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A Great Site for Free Bible/ Book of Mormon Coloring Pages

I just stumbled across this site and I had to share it! I was searching for some coloring pages for my daughter on scripture stories when I came to the site LDSFamilyFun.com. You have to join this free site before you can download the files- but it just takes a sec and then you can download tons of files! There are activity page booklets (about 40 pages for each topic) on the following:

Book of Mormon:

Abinadi
Helaman
Samuel the Lamanite
Nephi
Jesus Christ
Mormon
Moroni
Joseph Smith
plus more!
Old Testament:
Abraham
Elijah
Moses
Joseph
David & Goliath
Samuel
Ruth
Esther
and more!
New Testament:
He is risen!
Lazurus
The Good Samaratan
Lord’s prayer
Miracles of Jesus
Parables of Jesus
John the Baptist
The Kingdom of Heaven
and more!!

This site also includes activity booklets for George Washington, Alexander Graham Bell, Abraham Lincoln, Marco Polo, Galileo, Helen Keller, and more!

These booklets are supposed to be used in connection with videos that you can purchase. . . but they are pretty pricey. I would love to get them for my daughter but for now we will just enjoy the coloring pages! And there are activities in these booklets for older kids, too. . . take a look!
Happy Teaching!

Wednesday’s Website: Brite Music

We all know the power of music. It can bring you to tears, make you roll on the ground with laughter, even give you an extra energy boost.
Music also has the power to teach.

OK… so this is more of an incredible curriculum review.


With that out of the way, let me tell you a little bit about Brite Music. This company has been around since the 70s (and so some of you, like me, may be familiar with it already).
They are most known for their fabulous music. There are two music sets- one is called Watch Me Sing and the other is called I Have A Song For You. This is just clean, educational, fun tunes for kids.
Some songs you may be familiar with are:

  • I’m a VIP in my Family
  • Sharing, Caring
  • When I Grow Up, I want to be a Mommy (not sure if that is the correct title)
  • No One Else Can Walk my Walk

These songs teach positive characteristics, good morals, and more! I have countless memories listening and dancing to these songs as a child and I want my daughter to have similar experiences. They just have some really good, pure music available.

THERE’S MORE!


Brite Music also publishes the SAFETY KIDS…. a book/music program that teaches kids about saftey from strangers, personal saftey, drugs, and more. There is also a catchy song about learning your telephone number. I learned as a tot how to be safe with the aide of this great program. It is just plain fun!!!

AND THERE’S STILL MORE!

STANDING TALL is a wonderful collection of stories about 12 character building attributes: love, service, self esteem, gratitude, obedience, dependability, courage, work, forgiveness, honesty, happiness, and cleanliness. I read this books growing up, too… I wish I still had them to pass to my daughter! From what I remember, they are wonderful books and we enjoyed following along with the tape.

BUT THERE’S MORE!
I have recently learned about their SING, READ, WRITE program that teaches little ones to read and write with music. I don’t know anything about the effectiveness of this 5 volume set, but if it’s anything like their other products I am sure it is amazing.

What a trip down memory lane! I just wish I had extra $$$ to buy it all! Does anyone else have memories with Brite Music or other great curriculum suggestions? Please Share!!

Wednesday’s Website: Early Learning Coloring Pages

I have been really focusing on the colors this week with my daughter. I found this site Early Learning and Coloring Pages that has some great ideas to teach your little one colors, such as this song:

Color Hop
(sung to the tune of Old McDonald)
I see something that is _____________. (color)
Do you see it too?
I see something that is _____________. (same color)
Hop there if you do.
With a hop, hop here,
And a hop, hop there. Hurry up! Hop it up!
Hop as fast as you dare.
I see something that is __________. (color)
Do you see it too?

I also LOVE this art activity with bubbles:

Bubbling Balloons
Pour 1/4 cup of dishwashing liquid into a contaner (a low shallow dish works well). Add small amounts of water and tempera paint until the color is intense. Put a straw in the paint mixture and blow carefully until the bubbles start to overflow. Gently place the paper over the bubbles, then lift carefully. When dry, cut into desired shapes.

And this jello parfait, great for a review of the primary colors:

Jello Parfait
Make three colors of jello. After jello is set, layer into a clear plastic cup.

This site has SO much more than color ideas! Some of the links include:

Take the time to browse and see what will work for you. My experience with resources like this is to take the time to download the must-have lessons now- you never know when a webmaster decides to shut down their site.

Wednesday’s Website: Sugar Doodle

If you are ever searching for cute churchy clipart, or Family Home Evening lessons, or ideas on incorporating religious teaching with your little ones, check out Sugar Doodle. I found them as a fabulous resource when compiling my daughter’s most recent quiet kit and found myself downloading several fabulous lessons such as this GREAT week long Easter idea (I wish I had found this sooner!!!) and a cute way to present the Easter story. Enjoy!

Wednesday’s Website: Free Rice

I am writing my Wednesday post with about 3 hours left until Thursday! My daughter is recovering from her very first stomach flu and so my mind has been very much preoccupied in her health! I can watch the dr.’s give shots but there is something about seeing my child cry in pain and throw up that makes my heart ACHE.
Today’s website revolves around improving our vocabulary and helping end world hunger at the same time. To play- simply find the synonym to each of the words in bold text. For each correct answer, you will be donating 10 grains of rice to the UN Food Bank. It’s a win, win situation- you learn and others receive something that they desperately need- food. You can even add a button to your blog/website to promote ending world hunger!I might be stretching to make this site apply to toddler teaching, but here is what I have come up with:
Playing FreeRice will not only build your vocab, but you will be a wonderful role model of continual learning to your little one. We just don’t learn until college is over- it’s a never ending process! And as your vocabulary increases, the more word-rich your tot’s environment will be. You can also take time to talk about helping others in need.. although this concept might seem abstract at first (since it’s online), it is never too early to set a good example!

Up and Coming Posts:
April Curriculum Calendar
More on Montessori
April’s Mommy Made Baby Book
I am a Child of God Quiet Kit

Wednesday’s Website: Montessori Mum

Following in suit with my latest Montessori Posts, I wanted to delve into a website that gave great ideas on setting up that “prepared environment“! I decided to share some of the great posts that I have read from a newly discovered blog- Montessori Mum! She awarded me with my second award that I will post about later- so in return I will share with you what I have learned through reading how she implements Montessori with her toddler!

Some Great Ideas from Montessori Mum:

  • labeling clothing drawers with picture cards– a great step in giving little ones the ability to choose outfits! This post is small steps towards independence- and that is exactly what you are giving your child! She also suggests having your child do as much as she can in the dressing process- if its just pulling her head out of her shirt or putting her shoes in the correct place, it is still something!
  • a great twist on child size table and chair– Montessori Mum found a breakfast tray for the table and a step stool for the chair at Ikea for a great price! I recently got the step stool from my mom and hadn’t thought of using it as a chair (she still can’t reach the sink even with it’s aide)
  • making your home more accessible to your little one– check out this post for some great ideas around the house to bring the big tall world of us adults down to fit their needs. She shows options throughout her house. I just love that her little one has her own dish cupboard… very cute!
  • another post about the Montessori environment throughout her house– this time she delves into the kitchen and bathroom areas! Well I am just grateful that she is willing to post her pics because it is really giving me some great ideas! My favorite part of this post- the little kitchen table for prep work. I also like that she is going to hang hooks for her hats- it made me think that maybe we could hang some of those really sturdy plastic hooks with the sticky tape… I can’t think of what they are called… anyway , they are pretty strong and supposedly come off easy. We could hang some inside our coat closet on the door so she can hang up her jacket by herself! Just a random thought!
  • last, but definitely not least, you need to check out the pics of her adorable little Montessori area for her daughter. It is so warm and inviting and next to lots of natural lighting… it’s beautiful! As you look around the room you will see the open shelving, child size table and chair, and a bright little nature area.

Please take the time to check out this site! And look for more of my Montessori posts coming in the future… I really am going on quite the educational adventure! (Literally, too- I chased my playful daughter around the library just so I could get two fabulous Montessori books!)

Proximade Award:
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for helping me learn so much about mommy school Teaching Tiny Tots
for amazing hairstyles with great explanations: Jackie and Kassie’s Sweet Hair Do’s
for a creative family blog with great photographs and day to day experiences: Five For Life
for keeping the relationship of a lost son close to our hearts In Remembrance of Taylor

Wednesday’s Website: Oriental Trading

I thought I would mix things up today and post 20 great teaching tools that are found at Oriental Trading. I first learned about this company as a teacher and continue to receive their catalogs. There are TONS of great crafts for kids that you can buy in bulk, as well as party supplies, art tools, gym equipment- even party gear! I studied my latest catalog to come up with 20 teaching tools under $20 from Oriental Trading.

  1. Ribbon sticks– great for creative dancing and movement!
  2. Geometric Bean Bag Toss Game– fun game to help learn basic shapes
  3. Super Sturdy Parachute– great for teaching teamwork and cooperation! You can imagine the fun the little ones will have running underneath it!!
  4. Beginner’s Scissors– set of 12 scissors that boasts of being able to only cut paper- not hair!
  5. 6 Children’s Colorful Canvas Aprons– bright colored aprons
  6. Perfect for Paint! Palettes– holds up to 6 colors in muffin tin style trays
  7. 10 Jumbo Keep it Clean Cups– spill proof design to hold paint in cups
  8. Sticker Scenes and Giant Sticker Scenes– scenes with repositionable stickers. These take me back to the colorform days! The smaller ones would be great to stick into a quiet kit.
  9. Look It’s Me! Magnets or Keychains– you can design one for every member of your family and hang on the fridge or attach to your keys!
  10. I lb. of Great Big Buttons– these extra large buttons come in 8 colors and shapes.
  11. 72 Totally Terrific Tipped Yarn Laces– these would be great for stringing beads or for lacing cards.
  12. 6 Plastic Cool Craft Trays– I have seen these as Tot trays on Totally Tots and they are perfect for keeping activities neat and organized!
  13. Fabulous Foam Wall of Stars– there are 24 bright star shaped frames that could be used to portray family, friends, or your tot from 1 month to 24 months! Of course this would be perfect for a classroom, too!
  14. 260 Fabulous Foam Self-Adhesive Jumbo Letters– These big letters are perfect for little hands!
  15. 6 Super Durable Dressing Boards– teach your tot to snap, tie, button, buckle, zip, and lace with these durable dressing boards!
  16. Stack it High! Pegs and Peg Boards– foam boards and plastic pegs great for stacking!
  17. Wooden Magnetic Labyrinth– There is one of these at our local children’s museum that my daughter likes to play with! This is good for hand eye coordination activity!
  18. Jumbo 3-minute Timer– can be used for games as well as giving your child a visual aid for transitional times (ie. in 3 minutes we are going to clean up)
  19. Dilly Dot Markers– these dot markers are designed for small hands and come in either neon or bright colors.
  20. 6 Rainbow Clipboards– Can be used for different subjects, family members have a specific color for family night activities, or when going on color hunts. I am a big organizational tool fanatic and so this is something I would love!

There you have it! 20 teaching tools under $20 from Oriental Trading. There is SO much more- especially if you teach school (a lot of the supplies come in bulk).

Wednesday’s Website: No Time For Flashcards

I am going to be featuring a website every Wednesday from other “home teachers” of young children that I find extremely beneficial. This week I dove into Allie’s website titled No Time For Flashcards. I spent a good hour reading about the educational crafts that she does with her son. There are crafts about the letters, colors, transportation, 5 senses and so much more!! These projects aren’t just coloring sheets either- each craft has different tools (some will already be in your home!) that are pictured so you can see EXACTLY what your child needs to complete the project. I love that she ties in good literature and music that tie everything together. Allie, you are AMAZING!! I was going to make a top 10 list of my favorite posts, but I ended up with 20 and I could have done more! These are ideas that I love so much that I plan to do them with my own daughter!!

20 AMAZING IDEAS from No Time For Flashcards

  1. bouquet of hearts (this is the one craft that I have done with Jacs and it was a big success!) Make cardstock hearts, color, and add green pipe cleaner or popsickle stick as a stem!
  2. an easy shape song when teaching your little one about shapes
  3. a collection of four different playdough recipes
  4. sensory fun with rice– A great activity for those little ones that love to scoop and an portable alternative to a sand box! Just pour rice into an old cake pan, add a small amount of glitter for sandbox “bling”, and the tools for scooping. For those young tots this would be a great activity outside!
  5. homemade balance beam-What a fun yet easy way to work on balance! Bring in a sanded down 2×4 and voila! Instant balance beam minus the long fall.
  6. texture collage– A fun way to talk about the sense of touch and different texture words. Collect items with various textures- feathers, different types of paper, sand paper, foil, etc. Then create away!
  7. one of my favorite ideas- a color hunt. Go exploring through the house with a paper bag collecting items from a pre-selected color! Great activity for those eager little minds and busy little hands! It is recommended that children under 2 have items preplaced low to the ground for your toddler’s accessibility. Depending on the age- assign multiple colors.
  8. color collage– Collect different items of a specific color. I would use a variety of mediums, too! It is suggested to add in shapes of that color as well.
  9. winter craft- snowman blocks. Very cute blocks using empty spice containers making a snowman! Especially designed for those tower builders out there!
  10. orange prints using paint/ orange halves. This idea was originally posted on teaching tiny tots, but I needed to write it down so I wouldn’t forget! (We have old oranges in our fridge)
  11. family photo quilt– great for thanksgiving time! Use photographs of family members, cardstock, and ribbon to create a wall hanging to show off our fabulous family!
  12. great Christmas craft- candy christmas trees. One upside down sugar cone, green frosting, and yummy candy can make quite the decorative tree!
  13. make “cloth” placemats for special occasions using paper towels, markers, and contact paper. What a wonderful way to get your toddler involved in decorating for the holidays!
  14. make your own crayons using broken crayon pieces and a muffin tin. I think this is a fabulous science lesson as well for the older kids!
  15. color squishers– this looks fun enough for me to do! The materials are easy for this activity- at least 2 colors of paint ( I wouldn’t do too many colors or you will end up an ugly brownish black) and a ziplock bag!
  16. toilet paper roll necklace– using an old toilet paper roll, color, cut up roll in smaller pieces, and string onto yarn. Good for lacing practice!
  17. magic wands– a fun way to make your own pointers! You’ll need paper, straws, tape, and glitter for this project. It is suggested to use a star cookie cutter, but you could also use different patterns to create special dinosaur, flower, sunshine, etc. wands
  18. bath proof painting– what I love from this post is the creativity in using different “tools” to paint! I never would of though to use a net bath sponge as an artist’s brush!
  19. all you teachers and alphabet fanatics out there will love this Chica Chica Boom Boom Coconut Tree craft. This is inspired from the book and is a great project to kick off learning those letters!
  20. OK, so I can’t fit the rest of my ideas on this list, so I am adding a whole category of ideas labeled 5 senses. Definately check out the sound search and the I spy activities. These are both projects that the most active of children can appreciate! The teacher in me LOVES that the toddler is making his own observations!
No Time For Flash Cards
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