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JOY for Today - Statue of Liberty Dedication Day

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She welcomes immigrants coming to our shore and serves to remind us of the freedom we've obtained. I ask: are you spreading that hope? Are you living in that freedom? When we learn to, we discover profound JOY. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Two we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  Musings from the Mrs. Bible Verses and Quotes  Inspired by the Statue of Liberty and freedom. Activity Suggestions  Art, history, discussion, and family challenge. Did You Know: The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France? Originally named Liberty Enlightening the World , the statue was the dream child of Edouard de Laboulaye and was sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi. It simultaneously memorializes the centennial of our independence and abolition of slavery. ( StatueofLiberty.org ) Fundraisers in both France and the United States paid for the statue? France gathered money from public fees, entertainment, and a lottery, while the U.S. relied mostly on entertainment events and public recogn

JOY for Today - Reptile Awareness Day 2022

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Reptiles fascinate. With such a wide variety of them in existence, it is difficult to imagine you cannot find one (or two) that bring JOY to you. Yet another way to welcome JOY is to know with confidence that you are aware of how to identify, guard against, and treat attacks of potentially dangerous reptiles. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Four we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  Musings from the Mrs. Bible Verses and Quotes  About reptiles. Activity Suggestions  Language center, research resources, questions, and family challenge Did You Know: There are over 10,000 reptile species? While reptiles live on every continent except Antarctica, their favored habitats are deserts, oceans, and cities. ( Everything Reptiles ) They come in all shapes and sizes? From just over one-half inch long ( Brookesia nana  at National Geographic ) to weighing in at over a ton ( saltwater crocodile  at National Geographic ) to measuring over 32 feet in length ( reticulated python at Reptiles Co

ABC Nature Walk: G is for Gills

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JOY for Today - Columbus Day 2022

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Oh, Columbus Day, the years have not been kind to you. Once, this federally recognized holiday meant schools and all other government agencies closed so we could celebrate the Renaissance era discovery of the Americas that shifted the course of history. Now, it is a source of conflict and many of us avoid the topic altogether. To find JOY for this day, I challenge you to embrace Columbus' spirit of adventure, his persistence in pursuing his dreams, and extending grace to others as you remember the abundant grace that has been extended to you. October 10, 2022 JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Two we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  Musings from the Mrs. Bible Verses and Quotes  Inspired by and from Christopher Columbus. Activity Suggestions  Books, poems, activities, discussion questions, and family challenge. Did You Know: Columbus survived a pirate attack?  As a teenager he worked on a merchant ship and remained at see until 25 when pirates attacked his ship off the Portu

ABC Nature Walk: L is for Leafbug

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L is for Leafbug was filmed on our front porch in Loveland, Colorado. We have seen 2 leafbugs since we have lived here. People say they are rare, so being visited twice is pretty cool! We hope to see them even more! This is intended for Preschool and Kindergarten to enhance their learning of the alphabet.

JOY for Today - Inner Beauty Day 2022

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We all know it is the heart of a person that truly matters, but outer beauty demands center stage with spotlights in our attention and interaction with others. Yet, when we allow ourselves to make that shift and choose to recognize and honor the inner beauty of ourselves and others - that is when JOY abounds. JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  One we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  Musings from the Mrs. Bible Verses and Quotes  Inspired by inner beauty. Activity Suggestions  SEL, stories, questions, and family challenge. Did You Know: The Free Dictionary  lists properties associated with beauty? The definition reads: "a quality or combination of qualities that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is often associated with properties such as harmony of form or color, proportion, authenticity, and originality ." ( The Free Dictionary ) Your inner beauty has a code?  There is only one you coded by a unique strand of over three billion nucleotides with a combination th

JOY for Today - Johnny Appleseed Day 2022

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John Chapman, commonly known as Johnny Appleseed, was a man who lived his life serving others - in word and deed. Serving others brings JOY to you and the person served. Think about the others you already connect with in your life, how might you serve them even better  today? Apple tree picture from pxhere.com JOY for Today Offerings: Did You Know...  Four we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  Musings from the Mrs. Bible Verses and Quotes  Inspired by Johnny Appleseed. Activity Suggestions  Book, craft, math, research, writing, and family challenge. Did You Know: John Chapman is Johnny Appleseed's real name?  John Chapman was the second child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Chapman. He was born on September 26, 1774 in Leominster Massachusetts. ( Wikipedia ) By selling seedlings to settlers, Chapman helped establish their land claims? In Ohio and Indiana, planting an orchard showed your intent to stay on the land which persuaded the government to recognize your claim. By selling seedling