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Sunday, June 12, 2016

VBS "Submerged" 2016 decorations

If you know me, you know that my time the past three weeks has been filled up with decorating and preparing for our church's VBS. I've had a great crew of friends that have helped me on our decorating nights, taken things home, helped me paint, (even my kids helped me!), hang everything up and more. It all looks really great, I'm so excited for all of the kids to see it tomorrow!

Here is a sneak peek of what we have been doing...
 The beginnings of one of our undersea backgrounds for our auditorium...(two sides of the same one)

 The beginnings of a 2nd one...

 The 3rd one we made a transparency of one in our book, traced it onto our canvas, and painted it... I loved this little grumpy fish!
 The 3rd one getting more painted in...
 (Below) done... before shading!

 The 1st one getting sand put in...
 and water, with shadowy fish!
My friend took the 2nd one home and did LOTS of work to it, it looks SO cool!
 The 4th one began to take shape last week... we painted cardboard boxes, added some shower curtains (like windows), some cool paper, some fish, seaweed and creatures... it's so cute! A little observation aquarium....

My daughter helped me with it, so she wanted her photo on it before it was hung!

 We made some different kinds of coral and roped them together with fishing line...
 Here are the backgrounds all hung up, with my youngest and her friend checking them out. We added the big fish for our different age group names, so the 2nd one became the tiger sharks...
 The first one is for the barracudas...
 The 4th one is for the dolphins...
 And the 3rd one is for the swordfish!
 Pinterest gave us this idea for a door off of our stage, love this octopus!
 Another Pinterest idea... a school of fish in our snacks room...
 with a jellyfish and string of bubbles in the room also...
 Our stage became the submarine helm with lots of yellow paper, an orange stripe, portholes, and the sea scene under it. I hung nets and out the coral in front of it...It makes me smile to see it look so cool! Most of it was hung this morning, and the kids thought it was COOL! I'm relived that the set-up is done, but now we have the VBS beginning! I've been praying for this event for several months, and I know God will do good things while we are Submerged! in His Word this week! "We're diving down, we're going deep, into the Word of God and all it's mysteries..., " One of our songs says.

An extra special THANK YOU to my crew that helped me in the past few weeks! I'm praising God that He helped us get done what He wanted us to do to prepare for VBS. 

Here is our theme verse for the week:

"Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way."

Psalm 139:23-24


Thursday, April 21, 2016

American Girl class: Julie week 6 (time #2)

American Girl class: Julie Week 6

We had another great American Girl class this week! First I handed out the tie-dyed shirts from last class. (*Be sure to wash the shirts ALONE the first few times so you won't dye any other clothes!) We reviewed book five in the Julie series, Changes for Julie, we discussed having a deaf friend and practiced sign language, including the alphabet, numbers, colors and a few other signs.  I gave each girl a printed copy of the sign language alphabet that I found here.
 For our Craft, we made “Campaign” Buttons. I gave each of the girls a 3" x 4" piece of white card stock. I had cardstock circles and squares which I had for tracing. After they traced them, they cut out their circle and decorated it with markers. Then I took their decorated circle and laminated it with my laminator from home. After each piece was laminated, the girls cut out their piece and glued a pin-back on it. Voila! A button!

I had debated covering the buttons with mod-podge, but thought it would take too long to dry as well as being messy. I also thought of covering them with clear packing tape, but thought that would bubble. So laminating worked well! The glue dots with the pins worked and adhered easily (better than hot glue!)
 Tracing and coloring their buttons...
  Our snack this week was Nachos and Hawaiian punch. The girls really liked it!

The 2:00 class:
 Tracing the circles for buttons... I was bummed during this class when one of the girl's buttons got jammed in my laminator (which never happened before?!) and then my laminator died. ; - (
 Enjoying snack...
 One of the girls' buttons said NO BOYS! (She said that did not include family, she loves her brothers.)
Since we had extra time, I brought this printable found here, for the girls to cut out and write about the changes in Julie's life-- not just in this book but in the whole Julie series. 
It was another wonderful class!

So that is the end of our American Girl cycle! We have gone through all of the main American Girls, (from Kaya-Julie) and we will restart the cycle beginning with Kaya again in the fall. 

I have loved getting to know all of my girls and their families in my classes! I will miss them LOTS over the summer.


Exodus 4:11
The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

Leviticus 19:14
“‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.

Matthew 11:5
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

American Girl class: Julie week 5 (time #2)

American Girl class this week was to dye for! In the two-and-a-half years that I have been teaching this class, we have never decorated t-shirts until this week!

After we reviewed the book Julie's Journey (book five in the series), we discussed America's Bicentennial Celebration, and we talked about what the word 'bicentennial' means.

In preparation for our Craft this week, I bought one t-shirt and pre-washed them for each of the girls. I emailed the moms two-three weeks ahead of time to get the sizes. I found the best deals and packages on boys white t-shirts at Target. I bought the Tulip one-step kit for tie-dye in bright colors at Jo-Ann's. I bought two kits that had enough to decorate nine  shirts or pieces each. The kit came with 3 bottles of dye, one pair of plastic gloves and lots of rubber-bands. I just had to add water to the dye to activate it.
 We had paper towels on hand and put tablecloths on the tables in the gym. Usually we meet in a classroom, but  I didn't want to get dye on the carpet! I was thankful that I brought aprons for myself and the girls, and told the girls to wear grubby clothes. It wasn't as messy as I imagined it to be, but I was glad that I had the girls bring aprons.
I was glad that I bought more gloves for the girls. I did bring ziploc and plastic bags to put the shirts into, one for each of the girls. I also used a spray bottle to dampen the shirts, since I didn't do that beforehand. The girls gathered the shirts together into a swirl with rubber bands, applied the dye using the dye bottles, and even used their shirts to clean extra dye off the tables! :-D
 For Snack we had Ants on a log (celery with PB & Raisins) and Kool-aid. More dye in the red kool-aid we had! The girls loved it and drank lots!
 I forgot to take pictures of the 2nd class tie-dying, it was a very hands-on craft, I was quite busy dying shirts for the girls that were sick...


Overall it was a fun craft which most of the girls had never done before. I rinsed and washed them at home, and will give them to the girls in class next week. I have quite a pile of bright shirts for the girls! NOTE: THE SHIRTS MUST BE WASHED SEPARATELY FOR THE FIRST FEW WASHES!

This was my list of materials to bring for class: aprons, thick rubber gloves, spray bottle with water, ziplock and plastic bags, tablecloths, paper towels and rags, in addition to the class supplies of t-shirts (one for each girl), tie-dye kits, and rubber gloves.

I was glad that I remembered thicker rubber gloves this time... since the plastic ones got a hole... It was worth it, the girls loved the craft and most said they had never tie-dyed before. I was kinda stressed about the craft, but the girls did really well being careful and following directions! I loved seeing their color combinations and creativity! More pictures of the shirts next week... which is our last week of class for the semester already!


Exodus 26:14
Make for the tent a covering of ram skins dyed red, and over that a covering of the other durable leather.

Exodus 35:23
Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen, or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or the other durable leather brought them.

Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
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