Monday, December 23, 2013

Out With the Old, In With the New

This blog has MOVED to a new site on Blogspot: LDS Come Follow Me!

I have decided that this blog, with its faulty URL and title ("Come Unto Me" instead of "Come, Follow Me"--how did I miss that?) just does not get found by people, plus mistakes like that bug me.  So I am transferring all this information to my new "Come FOLLOW Me" blog, which will hopefully have multiple authors. 

See you there!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Is This Blog Useful?

I would like readers' opinions on this blog.  I'm not sure how useful it really is, inasmuch as we are supposed to teach by the Spirit, have the students do much of the teaching, and use the church's online resources.  I'm considering whether I should continue the blog, change its format, or quit.

Whereas my Gospel Doctrine Plus blog gets 15,000 pageviews a month, this one gets just over 1,000.  I am wondering if a blog is not really useful for the new format of youth Sunday School classes.

I find, for myself (I teach 13-14-year-olds), I am getting inspiration up until and including the moment that I am teaching, which makes posting that idea on the blog not too helpful, and possibly not relevant to other people.  I am assuming a lot of other teachers are having the same experience, so maybe the blog is not very useful.  It would certainly make my life simpler to discard it since time is at a premium for me as it is for most everyone.

But if a blog like this is useful to people, I'm wondering about turning it into more of a network, where every reader could post and share his own ideas for teaching each of the topics.  I would preview the posts first to make sure they are in line with the doctrine, etc., and it could become a clearinghouse of lesson plans, object lessons, activities, and stories.  I'm pretty sure you can do this on Blogger and it would be simple to make the change, or to set up a new blog with those parameters.  We might get a lot of fun, creative ideas that way.

Tell me what you think, if you have an opinion or an idea, by leaving a comment below.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Showing Videos from the Internet

I would caution you against trying to play videos directly off the internet at your church-house, if you haven't tried it first.  The internet at our church-house is so very slow, and so spotty throughout the building, that I have never been able to get one to play.  You can download videos directly to your computer at home, however, and then show them from your device during your lesson.  The internet brower "Firefox" has a free application for software to download videos and it's incredibly simple.  I LOVE this app!  Here is the link to get it.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ya'all Come Back Now, Ya Hear?

In case you are new to the site, I want to let you know that I frequently update the pages as I come up with new ideas and lesson plans, and as I get the time.  If you are "following," you probably won't get notice of most of the updates since they are on the "pages" instead of on the "posts" so you'll have to check them yourself.  Just FYI.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Chocolate Scriptures

Here is another great treat idea:  Chocolate Scriptures!  Complete directions at Raising a Kumquat.

Here is what I am thinking of doing: 
  • Make a big box of these with different scriptures written on them.
  • On the first Sunday in July I will have the kids each write their own Book of Mormon reading goal on a 3x5 card and give the card to me.
  • For strong readers, I will issue the challenge to read 10 pages per day.  At that rate, they can finish the Book of Mormon by the end of summer.  For slower readers, I will issue the challenge to read for 30 minutes each day (encouraging them to actually set a timer so they can pay attention to their reading rather than their clock). But ultimately, I will leave it up to them to decide upon their own goal.
  • Each following Sunday I will have them write on the card what page they are on in their Book of Mormon (since they bring them each week, they should be able to just check where their bookmark is), and return the card to me again.
  • If they have made kept up with their goal, they get one of these chocolate scriptures (if it's not a Fast Sunday--As a parent, I find it really frustrating when my kids' teachers' give them treats on Fast Sunday). 
  • Encourage them to do double reading on Sundays to get ahead, just in case something throws them off on another day of the week.

Covered Wagon Cakes

Here is a fun treat you can make for your class for July to celebrate pioneers.

For each cake you need:
  • 1 Little Debbie Fudge Cake
  • 4 round cookies (I used Pepperidge Farm Thumbprint Cookies but Nilla Wafers would be a better size as well as cheaper)
  • 3 large marshmallows.  
Make a little fudge frosting to glue the parts together:
  • 2 T. melted butter
  • 3 T. cocoa powder
  • 4-5 T. milk
  • 2-3 C. powdered sugar (enough to make it fairly stiff)
 Frost the top of the fudge cake and stick the 3 marshmallows on.  Let harden a minute or two.  Lay the "wagon" on its side and add the cookie wheels with a dab of frosting.  Let harden a minute or two.  Lay the "wagon" on its other side and add the remaining wheels.

If you like, you can add a small pretzel stick for a tongue.  I didn't because then it doesn't fit in a baggie.  One cake will fit perfectly in a fold-over sandwich bag if you put it in the bag marshmallows first and the fold-over part under the wagon.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Summer Scripture Reading Challenge

At the beginning of the summer, I challenge my students to read the Book of Mormon (or improve their scripture reading in some way) as a summer reading project.  This year, I think we will do this fun little reader's theater to introduce the project:

Dr. Suess's Book of Mormon