Church Service Missionary Photographer

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I was called and set apart a couple of weeks ago to be a Church Service Missionary Photographer of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What does this mean? Well basically… take pictures where ever I go and submit them to be used in Church media. So you’ll see me and my kiddies with a camera all the time. Some people from create.lds.org recruited me back in October at LDS Tech conference. Before that I was struggling to figure out where in the world to take my photography hobby… I felt like this is the best way for me to learn more about photography, officially start a real photography business and share my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the same time!! I’m going to need all my friend’s help to fulfill this calling! Yes, I really do get to wear this name tag…

3 year old Rock Climber

Our friend took the boys rock climbing! I think climbing is just built into these little boys. Micah who’s 3, loved it. After a few tries, he got 3/4 of the way up the wall.

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They even had little harnesses for little toddlers for Quentin.

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However, this is how Quentin felt about climbing the wall. “Don’t make me do this!!” He was a little tired and hungry.

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We had a blast! So grateful for our friend who took us climbing!

Speaking of climbing mountains, I enjoy this great inspiring message by President Eyring about climbing mountains and “Gaining Power to Overcome Challenges in Life.”

 

Temples and Testimony Blog

source: Jason Carlton

Hey Friends! This is a picture of the Mt. Timpanogos Utah Temple by Jason Carlton from Utah. I shared my testimony about LDS temples today on his blog Temples and Testimony.

Thank you Jason for running such a blog!

You can share your testimony about LDS Temples his blog too! Click here.

Minecraft Themed Singing Time or FHE Game

Update 2/22/2015: OK we did it today!! I’m going to try to post an update later with some extra notes and add a few spaces on the game board cause we kept on landing on blank spaces… so I started making them sing a song even if they landed on a blank space. I think the biggest problem is that the older boys got “too excited” and couldn’t calm down. The older boys thought it was “awesome” and the older girls thought it was “dumb”. *sigh* but I still think it’d be an awesome FHE game cause it wouldn’t matter if you land on a bunch of blank spots during FHE…. it’s just that time is pressed for singing time.

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Ok… I ventured into researching about Minecraft so I could better understand the youth in my ward.

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I made this super simple print, play and sing Minecraft Theme Singing Time or FHE Game with the 2015 Sharing Time Manual Songs. This is meant for older kids in primary because the younger kids probably don’t know what Minecraft is.

While I understand it’s not the most spiritual game, I tried super super hard to include gospel principles and gospel related things in it. I think it can be counted as a “wholesome recreational activity!”

Well… I’ll let you know how it goes! Tell me how it goes for you if you use it! :)

I didn’t make it all by myself. I had help from these sources below:

Credits

Characters (You can create more characters here): http://minecraft.novaskin.me/

Salt Lake Temple Minecraft Picture: http://mrashermarad.blogspot.com/2012/09/minecraft-memes-cool-ideas-and-xbox-360.html

Game board:  Lost Steve @ http://pixelpapercraft.com/papercraft/4fe7006162f7d5552c000095/board-game-lost-steve

DOWNLOAD PDF FILE HERE: Senior Primary Minecraft Board Game for Singing Time PDF

DOWNLOAD WORD FILE HERE: Senior Primary Minecraft Board Game for Singing Time WORD FILE

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UofU and BYU Valentine’s Day Card

My awesome friend at Feather Flight blogs was willing to help me out with this year’s Valentines Day card. I realized most of my friends are not UofU fans so it would just be not nice  for me to give you a UofU valentine. So here you go… you get to pick your valentine: A, B or C?

BYU Utah Valentine

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

He Sent His Son “Fill in the Blank” Review Game

This is an easy “Fill in the Blank” review game for the song He Sent His Son which is the current theme song of the month in the 2015 Sharing Time Manual.

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Instructions: Print, fill in the blank and sing!

Senior Primary can use a marker to fill in the blank with words.

Junior Primary can use a marker to draw pictures to fill in the blank with pictures.

For sunbeams you can ask them “What picture would represent [this word]?” and then help them draw it.

Laminate and use dry erase marker for multiple uses or just write on the paper with a pen or marker for one time use.

ENJOY!

Download pdf here: He Sent His Son Review Game

Download word file here: He Sent His Son Review Game

Or Jpeg files below:

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3 Easy Steps to Teach a Young Child How to Read

How to Read

My oldest son, Micah, is now 3 years and 5 months old. He is starting to sound out words and reading short words! I’m seriously so proud of him. My goal is to teach him how to read before he goes into Kindergarten. I’ve been teaching my son how to read ever since he was interested in letters which was well before he was 18 months old. I definitely think this is from Dallin’s genes cause I have never been interested in reading very much at all.

I broke it down to three easy steps. I’m writing this down so I can teach my next kid how to read but may be it’ll help someone else too.

  1. Teach your child to recognize all the UPPERcase letters
  2. Then teach your child to recognize all the lowercase letters
  3. MAKE IT FUN!!! Teach your kids letter sounds as you would teach them animal sounds. (ex. What does a M say? mmmmmm) With this step I needed a little bit of help and guidance, I’ll list the resources I have used below.

After talking to my mom friends, I really think phonics is the way to begin teaching kids how to read.

First book, my neighbor suggested Teach Your Child How to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.  This book has a really boring introduction of instructions for the parents, but once we started the lessons my son seriously took the book and blossomed. Everyday you only do one lesson and it last about 20 minutes. Everything is outlined for you so I didn’t even have to plan anything. It gives you the order to teach the letter sounds, starting with the more obvious sounds like M and S and A then moving towards more complicated sounds like silent E’s… ect. Three reasons why I love the book is 1) it’s super easy for me 2) it teaches kids how to read and not just memorize the words 3) It makes reading into a game.

Another friend suggested the Three Owl’s Reading Method which unfortunately is out of press and I can’t find a copy anywhere. Micah loves these little books!!! This is more of a Montessori approach to teaching kids how to read. The first sounds that it teaches kids are the vowels sounds: a, e, ee, i, o, oo, u. Since it’s out of print, may be I’ll recreate the books and put them online. Dr. Hulda Clark who created the reading system died back in 2009. I’ll email the publisher to find out what I can do. Micah loves Owl’s Eyes more than Teach Your Child How to Read in 100 Easy Lessons because they come in little colorful books his size.

The third resource I’ve used to help my child learn how to read is Hooked on Phonics Ipad App. While I’m not a huge fan of their curriculum (mostly their story books are weird), I love love the letter sounds songs and the games they made for their app. Micah loves this app!

Of course, I don’t believe in forcing children to learn how to read but it’s been so fun for Micah that he’s forcing me to teach him how to read!

Now I’m not an expert at this but my younger son, Quentin is 18 months… I started asking him “What sound does M make?” and he replies with “mmmmmmm”. So I truly believe that when a child starts imitating animal sounds they can totally start learning letter sounds too! :)

I’ll end with my favorite scripture in Doctrine and Covenants:

D&C 88:118 …seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.

What tips and tricks do you have to teach kids how to read?

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