Buckets & Loops to Save the Day!

Take the drudgery out of your school days by integrating the concept of buckets and loops into your plan!

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All of the Molly of Denali graphics are actually photos of the show on my tv. 

I'm over at Pam Barnhill's site again today, sharing my Hit the Reset Button with Order & Wonder post that explains why her 3-part mini-training is so perfect for this time of year.

Click on over to see what it's all about and grab it for yourself (you can get it here, too), then read on with this post to see how we're integrating this concept into our own days.

Project Snapshot - November 2019

Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:


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My Snapshots

What have we been up to this past month? Take a look and see:


   


Halloween. The photo on the left is for Awana's fall festival, the one on the right is just before trick or treating. You might think that the witch costume was the main part of her creation, but it's not.

No, last April, she saved the bag wrapping up a case of toilet paper, declaring it was going to be her costume: invisible clothes.

When I told her she'd need to wear something under her invisible clothes, she decided she'd be a witch. Wearing invisible clothes.

She got quite a few strange looks during the night, but we loved how pure Gv it all was!



We made use of my teacher card and a guest pass from super-sweet, generous friends to spend the day with them at Sea World. The girls had a blast and really enjoyed exploring all that the new Sesame Street area had to offer!



Our burgeoning synchronized skating program now has two teams, which means Gv's arms aren't constantly up by her ears as she holds on to the big girls. She's been having a blast getting ready for our rink's Christmas show!


With G working M-F and my weekends being eaten up at the rink, we never seemed to see each other as a family. Plus, I was missing out on attending church with them. We finally realized that we could go in the evening and then have an occasional family treat by eating dinner out together. It's been nice spending time with each other again!

And that pretty much wrapped up our month! I wonder what wonderful memories next month will bring?

What were your favorite memories from this past month?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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A Very Fiona Christmas by Richard Cowdrey

A heartwarming adventure featuring Fiona the hippo and all her lovable friends at the zoo as they look for the true meaning of Christmas.



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We didn't know a thing about Fiona the Hippo from the Cincinnati Zoo, but this colorful, sparkly-glittery cover had us falling in love with her before we even cracked open a page:






A Christmas Gift for Santa by J. Theron Elkins

A sweet, rhyming bedtime story about Santa's own special gift!



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Our holiday book collection continues to grow, but Gv was really excited about adding this cute bedtime story book:






The Berenstain Bears Go Christmas Caroling by Mike Berenstain

Gather around and sing along with the entire Bear family as they enjoy an evening of Christmas Eve celebrations!



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I've shared before how much we love The Berenstain Bears, so Gv and I were super-excited to add another of their books to our collection:






A Savior is Born by Patti Rokus

Crack open this unique holiday book and discover how an entire story can be told using simple, nature-filled artwork!



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I kind of subscribe to the view that one can never have to many holiday books (although the flimsy shelf I keep them on would disagree!), but even if you choose to keep your holiday book collection at a more minimalist level, this ingenious new book is one you'll definitely want to include:






Merry Christmas, Nighty Night by Michael W. Smith & Mike Nawrocki

Make falling asleep on Christmas Eve easier with the help of the Nighty Nights in this sweet new book!



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I'd had no clue that Michael W. Smith and VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki had teamed up to write books:






The Beginner's Bible: Jesus is Born

The story of the birth of Jesus combined with basic language, word repetition and whimsical illustrations -- ideal for sharing with your emergent readers!



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I remember how excited Gv was to pick up an "I Can Read!" book and read through it all by herself for the first time, so I just love that the series has added this title to the collection:






God-Confident Kids by Cyndie Claypool de Neve

Helping your child find true purpose, passion, and peace!



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This book grabbed my attention; after all, who doesn't want their kids to find true purpose, passion and peace?




NIrV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions for Early Readers: Polar Exploration Edition

Grab your parka and compass and get ready for a thrilling trek through God’s Word!


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So many devotionals for kids out there require parents to read them aloud, but this fun version is written just with early readers in mind: