History and Homeschooling

Posted September 18th, 2009 by emily

My oldest daughter has started Kindergarten, and I record what we do on paper, however I haven’t been able to get to blogging it, as I am teaching a history class.  Here is atleast one portion of what we are learning, the history curriculum:

Momma’s Providential History

And when/if I do record our homeschooling it will be at:

Momma’s Homeschool’n

Brothers and Sisters:Unit V: Family/Sense of Belonging

Posted August 30th, 2009 by emily


Milly and Rawl build a castle and a train together, Rawl gives Hazel a tractor ride, Milly Rawl and Hazel have old fashioned fun in the irrigation ditch, and Milly paints a dinosaur picture for her brother on her own accord.

Devotionals to do during breakfast, in the car, or other teachable times:

Song(s): “Jesus said Love Everyone”, CSB pg 61

“I want to be kind to Everyone” CSB pg. 145b

“A Happy Family” CSB pg. 198

Scripture Stories/Activities:

Reviewing Songs:

“Mother, I love you” CSB pg 207, “The Dearest Names” CSB pg 208, “I Often Go Walking, CSB pg 202, and a really fun one: “Birds in the Tree” pg 241 (About what father bird and mother bird do, you can do cute actions to this song and the children will love it) “Home is where the Heart is” CSB pg 192

~Cain and Able, tell the story in your own words or find a bible story of and explain that we are indeed our “Brother’s Keepers”

~Noah’s sons Japeth, Ham and Shem are good friends and work together as they obey their father

~Tell the story of Moses from Miriam’s perspective, and how she was a loving big sister to watch in the reeds, making sure her brother was safe, and bravely spoke with the Egyptian princess about finding a nurse for the baby. (Their own mother).

~In Nephi’s family, there were good examples and poor examples to follow.  Lemuel followed his older brother Laman’s poor example, and Sam followed Nephi’s good example.  Explain that your siblings are always watching you and will follow your example both bad and good.  Encourage a good example.

~Mary Elizabeth Rollins courageously saved portions of latter day scriptures that an angry mob was destroying and her younger sister, Caroline, followed her brave example and helped her. See Our Heritage: A Brief History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints under “Destruction of the Book of Commandments” pg. 41

~Alma the Younger influenced his friends who were all brothers.  Aaron, Omner, Ammon and  Himni.  These brothers later helped each other have a change of heart and desired to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the darkest of foulest of sinners.

Memorizing Scripture:

…”Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for such is the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:14

“[Fathers and Mothers] teach [children] to love one another and to serve one another” Mosiah 4:15

Review memorizing:

“Worship the Lord thy God, and honor thy father and thy mother 1 Nephi 17:55)

Letter Sound Suggestions: B, S, Brothers and Sisters



o A rose, a bridge and a wild black

By Charlotte Zolottow A brother tells his sister all that he wants to do for her, simple small, impossible, loving little things. 1st year.

o Do You Know What I’ll Do?

By Charlotte Zolotow

( Very sweet book of different kind things a sister would do for her brother.) 1st year

o Katy Duck Big Sister

By Alyssa Satin Cucilli

(Katy Duck’s brother steels her tutu, which she doesn’t like, and she isn’t appreciating all the attention baby brother is getting. She resolves the concern by teaching him to dance)

o Me Too

By Mercer Mayer

( A little sister wants to do everything that brother wants to do, cute.) yr1-2

o Just Me and My Little Brother

By Mercer Mayer

(All the things two brothers will do together, at end of story, you see that he will have to wait till his brother gets bigger, he’s just a small baby.)

o Brothers and Sisters By Lola M. Schaefer(for the really young, simple wording)

o Big Sister, Little Sister by Marci Curtis (Very cute darling photos of sisters. One was of two sisters dressing in the same coat, which Milly and Rawl copied and got dressed in the same dress)

o Meet the Family My Sister and Meet the Family My Brother (The same story line with different pictures, sweet)

o Families Around the Wolrd, One Kid at a time

By Uwe Ommer (This book has fabulous pictures of families around the world, in their own setting, with a little info about them, the kids LOVE this book)

o My Brother, My Sister, and Me:

A first look at sibling rivalry (This book is quite well done in explaining the blessings of siblings, and how to get along) 2nd year


o Baby Sister Says No

By Mercer Mayer (A cute book showing what control babies seem to have)

o What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home, By Heidi Murkoff

o Love that Baby By Kathryn Lasky (Both books are informative about what siblings can expect in having a new baby

~In this unit, we built habits into our family.  For name calling and hurting, children were to say or do five kind things to outbalance the unkind act.  One time, Milly drew for Rawl a picture of a monster which Rawl invented called A Daddy Waddy w/ Sharp Sharp Teeth.  Rawl carried this picture around with him everywhere.  We recently moved and with less friends around, we were able to focus on strengthening their friendships.  Now, they play imaginatively for hours in the “Secret Bush” the “Grass House” and “The Secret of Nymn”.  This unit was perfect for our summer days, learning to love, serve and play together.

Mothers, Unit V: Family Sense of Belonging

Posted May 7th, 2009 by emily



Devotionals to do during breakfast, in the car, or other teachable times:

Song(s): Mother, I love you” CSB pg 207, “The Dearest Names” CSB pg 208, “I Often Go Walking, CSB pg 202, and a really fun one: “Birds in the Tree” pg 241 (About what father bird and mother bird do, you can do cute actions to this song and the children will love it) “Home is where the Heart is” CSB pg 192

Scripture Stories/Activities:

Mary, the pure and obedient mother of Jesus

Reviewing Songs: Second verse of “The Dearest Names” ,CSB pg 208 about fathers

The following four stories were derived from a dear little book called Boys and Girls from the Bible By Charles L. Paddock. They each show perspectives of the stories from their parents in raising them, and from the children in their obedience to the Lord

~ Hannah raised Samuel unto the Lord, and gave him to the Lord

Memorizing Scripture: “[Fathers and Mothers] teach [children] to love one another and to serve one another” Mosiah 4:15

“Worship the Lord thy God, and honor thy father and thy mother 1 Nephi 17:55)

~Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego were taught healthy living, integrity and obedience by their mothers (Also used “Sauerkraut Surprise” by Caroline Haines Burke Friend, April 1991, 16 —-which story also teaches about how mothers teach Faith)

Review memorizing: “I Nephi, having been born of goodly parents…” 1 Nephi 1:1

~Ruth was raised to have integrity and was able to be brave full of faith and sacrificing for her people

Letter Sound Suggestions: M, T (teach) etc

~Moses was bravely preserved by his mother, and she nursed and took care of him with all tenderness until he was able

The following principles I taught with various stories:

~Mothers say they are sorry, (Sariah from the Book of Mormon apologizes when she has complained to her husband http://scriptures.lds.org/en/1_ne/5/1,6#1 1 Nephi 5, you have to imply the sorry part into the story)

~Mothers teach their children about Jesus (various scripture stories can be used here)

~Mothers teach their children to serve (“Pumpkin Pie Surprise,” Heather Classen, Friend, Nov 2002, 10—A mother teaching children to share through baking; “King Benjamin’s Words” Christeen Collins, Friend, June 2000, inside back cover—mother reads the scriptures and the children apply it to their lives in service)

~Mothers sing to their children (“Her Mother’s Song” by Sheila Kindred, Friend, April 2008, 10-11—a mother answers her child’s prayer by singing a hymn)

~Mothers help us have fun (“Women of Faith” by Hillary M. Hendricks and John B. Dickson, Friend, May 2007, 8-9—this mother went horseback riding with her children)

~Mothers teach us to work before we play (This article is perfect for teaching this concept!!! “Friend to Friend” From an interview with Coleen K. Menlove, Friend, Nov 2000, 6)
~Mothers teach us to be modest ( Here is a great place to make cut out dolls http://lds.about.com/cs/ldsclipart/a/paperdolls.htm and it shows modest apparel of different cultures around the world. See modestmormonmama.hazubu.com for scriptures to refer to. Also having the computer open to modest clothes sites and letting your child browse them is a great way to expose them to good media and high standards)

~Mothers teach us to Keep the Sabbath day holy (Spend the next few Sundays teaching this concept, see

~Mothers teach us how to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost ( “Friend to Friend,” Harold B. Lee, Friend, Nov 1971, 12—absolutely amazing story where his mother pushes him to the ground, and seconds later a lightning bolt goes down the chimney and out through the doorway, splitting a tree in the front yard)




o The Runaway Bunny

By Margaret Wise Brown

o Little Raccoon’s Big Question

By Miriam Schlein (about a mother who tells her racoon she always loves him, could be tied into how our heavenly Father always loves us no matter what we do)(I like this better than

o The Kissing Hand

By Audrey Penn

(about a racoon that is scared to go to school, and mother comforts that she loves, she kisses his palm and he takes that with him each day to school.)

  • I Love You Because Your’e You

By Liza Baker

(Cutest little rhyming book about how a mother fox loves her boy when he’s happy, rambunctious, naughty, sad, sick or happy. She loves him because he’s him. Discuss that this is how our Heavenly Father loves us.)

o My Mommy and I

By P.K. Hallinan

(Two children explain the things their mother does for them, in a simple, sweet and bonding way.) 1st year

o What Mothers do Best

By Laura Numeroff 1st year

o Hush Little Ones

By John Butler

(Darling illustrations of Mom animals cuddled to their babies, 1st year)

o Hug

By Jez Alborough

(A monkey sadly watches each animal hug his parent. Each page has only the word ‘hug.’. Then he finds he’s mom and gets a big hug. Very cute. 1st year.

o Hugs and Kisses

By Eve Tharlet

(A puppy wanders through a farm and gets kisses from ducks, butterflies etc, and loves them all, but is the very happiest when his mother kisses him. The kisses are all described really cutely.

o I love you the purplest

By Barbara M. Joose

(Two brothers have very different personalities, both loved differently, the children can be secure in their love and don’t need to be competitive as they know they are loved uniquely. ) 1st-2nd year

o The Mother’s Day Mice

By Eve Bunting

(Three mice think of three special gifts to get for their mother. They each sacrifice to obtain the gifts. The littlest wants his to be best but then overcomes this feeling in knowing that his mother loves each gift in its own special way.) 2nd year

o Little Women

Abridged by (Marmie is a fabulous example of a sacrificing, teach by example, loving mother)

o My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

By Becky Reyher (Rebecca Hourwich)

(A little Russian girl is lost and tells the people looking for her mother she is the most beautiful. The Russian woman is not at all pretty, Russian proverb “We do not love people because they are beautiful, but they seem beautiful to us because we love them.”) 2nd year, or paraphrase for year 1

  • I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt, Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, Just What Mama Needs by Sharlee Glenn and David Smells by David Shannon. Letter of the day: M is for mother.
  • More favorite books: What Mommies Do Best by Laura Numeroff, My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck, Counting Kisses by Karen Katz, Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by Eric Carle.


o Abuela

By Arthur Durcos:

(Folk pictures, Spanish phrases, a grandma loves her granddaughter and takes her on a little trip, you aquaint with Mexican culture, as well as feel the grandmother’s heart.) 1-2nd year

o What Grandmas/Grandpas do best

By Laura Numeroff

(This is warmly illustrated, two books in one, each has the same phrases, but the illustrations show how differently the two grandparents love and serve their grandchildren.)

o Thunder Cakes

By Patricia Pollacco

(A grandma makes a chocolate cake with a grand daughter when ever the thunder starts so that while it thunders and lightenings outside, they are cozy inside together. There is a recipe for ‘Thunder cake’ in the back of the book, a chocolate cake recipe. 1-2nd year.

o List of books not reviewed, but probably all good: (Maybe some more connecting with elderly than just grandparent) Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles Love you Forever by Robert Musch Nanny Upstairs, Nanny Downstairs by Tomi DePaolo Kevin’s Grandma by Barbara Williams Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. Wilfred Grodon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox Mandy’s Grandmother-Open Court Level C ” A Place Called Morning” My Backyard History Book by David Weitzman, Roots for Kids Roots for Kids by Susan Provost Beller Challenge Project “Are your Arms a Hundred Years Old” By Joseph S. Renzulli, FILMS: “The Mailbox” BYU, “It’s So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House” Utah State University film depository

+ We spent our time making a book with each principle we learned of what mothers do, and then Milly illustrated. Some of the pages she dialogued the script, while many I made up the phrase and she illustrated it.

+ Interview a grand mothers, go on private dates with them.


· Make a time-line of homes or a mobile of different homes


  • Teach Safety in the home, for example:

· Falling: stairs, tables, roofs, slippery floors, hold rails, keep things with wheels put away, clear stairs, wipe spilled drinks, mopped floors, be careful around heavy furniture

· Sharp objects: Adult helps, never run with sharp, hold sharp edge away and down as carefully walk

· Burns: Matches, plugs or chords could shock, stove, iron, furnace, never climb up to stove it could be on or you could accidently turn it on. Stay away from irons and their chords. Make an extension chord holder from a contact covered toilet paper roll, and put a chord inside

· Medicines are very dangerous to take when we aren’t sick, NEVER take without an adult giving it to you

· Small objects like beads, money, buttons or little toys do not belong in our mouth, if swallowed block our throats so we can not breathe, they do not belong in nose or ears either

· Plastic bags are not toys could suffocate us, never play with or put on your head, tie into a knot and throw away if you find one

· Stay out of fridges, trunks and driers, never hide here, children have gotten locked in and died in

· Never allow someone you don’t know, a stranger in your home


· Make a map of your house with living room, bathrooms etc on paper with squares like an architect would


  • Illustrate your books about Mom

· Making mother out of brads with joints

· Family Puppet glove, each finger

· Oragami bird family

· Make popsicle stick framed of the picture of mother they draw


· Play different forms of ‘house’, in a covered wagon, in a teepee


  • Help Mom Cook
  • With Dad, help make Mom’s favorite treat, meal or breakfast for her

· Make Stained glass window treats.

· Make homes out of sugar cookies

Field Trip:

  • Museums that have artwork of mothers and women in action
  • Go and visit some of mom’s favorite places to go, such as science museums, fabric stores, health food stores etc, or as you are doing errands, point out what you do there as a mother

For my little one, we had a special little class learning about mothers. The girls enjoyed taking care of their babies, shopping with our canned and plastic foods, pretending to bake, and watering the garden. We read my favorite story Hush Little Ones listed above.


Easter Day Uplift

Posted April 21st, 2009 by emily




This was one of my favorite things to watch on Easter day, it was put out by the LDS church on Easter, and was a portion of Elder Holland’s full conference talk , which is also available to watch and listen to.

We feel varying degrees of being alone, but there is great comfort in knowing that we are never required to be fully alone, we can always ‘hold the hand’ of our Lord and Savior, for he descended below all things so that he can always be present for us! 

 The Savior has lifted burdens I could not shoulder alone, helped succour my weaknesses that were impossible for me to change– literally pulled me out and gave me empowerment where I was stuck in my own encompassing rut which of myself, nor of partial help, could I escape till I fully turned to him; comforted me in my lowest moments, and is my King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Master of all.  I know He Lives, He is Real, He is the only way to ultimate Happiness, and He is helping me Change, Become.  He only He helps me accomplish things too Big for me to accomplish, as I pray for Him to make up the difference of my Imperfection.  I hope to become His fully devoted servant and friend as I attempt to follow his example, and let his mighty power Master me, Change me, Save me— until the day that I have fully experienced being Born Again in Him, Through him, and Of  Him.  I Love thee my Lord and my GOD.

I invite you to add your testimonies of Christ, and thus strengthen others through your strength!

Easter Devotional Modified from Resurrection Eggs

Posted April 9th, 2009 by emily

I didn’t start this twelve days before Easter, instead I am starting today, doing the first two.  This could be done as a special devotional on Easter, or divided on the Eve of and day of.  I am clarifying the website site to the Resurrection eggs by adding pictures you can click on and even print, by providing corresponding scriptures, and by changing some of the order and wording to be more poetic and specific. 

For added interest, have children find the eggs with the item in them.  Choose a scripture to read, explain the story, and look at the pictures on your computer. 

Egg 1:  Draw a tiny palm leaf, or find a plastic or real life.  When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people waved palm leaf branches in honour of a custom that people used to do when a king walked by.    Triumphal Entry , (click on print image to see it large)or Jesus Enters Jerusulem on a Donkey  See Matthew 21:7-9

Egg 2:  Cut out a small piece of cloth and spray perfume on it.   Two days before Passover, Jesus eats with his disciples in the home of Simon the leper.  Faithfully obeying a prompting of the Holy Ghost, a woman comes and pours expensive fragrant oil on Jesus’ head.  This was a symbol that the holy Christ would soon die.  See Matt 26:7  (6-13) 

Egg 3:  A piece of tortilla, pita, or bread, or white clay shaped to look like flat bread.  The next day, Jesus had a special supper with his disciples, in fulfillment of the passover.  He washed each of their feet, as a token of greatest humility, love and service; an example he wanted them to follow as they served their fellow man.  This is when he taught them the important ordinance of the sacrament because Jesus said that people who follow him should have bread and wine or water to remember him.  Jesus washing his disciple’s feet  (click on print image for large) Last Supper (Simon Dewey) Last Supper (Walter Rane) Last Supper (Carl Bloch)  (For Sacrament, see Matthew 26:26-27, for washing the apostle’s feet, see John 13:14-17)

*Egg 4*:   Draw a small picture of an olive tree to represent the garden where Jesus prayed.  Or insert a small sacrament cup to represent the blood that he shed.  Jesus went to a garden of olive trees to pray.  Here, he suffered for the sins and mortal pains of all mankind.  Because He endured this ultimate sacrifice, you and I can repent and become clean when we sin!!  We can return and live with our Father in Heaven once more!!   Jesus Praying in Gethsemane (click on Print) O My Father (Simon Dewey)

(Choose from the following scriptures:)

“Jesus’ soul was filled with sorrow. Knowing that the time had come when He must suffer great agony to atone for the sins of the world, Jesus fell to the ground and prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39; see also Matthew 26:38; Mark 14:34-36; Luke 22:41-42).

An angel from heaven appeared to Jesus, “strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:43-44). Search  lds.org, click home and family, family home evening, resources, new testament, 227 Jesus Praying in Gethsemane

Egg 5: Three dimes . Judas was supposed to be one of Jesus’ helpers, but instead, he helped other men arrest Jesus.  He did this because those men paid him money.  Betrayal of Jesus (Click on Print Image for large picture)

Scriptures:  Jesus prophesies of Judas betrayal (Matt 26:21-23) and Judas did betray Him, after Jesus had suffered for our sins in the garden of Gethsemane. “While Jesus was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, brought a large group of men that had been sent by the chief priests and elders. They were carrying swords and clubs. (See Matthew 26:47; Mark 14:4243; Luke 22:47; John 18:3.)”  ( Search  lds.org, click home and family, family home evening, resources, new testament, picture 228 Betrayal of Jesus)

Egg 6: A piece of purple cloth or paper.  After Jesus was arrested, the soldiers were ruthless to him as they cruelly taunted and hurt him.  One of the things they did to mock him was to put a purple robe on Him.  Only kings wore purple robes.  They didn’t realize that He really was a King.  (Mark 15:17) (Or a scarlet cloth, as Matt 27: 28-29 says they put upon him a scarlet robe, both colors are royal.)

Egg 7: A piece of paper that says “The King of the Jews”, and some dice.   Instead of offering water, the Roman soldiers offered Christ our Lord, vinegar.  They cast lots as to who would take the garments they tore off his body.  Mocking him, they inscripted onto his cross, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.  Little did they know this was the KING of KINGS. (See Matt 27:34-37)

Egg 8:  A cross made out of wood, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, paper, or brown clay.   The soldiers compelled a man named Simon to carry Jesus’ cross to the hill  Golgotha where he was placed between two thieves.  Matt 27:32, 38) The Crucifixtion (click on print image for larger)

Egg 9:  A nail.  When the soldiers put Jesus on the cross, they pounded nails into His hands and feet.   Luke 23: 33-34  Jesus asked his Father to forgive them.   (Luke 23: 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do….”)



Egg 10:  A little bundle of spices–cloves would be nice (wrapped in fabric, a baggie, plastic wrap etc)  After Jesus had died, His friends put his body in a tomb.  Later, some of the women who followed Him came to the tomb to put spices on His body.  That was something they did when someone died.   (Mark 16: 1)

Egg 11: A stone—a rounded one would be best.   Pilate gave the dead body of our Lord to an honourable counsellor named Joseph of Arimathaea whom waited on the kingdom of God.  Joseph sacredly wrapped Jesus’ body in linen, placed him in a sepulchre, or tomb, and rolled a stone across the door opening.  (Mark 15: 43-46)

Egg 12:  An egg with nothing in it.  When the women got to the tomb, they were amazed to find that the stone had been rolled aout of the way, and Jesus’ body was gone!  An angel told him that “…he is risen; he is not here: …”  (Mark 16: 6) Jesus then showed himself to Mary Magdalene, the same woman whom he casted out seven devils.  (Mark 16:9)  (Matt 28:2, 5)  There is nothing in this egg, because Jesus has been resurrected that all men might also be resurrected~!  Mary and the Resurrected Lord 


Jesus showed himself unto his disciples.  He asked his disciples  to go and teach and baptize all nations unto him.  Matt 28:9-10, 18-20, Mark 16: 14-18, Luke 24: 33, 45-48  We know that Jesus had many lambs in his fold.  He taught this to the Jews in the gospel of John, 10: 16 “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” 

As a resurrected being, Christ visited his ‘other sheep!’  There is scriptural record that miraculously verifies the beautiful words of the Holy Bible.  Here in is a valuable record of Christ’s visit to some of his ‘other sheep’, the people of the Americas~ a manifestation of Christ’s own teaching and prophesy!  He loves all the sheep of his fold, including you and I!!!!  See Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 11-30 

I know that the Book of Mormon is true.  It contains powerful teachings of Christ and helps us understand more fully His atonement.  I love it just as I love the Bible.  I love to feast upon every word that he has written by prophets to help me in my daily problems.  The Book of Mormon was abridged by an ancient prophet on the American continent, Mormon.  He was inspired to compile the words that would best apply and relate to the challenges for people of a modern day, that is you and I, and our family and friends.  Because this record has not been through countless monks and translators, it is pure and sisinct.  It has been priceless in helping me in understanding the Bible, and in treasuring the Bible even more, and the Book of Mormon has been priceless in helping me to be the person I am today!!!  It can be just as priceless to you, you will come to treasure it as much as the Bible, it is there for the honest seekers of truth, those who care more upon what God thinks of you than man, and those who truly love the word of God.  I invite you to read a pattern that helps you recognize if this record is true~ a pattern that stands firm for finding truth to any aspect of life.  (Mormon’s son Moroni writes: Moroni 10:3-7.  Mormon testifies that all those who love the Bible and the record of the Jews, will also know and recognize his words to the people of the Americas.  Mormon 7:9  And Nephi boldy proclaims that God remembers both Jew and Gentile.  2 Nephi 29:6-7  This record is also the key to knowing that God continues to follow his ancient pattern of old in speaking to prophets, as Joseph Smith translated it as a called prophet in this Latter Day.  As Latter Day Saints, we love the Christians of this world, we need you, we follow your example.  We invite you to pray for yourself, and to fast, in order that you too can partake of the blessings he offers through:

~Restored temples ( holy places of refuge that make seal your family eternally and help you powerfully adhere to your holy  convictions)

~Restored authority such as was given to Christ’s own witnesses, (Mark 6:7; 12-13, James 5:14-15) is available to both twelve apostles, as well as all worthy males.  Healing, blessing, teaching and inspiration is available for your own families, oh how I cherish the father’s blessings and blessings my husband can give to me.  Women are key companions to help men remain worthy, and powerful vessels to REAR and RAISE children unto the Lord, our role is priceless and no-one can fill or replace)

~And to obtain and treasure the gift of the holy ghost to be your constant companion as your are baptized as was Christ by John the Baptist.  There truly is one baptism, he does not vary to the right or to the left.  

You can keep all the best treasures you have in your own faith, and add these most treasured blessings to your life, in the pure and restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I pray that the evil one not keep you from all the blessings you deserve!!!  God bless you in your journey to Him this blessed Easter Season!!! ~  Love, Emily 


Christ Visits the peoples of the Americas
Christ Visits the peoples of the Americas

Christ in Gethsemane


Easter Plans

Posted March 29th, 2009 by emily

I am thinking if I blog my plans down, there are greater chances that I will get these things done.  I plan and hyper plan Christmas activities, and Easter is just as important…yet I haven’t really given this holiday justice!  I thank Jeanette for planning a party so that I would start thinking of this early enough to make my New Year’s goal, plan ahead for special holidays!!

Greg Olson

Greg Olsen

*My Easter Plans: 

*Simple enough, we are reading a story of Jesus each day the month before Easter out of a Children’s New Testament Stories of Jesus Bible book.

* Have children open egg and read about the object for Christ’s Resurrection each day for the twelve days preceeding Easter (Resurrection Eggs: Twelve days of Easter program ), and instead of doing them all on one day, as we’ve done previously.  *This great link given to me by my wonderful sister in law Katie Mitchell

*Make Resurrection Rolls either on Easter Morning or as a FamilyNight lesson, w/ treat. I was making Hot Cross Buns, but like this idea given me by my siter in law April much better, because it focuses on His Resurrection, not death, and is a beautiful object teaching lesson (See April’s recipe and lesson ideas below)

*Do our Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, and the Easter Basket has one small toy and something they need for Sunday be it shoes, shirt, dress, etc.

* Do an Easter Family Home Evening the two Mondays before Easter, and one program on Easter Sunday.  Of course modify for the ability of our family.  (The following ideas are found in Ideas and Information for Fun Family Traditions All Year Round: The House of Jacob by LaDawn Jacobs, obtainable at Stephenson’s Geneology for only the cost of copying it.)

Family Home Evening and Easter Sunday program selections:

1) Sharing Time: Testimony of Easter by Pat Graham (A beautiful sharing time program with illustrated pictures to do for family home evening that compares the atonement with the season of spring and restoration of life) ** I may have Milly illustrate he own pics to make her own book!

2) Passover Eve: (See program below by Kathy Hawkins)

3) A passover program of your choice.  My Dad has a great one that I have, if you want it ask me for a copy!

Resurrection Rolls
This fun recipe uses Crescent rolls and a disappearing marshmallow to represent the empty tomb on that first Easter morning.


        .    1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
·     8 large marshmallows
·     1/4 cup melted butter
·     2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
·     2 tablespoons white sugar


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2.  Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
3.  In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.
4.  Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together tightly to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.
5.  Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Sample Lesson Plan:

Give each child a triangle of crescent rolls. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.

Read Matthew 27:57-61

1. Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.
2. Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter. This represents the oils of embalming.
3. Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represents the spices used to anoint the body.
4. Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.) This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death.  The rolls represent the linen wrapping used in covering the dead.

5. Place in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. (The oven represents the tomb – pretend like it was three days!)
6. Let the rolls cool slightly. The children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.)

Now read Matthew 28:5-8

Explain: At the tomb, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary saw an angel, who told them not to be afraid. No one had taken Jesus’ body, but He Had risen from the dead! The angel told the women to go and tell the disciples what they had seen, that Jesus had risen from the dead. They were so excited, they ran all the way home to tell the disciples the good news! He is risen from the dead! Alleluia!

After that Jesus appeared in person to Peter, then to the 12 disciples and after that, to more than 500 people. Jesus’ appearance to eyewitnesses, those who saw Him with their own eyes, would give support and prove that Jesus rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

By rising from the dead, Jesus proved once and for all that He was the Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Chosen One, and the Lamb of God. By dying on the cross and rising from the dead, Jesus did what no other had ever done before. As both God and man, He overcame death. And now because of what Jesus has done, we are able to be forgiven of our sins. Easter is not a celebration of the Savior’s death but of His Resurrection. Because of His triumph over death,  we too will be resurrected. May you have a blessed and meaningful Easter!

*PASSOVER EVE program:

[Before the children are called, several pieces of leavened bread are hidden through out the house.  When it is dark all the lights in the house are turned out and children are given candles to search the  house for the pieces of bread.]

The Children of Isrel went into Egypt originally as part of God’s plan: there was a famine in the land of Canaan and the only place where bread could be obtained was in Egypt.

Upon revealing himself as their deliverer, Joseph, our father, told his brothers, “God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” (Gen 45:7)  It was appropriate that Israel and his children should have gone into Egypt in Joseph’s time.  After our father Joseph died, there arose a Pharoah in Egypt who knew not Joseph .  Because the children of Israel increased abundantly and multiplied and waxed exceedingly mighty, Pharaoh was frightened and brought the children of Israel increased abundantly and multiplied and waxed exceedingly mighty, Pharaoh was frightened and brought the children of Israel into captivity and set hard task masters over them.

Because the children of Israel were misused and oppressed it was necessary that they be delivered from bondage lest they lose all sense of their foreordination and purpose as a people of God.

All during the year we eat leavened bread.  We say a blessing over it, we use it on the Sabbath and holidays and ordinary days.   Clearly there is nothing wrong with these loaves taht get all puffed up from the yeast that works mysteriously inside them.  It is good to eat this puffed-up grain.  However when We become puffed up it is not good.  Yeast is symbolic of that which not only puffs up but also can corrupt and spoil.  Sometimes we put yeast not only into the bread but we have things in our life which can corrupt and spoil us.  We can also get puffed up in pride, in appetite, in greed.  We take advantage of others, to seek power over them, we indulge ourselves without regard to the harm that will result.  We can become selfish and self-centered causing us to forget our foreordination as children of Joseph and Israel.  At such a time, because we have misused the yeasty things in our lives, it is necessary that we take them out of our lives. 
Let us now gather the remaining ten pieces of leavened bread and as we do let us look at our lives, searching for actions or thoughts that are selfish and self-centered and may lead us away from our purpose as children of Joseph and Israel.

Let us begin our search, using the candle to probe the corners of our inner lives as deeply as we probe the corners of our home.

 (Have everyone search with their candles.  After all the pieces have been found, put them in a container to be burned. )


(Burn the leavened bread.)



Sing “More Holiness Give Me” Hymn # 131

(A portion of a Passover Celebration, given to LaDawn Jacobs by Kathy Hawkins)

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Fathers, Unit V: Family Sense of Belonging

Posted January 25th, 2009 by emily


UNIT V: Family/Sense of Belonging

I belong to a family that loves me and I love them.

Joy: Joy of “Family Security, Identity and Pride and Joy of Spontaneous Delight”


Weekly Devotionals:

Song(s): ~ “I’m so glad when Daddy comes home” CSB pg 210   ~ “The Dearest Names” verse 2 about Fathers, CSB pg 208    ~ “Birds in a  the Tree” CSB pg 241a (Daddy bird flies round and round to gaurd his family)

Scripture Stories/Activities: ~Noah got direction from the Lord, and imparted it to his family, he taught his sons obedience, and how to work

Reviewing Songs: “I know my Father Lives”

~Lehi received direction from the Lord, and led his family away from the city which was to be destroyed, and to a promised land

Memorizing Scripture: “I Nephi, having been born of goodly parents…” 1 Nephi 1:1

~ Enos’ father taught him that he must pray to find the truth of all things, and to repent and feel happy

Review memorizing: “And he took [the children] in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them” Mark 10:15-16

~Joseph Smith’s father taught him to work and to find answers in the scriptures and through prayer.

Letter Sound Suggestions: K  Kindness, B  Brave  H  Hard working P prayer  F  Father  O Obedience


~David’s Father taught him to trust in the Lord and to be brave

~Read portion of The Family: A Proclamation to the World ie

“Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children….The family is ordained of God,.  Marriage between man and woman is essential to his eternal plan.  Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, to be reared by a father and mother who honer marital vows with complete fideltity…” 




Books about Fathers/Grandfathers:

o    What Dad’s Can’t Do

By Douglas Wood

(This is illustrated as little Dinosaurs and is very darling, Dad’s can’t cross the street without holding hands, and at the end, “There are so many things that Dads can’t do it’s a wonder they make it through life at all.  But dads can’t give up.  No matter how tired a dad gets, or how hard life gets, a dad never quits”

o    Mister Seahorse

By Eric Carle (teaches that Fathers help protect their children and keep their children safe, males have an important role as father)

o    The Daddy Mountain By Jules Feiffer (Shows a girl climbing a part of her father on each page.)

o    My Dad’s Job By Peter Glassman (A boy wonders what his Dad does at work, and imagines all the things he says are very adventurous.  He goes to work, to find that the work is much more boring than he thought, until he opens the doors to his Dad’s office, and everything is as adventurous as he imagined.  You may want to explain to your children that those things are pretend but that Dad does work to make his life work an adventure.)

o    Daddys give you Horsy Rides By Abby Levire(Illustrated as piggies, a fun book about the many assets that fathers do to show their love to their children.)

o    Owl Moon By Jane Yolen(Pa and boy look for owls together.  Do with the section in nursery of birds with a bird calling activity, and also with bonding with fathers)

o    Dad, are you the tooth fairy? By Jason Alexander  (2nd year, about the wonderful assets of Fathers)

o    I’d Know You Anywhere         By Hazel Hutchins(A boy asks if he were all these animals if his father would recognize him, they play monsters at the end together with a blanket.)

o    What Fathers/Mothers do best

By Laura Numeroff

(This is warmly illustrated, two books in one, each has the same phrases, but the illustrations show how differently the two parents love and serve their children.)


o    Grandpa and Bo By Kevin Henkes (Boy visits his Grandpa over the summer and they see animals which boy asks their names.  They string popcorn and berries as a bird feeder, Christmas in July type of activity. Spending time with family and loving nature and its animals.1st-2nd year

o    The Bee Tree By Patricia Polacco (Grandfather teaches granddaughter love of reading,)

o    Song and Dance Man By Karen Ackerman ( Grandpa takes kids to attic and dances for them, makes them laugh)

o    What Grandmas/Grandpas do best

By Laura Numeroff

(This is warmly illustrated, two books in one, each has the same phrases, but the illustrations show how differently the two grandparents love and serve their grandchildren.)

o    Where the River begins By Thomas Locker and or illustrated by Ruth Sanderson

(A Grandpa takes his two grandsons camping.  Joy of the Earth/ hardwork, and relationships)

Books encouraging the Joy ‘Spontaneous Delight’:

        ~Peter’s Pockets by Eve Rice (Young Peter puts on his new jeans, and goes on an outing with his uncle.  They find all sorts of treasures, but Peter has to borrow his uncle’s pockets.  Mom puts patch pockets on Peter’s new jeans.)

Books to go with the Season of Winter:

~The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

~The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe based on the original book by C.S. Lewis Illustrated by Tudor Humphries (beautifully illustrated, condenced version to meet the ages of my children, we read this in one or two sittings.

~The Mitten (Fabulous winter story about some animals that crowd themselves into a boy’s lost mitten, check out both versions illustrated by Yaroslava as well as Jan Brett)

Write a book with children.  Let the children dictate some pages for you, while others, guide more specifically with principles you want to get across, such as “Father’s receive guidance from the Lord to help guide their families.”  Let children illustrate each page. (Fathers teach their children, work to provide for their children, preside in the home, play with their children, etc)


  • Read a book about houses built through the ages and discuss how Father’s help to shelter and protect their families (See Drama activity for making a ‘home’ with Daddy (Igloos)
  • Read a book about Careers and discuss how fathers provide for their families (We read a DK book with great illustrations called Jobs People Do


  • Go outside and look for homes Daddy animals helped to build


  • Practice Counting (Use Montessori counting small objects with)
  • After reading a book about many different homes, build a Lincoln Log home


  • Illustrate your book about Fathers


  • Play house with boys role playing father
  • Have Dad do many activities outlined in the book such as horsey rides, build an igloo,etc.

Food:    Eat some of Daddy’s favorite meals.  Discuss how the money Father earns helps the family to eat healthy and delicious foods.

Field Trip:  

  • Go to Father’s work or school and talk about what he does there

p6190310 Fathers shelter and protect their families

p6180288Igloo home built by Daddy and the kids

In Unit I, I taught lessons all about Earth’s creation, from light and dark, to animals.  Unit II began with the Creation of Adam and Eve, and we then studied our worth as people.  Unit III went into a study about our bodies, including how to control and take care of them.  (See www.joyfulpreschool.blogspot.com) So the last day of the creation is Unit IV, Worship and Awareness of Time.  Because this entire unit is about how to keep the Sabbath day holy, I have decided to spread this unit across a few months, and on each Sunday, we will learn just a little about being reverent and understanding how to keep the Sabbath day.  This will give us a lot of time to practice and apply the principles of reverence.  I have two ideas of which to implement to help us learn reverence on a daily basis, both of which I obtained from friends.  One is to make little place mats each child kneels on for family prayer, and second is to say a little jingle when its time to pray, to help children get into kneeling position.   To see this unit, visit the page on the side “Unit IV: Worship and Awareness of Time”  If you are interested in the poetry selections, please email me at emballing@hazubu.com, as I don’t have authors for all of them, and don’t believe they can be found on the internet.

UNIT III: Self Awareness and Control

God has given me a beautiful body I can understand, control and take care of


Activities A  Materials :  Samples of beautiful classical music, or otherwise happy worthy music, to listen and dance to.  All supplies needed to make instruments of your choice, a tapping or shaking instrument to teach musical time to, listed books in literature, or ones that will teach similar concepts.

Activities B Materials:  Book of Mormon, access to rocks, rubber band, formula can, salt, mallet or hammer striker, glass containers and water, different sound makers to guess what is making certain sounds, pen and notecards or cardstock to make a little musical book of the different notes.

Song:  “Hum your favorite hymn”, CSB pg 152 cd 3:40

Song:  “Hum your favorite hymn”, CSB pg 152 cd 3:40

Memorizing: “For my soul adelighteth in the bsong of the cheart; yea, the dsong of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.” Doctrine and Covenants 25:12

Memorizing: “For my soul adelighteth in the bsong of the cheart; yea, the dsong of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.” Doctrine and Covenants 25:12

Scripture Story:  

Tell the story of the Brother of Jared found in Ether 1-6.  Explain that when they sailed to America in their barges, that they sang hymns to help them stay thankful and cheerful.  Read Ether 6:9-10

Activity:  Explain the above scripture through the following:

1~Listen to some peaceful lovely music together, and ask the children how they feel. Testify that good music was given to us from Heavenly Father to gladden our hearts and cheer us up.
2~ ALSO explain that Satan also wants us to listen to hurtful music.  This music will hurt their spirits. Explain that bad music is any music that makes them feel angry inside, or gives them an icky feeling.
3~Explain how to keep safe from harmful music.  If a song makes them feel icky, go and turn it off, or to ask someone to turn it off. (MY son is very responsive to music. You would think this concept would be too big for one so young, but he understood very well, and now I can go back to this lesson when he needs it in life, especially teaching him to go to good music when he’s feeling upset.)

Find some smooth stones such as the ones that the Brother of Jared chose for the Lord to touch and make into light for the dark barges. 

Reviewing: “I’ll go where you want me to go dear Lord, over mountain, or plain or sea, I’ll say what you want me to say dear Lord, I’ll be what you want me to be!”

Memorizing Songs:  “Tell me the stories of Jesus” CBS pg 57, “We bow our heads” CSB, pg 25 cd 1: 25 ;“For Health and Strength and Daily Bread” CSB, pg 21a, cd 1:18; “A Smile is like the Sunshine” pg 267b cd 5:39, “I have two little hands” CSB pg 272, cd 5:44 “I’ll go where you want me to go dear Lord,” hymn 270

Letter Sound:

M  Music,

X Xylophone

H hymns 

S song

R righteous






·         Animal Orchestra by Scott Gustafson,

·         Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins 

·         Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss (Suggestions from “Music and Sound” @ momspreschool.blogspot.com

·         Music Crafts for Kids by Noel Fiarotta and Phyllis Fiarotta (how to make musical instruments)


·         All things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander (beautifully illustrated words to a lovely hymn)

·         Ah, Music by Aliki (Nice overview of many aspects of music with good illustrations)

·         All God’s Critter’s Got a place in the Choir by Bill Staines (funny illustrated folk song, with a message that each of us have an important place in God’s plan. (See wonderfully lively, happy rendition on U-tube:)






“Use an elastic band to demonstrate how sound is produced by a vibrating object. Then experiment with sound, hearing and music. 1) See sound travel. Cover a formula can with plastic wrap and secure with elastic. Sprinkle salt on top. Pound a drum over the top of it. Watch the salt dance when the plastic (representing your ear drum) catches the sound. 2) Name that sound. Make shakers by placing beans, rice and water in clear containers. After showing them to the children, ask them to close their eyes and name which item is making the sound. 3) Sounds make music. Fill glass cups with different amounts of water and tap with a spoon. Try playing Mary Had a Little Lamb. 4) Sound scavenger hunt. Collect sounds from household items and the outdoors as you record them on a tape player. Or, walk around the house tapping objects with a wooden spoon to find that each material has a unique sound.” (See “Music and Sound” @  momspreschool.blogspot.com


  • Play with home-made or other musical instruments.
  • Teach children the counts for each note, and tap it out, with a tapping or shaking instrument, moving the instrument on the down beat.

(Whole 1 2 3 4 ; Half 1 2 3 4; Quarter 1 2 3 4; Eighth 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and ; Sixteenth 1y (said 1-eee) and a 2y and a 3y and a 4y.)

  • Have children perform using the instruments they have been playing with
  • Make a book, having children draw out each note they learned, and then review the count for each one with your shaking or tapping instrument.

Art:  Make a musical instrument from ideas out of Music Crafts for Kids by Noel and Phyllis Fiarotta, or any how to book of your choice, or an idea on line.


Drama/Action/Pretend: Put on beautiful classical music.  Have children dance together.




Field Trip:  Go on a field trip to see folk music and dancers.  Note to the children how joyful clean and happy music made the dancers feel, as well as how we felt watching and listening.  Teach them that the Holy Ghost will help them know if music is of God, or if it is of Satan.


 Making her instrument and a page from her little music note book.







ACTIVITIES A Materials :  Pictures of various children, (I used Primary Visual Aide Cut outs, set 1–People cardstock children of different ethnicities, and physical abilities) Card stock or poster board to make a poster from

ACTIVITIES B Materials:  Paper Plates, popsicle sticks, yarn, markers, crayons, glue,  cards that have smiley, sad, scared, angry faces on them, enough for each child to have their own set.

Song:  “If you don’t talk as most people do” CBS, 140

“If you’re happy and you know it”, “If you chance to meet a frown” CBS,  266 and pg 267




Scripture Story:  

Use plastic lions or tigers and some other small doll, to represent Daniel.  Show that Daniel is scared and how he prays, which helps him feel better.

Activity: Showed 6 cut outs from Primary Visual Aids Cut outs Set 1–People of different children.  Went through how each child was different, and the same, according to personality and looks, and how they were the same, as beloved children of God, and similar interests according to personality, etc, and then went through and showed some of the differences in looks and personality, and tied it into how we each have different brains, different personalities, different spirits and are beloved by God, simiilar in many regards, but each unique and different as well. 


Act out being lions and take turns being Daniel who prays not to be afraid.


“I’ll go where you want me to go dear Lord, over mountain, or plain or sea, I’ll say what you want me to say dear Lord, I’ll be what you want me to be!” “No matter if you’re quicker, or slower than the rest, the main thing when you’re working, is to do your very best!” (Chorus to hymn, “I’ll go where you want me to go”, hymn 270)

Memorizing Songs: 

Letter Sound:

P  Personality, B Brain

S  Same

D Different






o    Read a non-fiction book about the brain

o    Draw some simple little pictures, of things your child and yourself  have in common, and qualities and preferences you have that are different as small drawings.  Included in this are things one may just like, while the other loves.  Have child cut out these little pictures and put them on the Venn Diagramn.  One important similarity we had was our love for Christ.




o    Fun is a Feeling

o    The Way I Feel

By Janan Cain (Wonderful book that goes through the emotions that we feel)

o    When Sophie gets angry, really really angry

o    I feel Silly

By Jamie Lee Curtis 

o     I was so Mad

By Mercer Mayer









Make paper plate faces with the yarn hair, color a happy face on one side and a sad face on the other.  Insert a popsicle stick when you put the two sides together.  Use puppet for the above song about smiles and frowns.


Game:  Show an exadurated emotion and have children hold up a card (cards have smiley, sad, scared, angry faces on them.)  that describes the emotion.

Game:  Have each child sit in pairs, and then one child chooses an emotion to demonstrate, and the other child copies this emotion, and names it.



Field Trip: