Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Primary - Names of Christ FHE & Sunday Outline - Part 1

Okay, I mentioned before that we're planning to focus on a different name of Christ each month.  I read through many of them (there are a TON) and our presidency chose the ones we felt both matched the Sharing Time Outline monthly themes and were names our primary could get a lot out of.

To help us talk about the name every single week, I made an outline that starts off each month with a short definition of the name and then has quotes, scriptures and questions for each week throughout the month.  This is meant to be short, during opening and keep the kids thinking about the name.  It would also provide a great place to have the children report how they've been living what we've learned from that month's name.

If you'd like to check out the rest, you can download the outline from my google drive.  Like the posters, I have January through June done so far.  I'll be working on the rest of the year over the next few months and post them with I'm finished.

To help the children really live the name, we're also sending home a short FHE the first Sunday of each month.  This way we get to involve the whole family as we study more about Jesus and try to walk as He walked.  I love the conference talk that said something like, while we can't all walk WHERE Jesus walked, we can all walk HOW He walks.  We can and this year we're trying a little harder.

We'll copy enough for one per family and hand them out to either the oldest children or the parents (if there aren't any siblings old enough).  I'm thinking I'll type up the family names on return address size labels and print those each month.

I'm pretty excited about these, you can look over the January as an example, each month follows the same format.

You can download these FHE's from my google drive also

We're planning to put a picture of Christ on our bulletin board and add one of His names around Him each month.  Something like this.

Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 Primary Spotlight Board

I found the perfect spotlight idea on Sugardoodle several months back. 

Perfect except I'm not really scrapbook-ey.  Well, I'm only digitally scrapbook-ey and hers was done by hand.  So, I digitized it.  Well, I made a very similar version.

Do you know what that means? 

It means the rest of you can use it by just pushing a print button!  Well, you might have to take it somewhere to have it printed, but it doesn't involve many painful hours of cutting and gluing. Although the painful part might just be me.

Now, you won't download a board that looks exactly like this AND you will have to do a small amount of cutting and gluing.  Small, though.

The download includes the board above, without the pockets and numbers.  It also includes a pocket template, numbers, and questions.

You will either print the template directly onto the colored/patterned paper of your choice or print and cut the template out to trace on that same cute colored/patterned paper.  You could make the pockets all the same color, each one different or some combination.  Also, keep in mind, unlike the example pictured above, yours will not be wholly colored/patterned unless you have double sided paper. 

The numbers also need to be cut out and glued to the front of the pockets, which you can do before or after you fold, glue and attach them to the board.

Now, the questions.  These are fully from that wonderful woman who uploaded her super idea to Sugardoodle.  Each card talks about how we can each know our Savior lives and asks a question to have the children elaborate on different subjects (from the Book of Mormon to the priesthood any many other gospel topics).

To spotlight, choose the child(ren) for the day, have them come up and roll a die.  Match the number on the die to one of the numbered pockets, then have the child answer anywhere from one to all of the questions inside (each pocket will have several).

We're planning to take notes while they answer and use them to help write this years Primary Program.

Ready to download? 

2015 I Know My Savior Lives Spotlight download


Monday, December 29, 2014

Primary 2015 Birthday Gift

This year our birthday gift ties into the annual theme of "I Know My Savior Lives."

It also ties in closely with our spotlight.  For their birthday, each child will receive a seed packet full of faith beans (jelly beans).  I made the seed packet we'll be using and I adjusted it just a little bit to make it general enough for anyone to use.

The front of the packet talks about how we can watch our faith grow one "bean" at a time as we "plant" the teachings of Jesus in our heart.

To recognize the children as they are spotlighted (and so we can remember who has been spotlighted, just in case someone forgets), we will be putting flowers with their pictures in the center up on one side of our bulletin board.  Their faith beans will have grown into a flower!

I haven't put any together yet, but my plan is to glue and side and bottom, let it dry, fill with jelly beans (which I'll get in bulk from a local grocery store), and then use double sided tape on the top flap.  I'll let you know how well it works after I've field tested a few.

You can download these from my google drive.  It's in pdf format and I've fit two packets to one 8.5x11 page.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

2015 Primary Monthly Posters - Part 1

Today, I have for you the first six months of primary posters.  YAY!!!

My posters are simple because my main goal is for the kids in the back of the room to be able to see them on Sunday (we use them every week).  We go over the theme and scripture each month and so that's what I've put on the poster. 

Of course, I did cute it up a little, too.

Here's what they look like. 

You can right click and save the posters as a jpg, but if you keep scrolling to the bottom, I'll have a link where you can download either a higher resolution zipped file of jpg's or a zipped file of pdf's.  

I decided to change the background every three months.  Just for fun.  January, February, and March all have little tiny polka dots and April, May and June are striped.  I'm keeping it nuetral, but mixing things up a little bit.

I also made two different April posters (did you notice yet?).  In our primary we memorize the monthly scripture each month, except sometimes the scripture in the Sharing Time Outline isn't actually the whole scripture.  So, I've got one poster with only the piece of the scripture included in the outline (the second one) and another with the whole scripture (the first one). 

Just in case any of you would like the whole thing like me.

So, what do you think?  If you're a fan and would like to use them you can download your choice of jpg or pdf (or both if you'd like) here.

January - June Primary Monthly Posters - JPG
January - June Primary Monthly Posters - PDF

I'm going to be posting about my bulletin board, names of Jesus monthly family home evenings, spotlight board and birthday gifts throughout the rest of this week (I talked about my early ideas on this post), so check back!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Primary Calendars 2015

Several months ago I shared my favorite primary reports.  The ones we ended up really using every week.

Two of those were calendars that need to be adjusted slightly for the new years theme.  I've gone ahead and done that for those of you that haven't gotten around to it yet.  Well, and for myself, too.

This first one I call our Overview Calendar (DOWNLOAD HERE) and it's the one I stick in the very back of my binder so I can see it without have to open the binder.  It's got all our important Sunday dates, lists of all the lesson's, monthly themes and song, and a spot to put who is in charge of what in our presidency.

The second one still has the monthly themes, although they aren't completely necessary here.  This calendar's main purpose is birthdays, thus the name Birthday Calendar (DOWNLOAD HERE).  We keep track of every child and leader so we can recognize them during primary.  I also use it to more easily see upcoming baptisms, primary graduations, and incoming toddlers for nursery.

We've found it handiest to put the child's name along with the birthday, that way we can simply copy and paste from one year to another.

If you'd like to see my other favorite reports, you can check them out in this postI've also made posters for next year (that go along with each months theme) on this post.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Five in Five - November 14th

Yes, I know it's not Friday, but let's pretend it is.  I meant to post this last week and decided I wouldn't let a little thing like the calendar stand in my way.

Unfortunately, this is fairly typical for a Monday here.  I'm not sure what it is about Mondays, but we all seem to have a hard time getting back into the groove after a weekend of playing.  Corner standing is a fairly typical punishment in our home and everyone gets their turn.

Just keeping it real.

One of my favorite things about our school room is the wire strung along one wall where we get to display every one's completed artwork and projects.  We got off to a slow start, but it's finally filled.  We'll rotate out the oldest for the newly finished the rest of the school year.

I've been reading a great book called "Cleaning House" by Kay Wills Wyma.  In it she details a twelve month experiment to get her kids off the enable train by teaching them life skills, also known as chores.  I have a few notebooks I take notes in while I'm reading, but if I don't have one with me I often take pictures of quotes I like.  This one is a gem.

Josh in deep thought.  If only the ceiling really did have all the answers.

This is how my area of our school room table often looks.  Just in case you can't tell what these are, they're multiple stacks of Spanish flashcards.  Why?  Well, I decided it would be a great idea to complete Makenna's Spanish course with her.  Not surprisingly, it's been challenging and, unexpectedly, fun. 

I'm pretty competitive (it's in my genes, I blame my dad) and it turns out my daughter is too (probably something to do with that whole gene thing).  We compete to see who can get the best grades on chapter tests, with the winner getting taken out to ice cream by the loser.  We both really like ice cream.  A lot.  Which of course leads to better learning, and better grades, from both of us.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

2015 Primary Binder Covers "I Know My Savior Lives"

12/3/14 - Update: There was an error on each of the binder covers in the September theme.  I left the pictures on the blog the same, but changed the pdf's and updated the links so when you download them from my google drive you'll get the corrected version.  Thanks so much to Rebecca for pointing it out to me!!!

I've made up a couple binder covers with next years primary theme.

I made two and part way through putting them together, I decided I needed a little more brightness in my life.

Turns out they're a lot brighter.

So, I slipped in a second background for those of you that don't go in for the super bright pattern-ey thing.

If you like them, feel free to click the link underneath your favorite(s) to download a pdf from my google drive.


These are open to the public, so you don't need to request sharing.  Share away.

I'm also not planning to edit or change them, although if I change my mind you'll be the first to know.

Hope your year is going wonderful and that you're getting excited for all the amazing teaching opportunities we're blessed to have next year!!

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