Thursday, June 26, 2014

Campfire Songs

Here are a collection of campfire songs that I collected from my mom, aunts, sister-in-laws, and from Girls Camp.  Hope you enjoy them!

(PS There are a ton of them so be sure to click on the "read more" link to view the entire post)

The Animal Fair
I went to the animal fair
The birds and the beasts were there
The big baboon by the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair.
The monkey bumped the skunk
And sat on the elephant’s trunk
The elephant sneezed and fell on his knees
And that was the end of the monk, the monk
And that was the end of the monk!

The Ants Go Marching
The ants go marching one by one hurrah, hurrah,  
The ants go marching one by one hurrah, hurrah,  
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stopped to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching  
Down to the ground, to the earth.  
Boom, boom, boom, boom.
Two by two - to tie his shoe
Three by three - to scratch his knee
Four by four - to shut the door
Five by five - to dance and jive
Six by six - to pick up sticks
Seven by seven - to look to heaven
Eight by eight - to shut the gate
Nine by nine - to tell the time
Ten by ten – to say the end! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bullying - STOP IT!

Here's a wonderful anti-bullying video made by my son's 5th grade class.  As a substitute teacher, I am very aware of bullying at school and try to stop it in it's tracks.  But it still happens and it hurts my heart.  I've also seen it happen among adults.  I'm not sure how we can totally eliminate bullying but I do think video projects like this make a difference.  I know this particular group of 5th graders will be more aware after creating this as well as their families and friends who have viewed it.

I also thought this video called "Bullying - Stop It!" was very moving.  We can examine our own lives and see if we need to adjust our behaviors.

Here's a great article by President Uchtdorf (the man who is speaking in the video) that talks about being merciful and forgiving toward each other.

This is one my favorite parts of the article:

"This topic of judging others could actually be taught in a two-word sermon. When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following:

Stop it!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Barf Song - "Let It Blow"

I know I have a strange sense of humor and this might prove it.  Two of my boys had the flu last week so I wrote this parody to describe my experience.

This should be sung to the tune of "Let It Go" from Frozen (click here to hear the original song)

Let It Blow (a flu inspired song)
The barf blows right in the toilet tonight
Not a wink of sleep is seen
A sickness of isolation,
And it’s smelling quite obscene.

Tummy is growling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows you tried

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good mom I always have to be
Clean well, don’t smell, run to and fro
Oh this just blows

Let it go, let it go
You can’t hold it back anymore
Let it blow, let it blow
Hit the bowl and not the floor

I don’t care
I want my boy okay
Let the flu be gone,
Your barf never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some sickness
Makes everything seem small

And the illness that controls you
Won’t last that long at all

It’s time to see what I can do
To get you better from this flu
No snacks, no drink, no food for thee

Let it go, let it go
My poor baby’s up all night
Let it blow, let it blow
I just want you to feel all right

Here I stand
And here I'll stay
Let the flu be gone

Your vomit’s spewing from your mouth onto the ground
Your stomach’s spiraling in messy upchuck all around
And one thought originates like a barfy blast
We’re never going back,
This blast is in the past

Let it go, let it go
And we'll rise at the break of dawn
Let it blow, let it blow
Will this keep going on

Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the flu be gone,
Your barf never bothered me anyway

Monday, May 19, 2014

Thoughts on Conference Talk - "I Have Given You an Example"

Love this article entitled "I Have Given You an Example" by Elder Richard G. Scott.

After reading it several times, I have been contemplating the many examples I have had in my life that have helped me become a stronger person.

Elder Scott said, "... I have reflected on loved ones whose tender influence helped me find the divinely appointed path that aided my spiritual progression.  At vital times in my life, Father in Heaven blessed me with someone who cared for me enough to help guide my choices in an appropriate direction."

I appreciate those people in my life (and there are many) who have loved me, trusted me, taught me, encouraged, provided questions, shared principles, testified, served me, etc.  I want to be the type of person who can be a positive influence on others and I know the Lord puts people in my path who help me and that I can help.

I am compiling a list of people who have been an example to me and influenced me for good.  This list will keep growing.  I know it is important to see the tender mercies in our life when people teach us things and love us.

By sincerely loving each other, we can help them feel God's love which is the most important thing, right?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

3 Questions to Guide Your Lesson Preparation

Every month we give our Primary teachers at church a "Tip & Treat" to help them with teacher training.  This month I decided to focus on Chapter 31 in the manual "Teaching, No Greater Call."

These questions are great for general lesson planning, not just for teaching lessons at church.  They can be used at school, home, work, etc.

Click HERE to get the PDF on GoogleDocs (6 bookmarks per page).

PS For the treat, I am giving each teacher a few donut holes in a small plastic bag with this tag attached to them.  I would have made a treat but I was having a busy weekend and this seemed like an easy solution.  Why add craziness to my schedule if I can do something simple, right?

Click HERE to get the PDF on GoogleDocs for the Donut Holes (12 tags per page).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

You've Been Easter Egged!

I saw this concept online and thought it was a fun idea.  Unfortunately, the version I saw did not involve a poem, so I felt compelled to write a playful little rhyming version this morning.

Click HERE to get the PDF file from Google Docs.

If you like this idea, try these for other holidays:
Valentine Love Bug
Halloween Phantom Call
Christmas Socking

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wax Museum Report

I am subbing in 5th grade right now and we are introducing a new project tomorrow - The Wax Museum!  Two of my kids have already done this project and my last one is participating this year. 

The students are each assigned a famous American for their project.  They make a poster board with pictures, a stamp, quotes, etc. and also create a five paragraph written report.  This project takes a few weeks to complete.  The grand finale is Wax Museum day where each student dresses up as their famous American and stand in front of their tri-fold poster board display.  Other students, teachers, and parents come and listen to each student talk about themselves as if they were that character.  It is really fun!

I need to explain to the students how to use 3x5 notecards to collect information for their report.  We'll start the researching tomorrow so to make things very clear, I made this handout with details about how to do them exactly.  (I REALLY don't want to explain the same thing over and over and over again).  It will print 2 per page and the kids will label each of their 10 postcards per subject with the appropriate topic and highlighted color.  I also pre-counted the notecards and put them in sandwich ziplocks so I could avoid the chaos of sorting them at school.  When their regular teacher comes back she'll explain how she'd like them to do the introduction and conclusion.  (And yes, I know I am a wee bit crazy to do stuff like this on my own since I am only subbing, but I do it because I feel it will help me and the students work more efficiently.  Plus I can whip this stuff up on the computer really quickly.)  Click HERE to get the PDF or HERE to get the PowerPoint file to edit from Google Docs.

Friday, April 4, 2014

General Conference Idea - Word Treat Jars

My cute nephew.

My friend posted this fun idea on Facebook and I asked her if I could share it.  I love it!  She has candy in each of these jars with word cards attached to the front of each jar.  Every time a speaker at General Conference says one of these words, the listener gets a candy.  Brilliant!  I've added pictures of friends' and family's application of this idea as well.

I am running out to the store to buy some candy tonight so we can do this in our family. I have teenagers so I will add in some other jars with key words that I'd like them to listen for.  Way to make things fun.

We also take notes using a form that I created a few years ago.  Click HERE to see the form.

By the way, this idea could be altered for other educational purposes. For instance, if your child is learning sight words or certain vocabulary words, you could make jars like this for when they are reading a book.  If someone is concerned about loading their kids up on sugar, they could put healthier snacks in the jars like pretzels, nuts, dried fruit, low-sugar cereal, carrots, etc. (although candy or cash would work much better on my kiddos LOL).

Sunday, March 30, 2014

General Conference - Notes Template

I designed this form to take notes for General Conference.  I'd found some other similar ones online, but this one works best for the way I think and take notes.  Feel free to copy and print it if you'd like to.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Euler Paths and Circuits

My son brought home a packet about Euler Paths and Circuits.  My brain was a little rusty in this area and he wasn't that familiar with the Euler concepts, so I did a little research and made him a "study sheet" to help him out (okay, I'll admit that it will also help me out if I have to teach this concept when subbing at school).  I thought I'd share my sheet with you.  Please let me know if you have feedback on how to improve it.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Gilbert Arizona Temple Open House

This is a picture I found on-line (I didn't take it).  The rest of the pictures of the temple were taken by me or by other family members.

The Gilbert Arizona Temple Open House for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is going on January 18th through February 15th.  We had the opportunity to attend and it was WONDERFUL!  If you're going to be in Arizona, I highly recommend taking a free tour of the temple.  The touring process is very well-organized and runs smoothly (takes about 45 minutes in total unless it happens to be very crowded).  They expect 300,000-500,000 people to visit in the month that the tours are available.  Open to all ages.

If you'd like to visit, click HERE to make reservations.  You can also just show up without a reservation ticket but may need to wait in line longer.  They want everyone who is interested to be able to take a tour.

Here's a picture of the visitors going to the temple.

The details on the building and the stained glass windows are so lovely.

This temple is the tallest building in Gilbert.  Lots of stairs inside (but they also have elevators for those who need them). 

The landscaping is so beautiful with native Arizona plants and trees.  The agave plant was an inspiration in some of the details on the architecture and decorating.  I'm sure people will love walking around the temple grounds for years to come.  There is a very peaceful feeling there.

There are also some beautiful water features.  I think my cute little nephew was tempted to climb on in since it was a warm day.

 People can come in no matter how they are dressed but "church dress" is preferred if possible.  My son's friend made quite a fashion statement with the shorts and black socks and shoes.  We nicknamed him "Mr. Shorts."

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Gifted Education - Suggested Book List

Here is a list of helpful books if you're interested in Gifted Education.  There are over a dozen books on this list which obviously doesn't include all the wonderful books out there regarding giftedness.  We compiled this short list as a resource for our local elementary schools, in hopes that their local PTSO's would purchase them.

Parenting Gifted Kids by Jim Delisle (Amazon Prime $12.42)
A humorous, engaging, and encouraging look at raising gifted children.  Offers practical advice to help parents re-examine the ways they perceive and relate to their children.  Some topics include understanding giftedness, working with the school system, dealing with perfectionism, and being an adult role model.
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T. Webb, Ph.D., et al. (Amazon approx $21)
Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge, yet parents of gifted children have few resources for reliable parenting information. Includes practical guidance in areas such as gifted characteristics, peer relations, sibling issues, motivation & underachievement, discipline issues, intensity & stress, depression & unhappiness, educational planning, finding professional help, etc.
Living with Intensity by Susan Daniels, Ph.D. & Michael M. Piechowski, Ph.D. (Amazon Prime $20.06)
Gifted children and adults are often misunderstood. Their excitement is viewed as excessive, their high energy as hyperactivity, their persistence as nagging, their imagination as not paying attention, their sensitivity as immaturity, etc.   This book provides practical methods for nurturing sensitivity, intensity, and perfectionism.  Also includes info on Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration.
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and How to Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (Amazon Prime $12.23)

Using the unique communication strategies, down-to-earth dialogues, and delightful cartoons, parents and teachers learn how to help children handle the everyday problems and strong emotions that can interfere with learning.   Shows how parents and teachers can join forces to inspire kids to be self-directed, self-disciplined, and responsive to the wonders of learning.
Picture it!  Teaching Visual-Spatial Learners by Betty Maxwell (Amazon Prime $17.96)
Illuminates the abilities of visual-spatial learners and describes the challenges they face in traditional learning environments.  Helpful for teachers, parents and visual-spatial learners themselves.

Describes the intellectual and emotional needs of children of high ability; typical and advance reading patterns for kids in K-12 grades; how to give reading guidance and discuss books with young readers; etc.  Includes a list of more than 300 books for readers of all ages carefully selected to promote intellectual and emotional development.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Talk - Christ's Birth, Life, Example and Purpose

This is a talk that my friend gave at church on the Sunday before Christmas.  I am thankful that she agreed to let me post it on my blog.

Like most of you, I love the Christmas season. It gives me the chance to reflect on the birth of Christ, his ministry here on Earth, and the atoning sacrifice he made for all of us.

Some of the most beautiful scriptures written relate to the birth of Christ.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Math Notes - Theorems, Postulates, etc.

My son had a math final and he was allowed to take one sheet of paper in for notes. We designed this page for him to use (click link to find on GoogleDocs in PDF and PowerPoint formats).  It has postulate, theorems, formulas, etc.  Feel free to use it if you think it might help.

PS Happy to report that my son got 100% on his high school final.  Woo hoo!