Betty Yoder

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The Good Things of This Time: Guiding Lower-Elementary Learning at Home
Publication Date: 2020-04-23 | File type: Video

How do teachers maintain human contact with their students during the shutdown? How can relationships grow during enforced separation? What Read More...

Good Hard Knocks
Publication Date: 2019-03-22 | File type: Blog Post

A few years ago, a friend suggested the title The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo as a Read More...

Transforming Squabbles
Publication Date: 2019-01-11 | File type: Blog Post

In the last several weeks I have heard myself repeatedly telling my students about my growing conviction that recess is Read More...

Spot Checks, Hooks, and Sweet Rewards: Ideas for Elementary Math
Publication Date: 2018-12-15 | File type: Blog Post

Recently as I recounted several math ideas I find beneficial in the classroom, I thought perhaps sharing them could inspire Read More...

Living Truths
Publication Date: 2018-12-14 | File type: Blog Post

For a number of years, I used the Character Sketch books as a basis for our devotional time at school.  Read More...

Attitude Matters
Publication Date: 2018-11-02 | File type: Blog Post

Usually I think of the words, “Me first!” in connection with students jumping in line ahead of others, eager to Read More...

Kingdom Responsibilities
Publication Date: 2018-10-12 | File type: Blog Post

The first year I taught school, I moved from Kansas to Spanish Lookout, Belize. I taught thirteen students in grades Read More...

Be Still
Publication Date: 2018-09-07 | File type: Blog Post

Recently, I became aware of how deeply I fear not having enough time to do all that needs to be Read More...

Student Supply List
Publication Date: 2018-07-17 | File type: Curricular

Pilgrim Christian School distributes this checklist before school starts. Download this document now or read it below. Pass it on:

Fruitful Dreaming: Ideas for Devotions (Part II)
Publication Date: 2018-07-13 | File type: Blog Post

The last post gave big-picture ideas of themes and approaches for your class devotions. This post shares specific, daily plans Read More...

Fruitful Dreaming: Ideas for Planning Devotions (Part I)
Publication Date: 2018-07-11 | File type: Blog Post

The school desks are stacked, the bells silent, the hallways empty, and the schoolhouse doors locked. It is a great Read More...

Think on These Things
Publication Date: 2018-06-29 | File type: Blog Post

Have you noticed how easy it is to focus on the negative things in both people and circumstances?  It comes Read More...

Who Teaches Whom?
Publication Date: 2018-06-22 | File type: Blog Post

Students make great teachers. Watching students often enables me to make connections between real life and specific Scriptures I am Read More...

Humor in the Classroom
Publication Date: 2018-06-02 | File type: Blog Post

Two weeks before the end of school I did something I no intention of doing. In fact, it was a Read More...

History of Faith of our Fathers
Publication Date: 2018-04-04

The history surrounding the hymn “Faith of our Fathers” by Frederick William Faber. Includes biographical information about the author, literary Read More...

History of Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Publication Date: 2018-04-04

The history surrounding the hymn “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Charles Wesley. Includes biographical information about the author, literary Read More...

History of Jesus the Very Thought of Thee
Publication Date: 2018-04-04

The history surrounding the hymn “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” by Bernard of Clairvaux. Includes biographical information about the Read More...

History of Now Thank We All Our God
Publication Date: 2018-04-04

The history surrounding the hymn “Now Thank We All Our God,” by Martin Rinkart. Includes biographical information about the author, Read More...

History of O God Our Help in Ages Past
Publication Date: 2018-04-04

The history surrounding the hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” by Isaac Watts. Includes some biographical information about Read More...

The Creation—A Picture for Little Eyes
Publication Date: 2018-04-04 | File type: Teaching Material

A study on creation for students in grades 1-4. Topics covered are God creating the world out of nothing, the Read More...

Opportune Moments
Publication Date: 2018-03-26 | File type: Blog Post

  I consider structure and thoughtful planning to be important parts of a positive school day, but, as I discovered Read More...

Less is More
Publication Date: 2018-03-20 | File type: Blog Post

Sometimes less is more. Usually on Saturdays I dance to the background tune of “see how much you can get Read More...

A Seed Germinated
Publication Date: 2018-03-06 | File type: Blog Post

I grew up believing that fairy tales were nonsensical time wasters.  For decades, I never questioned that belief.  Then, in Read More...

Intoxicating Gifts
Publication Date: 2018-01-23 | File type: Blog Post

I had never seriously pondered the mandate in Ephesians to not be drunk with wine.  Wine doesn’t even tempt me.  Read More...

Eyes to See
Publication Date: 2018-01-12 | File type: Blog Post

Recently in Sunday School, we studied the story of Elisha who was gifted with supernatural eyesight.  He had eyes to Read More...

The Gift of Repentance
Publication Date: 2018-01-05 | File type: Blog Post

After two consecutive days of apologizing to several students for my sharp words, I began pondering the meaning of repentance.   Read More...

A Gift Received
Publication Date: 2017-12-08 | File type: Blog Post

In church this morning, our deacon preached on the fallacy of basing our identity on things that can be taken Read More...

Classroom Atmosphere
Publication Date: 2017-12-06 | File type: Blog Post

Since I love to hear others recommend books or other resources that have helped them grow as a learner and Read More...

Words Their Way
Publication Date: 2017-11-28 | File type: Blog Post

A bit over a year ago, I was introduced to a new spelling curriculum:  Words Their Way.  I like it! Read More...

Twisted Fairness
Publication Date: 2017-11-15 | File type: Blog Post

Who of us hasn’t dealt with the “it’s not fair” syndrome?  I mean personally, not just hearing from students. I Read More...

Recommended Books
Publication Date: 2017-11-08 | File type: Blog Post

Because I love books, I have a special fund designated for books to expand the library at school as well Read More...

Choose Life
Publication Date: 2017-10-20 | File type: Blog Post

I wonder if others have noticed with me that grumbling about circumstances often only makes the situation worse.  Plus, the Read More...

God-Ideas
Publication Date: 2017-09-29 | File type: Blog Post

I love when ideas simply present themselves, almost without my conscious thought. In fact, I have noticed that when I Read More...

Teachable Moments
Publication Date: 2017-09-22 | File type: Blog Post

Years ago, a wise teacher offered me invaluable advice.  When I bemoaned my failures in the classroom, my impatience, and Read More...

Unexpected Visitors
Publication Date: 2017-09-11 | File type: Blog Post

The outside classroom door stood propped open to invite the fresh morning air.  Just beyond the open door, our school Read More...

A Dream Come True
Publication Date: 2017-09-08 | File type: Blog Post

A number of years ago, while sitting in a class taught by Mr. Brubaker, I listened to his story of Read More...

The Master Author
Publication Date: 2017-07-17 | File type: Blog Post

I offer you a strange story without a clear ending.  My perspective goes like this: Just as I pulled away Read More...

Helen Keller Reading Guide
Publication Date: 2017-06-20 | File type: Teaching Material

Betty Yoder’s reading guide for Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson includes goals, objectives, instructions, and project ideas for use with Read More...

Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims Reading Guide
Publication Date: 2017-06-20 | File type: Teaching Material

Betty’s guide to Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla gives helpful background information for the teacher, and Read More...

Summer Thoughts
Publication Date: 2017-06-09 | File type: Blog Post

I love being out of school!  A more flexible schedule ranks high on my list of joys.  What delight to Read More...

Our Mighty Warrior
Publication Date: 2017-05-25 | File type: Blog Post

Several weeks before the end of school I entered a fierce battle, and I was losing.  Nights found me lying Read More...

Lettuce Not Grow Stale
Publication Date: 2017-03-02 | File type: Blog Post

I tried something new this winter.  Since I love plants and gardening, it seemed like a good idea to try Read More...

Restful Breaks
Publication Date: 2017-02-22 | File type: Blog Post

Likely every teacher eagerly anticipates Christmas vacation and other breaks, just as their students do.  A favorite memory of this Read More...

Jars of Clay
Publication Date: 2017-02-06 | File type: Blog Post

Recently I read this quote by John Dewey:  “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”  Here Read More...

New Year Thoughts
Publication Date: 2017-02-06 | File type: Blog Post

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions.  But I typically ponder the highlights of the past year and consider new goals.  Read More...

Of Snow and Marshmallows
Publication Date: 2017-01-24 | File type: Blog Post

By my standards, we never get enough snow in Kansas.  While the news is heralding grand snowstorms in the east Read More...

Help for Beginners and the Experienced
Publication Date: 2016-08-03 | File type: Document

In a 25-page handout developed for new teacher orientation, Betty Yoder discusses essentials, including discipline plans, schedules, and planning recesses Read More...

Introduction to Philemon with NLT
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

For students studying the story of Onesimus, the book of Philemon provides historical context. This document guides students to find Read More...

Quotable Quotes
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

This page helps students record compelling and memorable quotes from reading class. Download this document now or read it below. Read More...

Twice Freed Book Report
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

A sample of a one-page book report on Twice Freed by Patricia St. John. Download this document now or read Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 01: Clothing in Ancient Times
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

A supplement to chapter one of Twice Freed, describing clothing styles in the ancient and medieval world. Download this document Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 03: Who is Guilty?
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

A simple “Who is Guilty?” activity chart for chapter three of Twice Freed by Patricia St. John. Download this document Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 04: Baucis and Philemon
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

Background information on the story of Baucis and Philemon and the value placed on hospitality, from Greco-Roman mythology. Download this Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 05: Read between the Lines
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

14 questions ask the reader to draw inferences from chapter five of Twice Freed by Patricia St. John. Download this Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 06: Background on Ephesus
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

A one-page fill-in-the-blank activity focusing on the characterizing aspects of Ephesus in the Roman Empire. Download this document now or Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 06: Visual on Temple and School
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

A chart to help students compare and contrast the temple of Diana of the Ephesians with Paul’s teaching sessions in Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 07: Reading Comprehension
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

Ten questions check students’ understanding of the characters and events in chapter seven of Twice Freed. The questions are framed Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 09: Discussion Points
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

Discussion points for chapter nine of Twice Freed help students share their observations from the story, and make predictions and Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 11: Visual for Laodicea
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

A chart to help students compare the lifestyle of the city of Laodicea with the description of the Laodicean church Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 11: Visual of the Seven Churches
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

A chart listing the positive and negative attributes of the seven churches addressed in Revelation. Download this document now or Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 14: Reading between the Lines
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

True-or-false questions check students’ understanding of chapter fourteen of Twice Freed. Download this document now or read it below. Pass Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 16: Comprehension
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

True-or-false questions check students’ understanding of chapter sixteen of Twice Freed. Download this document now or read it below. Pass Read More...

Twice Freed Chapter 18: Acrostic
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

This acrostic chart helps students describe Onesimus’ time in Rome Download this document now or read it below. Pass it Read More...

Twice Freed Teachers' Guide
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

This activity-rich document helps teachers train their students in reading skills and historical appreciation through reading Twice Freed by Patricia Read More...

Twice Freed: "The Hound of Heaven"
Publication Date: 2016-07-26 | File type: Teaching Material

“The Hound of Heaven,” a poem by Francis Thompson, addresses a theme also found in Twice Freed. In this document, Read More...

Where the Red Fern Grows Teachers' Guide
Publication Date: 2016-07-23 | File type: Teaching Material

Another detailed study guide for use in Christian schools. The contributor states, “Where the Red Fern Grows is a classic Read More...

Sign of the Beaver Teachers' Guide
Publication Date: 2016-07-21 | File type: Teaching Material

This 46-page guide to reading The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Spear guides teachers in asking discussion questions, Read More...

Stone Fox Teachers' Guide
Publication Date: 2016-07-21 | File type: Teaching Material

Thirteen lessons, intended for grades 3 and 4, guide teachers in reading Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. Download this Read More...

Kitten in the Well Teachers' Guide
Publication Date: 2016-07-14 | File type: Teaching Material

A 3-week study plan for reading Kitten in the Well by Marla Martin with 1st graders, this resource also includes Read More...

Courage of Sarah Noble: Teachers' Guide for 3-4
Publication Date: 2016-07-13 | File type: Teaching Material

An eight-lesson teacher’s guide that covers The Courage of Sarah Noble. Betty says, “I used [the study guide] for years Read More...

Farmer Boy Chapter 1 Worksheet
Publication Date: 2016-07-13 | File type: Teaching Material

Instructions for student-created illustration based on chapter 1 of Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Download this document now or Read More...

Farmer Boy Chapter 22 Worksheet
Publication Date: 2016-07-13 | File type: Teaching Material

This worksheet guides students in drawing four pictures to illustrate chapter 22 of Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Download Read More...

Farmer Boy Teachers' Guide
Publication Date: 2016-07-13 | File type: Teaching Material

30 lesson plans, intended for grades 3 and 4, provide a robust range of activities for studying Farmer Boy by Read More...

Little Riders Teachers' Guide
Publication Date: 2016-07-13 | File type: Teaching Material

A teacher’s guide for The Little Riders by Margaretha Shemin, this document offers a range of tools for class study Read More...

Pilgrim Boy Teachers' Guide
Publication Date: 2016-07-13 | File type: Teaching Material

16 lesson plans, intended for grades 3 and 4, guide a class study of Pilgrim Boy by Matilda Nordtvedt. Download Read More...

Saved at Sea "My Hope is Built" Hymn
Publication Date: 2016-07-13 | File type: Teaching Material

The lyrics of “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less–On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand” used for studying Saved Read More...

Saved at Sea Table of Contents
Publication Date: 2016-07-13 | File type: Teaching Material

This table of contents summarizes skills to be taught in eleven lessons of studying Saved at Sea by O F Read More...

Saved at Sea Teachers' Guide
Publication Date: 2016-07-13 | File type: Teaching Material

An eleven-lesson Teachers’ Guide, intended for use with grades 3 and 4, for Saved at Sea by O F Walton, Read More...

Similes for Sarah Noble Book Worksheet
Publication Date: 2016-07-13 | File type: Teaching Material

Gap-fill exercises with five similes from The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh, along with an extension drawing activity. Read More...

Collected Online Teaching Resources
Publication Date: 2016-05-31 | File type: Curricular

History/Social Studies The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive: biographical and historical resources; section on famous curves Recordings from the Library Read More...

These Are God's Children
Publication Date: 1997-01-27 | File type: Audio

Our students are God’s children, each and every one. He chooses to mold and shape them through other people, especially Read More...

Glimpses of Grace
Publication Date: 0000-00-00 | File type: Blog Post

Grace.  What does grace look like in the classroom?   The One who is full of grace and truth calls us Read More...

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