Tuesday, September 13, 2016

General Conference Freebie

Looking for a way to remind your class or visiting and home teaching families about General Conference?  Or perhaps you want to invite your friends and neighbors to join in?  Or, maybe, you want to share on social media?  Whatever the reason, download this General Conference Announcement Freebie 4x6, today.

(File comes in a PDF with all US time zones and one non-time specific.  There are also separate .jpg files for each US time zone.  Photo centers generally like .jpg files.  For at home printing, or printing at office centers, PDF files are easier.  Print size: 4x6 inches)

For ideas on How to Help Listen to General Conference, including games, see here.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

General Conference Giveaway

We've had a couple crisp mornings which remind me that fall and General Conference are just around the corner.  To celebrate this great time, we've partnered with some great bloggers and creators to bring you a General Conference Giveaway.

(For my readers who are unaware, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a world-wide conference twice a year in which its leaders address the 15 million members throughout the world.  More information can be found at www.lds.org)

The raffle has ended, but the savings haven't. Some shops are continuing their discounts through General Conference + "Learn as we Go" has great links to free General Conference resources.  Check them out today.

-A General Conference Kit from LoriFillmore filled with three of her printable games to keep your kids happy, quiet and paying attention during conference. (downloadable)
Lori would also like to offer a 50% off discount to anyone who pins or shares an item from her shop on social media and sends a message through Etsy to let her know what you pinned.

 Fruits of the Spirit Magnets from WordyWisdom, These bright and colorful magnets bring are a fun reminder of the Spirit. They'd be great on a refrigerator, white board or school locker.  WordyWisdom is offering a 15% discount throughout the raffle with code CONF15 that applies to magnet sets, printables, journals, etc-- anything in my lil' shop! 

-Temple Cards from Card Creations (shipped free to US addresses.  Winners outside of the US will forfeit this prize)  These cards are true collectibles.  Each one has a beautiful photo of the temple, as well as detailed information.  Great to learn from on the Sabbath Day or Family Home Evening.
Card Creations is also offering 15% off throughout the Conference with code GENCONF

- 5 LDS Shout Out Games from RiseandShout  This includes LDS Shout Out that can be used during General Conference to encourage listening.  (For ideas, see here)  Prophet Shout Out which has pictures with their names of all the presidents of the Church from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson and all of the current First Presidency and Quorum of the 12.  Symbols of Christ Shout Out which has images and words which describe common symbols of Christ like gift, head, son, etc.  Baptism Shout Out which is perfect for preparing for baptism or as a baptismal gift.  Singing Time Shout Out has over 31 different ways to sing songs without added props or preparation.  To find out how to play Shout Out, see here. (all Shout Out Games are printable downloads)
RiseandShout is offering a discount of 20% through Conference with code GENCONF20

In addition, we've partnered with a couple LDS bloggers who are writing special posts for General Conference:
Learn as We Go has a post on General Conference Resources for Primary Leaders

Sister Work Style has a post about Sunday Style

We'd love to hear about your favorite General Conference Activities or Traditions in the comments below.

(Raffle runs Saturday September 10 - Sunday September 18)

The Giveaway has ended. Congrats to Heather D!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Singing Time (& Speech Time) Shout Out

At church, I help the Primary children ages 3-11 learn songs that help them learn principles about a monthly topic and for a performance in the fall.  One of the best ways to learn the songs is repetition, repetition, repetition.  But the key is helping the kids have fun while they sing the same songs over and over again, and that's why I created Singing Time Shout Out.  (Repetition is also often the key in Speech Therapy.  My SLP friends can see some ideas below)

Singing Time Shout Out has 31+ ways to sing without any added preparation or props.  Sing it loud, or soft, without the piano, with your eyes closed, play hot potato or hot and cold.  There are many different options.

For young children (Junior Primary):  I hand each child a card.  If they have been singing well, I have them choose one of the six images which indicates how to sing the song next.

For older children (Senior Primary):  I have them compare their card to the person's card next to them.  Each card has one, and only match, to every other card.  When they find the match, we sing according to that image.

Singing Time Shout Out comes with 31 playing cards.  It also has some extra cards to facilitate some of the games, including Hot Potato and Red Light, Green Light.

For an independent review of Singing Time Shout Out and for more Singing Time ideas, see:

Speech Therapists:  Most of the different ways to sing are also compatible with different ways to speak.  Practice saying words with emotions, loud, soft, use a mirror, crazy voices, clap or drum the syllables, fast, slow, say the word/phrase 1, 2, 3 or 4 times or more.  The only two symbols which are less compatible with speech are "without a piano" and "musical instruments."  For "without a piano", I would recommend trying to say a phrase in a monotone voice.  For "musical instrument" I would have the client speak in a sing song voice or repeat a sound as if playing an instrument.

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