Teaching Good Things

Practical Skills for Real Life

Teaching Good Things - Practical Skills for Real Life

Easy Hand Stitching for Children

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Using a pencil and a piece of fabric I drew out some simple freehand patterns for my two youngest to hand-stitch.  I was pleasantly surprised that 4 year old Peachy-girl did such a great job. I had to go back and help her once, but after that I left her alone and came back to a finished project! I couldn’t believe it!

Not everyone is a natural at things like this. Her older sister has to work at it a more than she does. I can’t wait to see what she creates in he future.

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 I love that it keeps her hands busy.

Needle and Thread is the best site I have found with EXCELLENT video tutorials!!! Don’t miss her dozens and dozens of patterns!

Pre-printed designs or even free handed designs like his is a great way to get young ones started on needlework.

 

This is a great way to teach little ones using shelf liner rolls from Dollar Tree.

I love this idea!

 

The Importance of Handiwork

Why You Should Learn to Quilt

 

 

 

 

Learning the Water Cycle – Easy Unit Study

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One of my best friends needed a hand so I offered to take her kids for the day, 7 of her 10. :) My hat goes off to all you homeschool moms of many…I’m pooped!

We started our day out with a days of creation project, but I don’t have pictures of that!

 

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I planned a day of learning about the water cycle.

Lots of crafts and YouTube videos.

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We did this little craft learning about the types of clouds.

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These two are big buddies!

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And these two! I refer to them as my twins. ;)

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This was a neat craft showing the basic steps of the water cycle.

I LOVE Pinterest!


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With a permanent marker I marked their drinking cups for the day with their names and one of our vocabulary words. While we ate lunch I asked the older children what was on their cup and to define it.

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We made these adorable measuring sticks for snow accumulation.

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They measured off the inches and decorated them.

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Too bad it doesn’t snow much in Alabama!

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We ended the day making snow using shaving cream and corn starch (half and half). I got the idea from my friend Mrs. Woods.

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They all loved this!

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My Peachy-girl!

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Cherish and Jax!

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Alexa and her snowman!

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Avi

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We watched 3 videos on YouTube explaining the water cycle, they were about 15-20 minutes each.  We’d watch a video, then do a craft.

After most everything was done I let them watch Frozen, which just happened to be free on YouTube for the day! :)

Between YouTube and Pinterest anyone can homeschool! :)

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The Names of Jesus Paper Chain for Christmas

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paper chain

Such a simple project, but a special project.

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A few strips of colorful paper and a list of names to copy.

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Reminding them to use a capital letter…

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and to be neat.

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While they copy the names and tape the chain together

we discuss what the names mean and how Jesus came to fulfill the law…

and to be our Redeemer…

our Mediator…

 

 

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our Good Shepherd.

I love paper chains, but I REALLY love these!!!

Yes, they will get packed away next week, but next year when we pull them out the kids will be excited and say, “I remember when we made these!”

Mom, YOU are the memory maker!

ADAM (1 Corinthians 15:45)
ADVOCATE (1 John 2:1)
ALMIGHTY (Revelation 1:8)
ALPHA AND OMEGA (Revelation 1:8)
AMEN (Revelation 3:14)
APOSTLE OF OUR PROFESSION (Hebrews 3:1)
ARM OF THE LORD (Isaiah 51:9)
AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH (Hebrews 12:2)
AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION (Hebrews 5:9)
BEGINNING OF CREATION OF GOD (Revelation 3:14)
BELOVED SON (Matthew 12:18)
BLESSED AND ONLY POTENTATE (1 Timothy 6:15)
BRANCH (Isaiah 4:2)
BREAD OF LIFE (John 6:32)
CAPTAIN OF SALVATION (Hebrews 2:10)
CHIEF SHEPHERD (1 Peter 5:4)
CHRIST OF GOD (Luke 9:20)
CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL (Luke 2:25)
CORNERSTONE (Psalm 118:22)
COUNSELLOR (Isaiah 9:6)
CREATOR (John 1:3)
DAYSPRING (Luke 1:78)
DELIVERER (Romans 11:26)
DESIRE OF THE NATIONS (Haggai 2:7)
DOOR (John 10:7)
ELECT OF GOD (Isaiah 42:1)
EVERLASTING FATHER (Isaiah 9:6)
FAITHFUL WITNESS (Revelation 1:5)
FIRST AND LAST (Revelation 1:17)
FIRST BEGOTTEN (Revelation 1:5)
FORERUNNER (Hebrews 6:20)
GLORY OF THE LORD (Isaiah 40:5)
GOD (Isaiah 40:3)
GOD BLESSED (Romans 9:5)
GOOD SHEPHERD (John 10:11)
GOVERNOR (Matthew 2:6)
GREAT HIGH PRIEST (Hebrews 4:14)
HEAD OF THE CHURCH (Ephesians 1:22)
HEIR OF ALL THINGS (Hebrews 1:2)
HOLY CHILD (Acts 4:27)
HOLY ONE (Acts 3:14)
HOLY ONE OF GOD (Mark 1:24)
HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL (Isaiah 41:14)
HORN OF SALVATION (Luke 1:69)
I AM (John 8:58)
IMAGE OF GOD (2 Corinthians 4:4)
IMMANUEL (Isaiah 7:14)
JEHOVAH (Isaiah 26:4)
JESUS (Matthew 1:21)
JESUS OF NAZARETH (Matthew 21:11)
JUDGE OF ISRAEL (Micah 5:1)
THE JUST ONE (Acts 7:52)
KING (Zechariah 9:9)
KING OF THE AGES (1 Timothy 1:17)
KING OF THE JEWS (Matthew 2:2)
KING OF KINGS (1 Timothy 6:15)
KING OF SAINTS (Revelation 15:3)
LAWGIVER (Isaiah 33:22)
LAMB (Revelation 13:8)
LAMB OF GOD (John 1:29)
LEADER AND COMMANDER (Isaiah 55:4)
THE LIFE (John 14:6)
LIGHT OF THE WORLD (John 8:12)
LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH (Revelation 5:5)
LORD OF ALL (Acts 10:36)
LORD OF GLORY (1 Corinthians 2:8)
LORD OF LORDS (1 Timothy 6:15)
LORD OF OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jeremiah 23:6)
MAN OF SORROWS (Isaiah 53:3)
MEDIATOR (1 Timothy 2:5)
MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT (Malachi 3:1)
MESSIAH (Daniel 9:25)
MIGHTY GOD (Isaiah 9:6)
MIGHTY ONE (Isaiah 60:16)
MORNING STAR (Revelation 22:16)
NAZARENE (Matthew 2:23)
ONLY BEGOTTEN SON (John 1:18)
OUR PASSOVER (1 Corinthians 5:7)
PRINCE OF LIFE (Acts 3:15)
PRINCE OF KINGS (Revelation 1:5)
PRINCE OF PEACE (Isaiah 9:6)
PROPHET (Luke 24:19)
REDEEMER (Job 19:25)
RESURRECTION AND LIFE (John 11:25)
ROCK (1 Corinthians 10:4)
ROOT OF DAVID (Revelation 22:16)
ROSE OF SHARON (Song of Songs 2:1)
SAVIOR (Luke 2:11)
SEED OF WOMAN (Genesis 3:15)
SHEPHERD AND BISHOP OF SOULS (1 Peter 2:25)
SHILOH (Genesis 49:10)
SON OF THE BLESSED (Mark 14:61)
SON OF DAVID (Matthew 1:1)
SON OF GOD (Matthew 2:15)
SON OF THE HIGHEST(Luke 1:32)
SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (Malachi 4:2)
TRUE LIGHT (John 1:9)
TRUE VINE (John 15:1)
TRUTH (John 1:14)
WITNESS (Isaiah 55:4)
WORD (John 1:1)
WORD OF GOD (Revelation 19:13)

 

 

How to Make Pumpkins That Will Last Forever

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I love pumpkins and I love decorating for fall.

But I do hate buying pumpkins that only last a month or two.

Jeff used some scrap lumber he had laying around and cut these for me, and then drilled a hole.  The stem is from a broken shovel handle… because we throw nothing away. ;) You could use a tree branch for a stem too.

4x4 wood pumpkins

This patch of pumpkins is made from 4×4′s. I used regular craft paint and the shading is natural because the paint soaks into the wood pretty good. The more ‘weathered’ the wood the more ‘shading’ there is. I hot glued some fake moss to the tops and added a raffia bow. A burlap bow would be good too. :)

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This ‘patch’ is made from landscape timbers…the same process.

These will last… forever. :)

Fall Wreath – Dried Flowers

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I took some dried hydrangeas and stuck them in a grapevine wreath. I left the stems long enough to twist into the wreath, you could use some floral wire if you need to. or even hot glue them in.

Then I spray painted it and let it dry.

 

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And then added a strip of burlap and a bow.

What are your favorite fall decorations?

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How to Make a Burlap Flag

I saw how to make these on Pinterest, the picture actually linked to this Facebook Page.

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It only took me about 20 minutes to make. This one is only 1/4 yard wide, next time I will make it a little wider. My applique isn’t the greatest… so don’t judge. ;)

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You simply fold over the burlap on the top to make a sleeve for your rod.

Applique whatever you want on the front, I just freestyle cut the B out.

Do a seam around to keep it from fraying, but don’t sew the sleeve together.

After sewing it on I used clear spray paint on both sides.

 

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