Monday, December 30, 2019

2020 Goal Trackers

I love the new year.  Its a fresh start.  A time to reflect and improve.  I really love setting goals.  I'm not so great at accomplishing those goals and should probably not mention that I have had the same goals for the last 5 years-maybe some of you can relate haha.  Maybe this will be my year :)  For me the benefit of a goal is the process and the small changes that happen as I work towards each goal.  This year I have some pretty big goals in mind and I can't wait to see where they take me.  Its always a good idea to write your goals down.  Be specific and try and make it something you can measure.  I created a few free printables to help you keep track of your goals.

First are these gorgeous goal sheets where you can record your goals.  They are pretty enough to hang where you can see them daily.

Next is a daily tracker.  This may not work for all goals but it really helps to track your progress.  Also great for developing or breaking habits.  Maybe your goal is to workout for 20 minutes a day.  You may miss a few here or there BUT with this tracker you can see how many days you actually did work towards your goal.  This is also a great way to break down some of those bigger goals you may have.  Lets use getting into shape as an example (seems to be a common one) you may have your daily workout as one goal, drinking water as a goal, eating veggies daily, etc.  Do what works for you. 

This next goal tracker goes with the new youth program.  They are asked to choose goals from the following areas. I have two daughters that are now in Young Womens and I'm over the younger girls (7-11 year olds) so I plan to join in and create goals based on these four areas as well.  There are several designs to choose from and if you need additional ones please let me know :)

I would love to know what some of your goals are for the year.  Do you set New Years Resolutions?  Do you pick one word for the year or do you set regular goals?  

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Come Follow Me: Revelations 12-22 (December 23-29)

This week we are going to talk about the 2nd coming using Revelation 19:7.  The primary manual has some great ways to introduce the topic.  I love the idea of talking about ways we get ready for church on Sunday.  I plan to use props that we pull out of a bag.  It's always fun to have one person come to the front of the room and "get them ready" to go to church.  For example bring a dress or tie and put it on the person.  Bring a brush and have them pretend to brush their hair.  There are several things you can bring.  Then ask why do we do these things before we come to church?  Lead the conversation towards why we need to prepare for the Second Coming.

With Christmas in a few days I have been crazy busy but luckily I already had some really fun things put together for this topic that I plan to use. 

In this one there is a 2nd Coming review game, journal/coloring page and my favorite oil lamp game (This is what we plan to do).  Found here

You can also find this game and a printable here

Thanks for being patience with me during this busy time of year.  My goal for next year is to get this post out on Friday like I use to!  I love the New Year as it gives me that push I need to change, grow, and restart.  With that being said what are something you would like to see from me?  What types resources would be helpful?  Thanks for making this year so special and for joining me as we learned more about the Savior by studying the New Testament.  

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Come Follow Me: Christmas (December 16-22)

Hello and I hope you are having a happy Sunday.  Can you believe Christmas is just over a week away!  This week I have some fun ideas that go with this week's Come Follow Me lesson.  All of these ideas came from or were inspired by activities in the primary manual.  These are perfect for families or primary classes.

First we are going to illustrate our own Christmas book.  This goes right along with the video linked in the primary manual.  Your kids can follow along with the video or as you read the verses.  They can then draw the different scenes to create their very own special book.  Print full size or 2 to a page if you would like it smaller.  
“Christmas is not only a celebration of how Jesus came into the world but also of knowing who He is—our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ—and of why He came” -Craig C. Christensen.  I loved the suggestion to discuss why Jesus came to earth and some of the things he did while he was here.  Hang the poster on the wall then add or show different acts of the Savior while he was on earth.  There is also a journal page to write or draw some of these things.

For the older kids I included a word search with some of the names of Christ.  I also included this free printable.

Another idea is to sing your favorite Christmas songs.  I created some cute cards that can be placed in a bowl for the kids to pick a song.  All are from the primary song book.

I have some additional resources from previous lessons 

Found Here

and Here There are some fun games like find the star and my gift to Christ activities.

Videos are always a great option.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Special Witnesses of Christ – Elder Ulisses Soares

We always watch this adorable movie from Liken.  They had a few of their movies free on amazon prime but unfortunately this one isn't.  This is one of my kids favorite Christmas movies!  I love that in includes the story of Elisabeth and Zacharias as well. (*Note this is an affiliate link meaning I make a small commission at no extra cost to you but it is one we personally own and love)

That's all for this week.  If you have any questions or trouble with the download please let me know.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Come Follow Me: Revelations 1-11 (December 9-15

This week we are going to talk about Revelations 3:20 and what it means to open the door or our heart to the Savior.  I love, love, love this image of the Savior waiting for us to let him into our hearts and life. 

I have a couple of ideas for you to introduce this topic.

The first two involve this printable. You will need to print it out and

this page.  
Carefully cut the top and bottom of the door and the right side (by the handle).  This will allow the door to open.  After you do this to all 8 doors you are going to place the page with the letters directly behind it and tape or glue together.  The idea is to have the door open and reveal the letter or heart so make sure you do not glue the doors shut :) 

This is from a different game but same idea and will hopefully give you a visual on how to make it.

You will also need one of the following games.
But first lets decide on a game
Option one Match game: print 2 copies of the heart page on cardstock or back with construction paper.  When you find a match open the same color door.  As you find matches you will discover letters that will help you find out who is knocking on the door. (It spells Jesus)

*Tired of match games? Print just one page of hearts and hide them around the room.  When a color is found open the door.

Option 2 Board Game: Again we are going to find out who is knocking on the door but this time compete in a fun board game.  You'll need a game piece for each player (or teams).  I like to use buttons, pom poms, or pieces from a different game.  You will also need 1 dice.  On your turn roll the dice and move the number of spaces.  If you land on a heart you get to open one of the doors.  Everyone is working together to open all of the doors before someone reaches the OR if you haven't opened all the doors before someone makes it to the end that person get to guess first who they think is at the door. 

If you have older kids and want to make it more of a competition or talk more about ways to let Christ in while playing then use this board instead of the letters.  If a player lands on a heart they get to pick a door and move that many extra spaces but first they need to share a way they can "open the door" for the Savior.

Show the picture of the Savior at the door (found here) Then share one of the following quotes and discuss how you can invite the Savior into your life.

 This video would be a great video to share.

There is also a cute coloring activity at the end of the Primary manual that fits this perfectly or I have this one :)  The sample is in the middle.  The idea is to write ways you open the door to the Savior.  Oh and the door opens! Cut around the door. Fold the flap backwards and glue to the main page. 

That's everything for this week.  Please let me know if you have any questions or trouble with the download.

**To be super honest I have struggled with these chapters and thought maybe some of you might as well.  Because of this I am open to requests for additional resources this week.  I recognize there may be topics in these chapters that you want to cover with your family or primary class this week and I would love to help you simplify it for your kids.  If you are needing something please email me with your ideas (specific visuals, a game, etc-not just a topic please) and I will accommodate the very best I can. Another option is to use the search bar!  There is almost a years worth of Come Follow Me resources and most have covered several topics so there is a chance you might find something that works (plan of salvation and the atonement come to mind). If you need some help with this please ask and I'll check for those links for you.  I'll add any additional helps to this page and download :)  I am so grateful for all of you taking the time to stop by my little blog.  It really means so much to me and I appreciate your patient with me.  I love doing all of this because of you :)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Come Follow Me: 1-3 John, Jude (December 2-8)

My internet is down and we just got back from a trip last night so I will be back to update this post with a few printables :)  I did want to give you a few ideas and let you know what we are doing this week.  First we are going to introduce our family to this years Light the World and show video on the page.  Then read part of the intro in this week's individual and family manual where it talks about light and love.  Together we are going to plan a few service activities our family would like to do this month.
Also I have this whole post full of fun ways that teach about loving others.  I'll be using the tic tac toe game.

That is all I have for you right now :)  Hopefully this helps and our internet is back on soon.  

Edit: For those of you with younger kids check out this post form A Year of FHE.  She creates a kid friendly calendar with service ideas for the month that go with the Light the World calendar the church puts out.  We use it every year!