Category Archives: Child #1: Micah

Family Night in 60 Seconds!

Here is our 2016 Hubbard Christmas Card Video! This Christmas we want to share with your our “funnest” thing we do at home!! …. which is Family Night aka Family Home Evening (FHE)! Enjoy our family in 60 seconds.

PS – See our last post for our digital Christmas Card!

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Christmas Card 2016

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Thanks to all you who have sent us Christmas Cards!!! We love them!! One day we’ll send out physical Christmas Cards again but for now… this digital Christmas Cards is all I can handle! We are making a Christmas Video this year but we can’t finish that until Dallin’s finals are over. šŸ™‚ So keep checking back for that video!

Dallin – Finished his first year and started his 2nd year of medical school.

May Bo – Hmm… what have I been doing?! I clean everyday and do laundry then the kids mess it up before Dallin gets back from school. The laundry is seriously getting bigger and bigger with 3 kids!!!

Micah – Is still in preschool but is doing 1st grade math and reading on the side. He is also taking piano lesson and loves it very much! It’s a struggle to keep up with this kid.

Quentin – Loves to play with cars and Legos. Quentin is a computer genius. He knows how to do practically everything on the computer. Quentin is only 3 years old but he can play Minecraft on the computer all by himself. He can find things that we delete in the recycle bin and navigates the internet like a pro…… we definitely have to keep an eye on this kid!

Emily – Is cute and she walks now. We call her our “Boo Boo Bear!” She loves to eat chicken and yogurt. She can say “Mama” “Dada” “Uh-oh!” “All Done!”

As a family we started 2 different LLCs this year. Barolock was started by Dallin and hisĀ friends who made a new design for an orthopedic hip. May Bo Hubbard LLC is just for fun which consist of all the random blogs and photography stuff I do.

Dallin and IĀ are also working on a research project on ECMO. Dallin is the PI and May Bo programmed a whole database for this project! We work under a physician and nurse. A team of medical students, undergrads and a high school student was miraculously formed to help us out with this project. We hope we can help newborn babies and children who are very sick. DallinĀ makes trips to the NICU to see these helpless babies and hope we can help improve ECMO. Right now 50% of patients die during or after being on ECMO. It has actually been a spiritual experience for both of us as we have seen God guide us to work on this project together. We have felt God’s love as we learn about the babies on ECMO. Both Dallin and I have shed a few tears as we’ve worked on this project and we pray we can help improve the care for children on ECMO. God is good!Ā ThisĀ research project has brought the Christmas Spirit of service into our home. It goes along great withĀ The Light the World initiative by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Merry Christmas to you all!! Please send us your family updates!

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Hereā€™s our past years Christmas Cards:

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2014

2015

Free Big Minecraft Printable

Hey! My oldest son just turned 5 and we had a Minecraft themed week for him! We made a Mincraft Cake and ate colorful pasta. Decorated the house in green, white and black streamers. He woke up to a big creeper present in the living room! One of the presents he got was a Minecraft torch! My husband tried to make his fifth birthday super special for him. We had friends come visit us throughout the week but had the main celebration together as a family.

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I made this 13″ by 17″ Minecraft Printable. At first it was just for fun but then I used it for Primary singing time as a “Armor of God” lesson. The little guy is suppose to represent a LDS Missionary but you can create your own person here. I put magnets on mine so they can stick to a whiteboard.

Ideas to use theseĀ printable:

  • Armor of God Lesson:Ā Ephesians 6:7 – 17,Ā D&C 27:15ā€“18
  • Pin the Armor on the Minecraft Person
  • Teaching kids programming by creating the formulas for the armor on a whiteboard.

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I’ve been featured on…

Hey!

It’s been a while. I’ve been happily engaged in photography and missionary work.

Since I’mĀ not on here very often anymore, I just wanted to let you know places that my work has beenĀ featured on lately:

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General Conference:Ā Father’sĀ by Elder Christofferson – April 2016

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Gospel Topics: Emergency Preparedness

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www.ldsliving.com

Our Family’s Journey to the “Mormon Disneyland”

The Friend Magazine

“Because I am a Child of God” Music Video

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I love the gospel so much! I am so grateful to be able to serve the Lord with this spiritual gift He has given me of photography. He has truly magnified my talents as I have been willing to serve Him and I am truly humbled and grateful for this experience!

-May Bo Hubbard

 

Christmas Card 2015

We are going to do a digital Christmas card this year again! It’s just easier and it simplifies our Christmas.

This year we welcome a little girl named Emily. 7 lbs even and 20 inches long. We love her so much!

Merry Christmas!!

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Hereā€™s our past years Christmas Cards:

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

This is the 2015 Christmas video from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints calledĀ “A Savior is Born”.

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.”

 

3 Easy Steps to Teach a Young Child How to Read

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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.Ā I’ve been teaching my son how to read ever since heĀ 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 threeĀ 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 resourcesĀ I have used below.

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

First book, my neighborĀ suggested Teach Your Child How to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. Ā This book has a reallyĀ boring introduction of instructions for the parents, but once we started the lessons my son seriously took the bookĀ 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. MicahĀ 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:Ā a, e, ee, i, o, oo, u.Ā 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 thanĀ Teach Your Child How to Read in 100 Easy LessonsĀ 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 readĀ 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! šŸ™‚

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?