Monday, February 25, 2013

Reverence Update

I thought I would give an update on our reverence situation.

We decided that we would switch the very next week.  I kept feeling that we needed to do this immediately. 

Yesterday we tried sitting right behind the cousins, and it was an instant gab session.   They keep asking when we are going to sit by them, and I just said, "When we can all be reverent so I can listen."  I think the main problem is that I end up with 4 or more kids talking to me and I can't hear.

We moved back a few rows and happened to be sitting next to a family with teenage girls, and it was amazing how the little girls really look up to them!  They wanted to show them their earrings and their notebooks and crayons.  Then when it was time for the sacrament to be passed, the older girls we so helpful with the reverence thing.  Telling them to be quiet.  Showing how to be respectful.  It was a very good thing for them and for me.  Sir Spoil-Her-Highness had to go help out at a branch, so he wasn't there for the first half. 
I made erasable Gospel ABC coloring books for the girls ( I think that Master J wants one, though he claimed he didn't).  Then I purchased the Crayola Dry Erase Markers.  (I have used the dry erase crayons and they are SUPER MESSY!!)  And Once again I have wipes in my bag (for cleaning hands).  Strange :}

I also used the idea of helping the kids sing the songs.  I tell them to listen to a certain phrase or tell them what phrase is coming up. With the older who can read, I make sure they have a book open to the right page.

We are still having a hard time with whispering.  I have to remind over and over again to speak quietly in the person's ear so that only they can hear.  I think we need to practice that again tonight. 

Next week in our Stake Conference, so I am going to get together some fun activities to keep them entertained and see if I can listen.  I am so looking forward to this new stage and hope that we can accomplish this goal before Easter. Pin It

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fabric Iron on

I love to sew quite a bit, as most of you have guessed. 
I love to applique, but with my shaky hands, it has been difficult to transfer the pattern onto the wonder-under.
So this week, while working on the St. Patrick's Day Mystery Quilt, I tried something new.

I cut out the wonder-under the size of a sheet of paper (8.5 by 11 inches).  Then place it into the paper tray of the printer.  (Make sure if it is letters that the letters are backwards)

Iron the sheet onto the back side of the fabric.  I had to cut down the size of the sheet so it would fit better on the fabric.

Next cut out the shapes.  Iron them onto the block/shirt/whatever the applique is designed for.

 Now it is ready to zig-zag or blanket stitch around.  

Have fun with your next applique project!

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

School Days

We've joined together as classmates
as the new year begins...
A year full of learning
while we become friends.
We'll share and be kind
as we work and play.
And our friendship will grow
with each passing day.

We live in a wonderful community.  The schools and neighborhood are amazing.  I have said this before, I love the way the schools are configured.  We have k-5 in one school, 6 & 7, 8 & 9, 10-12.  As a teacher AND a parent, I really love this.  I really don't think 6th graders should be in a school with 8th graders.  And freshman are not ready to be with seniors.

When the proposal was put forth to bus the high schoolers (9th - 12th) 25 minutes to the south end of the county, I was not happy.  I totally understand that our current school is becoming crowded.  I totally agree that something needs to be done.  But I don't agree with sending them so far away.

Luckily another solution has come about.  They will put a middle school (7th - 9th) here in our neighborhood, which can be changed to a high school when the need arises.  I'm not sure how I feel about 6th graders being with 3rd grade on down, and also 7th with 9th.  I hope it will be okay, but it is MUCH better than the alternative! Pin It


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