Easter Initial Letter Sort and Trace

I’m sorry I’m just posting this today. Hopefully there’s still time for you to use it….and there’s always next year!!

This is a set of cards to trace each letter of the alphabet.  As the letters are traced on one cloud, the image with the matching beginning letter is placed on the other cloud.  Please note, this is for initial letter….NOT necessarily initial sound!!  This is also religious based as each card has a cross in the center of the rainbow, so this might now be suitable for all classrooms.

Here’s a thumbnail view of some of the cards….

Easter InitialLetter Sort&Trace Cards byElaine SAMPLEElements © Katie at Just So Scrappy Too and Clipart © Trina Clark at Digi Scrap KitsBoth used with permission.

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All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However, they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog and please do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine and The Schoolhouse. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

Ash Wednesday

Ash-WedToday is Ash Wednesday and we celebrate as a class by attending mass.  Therefore, there won’t be a page for the Bible ABC’s today.  Please check back next week for the next letter in our Bible alphabet!!

Have a blessed Ash Wednesday and may you accomplish all your goals this Lent season!!

Merry CHRISTmas!!

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Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

~Luke 2:4-7

Merry CHRISTmas to all!!




Hanukkah Fun Pack

I know I haven’t been around much, but I hope that this was worth the wait!!  This is a “fun pack” for Hanukkah and it’s filled with activities for class, home, a party, or anyplace to keep little ones and adults busy.

This pack includes a word search, crossword puzzle, and a maze.  There’s also games like “Menorah”, which is checkers and “Dreidel”, which is tic-tac-toe.  There’s also the game of “Gelt”, which is a version of bingo!!  Finally, there’s several pages of lyrics to popular Hanukkah songs.

Here’s a thumbnail view of some of the pages included in this fun pack (click to enlarge)….

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All graphics and backgrounds © Paula at Keystone Scraps with permission.  There are 4 images on game of “Gelt” that are from internet sources and believed to be public domain.

If you use this fun pack, have any requests, or just want to let me know how you used them, please leave a comment and let me know. I’d also appreciate it if you’d click the button below to vote for my blog. (You can vote ONCE a day!!) I also have a “contact” button in the right column. I love feedback and I truly create by the input that I receive….thanks!!




All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine and The Schoolhouse. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

Noah’s Ark Chore Chart

Here’s a FREE chore chart that I’ll be using in my religion class this year…..

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Every year, my kids like helping out with duties in our religious education classroom.  I usually just simply rotate them between the couple of chores that they can do for me.  I don’t have many, but they love doing them!!  This year, I decided that instead of me just trying to keep track on paper, I’d create a chore chart.

There’s actually 2 chore charts in this set.  The first is the one that I used that has actual chores on it.  The duties include pass out papers, collect papers, bathroom monitors (boy and girl), box collector (our supply boxes), and line leader.  The second chart is blank.  The chores can actually be typed in and then printed, or it can be printed as is and the duties can be written in.

What I plan to do with mine is now that it’s printed and laminated, I’ll use a Vis-a-Vis…

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V.B.S. – More of Amazing Wonders Aviation

I’m back with some more AWA themed printables for VBS.  First though, I’d like to say THANK YOU for all the wonderful comments.  You’ve truly made me feel wonderful and you’ve reminded me why I spend so much time creating these for the kids.  It warms me to know that they will be used and hopefully enjoyed by the kids.

Now onto the new VBS printables!!  First up is a set of memory verse cards.  They can be used a number of ways.  One could line them up to complete the memory verse, or 2 copies could be printed and they could be used for concentration.  There’s also a number of other things that can be done with them.  The verse is from the NIV version of the Bible.

Next, I made a blank file folder game (ffg) that I called “The Race”.  This can be used for fun or to teach/review a skill.  All you need is die/spinner and player tokens.  I’ve provided the rest!!  There is a blank spot for you to fill in the directions for how you want the game played.  There’s also a set of cards that are blank for you to write in the skill or they don’t need to be used.  I also made an optional back for the cards too.

Last up is a shadow match game.  This one is more for fun or a time filler.  The airplanes and logos are matched to shadows on the map (game board).

Here’s a thumbnail view of some of the parts to these Amazing Wonders Aviation printables for VBS….

Clipart and backgrounds © LifeWay with permission.

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The information that is posted on this blog is general information purposes. It is not intended to substitute for curriculum or for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

V.B.S. – Amazing Wonders Aviation

Each summer, one of my group members conducts Vacation Bible School (VBS) at her church.  For a few years now, she’s asked me to create printables that they can use in the classroom because they have a limited budget and can’t purchase the whole package.  This year, their theme is Amazing Wonders Aviation through LifeWay and it looks like a great backdrop to teaching the kids God’s love.

They use the NIV version of the Bible, so any printables with the verse for this theme will come from that version of the Bible.  Also, I just want to note ahead of time that I will be adding a few more items to this and I’ll do another blog post to update what ever else I create.

For the memory verse, I made a cryptogram, fallen phrase, double puzzle, and letter tiles.  These are all puzzles geared more toward the older elementary age kids.  There’s also an AWA maze.

I created a set of banners and doorknob hangers.  You’ll find desk plates and name tags as well.  There’s also a set of basic VBS bookmarks. 

Finally, the things that I’m most excited about and proud of is a passport and tickets/boarding passes.  The kids can hand the teacher a boarding pass each day as they enter class.  Beforehand, the tickets can be filled in with the destination that the class is going during VBS.  There’s also a set of semi-completed tickets for those that don’t want to fill in all the information.  The passport can be stamped by the teacher as activities during VBS are completed or a lesson is done for the day.  I just can’t tell you how much I love these!!

**PLEASE NOTE:  When I printed the passport, it printed front and back perfectly on the 2 printers that I have.  One, prints front and back, while the other, the paper has to be flipped over and re-inserted.  I’m unable to give tech help on how your printer might print front and back, so if you have an issues, just print one-sided and then cut each page out and insert in the cover, then staple.**

Clipart and Images © LifeWay media.

Here’s a thumbnail view of some of the items for VBS….

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The information that is posted on this blog is general information purposes. It is not intended to substitute for curriculum or for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

The Nativity from 0 – 30

Today is my second day of Nativity A Day and I have another new creation for you.  This free nativity printable is a game for number order from 0-30.  The player will fill in the missing spaces on the game board with the correct number.  The Nativity from 0 – 30 is a one player game for quiet time, lesson re-enforcement, review, or any other way that will help you and the little ones numbers and counting.

Nativity images © Resale Clipart used with permission.

Here’s a peek at today’s nativity….

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If you use my FREE nativity printables, please leave a comment and let me know how you and the little ones like them….or don’t like them. I’d also appreciate it if you’d click the button below (as well as in the side bar under “vote or rate The Schoolhouse”). I love feedback and create by the input that I receive….thanks!!



The information that is posted on this blog is general information purposes. It is not intended to substitute for curriculum or for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-2011. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

Children’s Nativity Jigsaw Puzzles

From now today until 23 December, I’ll be offering a FREE printable on either this blog or my family life blog.  They will all be nativity themed, unless I come up with some brilliant idea that I just HAVE to do and share that day.  I’ll be creating them for a variety of ages/grades, so I’m hoping to have all the kids covered for nativity activities this CHRISTmas season.  So please, be sure to check back everyday for a new FREE nativity printable and if it’s not here, go to Commotion from the Ocean of Life  to find your FREEBIE for that day.  Remember, my plan is one a day,but sometimes life interferes with the best of intentions and you may not find them released at the same time each day!!

My first offering is a set of nativity jigsaw puzzles.  They range from 4 to 6 to 8 to 12 pieces.  They all feature children’s nativity pieces or they’re nativities that feature children in them.  There are 6 jigsaw puzzles in this set in total.

Nativity images © internet sources and believed to be public domain.

Here’s a peek at this set of nativity jigsaw puzzles….

If you’re interested in this set of jigsaw puzzles, please just…..

If you use my FREE nativity printables, please leave a comment and let me know how you and the little ones like them….or don’t like them. I’d also appreciate it if you’d click the button below (as well as in the side bar under “vote or rate The Schoolhouse”). I love feedback and create by the input that I receive….thanks!!



The information that is posted on this blog is general information purposes. It is not intended to substitute for curriculum or for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-2011. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.