Reference Reminders

My kids are great at memorizing verses, but remembering the references for the verses seems to be more difficult for them. Here are a few tips to help kids take notice of the names and numbers: Make the reference out of chenille stems Use masking tape to make the reference- this takes lots of floor or table space Use stamps…

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Easy Tape Resist Art

Here’s a suggestion for an easier way to do tape resist art.  With this version you do not remove the tape; it remains part of the picture. Gather: White paper Clear tape Washable markers Tissues Craft: Show the children how to make a picture or design with strips of tape. Encourage the children to color over the entire picture with…

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Kid’s Min 411

What’s next with Mr. Mark? We had a great time at the Sharpen Conference.  I hope we can plan to host this conference every other year.  When I have a date set for 2017, I’ll let you know. Now, you can mark your calendar for “The Kid’s Ministry 411” on 4-11-16.  In just over a year, I will host a…

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VBS Decoration Video… The Cave

I hope this helps your creativity for decorating your classroom.  Let your workers know where to go get the ideas: www.mrmarksclassroom.com/vbs .  I think the photos and video are the most help!  Send me pictures of your decorations so I can post them for other to see too. Don’t forget I have a few Treehouse Kits and Trees (pair) left…

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VBS Decoration Videos Now Available!

We are about to start the Association Training Clinics in OKC and I thought you might be interested in seeing some short videos for decorations.  I love this Journey Off the Map theme and the decorations are not that hard.  Here are the videos for the Tangled Treehouse! Visit the website each Friday for the next four weeks to see…

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Personal “Dry Erase” Board

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4 Materials: Inexpensive 8×10 or 5×7 frame from dollar store, dry erase marker, Velcro sticky dots, scrapbook paper, stickers Use scrapbook paper and stickers to design a sheet (size depends on frame size) to go into the frame. Attach dry erase…

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Glossy Paint

God’s goodness and love will be with me always. Psalm 23:6 Materials: Sweetened condensed milk, food coloring, ice cube tray or 2 oz. cups, white cardstock, paintbrushes, and measuring spoons Mix 2 T. of sweetened condensed milk with your choice of food coloring. Use paintbrush to create design on the cardstock. Allow 30 minutes to dry. Dries with a high…

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When Routines turn into “Rut”ines

Recently, I discussed my personal routines as well as routines in the classroom with a group of teachers.  I’ve tried to evaluate my daily routine and change a few things that would let me have a few victories with time management.  There is so much more to my life than email so I created a new daily schedule but already…

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The Christian’s Armor

Gather: Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids Helmet Shield Sword Belt Breastplate Sandals Craft sticks Mini craft sticks Chenille stems Glue dots Aluminum tape Permanent markers Index cards Teach: Read Ephesians 6:10-20. Help the kids to look up the Christian’s Armor in the Bible dictionary.  Encourage the kids to make a label for each piece of armor.  Discuss the importance…

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12 Tips for Rookie Teachers

Pay attention to your personal Bible reading and corporate worship times. Beware of easy fixes- Videos and coloring sheets will never take the place of activities that build a relationship between the teacher and the child. A little each day- Read and prep and little bit of your lesson each day instead of waiting until Saturday night or Sunday morning…

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