Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Introducing X-Out

Wow!  When I introduced this game to my kids, I couldn't get them to put it down!  I knew that I had to make the rough draft into something that you all would love.  Right now there is a FREE mini version for School X-out available here.  It includes a mini-board with 12 objects.  I've also made a standard game which includes a Standard Board with 30 objects and 2 Mini Boards.  Of course, all games have instructions (both written and pictured), plus image keys.  The first version in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop is Letter R Sound X-out.  If you guys like this game, let me know so I can make more versions.  (Also, message me if you're looking for a specific theme.)
X-out is a "Guess What" game.  To play: 1. Circle an object on the chart on the left for the other player to guess.  2. Then the youngest player asks  a"yes" or "no" question. 3. X-out any objects that are not your mystery object with a dry erase marker.  4.  Players continue alternating asking yes/no questions until they narrow down their mystery object and ask "Is it _____? correctly.  (HINT: Use a manila folder to hide your board from your opponent.)
Prepping the game couldn't be easier:  1. Print 2 game boards.  2. Place in a sheet protector or laminate.  3. Use a dry erase marker to X-out your board.


SPEECH THERAPISTS:  Use to reinforce questions, how to answer questions, articulation, social interaction and more.

WORLD LANGUAGES:  Play in a new language.  Perfect for learning to ask questions and increasing vocabulary.  There are two image keys. One is labeled.  The second is intentionally left blank so you can write in the names of objects in the language of your choice.

TEACHERS:  Great for teaching logic and problem solving.  Place in centers, use as brain breaks or reinforce thematic skills (sight words, Letter Sounds, shapes, colors, numbers, and more -  new themes being published soon.)

Happy playing!
Melanie
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Monday, May 8, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Sale

Biggest sale until Black Friday ... stock up now for the end of the school year fun, keep learning as you play during the summer and prep now for back to school.
Rise and Shout is on sale on both Etsy and Teachers Pay Teachers.
***UPDATE:  MORE SAVINGS***
Save 55% on Tuesday and 37% on Wednesday 

with code THANKYOU17.
(Teachers Pay Teachers is having their sitewide sale.  Get an additional 10% off my incredible sale prices! Plus pick up great deals from your other favorite stores)

Shout Out Games are great for all ages.  Preschool, kindergarten, special education, language (Spanish, French, German ...), ESL, speech language pathologists and more all love to play.  Do you have a game theme suggestions?  Let me know!

Thank you Teachers!
Melanie
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Shout Out for Mom

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Ok, I admit, I got my inspiration for this craft from 5 minute Crafts. I was looking for a simple, fun craft for Mother's Day and my kids LOVED the fish they saw on Facebook.  After a quick sketch and copy, my kids were having a great time coloring their own face and making it go from a small simple smile to a toothy grin, or filling their mouth with words they'd like to Shout Out.

Of course, all mom's deserve a Shout Out - motherhood has its challenges and women throughout the world rise to meet those adventures of life with strength, hope and faith.  Let's give them a Shout Out today!


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Print out the template:
      + Face Template for Mom:
           http://bit.ly/FaceforMom
     + Face Template Generic (can be used for anyone):
           http://bit.ly/facegeneric

2. Fold the paper down in half.

3. Pull the bottom corners up and match with the fold line up top. (the bottom and top lips in the picture should barely touch)

4. Decorate.






Don't forget to pair with your favorite Shout Out Games!  Mothers may enjoy:

Service Shout Out on Etsy / on TpT
Spring Shout Out on Etsy / on TpT
Hobbies Shout Out on Etsy / on TpT
Food Shout Out on Etsy / on TpT
Medical Shout Out on Etsy / on TpT
Baby Shout Out on TpT
Career/Community Helpers Shout Out on Etsy / on TpT

or any of the other 50+ learning and holiday Shout Out Games on Etsy / on TpT



Don't forget to pin: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/223420831497078897/

Happy Mother's Day
Melanie
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wild Zoo Animals

Ready to have a wild time as you race to find the matches?  Wild Animal Shout Out is great for preschool and kindergarten kids learning their animals and animal sounds.  Or play with older children and teens to teach animal vocabulary in a second language. 

This is my first venture away from clipart and into real photos.  I noticed with clipart, often my kids wouldn't recognize animals they weren't familiar with in nature.  But, now, my kids are excited when we go to the zoo and they see the animals.

For a funny, alternative way to play, instead of naming the animals, make their sounds instead.  Don't know what sound a giraffe or butterfly make?  Make up your own sounds or words that target sounds or ideas you're emphasizing.  Or make it crazy, like doing raspberries or clicking noises with your mouth.  Soon you'll be rolling with laughter.

Don't forget the Shout Out is an ideal travel game.  Get off the screens at restaurants, practices and other places your waiting around.

Coming soon:  Animal Pets and Farm Animals!


Be one of the first 10 people to pin on Pinterest during the first 24 hours and I'll send you a Wild Zoo Animals digital game.  Email me or contact me on social media to tell me what board you pinned to and what email address I should send the game to.  Here's the pin

Have a "roaring" great time!
Melanie
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Applying General Conference April 2017

Living Christ by Sentences
Jesus Christ Topical Guide Summary
Wasn't Conference wonderful?  I have tons of things I want to focus on during the upcoming months.  I've prepared a few things to help my family and maybe they'll help yours too.

After Elder Nelson's talk, I was anxious to begin studying all the scriptures about Christ from the Topical Guide -- all 57 topics.  That seemed a bit intimidating to my kids, so I'm encouraging my kids who are 8+ to do the first section summary.  Here is a google document with all of the references (and their links, if you keep it on the screen and not printed):  Jesus Christ Summary from Topical Guide I am encouraging them to write simple notes next to the references on what they learn.  My 10 year old also wants to add notes in the margins of his scriptures.

After the many references to and quotes from the Living Christ, I want to make study of it a prominent part of my family's gospel study.  Each day we already have a morning devotional.  We usually sing a song, memorize the primary scripture of the month, recite an Article of Faith and read a few verses from the Book of Mormon. I'd like to add focusing on one sentence of the Living Christ each week.  So, I placed one sentence on each page so I can rotate them through a frame and keep it posted throughout the week.  I'm going to use the colorful page for my family.  The colors rotate in the order of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple), so if you are trying to memorize the whole thing, the colors can give visual reminders.
To download: Jesus the Christ by sentence color
                       Jesus the Christ by black and white

FREE LINKS


More Fun
Looking for more Easter and religious fun?
Easter Shout Out    Symbols of Christ Shout Out 
Check out Holiday games!
Religious/LDS games!
For GENERAL CONFERENCE:
Help Them Listen

There are also fun learning games, including ABCs, numbers, and world languages at www.etsy.com/shop/RiseandShout 


May your Easter be filled with the peace which comes from the Prince of Peace,
Melanie
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Prince of Peace - Peace at Home


 I sat down at the computer to escape the incessant teasing, whining, bickering and murmuring that has filled my home this week.  That is when I saw the announcement from mormon.org about their #PRINCEofPEACE initiative.  That's what I need.  That's what my home needs.  I can't wait to introduce each of the eight principles to my family and watch the corresponding videos: faith, compassion, forgiveness, repentance, gratitude, God's word, prayer and hope.  (Although my family, as most families, struggle with the daily peace and harmony within the home, read a post on how I received "peace of God, which passeth all understanding" during the passing of three of my children.  This is a peace and understanding that permeates my home, even when small disputations threaten the quiet of my home.)

I created a peaceful home made up of pieces of each of those elements.  During the Holy Week, with my kids each morning, we will take the corresponding piece, show the daily video and discuss how we will implement that value during the day.  At dinner, we'll talk about what worked and how it changed the feeling in our home.  As we each make a concerted effort the invite the Prince of Peace into our home and live the principles of peace, I know that our home will be a peaceful place (Although I'm sure it still won't be quiet!  But happy laughter and voices are sweet music to the soul.)

I've created the Peace at Home image in both black and white and color.  See the links below.

In addition to this mini lesson/activity to use during the week, I created a corresponding Prince of Peace mini Shout Out Game to help us remember each of the essential 8 principles of peace.  In mini Shout Out, each card has one and only one match to every other card in the deck.  (There are 4 images on each card).  Players race to find their match and shout out.  Whoever finds their match first, takes the card.  The player with the most cards wins.  Great for kids, teens and adults - a great family game.
 The free Prince of Peace mini edition has 13 images:  Crown (Prince), Dove (Peace), Book (God's Word), Family Praying, Heart (Compassion), Sun (Hope), U-turn (Repentance), Hug (Forgiveness), Peaceful Home, Thank You note (Gratitude), People Hugging World (World Peace), Smiley face with two fingers up (Peace Sign), and Seed (Faith)
 After playing several rounds of Shout Out, I will print out and cut up the image map with each of the principles.  I will place them around the house on mirrors, the refrigerator, doors, etc, as reminders of what we need to do to have a peaceful house.  Plus, we'll play Shout Out on different days for a fun reminder.  (Better than my nagging ... that alone should lead to more peace!)

Finally, as we feel that promised peace, we want to share it with others.  Either each day, or at the end of the week, I will have each person fill out our "I feel peace when ________" form and I will encourage them to share it online on social media.

I can't wait for Holy Week to start ... actually I won't wait.  We're starting tomorrow!  (although, I guess I have to wait for Holy Week to watch the videos from mormon.org)

Looking for more great ideas.  Lots of bloggers are sharing their ideas and resources for Holy Week.  See the Red Headed Hostess  or Chicken Scratch n Sniff for lots of great ideas or search the hashtag: #PrinceofPeace



FREE LINKS


More Fun
Looking for more Easter and religious fun?
Easter Shout Out    Symbols of Christ Shout Out 
Check out Holiday games!
Religious/LDS games!
For GENERAL CONFERENCE:
Help Them Listen

There are also fun learning games, including ABCs, numbers, and world languages at www.etsy.com/shop/RiseandShout 


May your Easter be filled with the peace which comes from the Prince of Peace,
Melanie
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Careers Shout Out

Aren't these darling?  I love the cute figures representing 31 different occupations and community helpers.  (Okay -- I have to confess, an astronaut may not be a "community helper" but she was just too cute not to include.)

My three year old eyes have lit up as she's discovered the many people who help us each day and what their "jobs" are called.  My college-bound daughter has been trying to decide what to major in.  Amazingly, Career Shout Out has been a great discussion starting point for both.  I love how "play" stimulates the mind.

Download and play today!
Career Shout Out on Etsy
Career Shout Out on Teachers Pay Teachers

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Melanie
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