‘Hot on the Trail’ of Learning

detective 004 (2) Have you heard of the 100th Day of School?   Typically, it is an elementary school celebration and is a HUGE day jam packed with fun learning activities – especially in kindergarten and first grade classrooms across the country.  

As a former K teacher and now a homeschool mama to 5 kiddos ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade, I’ve helped our children celebrate their fair share of 100th days around here.  With each year, it has become more and more challenging to figure out how to include both the younger and older kids in the day’s festivities, making it engaging and relevant to what they are learning.  I tried to break it to the older kids that this year the 100th day activities would be just be for the elementary aged kids, but that didn’t go over so well.  LOL!  

Take a closer look at a few of our ‘hot on the trail’ activities (across grade levels)…

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detective hats for our younger kids as they begin their learning investigations

tiny clues 
Tiny Clues

100 Hunt (2) 
100th Day 1-100 Sticker Hunt

100th Day Collections 
the younger kids’ 100th Day 100 Item Collections

detective donuts 
Don’t all good detectives deserve some donuts (and coffee, aka hot cocoa)?!

fingerprint suspects 
Fingerprint Suspects

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The Cupcake Mystery Game (A ‘Clue’ Math Game)

hot on the trail mix
Our 100th Day ‘Hot on the Trail’ Mix
(The kids discovered that ten groups of ten small snack items add up to be a pretty large snack!)

revealing secret words 
Revealing Secret Words

Scripture search
Scripture Search for the older kids

secret case files 
Secret Case Files (The numbers correspond to each detective’s grade level.  =) )

detective cupcakes
A special dessert fitting for our super sleuths!

That was just a quick glimpse, but there was so much more to our day!  I’ve added our resource packet (with both elementary and middle grade ideas), to our Joyful Heart Learning shop.  Come check it out!

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More 100th Day Resources:
100th Day (free ideas and printables at Hubbard’s Cupboard)
Touchdown: Celebrating 100 Days (for purchase at our Joyful Heart Learning Shop at Teacher’s Notebook)

Names of Jesus Ornaments

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Last year, after coming across this wonderful tutorial, our family decided to make ornaments with the names of Jesus on them to share at Christmas time.  It was definitely a whole family project – but so rewarding in the end!  After assembling many to give away, we then agreed to work together to create one more complete set to display on our own Christmas tree. 

Want to take a peek at the process?  We pretty much followed the instructions in the tutorial at Today’s Fabulous Finds, but I created our own name set with a different font. 

 

1) Gathering the supplies:

(large paint sticks, scrapbook paper, printed names, brown ink pad, Q-tips, chocolate colored spray paint, sandpaper, Modge Podge, foam brush, wire, ruler, small hand saw, drill, pliers)

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2) Preparing the Printable Names:

Copying, Cutting, and Inking the edges
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3) Preparing the Paint Sticks

Measuring, Marking, and Cutting
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Sanding
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Drilling the Holes
Drilling

Painting
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Distressing the Edges
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4) Assembling the Ornaments:

Attaching the Printable Names with Modge Podge

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Drying
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Cutting the Wire and Threading it Through the Holes
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5) Enjoying the Ornaments!

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Creating the Names of Jesus Ornaments was a memorable time of working cooperatively as a family – AND we now have a great visual reminder of who Jesus is to display each Christmas season.

Christmas Scripture Booklets

Christmas Scripture Booklets

Are you looking for a way for your younger children to interact more with Scripture as you read the Biblical accounts of Jesus’ coming to earth as a baby?   Try Christmas Scripture Booklets for coloring and Christmas Story Sequencing for retelling

Last year, we used The Christmas Story Booklet based on Luke 2 to assist our 4 year old in memorizing a portion of Luke 2:1-20.  This year, he is continuing to make progress with this passage. 

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Now, there are 3 additional Christmas Scripture Booklets!  We are not planning on memorizing these passages at this time, but desire to read them during this Christmas season.  Here is a suggested reading order so that the events are read chronologically.  (I used the exact Scripture for each booklet.)

Jesus’ Birth Foretold (Portions of Luke 1 and Matthew 1)
The Christmas Story (Luke 2) 
The Naming of Jesus (Luke 2, continued)
In God’s Hand (Matthew 2)

 

Make sure to print out the Christmas Story Sequencing Sheets as well!

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The Christmas Story Sequencing Sheets correspond with the Scripture passages from the Christmas Story Booklets.  These are great for reviewing and retelling the Biblical accounts!  Color versions of the pictures would work well in a pocket chart.  In addition, black and white student sheets are included for individual work.

These printables are available over at the Hubbard’s Cupboard Christmas page.

May these FREE resources from Hubbard’s Cupboard bless you and your children this Christmas as you read from His Word and learn more about Jesus and His coming as the Savior.

Giving Tuesday – Booklets for Bibles

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A couple weeks ago, our oldest girls came to us desiring to do some type of work to raise money for a charity during this Christmas season.  After ruling out a few ideas, what should they finally choose?  Well, it is often said that our children are always watching us and will model what we do.  So, following in the footsteps of their mama, they decided to create Christmas related materials for parents and teachers. =)

Booklets for Bibles

Please assist us in raising money to help print Bibles through Wycliffe for the Mayogo people in their heart language. They live in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

To read more about this project click the link below https://www.wycliffe.org/giftcatalog/projects/give-scripture-for-the-mayogo

Our goal is to raise $120 by selling Countdown to Christmas Math Puzzles: Names of Jesus  and  Countdown to Christmas Math Puzzles: Seasonal Jokes.  This amount will allow for 20 New Testaments to be printed for the Mayogo people.

These booklets have 24 different puzzles with math problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to figure out either a name of Jesus as found in Scripture or the answer to a fun seasonal joke. They were designed with 3rd-4th graders in mind.

~The Hubbard girls

The girls have been working hard to have these materials ready for December 1st so that you, dear teachers and moms, can have them for use with your children.

Booklet Making
Won’t you, please support them in reaching their goal?

The booklets are available for purchase at our Joyful Heart Learning shop at Teacher’s Notebook for just $3.00 each.  All proceeds from either of these products will go toward the girls’ goal to give Bibles to the Mayogo people.

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Countdown to Christmas Math Puzzles: Seasonal Jokes

Countdown to Christmas Math Puzzles: Names of Jesus

Giving Tuesday – Booklets for Bibles
www.givingtuesday.org

Psalm 103 – Overflowing With Praise

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Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion…

I’ve always been drawn to this Psalm, but today, as I spoke the words aloud, tears began to well up in my eyes.  A sense of amazement –  at how loving, compassionate, and gracious my Lord is  – overtook me.  I was crying tears of joy at how wonderfully merciful our God is!

I am so appreciative of friends who challenge me to memorize longer passages of Scripture, who are great role models in persistence as they set to the hard task themselves, and who walk alongside me and keep me accountable.  I’m also thankful for the sweet little ones in our own home who, likewise, are excellent examples for me as they are diligent to learn the Word through AWANA each week – and who show interest, patience, and excitement as they listen to me practice and recite aloud to them!

IMG_6333 As a family, we’ve memorized a few passages of varying lengths at different times over the years and it has always been such a blessing.  We need to continue to do the hard, but joyous task of memorizing His Word.

There are so many benefits to memorizing longer passages of Scripture.  Here are just three quick reasons to encourage us in our memorizing of entire Scripture passages…

  1. Understanding
    As we memorize, it is inevitable that we begin to let the words (God’s Holy Word) wash over us.  As we meditate and reflect on the meaning of what we are memorizing, it makes God’s Word come alive and we gain a deeper understanding.
  2. Transformation
    As we work on memorizing sections, it fills our hearts and minds with His Word.  God’s Word renews and transforms our minds.
  3. Praise
    Memorizing and meditating on God’s Word causes us to well up with springs of overflowing thankfulness, praise, and gratitude to our great God!

Time spent in God’s Word, striving to memorize and hide His Word in our hearts, is never wasted.  Memorizing and meditating is a rich endeavor that only results in GOOD.

Would you like to join me in memorizing and meditating on Psalm 103?  It is an excellent passage to cultivate a heart of gratitude to our merciful Savior as we come upon the holidays!

Below is a link to a free printable booklet with cut apart Scripture cards (to take with you), a full passage sheet to post (maybe near your kitchen sink, shower, or mirror), and a few pages of spaces to handwrite the verses, write prayers of thanks, and place checkmarks as you memorize each verse.

Psalm 103: Memorization & Meditation

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May you be blessed in whatever Scripture passage you choose to undertake!

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  (Colossians 3:16)

 

More Ideas for Cultivating Thankfulness…
20 Days of Thanks
Thank Him Tree

Thoughts on Psalm 103…
Psalm 103…What I Believe

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