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Celebrate the Family Week

Join me today over at Chocolate on my Cranium where I’ll be sharing Part 1 of my newest lapbook The Family: A Proclamation to the World.
Family Proclamation


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The Family: A Proclamation to the World Part II

Welcome to Gospel Learning On Your Lap!  If you are joining me from Chocolate on My Cranium, you have already had a peak at what we are making and have taken care of downloading  “The Family: A Proclamation to the World Part I”.  If not, then head on over and join in Celebrate the Family week.

Family Proclamation

So on to Part II

You will need to save and print these two images below.

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family treeTip: Fill out the family tree and glue it to the back of your file folder.  If you cover the paper with contact paper first and use a dry erase marker, multiple kids will get a chance to fill in the blanks, and it makes for more handwriting and spelling practice.

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 * print temple on cardstock

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  Tip: Cut an “X” just inside the borders of the white square. Glue the flaps together then glue the white triangle (created by the “x” cut) connected to the back wall onto the file folder.  Flatten the temple for storage by pushing the back temple wall to the file folder and pushing the font wall  toward one of the side walls. Cut out the temple bricks.  Look up the scripture and discuss how it can help us built our testimony of the temple.  Then glue on the brick.

For the rest of these mini books, the directions are on the printout and are pretty straight forward except for the one on the bottom right!!


There wasn’t an inch of space left for instructions, but don’t worry that’s why I made the video!

Tips:  Remember the scoring dimensions are 2 “, 2 3/4″, 3 1/2″, and 4 1/4”

I left one of the squares blank so you could personalize it with your family name or a little drawing.

The last little mini book is a paper doll chain.  I’m excited to show this little trick to my kids.  Just a few fan folds and a freehand cut out of a girl or boy and you have a family. As a kid, it seemed so amazing pulling open the folds and all of the dolls were magically holding hands.  It would be fun to decorate the dolls to look like your family.  I think it would also be fun to use fabric for the clothes (but keep it simple if that idea is stopping your from completing your lapbook!)  If you are worried about freehanding the doll you can use Martha’s template.


So to finish up, I just wanted to remind you that creating the lapbook with (instead of for) your children will make it the most meaningful.  Kids will get a lot of great cutting and gluing  practice strengthening those little fingers!   I try to include elements for pre-schoolers and elementary schoolers to help you make it a family project.

I feel so honored to be part of Celebrate the Family this year.  Please say “hi” if you like what I’ve shared.  The comments sections is also the best place for questions!



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The Gospel and Preschool

I just need to know if I am in far left field.  We are putting together our preschool co-op for next fall and had a planning meeting to discuss the details.  I purposed that we use Sarah’s Walk Beside Me Curriculum.  It is so cute!  She has created printables for each letter A-Z themed around scripture heroes from the Book of Mormon.  Amazing stuff!  I thought “How perfect! I want to do this with our co-op.”  I was so shot down!  Well there were a few “I don’t really care”s,  but not enough to even form a group. The reason? “I don’t believe in mixing religion with education.”  This came from a group of thirteen stay-at-home LDS moms.  I really admire and respect most of them (a few I met for the first time at our planning meeting).  But I need to know.  Am I in far left field thinking that tracing the letter H and learning about Helaman’s Army is a beautiful thing?  Or is it just best to stick with Hippos?  Please, Please, Please help me see both sides and leave a comment below.


May Week 2: When I am baptized and confirmed, I am following Jesus’s example.

“Mini-books?”, “Minit books?” I thought these little books filled with information and glued into a file folder creating a lapbook were called mini-books because they are mini.  I guess I need to take a closer look at the fuzzy screen.  I now see that they are referred to as minit books.  That makes sense too because they take a “minit” to review and make.  These little mini-minit books contain a short summary of principles being taught or a reminder of important information.

Here is the minit book for Week 2.  This is a “3 flap flip flap book”.  It has the Fourth Article of Faith broken into phases.  Anticipating what phrase comes next, helps people memorize things.  Just cut out the two pieces.  Glue the last phrase to the center, then fold it so it unfolds in order.    For pre-readers you can draw little pictures on each flap to help them remember what each phrase is about.    Click on the image to download from 4Shared.4th article of faith copy


April’s 2012 Sharing Time Lapbook: Jesus Teaches Me to Choose the Right.

“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15).

For those of you just learning the joys of lapbooking, be sure to check out the basics on this page before beginning.

For you pros, here is a zip file to download all of the files in one jump for the month.  Some PDF’s have the instructions written on them, some do not.  Just stay tuned, and I’ll post the instructions weekly along with some teaching ideas.  You may want to follow me for e-mail updates when I post so you stay on (or ahead of) the sharing time schedule.

I’m trying to be like Jesus song and clip art.zip’ target=_blank>April’s lapbook Jesus Teaches me to Choose the Right



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Hinckley’s 6 Be’s

I know that most younger children only know President Thomas S. Monson as the President of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.  In a recent Ensign message, President Monson shared his ABC’s with us.  I of course have big plans for that, but in the mean time, I’ll share something special that I made to helps us all remember a very meaningful message shared with us by President Gordon B, Hinckley.

  • Be Grateful
  • Be Smart
  • Be Clean
  • Be True
  • Be Humble
  • Be Prayerful

I realize that he added three more Be’s to the original six, but many of the things I found to make into mini-books were perfectly suited for 6.  I’m calling it good.

This was the very first and very experimental of my scrap/lapbooking.  I learned so much creating it that it became the spring board for this whole undertaking.  What a fun adventure this has been.

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Since I’m assuming you are now a pro at lapbooking, I’m just going to link the downloads here and you can get started.  I believe that teaching these these virtues will increase the harmony in our homes and the love we feel for our fellow mankind.

The digi kit i used was from Audra’s little scraps.  Please remember these are only for personal or church use and should never be sold.

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***Updated:  I scanned some of the “missing books” that were in my original “Be” book.  The download does not include instructions so read through these tips before you print.  Click on the image to download from 4shared. 

  • Hand book.  Cut out hands.  Stack together and staple on the bottom of the palm.  You can glue the back to the lapbook or store it in the pocket from above.




This is a tab book.  Cut out all card and stack in this order: Mouth, eyes, heart, body.  Then put two staples in at the bottom.  Glue the last page to the file folder.scan0003

Now this is a fun one.  Cut out the first page of octagon ANSWERS as one piece.  Fold all of the octagons to the center.  Cut out the Question octagons individually.  Glue the Questions to the back of the Answers.  Glue the back of the “BE GRATEFUL” octagon to the file folder.  Then refold to play.  child tries to guess how to say Thank You in the different languages.  scan0004


***Not all of the mini-books in the photo above are available for download.  My computer crashed  and I lost some tons of work.  Since creating this book, some of the papers and clip art are no longer available so I’m having trouble recreating it exactly as pictured above.  If  you really need me to get on this restoration immediately, leave a comment and I’ll move it up on my list of things to do!

If you have questions or a nice comment, please let me know below!




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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Week 1: Noah was blessed for choosing the right.

We are starting on the inside elements of our February CTR lapbook.  If you still need to print the cover and back activity, click here.  If  you want to make a January’s start here.

Noah was blessed for choosing the right. ***Remember just click on the image to download and print.

Have your child cut out the flap book about Noah and discuss the answers to each question. You can print out the inside of the flapbook and glue it to the inside or just draw or write in the answers.  I recommend gluing this flapbook somewhere in the middle of the lapbook and not to one of the flaps because the pages will get crunched if the child is not super careful when he/she folds them closed.

Here’s a cute puzzle about what Noah took on the ark.  You can discuss how gathering two of every animal would have been a very hard task, but Noah chose to obey the Lord and was blessed.  Cardstock or laminating would be a good option for the puzzle pieces.
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Have your child practice their handwriting with tracing the scripture from Mosiah 2:22 or have an older child share insights with a short journal entry.

song and clip art.pdf

“Choose the Right”  is the song to practice this month.  The chorister will be so glad to hear your child singing every word so beautifully because he/she knows the words from playing with this months lapbook!  Use the additional clipart to decorate bare spaces in your lapbook.




February CTR Lapbook

Here is the first pieces of February’s lapbook.  Click on images to download, then print on regular paper (for some elements of the lapbook, I recommend printing on cardstock).

Prepare your filefolder, then glue the cover vertically on the front. Once glue has dried, cut along the seam to open.

For the back of your lapbook, I like to use something the kids can use over and over.  Covering the CTR Maze with contact paper and gluing it on the back allows everyone a chance to have a turn over and over and over again.  Have you tried dry erase crayons?  I’ve tried them and here are some of the pros: variety of colors, easier to wash out of clothes than DE markers, don’t write on cloths as easily as do DE markers, they come with a sharpener and eraser in the box.  Here are some of the cons: break easily (3-4 year old boys), rub off on clothes, hard to keep a fine point.

Now that your cover and back are ready, add your mini books to help your children remember what they learned in Primary Sharing time.

Click here to see the finished lapbook.




CTR 2012 Lapbooks

By creating this series of  lapbooks, I want to help parents reinforce the lessons learned in Primary Sharing Time throughout the year.  I hope that this resource will help children and families learn these values and truths everyday and not just save these discussions for Sunday or Monday night.  With that said, these minibooks will make great Sabbath day activities and fun family night visuals and activities but you can also use them during the week as part of preschool learning or scripture journaling.  I want to put elements into each lapbook for a variety of ages and skills so the whole family can contribute to the book.  I know it is tempting to just have mom do all of the cutting and pasting, but I feel children will have more ownership as they are involved in the creation process.  So let them cut (you can trim up later) and color and be a part of the creation.  They will be learning fine motor skills, having fun, and building their testimonies.

January Weekly themes:

        • Agency is the gift to choose for ourselves.
        • In premortal life, I chose to follow God’s plan.
        • Jesus Christ created the earth as a place where I can learn to choose the right