Paper Bee Craft – Preschool Church Lesson


paper bee craft church
This summer my preschool kids at Austin Ridge Bible Church in Dripping Springs, TX enjoyed tearing construction paper in pieces to make an adorable bee! I had seen this torn paper bee on the Primary Theme Park blog where they used it for a writing project on Bees, but I thought it would also work nicely for our study on humility.

Lesson Plan:

We were teaching from Luke 18:9-14, where Jesus was meeting with the Pharisees and told them a story about two men who went to the temple to pray. One of them was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. Jesus described their two very different types of prayer and heart attitudes. The tax collector was humble and knew he needed forgiveness, while the Pharisee thought he was better than everyone else. Jesus told them that God would honor them if they were humble.

The torn paper bee craft seemed perfect for reminding our kids of the main lesson idea to “Bee” Humble. This is a really good craft for teaching about any character quality, alphabet letter “B”, a “Bee” Mine Valentine’s card/craft, or as it was originally intended as a display for writing about bees. Continue reading

Back to School Activity Ideas for Seniors and Grandkids


back to school seniors grandkids

For this back-to-school season, consider planning a special intergenerational event to unite your residents with their school-aged grandkids. Here are a few ideas from for you to choose from.

1. Kindergarten Skills Training

Get the kindergarteners ready for school by hosting different types of activities in which residents can teach the kids new skills. For instance, provide toy airplane kits for the kids to improve their motor skills, use team play wrist links for kids to better their social skills, or have the residents call a fun game of Simon Says for kids to improve their listening skills.

2. Milk and Cookies Break

Recruit your facility’s Baking Club to bake an array of different cookies as you invite the grandkids to stop by for a fun afternoon. Set out the cookies, along with regular, chocolate, and strawberry milk – and don’t forget the fun, colorful straws. Continue reading

STEM Outreach Program for Kids & Teens


through my window stem program

The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2017. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community.

Here is Isabel Huff’s story:

My name is Isabel, and I am the Outreach Coordinator for an engineering curriculum called Through My Window. When I began working on this project during my first year at Smith College, I had no idea I would still be working on it more than six years later.

My interest in STEM outreach began when I was a middle school student in Montana. I participated in a science outreach program at the local university which involved launching high-altitude weather balloons. I loved the program, and ended up working on it once I entered high school. When I learned that I could work with a faculty member at Smith who was engaged in a STEM project involving outreach to upper-elementary and middle-schoolers, I was excited.

The innovative Through My Window engineering curriculum applies cutting-edge educational approaches in 3 multimedia components:

  1. A young adult novel called Talk to Me
  2. Online learning modules that we call “learning adventures” – interactive stories that allow students to interact with Talk to Me characters as they learn more about engineering
  3. Offline enrichment activities

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3 Crafty Ways to Label Your Vegetable Garden


garden signs craft

Introduce gardening into your program this year! It’s a great way to teach kids the importance of eating healthy and also help them understand the effects of climate change.

A few associates in the Marketing Department decided to grow our own vegetable garden last year here at S&S! There are garden beds at the end of the lot that are open for employees to use. Health and wellness is a goal at the company, and this is just one of the many ways they encourage staff to live healthy lifestyles.

After we decided what types of vegetables and herbs we wanted in the garden, we set out to plant. When the plants started flourishing, we came up with a few creative ways to label them!

Painted Rocks

Gather some large rocks. It works best to find flat rocks that can easily be painted. We found a few good ones around our building. You can choose to paint a picture of the veggies with acrylic paint, then add the name over it or to the side. You can also just paint the names, or just the picture. There are so many fun options for painting rocks! Once you are happy with your designs and they are dry, cover them with outdoor Mod Podge for a coating. Since they will be outdoors, this step is important. Now you can display them in the garden! Here is a photo of our eggplant, zucchini, jalepeno, and pepper.

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National Parks Month – A Learning Experience for Students


national parks month

In honor of National Parks Month in August, I wanted to share an experience I had this summer that I believe can make a difference to many generations of students.

This June, I was fortunate to be able to visit two of our country’s National Parks. It was a trip I dreamed about ever since I was young. My husband and I were finally fortunate enough to be able to make the journey a reality. Some may be lucky to live close to and have access to visit and to take children or students to a national park, but for those who don’t, having the parks come to you may be more realistic then you imagined. Continue reading

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