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 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

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


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Easter Shout Out    Symbols of Christ Shout Out 
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May your Easter be filled with the peace which comes from the Prince of Peace,
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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.

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Career Shout Out on Etsy
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Articles of Faith Shout Out

Shout out for the Articles of Faith!  They were published 175 years ago on March 1, 1842.  The Articles of Faith are 13 declarations of beliefs Joseph Smith wrote in a newspaper to explain the basic tenants of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

To celebrate this anniversary, I've created Articles of Faith Shout Out.  There are 31 images which correspond with different Articles of Faith.  For example, a silhouette of a father and son with the number "1" reminds me of the first Article of Faith:  "We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."  The visual clues for each of the Articles of Faith will help kids remember which is which.

To play, each player takes a card and compares their card to the center pile.  You race to find the one, ways to play"
and only one match, on your card and Shout Out.  The first one to find the match takes the card.  Play continues until all the cards are taken.  There are also variations to play alone or in large groups (up to 31 players).  See: "

Shout Out is perfect to play at home during family home evening or on Sundays, or to play at church to introduce the Articles of Faith or to fill remaining lesson time.

I'm in charge of Singing Time.  I will have an Article of Faith Sunday where I hand out all of the cards.  Then I will have the kids compare their card to the person next to them to find the match.  We will sing the Article of Faith that is the match.  (If you are also in charge of Singing Time, check out Singing Time Shout Out -- it has 31+ no-prep ways to sing and repeat songs.  I play about once a month and the kids always beg to play longer.)  You can review all of the Articles of Faith at home or church the same way ... whatever match you find, you repeat the Article of Faith.

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Articles of Faith on Etsy
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