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My Favorite Gifts, Activities, & Free Printables for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and as someone who expresses their love and appreciation through giving gifts, I’m always on the look out for fun unique Father’s Day Gifts, as well as activities and FREE printables I can give to YOU!

Below is a list of gift ideas, (based on different budgets starting from just a few dollars to a lot of dollars, **Get HIM a smoker, YOU will not regret the yummy dinners that will consequently follow :D)

You will also find some of my favorite activities to complete with your kids or students, some of these are FREE, but you can also opt for the paid version that will give you more options and flexibility!

I have also included a few of my favorite Father’s Day gift tags! These are great if you are in charge of the Father’s Day gifts for your church | ward congregation, or an organization. Gift tags can take a small, inexpensive gift, and make it meaningful and personal!

Keep reading to learn more!

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas Under 5$

These are as handy as they come, great for emergency prep, and a GREAT nonfood option if you are looking for gift ideas for an entire organization/congregation.

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Again another useful, and practical gift that everyone can use and appreciate. These mini flashlights boast a 1200 lumen when adjusted to that range. Thrown in a car or 72 hour kit, you can’t go wrong with practical when you are looking for gift ideas for an entire ward, or organization.

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I know, I know… I’m practical. I’m not a big fan of giving something just to give it, so I like to find gifts that can be thoughtful through their practicality and usefulness. These water filter straws are AWESOME for bug out bags or 72 hour kits, and are often overlooked. The price point on these are WONDERFUL compared to the name brand filter straws. Though less expensive in comparison, their filter still boasts an impressive 600 liter lifespan!

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If you are thinking these are a little gimmicky…you’re right. That is until you’ve tried them. If you’ve tried them, then you know the sensation is tough to describe but completely delightful. If you are looking for a gift to give to many at an affordable price, this is a GREAT option and is guaranteed to be warmly received!

 

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Another fun gift idea I have loved to give for Father’s Day is a root beer float kit. Can’t be just any rootbeer though… Needs to be in a glass bottle, and the smaller the company the better haha. In case you didn’t know I’m a root beer connoisseur… and the ice cream needs to be premium.

If you are looking to give these in bulk and keep it under the 5$ mark, hit your local Costco. Typically, around Father’s Day they will start to carry Dad’s root beer. (Passes my taste test ?) Pair a bottle of this with a single serving cup of ice cream wrapped in a cellophane bag, and you’ve got yourself a crowd pleaser!

Double check your measurements but these are the perfect size to put both your bottle and individual serving of ice cream in! Click Here to view cellophane bags

 

As much as I am for giving practical gifts, I also LOVE to shop small. Last year for Mother’s Day we gave a 32oz Drink Gift Card from the local drink shop to every women in our church! It was a HIT! This is one of those one size fits all, especially when the drink shops menu offered everything from flavored water to soda pop, there was something for everyone! You can read more about this idea here. (Free Printable Included)

Consider supporting a small shop like a bakery or drink shop when you are considering a treat as a gift idea!

 

If you do go the treat route, consider throwing on one of these FREE printables to make it extra special. The is SO powerful and is perfect to give to ANY man that has taken on such a sacred role of fatherhood, biological or not. Which is something I think is important to consider on holidays like this.

Father is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies a patriarch, a leader, an exemplar, a confidant, a teacher, a hero, a friend, and, ultimately, a perfect being.

-Robert L. Backman

KEEP READING FOR LINK TO FREE PRINTABLE

Father’s Day Gift Ideas Under $100

This was another fun idea, but it’s closer to the 10$ mark. Like root beer I am also a Lemonade connoisseur… It comes when Lemon is a family name! ? Did you know you can buy Chick Fila lemonade by the GALLON. This is a gift that is thoughtful and fun, but won’t break the bank when trying to give a gift to all the wonderful father’s in your life.

 

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BOON TIES. Probably one of my favorite gift ideas, and a gift I continue to give year after year. Give the tie kit above and let your kiddo’s leave their mark, or get matching ties, hair bows, and scarfs for the whole family to sport! Their products are all of the highest quality and priced at such a reasonable price point! My kids love matching their dad and papas on their special days! Don’t forget to use LEMONLANE15 for 15% off your entire order!

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Bug Salt Gun. You kill flys/or other bugs with TABLE SALT and you do so with accuracy! Another gift that keeps on giving… EVERYONE needs one, even two of these per household. Today, this is still one of my dad’s favorite gifts he’s ever received and he’s the type that has everything and is REALLY hard to shop for. Trust me on this one.

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If your guy likes to grill or uses a smoker, this is a tool he likely doesn’t have… but should. These are easy to clean, will flip just about anything with ease, and prevent the loss of juices or flavor in the process! Couple these with a Himalayan salt rock plank and you’ve got a fun and very complete gift!

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Got little ones, or a guy that likes things just right? this is a GREAT option, that doubles as both a vacuum and an air compressor in emergency situations! This fun little gadget can plug into your cigarette lighter, making it extremely user-friendly and convenient!

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These belts were a game changer for my husband. The ratchet style below allows them to size it exactly where they need without dealing the the belt holes…etc. They come in a variety of colors, sizes and lengths. Since wearing these, this is the only type of belt my husband will wear.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas Over $100

I genuinely only have one suggestion for this category… A few years back we invested in a pellet grill, and it has been one of the best purchases to date. My husband discovered that he LOVES grilling, not just your typical BBQ, but like the throw something on the smoker for days at a time type of grilling… This new found love brought many delicious dinners, most I didn’t have to lift a finger for ? Though they look big and scary they are actually REALLY simple to use and most can be programmed from your phone. Think of it as a big manly crock pot. As long as you have pellets, and a temperature probe to check the internal temperature of the meat so you know when to pull it off… you’re good!

We decided to go with a RECTEC, and I would recommend one to anyone and everyone..

However, Traeger is another great option, with a recognizable name, and will be slightly less expensive.

We purchased the largest model, and on days when we are doing meat in bulk and vegetables…etc we fill up the space pretty quickly.

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Other Favorite Gift Ideas Worth Mentioning:

  • Take their vehicle to get detailed. (Shop Local)
  • Take their car vehicle and get the windows tinted. (Shop Local)
  • Couples Spa Day. (Gift of Time)
  • Weekend Getaway/ Staycation (Gift of Time)
  • Tickets to a sporting event (Gift of Time)
  • Tickets to a concert (Gift of Time)
  • Tickets to an event **Perfect for the guy who has everything! Every year we now give my dad tickets to the Fair Mormon Conference, and my mother tickets to the Time out for Women Conference. EASY, and appreciated! 
  • A Pass of some sort… Think a Golf Course pass, Shooting Range pass…etc.
  • Sign them up for a subscription of some sort: MLB TV, Birchbox Men, Stance Socks Monthly…etc!

My Favorite Father’s Day Activities

Father’s Day Tie & Questionnaire:

I had a lot of requests to create a Father’s day gift that could be completed during primary or school and given to their dads, papas, or special guys as a gift! The original idea like most things around here grew, and grew until it became something pretty special.

With a FREE version available, I hope all your SPECIAL guys, have a SPECIAL tie to wear come Father’s Day!

What makes this tie so fun is that you can actually add multiple sibling questionnaires, or additional pages to a single tie. The free version includes 6 different ready-to-go templates to pick from including the nice plaid version shown in the video below, as well as a coloring page version the kids can have a lot of fun with! The free version also includes questionnaire templates for DAD, PAPA, and HEROS. ***Please be mindful as you consider your students and their situations as holidays like these can be especially tough. Free version is a PDF Download.

The paid version of this activity is SO much fun! The paid version gives you your own copy of the templates in Google Slides. This will allow you to EDIT all of the text, including the questionnaires. You will also have over 10 ready made tie patterns to pick from, they really are all so lovely, from camo, and floral, to additional coloring page patterns. The paid version also includes two additional pages that can be added to the tie to take the questions more in depth, or allow older kids or students to write more of a paragraph style letter to their special guy.

My FAVORITE part about the paid version however, is the CUSTOM tie pins. These cute little digital tie pins allow you to quickly and easily add your OWN pictures inside! Place your pictures in the tie pins (However many you need) Then place the tie pins on your tie, edit the text if needed, then print and enjoy! I thought this put such a fun spin on this printable activity and truly makes it something to be treasured and enjoyed for years to come!

You can snag all of this for only $3.99

If you end up doing either, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take pictures and tag me on instagram or Facebook! You can even post it to our private facebook group! Seeing you use and enjoy my products is the BEST and means SO much!

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Father’s Day Gift Booklet

Both FREE Printable, and paid DIGITAL version that is completely editable! 

This is another fun activity, that makes a GREAT gift for kids to give to that special guy! This booklet is especially age appropriate for your older kiddos! Oddly enough the inspiration for this booklet came when I discovered a word search wall hanging that was meant to be placed in the bathroom to keep your guest’s minds occupied. I loved it.

I even sketched out a little poem that’s included in both versions of the booklet to illustrate my vision for this sweet little book. The poem is completely editable through the digital version. The poem is for personal use only:

 

I made a little book for you.

To thank you for the things you do.

From your example, and your deeds.

To the thoughtful words you plant as seeds.

I’ve been watching all the things you do,

In hopes of becoming just like you.

As I grow, I hope to be,

The person inside that you can see.

Place this book on the shelf, or even the loo,

Your nightstand, your bag, just somewhere in view.

It’s filled with love, and jokes, and fun.

My thanks to you, for all you’ve done!

This little booklet was made for light, enjoyable reading. I also really love the digital version to give kids the opportunity to try their hand at a little digital design. They will be able to experiment with layout options, design aesthetics, inserting images, flipping text-boxes…etc. For me, there is great satisfaction in creating something on a screen, then bringing it to life with a printer. My hope is that your kids will fill that same sense of creative fulfillment, and have a sense of pride in the gift they have prepared for a loved one.

***An important note that I want to point out. Though this booklet is made for Father’s Day, we as teachers know better than most that not every child has the same situation as their peers. Relationships with a father may be strained, non-existent, or filled in by someone else. This booklet never mentions the word father, or dad. Simply, this book is for someone, anyone that has taken on that role. Someone whom the student looks up to, admires and aspires to be like. This is a great way to celebrate the great men, in that kid’s life.

I also wanted to add little snippets to this booklet that would encourage a stronger relationship between the person creating the booklet and to the receiver of the booklet.

You will notice in the videos there is a page where the student can celebrate the favorite thing they were ever taught by this person, and then describe something they would like that person to teach them. My hope is of course this will lead to a wonderful experience between the two. Father or not, when a child expresses a wish for you to share an area of expertise with them, there is a need to teach, bond, and develop.

The last page also includes a section where students can write questions they would like to know about the receiver of the gift. My hope of course with this is that wonderful, and meaningful conversations will be had! Make sure to encourage questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no, or teach students to ask for an explanation behind an answer.

Aside from those pages, there’s also a fun word search puzzle the students can design and fill with character traits based on the receiver of the booklet. As well as favorite things maze that can be customized to the person, and a memory | picture page, an acrostic poem or list set up. However, my personal favorite is the “Dad Joke,” Page. The perfect place to put a favorite punny joke, or silly riddle.

Check out a couple of these zingers I came across while putting this together… Some are so bad they are good 😀 Remember “Dad Jokes,” are typically the jokes that make you roll your eyes, or are filled with a classic pun. If you know me… Puns are a love language!

  • Why did the baby strawberry cry?
    • Because its dad was in a jam.
  • Two fathers and two sons go fishing together in the same boat. They all catch a fish but the total catch for the day is three fish. How is this possible?
    • There are three men: A grandfather, a father (the grandfather’s son) and the father’s son.
  • What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
    • A nervous wreck.
  •  How much money does a pirate pay for corn?
    • A buccaneer.
  • Why did the scarecrow win an award?
    •  Because he was outstanding in his field.
  • Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?
    • Great food, no atmosphere.
  • What do you call a fake noodle?
    • An Impasta.
  • How many apples grow on a tree?
    • All of them.
  • Want to hear a joke about paper?
    • Never mind it’s tearable.

Ok, Ok, Ok…..

I’ll stop. Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did.

Click Here to Purchase the Digital Version of the  Father’s Day Booklet

 

 In order to access the FREE download, you will need to be a member of On Lemon Lane, and signed in to your account.

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Click here to access the FREE Printable Version, Print version is pdf and not editable

My Favorite Father’s Day  Printables

As mentioned above, this printable is one of my very favorites! We did this for all of the men in our ward/ congregation one year and it made a really lovely gesture. If you go the treat route, consider throwing on one of these FREE printables to make it extra special. The is SO powerful and is perfect to give to ANY man that has taken on such a sacred role of fatherhood, biological or not. Which is something I think is important to consider on holidays like this.

Father is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies a patriarch, a leader, an exemplar, a confidant, a teacher, a hero, a friend, and, ultimately, a perfect being.

 In order to access this FREE download, you will need to be a member of On Lemon Lane, and signed in to your account.

Not a member? Not a problem? Sign-up is FAST, FREE and Easy-Peasy, Lemon-Squeezy!

Click Here to Become a Member, once logged in click on the link below for access to the downloads!

Already a Member? Click Here to Login.

Once logged in CLICK HERE to access the FREEBIE

 

I love the idea that the best way we can remember September 11 and #neverforget is to remember the love, and unity that was felt September 12th, and to strive to live that way each day.
On September 12th we were one nation under God.
Indivisible.
Seeking justice for all.
Love this beautiful depiction by @paigepayne_creations see her thoughts on September 12th below.
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“ And on September 12th, we all came together. We were one. My family was living in Scotland when 9/11 happened. It was everywhere, all over the news. In school the day after, we had a long moment of silence in remembrance of those who were lost. We continued to have an annual moment of silence every year after that. It was incredible that even thousands and thousands of miles apart, we were mourning with those that mourned. We were one. At that time, we all displayed what we are capable of. Even in the face of incomprehensible tragedy, humans are capable of immense love. Capable of setting aside differences and coming together as one. As we remember and pay tribute to the thousands of lives the were lost that day, let us also strive to be more like how we were on September 12, 2001. Full of love, understanding, and compassion for each other. “

This painting is inspired by a beautiful photo taken by @masseya ❤️

#911 #911memorial #9eleven #911remembrance #thetwintowers #neverforget #neverforgotten #unity #love
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ATTENTION ALL TEACHER FRIENDS
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Tag your #teachertribe and every #firstyearteacher below for this important reminder:
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As you set up your classroom for the new school year, and start divvying out materials… Do no forget to set aside 2-4 new student kits.
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Just like @adifferentiatedclass (shown in picture) I made sets using Gallon ziplocks.
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If you are in a developing community with new housing I recommend a minimum of 4 bags 🙀
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What to include:
🍋Name-tag/Desk-plate
🍋If you adhere the plates to the desk, have a segment of what you use in the pack.
🍋Welcome Treat (same one you’ve given to each student at the open house/back to school...etc.
🍋Whatever else you’ve set aside for students that begin on the first day of school.
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📣📣📣There will likely come a day when without warning you will be notified you have a new student, and the student will start THAT DAY. Save yourself and your poor new student the stress of frantically trying to get everything set up, by preparing NOW.
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Veteran teachers what else do you include in your new student kits?? Share in the comments below⬇️⬇️⬇️
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How satisfying/ beautiful 😻 is this #classroomorganization tip by @the_organized_classroom
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Use paint swatches as a visual to help students sort supplies! Keep this is mind as you set up your classroom for the school year!
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HELP ME BRAINSTORM:
What’s a brilliant #teacherhack you’ve tried or seen done with paint swatches??? Comment below 👇
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I’ll leave mine in the comments!
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Guys… I had a baby 🥰 Almost 10 months ago 😳 I STRUGGLE to consistently show up on this platform, but know how happy I am that you are here!
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There are a lot of new faces around here so I thought we should take the time to get to know each other!
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PLEASE comment below with what we have in common, or something we will never see eye to eye with 😜
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A few things to know about me😬
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🍋 My name is Tara, I’m the creator behind @teachingonlemonlane
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🍋 Lemon was my maiden name and my love for all things lemon runs deep.
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🍋 I’m a fresh lemonade connoisseur, and will not touch store bought/ from the tap.
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🍋 My patronus is a wolf 🐺 #potterhead
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🍋 A piece of my heart will always be in #5thgrade and New Orleans
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YOUR TURN: Tell me something about you in the comments!
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To my dear teacher friends still in school, I've got a FREE Father’s Day project I think you will love! Those of you are home with kiddos of your own, consider this fun activity for your Father’s Day Celebration! This is a great #endofyearproject that doubles as a #fathersdaygift 💛🍋💛
This product is available in both a printable and digital version that’s completely editable through Google. If you have a student or child interested in Digital Design, this is a fun way to introduce and experiment with different design tools. Because there are so many different types of situations and circumstances when it comes to a father the words father or dad are never actually used. Which makes this the perfect card to give to any figure that has taken on that important role. Whomever that is, they should be celebrated!
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Need #bulletinboardideas for March.... I’ve got you👊 like almost all of my Bulletin Board Kits, they center around student work and are made up of EASY TO CUT, Editable 🙊, ready to print and assemble slides!
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Make sure to check out the Lucky Because Bulletin Board BUNDLE get ALL this for only $3.99☘️☘️☘️☘️ The Clover craft is the PERFECT craft for tomorrow!
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If you’ve followed me for long you know I love all things March and Irish ☘️ it’s in my blood 🙃
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My love of March shows in my resources, of all the months to have the most projects... March (of all the months???) is at the top of the list!
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I just added this CELTIC KNOT inspired Lucky Clover Craft and it turned out so fun! Use either the DIGITAL version and insert pictures into the leaves that represent why you’re lucky, or pick from one of the 18 different top layer options to create a beautiful clover like the one shown above! If you do go this route make sure to check out the EDITABLE bulletin board kit to really put these beauties on display!
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Do you love March? Why or why not? Drop a comment below 💛💛
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Selection Sunday and PI Day falling on the same day... Somebody pinch me. Two of my very favorites because of the projects you can start in your classroom 😍 Take for instance my March Math Madness PBL
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Think March Madness + Fantasy Basketball + Lots of Math + A sprinkle of ELA = Engagement & Excitement & Learning 💛🏀💛
Students are separated into the 4 divisions then work together to put together a new starting 5 from players in their division. #dreamteam Each round their individual players are awards point values for how they played. At the end of each round students will calculate their team’s total points and decide which dream team comes out victorious! There are some really great opportunities to see Math in action. There’s opportunity for measurement conversion, converting fractions to decimals, ordering decimals, ratios, mean-median-mode, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals...etc. This is quickly becoming another tried and true favorite in the classroom!
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Also if you think your too late to the table, the only thing you are late for is brackets! The dream team activity can be started before any round! Second round would actually be ideal 👊🏻👊🏻 LOTS of FREEBIE extensions for this product that can stand on their own! Head to the website for more details!
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The most beautiful illustration by @paigepayne_creations Keep reading for some of the most powerful quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King’s powerful, “I have a Dream,” speech:
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“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”
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“I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed — we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
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“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”
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“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.”
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“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
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This became more and more apparent as I created this product and researched the value in having one. Due to it’s late debut in the #goalsetting season you can snag it at 50% off (the lowest price it will EVER be).
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In a nutshell, you and your students will create a digital vision board that will act as a daily reminder when you set it as your computer, tablet, or smart phone’s new wallpaper or lock screen! I’ve created 26 EASY to use templates that create completely customizable and BEAUTIFUL designs, along with over 150 moveable “stickers” to make something truly eye catching (one of the requirements of an effective vision board) If that weren’t enough, I wanted to make sure you had the support materials to provide a really complete and educational project. So I’ve also included over 30 support activities, video tutorials, and extensions. Students will learns about vision boards, what makes them effective, the elements of a wellness, their circle of control, SMART goal setting.... and MORE! I know you are going to love this and so will your students. Even more, I know this has the potential to make a difference and lead to growth, and that is pretty satisfying. I’ve been working hard on this beauty and I NEED to get it in some classrooms!
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Each year our family gives a favorite Christmas book to some of our loved ones. (I wish I was able to get my hands on more of them!😭) With the passing of author Tomie dePaola, it seemed appropriate to give one of his. Reading this book, THIS year, made me cry. I struggled to make it through as it highlighted my weaknesses and put into words what I've been trying to set aside and not deal with. Last year I had great intentions of celebrating a more Christ centered Christmas, December arrived and again my intentions remained only that. Reading this story struck a cord in my soul. I'm old Befana. There may only be a few days left until Christmas, but I'm going to be intentional with them. On that note, I'll be taking a break from social and working to reground myself with the foundation that matters, and refocus my attention on Him. Love you all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Head to my story for a swipe up of a reading of, ”The Legend of Old Befana, ” by the late Tomie dePaola
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