Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Using Teachers Pay Teachers in the Homeschool Classroom

"How do you do it all?" Oh, if I earned a dollar for every time I was asked that question, I would be a millionaire! 

Yes, we have seven kids. 

Yes, I do a lot. 

NO, I do not do it all!!! 

One thing having a large family has taught me is that I cannot possibly do it all, and lucky for me I do not have to. There are so many tools and resources I use that save me time and money (and even make some money!)

Teachers Pay Teachers is one of those resources. I love it as a buyer. Some people are wayyyyy more creative than me and I don't know everything!

I also love Teachers Pay Teachers as a seller. I really do love, love, love to make resources to supplement our homeschool, but it does take lots of time. Being paid for that time allows me to stay home and do other fun, educational things with our children.

I also love the idea of Teachers Pay Teachers in general because I know my purchases and sales are helping out real people like me... teachers and parents that just want to provide for their family and help their students learn. 

April 5th-6th Teachers Pay Teachers will be having a sale For You! Simply use the code FORYOU22 at check out to save up to 25%. 

I was also awarded a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card which I will be giving away. Simply visit my Teacher Pay Teachers store and give me a follow. Spring is the perfect time for the Survival Unit. I'm also working hard to add new resources every week. 

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Tot School Tuesday: Jesus Knows Your Name

Looking for a fun craft preschoolers that incorporates a Bible story, leaves (fall theme), and learning names? That’s what I was searching for late last night. Just when I was about to give up and only teach a Bible story, I opened a Bible Story book to discover that Zacchaeus, the wee little man, could tie all those themes together. 

We started our lesson by reading the story of Zaccheus from Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol. 1 by Ella Lindvall. Our bigger kids won this series when they were little from Doorposts’ Bible Drama Contest  and the series has been read and cherished many times since then. The stories are short, easy for little readers, repetitive, and engaging. Each story ends with a little recap of what was learned. From the story of Zacchaeus we learn that Jesus knew Zacchaeus’ name, and he knows our name too. If you don’t have this Bible Stories book, you can read any from any children’s Bible or the Bible itself about Zacchaeus.

After reading the delightful story, we made a craft with their name in the tree. This simple but fun craft gives the preschooolers practice in spelling their name. 

Step 1: Trace arm and hand to look like a tree.

Step 2: Cut out leaves (I used these Maple leaves because they were the closest to a Sycamore leaf I could find for free on the Internet). If you wanted to add some sorting practice to this activity, you could print out multiple different types of leaves and have them pick out sycamore shaped leaves.

Step 3: On each leaf write one letter from their name. Depending on age and ability, you can write the letters and have them trace them. 

Step 4: Glue the leaves on in order to spell their name in the tree.

Step 5: Color. 

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