Felt Board Stories

February 28, 2006 at 10:18 am (Uncategorized)


My kids LOVE felt board stories.  Even my 11 year old will usually drop what he is doing and come participate when I pull out the felt.  We have a lot of felt stories, all of which I have made.  Many years ago my husband cut me a piece of plywood just the right size to fit into a king size pillow case.  I covered it with grey felt on one side and on the other side I used green and sky blue to make a landscape scene. 

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As far as the felt board stories I have gotten ideas from all over and have made them in a variety of ways.  If they are simple enough I just cut the pieces out of felt.  More detailed pieces I will look for graphics online and the print them on card stock and put felt on the back of the card stock.  I also have some where I took heavy weight interfacing (not the iron on kind) and traced the graphics on to them and then colored them with color pencils.

This one is 5 Little Monkeys and I got it from the website Preschool Printables
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This one is It Looked Like Spilt Milk I made it from white felt and I let the kids put up the pieces as I read from the book.
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This one is the song Hush Little Baby I made it from interfacing
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To store my felts and make them easily accessable I have 3 BIG binders with clear page protectors inside.  I keep the pieces for each story as well as a copy of the story to read from in the protectors.

These are my felt story binders.
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Here is what it looks like inside.
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Websites Where I have Gotten Felt Stories

dtlk -teach  Felt board stories to print, excellent!

Preschool Printables   Felt Board Stories to print

Enchanted Learning  Felt board ideas.

Draw & Tell  Learn to become a Story Teller.  Lots of great ideas you can incorporate into felt stories..

Here is an amazing site with links to hundreds of free printables!

Ebay   is great place to purchase inexpensive pre-made felt stories. (or get ideas!)

Here is a list of all the stories I have made through the years:

Polar Bear, Polar Bear
Build A Snow Man
Snow Flakes One By One
5 Little Monkeys
Ice Cream Colors
Johnny -Cakes
The House In The Woods
10 Little Mittens
Jack & Jill
Soup From A Nail
The Ugly Duckling
5 Big Valentines
The Wide Mouth Frog
How Is The Weather
Little White Duck
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
It Looked Like Spilt Milk
C is for Cookie
The Gingerbread Man
5 Little Chickens
Under The Big Top
Three Little Kittens
The Tortoise & The Hare
Hickory Dickory Dock
Old MacDonald
I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
Hush, Little Baby
The Lunch Sack
5 Red Apples
Luck Ladybugs
Chicka, Chicka ABC
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs
5 Yellow Ducks
Nine Little Zebras
100 Animals In The Zoo

Biblical Felt Stories

Ressurection Eggs
10 Commandments
The Story of St. Patrick
God Made The World
Daniel In The Lions Den
Moses In The Bulrushes

Felt is very inexpensive and the only limit to what you can come up with is your imagination!  This is also a great space saver since you can keep so many stories in a few binders. 



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Something From Nothing

February 27, 2006 at 5:05 pm (Uncategorized)

At the risk of making everyone think
I have too much time on my hands….I thought I would post pictures
some of the items I have made out of Capri Sun Juice Pouches!

Two purses and a wallet
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Wallet opened
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am in the process of making 5 more purses to use as goodie bags for my
daughters birthday party next weekend.  Once you start making
these things it's just addictive!

Per the request of homesklr here are the instructions for making purses:

You will need 10 juice pouches washed and dried.

Sew two pouches together side by side to make front and 2 more to make
the back.  I use a LARGE zigzag stich and cotton thread.  You
will want to use scotch tape to hold the pieces together while you
sew.  They do slip & slid!  (Also have a towel handy, no
matter how dry I think they are a few always start leaking as the
needle pokes holes in them.) 

Once you have your front
and back made take 2 more pouches and lay them together overlapping in
the opposite direction of the fronts.  You will need to lay the
bottom pieces over the side piece to figure out the right size. 
The tape and the bottom peices togther.

Now take 2 more bags
and cut them so you can open them up.  You will cut 3 sides
leaving the bottom attached.  Trifold the bag to create the
handle.  Use tape to position your handles.  You will just
have to fuss with it until you figure out the best way to do it. 
Some bags are more cooperative thn others to work with.  Use tape
to position them on the front and back and stitch down. 

You will now have a front with handles, back with handles and a bottom.  With wrong sides together stitch sides to bottom.

Now you will do the same thing.  Wrong sides together use 2 more bags to attach the sides to bottom. 

You are now at the hardest part.  Stictch up the 4 remaining open
seams.  It's a little tricky.  The more you make the better
you'll get. 

Your done….

Except for
trim!  Some of mine I have left without trim, my boys use them for
toting hotwheel cars and music CD's (Works out these are the perfect
size for music CD's)  I think my husband might even have one in
his car with CD's in it!  For the girls go crazy with trim. 
I have used boas & bead trim, but the sky is the limit.  I hot
glue my trim on and it seems to hold fine.


(If anyone wants to know how I made the wallet post a comment and I will give directions for that too.)

Birthday Party Goodie Bags Completed
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Happy 5th Birthday to my Little GEM!

February 25, 2006 at 10:24 pm (Uncategorized)

Five years ago today you were born
Into our family….
Vibrant and joyous from the start
Everyday with you is such a joy!

Yes, we waited a long time for you to come,
Every prayer and heartache was worth it!
All the things we dreamed a daughter could be
Resound from your

Once again I thank God for you!
Loving you is a delight
Darling daughter of mine…


February 25, 2006
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Our Little GEM!
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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But
store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not
destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21

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Gift Bags

February 24, 2006 at 4:14 pm (Uncategorized)

My daughter and I spent this morning
sewing gift bags.  I stopped buying gift wrap about 10 years ago
when I realized I could buy fabric cheaper and make really nice gift
bags. I have noticed quite a few blogs with people talking about good
sewing projects for kids, so I thought I would throw these out
there.  All of the bags we made today (8 in all) were made from
either leftovers from other projects or fabric people had given
me.  If I buy fabric to make bags I limit myself to the $1.00
table at JoAnn's or Wal-Mart.  I can get 2 to 4 bags from a yard,
so that makes these bags cheaper than even the cheapest purchased gift
bags!  Plus these are reusable and kids can find a zillion uses
for them.  To close them I buy the inexpensive spools of ribbon at
Micheals.  I usually get them on sale for 3 for $1.00.  The
spools last a long time.  I have about 30 of these bags in
Christmas Fabric that we use year after year with our kids.  (I
have 10 per kid.  Our kids don't get 10 gift per year, but this
allows plenty of different sizes I may need.)  Another bonus of
using fabric gift bags for Christmas is I can wrap all our gifts in
about 30 minutes! 

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sew the bags cut 2 peices of fabric and place right side togther. 
Cut a peice of ribbon long enough close the bag.  (Approximatley
24 inches.)  Fold the piece of ribbon in half and pin in about 3
inches from the top in one of the side seams.  (The ribbon will be
on the inside of the bag at this point.) Sew 3 sides.  Turn right
side out.  I use pinking shears to cut the top so I don't have to
hem them.  Easy, easy, easy…. So put those kids to work making

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Time For Me

February 24, 2006 at 1:26 pm (Uncategorized)

Recently I was having a discussion with
one of my favorite Aunts about homeschooling.  She was asking me
questions about our daily and weekly schedule and I was explaining to
her how we do what we do.  I thought I was doing a good job
“selling” her on homeschooling. (Not that I’m likely to convert her
since she’s in her 80’s. LOL )  Then the conversation took and
unexpected turn and she started expressing concerned about me! 
“Where do you find time for yourself in all this?” she asked? 
Well, my first thought was I remember when she was raising her kids and
I don’t think she had any time for herself!  She was an old
fashioned homemaker.  Yes, the kids were off at school, but she
had many responsibilities with the house.  Hanging laundry out on
the line, canning vegetables she grew herself. Taking care of my
elderly Grandmother.  I didn’t see her getting a lot of “me time”,
but apparently she remembers it differently.

Since that
conversation I have been spending a lot of time thinking about what I
do for myself.  Here’s what I have decided…I do a lot for
me!  I blog, scrapbook, read, sew, quilt, study homeopathy. I go
out to dinner with a couple of other homeschool Mom’s on a semi-regular
basis.  I actually feel like maybe I should cut out some of my “me
time” so I can do more for my kids and husband!  So this has made
me do some more thinking.  What was the real question she was
asking?  Was it really “How do you find fulfillment without a
paying job?” or “Don’t you think you are putting a little too much
energy into your kids?”  Perhaps she was wondering “Does she look
down on me because I didn’t homeschool my kids?”  Who knows? 
I really think this was more of a societal pressure question that she
was just relating than her actual concern for me.  I think she can
see that I am happy and yet all the things she hears in the media and
from her own daughter-in-laws and granddaughters my age is that to be
fulfilled you must have it ALL!  Kids, career, your own money,
time for yourself.   I think maybe I am just a mystery to
her.  I remind her more of her (outdated) self than of all the
other women she is surrounded by today.  Is it possible that I
really value all the same things she did in the 50’s and 60’s?  Is
it possible that I find fulfillment in my children, my home and my
hobbies?  Is it possible that I don’t yearn for my own income to
make me feel complete?  Yes, it is!  I cannot tell you why
God wired me in such a different manner than the majority of my
generation. (Although I have found many other women like myself out
there in the homeschooling world!)  I can’t tell you why I feel
fulfilled by hanging out with my children.  I cannot tell you why
I love to sew, quilt, scrapbook, blog.  But, I do!  I am so
grateful that I found my calling in life!  I hope that when I am
in my 80’s I can encourage younger women to live a life of simple
pleasures instead of expressing concern for them.  I hope that
when my time here on earth is done I can stand before my Lord and He
will say “Well done, good and
faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things: I will put
you in charge of many things. Come share your Master's
happiness!”  Matthew 25:20-22

The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes.  
–Harold B. Lee

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Helping My Children Through Their Grief

February 23, 2006 at 10:19 am (Uncategorized)

I wish this was a topic I did not have
any experience with, but this year has been a hard one for our
family.  As I have mentioned before we have lost both my
sister-in-law and my mother-in-law this year. (And it's only
Febraury!)  My kids loved them both very much, so we have had a
lot to help them deal with in the past 2 months. 

So how
are my kids doing?  Amazingly well I am glad to
report.   I have been thinking a lot about death and grief
and how we have helped them through all this and I though maybe what we
have been through could help others.

The most important thing
for them is there knowledge of God's word.  Both my 11 yo and my 4
yo understand what the Bible says about heaven and salvation. They
believe in eternal life after death.  They know that this is just
a temporary place and that Heaven is our real home.  This has been
such a help on the grief process.  Yes, they are sad that their
Grandma and Aunt have left this earth.  But, they understand that
they will see them again in heaven.  They watched both of them
suffer from cancer and they are happy to know that they both are in
perfect health with will know no pain or suffering ever
again.    I have to give the a lot of the credit for
this knowledge to Awana
Awana has made learning God's word a  fun & exiting thing to
do.  My kids love Awana and they loves God's word.  Bible is
the most important schoolwork we do all week!  Yes, I want them to
know history, science and math, but God's word is what is most crucial
to our lives. (Especially our eternal lives!) I love that because of
homeschooling we can weave our Christian faith in to all that we
do.  Seeing how they have handled the last few weeks drives home
to me how important the verses they have memorized and the stories we
have learned are to their developement.  Having them offer their
Dad and I verses to comfort us has been an amazing blessing. 

3 John 1:4 says I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 

The last few weeks have been beautiful example of that verse.  I
can see the fruit of the Christian education my kids are getting and I
am pleased. 

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No Regrets

February 22, 2006 at 3:58 pm (Uncategorized)

Due to the recent passing of my
mother-in-law and sister-in-law I have been thinking a lot about living
my life in a way that I will not have regrets.  Thankfully I had
no regrets in these relationships.  We loved each other & it
showed in our day to day dealings with each other.  Although we
lived in 3 different States thousands of miles apart, we were
close.  We called, emailed and visited as often as we could. 
We said “I love you.” often and we meant it.

So all this
thinking about regrets has led me to think about homeschooling.  I
homeschool because I do not want to have regrets with my
children.  I want to look back at my children's education and say
that I did everything I could to give them a great education and
especially to encourage them in their walk with the Lord.

So what things do I fear I would regret had I not homeschooled my children:

1.  I would not have had unlimited time with them. 
This would have been so sad to me.  I think of all those stories I
have heard about a Mom crying t the school bus the 1st day of school
only to become desensitized to the separation in a few weeks.  I
don't want to become desensitized to my kids.  I miss them when
they go to a friend’s house to play and look forward to their
return.  I can't imagine them leaving all day every day!

2.  My husband and I would not have been the main influence in their lives. 
Because we are their teachers we can pick their teachers!  My kids
will never get teachers they don't gel with and then have to suffer
silently all school year.  I went through this is school and I
remember being miserable all year long hoping for a better teacher the
following year.  Their education is too valuable to waste!

3.  They would not have spent the zillions of hours together that they are privileged to spend. 
Since my oldest and youngest and 9 1/2 years apart I appreciate that
they are still able to spend every day together.  I cannot imagine
their relationship would be as close if they were in different places
all day.

4.  Outside influences would creep into our house more easily.  I could go on and on about this, but the best explanation can be found over at Path of Grace.  Read it and weep!

5.  I would not be able to know their friends and love them in the
way I can because of the amount of time I spend with their friends.
Sometimes I think I am more attached to their friends than they are!

6. I would not be able to directly influence what they learn. 
I am thrilled that I get to choose the curriculum my kids use.  If
I don't like a book we can drop it.  When I find something else I
want to teach mid year I can add it.  If we want to go off on some
crazy tangent no one will stop us!

7.  They would not have unlimited time to explore their interests. 
My 11-year-old is currently learning Japanese in his spare time. 
It's his interest and because he is homeschooled he has time to pursue
this interest.  Who knows how God will use this in his future?

The list could go on forever, but the point is this.  I am truly
grateful for the privilege of homeschooling.  I thank God for all
the people who went before me to make my journey possible.  I
thank him for curriculum for homeschoolers, homeschool groups,
conferences, homeschoolblogger.com and so much more!  I am so glad
I am able to fulfill this dream and not live my life with regrets.

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New Reader!

February 22, 2006 at 12:00 am (Uncategorized)

My 4 year old read her 1st book ALL BY
HERSELF today!  Is there a better feeling in the world for a
homeschooling Mom?  We were picking up the living room and I had
dropped a box of Bob books on the floor.  She was picking them
up.  I was running something upstairs and I heard her say “I think
I'll read this book.”  Then she read it!  Whoo Hooo! 
She has been working on her phonics for awhile with The Leap Frog
videos and Sing Spell Read and Write CD, but today it all came
together.  She can read!  I cannot wait to take her to the
library to pick out a BIG stack of beginning readers! 

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Attitude Adjustment Part 2

February 21, 2006 at 11:04 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, the day is drawing to an close
and my attitude adjustment actually worked!  The kids and I had a
good day.  We went grocery shopping, cleaned the house and made a
birthday cake together.  Then I made the Curry and Armenian Pilav
and they came out great!  This made everyone happy since we all
loved it when Grandma cooked these treats for us.  The kids were
really happy to know that their Curry eating days were not over. 
While I was cooking the neighbor came for a visit, so I invited her and
her husband to join us for dinner.  That was a special treat, they
are a wonderful Christian couple who have adopted us since we moved
here.  We are so  lucky to have bought a house next to
them.  So now I just need to work on that scrapbook page and I
will have gotten all my goals for the day accomplished.  It's been
a good day! 

Happy Birthday to me!
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Attitude Adjustment

February 21, 2006 at 12:41 pm (Uncategorized)

Our Pastor sends out a thought for the day via email everyday.  Here is todays thought:

Don't worry that your children never listen to you;
Worry that they are always watching you.
-Robert Fulghum

That hurt….Okay I admit it my attitude is not so good right
now.  We just got back from the most difficult trip I have ever
been on in my life,  My Mother-In-Law
passed away a week ago friday and we embarked on the craziest drive we
have ever done.  70 hours in 6 days.  It was awful.  My
body aches everywhere.  (We have been back about 48 hours
now.)  The house is a wreck, school is completely off track, hubby
is back to work, there is nothing to feed the kids in the house and we
came home to a broken washing machine.  To top it all off today is
my birthday and well, I am in a mood!  I don't get like this very
often.  (Thankfully)  I think it is just the mix of
exhaustion and grief.  To make matters worse we had just gone
through this similar trip when my Sister-In-Law/Cousin died 5 weeks
earlier.  (She was my cousin but she married my husbands brother
making her my sil.)  I am exhausted and grieving.  I miss
them both so much.  But, ouch!  I don't like what my kids are
seeing in me right now!  I am cranky, irratable and just plain ole
unpleasant!  So here it goes, I am going to pull myself up by my
boot straps and get myself together for the sake of my kids.  I'm
going to go get the house cleaned up, bake myself a birthday cake
(after we go to the store of course!), maybe I'll try to make a
scrapbook page in memory of my mil (I did that after my sil died and it
really helped.)  And then I am going to get out my mil's recipe
for Curry and try for the 1st time in my life to make it without
her.  Wish me luck! (Prayers would be appreciated too!)

The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. – Proverbs 20:7

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