Category Archives: Seasons

Hummingbird Coloring Page “With God All Things are Possible.” Matthew 19:26

CarolineBrookeColoringPageHummingbirdWithGodcarolbrookebooksblogspot - Copy.pngHere is a free Hummingbird Coloring Page for you to print and share.
Hummingbirds are such beautiful and amazing creatures!

Their cheerful chirps and seemingly impossible flight ability helps us remember that with God all things are possible.

 

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To make a little over 1 cup of hummingbird nectar recipe solution (normally enough to fill a standard feeder) follow the below directions:

  1.  Make sure your feeder is cleaned thoroughly before adding new solution.
  2.  Boil 1 cup of water.
  3.  Stir 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar into the 1 cup of heated water.
  4.  Stir until sugar dissolves.
  5.  Cool, fill your hummingbird feeder and serve!
  6.  Any leftover nectar can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. –

(Hummingbird Food Recipe From: http://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/hummingbird-food-recipe.html)

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Teacher Gift Ideas

Well, it’s the end of September now… Your child’s teacher has written your child’s name dozens of times by now on papers and bulletin boards. Her hands and wrists may be sore from all her work. (I know mine were when I was teaching.) Your child’s teacher is likely in the middle of assessments and thinking of ways she can differentiate instruction based on all the needs of her children. She may be feeling nervous, over-whelmed… Maybe even a bit unappreciated. When is the last time you said something kind or did something truly thoughtful for your child’s teacher? If we want our teachers to stay motivated, we need to work as a team. Not only do they need parent volunteer support in the classroom, but the teachers need to feel cared for as well.

When gift-giving be sure to keep in mind that even though the teacher has the grace not to tell your child that the earrings you took out of your jewelry box that say, “You are special”, and you gave her because you won’t wear them aren’t really what she wanted, doesn’t mean you should go ahead and give it to her. Be as kind with your gift-giving as you would expect her to be in teaching your child. If you expect a lot, you need to give a lot.

Here’s a free, printable Teacher Gift Idea handout. Give it to the teacher, and after she fills it out make copies of it and send it home with all the children.

Holy Trinity Shamrock Craft

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Here’s a Holy Trinity Shamrock Craft!

It works best to glue above Holy Trinity shamrock onto a popsicle stick after coloring it. Then, glue the back to green construction paper and cut it out. Cut out the Glory Be prayer and glue it to the back. Children can pray the Glory Be prayer on the back of the Holy Trinity shamrock.

Mom’s Group Activity for the Kids

This craft was made for the children to accompany our (mom’s) reading for the week. We are reading from Lisa Hendey’s Book, Catholic Mom. This activity is for chapter 4, Faith Family: Finding a Parish and Nurturing Your Faith Community. Our group is at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and it’s almost Saint Patrick’s Day, so it was an ideal activity for us. The kids really enjoyed it, too. 🙂 We start the group with a prayer, do the kid’s activity and reading. Then, the kids spend free time together as we discuss our reading. It works really well. Moms and kids come together and close with a prayer, too. 

One of my friends from the group read a great book to the kids, The Story of Saint Patrick’s Day. The book perfectly complimented the activity!

Free Saint Patrick’s Day Activities

Here’s a free, printable Saint Patrick’s Day word search puzzle, answer key, and Saint Patrick’s Day coloring page!

In addition, here are some links to more free printables:

I created these a while back for Teaching Resource Center. (In all, I created approximately 200 lesson plans, games, and printables for T.R.C. before starting my own Smart Printables site.)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Warm Fuzzy Valentine’s Day Cards for Your Children to Deliver to Their Classmates!

$1.00, Click here to order your Valentine’s Day cards through Teachers Pay Teachers.

Here’s a convenient way to help your children prepare Valentine’s Day cards for their classmates!

Instructions:

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Coloring Page!

Christmas is almost here! Many of you may be singing Christmas Carols with your children. It’s a fun way to cheer up with the kids when the Christmas list of things to do piles up and you need to smile. Singing helps you remember to breathe (in the midst of all of this)… and remember to create the memories you want to last. 🙂 My daughter is singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with her class this year, so I thought I’d share a little Rudolph coloring page I illustrated, along with the lyrics.

Free Friendly Letter to Santa

Your children will love this free letter to Santa printable! 

Whether you are a teacher or a parent, you can print out and use this letter to Santa for free! Teachers can use this friendly letter to Santa during writers’ workshop or parents can let their children write a letter to Santa at home.

Notes to Teachers and Parents about Friendly Letters to Santa Claus…

Knowing the children’s family traditions is important. Referring to the Family Tree (which can be completed at the beginning of the year) can help determine the students able to do this assignment. For students who do not celebrate Christmas, or as another activity, here is a Friendly Letter to Frosty the Snowman.

Materials:

Instructions:

Prior Knowledge Assessment

Ask each student to write a friendly letter to Santa. Do not explain or show the students the proper format yet. If you have in the past, assess their retention and let the students write the letter by memory. Remove any helpful posters you had which they had been referring to. It’s important that they know they are not being “tested”. Just explain this will help you determine what they actually need to know before you design your instruction. When the letters are completed and students are dismissed, review the friendly letters to check for accuracy. Use their letters as a guide to your instruction and keep all the letters for your files. After you complete instruction, you can show the students and parents exactly what the students learned!

Check for proper placement (indentation) of the following for each student, and keep it in the student’s file.

Friendly Letter Pre-Assessment:

•Date
•Greeting
•Body
•Closing
•Signature
Does the student need more help with proofreading, such as spelling, grammar, capital letters, punctuation, run-on sentences or sentences that are cut short?

Friendly Letter Instructions:

•Decide on small group or large group instruction. After reviewing each student’s prior knowledge, you can determine your instruction. It’s helpful to make notes regarding areas of specific need for each student.
•Read aloud a Christmas story about Santa, such as The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.
•Decide if you would like to split the students into small groups and/or instruct as a large group. Create your own letter in front of the students (either as a large group or in small groups).
•Demonstrate proofreading steps.

Students Create Friendly Letters:

•Give each student a Friendly Letter to Santa Claus template.
•Students work independently or in small groups as they write.
•Separate into small groups for peer proofreading.
•Students make revisions.
•Students complete letters for teacher review.
•Teacher helps with any revisions.
•Students make any needed additional revisions.

Santa Wrote Me A Letter Back!

Imagine how excited your child would be to get a letter back! I can e-mail you a letter from Santa for your children. You can print it on your home computer, stuff it in their stockings or leave it on the empty plate of cookies. Here’s more about the personalized Letter from Santa for your child.

Letter Writing Song

Here’s a teacher who taught her students to sing a letter writing song. The words for her friendly letter formatting is a bit different than ours, but it’s a great idea. Maybe your students could wear Santa hats and sing the letter writing song?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1RQ7R742lA