Little Nino’s Pizzaria

This coming week we will be rowing the FIAR title, Little Nino’s Pizzaria! I have been wanting to do this book for a long time and we are finally getting to it!

Here are a few of the books we are reading for this unit! There is another older book that explains how to make a pizza with a picture each step of the way, this book is called Pizza Man by Marjorie Pillar.

Little Nino's Pizzeria

Hold the Anchovies!: A Book About Pizza

Here are some fun ideas and activities we will be doing!

*Thursday – going to a local pizza place to watch them make pizza and then eat lunch there with friends!

*Survey various people and ask what their favorite kind of pizza is. Also, ask what their favorite place to eat pizza is, and then graph the results!

*Make a pizza book according to the directions on this page, a great pizza unit study for primaries!

*At beginning of week, have kids each tell me how to make a pizza. We will write this down and illustrate it. (then by the end of the week we will see how far off they were!)

*one day we will make English muffin pizzas for lunch!

*I had the idea to try a different kind/type of pizza each day we are rowing this book…but I’m not sure if I’ll be this brave or not! I do hope to try a dessert pizza at some point during the week!

*we are going to learn about the basic food groups. We will evaluate some meals we have had lately to see if they are nutricious. We are also going to make lists of foods that fit into each category.

*Math – we will do a little bit of math with fractions this week. I think I will do this with a frozen pizza one day for lunch!

*Here is a cute online game type page on making a pizza and the ingredients you need.

*Here is a P is for Pizza coloring page.

*How do you like your pizza? A cut and paste page!

*Here is a printable food pyramid for children. We will print this and go over what it means.

*Look for printable food pyramid to color and discuss with kids.

*Here is a free Italy lapbook if you would like to learn more about Italy with your pizza!

Butterfly Lapbook

I think this counts as our FIRST, official lapbook! This is the first time each girl has made her own and we have spent the week learning the different things about butterflies found in this lapbook. I admit, I was a bit skeptical about whether or not the girls would actually learn anything from doing school this way! I knew they would love the cutting, pasting and pretty pictures…but would they learn the information? But, my doubts were diminished as the girls told me facts about caterpillars and butterflies that I had never heard before! And today, they showed Nana their lapbooks and told her all about how caterpillars have 16 legs, they have no nose, they breathe through holes on their backs, butterflies have a proboscis – which is like a straw to drink nectar! These are their words, not mine! I am officially a new lapbook FAN! In the past I have printed off parts of lapbooks and we have put them in our school notebook. I am sure we will still continue to use both methods.

Most of these lapbook components came from homeschool share – remember the site I’m always telling you about with FREE literature based unit studies? Well, they also have a bunch of free lapbooks! Now all we need is a better printer!

Here are some pictures from the butterfly lapbooks we have worked on this week!

The front covers

The inside opened

Butterfly picture cards

Types of flowers that butterflies like

Hannah’s labeled butterfly

Hannah showing Nana her butterfly lapbook

Hannah is very proud of her work!

Emily is proud of her lapbook, too!


More thoughts after Alaska

I have had so many thoughts swirling around in my head (I know, what is new?) and I haven’t quite known how to put some of it into words. But, I want to try. I also want to say from the start that I do hope and pray none of what I’mfeeling makes anyone else feel less. It is not my intention to make anyone feel badly…these are just things the Lord is laying on my heart. I have wanted to get these feelings out there because I want to hear from others…am I off base? Do you agree? Disagree?

Over the past year, David and I have both sensed the Lord nudging us to come out of our comfort zones. We have been feeling convicted of living too comfortably, in a lot of ways. I think part of these convictions led us to go on this mission trip to Alaska. We felt like the Lord dropped it into our laps and said…GO.

Now that we are back, the feelings are even stronger…the feelings of having the “easy life” as a Christian. I don’t mean that life is easy…you all know how I have struggled over the past 2 years with simply being a mom and wife! But, our lives as Christians here in the Bible belt are significantly “easier” to live. Meaning, we don’t have doors shutting in our faces…quite as often anyway! We don’t have people rudely answering NO when we mention that we are having VBS at church. In fact, generally speaking, we can speak about Jesus to our friends and neighbors without too much negativity. (Note, this is not to say that they are all Christians by any means! But that “religion” is very accepted and “ok” here.)

On the other hand, in Alaska, 95% of the population is lost. Not only that, but they don’t attend church either. In the Bible belt you may have a pretty good percentage of lost people, but I’m willing to bet that of those lost people, at least half of them attend church at some point.

Another aspect to the “easy life” is the amount of people we have. I struggled with feeling guilty and spoiled coming back to my big church in TN. I look across the sanctuary and see ten, twenty if not more men there that could at anytime get up and preach a message or give the gospel presentation from the pulpit. In Alaska the state missionaries have a list of villages with NO CHURCHES…a list of churches with NO STAFF…a list of places that want churches with NO WILLING PEOPLE. And folks, this list is rather long.

I looked around our sanctuary and saw how blessed we are with talent. (I notice the music because that is my gifting.) We have a choir and band made up of instrumentalists, back-up instrumentalists, instrumentalist who don’t want to play every week, vocalists, praise band rotations, the list goes on. In Alaska, one of the churches we ministered to had been without anyone to help with music in a year, I think.

These are just 2 examples. The list goes on.

My struggle is this…why are so many of us HERE where it is comfortable, easy and we aren’t “needed” when the need around the world is staggering. Why are we sitting on the pew hoping they won’t call us for nursery duty, when children around the world don’t have anyone to share with them the love of Jesus? Why are we showing up late to church on Sundays hoping they won’t ask us to usher when in other parts of the world they are struggling to keep the church doors open? Why are we sitting in our comfortable pews being spoon fed each and every week when fellow brothers and sisters around the world don’t even have Bibles to read of their own?

(press pause on the music on the sidebar before you listen to this song.)

Since coming home from Alaska

I wonder…

Do the boys at the orphanage know the love of Jesus?

Do the boys at the orphanage know that we truly love them.?

Will the Lord send someone (soon) to walk alongside these boys and disciple and encourage them?

Were the seeds firmly planted in the children at VBS?

Who will help water them?

Do the pastors of the 2 churches we were at know we are praying for them?

Will God open more hearts in Alaska?

Will He send more of His people into the darkness? Soon?

Will the outermost villages ever see the Light of Christ fill their villages?

Will the suicide rate go down before Jesus comes back?

Will the LIGHT overtake the DARKNESS that is there?

Did those we came into contact with see Jesus in us?

Did Mark, Ricky, and Barry from the food bank hear the love of Jesus in our words?

Who will go?

The Lord is my LIGHT and my SALVATION…whom shall I fear?

Psalm 27:1


Alaska – the wedding!

Yes, you read that correctly! 2 of our very dearest friends and members of our team got MARRIED right beside a glacier bay in Alaska on Saturday! DJ and Rebecca have been waiting on the Lord to tell them when the time was right. They didn’t plan to do it this way, but once we were here, it just seemed so right. They told David and I, but to everyone else (including Rebecca’s mother who was with us on this trip!) it was a HUGE surprise!

Saturday was our last full day in Alaska with the Arkansas team. Scott had planned for us to go site-seeing and shopping. We went to Portage Valley to a BEAUTIFUL location to take pictures and look around. While there, Scott said, “hey, everyone, come over here!” Next thing you know, he had out his Bible, DJ and Rebecca read their own vows, they exchanged rings (that we had gone to help them buy earlier in the week one evening!) and Scott pronounced them man and wife! It was VERY exciting!

Alaska has become a very special place to DJ and Rebecca…as they are praying about and probably moving to Alaska to be full time missionaries sometime within the next year. With all the beautiful surroundings, and the special place that Alaska has in their hearts, they decided to go for it while we were there! It could not have been more perfect for them!

Congratulations to DJ and Rebecca! We feel blessed to call you FRIENDS.