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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!