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 πŸ™‚

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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/

Missed a Day? Check out these also:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

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 πŸ™‚

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

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

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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Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Posted in brilliant ideas, church, coping, kids, Teaching

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”

 

Posted in church, Getting Organized, Getting Started, primary chorister, Teaching

This is what happens when “Pie-o-neer” Children meets Musical Chairs

This was a bit of a grand production day…but it was really fun

I wanted them to learn the song “Pioneer Children Sang as They Walked” (which most of them did not know) because it was July and we were trying to do Pioneer stuff

So first, we made a “pie”

I was inspired by THIS post

I told the kids they had a choice of graham cracker crust or oreo crust because I didn’t have time to make the pastry kind (LOL, they didn’t get the joke but my pianist laughed)

On the back of each piece (which we put together as we went–this is how it would look when put together) was a survey question:

The person who chose the piece got to choose which choice was the winner (first) and then we surveyed the group. Whoever chose the same preference as the person got to come up

These people (up to 6–sometimes there were too many, sometimes not enough but we worked it out) came up and sat in the chairs that I had labeled 1-6

Once these 6 people were positioned, I called up another person to choose the flavor of the pie:

These different “flavors” (I told them these were Lemon, Pumpkin, Cherry, etc) had instructions for HOW we were going to sing the song:

So then we all sang the song, doing whatever thing it said.

As we sang, the 6 kids walked around the chairs like Musical Chairs.

Once the song was over, they all sat down and I had someone come up and choose one of the small numbers that I had folded up on the table (I chose Jr Primary kiddos for this)

The number they chose was the “Winner” and that person got to come choose the next crust and the process started over.

NOTES: For this activity I just wrote “Pie-o-neers!” across the top of the board with chalk. The next week, we did something else with Pioneers and I wrote “Pioneers” somewhere again on the board, and one of the Jr primary girls looked confused and told me “that’s not how you spell that!” LOL

Posted in church, Getting Organized, primary chorister, Teaching

“The People Who…” Review game

This game doesn’t really have a name

This was a last minute thing that came out pretty well πŸ™‚

So there were these colored papers up when they came in.

I split them into two teams and called up one person to choose a box

Behind each card was two things: first was how many points this round of singing was worth–5,10,15pts, etc

Next thing was WHO from each team would be singing that round. So depending on the makeup of the team sometimes everyone sang and other times only a few

I got these from HERE. I was out of color ink that Sunday and the colored ones are cuter if you are able, FYI.

At the end of each song I had one of the presidency vote which side sang the best and awarded points from there.

The cool part about this game was not knowing how many points that round would be worth. In fact in the end, the one team was like 30 or 35 points behind and this little Sunbeam came up and chose the exact amount they needed and they won the round and tied the game πŸ™‚ super fun!