"

37- Tweet the 95 Theses

38- Free Reformation Coloring Book

39- Make Real Root Beer

40- Learn How Books Were Made




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


41- Make a Stained Glass Window

42- Pass Out Chocolate Bibles

43- Color a Banner

44- Make Luther Rose Cakes

45- Watch Torchlighters Movies

46- Make German Potato Pancakes

47- Do an Medieval Hairstyle

48- Make Homemade Pretzels

49- Watch the Newest Martin Luther Movie

50- Read the Bible in Your OWN Language




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.










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Saturday, October 7, 2017

M is for Moon (year 4, week 3)

All of my time and energy is going into my blog, just not in a way that you can see right now.  I'm working tirelessly on a 30 day blog series, called "All Wrapped Up," which will run the entire month of November.  I haven't been doing neat homeschool themes as usual, making new printables, or publishing new content.  Sorry about how boring the blog is these days.  Hopefully, it will be all worth it on November first.

m is for moon homeschool unit from In Our Pond

This week, we had a birthday, Dragonfly lost a tooth, and there was a full moon.  We worked on our handwriting, math, and reading.  We played outside in the fall air.

m is for moon homeschool unit from In Our Pond

We studied the moon for the first time ever in Mommy School. The kids have been running around the kitchen island singing, "The moon goes 'round the Earth. The moon goes 'round the Earth. Once a month, every month. The moon goes 'round the Earth." Today, we painted full moons with a stencil.  I downloaded a moon app to help remind me of the moon's cycle, and we plan on tracking the progress of the moon together.


Resources:
- 8 Ways to use Safari Space Toob for Learning
- Safari Space Toob 3-Part Cards
- Astronomy Books for Kids

- Craters in the Moon Activity
- Phases of the Moon Mini Book
- Phases of the Moon Flipbook
- Moon Roll and Cover

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tips for Hiking with Kids that Parents Should Know

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to it's own blog.  The Summer Wish List blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

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