Monday, December 17, 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary - Pray and Pass it on!

Please, hug your kids, say a prayer, and pass it on!

©Charlotte Braddock 2012
This image contains 20 teardrop shaped hearts 
for the 20 children killed and 
the larger hearts are for the adult victims. 

Please, pass this on to promote prayer for Sandy Hook!

Charlotte's Clips and Kindergarten Kids

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Praying for Sandy Hook Elementary

I am joining with Meghan Farley from oh boy 3rd grade
in honoring a day of silence from Blogging on Sunday, December 16th to show support for Sandy Hook Elementary.  

Please, consider promoting a day of silence tomorrow on your blog and join with us at Faith Filled Freebies by adding this symbol today or Monday, as a sign that we are praying for the teachers, students, and families.  

I created this symbol with 20 small teardrop hearts 
for the children lost in this tragedy 
and the seven larger hearts are for the adult victims.  

Charlotte's Clips and Kindergarten Kids

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Advent Song

Here is an Advent Song that we sing everyday when we light the candles.  I don't know where I originally found this, but it is great for little ones.

It is song to the tune of twinkle twinkle little star.

Advent is a time to wait.
Not quite time to celebrate.

Light the candles one by one.
Till the Advent time is done.

Christmas day will soon be here.
Time for joy and time for cheer.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Is Love

During this season of Advent, my family has been meditating and emphasizing John 3:16.  It's a very special verse for me because it was the first piece of scripture that I memorized, understood, and hid in my heart.

My two youngest sons memorized it when they were barely out of diapers.  However, I want my boys and my students to move beyond the rote. I want them to know it, feel it, internalize it, and apply God's word to their everyday lives.

So with that in mind, I wrote a little printable book for my two sons (a kinder and a firstie) that we will read at dinner devotions tonight.

While it is a simple little book, I'm hoping that it reminds my boys that Christmas is more than decorations and presents. Christmas is about love... the love that God had for us when he sent his one and only Son... the love that Jesus shows us daily with his mercy and grace.  The love that we, in turn, are to show others. But, most importantly, the love that we have for our Savior.

Noah, my seven year old, brought me to tears over the weekend.  We had just finished devotions and he said, "Mommy, the best gift I have is salvation".  Amen, Noah, Amen!

Click here to grab this FREEBIE from Google Drive 

Or, click on the picture below for a FREE download of this ten page little printable book. Use in your kindergarten or first grade classroom, in Sunday school ,or with your own little ones. 

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
May you know His love this season!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Nativity Color by Number

Work on number recognition and color words while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas! My Nativity Color by Number page is a great way to review basic concepts and keep students engaged during the holiday season.

Have a Blessed Day!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

An Emergent Reader for Advent

Integrate Religion instruction into your Language Arts curriculum with this cute Advent is for Waiting Interactive Sight Word Reader. Each page of this simple emergent reader includes a predictable sentence that needs the word "for" to be complete. Students will cut out, unscramble, and glue letters to spell "for" on each page. The images are also a great way to help students identify and recognize the elements of an Advent wreath. Stop by Kinder-Craze to download this great free resource!

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

St. Nicholas Miter

Tomorrow is St. Nicholas Day! Every celebration deserves a fun hat and what could be better for St. Nicholas day that a cute miter just like the one St. Nicholas wore. Add some cotton balls as "fur" trim to put a modern Santa spin on the hat. Stop by Kinder-Craze to pick up this cute and simple craftivity!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Bulletin Board

This afternoon, our kindergarten team put up the December bulletin board in the front hallway of our school. Each month, our school focuses on a specific virtue and December's virtue is generosity. This was a super, simple bulletin board to do. We have 52 kindergarteners in our school and each one colored a star with crayons. We told them that it had to be beautiful because it was going to hang over baby Jesus! They lived up to our expectations because they turned out beautifully! We attached their pictures to the center of the stars and Voila! A beautiful and striking bulletin board!


Free Printable Thank you cards with Baby Jesus

Here is a little something you can use 
for your students and friends.

Click on the image to download this printable pdf file.

Free Thank Card from Charlotte's Clips
Charlotte's Clips and Kindergarten Kids

Advent Posters-FREEBIES!

Advent has officially begun!  I am almost finished with my "Happy Birthday, Jesus" literacy packet, and want to share a FREEBIE with you.  These two mini- posters are part of my packet, but I am offering them to you now!  They print on a full sheet of paper and can be used to decorate your classroom and/or home.

Graphics are by Scrappin Doodles and KPM Doodles
Just click the picture below to grab your freebies!

Graphics:  KPM Doodles

Have a very blessed week!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Simple "Stained Glass" Window Decorations for Advent

The season of Advent is upon us and we are awaiting the arrival of the King! My students began our preparations for Advent last week and made these sweet and simple "Stained Glass" windows to prepare our hearts and minds for the spirit of the season.

These decorations are quite simple and require only 3 materials:
  • Clear contact paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Pink and purple tissue paper squares

A full tutorial for the project has been posted at Kinder-Craze. Stop by to find complete instructions!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Easy Advent Wreath

I thought I would share a cute and easy Advent wreath project to do with your students or children.

Materials needed:
1 white chinette paper plate for each child
Green paint
Purple, pink, and yellow construction paper
Green tissue paper
4 craft sticks for each child

1.  Students paint their paper plate green. Let dry. (I use Chinette brand because it is much studier than a regular paper plate.)
2.  Make 3 purple candles and 1 pink candle by rolling construction paper rectangles into tubes and securing with tape.
3.  Dip tubes into glue OR make grass cuts at the bottom of each paper tube. Bend the cuts up and dip into glue.  Arrange the candles around the outside of the plate. Let dry.
4.  Glue tissue paper balls around the edges of the plate OR I have used cut pieces of green construction paper, too!
5.  To create the flame, students draw a flame shape upon yellow construction paper and attach to the top of a craft stick. Do this for 4 flames.
6.  Add a flame for each Sunday in Advent. Store the sticks upside down in each candle until it is time to celebrate each Sunday!
7.  Have fun!