Gospel Learning On Your Lap

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“6 Be’s” Lapbook Updates

Just an FYI: I’ve added some of the “Missing books” to the 6 Be’s Lapbook link.  I lost a lot of work when my computer crashed for the 4th time this year (you’d think I’d learn). But I had an epiphany and realized that I could just scan the hard copy and upload it here.  Jump over to 6 Be’s to see the additions.



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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 3: The Holy Ghost can help me.

This week’s lapbook minit book is an extension of sharing time.  The Outline suggests to play a matching game as a large group.  This matching game is just for one, or two, or three, or more!  Look carefuly at the two images below.  You will need to download and print both.  The cards are the same, but one has a pocket to store the cards and the other has clip art.  Use the clip art to decorate bare spots or cover mistakes.  I recommend printing these on CARDSTOCK .  Once you have cut out all of the squares, make double sided cards by gluing a CTR shield on to the back of each phrase card.  I put some little pictures on each phrase to help pre-readers play.  What do you think?  Does a blanket remind you of the comforter?

Click on each image below to download from 4Shared.

matching game copy matching game page 2 copy

I’d love to hear back from you if you like what I’ve created.



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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


May Week 1: As I repent, I can be forgiven.

I mentioned earlier that I really loved the object lesson suggestion sin the Sharing Time Outline.  Each child is given a pebble to put in his/her shoe.  The pebble represents sin. Then have them remove the pebble, and ask how repenting and receiving Heavenly Father’s forgiveness is like
removing the pebble from our shoe.  This lesson took me back to my mission.  I served in France (oo la la).  While walking along the provincial rue, I had the tiniest pebble in my shoe. I had heard this object lesson before (as well as the one with a backpack full of rocks) and I mulled it over and over while this tiny pebble was irritating my every step.  Finally I couldn’t take it any longer and stopped to take off my shoe.  I was shocked to see how that tiny little irritating pebble had made a huge hole in my stocking.  Why didn’t I stop sooner?  Why did I think I could hang on and take care of it later?  It’s the same parallel with sin.  We will feel so much better and ruin less things if we follow these steps of repentance without hesitation.

Instructions:  Download from 4shared by clicking on image.  Print on cardstock.  Color then cut out shoe and pebbles.  Read the scriptures together and try to match the scripture to the correct pebble.  Then put them in order from beginning to end.  For pre-readers you may want to number each pebble.  Laminate the pebbles (clear packing tape or contact paper will do the trick)  Glue the bottom and side edges of the shoe into the file folder.  Keep the top open to form a pocket in which to store the stones.

steps of repentance copy

You’ll want to prepare the song minit book early in the month to allow plenty of practice time.  The song  is “When I am baptized” CS 103.  (better known around here as the rainbow song).  The instructions are on the printable, but get excited—It’s a SQUASH book!!  Gee I like those! This is a little variation from the Squash book I made here, but I know you must be smart and will figure it out.

If you want to hear the tune to the song, visit. the LDS church Music interactive player.

Click on image to download from 4shared

Song copy

Happy scrap-lapbooking!




May CTR Lapbook: I Choose the Right When I Am Baptized and Confirmed a Member of the Church

Welcome and welcome back to Gospel Learning On Your Lap!  My goal is to help Ladder Saint parents and teachers teach and reinforce the gospel of Jesus Christ in a fun and memorable way.  Lapbooking is a very visual and hands-on  way of retaining information.  Primary aged children need a lot of practice refining their motor skills.  They need practice cutting, writing, coloring, and folding.  They also need to practice critical thinking such as spatial orientation, patterning, sorting, and memorizing.  Why not working on all of these essentials while talking about the gospel of Jesus Christ? 

This months theme is: I choose the right when I am baptized and confirmed a member of the Church.

The Sharing Time Outline has some excellent object lessons for the Primary Presidency to present to the children during Sharing Time.  Here is the official link to the 2012 Primary Sharing Time Outline

Sharing Time Outline 2012

These lessons were the inspiration for most of the minit books this month.  One of my favorite examples is putting a pebble in every child’s shoe.  This pebble represents sin.  It becomes uncomfortable very quickly.  With this thought I made the “Steps of Repentance” minit book, teaching the 6 steps of repentance.  I’ll share that and many other minit books in the following posts:

Week 1: As I repent, I can be forgiven.

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

Week 3: The Holy Ghost can help me.

Week 4: When I take the sacrament, I renew my baptismal covenants.

But first, we need to prepare your file folder.  Please visit this past post to learn the basics of lapbooking: Basics

Here is the Cover (click Image to download from 4shared)

cover copyIsn’t it adorable?  Just wait for the other minit books!

Print out the “Funstuf Hidden picture” below for the back of your lapbook.  Typically, I like to laminate these and have the kids use a dry erase marker or dry erase crayons.  This time I may just have them color it and point to the hidden pictures instead of circling them.  I’ll just add that I loved these hidden pictures when I was a kid!

March 2003 Friend

I haven’t completed all of the minit books, but I wanted to get you started.  So no single download for May yet.  Hang in there and come visit again soon!



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Jesus Christ Teaches Me to Choose the Right finished lapbook

DSCN1996 Here is what our lapbook looks like once we have arranged all the mini-book in the file folder.  My printer was running out of ink so your colors will be more true than mine.  I love this digi kit from The Loco House  Stop by and say thanks for sharing this free kit. 


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April Week 4: I feel my Savior’s love when I try to be like Jesus Christ.


Below are two match books to print off.  Have your child trace the words from the scripture John 13:15.  Glue the printing inside the cover and glue the back to the lapbook  Once it is in his/her lapbook he/she can practice memorizing it.  The other matchbook is for some short journaling.

scripture matchbook copy

This next image is a wheel and best printed on cardstock.  Cut the pieces out and place the “Remember Jesus” on top.  Push a brad through the center.   You can push the brad through the file folder or glue the back to the lapbook.  (click on image to download from 4 shared)Wheel copyI hope you have enjoyed making April’s Lapbook.  Leave a comment below if  you have any questions or have enjoyed making one of your own.



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April Weeks 2 &3: Jesus Christ taught me the right way to live.

Here we go with week 2 and 3.  Need to do some catching up?  Stop by these recent posts:  All of April in one zip fileweek 1, Basics.

Jesus taught me the right way to live. He sure did and now it is our turn to teach our children what Jesus has taught us so they can say that with confidence too.  The Friend published a perfect mini-book all about what Jesus taught, so I’ve added that to our lapbook this month.  In fact there were many booklets in past issues of The Friend about Jesus, and I had a hard time narrowing it down.  I thought I’d share some of the links in case you wanted to turn you lapbook into a double fold lapbook like last month

Friend, April 1982

Friend, March 1999

Friend, April 1999


name of Christ

(I can’t find the link to this, and I did not add it to our lapbook, but we made it for Easter.  This is from the Friend but I’m not sure which issue, sorry)

Right click on both images below and Save As to your computer.  Insert them into a word document and resize them to fill the whole page or print them from your photo  software (I use Picasa) as a full page or poster size. 

jesus book 1 of 2

jesus book 2 of 2 

The instructions are to print on cardstock, but regular paper will be fine because it will be supported in your lapbook.  Cut each page along the dotted lines.  Read the scripture for each page with your child and discuss the picture.  On the back of the paper have your child draw a picture of his/her doing a similar act of love.  I think this will be a tender moment as you see through your child’s eyes how they want to be like Jesus.  Once the book is ready, punch holes on the marked sides of the pages and tie your book together with ribbon, yarn, or brads. I added an extra page to the end so we could glue the mini-book into the lapbook without covering up the drawing. 

STOP!!! Don’t throw away those scraps!!!  I take my paper and ink saving responsibility serious people!  We are using that beautiful Hoffman painting to make a puzzle.  Cut around Jesus and find some popsicle sticks or tongue depressors.  You can also cut around the cut title “Jesus Christ Loves Everyone” and glue that in your lapbook over a bare spot or a mistake. 

To make your puzzle, trace around each popsicle stick with a pencil attempting to center the puzzle in the middle of the stick.  Once you have marked each line, cut and glue each piece to a stick taking care to line up the sides of the stick with each other.  To make this puzzle easier for younger kids, you can number or letter the sticks in order.  (My kids really liked that.) There you go a nice sturdy puzzle for your lapbook to play with over and over again.  Tip: if you can’t find any sticks just cut the picture into random pieces, laminate, and store in the puzzle pocket.


And here is the Pocket to store the puzzle along with another pocket and cards to teach your child how to say ‘I Love You” in sign language. 

 Pockets and I love you cards



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April Week 1: Jesus Christ is the perfect example for me.

Welcome to Gospel Learning On Your Lap.  I have posted the entire month’s mini-books in one download here. The rest of the April posts will include direction for assembly and some teaching suggestions for creating a lapbook with the Sharing Time theme “Jesus Christ Teaches Me
to Choose the Right”  I will include downloads for each mini-book as I explain them.  Tip: You will be downloading from 4Shared, a third party hosting site.  Just click on the link, click on Download Now, wait 20 seconds and click download again.  This will save the file to your computer for you to open and print through Adobe. 

First up, turning your file folder into a lapbook.  Check out my older posts to become a lapbooking pro. 

Download and print the Cover.  The cover this month is a coloring book page with a little digi-scrap additions (Your welcome, I like saving money on ink too.)  This will be fun coloring activity during church or when you are putting it together with your child. 

April Cover (click here to download NOT on image)

April Cover copy

Next item is the song.   According to the Primary sharing time outline, the chorister is to choose the song.  Our primary will be singing “Jesus Once was a Little Child” .  Another reader requested “I’m Learning the Ways of Jesus” and “I’m trying to be like Jesus”  so I’ve made all three.  Just choose which song you would like to include in your lapbook and download and print it.  You will glue the song on an inside flap.  I have included some extra clip art on the same page as the song.  Set it aside to cover any mistakes or bare spots once all of your mini-books are in place.  Tip: Print on normal setting.  Printing with Fast draft is a ink saving option, but the words are too light to read on this file.  I'm Learning the Ways of Jesus song and clip art copy Click on ONE of the following links to Download your song of choice:

I’m Learning the Ways of Jesus

I’m trying to be like Jesus

Jesus Once was a Little Child

If there are any other request for songs, I would be glad to accommodate.  Just leave a message in the comments, and I’ll follow up this week. 

For the last two mini-book for Week 1, download and print  from this link  (NOT the image)

Tag book and star puzzle

You can glue the star puzzle to the back of your lapbook.  I like to cover this with contact paper so it can be used over and over again.  Cut apart each tag and fasten together with a brad a the top.  You can fasten the book by pushing the brad through the file folder or gluing the back page to the inside flap.  If you go with the brad method, do that BEFORE you glue your cover on.  The cover will hide the back side of the brad.  For older children you can cut out more tags and have them write additional things Jesus would have them do such as go to the temple, family history, write in their journal, work on their Duty to God etc.  WWJD tag book

Thanks for staying tuned for April.  It is such a wonderful theme following Easter and General Conference.  I’m sure you will find a lot to talk to your children about this month as “we [continue] to talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” 2 Nephi 25:26