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Lead Me, Guide Me Tot School

It’s my birthday! To celebrate my 08/08 birthday as well as 800 Facebook followers, I have a freebie for you all!

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I’m so excited to announce a mini project I’ve been working on for a bit. I absolutely love my Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool Curriculum, but it is definitely geared towards older preschoolers. This K4 program assumes your child recognizes his or her letters and is starting to learn the sounds associated with each letter. Today I have a free download for you: LDS preschool printables for the youngest crowd!


It is designed to work with the Walk Beside Me curriculum or as a standalone activity (also: think FHE and Sacrament Meeting activities!)  If you have an older child who is ready for Walk Beside Me, start your tot on these simple hands on activities that go right along with your theme for the week! If your child is a bit older, but perhaps not ready for some of the activities in Walk Beside Me, use the Lead Me, Guide Me set to fill out your weekly curriculum. This download contains 5 activities: a Do-A-Dot page, a coloring page, a collage page, a ‘trace then write’ page, and a phonics coloring page. (Look here for an excellent example of collage pages!) There are 130 total pages in this download alone!

Click the DOWNLOAD button below to receive your free printables! This download is absolutely free! If you find it useful, please consider donating! Donating helps support this blog, supports my LDS homeschooling endeavors, and helps me justify the time and energy in creating more printables for you. Feel free to donate as much as you feel this curriculum is worth to you!

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Note: This download is a zipped file. You’ll need a program to unzip it, like WinZip, to open it.

 

General Conference Ideas for Young Children

I am so happy to be featuring Kirstylee as a guest blogger today! She has some fabulous ideas on keeping those kids wrangled during General Conference. For more ideas, check out my Pinterest General Conference Fun board, and don’t forget to read my post from April’s conference, as well as ideas for conference that travel well! - Sarah

Hey, my name is Kirstylee and I am a brand new blogger over at Moms Have Questions Too where I answer all of the questions moms have. I just want to take a quick second to thank Sarah for letting me be a guest blogger on her awesome website! This is my very first guest post and I’m so excited to be doing it on Confessions of a Slacker Mom. And now, I have some ideas to help you survive General Conference with young children.

Moms Have Questions Too General Conference Activity Ideas for Young Children

I used to love General Conference. Then, I had kids and I dreaded General Conference (you know what I mean, right). Then I discovered Pinterest and General Conference once again became something I enjoyed. Cheer for Pinterest!! Last April, I discovered (on Pinterest, of course) the idea to make a different activity bag for your child for each speaker during Conference. I did this and after General Conference my four year old (Little Bear) asked me every week for four months when it was going to be General Conference again. I’d say that was a success.

This October, I decided to create several preschool aged printables to go in Little Bear’s activity bags and I also put together several activity bags for my toddler, Smiley Man (1). Here are a few of the activities that will be going in their General Conference Activity Bags.

Preschool Printables:

General Conference Activities Sticker Art Pages Sticker Art Pages

General Conference Activities Poke Pages Book of Mormon Poke Pages

General Conference Activities Apostle Magnet Pages Apostle Magnet or Do-a-Dot Pages

General Conference Activities Magnetic Letter Match Church Magnetic Letter Match Pages

Additional Preschool ideas you may like:

Toddler Printables:

General Conference Activities Milk Cap Pictures Milk Cap Pictures for Match and Drop Game

General Conference Activities Apostle Pictures Envelope Matching Pictures of Apostles to put in matching envelope

Additional toddler ideas you may like:

More General Conference Ideas:

If you have older children, I really like these General Conference packets. In fact, I printed out a copy of the Junior Primary Age Packet for each of the kids in my CTR 7 class. Sugardoodle also has some great General Conference packets. I also love this idea for General Conference treat buckets and I’ll probably use it once my kids are a little older. Of course, the ultimate resource is Sarah’s General Conference Fun Pinterest board. There are some amazing ideas on that board!

Good luck with General Conference this weekend! Remember that pre-planning on your part will make for a much happier and quieter General Conference. Pssst, that means you actually get to listen. ;)

A “nice normal family!” {Free Printable!}

We're a Nice Normal Family - Free Printable

Confession:
I’m still in my pajamas at 2:00 pm.
My kids had lunch an hour ago… and we ate breakfast at 10 a.m.
Summer days, I’ve decided, are like three school weeks.

We’ve been killing time… and trying not to kill each other. It’s going super well.

My sister requested a quote in vinyl, inspired from this pin. I thought it would be fun to make up a printable too. The quote: “Remember, as far as anyone knows… we’re a nice normal family.”

Let’s not let the cat of the bag. We’re all normal here! *wink*wink*

I’m offering this free printable in eight colors and two different sizes. (Whoa, that’s sixteen choices there.) This download is also available as a black and white jpeg (without the border) for your vinyl cutter. There are also individual jpeg downloads for printing at a photo shop.

Feel free to link to this post, but not the pdf file itself. This download is for personal, non-commercial use only. Thanks!

Click here for the 12×12 pdf set.
Click here for the 6×6 pdf set.

or
Click here for the black and white jpeg version (for cutting out with a vinyl cutter!)

or
Click below to download the jpeg images, perfect for sending down to your local Costco for printing. These are sized at 12×12 but will easily print smaller for you if you desire!

Pink jpeg
Yellow jpeg
Tan jpeg
Hot pink jpeg
Orange jpeg
Green jpeg
Aqua jpeg
Brown jpeg 

I’d love to show you images of the final project… but as my sister will tell you, I have not actually delivered the requested vinyl signs. :/

Which color printable is your favorite? I ♥ the aqua, though the green matches my home the best!
Do you have a favorite quote that represents your family?

 

{Homeschool} Preschool Graduation

Preschool Graduation Party - Homeschool Style!

A couple of weeks ago, Nicole’s little cousin mentioned something about her upcoming preschool graduation. I explained what this meant and Nicole immediately jumped on the idea that she needed a graduation party too. After all, we were just about to finish our Walk Beside Me preschool curriculum! I told her sure, we can do that. Of course, I meant “party of six,” or a family party.

She then asked if she could invite her next door neighbor.
Um, yes?
And her cousin who was also graduating?
Uh… sure.
And the sisters of her cousin?

You see where this is going, right? Pretty soon I agreed to inviting all the four year olds Nicole knows! So we did a simple extremely low budget (think dollar store!) graduation party to celebrate the finishing of our Walk Beside Me Preschool!

I invited all the moms via evite. Then I shopped in mid-May at the dollar store and spent about $5 on little decorations. I threw together some simple allergy friendly party favors using Smarties and Dum Dums. I designed a treat bag topper for the preschool graduation, and stapled it to a little treat bag. For good measure, I sprinkled some confetti in the treat bag too. Click the image to download your own treat toppers!

Digital scrap products from Sweet Shoppe Designs by Design by Dani.

The day of the party I panicked because the weather was a little iffy for the park gathering I had planned. Not wanting to clean my house, and knowing one of our allergy buddies couldn’t be in my house with our Stupid Shedding Dog, I got permission to throw our party at our church. (Okay, this involved last minute phone tag and total panic on my part… but it all worked out okay!)

At our super simple party, we made our own graduation hats for a craft using supplies I already had at home.

These required some construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, and a stapler. You can get a full tutorial on making graduation caps, (we skipped the tassels) but you can see how easily it was to construct…

They weren’t perfect. ;) But how cute are these little models?

Then we played a game I made up the night before. I called it,
“Preschool, Preschool, KINDERGARTEN.”

You might know it as “duck, duck, goose.”
Yeah, I felt pretty clever.

Then we passed out the treat bags and we were DONE.

Party decorations: $5
Party treats: $5
My preschooler knowing I’m proud of her?
Priceless.

I Spy Nature!

I Spy Nature

I’ve been in a slump this week. Not depressed, just not a lot of energy to do anything beyond what I already promised the kids we would do. When I came across this Nature Scavenger Hunt (on pinterest! of course!), I knew it was something my kids could do easily without my help. Which is nice, because I have some… web browsing to do. Very important stuff, you know.

The thing I didn’t love about this nature scavenger hunt was that you were supposed to collect stuff. I could just see little bits of “nature” working its way in my house and refusing to leave. Plus I wanted a fun little twist to make it more interesting for my older kids, Jordan and Rebecca. They’ve been somewhat couch potatoes this summer, and they’ve been struggling to get along.

I came up with a fun activity called “I Spy Nature!” It’s a list of items that you print out, but rather than collecting items, you just take pictures. Nice and clean, see?

This worked out brilliantly. My twelve year old was surprised that he had fun doing it. I was surprised that they didn’t fight while doing it. {I send my kids outside and ten minutes later, they are inside tattling. I ask you, what is the point of tattling when you’re just as guilty as the person you’re tattling on??}

Any activity that doesn’t inspire arguing is a winner in my book. And just look at the fun things they found
{pictures courtesy of Jordan and his crappy cheap cell phone and used by permission}

a seed:

something straight:

and something they consider a ‘treasure:’

Now we have some fun pictures to keep, and I had an hour of peace. What more could you want?

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