Free Printables: I Have, Who Has? Letter Review Cards

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“I have, Who has?” is a pretty simple game that is common among early elementary grades. Traditionally, player one would read their first card. The player that has the next letter goes next. Play continues until all cards are called.

Example:

  • Player One: “I have A. Who has M?”
  • Player Two: “I have M. Who has K?”
  • Player Three: “I have K. Who has X?”

This game is great because it can be played with two players or twenty-six players. It is more fun with more players, making it a great game for classrooms.

But, homeschoolers that are playing with just mom may get overwhelmed by holding thirteen cards. So, I play an alternative version with the Champ.

I simply lay twenty-five cards in the floor face side up. I hand him the last card and we read it together. Then he has to find the next letter until all of the cards have been picked up.

Example:

  • Card one reads: “I have A. Who has M?”
  • The Champ finds the “M” card and reads “I have M. Who has K?”
  • The Champ finds the “K” card and reads “I have K. Who has X?”

To make the game a bit more challenging, you can place the cards face down. To get your child’s wiggles out while you play, spread the cards all over the room. They will have to run around to find the next card.

Download my I have, Who Has-Uppercase Letter Review and I have, Who Has-Lowercase Letter Review.

I recommend printing on cardstock and/or laminating the cards to make them more durable. I use the Scotch Thermal Laminator.

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Bible Journaling: My Routine

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Last week I discussed WHY I enjoy Bible journaling. The next several weeks I will be discussing HOW I go about Bible journaling. It is important to remember that our main goal should be to grow closer to God through meaningful worship. That means that my routine may not be the best routine for you. Use it as a jumping off point and add to it or take out anything you need to.

Pray.

First and foremost, Bible journaling is a form of prayer and worship for me. I like to begin by asking the Holy Spirit to lead me and to instruct me as I am reading God’s Word. An example of this is as follows:

Lord,

Open my heart and mind as I read your word (Psalm 119:18). Give me the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of you (Ephesians 1:17).  Help me to understand your instruction (Luke 24:45).

Amen

Read.

Before you can illustrate your Bible, you have to read it! I usually prefer reading one or two chapters at a time. Some people find reading one section at a time more manageable. Remember that QUALITY reading is more important than QUANTITY reading. We are attempting to KNOW our Lord more fully, not check off a Bible reading plan.

While reading, I keep a Bible dictionary and commentary nearby to answer any questions that may arise while reading.

Highlight.

I usually read with six highlighters. I have a category for each and I like to highlight my entire Bible as I am reading. This may seem like an excessive amount of highlightiting, but it serves two purposes: (1) I have ADHD, so by categorizing each verse, I am staying engaged while reading. (2) If I skip a chapter, I will be able to quickly come back to it because it is not highlighted.

My categories are as follows:

  • Pink- Warnings, Things Not to Do
  • Green- Commandments, Things to Do
  • Purple- God, Jesus, Holy Spirit
  • Blue-Promises, Blessings, Prophesy
  • Orange-Genealogy
  • Yellow- Anything else that “jumps out”

When I highlight, I do not try to overanalyze which color to use. There are several instances when Jesus is speaking (Purple) a promise (Blue) on the condition that we believe in him (Green). In that scenario, I will simply pick one of those colors to use. There are other scenarios where I do not know what category to use, so I simply highlight in yellow. Typically, I see yellow as a sign that I need to pull out a commentary to figure out what that passage is saying.

Reflect.

What does the passage mean? How does this apply to me?

Sketch.

At this point I begin actually “journaling.” I like to turn on music at this point and use the time to further reflect on the passage and worship.

I begin the artistic process by sketching my complete design in pencil. Sometimes I will look online for “how to draw” tutorials if I do not know how to draw a particular element. I also like to look up lettering examples on Pinterest for my verses.

Color.

After I sketch in pencil, I trace the outline in an archival pen. Then I use my colored pencils to fill in the drawing. This is perhaps the most relaxing element of Bible journaling for me.

Paint.

If I am going to apply paint, I do it last. I use a watercolor paint that does well going around and over my pens and colored pencils.

Pray.

At the end of my journaling session, I like to close with a prayer in response to what I read. I like to give thanks for any revelations that may have come to me and ask for help applying what I have learned. My prayer may be as simple as:

Lord,

Let these words dwell within me (Colossians 3:16). I want to not only hear your word, but to be a doer of the word (James 1:22).

Amen

This is a simple outline of my typical journaling process. Some days, I only do part of my routine at a time (especially now with two boys); however, I do try to always begin and end in prayer.

Stay tuned next week for my favorite products for Bible journaling.

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Healthy Lunch Meal Prep: Sweet Potatoes, Chicken, and Sweet Peas

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I like to prep healthy lunches for the week on Saturday, so that I can simply toss lunch in the microwave during the week.

This week, I am having sweet potatoes, chicken, and green peas.

I love sweet potatoes! They are incredibly dense in nutrients and have the potential to regulate blood sugar. Not to mention how unbelievably delicious they are.

Simply roast sweet potatoes and chicken. Cook a package of frozen peas according to the package directions. Then layer one cup sweet potatoes, one cup peas, and one cup chicken in a storage container. This dish pairs well with broccoli as well.

Typically, one container makes two adult size portions or a portion for one adult and two toddlers.

I freeze the containers I will be eating towards the end of the week and pull them out 48 hours before I plan to eat them.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 4 cups sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and cube four cups of sweet potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil, honey, and cinnamon. Stir until potatoes are coated evenly. Roast for 30-45 minutes.

Paprika Chicken

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut chicken breasts into 1” cubes and place in a single layer in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle seasonings over the chicken and bake for 30 minutes.

A Prayer for Prayer

Each week I would like to share a scripture based prayer. This first week, I thought it would be appropriate for the topic of my prayer to be on prayer itself.

Lord,

Your eyes are on me and you listen to my prayers (1 Peter 3:12). I will praise you when I am cheerful (James 5:13). I will give thanks to you often (Colossians 4:2). I will come to you in times of need and trouble (Psalm 142:1-2). I know that you will help me when I call out to you in distress (Psalm 107:19). If I keep asking, it will be given. If I keep searching, it will be found (Luke 11:9-10).

Please, help me to make my supplication with the right motivations (James 4:3). Thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit to intercede for me when I do not know what to pray for as I should (Romans 8:26). Cast away my doubt so that I may believe that I can move mountains through you (Matthew 21:21).

Amen

Share your favorite verses on the topic of prayer!

The Defiant Child

My three year old son, the Champ, is wild. Every morning he gets up around six thirty and he does not stop talking until eight o’clock in the evening. His brother is only three months old, so I am his only playmate. It is exhausting.

Over the last several months, he has become incredibly defiant. We have tried time-outs, rewards for good behavior, taking away toys, and spanking. Nothing seems to work.

One night, I decided to try something totally different. Before the Champ went to bed, I sent the rest of the family elsewhere and I got down on the floor with him and started to ask him about his day. We chatted for less than five minutes and when we were done I scooped him up, looked him directly in the eyes, and I told him that he was special to me.

After he went to sleep that night, I realized that I rarely take the time to listen to him. I talk to him all day long but I assume that because of his age, he does not have anything important to say.

Listening to my little boy talk about the “ice cream breathing dragons” in his room may have been a tad bit boring for my grown up mind, but it made him feel as if what he had to say was important.  It made a huge difference in his behavior the next day.

I won’t say that he was perfect, but it was a start.

How do you take the time to show your child that he is a valued part of the family?

Why I Love Bible Journaling

 

What I Love About Journaling

When I first heard about Bible journaling I was a skeptic. Should we be doodling in our Bibles? Why would someone do that? Once I started journaling, I began to love it. So, what do I love about journaling?

The process of creating brings me closer to the creator. The time I spend Bible journaling is time I am spending in communion with the Lord. My hands are kept busy while my mind is freed up to focus only on Him.

Painting, drawing and coloring are all calming activities. Adult coloring books are very popular at the moment. You cannot walk into a hobby shop or bookstore without seeing several copies. People are discovering that these activities help to reduce anxiety.

I am more focused on my reading when I use a highlighter system. I am more engaged when I read with a highlighter in hand. I am also more engaged when I am trying to figure out what verse conveys the main message of the passage. Next week I will explain more on my highlighter system.

Focusing on a smaller portion of scripture helps it sink in more. When I repeat a verse several times, I tend to remember it better. When I am illustrating a verse, I repeat it to myself as I am sketching, coloring, and painting. This allows the words to sink into my heart.

Pictures jog my memory. I can go back and look at my illustrations and get a quick overview of my past studies. Sometimes I will pick a book of the Bible that I have completed and simply look at all of the illustrations. It helps me get the big picture of each book quickly. I can also find scripture quickly when I remember how I illustrated it.

It is a fun way to share the Gospel. When you pull out a Bible full of artwork and doodles, you are going to get comments and questions. This is the perfect opportunity to engage in discussions with strangers in waiting rooms, unbelieving friends and family members, and even your children. Anything that allows me to share my faith is exciting.

In the following weeks, I will be discussing my Bible journaling process, the tools I use, and even tips and techniques for non-artists like myself.

Please, share pictures of your journaling Bible. I cannot get enough of this beautiful form of worship.

Building a Relationship With God

Prayer time has always been difficult for me. I have only recently begun to understand that prayer is just about being with God, listening to Him, and strengthening your relationship.

It is not about specific words. I have always spent too much time worrying about what I should say and being afraid of saying the wrong thing. We don’t have to be overly spiritual or eloquent in our prayer life. We should have a relationship with God that is open and easy. We should be talking to him the way we would talk to a friend or a family member that we love and respect dearly.

It takes work. A relationship with God is just like any other relationship. You have to work at it and spend time together to build your relationship. If you and your spouse only saw each other and talked once every few months, your relationship would not be very solid. The same concept applies to God. If you are only spending time in prayer on occasion, you will never build a deep relationship with Him.

We have to listen. Relationships cannot form when only one person is doing all of the talking. When we are spending time with God, we have to take time to listen to Him.

He wants to spend time with us. Imagine being in a relationship with someone who was never distracted by the television and a smart phone. God is always attentive to us. All we have to do is seek Him and He will join us. He desires to be with us and for us to spend time with Him.

Relationship with God