Friday, June 4, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (The Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat)

The Little Red Hen called out...

Will anyone help me?
Can anyone help me?
Who will help me?

but her cries went unrequited as the cat, the dog, 
and the goose all proclaimed to be too busy!!

This classic tale provides an opportunity to discuss
hard work, dedication, perseverance, labor and reward

start this conversation and extend the themes
(when children are ready)

First Fridays- 
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime

A Story...

A Song...

Andrew Queen | Campfire Crew

This fun song takes the classic version and adds a twist!
(Check it out for an alternative ending)

An Activity...

Use some of the ingredients The Little Red Hen used 
to make her bread for a Kitchen Science Art Activity!!

Non-toxic "Puffy Paint"

Food Coloring

microwave w/ Adult Supervision to 
"activate" the flour and salt


Bread Baking with Sarah Baldwin

If you'd like a simple bread baking recipe/activity 
to do with children, check out "Sundays with Sarah"

Thursday, May 6, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (The Napping House)

We're ready for another "First Friday"
and excited to also share

a new logo...

a new theme song...
(see video intro)

and new learning support materials
being packed to gift our early learners!!

(details to come)

Virtual Storytime

Themes: One Can Affect Many- 
Cause and Effect- Adding One More

 A Story

A Song

"Wake Up! School Assembly Song and Dance"
by Out of the Ark Music

An Activity

Exploring chemical reactions with
 baking soda, vinegar, and water

Let's explore...

Which ingredients appear to be sleeping?
Which ingredients appear to wake them up?
What happens when you add one more?

Friday, April 2, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (Not Norman)

National Pet Day-
April 11th

take children along on a journey with a story
which asks and answers the question

What kind of pet would you like to have?

Go deeper with a conversation on...

Loyalty, Companionship, and
Honoring Differences

First Fridays-
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime

A Story...

A Song...

"Flight of the Bumblebee"
Canadian Brass

(listen to a band like the one in the story)

a trumpet...
a trombone...
and two horns...

but can you find
the tuba?

An Activity...

Spring is here...

let's head outdoors for COVID safe
"Breathless Bubbles"!!

Friday, March 5, 2021

First Fridays- A Story. A Song. An Activity (Go Away Big Green Monster)

We are spiritual beings
sharing a human experience...


life happens... 

and the experiences it brings can seem
to take our emotions along for a ride

the range is extraordinary

as we can witness

joy turn into ecstasy
fear turn into anxiety
anger turn into bitterness

the cycle seems to be endless

but one of the gifts we can give
(to the next generation)

 is the ability to 

face, name, and identify what they feel
in order to regulate their own emotion

First Fridays-
A Story. A Song. An Activity

Virtual Storytime

A Story...

A Song...

"Belly Breathe" (Sesame Street)
featuring Common and Colbie Caillat w/ Elmo

An Activity...

Homemade Play Dough

2 cups flour
3/4 cup salt
2 cups water
2TB cooking oil
4 teaspoons cream of tartar (optional)
a few drops of food coloring (optional)

Extend the conversation...

Join us again next First Friday...
we're headed outdoors!!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Show Grace. See Grace. Be Grace (One Hundred Days of Grace)

One Hundred Days of Grace

extends well beyond
100 calendar days

but rather has become

a way of living
a way of life

and I am increasingly amazed
by how God continues to 

show Himself
reveal Himself
unfold Himself

in our daily lives
as we aim to...

show grace
see grace
be grace

One Hundred Days of Grace
March 1- June 8


Monday, February 22, 2021

What? Why? How? (One Hundred Days of Grace)


One hundred consecutive days 
(my journey begins March 1) 

of noticing...

one thing

each day



We let so many moments of grace slip past by 
failing to see the beauty in our everyday lives





and when you see grace...

take it in!


There's no wrong way to
start your journey...

You may choose to document it with a photo
journal the moment, or share with someone else

One Hundred Days of Grace
March 1- June 8

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Your Life as a Flameless Candle

We use flameless candles in places
we fear real fire may be a threat...

(we want)

the ambience
the look
the illusion

without any of the assumed risks

(and similarly)

we live our lives in the same manner

we lay low
stay calm
keep quiet

because we do not
wish to start fires

with our words
with our passion
with our lives

But what if a fire is exactly
what we need right now?

a spark
a flicker
a flame

to ignite these dry places
causing them to catch ablaze

Fire brings...

fueled passion
renewed purpose

It transforms...


into roasted feasts
fit for kings

But we fear it's real power
because we're observant

we've seen it left


and watched
it quickly turn

becoming wild 
and incontrollable


instead of allowing the
real flame of the Spirit

to ignite, burn down,
consume and destroy
all of the chaff

we continue living our lives as illusionist
battery-operated flameless candles

with no full purpose