Thursday, February 21, 2013

About Me

 


The short version:
Thanks for stopping by! I have been teaching Bible class for over 30 years! I have taught preschool-high school. Currently I am teaching 2nd grade. I married my high school sweetie and we have 2 children and a black Peek-a-Poo dog. My husband was a Deacon at our congregation in Ohio for about 25 years and he is now a Deacon at Great Oaks Church of Christ. I get to stay at home and take care of my granddaughters. (Yah!)


The long version:
I began this blog after a lot of thought and prayer. Seriously, a lot! A friend had started a blog and I asked her about it. She told me "It's so easy!" But, I am older so a lot of computer stuff is harder for me.

We came from a small church that I taught at for about 25 years. I know how hard it to afford material, and it seems like you don't use a lot of it. I have made my own lessons most of that time because of money and I usually taught a wide range of ages in each class.

I write the lessons using the NKJV because the original documents have He, Him, His, etc in all caps showing the awesomeness of God and Jesus. Our English equivalent would be to capitalize the first letter.

I also try not to use the word story since in this day and time it is generally thought of as something made up. I know the dictionary defines story as true or made up, and 20+ years ago the word story was used different. I try to use lesson, facts, account or events, etc. Yep, it's just a word, but the world is looking for anything to disclaim the Bible. The exception to this is when I talk about a parable, since that is a made-up story that Jesus told, and doesn't that say something right there?

I love using a take home printable as a reinforcement, and how the Bible lesson pertains to them today, and not a time filler! The project is usually a conversation starter and works with the lesson. I don't usually have extra time in class, but I have a mailbox of basic Bible questions that we answer. You can see that here.

In case you are wondering why...

I also don't have a main point or application posted on the lesson posts. Why? I always have an application for each lesson, that is part of why we teach the Bible! Because I feel (and I hate saying that about the Bible... I feel or I think) that after the teacher studies the scripture and doesn't just rely on the material you are using, you will find the application that you need to discuss for your particular students. I can teach the same lesson to one class, and the next year key in on a totally different point. For instance, The Parable of the Prodigal Son. I usually key in on not being wasteful, taking care of what God gives you, using your money wisely, etc, along with God wants you to go to heaven. The class this year brought up picking the right friends, so that is what we talked about. For older kids, I that is a good point also, but it is important to talk about the fact that you can be lost, and God the Father is so happy when we repent and do what He wants.

You can usually figure out what I am using as the main point with the take home project. Which, I usually have the students do as they come to class if it is a craft. I tend to have late arrivers (not their fault), and if they don't have time to do the project, they can take it home finish it there. I tell them that they are there to learn the Bible and I will make it as fun as I can!

Yes, I make mistakes! I have found several. That is why God tells us to study. Study. Study. 2 Timothy 2:15 If you find a Biblical mistake, please contact me with what needs corrected and the scripture with the proof directly on the blog post that needs corrected. Thank you.

My favorite Bible verse(s):

I really like Psalm 46:10 because we live in such a busy time, it is hard to just stop and enjoy what God has made.

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

And Genesis 1:1 because it just says it all, and is one that I like the kids to memorize since they will have teachers in school teaching against it.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. 
Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission
 
Something else I thought I should add, because I have been asked, is I cannot do Teacher's Workshops. I cannot be in front of groups without feeling like I am having a panic attack. Just thinking about it to write this is making my head fuzzy! I can be in front of kids all day long! But, not adults. Those of you that do workshops, you are awesome! My daughter told me "Mom, aren't you old enough to get over that?" My reply was "No, I am old enough to know what I can do!"

Ha! I didn't know this would be so long! I prefer it if you leave a comment on a post, but you can contact me at question@biblefunforkids.com if you need to privately. Thanks again for stopping by!
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Links to most of the Graphics I use.
 
Click here to see where I attend worship:
http://www.greatoaks.org/
Click the button to read more about me @ (19 Feb 2013) here:
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See my daughter's TPT store:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Bible-Lessons-For-Teens
 Here are a couple of books to look for:
Look for this book by my nephew Rob Whitacre and Brad Harrub! Click here to see it.
Also, look for this book from my Minister Tim Alsup! Click here to see it.
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65 comments:

  1. Debbie, I am a youth minister and our Sunday School director and I are developing notebooks with lessons for our Sunday School teachers. We are adding crafts, activities, games, etc. to supplement the Bible lesson. Do you mind if we use content from your site for this purpose?

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    1. Hello, Meredith, I would love if you could use whatever you find here! That is exactly what this blog is for! Glad you found something to use! Thanks for asking! ☺

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    2. Debbie, Thank you! This site is great and I really appreciate all the hard work and time you have put into it! Thank you for your willingness to share it!

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  2. Debbie,
    I love the new look. congratulations on all your success, it's because you are glorifying the Lord and teaching His word!
    Blessings!

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    1. Renee, thanks for the comment! It means a lot! I looked for a button to add above, since I only had an old one. Let me know if you have a new one so I can add it.

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  3. Debbie, hi!
    This is my first visit to your lovely site. We are having a special all-age service for Mother's Day here in the UK this Sunday and I would very much like to use your storyboard for Ruth. Thank you for sharing your resources and expertise. May God bless all you have done. Pastor Brian

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting! I would love for you to use the Ruth printables! Let me know if you are having trouble downloading them at DebbieDaveJackson81@yahoo.com and I can send the PDF direct.

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  4. Hi Debbie love your website so much!! Has been very helpful for my Awana sparkys. God continues to bless you!! Amazing Work!!! one question do you have a curriculum that you follow for each sunday. I'm a baby at this and would like to follow one. Thanks Mabel

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    1. Hello, Mabel, thanks so much for the really nice comment! No, I teach the same class on Sunday mornings for a year (except for the class I have now, which I have for 2 years), and I usually teach New Testament. I make a list of the lessons I want to teach for the year and get it approved by the Deacon in charge of material. If you can give me some time, I will add lists of the lesson plans in this post for you this weekend.

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  5. Awesome I would really appreciated, Thank you so much!!!---Mabel

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    1. Thanks for checking, I have added the lists above and left them on Word so you can add/subtract, change and copy easier! Anyway, thanks again for stopping by! ☺

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    2. Oh my...thanks so much but where exactly do I look for the list so sorry cant see it...Mable

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    3. Look in the post above, above the books that are listed if you'd like to read the comments I wrote, here is Life of Jesus and the Book of Acts that will start in June: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3uNEVAAKowpajRJbDZtRlNIck0/edit?usp=sharing
      Here is the Old Testament list: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3uNEVAAKowpRnR2dUNzdWtPUnc/edit?usp=sharing

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  6. Hi Deb, is there any way to contact you privately? I LOVE your stuff! Peggy peggyhall6482@gmail.com

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  7. Hi Debbie! I'm the editor of AllFreeKidsCrafts.com, and I love what I've seen on your blog! I've been looking to add more Sunday School crafts on my site, and I'd love the chance to link to your posts. When I link to bloggers, I write a description of the craft/activity, use one photo, and then include a link back to your blog for the full tutorial. Let me know if you're interested in being featured on my site!
    --Emily

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    1. Hello, Emily, thanks so much for the comment! Yes, absolutely, I'd appreciate the features! And, when I know about them, I will add your link & a thank you to send any traffic your way that I can. Thank you!

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  8. Debbie, I love your site and your pins on Pinterest!!! I feel like I already know you, because we pin so many of the same things!!! I too, am a member of the Church of Christ (Main Street) Pikeville, Ky!! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!! If you are ever in our area, I would love to meet you!!!

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    1. Pam, I am glad to meet you! I love KY, it is a beautiful state! If you are ever near Memphis, It would be fun to meet you! Thanks for the comment!

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  9. Debbie Jackson, I'm looking at your Moses book art work and am wondering if you would let me, us (Trinity UMC in Opelika, AL) use it for a vbs craft.

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    1. Hi, Jamie, I am not sure which project you are looking at, but you can use anything on this blog for VBS. I am glad you found something you can use! Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. I'm learning to use the lap books. This is all new to me as we taught with flip charts etc when I was younger. I am doing The life of Paul lap book and can't get number #9 Lystra https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3uNEVAAKowpckxZdWRsS1dLNUk to print for me. Also what size of vanilla folders do you use. Standard or the larger ones. Do you have one for each child to make? thank you . Crystal Hayward

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    1. Crystal, I use the standard size file folders, and I make them for each child. But, if you have younger children that can't write, you could use one as a visual. I am not seeing any issues with #9 from here, so can you try it again, and if you still can't open it, send me an email and I will send the PDF to you. DebbieDaveJackson81@yahoo.com

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  11. Hi, Debbie!
    My son will be turning one in April (I know, I'm looking around really, really early!) I've been looking through your preschool posts and wondering what could be started around age one. Most of them seem appropriate for age 2-4, but I don't want to underestimate what he can learn about God. Any advice?
    Laura

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    1. Hi, Laura, they LOVE the songs! I have a range of preschool kids, and we will sit on the floor and sing. Any age group. They love the pictures on the crafts sticks, and I make one for me and one for each of them, It keeps their hands busy and they love to wave them around. During the day, if you start sing the Disciples, Books of the Bible, Jesus Loves Me, etc, they will sing with you when they can talk. Just like the alphabet, repetition. My granddaughter is 1, and she loves it. Also, just FYI, I start teaching body parts at about 1. Nose, mouth, ears, hair, hands, feet, etc. They will start pointing to them. And, God made them. Also, outside, God made the grass, etc. And soon you can start colors. I love this age!

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    2. Oh, and thanks so much for stopping by! ☺ It is not too early to start working with him. They love learning, and it might not seem like it since he can't talk to you! Plus, you both enjoy the time you get to spend together!

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    3. Laura, you are welcome! I forgot, it's a great age to say 'Let's pray' (or whatever) and hold their hands together and teach them to pray. It won't take long for you to say "Let's pray', and they will fold their hands themselves. Thanks for the question, I added it to the Facebook page without your name. I appreciate it!

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  12. Debbie, just found your site and am in love! God bless you for all your hard work. I just downloaded the creation project, could you tell me what tune you sing the creation song to? Again thank you, you are blessing many with your work.
    Vangie

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    1. Hello, thank you for the comment! I just found the song and you can listen to it here. I really didn't know how to explain the tune, and your REALLY don't want me to sing it! http://www.apcurriculum.com/dcirfol/83song.mp3

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  13. Hello, Debbie, just found your site and am in love! God bless you for all.
    But , I need your help, I have to teach a class about Enoch do you have something, or any ideas.
    Thanks
    cindy

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    1. Hello, Cindy, I am sorry, but I don't have anything on Enoch. I checked my files. It is something to add to the long to do list! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Hi Debbie, I love your site but I am having a problem with the visuals. When following this instruction highlighted in yellow "Click on visual to download and print the original document" in each Bible story, I am sent to "Distant Shores Media." I would like to print your pictures large enough to use as a visual aid but I haven't been able to figure out how. Is it possible?

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    1. Hello, this is the original site for the free visuals. When I use them, I just click on the link, like you are doing, then right click and copy. You can save it if you'd rather. But, if you copy it, then paste it on whatever you use,(I use Word), you can print from there. Click (or double click) on the visual, then at the top tab: Format > Text Wrapping > In front of text. This makes it easier to work with and you can put the picture where you want it. I make my margins .5. You can 'grab' a corner of the visual and drag it to make it bigger. I will probably add the visuals as a download at some time, that is just a lot more time consuming than I have time for right now. Thanks for the comment. I appreciate you visiting.

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  15. I need help I'm trying to print off the group of Moses crossing the red sea that you have on your blog. I can't get it to print. They are mirrored images and you got it from Sweet Publishing Co. I need it for Wed 8th My kids love doing the hand on bible lessons and they really love to play act it. thank you Crystal cecountry@windstream.net

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    1. Crystal, I sent the attachment in an email. Let me know if you still have a problem. Thanks for visiting Bible Fun For Kids.

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  16. Hi Debbie!! I can't find your email or how to connect and message you on FB. I would like to use the graphic of Sarah laughing from your post, Genesis: Abraham and Sarah. I am going to link back to that post at the bottom of my post. I am "Blogging Through The Bible" each Friday and I would like to link to your blog more often, if that is alright with you. That way moms can easily find a children's version of the story I am writing about. Is this ok?

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    1. Hello Judith, that would be awesome! I appreciate you sharing the link, and when I see it, I will use your button to link back to you, if that is OK. I also think it would be nice to have an adult study added. Thank you! ☺

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  17. Hello Debbie,

    Would like to thank you for this beautiful amazing website. It help me a lot in preparing for Sunday School kids. I like the lapbooks a lot! May the Lord bless your work. God bless you richly!

    Myrna / Montréal

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  18. Love your site, Debbie! Your heart for the Lord is so evident on the pages of your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us. So glad you joined us for the Coffee & Conversation "About Page" link up!
    ~Candy

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  19. Hi Debbie! I'm joining you from Mom's Morning Coffee and am just so glad to have found you and your blog. I look forward to digging deeper and finding new ways to share the Word with my little ones (3 and 1). Thank you for all that you share!
    -Alli

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  20. Hi Debbie, I love your website and pinterest pages! I have used your suggestions in the past. This year we have a heroes of the NT VBS theme. I am looking for some good general ideas (decor, themed reinforcements, etc) to go with the theme (topics have been decided). Have you seen this fine / do you have any suggestions? Thank you!!

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    1. Hello paula, thank you! I haven't done this theme, so I really don't have any decorating themes. There is a lot on Pinterest or you can Google Bible Heroes. I started a Pinterest board, but there isn't much on it yet! https://www.pinterest.com/djac123/bible-heroes-of-the-bible/

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    2. Thank you!! :) I have scoured Pinterest and just wanted to make sure you hadn't done it and just not posted. Thanks again!

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  21. What a wonderful website, great ideas and loads of information for teaching, thanks for sharing! What a blessing

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  22. Hi, I am helping to organise our holiday bible club at church. We are hoping to cover the Exodus with the kids. Do you mind if I use a couple of your Moses worksheets in particular Moses the 10 plagues (part 3) and crossing the Red Sea. Your material is fantastic - I can't wait to get to use the dieas when my kids are a bit older!! Many thanks, Emma x

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    1. Hello, Emma, everything is free to use for Bible classes and programs. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you can use something!

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  23. Debbie,
    I am new to your site but I love it. However I am a little confused. I see work sheets and "lessons" but the lessons don't tell me the story...like an outline of what to actually teach the kids. Like the bible story etc. I want them to look up and read the actual story from the bible and be able to apply it to life
    Lane @ spel4@yahoo.com

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    1. Hello Lane, I am sorry, I am not sure if you are asking about a specific post or in general. Most posts that are for teaching have the lesson, visuals, Bible verse, worksheet and usually a type of review project to be used with each one. The scripture is listed in the post somewhere because I believe people should study the scripture and not take anyone's writings as positive truths. For most lessons, you can just about follow the lesson written directly from the Bible, I have just transcribed it to be easier to teach. I rarely have an application because most lessons have more than one and the teacher should discuss, review and apply what part of the scriptures are needed most for their students. Although, you can usually tell from the project what I talked about for the application. I don't typically create an outline, I use the lesson format to teach the Bible facts and events. That is what you see if you purchase material.

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  24. I have been like a kid in a candy store on this site ALL NIGHT LONG! I can't seem to STOP and go to bed... even though it's waaaay past my bedtime! I'm LOVING EVERY LESSON, every visual, every craft! DEBBIE, YOU ARE AWESOME! EVERYTHING is so professionally done. Even the art is extraordinary. Your teachings are right on target scripturally, to the point and beautifully illustrated. The tests and crafts are fun and stimulating! WHAT A BLESSING TO FIND YOU! You've thoroughly equipped me for ANY Class I teach. Currently, it's 3-5 year olds on Sunday morning...but 1st-6th Grades on Wednesday nights where I'm teaching the BOOKS of the BIBLE plus an overview of God's PLAN for MAN (using a timeline with key events from Genesis to Revelation). Your LETTERS FOM PAUL will be used next Wednesday. You've armed me and I'm ready to TEACH, TEACH, TEACH! Thank you for your goal of personal EXCELLENCE! (It's evident.) And I thank God for guiding me to this site. WHAT A BLESSING YOU ARE!

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  25. Hello Debbie. What a great site and so much help in what I'm doing! I am a member at the Cumberland church of Christ in Somerset, KY. I recently joined the ladies ministry and am in charge of the bulletin boards (of which there are many!). I have searched and searched for ideas to help me put together boards that are attractive and attention getting to the kids, and when I came upon your site I was thrilled! Thank you so much for posting such a helpful website. God bless you in all of your endeavors!

    Your sister in Christ,
    Lisa Vanover

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I appreciate your comments! You might find more ideas on my Pinterest boards @ https://www.pinterest.com/djac123/bible-bulletin-boards/

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  26. Thank you for your wonderful site!! I just came across it today and I am so impressed & grateful. I teach Sunday School as well as homeschool, and I can't wait to let others know about your site. Thank you!

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  27. i just found you site and I JUST LOVE IT. I am so thankful that God is using you to help someone like me. I struggle to find fun and inspiring things for my sunday school class of 8-11 year olds. i wanted to find something to help me teach 1st Corinthians 13 this month on Love and what Paul teaches about love. i found it here. May God's blessing be with you always. Terri

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  28. This is my first time to visit your site. It is wonderful and God has blessed you with this talent. Virgie

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  29. Thank you for spending so much time and creativity and then sharing the results!

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  30. Hello Debbie,

    What you have created here is wonderful, thank you for the resources.
    Can you recommend one of your lessons I should start with for a 3/4 year old? There is so much it's a little hard to choose. - Christine

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    1. Christine, thanks for visiting. That is a hard question to answer! Depending on if you are using it for Bible class or at home. I would begin with creation. That is what I taught for the first lesson for the 3 year old class on Wed. night I am assisting with. It just so happens that I will begin posting those lessons this Friday! There are 13 lessons for Genesis to begin with. The lesson, visuals, pictures to color, application project and more will be included.

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    2. Debbie you are an angle!
      I was making this way too hard on myself, your right start from the beginning!
      I am looking forward to Friday :)
      Thank you!

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  31. I am just in love!
    We started Judges in our K-3 class this week and I was having a hard time finding what I was looking for in supplemental materials. You're Judges printable are EXACTLY what I've been looking for!
    But then, to find out you're a member of the church?! I've been on so many blogs and Bible class websites that had good materials but had to be combed through or modified because they may not have been teaching truth the whole lesson. To find such a fabulous resource blog that is in the truth is so awesome!
    I love your blog - I've been combing through everything since I found the Judges material. Great job!! Thank you so much for doing what you're doing!!

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  32. Hi Debbie, do you have any Bible "drills" curriculum?

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  33. I just recently discovered your blog and just wanted to let you know that you have helped me so much with lessons and crafts for my little Sunday School class! I have a small class of 4 sometimes 5 preschool age kiddos and I Love what you have put together! Thank you so much and I pray God will continue to bless you in your works!

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  34. I do believe you may have saved my sanity! I teach at a Christian School and we are changing some of our curriculum. I, too, love creating lessons and printables. These are going to be a great asset to our History curriculum, as we teach "His Story" God's plan for the world and America.

    I do have a question, is there a way to modify a printable with the ESV scripture? That is the version we are using at school. Thank you for the generosity of sharing your gift.

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    1. Susan, thanks for your comments! I appreciate it. As for changing the version, it would depend on which printable you would want changed. If it is something I can just add where to find the scripture and not have it typed on the printable, I can change a couple. Some versions do not allow using theirs like this. If you leave a comment on the specific post, I can find it easier. Thanks.

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