Free Journal Prompts for the Christmas Season eBook

How does having a meaningful Language Arts, Handwriting, and Journal Writing experience all in one resource sound?

Journal Prompts for the Christmas Season eBook includes journal prompts and lessons on the parts of speech including: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions/phrases. Also included, is a lesson on poetry and letter writing. There are lessons for both younger and older age groups.

There is extra handwriting paper at the end of this eBook in case your student needs more room to write than is provided on each page.

Shelve those English, Handwriting and Journal books until after Christmas!!

For a free copy, email me at or follow this blog to get your free copy.

Merry Christmas!!


Family Devotion – Jesus had a family…we do too

Our church is doing the Hometown Nazareth curricula during Sunday School beginning this Sunday.  We are writing Family Devotions that go along with what the children are learning at church.  These will be copied and placed on a table outside the sanctuary for families to pick up.  They will also be posted on our website.

Family Devotion Guide

November 27th


We are very excited about the Hometown Nazareth sermon and Sunday School series. The weekly sermons, Sunday School lessons, together with these weekly devotion guides, are intended to help you to draw closer to your family while deepening your personal understanding of the Christmas story.  These guides have been purposely designed so that every type of family may benefit from them. We recommend that parents become familiar with this guide before leading the discussion with their children.

Theme:  Jesus had a family…we do too



Read Luke 1:26-38.

Family Memory Verse:

For nothing is impossible with God.  Luke 1:37

Discussion Starter:

Place a bowl filled with Hershey’s Kisses in front of your children.

Tell them that they may eat as many and they want as long as they don’t use their hands to unwrap them.  Allow time to try.



It was nearly impossible to get the paper off of the Hershey’s Kisses without using your hands.

Ask, What are things that are impossible for us to do that God can do?  Is there anything that is impossible for God to do?  Why or Why not?

In our scripture reading, we learned that an angel told Mary she would have a baby-God’s son.  She thought this was impossible because she wasn’t married.  But with God, nothing is impossible.

Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, who was a much older woman – maybe the age of your grandmother – was also going to have a baby.  This seemed impossible, but not for God.  Read Luke 1:13-19.

Ask, What is something that you are facing that seems impossible?  What do you think Jesus would have you do about that “impossible” thing?


Ask God to help you remember that nothing is impossible for Him.


Advent Activity:

Create an Advent Wreath.  Purchase or make a wreath by fastening evergreen branches into a circle.  Place 5 candle holders within the greenery – add 3 purple, 1 rose, and 1 white candle to the holders.  Light one candle each night for a week during your family devotional in this order:  1st purple (hope), 2nd purple (preparation), 3rd rose (joy), 4th purple (love), 5th white (Christ..spotless lamb of God).  Continue to light the previous candle and an additional each week.  At the end of the five weeks, all the candles will be lit.

Reasons for the Season Ebook

This year, at Christmas, our family decided we wanted the focus to be 100% on Christ. I know how busy the season can be, so I wanted to have a plan upfront. I wanted to focus on one aspect of Christmas for each of the 24 days leading up to it. This resource includes 24 meaningful Family Devotions developed to fit into any busy schedule. With just 15 minutes a day, you can help your family discover Reasons to celebrate Christmas without forgetting Christ.

Beginning December 1, countdown to Christmas with these meaningful and educational Family Devotions.

24 Reasons to Count Down Christmas

1. The Reason Behind Christmas Trees
2. The Reason Behind the Treetop Star
3. The Reason Behind Christmas Carols
4. The Reason Behind Nativities
5. The Reason Behind Christmas Stockings
6. The Reason Behind Poinsettia Plants
7. The Reason Behind Garland
8. The Reason Behind Christmas Wreaths
9. The Reason Behind Christmas Lights
10. The Reason Behind Candy Canes
11. The Reason Behind Reindeer
12. The Reason Behind Christmas Parades
13. The Reason Behind Gingerbread Men
14. The Reason Behind Nutcrackers
15. The Reasons Behind Traditions Around the World
16. The Reason Behind Christmas Cards
17. The Reason Behind Christmas Cookies
18. The Reason Behind Gift Giving at Christmas
19. The Reason Behind John the Baptist’s Birth
20. The Reason Behind The Journey to Bethlehem
21. The Reason Behind the Shepherds’ Visit
22. The Reason Behind the Christmas Star & The Wise Men’s Visit (and When it Likely Happened)
23. The Reason Behind Jesus’ Birth
24. The Reason Behind the true Christmas Story

Also includes Advent Ideas.

To get this eBook FREE, click here.  We hope you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!


Simple and Fun Turkey Cookies

Here’s a link to a very cute Turkey Cookie idea from Women Living Well.  Best of all, you only need three things in order to make them.  They are perfect for little hands!

Simple and Fun Turkey Cookies.

Thanksgiving Week – Preschool Lesson Plans

Here is a Holiday Lesson Plan from the A to Z Toddler and Preschool Curriculum eBook.  Hope you enjoy!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Scripture:  Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

1 Chronicles 29:13 

Theme:  Thanksgiving



  • Scripture:  Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13
  • Tell the story of the Ten Lepers:  Jesus entered a village and met ten men who were lepers (sores on their skin) who were standing far off.  They shouted and asked Jesus to heal them.  Jesus healed them.  Only one man turned back and thanked Jesus.  List the things we should be thankful for.  Pray and thank God now.


Theme Learning

  • The First Thanksgiving – Pilgrims:  The Pilgrims wanted to worship God the way they felt led to.  They decided to go to America so that they could do so.  They sailed on a boat called the Mayflower.  102 passengers were on the boat.
  • The First Thanksgiving – Indians: the Pilgrims met the Indians; they were afraid at first, but the Indians were friendly; the Indians taught them to plant corn, get sap from trees, avoid poisonous plants, and catch fish in the rivers
  • The First Thanksgiving – Feast:  the Pilgrims and Indians came together for a feast; they probably ate venison (deer), fowl (birds), fish, vegetables and berries, corn bread… The feast lasted for 3 days
  • Thanksgiving Today – we eat turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, etc.; we get together to eat with family and friends; let each child share what they will do for Thanksgiving

Letter Skills

  • Review Letters
  • Review all letter boxes A – I (each week, fill empty wet wipes containers with things that begin with the letter of the week…you will have 26 boxes at the end of the year)
  • Sing the Alphabet Song to review all letters
  • Erase the letter – write letters learned so far on the board (A-I); have student come up and erase the letter you say; repeat so that everyone has a turn
  • Pick a Pocket game – purchase one of those hanging shoe organizers with lots of pockets; put a letter in each (cut out from paper or use ABC magnets); children take turns coming up and pulling letter from pocket – he should tell what letter it is and what sound it makes
  • Trace magnetic alphabet letters
  • Alphabet stamping – purchase a set of ABC stamps and stamp pad and let the children stamp the letters on white paper
  • Play dough with alphabet cookie cutters
  • Sing: What’s the Sound song to review all letters

What’s the Sound – tune B-I-N-G-O

What’s the sound that starts these words

_____ and _____ and ______

/  / is the sound, / / is the sound, / / is the sound

That starts ____, _____, and _____.


  • Review Numbers
  • Flashlight Writing – turn off the lights and use a flashlight to “write” a number on the wall or ceiling; children must try to guess what number you wrote
  • Who Has # __? game – give each child an index card that has a number on it; call out a number and those children who have it should stand; repeat several times and then let the children switch numbers with their neighbor
  • Fishing for Numbers – provide a stick with yarn tied on one end; hot glue a magnet to the other end of the yarn; cut out fish shapes and add large metal gem clip at mouth; let children take turns fishing for the number you call out…or have them pull out a fish and tell you what number it is
  • What Comes After game – call out a number and have children try to tell what number comes next…before

Shape Practice

  • Thanksgiving Thank You Cards-give child construction paper which is shaped like a rectangle; fold it in half and discuss that now you have 2 rectangles; have child decorate with crayons and markers and give this Thank You card to someone special such as a Sunday School teacher


  • Play with yellow play dough.
  • Finger paint with yellow/red paint; notice how when mixed they make orange.
  • Leaf Rubbings-take a walk and collect Fall leaves; place leaves under white paper and have toddler rub yellow or orange crayon over the leaf; the impression of the leaf veins will be on the paper; works best if you peel paper from crayon and use crayon sideways over the leaf…press down hard
  • Jump On Color game – place sheets of construction paper in the middle of the Carpet; all out a color and select a child and instruct him to jump on the color and sit back down; repeat until everyone has a turn


  • Turkey Placemat-Purchase a cloth placemat in a light color (such as tan or pale yellow); paint toddler’s hand to look like a turkey by painting the thumb and palm brown (body and head) and the fingers various Fall colors like pointer finger-red, tall finger-yellow, ring finger-orange; and pinky finger-green; use fabric markers to add eye and orange beak and to write Happy Thanksgiving; These will be keepsakes!
  • Baby Food Jar Thanksgiving Candle Votive-cut orange, brown and yellow tissue paper into small square; have toddler paint glue onto outside of clean baby food jar and then stick tissue squares on the glue; when finished brush all over with glue to smooth down corners of tissue paper squares; when dry add tea light candle and place on Thanksgiving table for decoration
  • Paper Bag Turkey-decorate brown lunch sack with markers; stuff with newspapers and twist end closed and up to resemble turkey head; glue on feathers cut from construction paper
  • Paper Plate Collage:  have toddler help you find pictures of foods he loves in magazines; cut them out and have toddler glue them on the paper plate
  • Pillow Case Indian Vests – have children each bring in a twin size white pillow case (be sure to send this in a note in advance); cut the pillow case as shown; let children use markers or fabric paint to decorate


  • Turkey Pokey-like Hokey Pokey, but you put your drumsticks in, your tail feathers in, your beak in, wings in, etc.
  • Dinner Bells-collect various bells and place in clean, plastic jar (like peanut butter jar); bells can be purchased in craft section of large retail store; secure the top and have child shake while you have music playing from the radio or a CD
  • Falling Leaves-cut Fall leaves from construction paper; sing:
    • Leaves are falling down, won’t you try and catch some.

Leaves are falling down, won’t you try and catch some.

Leaves are falling down, won’t you try and catch some.

Catch some if you can! (throw leaves up and let them rain down)

  • Thanksgiving Apple Pie Tambourines-use tin pie pans with apple seeds (or dry beans) inside; staple closed and secure edges with heavy tape to be sure no seeds escape; use as tambourines while you play lively music

Game Time

  • Take a Fall walk- give toddler a brown paper sack or sand bucket and let him pick up “signs of Fall” such as colorful leaves, pine cones, and acorns (monitor carefully)
  • Leaf Sorting-Place several shoeboxes on a table.  Use different colored Fall leaves from Fall walk (above) and have your child sort the leaves according to color and  place them into the right shoeboxes
  • Build Pilgrim homes-play with blocks and “build” houses like the Pilgrims did
  • Turkey Bean Bag Toss-draw large turkey with mouth open on poster board; tape the turkey to the back of a chair; have toddler try to toss beanbags into turkey mouth

Snack Idea

  • Sugar Waffle Cone Cornucopia-add M&M’s and mini marshmallows, Cheese Nips, etc. to the inside for a sweet and salty snack
  •  Pilgrim Hat-use vanilla wafer and mini marshmallow to make Pilgrim hats; secure marshmallow with a little frosting; you could always dip these in melted chocolate to look black like a real Pilgrim hat
  • Cornucopias-Serve Bugles brand chips which look just like little cornucopias

Fieldtrip Ideas

  • Invite parents for a Thanksgiving Meal; decorations made in Art and wear Indian vests made from pillow cases

Authentic Thanksgiving Menu

How about making a memory your children will not soon forget this Thanksgiving?!?!  Create an authentic Thanksgiving feast!  Here’s how:

Make your Thanksgiving meal as authentic as possible by cooking outside as much as possible and eating outside by a campfire.

Table Decorations:

Take folding table and chairs outside and place by a campfire.

Use the votive candles made in the Art section of this resource to place on the table.  Use the Thankful Tree found in the Bible Idea section as the centerpiece.  Use the Thanksgiving Placemats ideas found in the Art section of this resource.  Make a pinecone turkey while outside and while lunch is cooking.  Your children can scour the yard for a large pinecone.  Cut out feather shapes from colorful construction paper.  Cut out a red turkey head-template included.  Before lunch begins, have each person write one thing he/she is thankful for.  Go around the table and read these just before saying the blessing right before the meal.



Wild Turkey

Grilled corn on the cob

Grilled sweet potatoes

Corn Bread

Pumpkin Pudding or Pumpkin Pie

Indian Pudding

Popcorn popped right over the campfire.  (Use Jiffy Pop or the directions below)


Use the directions contained in this resource to create Pilgrim and Indian costumes for your family to wear during your Thanksgiving meal.



“Wild” Turkey

1 bone-in turkey breast
8 oz honey Dijon salad dressing

The salad dressing gathers together many of the spices the settlers would have used. The turkey breast should be under 2 pounds. Place turkey in a large resealable plastic bag; add salad dressing. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.

Drain and discard marinade. Grill turkey, covered, over indirect medium heat for 45-55 minutes or until juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 170 degrees.


Grilled Corn on the Cob:

Soak the cobs by placing in a pot of cold water for approximately 20 minutes. Be sure the ears are completely covered with water. This will provide extra moisture for cooking and will steam the corn kernels inside the aluminum foil.

Preheat the grill to a medium temperature (350 degrees F).

Remove the corn from the water and shake off any excess water.

Place each cob on a square of aluminum foil.  Brush the kernels with olive oil. Add a little salt and pepper. Roll the aluminum foil around each ear of corn and close it up by twisting the ends.

Place the prepare ears of corn on a medium heat grill, rotating the     corn every so often.

Allow the corn to slowly continue cooking for another 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve with butter

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Wash your sweet potatoes and rub with vegetable oil.  Pierce each one with a fork several times.  Wrap each in aluminum foil.  Grill over medium hot coals for 1 hour or until tender.  Turn halfway.  Remove from grill and unwrap.  Top with butter, cinnamon and/or brownsugar.

Corn Bread


4 cups water
1 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. salt

Put the water into a saucepan and add in the cornmeal, Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 1/2 hour until it thickens.

Now mix together the flour and salt, and stir it into the cornmeal mix. When well mixed, take 1/2 cup portions and place on a cookie sheet to form little domes, flattened on top. Put into a 350F oven for 15 minutes. Take the cookie sheet out, turn the bread-domes over and cook for another 10 minutes.

Pumpkin Pudding


1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons molasses
2 eggs
2 cups bread or cake crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup raisins

Mix ingredients together. Divide among 4 greased custard cups. Place in pan of boiling water, to the middle of the custard cups. Cover with foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 1-1/2 hours. Cool and remove from dishes. Reheat and serve.

Pumpkin Pie – Paula Deen’s version

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten

1 cup half-and-half

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, optional

1 piece pre-made pie dough

Whipped cream, for topping


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place 1 piece of pre-made pie dough down into a (9-inch) pie pan and press down along the bottom and all sides. Pinch and crimp the edges together to make a pretty pattern. Put the pie shell back into the freezer for 1 hour to firm up. Fit a piece of aluminum foil to cover the inside of the shell completely. Fill the shell up to the edges with pie weights or dried beans (about 2 pounds) and place it in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the foil and pie weights and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust is dried out and beginning to color.

For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the sugar and salt, and beat until combined. Add the eggs mixed with the yolks, half-and-half, and melted butter, and beat until combined. Finally, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger, if using, and beat until incorporated.

Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust and bake for 50 minutes, or until the center is set. Place the pie on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cut into slices and top each piece with a generous amount of whipped cream.

Deen, Paula. “Pumpkin Pie.” Recipe. Food Network.  Retrieved October 2010.   <;

Indian Pudding

2 cups milk
1 cup stone-ground cornmeal
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup unsulphured molasses, warmed
4 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, or to taste
grated peel of 1/2 small lemon
1/2 cup raisins
sweetened whipped cream or sweet wine for topping

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat milk with cornmeal. Whisk from time to time until thick. Heat molasses and butter, and whisk in sugar.

Gradually beat hot cornmeal mixture into beaten egg. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon peel and raisins. Place in 8-inch-diameter glass baking dish or ceramic mixing bowl. Bake for 1 hours, or until top is rounded and set. Serve hot with toppings of whipped cream or sweet wine, if desired. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Popcorn-popped over a campfire

The easiest way to make campfire popcorn is with an 18-inch square piece of aluminum foil. Place two teaspoons of cooking oil and four teaspoons of popcorn in the middle of the foil. Then make a tent by bringing two opposite corners together and folding them over three times, and then bring the other two corners together and roll them so the tent is sealed. Make sure there’s enough room for the corn to pop. Next, poke a campfire fork or a stick through at the top, and set the foil pack into the coals until a kernel pops. Then you can shake the pack over the coals until popping is complete. Add melted butter and salt if you prefer.


Good Morning Girls Week 7

Good Morning Girls,

We are halfway through this week and this Bible study!!  The scripture this week is all about LOVE.  It starts off on Day 1, talking about how the world will hate righteousness and gave the example of Cain and Abel.  Day 2, I jotted down: “the world hates Christians…fruit of a Christian is our love….murderer is used in conjunction with hate…we need to love and show it.”  Day 3, I jotted down:  “love in deed and truth.”  I love in verse 16 where he gives us an example of how God modeled the love we are to have when he laid down His life for us.  He’s our Father and modeling what love should look like, just as we as parents should model this type love for our children.

The kids and I are doing a study on the Fruits of the Spirit during our morning devotions and we are on LOVE.  We looked up lots of verses yesterday regarding love and here’s one that really struck me that goes along with our Bible Study. It’s from 1 Corinthians 13 (surprise!), but it’s verses 1-3 that really struck me.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my good to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” 

All the world hears is just “noise” when we witness to them without love.  We clanged two pot lids together to drive this point home (I don’t recommend it unless you have Advil ready.)



Here’s the link to the Good Morning Girls blog for week 7:

Good Morning Girls



Fishers of Men Bible Story Craft

Here’s a neat craft to use when teaching the lesson, “Fishers of Men,” which comes from Matthew 4.

I put about two big squirts of paint into an empty water bottle, replaced the top (very important step!) and then had the  little ones in my Sunday School class shake, shake, shake!!!

Take the top off and let it dry…or if you are short on time and are doing this during Sunday School like me, remove the cap so that the air can escape as you press the bottom of the bottle flat.   Replace the cap and work with the bottom a little more to make it look like a fish tail.

Glue on two wiggly eyes.

Take the top off once more and add the end of a length of fishing line inside the bottle.  Replace the cap and be sure it’s closed tightly.  Add a gem clip hook and fishing lure.  I tied the silver gem clip to the fishing line near the mouth and clipped the lure with the gem clip.  If I had more time, I wanted to use needle to feed the lure onto the line.

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