The Wonderful Story of Easter

March 31, 2008 at 9:05 am (Uncategorized)

My 13 year old hates doing anything related to handwriting.  It is almost like it causes him physical pain to hold a pencil in his hand and apply it to paper.  (He never liked to color either.) Through the years we have tried an array of things to make handwriting easier for him.  I finally have resolved that it just isn’t his thing!  Thankfully, he LOVES the creative process of writing.  He likes typing on the computer so I now just let him do most of his writing on the computer.  (Except lapbooks.  He somehow doesn’t mind the handwriting part as much in lapbooks because they are small amounts of writing at a time.)

HOWEVER…Every once in awhile I come across a handwriting project I really want him to do.  When someone sent me the link to The Wonderful Story of Easter project a few weeks ago.  I REALLY wanted my son to do it.  I haven’t asked him to do any handwriting projects for awhile, so he reluctantly agreed.

HERE is the end result of this project:

With one of the booklets opened.

It may not look like a lot of handwriting, but this was a HUGE project for my son.  He labored over it for the better part of two weeks!  (That is why it was not done in time for Easter.)  But, he stuck with it and finished it!  I am estimating he spent about 6 to 8 hours doing the actual handwriting.  I know it sounds ridiculous, but it is SO hard for him!  I am proud of him for sticking it out.  I LOVE the finished project and will be putting it in our family Scrapbook to keep it safe and sound. 

Here is what he wrote inside: (He paraphrased it from the Bible.)

The Last Supper:
During Passover Jesus and the Disciples ate together.  Jesus said to them during dinner. "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me." They were very sad and began to say to one another "Surely not I Lord?" Jesus replied "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl will betray me."  Then Judas said "Surely not I Rabbi?" and Jesus said "Yes, it is you." Then Jesus broke the bread and said "This is my body."  Then he took the cup and gave thanks, and offered it to them.  "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sin."

Jesus went after dinner to the Mount of Olives , and said to his disciples "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."  Then he went and prayed.  "Father, if  you willing take this cup from me.Not my will, but yours be done."  An angel came and strengthened Him.  And being in anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he returned the disciples were asleep.  "Why are you sleeping?" he asked.  "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation." Then Judas came and kissed Jesus,  and Jesus was arrested  and they took him away.

A large number of people followed him including women who mourned and wailed for him.  Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.  When they came to the place called Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.  The soldiers also mocked him. They offered him vinegar to drink, and said "If you are the King ot the Jews then save yourself!" There was a written notice above him that read "This is the King of the Jews."  One of the criminals hurled insults at him, "Are you not the Christ?  Sav yourself and us!"  The other said "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."  Jesus replied "I tell you he truth today you will be with me in paradise."  Then Jesus cried out in a loud voice "Father into your hands I commit my spirit."  Then he breathed his last.

Three days later, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.  So she ran to Simon Peter and said "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don’t know where they have taken him!"  So they went to the tomb and found it empty except for the cloth he had been buried in.  The disciples went, but Mary stayed.  Two angels came and Mary saw Jesus, but she did not recognize him.  He asked her "Woman, why is it you are crying?  Who are you looking for?"  She thought he was a gardener and asked "If you have taken him, tell me where you have put him, so I may go get him." Then he said "Mary" and she replied "Teacher!" and he said "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father.  Go instead to my brothers and tell them I am returning to my Father and their Father." And she went to the disciples and told them "I have seen the Lord!"


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HWTB – 3-28-08 – Free Printable Bible Lessons

March 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm (Uncategorized)

WOW!  Every once in awhile I come across a website and I think "Is this really all free?"  This is one of those sites! offers 325 Bible Lessons and Activities!  The information is sorted by Old and New Testament and then is in order by books of the Bible.  I was looking for lessons on Esther and they were so easy to find because all I had to do is go to where the book of Esther is in the Bible and voila! From Genesis through Revelations all the major stories of the Bible are represented here!

For each of the Bible stories there is a free pdf.  The pdf has coloring sheets, worksheets, crosswords, mazes, word searches, and MORE!  These are great to make a whole lesson around, or you could use them for filler work while you are splitting your time between children.  I can also see myself printing and using these in Awana, Sunday School and Bible Studies I teach in the future.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I am!  HERE is the link.

Happy Homeschooling,


UPDATE:  A reader let me know that Calvary Chapel is the creator of these and they also offer this FREE on CD.  I noticed on their website that coming soon all these pdf’s will also be offered in Spanish. :^)

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Freebie Friday – 3-28-08

March 28, 2008 at 10:37 am (Uncategorized)

Welcome to Freebie Fridays!

 A few weeks ago I had an email with a request for more freebies for teens. So this week, we are going to start off with a couple of freebies for teenagers. 

Cardamom Publishing is offering a free lesson from their book Life Prep for Teens.  This free lesson plan will lead your teen through the car buying process.  You will find it HERE.  Whether your teen has the money to buy a car or not this is great information for when they are ready.

Also for teens, HERE is a free online copy of the book Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920’s.  This book was written in 1931 and continues to be a vivid and precise account of the volatile stock market and the boom years of the 1920’s. This looks like a fun way to learn about this interesting period of History.

Next, I have something for the whole family. (Including teenagers)! has a wonderful free resource for finding field trips in the United States and Canada. You will find museums, zoos, aquariums, historic houses, nature centers, cultural centers and other educational opportunities in your area.  You can check it out HERE.

Little Dozen Press is holding a writing contest for homeschooled kids to share their family stories.  Kids from 8 to 18 can submit their funny, dramatic or touching stories. Four winners will receive an autographed copy of Tales of the Heartily Homeschooled.  The deadline is May 1st.  You can learn all about it HERE

Make sure to check out the unbelievable contest on the Company Porch.  Salem Ridge Press is giving away  prizes for 50 winners!  You can learn all about it HERE.

Lastly, make sure to vote for your favorite homeschool products.  You will get 2 free gifts just for voting!  Click HERE to vote.

I’ll see you next week right here at – Freebie Fridays!

Happy Homeschooling,


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ABC Mini Books

March 27, 2008 at 11:38 am (Uncategorized)

This is SO cool!  When I was looking for mini books for another project, I came across these free Mini Books for every letter of the ABC’s

Not only are there free printable mini books but they also have each one linked to other printable crafts, songs and poems for that letter.

YAY!!!  My four year old is going to LOVE these!!!

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Only Child

March 26, 2008 at 10:18 pm (Uncategorized)

"Is she an only child?" I get this question a lot about my daughter.   I call her my "velcro child", the one who needs me more emotionally than the other 2.  It’s weird because in someways she is fiercely independent.  She could make a sandwich for herself and her older brother by the age of 3!  LOL 

When it comes to new situations (Something we are facing A LOT of lately!) she needs me until she adjusts. (Sometimes 1 time and sometimes 10!)  Sunday School, Awana, classes, new friends etc. she wants Mom by her side.  (Think velcro!  LOL)  It always makes me happy when someone asks if she is my only child.  I know it is meant as a negative.  ("Oh, your one of those overprotective parents of an only child.")  But, to me it means I am meeting her needs despite the fact hat she is a "middle" child.  To me that is what parenting is all about.  Sure, I could "make" her go it alone.  But, I want my kids to know I am always there for them.  I want them to know they can rely on me for anything they need.  I want them to have the kind of security that will give them the confidence to try new things and meet new people. 

Homeschooling doesn’t end when we leave the house.  It is more than a curriculum, it is a parenting style. It means I am putting my kids needs before mine when they need me to. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Parenting is my ministry.  Someday there will be time for a lot of other things.  But for now being Mom is what I do.  If it means I am the other half of the velcro for my daughter, then so be it!

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Armenian Lapbook

March 25, 2008 at 10:56 am (Uncategorized)

My 13 year old son recently finished a lapbook on Armenia.  Why would he choose to do a study on Armenia? (I mean honestly, who has even heard of Armenia? LOL)  My children are one fourth Armenian!  My Mother-In-Law was full Armenian.  So even though I had never heard of Armenia before I met my husband, our whole family has become fascinated with Armenia over the years.

Here is the cover.
We used a picture we found online for the cover.  This was described as a typical landscape in Armenia.

Folder 1
There are so many booklets in this lapbook I won’t try to tell you what he put in each one.  I’ll just feature a few.

Religion:  Christianity is the religion of 98% of Armenia.  It was the first Christian Country.  The Armenian church began in 301 AD, the church created then is still around today.

Famous Person:  Ross Bagdasarian Sr., aka Dave Seville creator of Alvin and The Chipmunks was Armenia.  He was born in 1919.  As David Seville he released "Witch Doctor".  Soon after he released "The Chipmunk Song" which won him 2 Grammy Awards.  He also had small parts in several films and was the voice for Dave in the 1961 The Alvin Show . He died of  a heart attack in 1972, just days before his 53rd birthday.

Wedding Traditions: When a man and woman are "promised" to each other the man’s family asks the girl’s family.  Then the man give the girl a promise ring.  The girl’s family has a BIG party that they pay for.  At the party a priest prays and blesses the groom and bride, then they slide wedding bands on each others hands.  About a year later they are wed.

Holiday Traditions:  At Christmas you start cleaning your home about a week in advance.  The a priest comes and blesses your home.  Seeds are planted on cotton balls to grow sprouts.  No animal products are eaten by anyone the week before Christmas.  Fruits are hung on the tree as well as other ornaments.

Folder 2

History:  Armenia and it’s people are rich in History.  It was the first Christian Country, it became such in 301 AD, the church created then is still around today.  It was seized by Russia and Persia in the early 1900’s.  A genocide was led against them by what is now Turkey.  Over one million Armenia’s were killed in a bloody mass murder.  The Soviet Union took over Armenia in1936 and it remained part of Russia until 1991.

Folder 3

Fun Fact: Mt. Ararat, the mountain we believe Noah’s Ark landed on is the the original Armenian Homeland.

Government: The government of Armenia is a Republic.  It is similar to a Democracy.  The people elect a President. but they don’t vote on laws.

Fun Fact: Princess Diana was 1/64th Armenian!

WOW! Around a 3rd of the population of live in the Capital City of Yerevan.

We filled in empty spaces with pictures of Armenia we found online.
To the left is traditional Armanian garb.  On the top right side is the river that runs through Yerevan.  The bottom is a pictue of Mt. Ararat.

When I asked my son if he learned anything by doing this lapbook he said "Yeah Mom, I learned a ton.  I mean I didn’t even know about Yerevan before I did this!"

All of these booklets were part of the FREE Chose-A-Country lapbook from  You will find the FREE printables HERE.

If you would like to read MY report about Armenia click HERE.

If you would like to read my Mother-In-Laws life story click HERE.

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Easter 2008

March 24, 2008 at 10:35 am (Uncategorized)

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  Here are a few pictures from our weekend.

Visiting the Easter Bunny
NOTE: No teenagers were forced to pose in this picture!  LOL  (He knows I love pictures of all 3 kids together and he voluntarily did it for me!  He is such a good boy!)

Easter baskets
(Off topic here….but notice that pile of stuff behind the kids?  That is my entire collection of homeschool materials until we get everything else moved! I MISS my schoolroom!  LOL)

Egg Hunt!  And their OFF!!!!

Finding eggs

Easter smiles!

I hope that each of you had a wonderful Resurrection celebration over the weekend. I was humming the following song all weekend so I thought I would share the lyrics here.  :^)

Thank You For the Cross Lyrics by Brian Doerksen

Even when we turned our backs on You
In wickedness and lies suppressed Your truth
Even then You showed Your love for us
Giving up Your life upon the Cross

Jesus thank You for the Cross
For the blood that sets us free
The crimson stain of all our sin
Washed away in Your mercy

Enemies of God with no excuse
Knowing what was right we turned from You
Given up to sin condemned to die
Even then You chose to give us life


Every one of us deserves to die
But You save all who hope


This is love, yeah

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Freebie Friday 3-21-08 – Sylvan Dell

March 21, 2008 at 9:26 am (Uncategorized)

Welcome to Freebie Fridays!

I have some great freebies this week brought to you from one of the new vendors in the Schoolhouse Store.  Sylvan Dell Publishing has recently added over 50 new children’s books to the store.   These are colorful, fun, educational picture books designed to excite children’s imaginations.  They are artistically spectacular and have great educational value. The books start with fun, warm stories-generally fiction with science, math or nature themes-and are brought to life by art.  Along with the books they also offer a bunch of great freebies.

The first freebie they offer is a MP3 version of their books you can listen to absolutely free!  Once you have listened to the book online there are teaching activities to go along with the stories. If that isn’t enough they also have crafts to go along with the stories, learning links and comprehension quizzes.

Also make sure to check out the Creative Minds section to find activities and educational information which relate to and reinforce the primary subjects of each title.  They even offer some of these studies in Spanish! There are so many great items on this website you can put together a whole study on a multitude of topics, all for free!

Here is one last fun thing from Sylvan Dell.  Right now they are holding the 2008 Picture Book Writing Competition for Homeschooled Students.  Your students manuscripts must be submitted by March 31st.  You have 10 days before the deadline!  You can read all about it HERE.  

By the way, today is the last day of the March Madness Sale at the Schoolhouse Store.  You will find items on sale for up to 80% off!  Make sure to stop by and take a look.

We have another great contest happening over at the Company Porch. Make sure to stop by and enter the latest contest.  They are giving away a free set of My-Word-Magnets from Kidtronic.  These look like a lot of fun!

Lastly, Sunday is Easter.  I hope that each of you will spend time reflecting on the gift we received through the resurrection of Jesus!  If you want to read all about why Easter falls so early this year make sure to stop by the Classical Astronomy website to learn all about it!

I’ll see you next week right here at – Freebie Fridays!

Happy Homeschooling,

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Resurrection Eggs Lapbook

March 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm (Uncategorized)

First off I must confess that I completely borrowed this idea from Michelle at SeekingJESUSTeaching KIDS. THANK YOU for the GREAT idea Michelle!  We had A LOT of fun reading this together after we got it made!

Here is the link to the
cover picture we used. The Bible verses on the right side are part of the printables (below) for the items to put inside.

HERE is the link to the printables for the Eggs we used. (Print 2 so you will have 12 of the BIG eggs.) 12 eggs is a lot to color, so I helped.  I kind of like coloring so this was fun for me!  LOL

Inside the Eggs
Inside each egg  we have the little picture of the items and a little explanation I wrote up.  I tried to tell the story at a young child’s level.  So I didn’t  quote exactly from the Bible.

HERE are the printables with each of the items to tell the story we used inside.

On the back we made a pocket to hold the mini books we made.  Here are the links to the mini books:

Salvation mini book

Old and New Testament mini books (We only used the New Testament one.)

Directions for folding the above mini books.

Life of Jesus mini book

Here is what we put inside the eggs to tell the Story. (You will have to copy this to a Word doc and resize to make them fit in the eggs if you want to use it.)

Branches When Jesus entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover the people spread palm branches on the ground for His donkey to walk on.  They believed He had come to save them from the bad rulers of their Country.

30 Soon after He arrived in Jerusalem  Judas Iscariot, one of his friends agreed to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver!

Bread The disciples joined Jesus to have their Passover meal.  While they were eating He took the bread and told them “This is my body which is broken for you.”

Praying Hands They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here until I have prayed." Jesus knew that He was going to go through a very rough time and He wanted to spend time with His Heavenly Father preparing.

Whip While He was praying the time came when Judas betrayed Him!  Jesus was arrested and beaten with a whip.

Crown of Thorns They were very mean to Jesus and they made fun of Him by twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him.  They called Him “The King of the Jews”

Nails  After they made him carry His own cross up the hill they nailed him to the cross and left Him there until He died.

Dice The guards gambled with dice to see who would win Jesus clothes.

Spear To make sure that He was dead they poked Him in the side with a spear.  Clear liquid came out and they knew that He was dead.

Cloth  When He was wrapped in burial cloth and laid in a burial tomb.  A large stone was rolled over the opening to close the door.

Stone 3 days later 2 women came to the tomb.  Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.

EMPTY!!! The tomb was empty!!!  Jesus was not dead!  An angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said He would”. He had come to save the people just as he said he would.  Not from bad rulers, but from sin.

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Living Books for the Ears – Son of Man – FREE

March 20, 2008 at 11:11 am (Uncategorized)

"Living Book for the Ears" presents for you…

A blending of readings
from the four gospels in a
great dramatic presentation
of the events of passion week.


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