Posted in church, Getting Organized, kids, primary chorister, review games

Sync Up Shape Up Review Game

Alright, this Sunday was pretty crazy

This was the first Sunday that we held a combined Junior and Senior singing and sharing time and so it was busy and hectic anyway and I don’t think I helped settle them down on my end but oh well, ha ha

This lesson is a combination of a few different ideas.

First, I named this “Sync Up, Shape Up” after these two parts: lip-syncing and a shape spinner.

First, I divided them into two teams.

Then, one person came up and spun the fidget spinner on this spinner:

This spinner was for a math thing, but it’s super cute so just used the spinner.

When the fidget spinner finally stopped (which they of course suddenly spun forever and ever…)

Whatever it landed on, that was the shape they went looking for around the room. (get it? Shape Up?)

This little guy was stuck to the front of the podium and I missed it when I cleaned up and it stayed there all week 🙂 haha

I just printed the spinner twice and cut out the shapes in the 2nd one so they would be identical.

The back of each shape had a number on it that decided which song we would sing.

Then, a kid from each team went to find some lips:

These were hidden around the room

These had numbers on the back also

and these told them how many people from each team would come up to “lip-sync” with one of these:

One thing I would change here is the number 1. I didn’t think of it when I was making it but no one wants to come sing by themselves! Next time I would just put 2s, 3s, and 4s

So then we sang the song. However many people they got from each team came up and sang, holding the paper faces over everything but their lips.

Then, as they sang, their “judges” had to decide which “team” sang better and at the end of the song they had to vote on which team was better

It. was. hysterical.

I really wish someone had taken a picture of it, because it was all I could do to keep a straight face and sing the song!

We ended up singing 4 or 5 of the songs, and then stopped. This could havr gone on for another 20 minutes easily.

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Posted in church, kids, primary chorister, review games

Tic Tac “Know” Review Game

Fun day in primary reviewing our songs!

Tic-Tac-Know! I read through this game and decided to just make my own.

So I made big numbers for each space like a Tic-Tac-Toe grid

On the back of each number were two questions–our primary is combined so I just put both questions for Jr and Sr on the back and figured I would choose which question depending on who ended up coming up

I got the questions from HERE.

In Primary I divided them into two teams and called the first person up

Once they chose a number, and if they answered the question right, they put their X or O in the space

I made 4 of each, which ended up being all we needed but technically I should have made 5 or 6 really?

The game went very well, pretty tame really and we ended up even having a winner! I figured they would tie but one team did actually win and they won at just the right time too! perfect timing!

Posted in church, primary chorister, Teaching

Teaching “I Feel My Savior’s Love”

There were 8 pages to the song and so everytime we flipped over a new section to learn the next line, I had one person go find the heart I had hidden around the room

For Sr primary I went in a random order so they didn’t know what would come next

On the back of each heart was a “love” question:

This was my first week as chorister and their answers were adorable…seriously.

Funniest part was that Sr Primary, I had them hide the numbered hearts and by the end, we never found the 4. We looked…and looked….and looked….nothing.

I expected to find it soon after but it was about 3 months later I found it underneath a chair 🙂

Posted in art projects, craft projects, Getting Organized, kids, Painting, Teaching

Day 5 of Beginning Art Class

Day#5 for the Beginning class:
Surprise bug monsters: http://storiesandchildren.com/surprise-art-project-kids/
Frogs: http://oneperfectday-accessories-and-bags.blogspot.nl/2015/06/grrribbit.html
Butterflys: http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/RAINBOW-MARBLED-BUTTERFLY-PASTA-ART
Name Bugs: https://tinyartroom.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/cursive-name-bugs/

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Day 6

Posted in church, Father's Day, primary chorister, Teaching

The Most Brilliant Addition your Father’s Day activity was missing

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This was a fun fun Singing time

I printed these ties and had paperplates with faces on them like THESE

I chose a kid to come choose a tie and match it to their “dad’s” face. (which by itself was pretty funny to watch them try to match the tie to what they thought their dad looked like in paperplate face form)

Once they did that, they could choose a mustache. These made the whole lesson, serious gold mine…

I ordered these the week before, super fun. They come on individual card things that you can punch out.

In order to get a mustache, they had to answer a question about their dads which I just a random list of questions I wrote up or made up on the spot 🙂

The ties had numbers written on the back and for Jr primary we just sang the song and moved on.

For Sr primary, there was a trivia question where you had to guess which father in the scriptures they were talking about. Some were actually pretty hard and Sr primary enjoyed that as well. (See HERE for where I got them)

NOTES: This was hysterical to wear a mustache while singing! seriously weird…and super funny to see 5 year olds en masse wearing mustaches running around the church halls….ahhahaha

Posted in art projects, craft projects, Decorations, Getting Organized, kids, Painting, Teaching

Four Popular Art projects Your Child could Do Today: Day 4 “Savannah Animals”

Day #4 for Beginning Art Class:
Giraffes Can’t Dance: http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/giraffes-cant-dance/
Arm Giraffes: http://www.preschoolactivities.us/giraffe-craft-idea-for-kids/giraffe-handpint-craft/
Lion Manes: http://onecrayolashort.blogspot.com/2016/01/african-lions.html
Zebra Stripes: http://playcreateexplore.blogspot.com/2013/03/Zebra-print-shaving-cream-marbling.html
How to Draw an Elephant: http://artprojectsforkids.org/draw-elephant/

Ready for more?

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 5

Day 6

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Four Popular Art projects Your Child could Do Today: Day 2 “Birds of a Feather”

Welcome to Day 2!

If you missed Day 1 go HERE..

This is the series of “Art Classes” that I designed and thought someone out there would like to save some time and use.

Each class has four activities that go around a central theme. Each activity (not counting the prep time you might spend) is about 15 to 20 minutes long.

If you wanted to do all four activities at the same time, figure an hour or so.

If you wanted to do one activity a day with your child, you could spend 15 minutes doing it and then do other things. (So instead of Day 2 it would be more like Week#2)

Enjoy!

Beginning Class Day#2:
Leaf Birds: http://www.craftymorning.com/leaf-animal-crafts-to-make-for-fall/
Spring Birds: http://www.klassenkunst.com/2014/03/misch-vogelchen.html
Birds of a Color: http://preschoolwondersblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/monday-made-it-freebie.html
Ink Splat (monster birds): http://afaithfulattempt.blogspot.ie/2011/03/ink-creatures.html

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Cut and Paste Noah’s Ark lesson

This lesson goes with the Primary 6 book, Lesson 8

BACKGROUND:

Imagine you have a Sunday school class of 11 year old kids. You are trying to teach them about the Old Testament.

This was me several years ago and I was at a loss of what to do.

Here’s why:

One of my kids couldn’t read really at all. So having her read a scripture at all. Ever. Was. torturous.

Having someone else read didn’t solve the problem either because she wouldn’t pay attention at all and would cause problems when other people read because she couldn’t pay attention for that long.

Then one of my other students was a bit ADHD and really had no patience for any kind of long “discussion” at all (and by long I mean more than 30 seconds).

I felt like as 11-year-olds they should be learning a bit more of the details of the scriptures but I wasn’t sure how to get there without reading…or talking…for too long.

After the first couple weeks of basically complete disaster lessons, I came up with this idea because it kept their hands busy and it was something that shifted very fast and kept their attention. These lessons were for the most part 10 times more successful than any other attempts with a regular lesson.

What I did was I started drawing these pictures and cartoons and things to teach the lesson. I’d like to say I spent hours on them but honestly most of the time I was scrambling to finish them during Sacrament Meeting while wrestling my then two-year-old boy and two girls. How I ever did even one is a miracle.

I got them copied before class and that was it, gather up some good scissors and glue sticks and we were set.

The first 5-10 minutes was spent cutting out the pieces: they were old enough to do it themselves and I would sit with them and chat about school and their week, etc. Depending on the need, I would direct them to sort the pieces before we started.

I also cut out my own to use as a model while we talked.

Next, I went through the lesson, told stories, discussed and all the while putting the whole thing together. When we finished, they were supposed to color it…but to be honest, they rarely did, haha.

I was stoked for all the info we got through, how much they focused, and how much they actually retained (I would give them small quizzes about the previous weeks’ lesson as we cut out pieces and I could ask them anything it seemed! Amazing!!!)

Their reaction wasn’t as stoked, more like “huh. Cool.” when it was time to go, like “wow, that wasn’t miserable,” which coming from 11 year olds is a compliment, right?

This is my handout for Primary 6 (green book), lesson 8: “Noah and the Flood”

This is what the handout looked like at the beginning:

Then once we went through the lesson, the finished product looked like this:

The handout was intended to prompt me to explain each part so we actually discuss the whole story. I didn’t really write down a script, I just picked up pieces and discussed them as we went along.

Here is the script as I remember it:

First, what story do you think we are going to talk about today? Yes, It’s Noah and the Ark. (glue on Big Noah). How would you feel if the Lord asked you to build a boat when you were no where near water?

Who was Noah’s wife? (glue her next to Noah) What was her name? What do you think she thought about her husband’s project?

Who else was on the Ark with Noah? Can you guess? Yes, he had three sons and his sons had wives (glue them along the bottom of the boat like they are getting on)

What are their names? Japheth, Shem and Ham (glue their names over the top of each couple)

Alright, now what else was on the Ark?

FOOD! (Glue on two baskets of apples) Noah and his family had to bring on enough food to last for however long they would be on the boat so they had a lot of preparing to do to store enough for the journey. How much food do you think you would have to bring if you were going on the Ark?

What else did they bring? ANIMALS!

Now, when you were younger, I’m sure you always just heard “two of each” but actually, for some animals, they brought SEVEN of each…whY? Because they used some of them to actually eat! So They brought 7 of the birds like the chickens and the geese because they intended to eat some of them for dinner during the journey.

Glue on the animals they did NOT eat: the pigs, the cows, the elephant, the giraffe, the crocodile, and the bugs. Next to these animals, glue on “x2”

Next glue on the birds and glue next to them “x7”

Now who else was on the earth at this time? Did Noah have any other relatives?

Well, the first one that is pretty significant is Noah’s Grandfather, Methusaluh. Now Methusaluh was the last relative in Noah’s line that was alive he died ONE YEAR before the flood started. Methusalah is an interesting guy. His father was Enoch! And even though he was good as well, he was told to stay on Earth when everyone else was taken to heaven. He saw the VERY BEST people could be, and he also saw the VERY WORST they could be. He saw his friends and relatives taken up to heaven and he saw his friends and relatives reject the gospel and turn away from God. And if you look at when everyone older than him died, Methusalah was alive when ADAM was alive and even all of his great great and great grandfathers. He could have and probably did meet in person all of his “fathers” since Adam himself.

Now, here is a basic map of Adam and Eve’s children. We know the story of Cain and Abel but the scriptures say that Adam and Eve had many other sons and daughters that are not mentioned by name.

Now after Cain murdered Abel and became wicked, anyone who was associated with him came to be called “The brethern of Cain”