Happy Birthday ! Martin Luther King Jr

Good Morning Everyone ! Its another Tuesday morning in January – so what’s going on in my worlds : Well today we celebrate :

Martin Luther King Jr : Birthday

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist  minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement  from 1954 until his death in 1968

Follow the inspiring life of Martin Luther King, Jr., in a moving, vital, and informative book by an author and an illustrator with close ties to Dr. King’s family.

Martin Luther King devoted his life to helping people, first as a Baptist minister and scholar and later as the foremost leader in the African-American civil rights movement. An organizer of the Montgomery bus boycott and cofounder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. As a result of his actions, the United States Congress passed the historic Civil Rights Act of 1968. Originally published in 1964 this book’s powerful story and important message remain as relevant today as they were more than fifty years ago. With a new foreword by the author’s wife, Xernona Clayton, the text has been reviewed and updated for a new generation and features striking new illustrations by illustrator Donald Bermudez.

For Younger Kids :


We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times Bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer.

Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it—peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what’s right. He spoke about the dream of a kinder future, and bravely led the way toward racial equality in America. 

This lively, New York Times Bestselling biography series inspires kids to dream big, one great role model at a time. You’ll want to collect each book.

Hanukkah Activities and crafts

Today’s Tuesday post is about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah . 
It’s the Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. Want to know more or read about it check my earlier post. 

My class lapbook and dreidle pattern. 

Pattern for dreid bellow

Pages from pintrest ,as well as information about the holiday. Also a recipe for potatoes latkes 

Craft for Kids :

Made from 6 craft sticks – 2 triangles make the Star of David . Painted blue and white . And gems added for shine. 

All about Hanukkah * books and recipe

Yesterday  Started the beginning of Hanukkah . And today’s Post I will be sharing some Hanukkah books, recipe and fun activities to share with your family.  Want  to learn more-  https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/hanukkah-101

The story of Hanukkah complete with candle blessings, rules for playing dreidel and other games, recipes, songs, and thoughts on miracles, giving, and more.https://www.amazon.com/All-About-Hanukkah-Judyth-Groner-ebook/dp/B00ETR357K/ref=sr_1_13?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1543865348&sr=1-13&keywords=Hanukkah+book+for+kids&refinements=p_72%3A1248987011

Imagine James Marshall’s The Stupids celebrating Hanukkah, and you’d get the Latke family!Lucy Latke’s family is just like yours or mine. Except that they’re potato pancakes. And also, they are completely clueless. After lighting the menorah and gobbling the gelt, Grandpa Latke tells everyone the Hanukkah story, complete with mighty Mega Bees who use a giant dreidel to fight against the evil alien potatoes from Planet Chhh. It’s up to the Latke family dog to set the record straight. (To start with, they were Maccabees, not Mega Bees…) But he’ll have to get the rest of the Latkes to listen to him first!

Potato Latke recipe:

  • 2 C potatoes – shredded/dried
  • 1 T Onion    grated
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 T flour
  • olive of oil to fry in.

Make sure potatoes are dry mix in the other ingredients. Heat a skillet with olive oil and drop spoonful of mixtures into the skillet. Cook until golden brown and serve hot with sour cream.   

Kids Vote ! Book and Crafts

Today  School Post  – I am sharing some idea about Voting with  Kids in mind. 



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“It’s hard to imagine a more accessible introduction to voting” than Eileen Christelow’s hilariously illustrated Vote!, now updated for the 2018 midterm elections. (Booklist, starred review)

“It’s hard to imagine a more accessible introduction to voting.” —Booklist, starred review

“Explains the whys and wherefores of the voting process . . . and why it all matters.” —Washington Post

An ALA Notable Children’s Book
An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice

Eileen Christelow’s Vote! has everything you need to know about voting and how our democracy works—parties, voter registration, campaigns, rallies, debates, Election Day, even recounts! Topics are presented in a clear, kid-friendly graphic format as the story of a local election unfolds, with hilarious commentary by the candidates’ pets.
Includes updated back matter for the 2018 midterm election.

Kids Crafts & Idea;s :

  • Lesson Plans information
  • Classroom Election : ( Vote for favorite Book or Snack )
  •  Home made Voting Ballets /Box

Count and Announce winners

Create Voting Badges or I have Voted Badges . Made with  red,blue and white scrapbook supplies. And Americana Clip Art.

  • Large circle in white (badge)Edges cut with wavy scissors.
  • Red & Blue Strips ( Cut for Ribbon)
  • Flag /USA sticker layer on Badge. Strips cut to size. And glued to back .


Voting  Collage :  Star paper,badges and Clip art.


Nov 6 * Election Day

Happy Super Tuesday ! Election Day in  USA and in my small town. 

Polls opened at 6 am here to rain. But voting is open at the Library for all. My hubby works for the town so we are keeping an eye out on the election today.

Small town America at it’s best !!    Lisa



Pictures from town :



Voting around town the signs  came out early -with door to door campaigning. Also lots of ralleys,parades and food events. 

Voting For in town : 

  • Mayor
  • Council
  • Sheriffs
  • School board
  • State spots .

Hope the sign clean up as fast as they came up. Clean Up Wednesday – Maybe !  Lisa




Orange * No Bullying Book


Stop Bulling Book : 

Today’s  Lapbook is made from Orange scrapbook and pictures from pinterest boards   Lisa 




Take the Pledge : Trace your hand and place signed pledge to show support.




How to Help!





20181023_085229.jpgToday we take The Pledge : No Bullying ! So show you support by wearing Orange-


Science Time * Flip book on Changing Leaves

I made this  flip book to explain about leaves changing colors for my group at the library ! Made with simple scrapbook paper ( 2 sheets of harvest paper cut in half) , free printable from pinterest and a short science lesson about leaves changing .   Makes the perfect group activities making Science Fun while Learning ! Lisa 













Photoperiodism* Dictionary Day

Happy Dictionary Day ! Perfect for a  Fall Tuesday !  



  1. the response of an organism to seasonal changes in day length.

Chlorophyll Breaks Down. But in the fall, because of changes in the length of daylight and changes in temperature, the leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colorsbecome visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor.



But if you are like me you may not see very much but check out these books about leaves and why they change !   Lisa 


Today’s Library picks for Kids :



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leaves give us shade in the summer and a fun crunchy pile to jump around in, in the fall, but what are they and what is their job? Would it surprise you to know that leaves are actually an organ of a vascular plant?


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Fall is a beautiful season filled with changing colors and falling leaves. In this wonderfully illustrated picture book, young readers will discover twenty fun facts that explain why fall is such an amazing time of year.

Fire Prevention Lap Book / Activity Book *

To celebrate Fire prevention week  I made this cute fun activities book for the kids. Fire Prevention should be an everyday thing but maybe this book will help them r ember ! 

* We made these at the library for Fire Prevention Week with the Fire Chief  with basic craft supplest & free downloaded images from pintrest.









Did You Know ? 

The dalmatian was first used in the fire service when most fire companies were volunteer or privately operated. There was some competition for services. Some of the firefighters were actually recruited not only for their strength in fighting fire but for their fighting abilities to protect the company and its equipment. Insurance compaines paid the fire company that put out the fire, so the one that made it to the scene, hooked up to a hydrant and completed the task, got paid. The dogs worked well at this task of protecting not only the horses, but the equipment in the stations and on the fire ground as well.



Fire Prevention Week * So you want to be a fireman

It’s Tuesday & Hubby is back to work : 

Today I am celebrating all that our local fire fighters do and Fire Prevention Week!

Our local fire department as in very many small towns across America is all volunteer other than our part time Fire Chief .



Want to volunteer : 

Requirements for becoming a volunteer firefighter vary by fire department. Most departments require firefighters to be 18 years of age or older and hold a high school diploma or the equivalent. Candidates are generally required to pass written and physical exams, drug screenings and background checks. And EMT certification.


Children book

So you want be a Fireman; is an inspirational book for boys; who have dreams of being a Fireman. It intended for the parent to sit down and enjoy it with them; in order to explain once they may reach a part that they don’t fully understand. Its pack with the different ranks and the training that it’ll take for each as well. Don’t judge the book by the stars; because I’m getting plenty of page read on this one; it’s just that know one is leaving reviews; which is causing you as a reader; as well as your child to really miss out on some good reading; which can keep tem focused on the what they are going to be when they grow up. It’s very important for them to know before the time comes what it’ll take. That why I brought the book in this fashion to you and your child as readers.