Latticed Learning: Esther

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible

 

Pages 240-246 in this Bible 



Read a Little More

I found lots of fun books to go along with this week's lesson:




Brave Queen Esther/David and the Giant Flip-Over Book



The Beginner's Bible Queen Esther Helps God's People







Sing Some Songs

This page had some fun ideas (especially the hand motions!)

But our favorites were these fun parodies for Purim:

Kermit the Frog Purim song:



"Vashti's Song" -A Purim parody of "All About That Bass"



The Maccabeats - Purim Song




Watch Some Videos

I found several great resources for this week's lesson:

We've really been enjoying all of these videos as we go through our weeks and volume number 7 matched up with this week's story perfectly.

This video was fun to view, too.

We also watched this and this to fill out the Esther story a bit further.


Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about Esther:

We first printed out these finger puppets:



and then made the crown in this pack (page 3) to wear while using the puppets to re-enact the Esther story:



Gv enjoyed standing these characters up on their own more than wearing them on her fingers

We used this print-out to dress Esther for her big feast:


This seemed simple, but Gv had loads of fun cutting out all the tiny pieces (I went back and trimmed everything up) and then gluing them all down on the card.

Then she got all dolled up in a fancy dress and crown before sitting down before our own "feast":


Feast prepared by Queen Gv herself - she even put fancy tablecloths on our step-stool tables before covering them with "food!"

We continued to print out the one-page stories from this great site to cut out pictures from and hang as our story sequencing cards for the week.

I'd come across this courage activity and thought Gv would find it pretty fun to do.  I think she had more fun squeezing all the water out of the bag at the end than anything else, but she was definitely surprised to see that no water escaped when I shoved the pencils into it!


Tip: although the water stays in despite the pencil-jabbing, do this over a sink!

And then we did this adorable craft


I tore off a strip of foil for Gv to cut however she wanted, then she went and got yarn and googly eyes to add to her Esther.

Gv wanted to make another Esther, so we decided to try these puppets


She chose a red craft stick, traced her hand, then cut out all but the thumb and colored in the queen's features, crown, and hair. We found some random sticky jewels and a stray sequin and her queen was complete!


I'd also come across this idea last year and had pinned it to try when we did Esther again.

It not only was fabulous fun to add these squishy little jewels to our paper plate crown, but Gv has continued to make jewels every day since, to add to whatever project she happens to be working on each day!


Making these glue jewels couldn't be easier - just squeeze out some wet glue onto wax paper in circle and diamond shapes, wait for it to dry (that's the hard part, because it takes a day to fully dry) and then color the dots with marker.

Peel the jewels off the wax paper and glue them down onto your crown (stick glue works fine). We used a paper plate for a crown - just fold it in half to make a slit and cut your triangle points out, then bend them up and stick it on your head.

This crown worked a little too well - after placing it on her head, "Queen Gv" decided we needed to go have a photo shoot in the backyard. She struck this pose all on her own. Oh, dear.


Finally, I printed out this little coded message and served as Gv's scribe as she figured out which letters came next.


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What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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60 Days of Happiness, by Randy Alcorn

A biblically-based devotional book built around our God-given search for happiness.



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Who doesn't want a little more happiness in their life?

Noted theologian and bestselling author Randy Alcorn received so many encouraging responses to his larger book Happiness that he reworked much of the material to create this collection of short, self-contained meditations that can be used as a standard day-at-a-time devotional:





Project Snapshot - Week 159

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)

Remember my goals for 2017 a couple of weeks ago?

Well, I'm pretty excited to be putting the finishing touches on Gv's room right now and although I've been assembling Ikea furniture even in my sleep, it is looking so fabulous in there!

Hopefully I'll remember to share another photo in a week or two, but in the meantime, here's a shot of what 1,273 picture books looks like:

I'm not joking when I say we like books around here. And these are just the picture books...

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Read & Play Baby Bible

A unique starter Bible for your baby!


Read & Play Baby Bible: A unique starter Bible for your baby!

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We've added several baby Bibles to our collection over the few short years Gv has been around. Most feature one or two sentences for each Bible story covered as well as plenty of cute, colorful illustrations to give baby loads to look at.

I was intrigued by this title, when it arrived in the mail:  


Jesus is with me page



5 After 5, Ways to Enjoy Winter

Have you already had enough of winter and all the extra work that goes along with it?

We don't really get winter around here, but there are still certain things I enjoy and associate with the season...



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was books to read in 2017 and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 ways to enjoy winter


We actually had about 7 hours of winter last week - that crazy cold front that was known as Snomageddon everywhere else dropped our temps to the forties and I was actually able to wear a sweater - it was glorious!

(Seriously, the last time I wore that sweater was four years ago, so I was excited!) 

Of course, we were back up into the 80s again the next day, so there's still not much wintering going on around here, but I did manage to come up with a sort of bucket list for us for the season:


Friday Frivolity - Things NOT to say to a Pregnant Woman

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we shared creative ways to announce a pregnancy.

This week, we're continuing to celebrate Sarah's exciting baby news with some advice on things NOT to say to a pregnant woman:

Herding Cats: How to read to toddlers who won't sit still

Each month, I'll be sharing homeschool solutions for the preschool years over at pambarnhill.com.

Today's post explores the challenge of reading to a child who just won't sit still - and I'm here to tell you, it will be okay!



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Your friendly Syncopated Mama has added something new to her plate this year: contributing writer for another blog!

That's right, starting today I'll be blogging once a month over at Pam Barnhill's site and sharing homeschool solutions for the preschool years!

It's no secret that I love all the wonderful things that Pam shares (she shows up on my 5 After 5 lists for favorite podcasts and educational blogs!), so you can imagine my excitement when she asked little old me to join her team!

Today's post is a re-vamped version of my Herding Cats: Cultivating a Love of Reading in Your Toddler post that so many of you said helped lift a huge weight off your shoulders with regards to expectations on reading with toddlers.

I'd love to have you click on over and check it out - especially if you happen to have a toddler who won't sit still at your house, too!

Have you ever worried about reading to a wiggle worm before?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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