Tuesday, March 12, 2013

On a Golden Springtime

I've created a black and white flip chart with which to introduce the song and a coloring book for the children to take home and teach their families.  Here is a preview of the illustrations for the flip chart, but the PDF is in landscape format for easier use.

For the flipchart:


For the coloring book:

To create the coloring book, print the file above- one page or the other OR the first verse on the front of the page and the second verse on the back of the page. Crease each of the solid lines and cut along the dotted line. 

Fold the page in half lengthwise.  Hold the ends and press them toward the center.  The top crease will fold as shown below:

(If you choose to print on both sides of the paper, you will have to unfold and refold the book to see the second verse.  The PDF file is formatted for 8.5' x 11" printer paper.  To use another size paper, copy and paste the preview files above into a Word document, change all margins to 0" and stretch the image to fill the entire page.)

Note:  some printers will not print an entire page.  For this reason, I've left the line around the perimeter so that you can cut out the book if necessary.  Just set the margins at the minimum required for your printer and size the book accordingly.  Make sure that the top and bottom margins are symmetrical if you plan to print two-sided.  

Alternately, you may print the image in several pieces, glue them carefully together, and make copies in a copy machine.  

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review: "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" Rock-Paper-Scissors

Because my primary has learned the song more quickly than expected, I was looking for a supplemental activity and inspiration finally struck last night.  I am going to do a version of the Rock-paper-scissors activity found here.  I will have a child read one of the word strips below and ask the children in which verse they can find advice on how to handle the situation.  The point of this activity is to emphasize the idea that being like the Savior means not only avoiding evil, but also doing good.  Be sure to keep that in mind when answering the questions.

Verse 1:

On your way to the toy store to spend your allowance, you see someone collecting money for charity.

Your little brother, who always bugs you, asks if he can play with you and your friends.

You are going outside to play when you notice that your mother isn't feeling well.

After school, you see a classmate who bullies you has fallen off his bike and is hurt.

Verse 2:  

Your friends are gossiping about a girl who has been mean to you.  They ask you what you think.

Your teacher is talking about religion and accidentally says something incorrect about our church.

At school, a friend tells you that she is not sure if God is real or not.

During a primary lesson, some kids begin talking about a computer game that you love to play.

Verse 3:  

You get lost on the way to your swim lesson and there is nobody around to ask directions from.

Sometimes, when bad things happen, you wonder if Heavenly Father really loves you.

You are sleeping over at a friend's house.  Your friend has fallen asleep and you feel very alone.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

OCD Kids do Bear Grylls parody

A little bait-and-switch here...

My crazy kids wanted me to share their Bear Grylls parody on YouTube.  Links are at my other blog, here.

Thanks for humoring us!

We'll Bring the World His Truth (v1)

For this song, I created a flipchart with words and no associated learning activity. This is because, although I am using the song as the March program song, many choristers will just want to sing it as an extra.  If you want the pictures without words, feel free to copy and paste the images below into your own format!

We have been born, as Nephi of old

To goodly parents, who love the Lord.

We have been taught, and we understand

That we must do as the Lord commands.

We are as the army of Helaman.

We have been taught in our youth

And we will be the Lord's missionaries

To bring the world His truth.

You may wish to introduce this song with the attention activity found here.