Star Wars Printable Pack

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My 3 year old was invited to a birthday party recently where the theme was Star Wars.  Since then he has been Darth Vader, C-3PO but of course always returns to the beloved Luke Skywalker.  I’d love to share this preschool pack with you and of coarse…May the Force Be With You! 🙂

Star Wars Printable Pack

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February Calendar Cards

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I’ve been on a bit of creating streak and wanted to make my own Calendar Cards.  I am working on every month but thought i’d share February!

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We love Calendar time.  Not only do the kids love it, it really is a way to smooth myself into the school day.  We love our Calendar pocket chart.  This is ours:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006PJ136/ref=oh_details_o04_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Here’s a link to the cards:

February Calendar Cards

More to come!! 🙂

3 Part Card Printables

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We had done lots of matching in school with classic memory games which is always loved by my kids.  Up until recently I never quite understood what “Montessori” was…I kind of felt silly, a bit stupid slow in understanding this style of learning.  I still have much to learn but one really neat thing we have loved and have so much fun with are 3 Part Cards.  You can learn more about the concept and thinking behind 3 Part Cards here:

https://www.montessorird.com/three-part-card-rationaleforest3partcards

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The idea is simple, two sets of pictures and names, match the name to the correct picture for older kids, for preschool and younger match the word with the same word.

I have searched and found up until recently lots of sets of cards to go with the current letter we are on. Check out Pinterest for tons of great free 3 Part Cards!  But I thought i’d give it a go and start making my own sets and I’d love to share them with you!  Who doesn’t love a freebie!?  I’ll be making more, it seems to be hard to find cute fun boy themed sets, so…more to come soon!

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pick-your-own lunch

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I have so many systems.  My family gets a kick out of my constant changing and rearranging.  It’s a problem, I know!  I once decided I was going to change my silverware and create a new way of containing it.  I decided to keep all knives, forks and spoons in mason jars on the counter (to my defense it did look cute and very magazine worthy) BUT alas, it was a stupid system which was annoying and did not last very long (and got made fun of way more than necessary) 🙂  I have a laundry system (which I’m sure there are a lot better systems out there than mine…uhoh I better check out pinterest now!)  I’m just basically a sucker for anything organizational!

Our mornings are filled to the rafters, which leaves little time to rummage through the kitchen to dream up what to feed my 3 starving kids everyday.  I have struggled for quite some time with how to fit it all in AND have a meal that not only they want to eat but I do too…(I mean really who wants to eat peanut butter and jelly every day!?)  This idea was not mine (although I would love to take the credit I generally don’t come up with great ideas myself…they’re almost always stolen ideas!) I am probably the last person in the known world to do this for our lunches, I’m sure this idea is all over Pinterest and Ive been living under a rock until now…either way I love it! 🙂  This one has been tested by 3 little kids, a daddy and time…and it has been a great help to me.  It’s pretty simple…keep a container and keep it filled.  My container is from Walmart absolutely nothing fancy about it, I think every house in America owns one.  Fill it up with whatever you’re into mine currently has: carrots, snap peas, broccoli, cucumber, peppers, grapes and oranges.  When something gets low fill it up before you put it back and you instantly have a full spread again.  We get it out for lunch everyday and just add anything else easy (pretzels, string cheese, boiled eggs and currently my favorite hummus and pita chips) THIS stuff is amazing, I mean seriously amazing…if you can you must get it now!:

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/sabra-hummus-with-pine-nuts-25-oz/prod6390135.ip?navAction=

So here’s to my new system, which currently I love ever so dearly.  It has saved my sanity and hopefully will save my waistline as well!ImageImage

I have decided getting kids to eat well is psychological more than we think…this little boy would not naturally choose a plate of green things…but he got to pick what we wanted all my himself and oh the satisfaction that is to him..not to mention he gets to dip…who doesn’t like to dip things!?

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Did I really take a picture of a tray of veggies?! It’s a pretty picture that says “Wendy didn’t have to cook lunch and is one happy momma!”

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my favorite things

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I am a serial organizer…I love getting new ideas for organizing pretty much anything but especially our school room!  I have gotten so many great ideas from some seriously genius ladies!  Here are some of my favorite things in our school room that have helped us stay organized and keep things fun…

Our school room.  We love it, its where our days play out, where we learn, make a mess, paint, learn more, rinse and repeat:)

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I’ve had this clear dry erase board for years…its been in many different places in our home but we like it here…good reminder of the verse we’re working on each week.

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we LOVE this thing!  We seriously use it every day.  Just a simple paper roll…thats all!  I actually bought this and then found out my mom had gotten one for me for Christmas…whoops! 🙂  You can get it here:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10149350/

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Another favorite thing we use everyday….Just a simple tray.  We use it for painting, crafts, projects, tv trays.  Im sure there are some much cuter, kid trays out there, these were $1.00 at the time (can’t beat that!) You can get them here:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40041131/

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Anyone that knows me well knows I LOVE containers!  Don’t ever go shopping with me for organizational items…its dangerous and an addiction I fully admit it!  Some of my favorite ones for the school room are these takeout containers and peanut butter containers. They’re a great size and clear.  The red bowls are used every day for everything they were a great dollar store find!

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And of coarse our new favorite item in our school room and home is our bean bags!  We love them!!  There are so many neat bean bags and lots for a much higher price than we paid but we are loving these!  You can check them out here:

http://www.target.com/p/circo-bean-bag-digital-camouflage/-/A-15007405#prodSlot=medium_1_37&term=bean+bag

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Printable Memory Verse Cards

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“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.  -Deuteronomy 11:18-21

These verses have been words that ring in my ears very regularly as we go through our days at home.  I had a sweet friend who had scripture written all around her house, on windows, mirrors, on her fridge, on scrap papers…everywhere.  I LOVED that!  verse 20 says just that: write them on your doorposts!  Write God’s word down, have it everywhere, always to see.  It’s amazing what kids will remember and retain.  I have been amazed and slightly dumfounded at how much my 3 year old can remember!  We have done a verse a week and just say it over and over and wow! It not only has been great for our kids but for ME!  Our “D” verse has been repeated, reminded, corrected and talked about on way more than one occasion: (Do ALL things without complaining and grumbling. Philippians 2:14) (and that goes for the kids and for ME!)  I made up a little booklet/flashcards of our memory verses as a helpful way to remind ourselves of our verses…

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I’d love to share this with you!  Feel free to print and use anyway you would like!  memory verse cards