Monday, February 12, 2018

Lesson 107; Helaman 3-4 +Valentines Day

I am the first to admit I am soooooo inconsistent when it comes to keeping up with this blog. I had every good intention to post many of the things I do for my Seminary class, not only to pass them along to others who may be looking for some tiny bit of inspiration (because sometimes that's what gets personal revelation flowing), but for my own future use should I need it. (I can't tell you how many Seminary teachers I know that are on a second round of 4 years... or more.)

Needless to say, Seminary is keeping me BUSY, and I don't have much time for 'splainin' why I'm not consistent. Haha.

My class loves post-it notes. 
I've discovered a simple way to make them (I shared the link to the how-to a couple of post back). I've included here the link to a blank page + a link to a printed page that goes with this particular lesson (#107!!). I print 3 blank sheets out, then reuse them until they get too old to go through my printer well. I then tack blank post-it notes to the blank sheets, then print the printed sheet on top. Ta-da! I put the full sheets of printed post-its on a clipboard, then just pass it out in class and each student takes one and pops it into their scriptures. I can then re-use the blank pages.

Blank Post-it template HERE

Helaman 3 Post-it notes HERE

*Note: I believe you need to make sure the "fit to page" is OFF when you print these from a pdf. I will test... as soon as I can haha.

And since I'm giving this lesson tomorrow (and tying it into Mardi Gras... SO much going on!), and since I already made this handout for my Visiting Teaching friends, and since it fits perfectly with the quote I used on my post-it, and since it's the day before Valentines Day, I'm throwing this in for fun:

I call these "glue-ins"... my students can use a glue-stick and glue along the back of the left edge, then carefully add it into their scriptures or Study Journals. My team teacher and I gave each student a paper copy of the Book of Mormon this year, lest you worry that we are encouraging them to do too many crazy things (like glue-ins) in their expensive scriptures (although I have every intention of marking up/post-it noting/using glue-ins in the next set I get!)

VALENTINE printable link HERE

If I have a few extra minutes tomorrow (hahahaha), I'll explain how I'm tying Mardi Gras to Helaman 3-4, and Lent to Helaman 5. Not my own original idea, I'll admit, but it's awesome.  That's why I'm so grateful for other seasoned teachers who share their great ideas!

**Visiting Teaching BONUS... here's the link to my VT handout, which is similar to the one above, but with an additional scripture that went along with the bread and jam I gave with it :-) I'm seriously over-achieving this week (and I don't mean that in a good way haha)!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Doctrinal Mastery cards

This is my week off teaching, so I thought I would throw together a handy tool for the kids in our class as they try to MASTER Doctrinal Mastery :-)  Looking back, "throw together" may not be an accurate description, as it took a bit longer than I had anticipated (3 days haha). HOWEVER, I managed to complete the project by using what I already had on hand. YAY!

As you can see from the above picture, I have yet to finish assembling the cards for the second half of the year. I debated about whether to hand them all out at once, or to give them out as we covered them in class. Because it took some time to get all of them done, I ended up giving them the first cards we covered (from the Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge segment), then we added all the cards up to the semester break, and I am completing all the remaining cards today. I decided that it would be good for the kids to have them all now so they can study and review them, and use them as needed in class.

I borrowed the graphics for these cards from here. There are some awesome free printables with these same graphics... just not cards in the size and format I wanted. Darn.

Here are the links for each card, with 8 cards per page. On my printer this layout printed perfectly front-to-back, but you may want to check it FIRST because all printers are different, and there may be some slight size modifications in the powerpoint-to-pdf transfer. You may need to print one side, then print the other. I printed on colored paper to go with the doctrine each scripture falls under, then laminated them, cut (again), and hole-punched them.

1 Nephi 3:7  (dark blue - Commandments)
2 Nephi 2:22-25  (Light blue - The Plan of Salvation)
2 Nephi 2:27  (light blue - The Plan of Salvation)
2 Nephi 26:33  (purple - The Godhead
2 Nephi 28:30  (gray - Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge [ASK])
2 Nephi 32:3  (gray - ASK)
2 Nephi 32:8-9. (gray - ASK)
Mosiah 2:17 (dark blue - Commandments)
Mosiah 2:41  (dark blue - Commandments)
Mosiah 3:19  (red - The Atonement of Jesus Christ)
Mosiah 4:9  (gray - ASK)
Mosiah 18:8-10  (orange - Ordinances and Covenants)
Alma 7:11-13  (red - The Atonement)
Alma 34:9-10  (red - The Atonement)
Alma 39:9  (pink - Marriage and Family)
Alma 41:10  (dark blue - Commandments)
Helaman 5:12  (red - The Atonement)
3 Nephi 11:10-11 (purple - The Godhead)
3 Nephi 12:48  (purple - The Godhead)
3 Nephi 18:15, 20-21  (purple - The Godhead)
3 Nephi 27:20  (orange - Ordinances and Covenants)
Ether 12:6 (gray - ASK)
Ether 12:27  (red - The Atonement)
Moroni 7:45, 47-48  (dark blue - Commandments)
Moroni 10:4-5  (gray - ASK)

 Ta-da! Like magic... a completed set

Hoping these little babies will be purposeful, used, and appreciated ;-)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

1 Nephi 8

I think I'll primarily (haha) just drop my seminary stuff here. No long explanation, just ideas I've used in teaching a particular lesson.  Some of them I've found elsewhere, then maybe tweaked a bit. I will try to acknowledge any sites I use for ideas (still just recycling, repurposing, and reusing).

Today was 1 Nephi 8.

I had a couple of the kids draw on the whiteboard as we read - it turned out to be really great!

I after we went through the basic parts of Lehi's vision, I split them into groups of three and gave them each a symbol to find what it represents. You can find the assignments here.

Then I handed out post-it notes for them to put in their scriptures to help remind them what we came up with. I found a super easy way to print post-it notes here.
You can access the post-it note document here.

I made this glue-in (for journals) at the beginning my lesson preparation yesterday, but we didn't get around to using it today. I may take a few minutes tomorrow to expound a bit and wrap up a few things that I think are important to point out.

That's all I got for today... on to tomorrow's lesson!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


So... I was recently called as an early morning seminary teacher.

This is inwardly one of my most respected callings (I've always admired anyone who has served in this way), and one of my most feared! And although I already have those inward jitters and shakes about standing in front of a large class (20ish) of 15-turning-16-year-olds (sophomores), I am also surprisingly EXCITED.

Our seminary starts on Monday, but my beautiful daughter just had a baby, and since my plans prior to my call were to travel to UT to help her for a week once the baby arrived, I am sticking with them. Lucky for me, I serve in a Stake where the majority of seminary classes are taught by team teachers. (Yay! Hope for a seminary teacher/family life/personal life balance!)

My delightful team teacher will kindly manage the first week of seminary, and while she drops a child off at college the second week, I'll be in charge. Scary.

The last time I have been in seminary (other than the parent's day our last Stake held on the first day to give basic rules and guidelines, and to meet your child's teacher) was when I was in high school. (Over 30 years ago, btw.) I grew up in UT, so had released time seminary, and, sad to say, I don't remember much (other than a few cheesy filmstrips, rhyming scripture mastery phrases, and the boy who asked me to the Homecoming dance my sophomore year that I had to turn down because I wasn't 16). So basically, I've got nothin' on that front.

But I love being with the youth, and feel that I've been blessed with the ability to relate and connect with them when I've been called to do so. I've always felt magnified beyond my own natural abilities and disposition. I'm praying for those same blessings this time. I'm a bit tentative because everyone I talk to focuses on the one kid (or two, or three, or more) who sleeps the whole time... or looks at her phone the whole time... or who is disruptive and disrespectful. I'm gearing up for such a scenario, but also hope I can influence any and all of them for good. I want to be an example of how the gospel of Jesus Christ makes our lives joyful.

Anyway, I've decided to add my seminary stuff to my singing time blog, if only because I really don't want to take the time to create anything new. I think I can manage a quick title change... and it's all for the same purpose of bringing children and youth to Christ, right?? Hopefully it doesn't throw anyone off!

My team teacher ("Sister Holt" from here on out) and I decided that we would have the youth in our class use the paper-bound copies of the Book of Mormon for seminary. We will not have the youth access their scriptures from their phones. We don't want to see their phones AT ALL. This was on the advice of my youngest daughter, who completed her sophomore year of seminary this past year. I can definitely see the wisdom in it.

Our hope is that the kids will not be afraid to mess up their little paper copy, and will write notes, glue in quotes, mark up, and USE THEM. I have a vision of weathered and worn copies that need to be held together with rubber bands at the end of the year.

This is just a little insert I typed up for the kids to put in the front of their Book of Mormon copy. They will have the option to glue it in, tape it in, or use it as a bookmark. I feel that it's simple enough not to overwhelm.

I found the original here, but when I printed it, it wasn't very clear/easy to read. And if you've followed my singing time blog, you already know I often like to tweak and repurpose the ideas of others. (BTW... I'm using some of that Primary stuff for seminary... the UNO game would totally work with learning doctrinal mastery scriptures.)

You can get the pdf doc here.

I hope to add more throughout the year.
Pray for me (or at least wish me luck)!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I Am a Child of God - Handbell Flipchart

I'm back.  Briefly.

Subbing for 3 weeks (so fun!).

Since the kids are quite very familiar with the two songs they have been working on so far this year, and I know they love, love, LOVE the handbells, and I spotted a quick-to-print handbell chart here, I thought it would be the perfect thing to do this week.

The only problem - my handbells are different colors than on Nalani's chart.
(I didn't even think to see if I could CHANGE the colors on her chart... until now.)

Luckily, it was easy to transfer over to a simplified version (took me all of 30 minutes - or less), quick to print, and fast to laminate and bind Sunday morning before heading off to church.

It's a little different format than I've used before, so I wasn't sure how well it would go over, especially for Jr. Primary.

It worked like a charm.  Made me wonder why on earth I ever lugged those big posterboard-type handbell charts to church.  The Jr. Primary actually did better than the Sr. in the initial run-through.  Sr. Primary made it through all four verses, though ;-)

Just thought I would post it because... it's done.  And this is a great place to store it and allow access for



I Am a Child of God handbell flip chart here.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Bells

Shake, Rattle, and Roll worked like a charm last week.

I skipped out of church a little early to go to our local YSA ward to hear my daughter speak, so I asked one of my tried-and-true subs to fill in for Sr. Primary the third hour.

Later that day she texted, "You are a singing time genius!! So fun!! So creative!"

Not my idea, but I'm glad it worked as well for her as it did for me in Jr.

Here is my box:

(I discovered while searching for wrapping paper that I only had three rolls, two of which were a homespun-kraft-paper type.  I haven't purchased wrapping paper for a good 3 years, determined to use up the myriad of rolls I had collected over the past 20 years.  I guess it's finally time to purchase a few more.)

I took a basic Kleenex tissue box, trimmed off the plastic stuff covering the cut-out in the center of the box, extended the length of the hole a bit (trying to make it as child-user-friendly as possible), then wrapped it up.  I had some thick grosgrain ribbon left over from another project, and even though it wasn't the red or green I had hoped for, it still worked like a charm.  Besides, I'm not sure kids notice that kind of stuff.

I cut slits on each side at the back of the box and threaded the ribbon through.  I did some extra taping in an effort to make my flimsy box more durable and able to withstand some serious bouncing around.

The box still looked a bit bland, so I added the gold bow down the center, hoping that it wouldn't make the game too difficult.  (After seeing the first helper go at it, I was glad for the extra "challenge.")

I had plenty of bells left over in my Christmas stash (have I ever told you I am a reformed crafter??).  I think I put in a total of 22 or so.

I tied the box to the chosen helper (I still love those choosing sticks!), with the box on his back.  While we sang the song Christmas Bells, the helper had to bounce and wiggle around to see how many bells he/she could get to come out.  My first 6-year-old helper got 19!

From what I hear, the Sr. Primary loved the game just as much.  I promised the kids I would bring it again this Sunday.  Love that.

As Amanda mentioned, you could totally use this activity in Singing Time any time of the year.  You could use different objects - she had mentioned golf balls (they might destroy the box, but you could test it at home first), cotton balls, plastic bugs, wrapped candy...

I also key-changed the song, since it's {way} too high for me.  I love the functionality of the Church website!!

On a sad-ish happy-ish note, I have been extended a release from my calling as the Primary Chorister.  I am ready for it, but I will miss it as well.  I will be finishing out the year, then handing it off to the new Chorister.  She is nervous (I was too).  She doesn't feel like she's very musical (I felt that way too).  
She will do an awesome job.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Activity Day Idea - Christmas Cards

This doesn't have anything to do with Singing Time, but it fits into the Primary category, so I thought I would share.  This was NOT my original idea (few things are).  Last year the Activity Day girls drew and colored pictures of the nativity, and the Bishopric selected a few of the pictures and put them on the Christmas cards they sent to the ward members.  I thought it was a {brilliant} idea.

Since this is the first Christmas my husband has served as a Bishop, and since I loved the idea so much, I suggested he do the same.  He asked the 10-11 year old Activity Day girls to draw the pictures.  Once the pictures had been submitted, it was my job to determine how to include as many as possible on the cards and get the cards ordered.
I had two days.

Costco was my obvious first choice, but I spent an entire day perusing the internet for other possibilites.  Costco would print them in sets of 50, but that would only allow me to use 3 of the pictures.  I wasn't thrilled with the pre-designed templates to choose from either.  After comparing all the options, I decided that due to time and expense constraints, Costco would have to do.  I went back and checked over the templates one more time.  This time I discovered an option that said, "Create your own design."


Here are a couple of the finished cards:

They turned out awesome.  This is such a fun way to showcase the girls AND send a wonderful Christmas message.

If you pass this idea along in your ward, here are a couple of tips (learned the hard way):
  • Make sure the girls know what you are specifically looking for.  My husband had asked the Activity Day leaders to have the girls draw NATIVITY scenes.  (One of the pictures came back with a couch by a fireplace.)  
  • Tell the girls that the picture needs to be on a blank piece of paper.  (One of the pictures came back on lined notebook paper.)  The girls in our ward just used white computer paper.
  • My daughter said that last year the girls made them at Activity Days.  That way the leaders could help advise, and all the pictures were turned in in time.  This year the leaders just handed out the papers and asked the girls to turn them in by a certain date, probably because the request from the Bishop came a little late.
  • Have the girls write their name somewhere on the front of the picture, that way ward members will know who did the artwork.  (One picture was just slipped under the door of the Bishop's office without a name.)
Happy December!