Thankful Turkey!

During the month of November, there will be a naked turkey outside the library! (OH NO!)

img_0878Click here to get the instructions sheet, shown in orange.

It’s the student’s job to dress the turkey. They have to write what they are thankful for on a feather and place it in the box (to be reviewed and taped on the wall.)  I found free feathers clip art here!

img_0879I put the feathers in a lunch bag, and stapled it to the wall. (This could’ve been prettier, but I was excited and wanted to put it up fast!)

It’s not the sexiest turkey, but it works and the kids are excited! It generates a thankful spirit on the campus and that’s awesome!!

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What are your thoughts? What do you do on your campus to help build thankfulness?

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God Calls Us: Righteous

Did you know that you are righteous? Even when we mess up, God still calls us righteous. WHAT? Even when you think you’ve made a terrible mess of your life, He calls you righteous, but what does righteous even mean?

Dictionary.com says:

Righteous
  1. characterized by uprightness or morality:
  2. morally right or justifiable:
  3. acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous:
  4. Slang. absolutely genuine or wonderful:
Let’s look at the biblical truths.
“and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:24
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
“Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24
Now that you know what you have been called, begin to walk in righteousness. Remember you are covered by Jesus. Fall down, get back up and walk in His righteousness. You’ve been called to do so.

Mock Voting Booths

In our libraries, I have created mock voting booths. The students are learning about the candidates and are encouraged to vote for who they believe should be president. This has been such a fun activity and it really gets kids excited about a civic duty many of us take for granted. It’s also been fun to actually research the candidates myself and decide who I believe would best lead our country.

 

Feel free to use my examples!

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I used a trifold to display the information on each candidates. I got this information from Scholastic. Copyright is provided on each page. (After, I’ve introduced each candidate to the students.) Next to the candidate’s bio, there is an example of what it would look like if you wanted to vote for that candidate.

Taped to the table are the instructions for voting and an empty tissue box where you place your voting-ballot! It was easy to put together, but it’s been such a success and the kids are very excited.

 

Book Character Pumpkins!

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If you are looking for a fun Fall activity for your library, look no further!

My library is covered in book character pumpkins!! (What’s that, you say?) Well, what a great question!

I sent home flyers to parents inviting them to work with their students, at home, to paint their favorite book character on a pumpkin! This activity is great, because it gets parents and students working together and discussing books! *Another great thing about it, is that it’s entirely done at home! So you don’t have to mess with it except displaying them!*

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I’m taking it a step further and next week I am going to have the lower grades come and practice “voting”. The favorite pumpkin will get a PRIZE!

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This is an easy, fun and engaging activity that parents and students ADORE! Please use this and take my examples! Let me know how it works for your school!

God Calls Us: Healed

I’ve been on a hiatus for lots of reasons, but I need to come back. This blog has really helped me research and focus on the priorities in my life.

I’m thinking about starting a series called God Calls Us. It will highlight verses and what He says about us. In this shallow and hurtful world, we forget who we are. Children of God. How powerful is that? How do we let the world get us down so easily, when God repeatedly tells us how wonderful, beautiful and fantastical we are!

So today’s post is about us being healed.

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So, stop trying to find it.

“He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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If you call, He will answer. You just have to take the first step.

“He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.'”  Mark 5:34

Stand firm on these verses, and don’t let sickness, or physical/emotional/spiritual pain get in the way of you living life to the most joyful you can.

Make one of these the background of your phone and be reminded that YOU ARE HEALED. You do not have to walk in depression anymore.