Five for Friday

Five for Friday is a weekly post where you share five random things from today or in the past week on your blog.

  • I ordered a new pair of Toms this week! Toms are my favorite brand of shoes. My feet have been hurting like crazy this week. I assume it has been having to do with the shoes I have been wearing and standing on concrete floors for long periods of time at work. I thought I would try a new pair of Toms since Toms always have been comfortable on my feet. The new pair of Toms I ordered is pictured below.

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  • Breathe by Jonny Diaz has been on repeat this week. This song has really spoken to me because I have felt really stressed out recently. For some reason, I have been in a funky mood and this song has cheered me up. This song is one of my favorite songs right now.
  • I have been burning Frosted Cranberry candle from Bath and Body Works as much as possible this week. It is one of my favorite candle scents! I am not sure if you can still purchase this candle at Bath and Body works because it is one of their winter scents. You might have to wait until the winter scents comes back around.

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  • I have been eating a lot of Mexican food. It has been something that I have really been craving. Mexican food is one of my favorite types of food, but I do not normally crave it as much as I have been lately.
  • I have been reading Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst. I am almost finished reading the book. It is such a fantastic book and I have learned so much by reading it so far. I highly recommend this book!

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Alyssa Connor

Ladies, A Christian Boy vs. A Godly Man

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LADIES, A CHRISTIAN BOY VS. A GODLY MAN

Yes, yes, I get it.

“He says He’s a Christian.”

“He has a favorite Bible verse.”

“He goes to church.”

I’ve heard it all.

It’s a hard realization to come to. I know.

But is he a Christian boy or a Godly man?

After some extensive Pinterest-quote scanning, I have distinguished some differences between the two.

Does he say that God is his number one? Or does he actually love God more than you?

Can he recite Bible verses? Or does he live them out?

Is he going to church? Or is he being the church?

Is he merely respecting your purity? Or is he protecting your purity?

Is he leading you closer to only himself? Or is he leading you closer to God?

Does he say, “I’m praying for you.”? Or does he pray with you?

Do you see Jesus in…

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Welcome to Heaven!

We had another great day in Preschool Class yesterday! I am excited to share our lesson last night.  The kids really got into it.

First, I made a sign that said “Welcome to Heaven.” (Warning: it was made at the last minute. So it doesn’t look pretty.)



I put the sign on the cabinet door with a padlock on the handle. The padlock wasn’t big enough to fit around both handles so I had to improvise. I used a child lock so the kids couldn’t open the door.

Here is a close up picture of the lock.


I explained to the kids that we were going to pretend that this door will take us to Heaven and that I had several keys. I continued to explain that I didn’t know which key opened the door to heaven. Catch: I had the correct key to open the padlock hid in my pocket.

Each child took turns trying to see which key unlocks the padlock. Each key had a note on it saying something like “money,” “being strong,” “being funny,” “being good,” and “being pretty.” As we get to each key, I asked them if what the note on the key will get them to Heaven. For example, “Will having a lot of money get you into Heaven? Let’s find out to see if it will open the lock.” When the kids find out that it wouldn’t open the lock, I would explain that it didn’t open the lock so it won’t get is into Heaven.

Once we used up all the keys, I asked the kids what are we going to do next because we ran out of keys. Then I pulled out the correct key to the padlock. The note on this lock said grace. The kids tried this key and it unlocked the padlock. I explained to the kids that grace gets us into Heaven and I explained to them what grace meant.

It was a short lesson so I would recommend that you would plan something to fill up the rest of class time if you want to try this lesson. Unless you are looking for something short.

We watched a VeggieTales movie after the lesson.

Thanks for stopping by!

Alyssa Connor

Valentine’s Day 2016

We had a great Valentine’s Day in my preschool classes! I wanted to share with you what we did in class and maybe give you some ideas for you to use.

Sunday Morning:

  • I let the kids play for about the first 10 minutes of class. I mainly do this in case if I have any kids come in late and to let the kids burn off energy before we start class.
  • We talked about Valentine’s Day and what Valentine’s Day is. I read a fun and cute Valentine’s Day book that I found at the local library.

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  • Next, the class colored a Valentine’s Day themed coloring page. You can find a free printable copy here. The kids ate a snack while they colored.

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  • My Sunday morning class comes with a book that has Bible lessons for each week. Today’s Bible lesson came from my book.  It’s titled Jesus and the Four Friends and the reference is from Mark 2:1-12 from the Bible.

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  • Last, we made Valentine’s Day cards. The kids were able to paint their hands and make hearts with their handprints.

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Sunday Night:

  • Valentine’s Day themed coloring sheets were made available for the kids as they come into class to keep the kids busy until it was time to start class. Get a free printable copy here. They ate snacks while they colored.

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  • We started class by singing songs. We have dvd’s of songs from past Vacation Bible Schools that has dance moves that go along with each song. I always start each Sunday Night class this way. The kids love singing and dancing to these songs over and over!
  • Next, we began our lesson by reading a story called Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger. The kids loved this book!

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  • For the Bible lesson, I used a glass of milk, strawberry syrup, and a spoon to show the kids how much God loves us. I poured some milk in a glass and asked the kids if they love milk. I explained to the kids that is like the love we have fore each other. It’s good for us to love someone, but there’s something even better than our regular love – God’s love! I squirted strawberry syrup into the milk and asked the kids, “What do you see? Is our love remaining the same? No, indeed it is not! The Love of God poured into the love we have will change our love into something sweeter. I stirred the milk and allowed everyone to taste it.
  • We made a craft very similar to the cards we made this morning. I was not able to get a picture of the craft we made, but I will post a picture of something very similar that I got my inspiration from.

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I wrote “God Loves” on top of their handprints and I wrote the child’s name on the bottom of the handprints.

Kids in each class received a treat bag filled with candy!

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I hope you enjoyed reading about what we did for Valentine’s Day and that you were able to get some ideas for yourself!

Alyssa Connor

Holt International

Since July 2015, I have been sponsoring a child through Holt International. I was chaperoning a youth missions trip to Florida. Holt International had a information table set up where we had something like a church service each night. I’ve been to places prior to this that had an information table for Holt International (or an organization similar to Holt) and I kept feeling like God tugging at my heart to jump in and sponsor a child. I never jumped at the opportunity until we went on this missions trip to Florida. While we was in Florida, I felt like God was really tugging at my heart to sponsor a child.

One night before service, I decided I would walk up to Holt’s information table and I saw pictures of many children who needed a sponsor. Srey Leak, the child I am currently sponsoring, really stood out to me and I felt like God saying that this child is the one. I took that leap of faith and hadn’t regretted it since.

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This is the picture of Srey Leak that I received when I first started sponsoring her. This is the same picture that was on the information table. She is a 12 year old girl from Cambodia.

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In September, I received this picture of Srey Leak. Sponsors get new pictures and an update every few months of their sponsored child.

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I received this picture of Srey Leak in January. She has definitely grown! Holt International is helping her to have better educational conditions and providing educational materials and school uniforms to Srey Leak.They are also helping the family to have good income. I can’t wait for the next update! I will definitely update you as I get new information!

I’ve learned that, in a nutshell, sponsorship connects you with a child in need and empowers the child’s community to become healthy, safe, and self-reliant, breaking the cycle of poverty. It’s not a handout. It’s more like a hand up. Sponsors don’t just “give away” our money. We’re give our sponsored child a “boost” up and out of poverty.

If you feel like God is tugging at your heart to sponsor a precious child through Holt International, go to their website. I’ll leave a link below. You won’t regret it!

Holt International Child Sponsorship   (It will open in a new tab)

Alyssa Connor

 

 

Blog??

I started a blog??

Why would I start a blog?

I started out as a lurker. I would “stalk” other teachers blogs, Pinterest pages, Instagram profiles, and Twitter accounts. I have learned SO MUCH from other teachers out there in the real world, doing the daily things teachers are called to do. Those teachers have inspired me and let me use their amazing ideas. They also let me copy their wonderful learning opportunities for my kiddos. It has also encouraged me on those dark days that happens from time to time.

I have officially stepped out of the shadows and started this blogging thing. I have enjoyed getting to jot my ideas down on paper. Now all I need to do is share them, right? I look forward to sharing so many things with you! My goals for this blog are to share what goes on in my preschool class, my involvement in youth ministry, and things that happen behind the scenes such as planning and thoughts. I will also share some random posts about my life just to keep it interesting. If I land a teaching job, I will share the same information with that part of my life.

I am so excited to see where this will lead me! I know the Lord is faithful and has given me a calling for teaching. Let’s learn and work together to be the best we can be for our kiddos we are entrusted with each day!

 

Alyssa Connor