5 Ways to Remember Luke 2

During the days leading up to Christmas, regardless of the ages or stages of our kids, the crafts we were able to create, the baking projects we were able to do, or the activities we participated in, when we have taken time to read, recite, and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas through the study of Luke 2:1-20 it has been a great blessing.  Looking back, I would have to say that it has become a family tradition to review and recite the Biblical account of Christ’s birth each December – and it brings joy!

Here are five quick ways to help hide God’s Word in your heart and focus on the birth of Christ Jesus this Christmas…

1) Read and Listen from God’s Holy Word

Read it daily and let it soak in!

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2) Practice Reciting the Scripture Passage Orally as a Family

Simply sit together and recite the passage aloud with one another.
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Take turns listening to each other say as much of the portion of Scripture that they know.
Try to encourage the use of emphasis and expression!  
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Take turns tossing a ball or beanbag and saying a word or two from the text you are working on together.  For example, one child tosses the ball and says, “In”.  The child that catches the ball says the next word needed, “those”, and tosses it to someone else. Continue in this manner until the verse(s) are complete. 
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3) Use Pictures to Aid Comprehension

Luke 2:1-20 flows so well and is a great Biblical account to share orally.  Help your youngest children retain meaning by connecting the text to pictures!

You may desire to use printable sheets or cards, such as those shown below.
Luke 2 Scripture Cards

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Recite, Read, and Color using The Christmas Story Booklet!
(The text for this booklet is completely from the NIV, 1984 version.)

The Christmas Story Booklet Sample  Booklet

We have it in a Spanish translation as well!
The Christmas Story Booklet Spanish Cover

Our four year old enjoys coloring each picture after he has successfully memorized the verse on the corresponding page!
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4) Write it out!

It is so easy to just copy the text from your own Bible and a great way to assist in memorizing God’s Word!

As part of our Celebrating Christmas eBook, we have included printable copywork sheets, shown below, in both print and cursive for each verse.

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A simpler version of print can be found at Hubbard’s Cupboard for free as well.

5) Retell Luke 2 in creative ways!  

Move pieces of a flannel board or of a nativity set as you recite Luke 2 from memory.
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Use nativity stamps to print the story.  Then, point and retell using exact wording from Scripture.Luke 2 Stamp Story

And, of course, it is always fun to gather props and willing family members to act it out!

 

May you and your family be blessed this Christmas as you learn His Word and reflect on the true meaning of the season!

My ABCs of Thanksgiving

Looking for some simple ways to encourage thankfulness?
Need a few extra printables to keep your sweet children occupied on a long trip to Grandma’s this Thanksgiving?

 

My ABCs of Thanksgiving: 26 Letters to Encourage a Grateful Heart

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My ABCs of Thanksgiving: 26 Letters to Encourage a Grateful Heart includes the following resources:

 

Verses of Praise – Look up Scripture references related to thanksgiving and praise!  Highlight each verse.  Choose one to memorize.

My ABCs of Thanksgiving Booklet - Draw and write A-Z about 26 things that you are thankful for!

Booklet Sample Page

Line By Line ABCs – For each letter of the alphabet, make a list of things that for which you are thankful!

Line by Line

26 Ways to Say Thank You – Brainstorm ways to say thank you to someone or to God (one for each letter of the alphabet).  Choose one or two to actually do to show someone your appreciation.

Color By Letter (t,h,a,n,k,s) – Designed with your younger kids in mind, children use a key to color a picture. photo 1 (2)

A-Z Letter Maze - Start at A and end at Z to make a path for the Native Americans to reach the Pilgrims!  (also designed to be used with younger children).

Word Search - Find the 26 hidden Thanksgiving related words Word Search

 

ABC Order- Write 26 Thanksgiving themed words in alphabetical order.

 

My ABCs of Thanksgiving: 26 Letters to Encourage a Grateful Heart is available for just $1 at our Joyful Heart Learning shop at Teacher’s Notebook!

And don’t forget to check out the other FREE Thanksgiving resources at Hubbard’s Cupboard as well as the free booklet ‘The Pilgrim Story’ available at the Joyful Heart Learning Teacher’s Notebook Shop!

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CVC Word Work

In anticipation of using them with my next little reader, I’ve been busy creating some simple CVC booklets and corresponding sheets…Sampling   

The CVC Emergent Phonics Readers come in both an 8 1/2 by 11 colored teacher version as well as a half page black and white student version.   These are freely available over at Hubbard’s Cupboard on the ‘Printable Booklets’ page!  There is one booklet per short vowel and three additional booklets for review of all the vowel sounds.  Here is a quick peek…

  CVC Phonics Reader Sample Page1 CVC Phonics Reader Sample Page2 

 

 CVC Phonics Reader Student Sample Page1 CVC Phonics Reader Student Sample Page2      

The corresponding CVC Word Work sheets are available for purchase over at our Joyful Heart Learning shop at Teacher’s Notebook.

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For each vowel, you’ll find opportunities for your emerging reader to sort pictures and word cards, play Bingo, color pictures containing a certain vowel sound, read/match/and glue pictures, read/stamp/and trace CVC words, cut apart letters and manipulate them to form words to match the pictures and then write the words, read sight words and CVC words in context of a simple repetitive story, and more!

 Color Read Match Glue

There are also sheets designed for review of multiple vowel sounds at a time – including the following…
 Build Write Read   Paint Dot Match Print Cut Read Glue Booklet   Print Cut Read Glue Booklet Pictures

May you enjoy these resources with your budding reader as well!

Being a Tourist

 

in Panama…
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Although our main purpose in visiting Panama was for the dedication ceremony of the Kuna Scriptures, we did have the opportunity to do some sightseeing as well…
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Casco Antiguo (Old Quarters, Panama City, Panama)

A glimpse of what you’ll find here: churches and partial buildings still standing from the mid 1600’s, the official residence of the President, enormous amounts of construction, loose cats and dogs, narrow sidewalks and streets, modern renovated buildings adjacent to run down residences…

 

Downtown Panama City, Panama
- a beautiful city-scape, bustling traffic, a large modern mall, sky scrapers, busses and taxis, side street vendors, etc.IMG_2635
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Panama Canal (100 year Anniversary!)
- Massive cargo ships containing hundreds of containers
- The Bridge of Americas
- Miraflores Locks

 

Nature
- palm trees, bamboo, tapirs, toucans, geckos, etc.

 

Notes on being a tourist
We are not world travelers, nor do we pretend to be.  This trip was a rarity for us and provided just one small glimpse into another country and culture. We are thankful for the short time God allowed us to experience in Panama!

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Here are some important things in regards to being ‘tourists’ that we want to remember…
- Pack lightly and re-wear clothing.
- Bring your backpack for day trips and pack sunscreen, a hat, a water bottle, a mini umbrella, a snack, a small package of facial tissues (for more than just for your nose), and just use your phone as a camera.
- Tag along with someone who speaks the language if you are going to be there for a very short time.
- Regardless, try to learn at least a few basic, necessary words. (I think I only learned ‘banos’ for ‘bathroom’, ‘gracias’ for ‘thank you’, and – through environmental print – ‘damas’ for ‘women’ as well as ‘alto’ for ‘stop’.  I’m a slow learner though, and it appears that none of my college Spanish coursework stuck with me.  =) )  
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- Find out about the cultural norms before you travel – reminding yourself that the way others do things are not wrong, just different than your own norm.
- Be gracious, patient, and put on a learner attitude.
- Wherever you are, take time to marvel in God’s beautiful creation!

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He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
~Psalm 46:10

God’s Word is for LIFE

For Life

While in Panama City, Panama for the Kuna Scripture Dedication, we were blessed to be able to be present for a traditional evening Kuna worship service as well as a Sunday morning service held at a local Spanish/English church that several missionaries (including Keith and Wilma Forster) attend.   On this particular Sunday morning, a Kuna choir led in worship, the Forsters were honored, the completed Kuna Bible was celebrated, and a sermon was taught on ‘What the Bible Tells Us.’

 
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Where would we be without God’s life giving Words as found in the Bible?  Would we be able to know who He is?  who we truly are?  that God loves us?  how we can love God?  how we can live to please Him?  and why we are here?  

The Bible reveals…

1) who God is.
     He is holy!

For this is what the high and lofty One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
~Isaiah 57:15

2) who we are.
     We are sinners, separated from the Holy God.

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
~ Romans 3:23

3) that God loves us. 
    
God loves us and made a way, through the death and resurrection of His One and Only Son Jesus, for us to be reconciled to Him.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
~ 1 John 4:9-10

4) how we can love God.
     We can show we love God by obeying His commands.

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome…
~ 1 John 5:3

5) how we can live to please Him.
      We can please Him by living in faith!

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
~ Hebrews 11:6

6) why we are here.
     We were to created to glorify Christ!

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
~ Revelation 4:11

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
~ Colossians 1:16

 

One of the pastors emphasized…

Just having the Scriptures is not enough.  It is to be used.

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All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
~ 2 Timothy 3:17

Yes, God’s Word is for LIFE.

RH Families

But these are written that you may believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that by believing you may have life in his name.
~ John 20:31

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