Journey Through the Bible with Kids

6
Nov
2017

hello bible activity story box
Bible teacher I am not – so I am truly grateful for a fun resource that will help me share my love of the bible with my son.

Hello Bible is a fun and engaging tool for families to Journey through the bible together.

We’ve all become familiar with the monthly box subscription services, right?  Hello Bible is just that – a fabulous box delivered right to your doorstep centered around a theme or story in the bible to share with your child.

Each box comes with a Bible Storybook, Lesson Plans (thank goodness – because I am not that organized or talented!), Keepsake Art Projects (with amazing step-by-step instructions, because that is not my gig!), and a Bible Travel Journal.  

What I really enjoyed about this box and what I felt was key to a child understanding and learning bible principles, was how it was outlined for an entire four week period, with a focus for each week!  So instead of racing through an activity and a story, you instead continue to focus on that particular story and activities for a much longer time frame.  Period for little minds and creative hands.

Our box featured a story and focus on Joseph from Genesis 37, 39, 41, and 44-46.  We had the story book, a fun magnetic craft so my son could re-tell the story and have fun with his magnet characters, and a painted bank activity.  All supplies were included and ready to go – so easy for busy moms!

instructions hello bible

We had a blast using this unique curriculum right at home to really dig deeper into the story of Joseph.  My son enjoyed the crafts and discussion questions that helped him remember portions of the story that were included in the craft instruction booklet.

Hello Bible also plays a part in helping others.  They have a partnership with the Kilgoris Project to support some amazing work in Kenya. The Kilgoris Project educates and feeds children of a Masaai village in southwest Kenya. They work with local leaders and families to operate schools, provide daily food and clean water.  I find it so impactful for my son to see how we are helping other areas in the world and making a difference, and by purchasing a Hello Bible subscription, you can do just that!

Hello Bible has a one box purchase option, a six month subscription and a twelve month subscription option – and right now they are celebrating their year birthday and offering $5 off and FREE shipping!

HelloBible is designed for kids ages 5 and older. The curriculum is for grades K – 3.   With the holiday season fast approaching this would make a meaningful and impactful gift for a child on your list – or perhaps you can add it to your child’s wish list?

I was so pleased with the content, the quality of the crafts and the easy instructions, it really helped me have some fun activity time with my child instead of creating more work for me and more frustration for us all.

Find out more details here at Hello Bible or go grab your very own subscription now!

I did receive a complimentary box for review. All opinions are my own.

7 Reasons to Read to Your Child

6
Feb
2017

7 Reasons to Read to Your Child

We all know that learning to read is important, but as parents what we do to facilitate this milestone in our home is extremely important. For those that homeschool, you already have the great joy of educating your children on your terms. But for those who school outside the home, it can seem daunting to know what to focus on at home. Helping to encourage your child to read is at the top of my list! Reading to your child has many benefits, one of which is simply having time to snuggle together.

#1: Reading Is Important

When you read to your child, he/she will learn that reading is important to you. Therefore, reading will become important to him/her.

#2: Listening Is Powerful

The more your child hears sounds, the better he/she will process these sounds into words. When a child is preschool/kindergarten age, the listening word starts to become the written word. Reading will foster your child’s ability to listen and pay attention. With all the problems we here about concerning attention spans, this is a great way to avoid that.

#3: Effective Calming

Reading has a calming effect on a restless or fussy baby. Words spoken out loud give a calming effect – even for you as you read. Who doesn’t want an easy way to calm a fussy baby?

#4: An Easy Routine

Reading is a wonderful before bed routine. Studies have shown that a child will thrive in an atmosphere in which routines are present. So either before or after pajamas, spend some time reading a book. We’ve recently started The Magic Treehouse books and we read a few chapters each night.

#5: Expand Their Imagination

Reading will help to develop your child’s imagination. Have you ever gotten lost in a good book? Your child can do the same while you are reading to him/her. We have recently been learning about sharks, dinosaurs, and Ancient Egypt – all from the comfort of our home!

#6: Build Communication Skills

When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.

#7: Life-Long Reader

Reading to your child will develop in him/her the desire to become a reader.

We recently discovered a fun way to expand our reading library all on my iPad. Now that we’ve moved, we are 30 minutes from a library, so not super convenient for random trips to the library to get books. A friend shared Epic! Unlimited Books for Kids, which offers unlimited access to over 20,000 high-quality children’s books, including thousands of read-to-me, audio books, and educational videos. It does cost $4.99 a month, so for a few months we are trying it out to see how we enjoy the convenience. I really like that there are options for reading levels, having the book read to my child, or having him read. He uses his Blue Light Glasses too, which helps me feel good with him using screen devices, especially in the evening. We have thoroughly enjoying expanding our imagination with books!

Isn’t it exciting to think that you can have such an effect on your child’s ability to read just by reading to him/her? You have the power to develop a life long joy of reading and learning in your child. WOW! Just read.

Back to School Focus for the Easily Distracted

22
Aug
2016

Back to School Focus for the Easily Distracted

Do you have a few in your home? Sweet little ones who can get off track in the split of a second? Who struggle to stay on task, follow a list of instructions, or keep focused on even one activity at a time? Or maybe that person is you!

There are times when my mind wonders and I have trouble focusing, so I can completely relate when I see these same struggles come out in my six year old.

I noticed this struggle several years ago and was so grateful to find some natural support using essential oils. Totally effective, no chemicals, easy to use, and amazing results.

We’ve seen better cooperation, less fidgeting, and more focus on tasks. It is pretty amazing how a few oils blended together can help make such a shift.

Want to learn a bit more on what we do? Take a quick look at this video where I share how you can do the same to incorporate it in your daily routine.

Is it time for you to begin looking at other ways to support your family this school year? Now is the best time to hop on board. You can grab a FREE bottle of Cedarwood (one of the recipe ingredients in this focus blend) for FREE in August! Lavender comes in your kit, so if you are wanting to make this blend, just add Vetiver and you are ready to ROCK this school year.

Mental Focus Help for Back to School

If you are looking for some other mental focus support, these are a few oils in my toolbox too. Peppermint comes in your Premium Starter Kit, so you will have that one to try. 

I will also send you some amazing goodies – over $55 worth of freebies, including a $20 Amazon gift card – as my gift to you for joining my community.  

I am passionate about healthy products in our home and Young Living has certainly filled that spot and helped create a journey of wellness that has hands-down been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Don’t wait any longer. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason with your purchase, you can return it to me for a complete refund. That is how certain I am it will impact your family in great ways!

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Week Five: Staying Calm, Cool and Connected

11
Apr
2016

Free 5-Part Video Mini Series - Week Five: Staying Calm, Cool and Connected

Welcome to Week 5 of The Opening Act

Becoming the Calm, Cool and Confident Mom You Want to Be!

Putting It Into Practice Handout for Week 5

I encourage you to implement what you’ve learned over the past five weeks. It is all about making small intentional changes. Let now be the time to start new habits.

Video for Week 5

Week Four: Consistency Is Key

4
Apr
2016

Free 5-Part Video Mini Series - Part 4: Consistency Is Key

Welcome to Week 4 of The Opening Act

Becoming the Calm, Cool and Confident Mom You Want to Be!

Putting It Into Practice Handout for Week 4

How has it been going? Are you committed to making some changes? Are you spending time on these action steps laid out in the Put It into Practice handout each week?

Listening to my video won’t be the change you need. It is slowly making changes to habits that have developed in the wrong patterns. It’s time for some new habits – don’t you think?

Video for Week 4