Friday, August 15, 2014

Jesus is my BFF - 5 day curriculum‏.. From CurrClick

A message from Kathy Hutto via CurrClick

(Please don't let the price scare you away.  It's a little more than I usually ask, but I spent a lot of hours on this resource.  Remember, your purchase helps support another homeschooling family.:) Colossians 3:23-24)  I'd greatly appreciate it if you passed this offer or my shop link along to other homeschoolers you know.  BTW...I have another special product that I'm going to be offering FREE on Currclick this weekend!  It's a video lesson with handouts I created entitled Paragraph Writing Made Easy
I created this Jesus is my BFF curriculum mostly for folks right here in the states, although you could use it anywhere. You can use it for homeschooling, Sunday School, etc.  I wrote it for a local Backyard Bible club this summer.

When writing it, I just thought about what kids in our country go through.

I tried to shift from crafts to activities to engage our over stimulated, video game loving, fast paced society.

Also, I wanted to be sure that the wording didn't use the dated "church jargon" that we've gotten accustomed to, but which literal thinking children may not understand. For example, letting Jesus "come into your heart" can be quite scary if you are a child who thinks concretely!

Finally, so often we hear God described as a Father. While that can be a great comparison for many people, if you don't have a father-figure in your life or maybe have one who has proven untrustworthy or one who is intimidating, you could get a wrong impression of God's true character. This resource compares Him to a friend - someone who loves you, someone you can talk to anytime and about anything, someone you can trust, someone who wants to get to know you better and will never leave you.

Here are the topics:
Day 1 – I Am His Masterpiece
Day 2 – He Loved Me First
Day 3 – I Can Message Him Anytime
Day 4 – I Can Trust Him
Day 5 – #J.C. is my BFF (getting to know Him better)

This resource contains lessons for a week - five days. The components of each lesson include: Memory Verse, Setting the Stage, Bible Study, Game, Craft. It includes my popular Ten Commandments poster using kid-friendly language, which somehow is the most popular thing on my blog - getting about 100 views a day all on it's own! (Go figure!) It also includes an original gospel tract to pass out. I'm super excited about this! I looked at what was already out there and what kids needed to hear. I tried to take the best and leave out the worst. We know it's the Holy Spirit that has to do the drawing - not scare tactics! I also was sensitive to the fact that I didn't want kids to get a "false sense of security." No pressure here!

Another component I really like are the Memory Verse Dog Tags. I've included them free as a Preview of this resource. Be sure to download them.

About the author...
I am a preacher's kid (Yeah, I admit it! In fact, I'm so thankful for the great spiritual foundation.) I graduated from Mercer University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught for years and now homeschool my own children. I have about 20 years of teaching experience under my belt (Funny, I don't feel that old!) I also work as the Preschool Ministry Coordinator for my baptist church.

Special price for Jesus is my BFF: $3.00 (click the link to apply the discount) 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Building Good Character Qualities

There is no doubt that character training is a vital aspect our home schooling. The Bible teaches us in Proverbs 22:15 that, "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child." In the book of Romans, it's made crystal clear that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Therefore, it is necessary to train our children diligently. This requires discipline and much repetition to instill in our children a proper godly character which will benefit them and those around them for their whole lives. I have found that my children work and respect people better as they learn these character qualities. With lots of repetition they slowly build these qualities. Here are links to the resources I use.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool FREE

If you are wondering how to get homeschooling done on a limited or no budget and have all the schoolwork lessons preperations done. Easy Peasy has everything you need and gives you all the links to free information and all the schoolwork.  All you need is the computer. Here is the information from there website and the link to get to them. Homeschooling does not have to cost you  a fortune or anything!


Free, complete online Christian homeschool for Pre-K through 12th grade
Check out the FAQ page to find the answers to your questions.
To enable families to homeschool no matter their life circumstances
This curriculum uses only free materials found online and is structured so that your children can work as independently as you want them to. It is intended to be college preparatory and students of all ages read quality, classic literature. Students also use lapbooks, notebooking, videos and online interactive activities and games. Students will complete lessons in reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, math, science, history, geography, Bible, computer, music, art, health physical education, and logic. The youngest students follow a thorough program to learn to read.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


If you are wanting to homeschool and finances are the issue, here is a great site were they send you free of charge homeschool curriculum.

The Book Samaritan is a non profit organization that supplies homeschool materials to families the are unable to afford them.

We send curriculum and supplies, free of charge, to homeschooling families in need. We could not do this without the help of people who are willing to donate their curriculum and books. Our ministry relies on you. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your generosity.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Homemade Laundry Detergent...Great Money Saver...

Homemade Laundry Detergent...Great Money Saver...

It's that time of year again we are all trying to save money.  I thought I would repost one of our biggest money savers..

Having alot of children creates alot of laundry about 35 loads per week, since we are on such a tight budget we make our own laundry detergent it costs approx. $3.50 every 2 months for laundry detergent. Below is the receipe.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4 Cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)