Monday, December 7, 2015

The Sunday Scoop: 12/6/15

Here's the Sunday Scoop...

Have to Do:
  • I am loving my new recipes from Skinnytaste!
  • I found giant erasers at the dollar store. A few of my students had them last year, and they loved them!
  • We finished our holiday cards for the exchange with Projects by Jen. They have to be in the mail on Monday!
Hope to Do:
  • I want to find my holiday socks!
  • I haven't had Bible study for a month! I have missed my time with God and friends!
Happy to Do:
  • I bought a treat for dinner after grocery shopping for all my healthy food.
God's blessings on your week!

Five for Friday: 12/4/15

Welcome to Five for Friday!

 Thank you to Dollar Tree for these festive decorations!
A new month meant new door decorations! I love this expression - it sends a great message to my students. It is also the foundation of a Lutheran education.

 I have been contemplating the idea of writing a book recently, so I bought a pretty journal to fill my ideas. Now, I have a place to scribble my thoughts!
 The second, third, and fourth graders made me a beautiful blanket in their life skills class. So sweet!
The elementary staff at my school hosted a Charlie Brown Christmas for our students so their parents could enjoy an evening out. It was great fun!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

By God's Grace: Growing Lutheran Schools

Why did you go into Lutheran education? I spent many hours after school playing in my mom's classroom and helping her with small tasks. I found that I loved working with children, and I wanted to offer the same solid education that I had received to other students. As I consider the qualities of those students, I pictured much like myself - raised in a Christian home, several generations of their families had attended Lutheran schools, their faith walks may vary but they all had a knowledge of their Lord and Savior. Additionally, God put another person, my Spanish teacher, in my life that inspired my career in Lutheran education. This facet of my undergraduate work took me into schools where students were non-Lutheran. I saw an entire ministry that had grown due to their desire for a good education and a safe place for their children to go to school at a minimal cost due to state programming. This experience would have a profound affect on my ministry for years to come.

When I interviewed for my first teaching position, the administrator asked me about my experience with outreach ministry. She later told me that my desire to work in outreach ministry was one of the main reasons she hired me. Throughout my time in that ministry, I would interact with numerous children who had never heard of Jesus. The first student appeared a week into my first class as we discussed Adam and Eve. She had never heard of a talking snake. A little boy asked why that man was on the cross. One girl thought Jesus was a fictional superhero out of the movies. One student heard the stories of grace and forgiveness in my classroom for two years, but he would still tell me that we went to heaven because of the good things we did. My favorite memory - a little boy who sang Fishers of Men off-key at the top of his lungs on the playground until 6 PM every Friday in childcare while we waited for his mom to pick him up.  He may have been the only student left on campus, and yet those moments had some of the most impact in my ministry.

That experience set the tone for my career as I prayed that God would put me in a place where I could witness to families for the first time. I am so blessed that God put the ministry of the King's Academy in my path. The elementary school is less than five years old, and I have the opportunity to be a part of a ministry that is bringing Lutheran education to the Lake of the Ozarks for the first time. How are they letting the little children come to Jesus? I have only been here a few months, but I can no longer count how many times I have seen one of our pastors giving a tour through our new school building. The parishioners are able to learn about where little ones are growing in knowledge and love of Jesus. The pastors are attending school parties to build relationships with parents. What an opportunity to care for these students and their families! How is your pastor supporting your school ministry?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Faith Friday - 11/6/15

While most Christian classrooms learn about creation during the first weeks of school, our third grade curriculum focuses on an overview of the Bible. This unit, we are giving thanks for God's gifts, including creation. This free activity offers a song to memorize the days of creation and coloring sheets to go with it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Sunday Scoop - 10/25/15

Here's the scoop...

Have to Do:
  • Quarter assessments are here! Since this post is a little late, they are done and sent home
  • Parent teacher conferences are on Thursday,
  • We have made slime, carved pumpkins, baked pretzels, and graphed candy.
Hope to Do:
  • I finally have my laundry organized and put away for fall after moving. 
  • Meals are ready for a busy week!
Happy to Do:
  • I am so excited to visit my sister at grad school before traveling to my alma mater to visit friends and my cousin!
God's blessings on your week!

Friday, October 23, 2015

#FaithFriday - 10/23/15

How are your students living out their faith?

My students have been learning about Martin Luther the Reformation this month. The students discovered that the people were taught that they had to pay money in order to earn heaven. Martin Luther wanted everyone to understand that God's grace is sufficient. The students drew radial flowers by creating a point in the middle and adding different types of petals (see examples). The title of the picture is based on 2 Corinthians 12:9 where Paul writes, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

Join this new link-up by adding your post to the blue button below. Please share a link to my blog and the image below on your post! I can't wait to see how your students are sharing the faith in your classroom!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Look Out, Columbus! The World is Flat

How do you help your students connect with the world around them? Last week, we celebrated Columbus sailing the ocean blue in 1492. While Columbus discovered that the world was not flat, Thomas Friedman's popular book, The World is Flat, brings up some valid points against America's favorite explorer. The Internet allows my students to stack and study graphing with first graders at a Lutheran school in Asia. Google Apps for Education helps my students write stories with their peers across the continent. My students could Skype with Spanish-speaking students in Mexico to practice their communication skills. While Columbus may have been correct in a physical sense, this world is most definitely not flat.

What is the Postcard Exchange? Last year, I was teaching state history and looking for a project for my students to connect with other states in a real way. After failing to find a group to join, I created my own project. We only had 40 states in the first group and the other three never started. One year later, we have 50 groups, over 1,000 teachers, and almost 10 completed groups. All of the participants will have the opportunity to join this year. We also have our own Facebook group for you to follow the fun at We'd love for you to join us!

I am so excited to see what this project is doing for students around the country. I wasn't the only one. Sign Up Genius is a website used to coordinate group information for snacks, meetings, and other activities like the Postcard Exchange. They saw our project and featured us on their blog this week at Thank you for the opportunity to connect students across the country! Want to join us? Learn more at

God's blessings!

postcard for classroom exchange

Monday, October 19, 2015

Peek at My Week - 10/19/15

Here's a peek at my week...

Religion: God's Grace is Enough Project
Nursing Home Craft and Visit
Math: Planning a Fall Field Trip
Reading: Little House on Rocky Ridge
Writing: Personal Narrative Small Stories
Social Studies: US Regions Lapbooks
Science: Makerspace Tasks
Spanish: Greetings and Classroom Objects

God's blessings!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Sunday Scoop - 10/18/15

Here's the scoop on my week...

 Have to Do:
  • I love to travel, so I am excited to teach about US regions from personal experience!
  • Each month, our school visits the nursing home to serve the community members there. We'll be singing and making a craft.
  • I am reading the rest of Teaching Like a Champion 2.0 for our November staff meeting.
Hope to Do:
  • The weather has officially changed in Missouri!
  • I have a bag of mini-marshmallows that need to find a purpose.
Happy to Do:
  • Social media is my favorite part of my job, and I am working on a certification through Hootsuite.
God's blessings on your week!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Five for Friday - 10/16/15

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.

 I decided to create a Reformation version of the Elf on the Shelf. The students love to look for Luther on the Ledge each day.

Happy Columbus Day with this Craftivity from Jessica Travis!

 Here's an update from the Postcard Exchange project!

We are working on geography in social studies. I love this project from Teel's Treats


 We illustrated "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" as a part of our Reformation study!

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Sunday Scoop - 10/11/15

 Here's the Scoop on my week....

 Have to Do:
  • I am so excited to join the community of teachers that write visual lesson plans for their blogs. Not only are they appealing to the eye, but I love viewing the ideas of other teachers.
  • We are creating a Makerspace for our design unit in science. The kids can't wait to design solutions for society problems!
  • I am reading Teaching Like a Champion 2.0 for our staff read, and my portion is due this week.
Hope to Do:
  • I was invited to two birthday parties for two of my students. It is always a great opportunity to build relationships with some of my families.
  • I am working on a TPT product for our reading book for this month. It is an interactive journal for historical fiction that ties into Missouri history.
Happy to Do:
  • I had a student that was baptized this Sunday in church! It was a blessing to celebrate with her!

Have a great week!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Five for Friday - 10/9/15

Welcome to Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

The first student passed all of the multiplication facts using the Multiplication Station by Shelley Gray! Fabulous TPT product! 

Our preschoolers put their hand prints in the cement poured for their entry. We added a covered awning to match the new elementary building.

I found this world map project on Teel's Treats via Pinterest.
They have done a great job adding details!
Who doesn't love a freebie!
This subject-verb agreement stacking game is a great resource from Sadlier School.

I love Go Noodle! We worked on our addition skills during math marathon!