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Jesus Heals the Blind Man Craft

Jesus Heals The Blind Man (John 9: 1-12) I filled in for the 2-3 year old's Sunday School or Bible Class Teacher this past Wednesday and didn't have any lesson plans, so we decided to do a super-simple lesson on Jesus healing the blind man from John 9: 1-12.If you're not familiar with the story, here is the passage of scripture relating to Jesus rubbing mud in the blind man's eyes. "After saying this, he (Jesus) spit on the ground, made ...

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Experience Gift Schedule for Families with 3 and 4 Children

 The most memorable Christmas gift my boys have received (and what they both claim is their favorite) was the Experience Gift package we gave them two years ago.  We gave each son a special package filled with 12 envelopes (one for each month of the year- you can read more about it here).  The envelopes contained pamphlets, tickets, and/or gift cards for an "experience" with either their Dad or me.  We all soaked up our time together, ...

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How To Teach Your Child to Read

  *Update:  I have written a more comprehensive eBook with specific strategies you can use to teach your child to read.  Get the eBook I Can Teach Teach My Child to Read:  A 10-Step Guide for Parents as a PDF, Kindle version, or purchase a paperback ($9.99).When Do Kids Learn To Read? As a former first grade teacher, teaching children to read is one of my greatest passions!  But because most children don’t start actually “reading” ...

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Blessings Jar: How To Start One In Your Family

The Blessing Jar has been a tradition in my family for several years.  My oldest brother Brian and my mom found ceramic jars that said "Blessings" on them back during Christmas of 1996 while traveling to see my great-grandmother.  My brother insisted that we buy one for all of our extended family and many special friends.  Little did we know, that would be the last Christmas we would be able to spend with my oldest brother... Count Your ...

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How To Teach A Child To Hold A Pencil

How To Hold A Pencil Learning to hold a pencil correctly is an important skill for preschoolers.  Truth be told, many children came to my first grade classroom still holding their pencil in a fist.  While this is okay for toddlers who are just learning how to color, preschoolers and kindergartners (without any fine motor delays) should be able to hold their pencil with their thumb and pointer finger.  There are a few "tricks" I've learned to ...

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Roll A Sight Word

Roll and Read Sight Words Learning to recognize sight words (also known as high-frequency words) is one of several components of teaching a child to read (learn about the rest of them here).   When a child automatically recognizes a sight word, he/she can read more fluently without having to sound out that particular word.  Sight words, however, should not be the main focus of reading instruction.  A balanced approach towards literacy includes ...

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