Teachers are very important people in our lives. They help us learn new things, challenge us to think in new and different ways and help us to understand the world we live in. As the school year comes to a close, this is a good time to be thankful for all of the teachers in our lives.
1. How many different people do you know who are teachers? Remember…our school teachers aren’t the only ones! Do other people teach you things as well? Your parents, grandparents, friends? How many teachers can you think of?
2. What kinds of things do each of them teach you?
3. Are you a teacher? Do you teach your brothers or sisters? What kinds of things do you think you can teach others? Is there something special you know how to do that you can share with others?
4. Is there a new skill you would like to learn? Who could teach you? For example, if you want to learn to build something, do you know someone who could show you how to use a hammer and nails? Or if you want to learn to bake something, do you know someone who is a good cook?
4. What do you want to be when you grow up? What kind of teachers are you going to need in order to reach that goal? For example, if you want to be a veterinarian you’ll need teachers who can help you learn about animals, science and math…. If you want to be a writer, you need teachers who can help you learn about words and language…You get the idea! So what do you need to learn and who can teach you?
5. What kinds of things did Jesus teach us? Is there one thing he taught that you think is the most important? Why do you think so?
6. If you could teach the world something, what would it be?
Thank a Teacher
As the school year comes to an end, is there a special card or note that you can send to your teacher to thank them for everything they have taught you this year?
Most students have spent the past few month learning at home instead of school so don’t forget to thank your “home teachers”, too! Maybe you can make them a special card!
Here are a few quotes about teachers. Can you come up with some of your own that describe your teachers?
“Teachers Make A Difference”
“Teachers can change the world, one lesson at a time.”
“The best teachers teach from the heart, not from a book.”
“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart”.
“A teacher is like a candle…it lights the way for others”.
Video Story Time
The first story is called “The Kindness Book”, by Todd Parr. It teaches us the many different ways we can show kindness to others.
The second story is called “Tiny T-Rex and the Impossible Hug.” by Jonathan Stutzman. A tiny T-Rex with tiny arms learns how to hug.
Learn A New Skill
Challenge yourself to learn something new this week. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Don’t forget to find a good teacher! (Your parents or grandparents can probably be your teachers to help you most of these!)
Build a Birdhouse… the birds would love a place to stay dry in the rain!
Learn to Knit. Does anyone in your house need a new scarf?
Learn to play a new instrument. The ukulele is a fun one to start with! Does anyone in your family know how to play?
Learn how to play a new game…maybe a board game with your family?
Read a book, maybe one that can teach you something about a new hobby you’d like to try.
Try a new recipe…maybe there is new kind of cookie or muffin you can learn to bake! There are a few recipes below if you want to give them a try!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for muffin tops
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/3 – 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 to 8 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries (about 1 cup)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. For big-topped muffins, line 8 standard-size muffin cups with paper liners. For standard-size muffins line 10 muffin cups. Fill the remaining cups with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to help the muffins bake evenly.
Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
Add oil to a measuring jug that holds at least 1 cup. Add the egg then fill the jug to the 1-cup line with milk (1/3 to 1/2 cup milk). Add vanilla and whisk to combine.
Add milk mixture to the bowl with dry ingredients then use a fork to combine. Do not over mix. (The muffin batter will be quite thick ). Fold in the blueberries.
Divide the batter between muffin cups. (If making big-topped muffins, the batter will come to the tops of the paper liners). Sprinkle a little sugar on top of each muffin.
Bake muffins 15 to 20 minutes or until tops are no longer wet and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with crumbs, not wet batter. Transfer to a cooling rack.
To store, place them in a plastic bag, seal, and store at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. To freeze, wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or place them in freezer bags. Freeze for up to 3 months.
EASY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
1 cup of peanut butter
1/2 cup of white sugar (plus a bit extra for rolling)
Heat the oven to 325 Degrees. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Roll dough into balls (about 1 inch) and then roll each ball in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet and flatten each ball in a criss cross pattern using a fork. Bake for 15 minutes. Do not over bake. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!