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Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Cross (Creation to the Cross- Day 6)

Creation to the Cross Holy Week Series for Kids- The Cross- from In Our Pond

Focus: The Cross
Activity: taste the bitterness
Verse: Colossians 1:19-20


Today, we probably could have done more to remember Jesus's death on the cross.  If you search Pinterest, you'll find a lot of ideas from nails to rocks to science experiments.  I decided to do a very simple activity during dinner.

I placed the bottle of vinegar on the table.  The kids had lots of questions.  I had them each smell it and then offered them a taste.  We talked about how Jesus took the bitterness of sin on Himself when He died on the cross.  We also touched on the actual crucifixion story, where Jesus was given vinegar to drink as He died.  It was our sin our that held Him there, but by His wounds, we are forgiven.



"O come and mourn with me a while,
O come ye to the Savior's side
O come, together let us mourn,
Jesus our Lord is crucified."
Come and Mourn with Me Awhile (hymn)


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Friday, March 30, 2018

Jesus is the Bread of Life (Creation to the Cross- Day 5)



Focus: The Last Supper
Activity: unleavened bread
Verse: Matthew 26:28

We had a very rough week!  Amazon sent me a message that they had oversold their matzah (unleavened bread) and wouldn't be able to get any to us in time.  It was such a disappointment.  I usually do a full Passover lamb dinner during Holy Week, but it didn't happen this year.  With the kids and my sickness, we didn't even get have lamb!


For "The Last Supper" lesson, we got some crackers and sparkling grape juice and talked about how they represent Jesus's body and blood.  We ate and drank together and remembered Jesus.


"Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away,

Slain for us: and we remember:
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness at the cross.
So we share in this Bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice,
As a sign of our bonds of peace
Around the table of the King."

Behold the Lamb (hymn)


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Jesus Enters Jerusalem (Creation to the Cross- Day 4)

Jesus Enters Jerusalem- Creation to the Cross Holy Week Series for Kids- from In Our Pond

Focus: Jesus Enters Jerusalem
Activity: ___
Verse: Matthew 21:9


We're still recovering from sickness, but I got to the store today, so tomorrow should be better.  In our Holy Week study, we jumped over one thousand years from the Exodus to the Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21).  Today, my husband drew the scene on the chalkboard while I told the story.  Then, we listened to "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna" on my phone.  It wasn't a very interactive lesson, but it was good enough for our circumstances.

I'm feeling a bit better today, so I put together this quick round-up of Palm Sunday activities.  I hope you find something you can use.


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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Passover (Creation to the Cross- Day 3)

Creation to the Cross Holy Week Series- The Passover- from In Our Pond

Focus: Old Testament Passover (Exodus 3-13)
Activity: ___
Verse: 1 Corinthians 5:7


We told the story of the the Exodus during dinner.  That's all I had energy for today.  I'm sure that there were lots of other things we could have done for activities, but they didn't happen.  We're still sick.


I've written a lot about Passover in previous years.  Here are a few highlights (the rest can be found under the "holdays => spring holidays" menu.  Click on the Picture to visit the post.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Terrible Lie (Creation to the Cross Series- Day 2)

The Terrible Lie Bible Study for Kids from In Our Pond


Focus: Genesis 3 and sin
Activity: Cookie Temptation
Verse: Romans 3:23

I caught a nasty cold from the kids, so today didn't go as I had planned (and I think that will be true for the rest of the week too).   We can't really control much, can we?


Before dinner, I set a cookie in front of each kid.  I told them that they weren't allowed to touch their cookie, lick it, nibble it, or eat it, until I gave them permission after dinner.  I promised them that if they obeyed, then they would get two more cookies.  Some of my children had no problem following the One Rule.  Others tested the line a bit.


Throughout the meal, I periodically asked the kids, "Whose thinking about your cookie right now?"  They all raised their hands.


We told the story of the the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen 3) and God's rule that the first people not eat the fruit from this tree.  Adam and Eve had One Rule, just like my kids only had one rule about the cookie.  We talked about how difficult it might have been for Adam and Eve to forget about the tree and the fruit.  They were tempted by Satan, and disobeyed God.


At the end of dinner, each kid got two more cookies, and we talked about how obeying God is always worthwhile, even when we we're tempted to disobey.  We also talked to them about their own sin and our need for a Savior.  In Genesis 3, God promised to send one- we call Him Jesus.



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Thumbs Up- I Love It! My Kids' Favorite Road Trip Recipes

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 recipe blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the road trip recipes post.



Monday, March 26, 2018

Creation (Creation to the Cross Holy Week Series- Day 1)

Creation- Day 1 of the Creation to the Cross Holy Week Series for Kids from In Our Pond

Focus: Creation
Activity: Seeds
Verse: Revelation 4:11


For our first day of Holy Week, we focused on Creation.  During dinner, we talked about what the kids already knew about creation.  We had watched March of the Penguins 2 the night before, so we spent some time going over the penguin life cycle as it relates to Creation.


Next, I got out an activity that I had made almost four years ago, when we first started homeschooling.  It is a seed matching game where you try to guess which seeds belong to which plants.  For our family time, we just passed around the cosmetic jars of seeds and tried to determine the names of them (watermelon seed, carrot seed, etc).  Some of the seeds were ones that we eat and others were very challenging.  It was a great way to talk about "seeds after their own kind" (Gen 1) and to add in some fun science to our Bible time.


I made sentence strips for Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, O Lord God, to receive all glory and honor and power for You created all things."  We cut the strips apart and practiced putting the pieces in order to "write" out the verse.  Download the activity for yourself by clicking HERE.



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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Passover Activities and Recipes for Kids

Passover Activities and Recipes for Kids from In Our Pond
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We love Passover time!  The kids talk about it and look forward to it all the time.  We love watching Prince of Egypt and making our lamb roast.  It's such a special time to stop and reflect.

In case you didn't get the memo, Passover starts this Friday!  This year, I asked my Kid Blogger Network friends to help me gather some more kid-friendly ideas.  I hope you feel inspired!



Passover Activities and Recipes for Kids from In Our Pond


Beyond the Balagan
- Elijah's Cup
- Plague Puppets


Multicultural Kid Blogs
- Passover Celebrations Around the World
- Books for Kids


All Done Monkey
- Videos for Kids
- Sephardic Charoset Recipe


Moms and Crafters
- Red Sea Crossing Game
- DIY Seder Plate
- Sensory Haggadah
- Felt Seder Plate



My Passover Series from 2017



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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Math Helpers for Homeschoolers

Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

I was thinking the other day how many math posts I have on this blog.  I love making hand-on and visual manupulatives to help my kids understand different concepts.  Many of the ideas on this post are inspired by things that I used as a child to get past difficult math stuff.  I've already seen how many of these objects have helped my children already, and I know they will help more in the future.  I hope they help your children as well.


Basic Math

Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

We have dozens of objects for counting.  Many of them are stored in altoid tins, which make it easy to have a variety.  Click on the link under the picture to read about some of our favorites.  In the beginning stages, 10-frames (and more themes here) can be used to help children understand number concepts and addition facts.



Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

If the dozens of counters in the last post weren't enough, this one has a list of fifty tiny objects.  The post also has a counting board for helping kids count by 10's to 100.



More Objects for Counting

Double Digits

Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

Moving from single digits into the "tens" can be very challenging for kids to understand.  I read about the concept of "Zero the Hero" on a few teacher blogs a few years ago, and fell in love.  I love how it turns the number zero into a character to whom kids can relate.  Zero the Hero changes his friends, the other digits, into new numbers.  He makes the 1 into a 10, the 2 into a 20, and the 3 into a 30.  When I explained it to my kids, they quickly understood it.  It's something that we frequently talks about as we work toward 100.



Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

The Montessori method handles teen numbers with a visual called a teen board.  I have made two different printable boards, the one linked above and a jungle themed one.  My boards come with themed counters as well to help the child learn how teen numbers work.



Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

I made this other Montessori-inspired printable- a addition board.  It allows children to use number bars to find sums.  It can also be used to teach subtraction.



Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

One of my favorite math tools that I've made is this 6-sided magnetic chart.  It was a bit of work to create, but it's proving to be very helpful for the kids.  They can build their own 100-chart by putting the numbers in order.  Then, they can turn the cubes to show different skip counting patterns.  You can see it in action here.  I also created a beyond 100 chart to help children understand the pattern of numbers past 100.



More Teen Number Helpers



Place Value

Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

I remember only getting one day with the base-10 blocks as a kid in school.  I loved them, and they turned on a light in my head to help me understand why we have place value and how it works.  When I bought our cuisenaire rods a few years ago for our math toolbox, I decided to use their colors to create our own base-10 set instead of buying a separate set.  The set comes with a printable to create a 100-board (I chose to do 1 out of wood and a bunch out of paper.  It has number cards for 100's to 900, 10's to 90, and 1's to 9.  Print a set and you're ready to go.



Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

I also made these place value flip books for a few different configurations.  They would be good for a classroom, since each kid could make their own and keep it at their desks.  I used my pro-click binding machine to put these together.  I love how they can really flip and lay flat while being used.  I would have loved to have one of these during my school years.



More Place Value Ideas
Fractions

Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

I went fraction crazy early this month for Pi Day.  These printable fraction cards can be used for the homemade fraction circles (free pattern) or store-bought ones.  They can be used for teaching fractions or teaching fraction addition and subtraction.



Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

One of the best ways to learn something is through play.  This printable menu and fraction cards can help teach fractions through pizzeria pretend play.  The original post has lots of ideas, so check it out!



Fraction Shortcuts
Games

Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

Math games don't have to be painful nor do they need a lot of supplies.  This is a large list of games that can be played with dominoes, dice, and playing cards.  The list covers many concepts and skill levels.



Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

People always laugh when I share this game ideas, but the kids love it too.  Put a certain number of bugs in a cup, shake it, and spill them out.  Write out the addition (or subtraction) sentence that you've created.  Play with more than one person and see who has the most bugs alive in one turn or ten.  Similar games can be played with other buttons or two-sided things.



Math Games

Fonts

Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

A- KG Fraction Font

B- KG Math Bar Models

C- KG Teacher's Helper

D- KG Traditional Fractions

All these fonts are free at Da Font, which I love.  I think the above picture explains the options for each font.  I have used these fonts on my printables.  Visit this post (and 20 more) for more other font recommendations for homeschoolers and educators.



Math Helpers for Homeschoolers with Free Printables from In Our Pond

 I have been printing off themed packs and other printables from Every Star is Different for my entire homeschool career.  I think her blog was one of the first homeschool ones that I read five years ago when I was a new homeschool mom, and I've been reading her blog ever since.  She's a fellow adoptive mom, so we have a lot in common.  Be sure to check out her blog series about doing Disney with special needs.

I'm really excited to be partnering with my friend for this special math printables sale!  This bundle contains everything you need to teach math from preschool through elementary school.  The Math Bead Bar pack helps kids learn numbers 1-100 and is designed to work with the Montessori bead materials; although the cards can be used without the tactile addition.  Next, the child progresses to learning addition and subtraction using the hundreds of equation cards in the bundle.  After they have mastered the basics, the child can move onto multiplication and division.  If those THOUSANDS of tasks aren't enough- there is also a holiday math pack featuring ALL four basic functions for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!

This is a great deal!  The sale only lasts for one week, though, so don't miss out!  Click here to buy!



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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tangled-Inspired Bow Tying and Hair Braiding Activities for Kids

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 its own blog.  The Tangled Quiet Book Pages blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the Tangled post.






Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tricks for Fooling Around with Your Kids

April Fools Day is two weeks from today!!  Once again, I'm teaming up with the moms of the Kid Blogger Network to bring you a wonderful round-up of themed blog posts.  Today, we have lots of kid-safe, family-friendly pranks for April 1st.


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Friday, March 16, 2018

How to Make a Sensory Donut Stacker for Babies

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I love making toys for kids, so when I heard that my niece was having a donut-themed 1st birthday party, I knew I had to make a themed gift.  After talking with another sister, I decided to make each of the donuts have a different texture.  My kids were excited about their cousin using the donuts for play kitchen.


With my general idea in mind, I set out to start creating the pattern on my digital scrapbook program.  After printing out the donut shapes, I cut them out and taped them to my fabric.  For the terrycloth (bottom), I used duct tape to secure the pattern for cutting.  For everything else, I used office tape.


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Supplies
printed pattern
fabric in many textures
sewing machine
duct tape
office tape
straight pins
sewing machine
hand-sewing needle
brown thread
stuffing


First, I cut one circle out of the brown fabric.  Then, I taped the pattern to the colored or pattern "frosting" fabric and cut either a random squiggle shape (like on the bottom donut) or another circle (like on the second donut from the bottom).


If I had a squiggle shape, then I used my sewing machine to attach the frosting to the brown circle using a straight stitch, applique style.  Then, I laid the frosted donut, wrong side up, onto a square of brown fabric.  Pin the two pieces together and sew around the outside edge with the sewing machine.  Cut off the excess fabric around the donut and pin the center section together to help you cut out the middle.  You should now have a donut shape.


If you cut out a frosting shape that was circular, place the brown piece and the colored piece good sides together.  Pin pieces and sew along the outside edge.


At this point, both styles of donut should look the same- wrong sides out with stitching just around their outside edge.  Turn the piece inside out through the center hole so that right sides are now facing out.  Move to a comfortable place for hand-sewing.


Using a ladder stitch, sew up the middle of the donut, stopping to stuff it periodically.  I chose to stuff the rings pretty tightly.  You may need a pencil or dowel rod to help you get the stuffing even and smooth, especially on the smaller rings.


My kids enjoyed the store-bought stacker rings when they were babies, but they got so frustrated that the rings were only designed to be stacked one way.  For that reason, I chose to make the center part of my donuts the same size.  They can be stacked in any order.  At first, the baby can feel accomplished for just getting the rings onto the peg.  As s/he gets older, s/he can work on putting the rings in size order.


The center pole for my stacker is a paper towel holder.  I like how it's sturdy and heavy, which should also help to minimize frustration in little ones.  Of course, one could also craft it if one desires.


I chose my fabrics to be different textures and to give a lot of fun sensory feedback.  My own kids couldn't stop touching them!  I used terrycloth, cotton quilt fabric, felt, plastic-leather, polyester, and fleece.  It was so fun to pick out pick out fabrics.


I hope you found today's craft inspirational!


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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How to Make an Animal Small World in an Altoid Tin

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 Animal Small World blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

Click on the picture to go to the Altoid Tin Craft post.







Monday, March 12, 2018

Learn Fractions with Pizza Pretend Play

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A couple years ago, I made this felt pizza as a road trip activity.  When I was working on the pie fractions this week, I was inspired to make one for pizza, too.  Like the other set of fraction flash cards, the printable covers halves, thirds, quarters, fifths, sixths, eighths, and tenths.


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All the pizza fraction sets can be printed together.  I recommend laminating them for durability.  Make two sets for use in a traditional Montessori 3-part card way or print one set to match with a play pizza.  There is a good explanation for how to use 3-part cards the traditional Montessori way on the Moms have Questions Too blog.


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If you have pretend pizza, you need to play pizzeria!  To reinforce the learning and promote real life application, I made a pizza fraction menu.  Kids can make orders, fulfill the orders, count money, and work with fractions.  The menu is based on a pizza divided in sixths, so you can either use the pattern from my felt pizza or purchase a toy like this one.  Sometimes, pizza restaurants will give you clean pizza boxes, paper plates, or other things for your pizzeria.  You can even buy restaurant-quality plastic cups for your pretend cafe (we like them for everyday use) to enhance the playtime.


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I think the pizza printables are so adorable!  I'm very grateful to The 3am Teacher for creating them (check out all her cool stuff on Etsy).  I anticipate using them for other things soon.

I hope you enjoy the printable.  Tag me on Facebook or Instagram to show me how you're using the printables.




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