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June CTR Lapbook Week 4: When I dress modestly, I respect my body as a gift from God.

This week is a simple paper doll kit.  I’ll tell you this was a little tricky to find because there a plenty of paper dolls out there that are NOT modest!  These even come with coordinating scripture cases.  I’m not sure how excited my pre-k boy will like this activity, but I’m sure little sis will at least chew on them so I’m laminating them and printing them on card stock. 

Right click on image to “Save As” then print.paper dolls

How did your June CTR Lapbook Turn out?



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June CTR Lapbook Week 3: I obey the Word of Wisdom by eating and drinking that which is good and avoiding that which is bad.

We had a fun FHE last week using our June lapbook.  Our first activity was playing charades with our Tithing cards.  Each family member acted out a chore while the others guessed.  Then together we decided how much money went to the Bishop for tithing.  I haven’t talked about rounding numbers with my kids so we just explained the decimal trick of moving it one place to the left to find 10 percent.  My kids “got it” and we all had fun acting out the chores.

The next activity was doing this puzzle.  I had each family member choose a puzzle piece and before they could place it, I had them tell something wonderful about their body.   I also added that our bodies are so special because Heavenly Father created them after his own.  It is our responsibility to put good things in to them and keep bad things out.

Click on image to download from 4shared.  (The download has lines for the puzzle)37108_000_Intro.qxd

I had a moment to realized how grateful I am to know the truth about our creation.  Teaching the doctrine of being created in the image of God opens the discussion for so many important things the are considered “hard” to talk about.  As we did this puzzle together, i taught them to avoid pornography, to live the law of chastity, to stay away from drugs, and to protect themselves from child molesters,  I did it simply by reminding them that we don’t want to look at things that make us feel yucky (avoid porn), We need to cover our private parts and not share them with others (chastity and protection from molestation). Eat healthy foods and stay away from things that will make us sick (drugs).  Eventually we we will have to have more detailed discussions on these topics, but I think addressing them now within this framework will help answers some of the why’s later.  So here is the puzzle along with an envelope to store it.  I apologize but I think the puzzle is a little tight.  I measured it when I made it but leave yourself a little extra wiggle room by folding the pocket a little wider than the lines indicate.   And I must add, I am in love with the new pocket template from Heart of Wisdom, but I know I’m verging on overkill as this lapbook currently has three pockets.

Click on image to download from 4shared.


Hope you have  a Happy Father’s day!  Ours will include a treasure hunt, pillow fight, and special treats.



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June CTR Week 2: When I pay my tithing, Heavenly Father will bless me.

There are a lot of things to think about when teaching kids about money.  My preschoolers are learning to identify the coins, but I need to remind myself that counting money is not my end goal.  I want my children to understand the value of hard work, saving, and paying tithing.  This minit book that I’ve created will help with some of that.  It will also challenge those writing and math skills.  The instructions are on the printout.

I recommend printing both of these on cardstock.

Click on images to downlaod.3circlebook.psd Tithing cards copy

Remember the maze that is on the back of the lapbook?  It explains what tithing is used for and would be good to review this week.  Happy lapbooking.  Leave a little love if you are using a CTR lapbook!



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June CTR Week 1: I pray to Heavenly Father for strength to do what is right.


Make sure you have the other pieces of June’s CTR Lapbook!   Check recent posts for more: 

June cover and back

For this week’s minit book, I’m adding a Flip Flap book on Prayer.  This is from the nursery manual “Behold Your Little Ones”.  I’ve added an optional cover to glue on to coordinate with the rest of the minit books.  Just glue it on then cut the flaps.  If you opt not to print the cover, you can glue on clip art or write your own titles for the flaps. 

*I have  a Live Writer mystery and can’t seem to get a picture to post here but here are the links for the downloads. 

Prayer cover

Prayer flip flap book

Another option would be to just print the cover and have older children journal about what they can pray for and the different types of prayers on the blank inside of the flip flap book.

The other element we will work on this week is the song.  I used a Pocket Mod design which is similar to an accordian book, but with less wasted paper.  The song is “Nephi’s Courage”

Click on image to download from 4Shared.


Here are the instructions for creating a Pocket Mod designed book.  Cut around the outside (this part is not necessary if your are designing your own).  Fan fold the vertical lines.  Unfold the fist layer.  Place the first and last layer on the table so you have one “Mountain” standing.  You should see the red line on the “Nephi’s Courage” book.  Cut along this red line.  Fold along the horizontal lines and push the pages closed so that the cover is the first page.  Hmm this might help: 

Now you’ll need to store that neat book in something….3circlebook.psd


Looking good!  I have something really fun to share for Week 2.  See you soon!



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June 2012 CTR Lapbook

cover_edited-2Glad to see you are back for this month’s CTR Lapbook.  I’ve designed this lapbook to follow the 2012 Primary Sharing Time Ounline.  This month’s theme is: I Choose the Right by Living Gospel Principles.  Each week highlights a different principle, and I have made a minit book FREE to Download for each one.  These little minit books will help you reinforce these Gospel teaching in a fun and creative way. The best part? Creating these books with your children will also refine “school skills” such as handwriting practice, scissor work, memory, and math skills.  I love a two for one!  I suggest you sit down with your child/children on a Sunday afternoon or for FHE and work on it together.  I’ve tried to design these lapbooks for varying skill levels so multiple siblings can contribute to the final product.  The best part (do I have to pick just one)?  You can use them over and over again as a quiet book at church or school work practice.  I love a two for one and lots of mileage on my investment (mainly time and ink on this project.)

So lets get started.  If you are new you’ll need to do some background research so visit these previous posts:  the basics, a final product

If you are a lapbook pro, git downloading! (or take a minute and become a follower)

Supplies you will need:

  • file folder
  • paper
  • printer
  • scissors
  • glue gun or glue stick
  • laminator (optional)

First Download and print the cover:  Click on image to download from 4shared.  Once there hit download, wait 20 seconds and hit download again.   


Glue on the cover and clip open the folder.  The Basics post will make this clear.  

Next prepare the back.  Click on the image to print jpeg.



Credit:  The Friend Magazine, February 2010

I like to make this reusable by covering one side with contact paper and doing the maze with a dry erase marker.  (That way everyone gets a turn.)

You are on your way.  Coming soon will be more minit books for the following principles:

Here’s a sneak peak of how cute they turned out!



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