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How did yours turn out?

It might be ancient history to the rest of you, but my kids and I finished our February lapbook and wanted to show you how it turned out.  DSCN1983

DSCN1984What I really should have shot was the cute 5 year old drawings inside of our three flap book.  My little guy drew a very impressive flood, ark, and enough animals to fill the page.  How did yours turn out? 

I love this CTR digi kit by Cooraroos Scraps and just wanted to say thanks to her for sharing her hard work!   You may want to say thanks too!




The finished look

Some people have requested a photo of what the finished CTR Lapbook will look like.  So here it is.  I want you to feel free to arrange your mini-books how you would like, but some months (like March) take some extra planning and a glimpse of the end before starting.  Here is what you have to look forward to with your March CTR Lapbook 2012. 

Remember, March is a double lapbook, and you will need to glue two folders together as explained here.  And you will NOT need to cut your cover to open your lapbook. 

 March Cover

Laying out the other mini-books again is a matter of preference, but there are four mini-books this month that will only fit in the center.  These are the President Monson Squash book, “How does Heavenly Father speak to members of the church?” Conference coloring activity, and the song.  The rest of the pockets and matchbooks will fit on the side  flaps. 

DSCN1980DSCN1981 So there you go.  I’ll be posting the rest of the mini-books for March at least a week before the subject is scheduled to be taught in Sharing Time.  I’m also working on a zip file for an easy one time download for the month. 



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Week 1: God speaks through living prophets.

Week 1: God speaks through living prophets.

The song for the month is “Stand for the Right” (CS, 159).  It has a catchy tune and you will find yourself (and hopefully your child) humming it through the day.  Humming is nice, but knowing the words really brings the message home.  So add this element to your March lapbook for sure!


Glue the Song to the center (not a flap) of one of the lapbooks.

Cut out the red cars on this sheet and “park” them over some words to help with memorizing the song.  You will want to attach a paper clip to the bottom of the song (before you glue it down)  to help hold the cars when they are not being used.  I’ve included some clip art with the song to decorate bare spots or cover up  mistakes.  You will want to wait until most of the mini books are in place before you start decorating.  So hang on to those little images!

The scripture for the month is Amos 3:7 ” Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”  To help kids memorize this scripture, I typed out some word strips.  You will need to cut them apart according to your child’s skill level.  You may cut individual words, whole lines, give puzzle clues with diagonal  or wavy cuts etc.  To introduce the scripture, start by reading the scripture aloud and having the child repeat it line by line.  Then, work together to build the scripture in the correct order using the word strips.  Practice saying it aloud over and over, then remove one word strip at a time.  When the child is playing independently,  he/she can practice building the scripture, then  reciting it from memory by eliminating words strips or covering certain words.  You will want to put a paper clip around the word strips and secure it to the Amos 3:7 pocket to keep everything together.  Download and print the following file.
Scripture and pockets

Glue the scripture pocket onto the middle of a flap to leave room for the word strips to poke out and not cover up another mini book or hang over the lapbook cover.

In the above file, there are two pockets.  One is for the scripture, and the other is for a Cootie Catcher.  A What?  This mini book will  certainly not give you cooties, but it will be lots of fun to share with friends.   Print the file on a full sheet of paper and cut along outside square. 

I know the lines seem confusing, but I’m sure that once you start folding, your childhood muscle memory will come back and finish the job.  Or just hand it over to your child and let him do his thing!

Folding instructions:  Fold in half.  Flip paper over.  Bring all 4 corners to the center (you will see Prophets and numbers) and crease. Flip paper over (you will see traffic signs).  Bring all 4 corners to the center and crease.  Fold in half both ways.  Slide fingers under prophet flaps and play.

Play instructions:  Really it hasn’t all come back to you yet?? Pick a Prophet/Apostle.  Spell the name. Pick a number. Count it. Pick another number.  Open  to see your mystery sign.

Store the Cootie Catcher in the pocket and glue to an inside  flap of the March CTR Lapbook near the bottom.

******This activity  is in no way intended to be a “fortune teller”.  It is just to help kids practice their spelling and numbers and to remind us that Prophets and Apostles are sent to give us direction.

If you are having fun with this cootie catcher, you may want to MAKE SOME MORE.  Here are some ideas from gaillovely.com on how to use  a Cootie Catcher for learning.  You can go to her site for a blank template and type in your own words.

•Put an action where the fortunes are usually written and use it as a PE activity generator (children might select a flap and get an activity like “run in place” or “hop on one foot”)
•For Language Arts, use words and have students open and close it the number of syllables in the word or spell the word rather than using numbers.
•For math put simple math facts instead of numbers – so “5+3” could be on a flap, “6+1” on another flap and students open and close the “catcher” according to the solution to the math fact selected.
•For reading and writing, students create the fortunes and must write them concisely to fit in the space allotted. Students must read aloud the fortunes for all to hear.
•For any subject, 8 facts or factoids can be written in the place of fortunes, or questions with their answers can be written there as well.
•For writing, students could have a different “catcher” for selecting a character (with a wide collection of characters, one under each flap), another for selecting a setting or a predicament and then write or draw the story using these characters, settings or predicaments.

Come back soon to download the mini books for Week 2: The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are Prophets.



Ps. If you have any questions, leave me a comment!


March CTR Lapbook

Living Prophets Teach Me to Choose the Right

This month’s lapbook is BIG!  If you want to use all of the mini books I have prepared, you will need to set it up as a double folder lapbook.  Check out this video that shows you how.


Download, print, and glue the Title Page to the front of the folder.

March Cover.pdf

Also prepare the back cover by printing the Dot to Dot, cover it with contact paper and hot glue it to the back.  This dot to dot can be used over and over again with a dry erase marker or crayon.  This Dot to dot is a JPG file.  You can right click to “save image as” and open and resize it in a Word Doc or open it in a picture viewer such as Picasa.com and print it as a full sheet.

dot to dot

Continue following along to build the rest of the March CTR Lapbook.

Week 1: God speaks through living prophets.

Week 2: The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are prophets.

Week 3:  God’s prophets and apostles speak to us in general conference.

Week 4: I am blessed when I choose to follow the prophet.


Still learning…

This project has been really rewarding for me.  I feel blessed to have choosen a lapbooking topic that invites the spirit into my life.  I spend a lot of time on these and as I think of new elements to add, I find that I spend a lot of my day thinking about basic gospel truths.  These truths are so plain and precious that children understand them, but people at every age are touched by them.

Making these lapbooks is one project, but sharing them is another huge, not so spirit filled,  project.  I have made some strides though and wanted to post the February CTR Lapbook in one place to make it easier to download.  I still don’t know how to make a cute “final project” image like digital scrapbook kits have, but still learning…

Complete February CTR Lapbook

This file will have minimal instructions, but you can always get more details starting from the beginning of the February lapbook posts.

Get a sneak peek at some of the activities for the March CTR lapbook on the side bar.



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Week 4: Church members today are blessed for choosing the right.

My kids came home from Primary with their scripture puppets and they were so cute,  BUT surprisingly large.  My Puppet pocket was a little small to make a comfortable home for the new  little friends, but I still wanted to make them a part the lapbook.  Here is the modification I came up with and wanted to share.  Watch this video on  How to make a pocket for your lapbook
Find more videos like this on Lapbook Lessons
(if you don’t want to wait for a long video download, follow the link to lapbooklessons and watch it from there.)

You may also realize that by week 3 the lapbook is looking pretty full.  For Week 4, you can fill in the matchooks if you haven’t already, and practice singing the song. If your child comes home with a picture from sharing time, you can slip it into  the back pocket shown in the video above.  If he/ she would like to add another picture of a story he/she heard in primary about ways Church members chose the right and how they were blessed for doing, so you can work on this “Squash book” together.  **Sorry I see lots of typos in the instructions on the PDF

Squash Book

If you are out of room for a “triangle” squash book as the instructions suggest here are instructions for making a “square” version:  Cut around square picture.  Fold in half width wise and length wise and crease in both directions.  Fold along both diagonals and crease both directions.  Rotate square 45 degrees so it looks like a diamond.  Bring both side tips to the bottom and squash the square on top. Decorate with Clip art.

I’m  finishing up March’s lapbook “Living Prophets Teach Me to Choose the Right” so come back tomorrow for a sneak peak.  It’s gonna be BIG!




Why lapbooking works

I just read this great article on why lapbooking works by Robin who was a big inspiration to me with all of the Bible related lapbooks she has created.  You may want to pop over to her site to get a good view of how she puts it all together and you may even be inspired to create some of your own.  I’ll admit I don’t have anywhere the web skills that she does but hopefully with time I’ll make things a little more user friendly.  Thanks for being patient with me!

Here are 7 reasons Lapbooking works:

  1. Lap Books are Visual Knowledge
  2. Interactive, Hands-on Learning
  3. Lap Books Create Interest
  4. Images Enhance Learning
  5. Color Enhances Learning
  6. Right and Left Brain Skills
  7. Mini Books = Chunking Information

Go over to Heart of Wisdom to learn more.





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