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Monday, December 16, 2013

1 Daniel and 4 John Stories

Daniel story:
He earned a water balloon launcher (autistic kids are rewarded for their work).  We couldn’t fit the adapter to fill the balloons on the sinks so your dad took it outside and attached it to the spigot.  Daniel threw a few balloons and came inside.  A little while later it started to rain.  Daniel was trying to get an umbrella up to go outside.  I told him he didn’t need to do anymore water balloons tonight and that he could do it tomorrow. He continued to work with the umbrella.  I thought he didn’t hear me so I repeated myself.  He looks at me and says, “I nostril.” Huh? Oh, nozzle. He wanted to go outside and get the nozzle off the spigot.  I then asked him if he knew what a nostril was.  He didn’t.  I wonder how he came up with a word he didn’t even know.

John’s story #1
His teacher called this last week.  He went to PE and went outside and ran! John hates outside and hates running.  They use walking the track as discipline when John hits.  He told me he ran a marathon and that he was going to be a professional athlete. In first grade he did say he wanted to be a PE teacher but then he freaked out and quit going.

John story #2:
John has a new classmate at church named Cameron.  A couple of weeks ago Cameron was having a hard time.  According to his Sunday School teacher, John felt sad for Cameron and was feeling empathy for him.  John remembers how he felt a year ago and could relate.  Something people with autism have a really difficult time with.

John story #3:
For joint activity on Wednesday they had a camp fire and cooked s'moors.  John sat by the fire and roasted his marshmallows! The kid who just 2 weeks ago hid in his room while we lit his dad’s birthday candles sat next to a campfire!  He also told Jana that he wanted to have a campfire in our back yard but then it got moved inside and then he was cooking in the microwave.  Jana told him that you couldn’t call that a campout, it would be a campin.

John story #4 (he has had a busy week):
John can be very loving he is forever giving hugs and kisses.  Jana has been trying to teach him to fist bump instead of kiss.  At school his teacher has him blow her kisses and she puts them in her pocket.  Well, John, one day, while walking down the hall blew a kiss at a random girl. His teacher tries to correct him and tell him it is inappropriate. (Can you even imagine blowing a kiss to a girl in the hall in junior High?)So John tells his teacher, “I’m just irresistible and full of love!” 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

MRI Time

Daniel's MRI was last Friday. On Monday Daniel and I went to see Dr. Su, his oncologist. The tumor had doubled in size since his surgery 3 ½ years ago. Dr. Su said he talked to Dr. Whitehead, Daniel's neurosurgeon, and the Dr. Whitehead said that at some point it would need to be taken out. I’ve known that since January when we were first told the tumor was growing. Dr. Whitehead would prefer we wait until it causes symptoms, according to Dr. Su. Dr. Su said he wasn't sure it would ever cause symptoms. I figure that is because it is a flat shape kind of like a coin.  You can barely see it if you are not looking at the view going in through Daniel’s nose.  (Wow that sounds weird.)The brain fluid that is produced by the ventricles where the tumor is located can drain on either side of the tumor so it probably won't cause hydrocephalus. Is that good or bad? Does that mean we should just leave it in until it gets so big that there is no choice? I don't know. I won't know until we actually talk with Dr. Whitehead on August second.

Dr. Su was thinking it might be good to take it out in the summer so Daniel would have time to recover before school starts. The problem with that is I already scheduled Daniel to have tonsillectomy on August 7th so that would be two surgeries very close together. So, what do we do? Do we wait until next summer for one of the surgeries. If we do wait, which one do we postpone? Neither one is urgent. Do we do them at the same time so he is in pain for both, and on pain relievers for both, at the same time? We can’t actually do the surgeries on the same day because Daniel’s ENT doesn’t do surgeries at Texas Children’s and getting both of the staffs  to coordinate is really difficult according to Dr. Su.

Questions, questions, (sigh) that is all I will have until we actually see Dr. Whitehead . I did put in a call in to Dr. Wani, the ENT, to ask how long to wait after the tonsillectomy for the brain surgery since is unlikely we could schedule the brain surgery the same week as our visit with Dr. Whitehead. He hasn’t gotten back to me.  I think he is on vacation.    I am concerned the breathing tube for the brain surgery would cause problems with the tonsillectomy’s healing.  My stress level is going to be pretty high until the visit with Dr. Whitehead. Sometimes, I think, in a way, having all these questions is actually more stressful than actually doing the surgeries.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 4-Jacob and his Family Part 4

Follow the Prophet Verse 4 Part 4
Jacob and his Family

A pitcher of water
Glasses for the water
A Ladle
A valentine heart
Pictures of your wedding (if appropriate)
14 objects to count (anything will do, I have decorative rocks that I use for counters)
Pictures of grandparents
Pictures on a family tree or pedigree chart if available)
3 Dolls (preferable 1 male and 2 female or use family members. You could dress them in wedding clothes.)

Review last week about the Jacob and Esau.

Isaac to Jacob to go to another land to find a wife just like he had. Jacob was thirsty from traveling. He stopped at a well to get a drink.  A beautiful girl, named Rachel, got some water from the well and gave it to Jacob.  (Fill a pitcher or very clean bucket with water and ladle the water into glasses.  Take a drink.)  Jacob fell in love with Rachel.  (Show a heart for love.) He went to Rachel's dad, Laban, to ask him if it is all right to marry Rachel.  (Show a picture of and discuss your own marriage if appropriate.) Laban said yes but only if Joseph worked for 7 years. (Pantomime working.  Count to seven, with objects.) Joseph said, "Okay."

Laban tricked Jacob at the wedding.  Instead of marrying Rachel, Laban had switched Rachel's sister, Leah. (Have a two children or dolls pretend to get married but switch a third person or doll for the one supposed to get married.) 

Jacob was not happy but he stayed married to Leah.  Joseph asked Laban again if he could marry Rachel.  A long time ago it was okay to have more than one wife.  Laban said yes if Joseph would work another 7 years.  (Count out 7 object, then count out another 7 objects.  Put them together and count out 14 objects.  Add the 14 to your child's age and tell them how old they would be after 14 years. You could use a calendar if your child understand them.  An easy way would be to print out seven year-long calendars.)

Joseph and his wives had 12 boys.  (Count again.)  The 12 boys had lots and lots of grandchildren.  (Show a pictures of several generations of grandparents.) The 12 boy's grandchildren became the nation of Israel and each boy's grandchildren were grouped into tribes so there are 12 tribes of Israel.

Daniel's Writing-A Letter to Governor Rick Perry

Daniel filled in the blanks on this letter.  The pre-written parts are in italics.

Dear Governor Rick Perry,

My name is Daniel Frame And I think we should have Veterans Day off.  On this day I would like to honor our Veterans because they fought for our country.  I would also like to spend time with our veterans by hanging out with them.  Thank you!


Monday, July 1, 2013

Daniel's Writing-9/11

Writing Prompt:  Interview someone who was alive during 9/11.  What were they doing that day when they heard the news?  How did they feel?  What did they think?

Daniel interviewed me.

My mom was taking my brother to school.

She was shocked and a little scared.

She thought, "we are under attack.  We are at war.  Should I go to my Dr.'s appointment?  I will not let them scare me."

My mom went to the doctor.

Daniel's teacher wrote:
Very nice Daniel.  I like how you added quotations as your mother was thinking.

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 4-Abraham and his Family Part 3

Follow the Prophet Verse 4 Part 2
Abraham and his Family
Jacob and Esau

Have pottage (soup or stew) for dinner
Find something hairy (like fur), something smooth (like a table top), and something red (or a picture of someone who had red skin)
Picture of goats

Follow the Prophet Text

Follow the Prophet Music

Scripture Reader Story-Jacob and Esau Video

Scripture Reader Story-Jacob and Esau PDF

Jacob and Esau Coloring Pages

Jacob and Esau on Pinterest

Rebekah and Isaac had twins.  When they were born the first boy born was named Esau. He was red and hairy all over. (have the children feel something hairy and something smooth and show them something red or show a picture of someone with a sunburn). The younger twin was named Jacob.

As the boys got older they liked doing different things.   Esau was good at hunting and loved doing things outside (pretend to hunt and do things outside) and Jacob liked to stick around home and did things on his own.   (Pretend to read, write and do math.)

Because Jacob stayed at home a lot he learned to cook with his mom.  (pretend to cook) One day he had made some of his delicious stew that everyone liked.  (Rub tummy and say yum)  Esau had been out early in the morning hunting and he was very hungry.   So hungry that he could smell the stew from a far way off. (Sniff the air)

As soon as Esau got home he asked Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of your stew, I'm starving!"   Jacob replied, "First give me your birthright." Jacob wanted to get what Esau would when Jacob went to live with God.

So when Jacob asked Esau for his birthright, Esau should have said, "No way!   That's something special for me and I need to use it because every gift I receive is a gift from God."

Instead Esau could only think of how hungry he was and he said, "Yes already, you can have my birthright just give me some food before I starve to death."

By choosing food over his birthright Esau did a bad thing.   He made a decision he couldn't change and he disappointed God by not seeing the importance of his special gift he would get later on and choosing a silly thing like a bowl of soup instead.

The story isn't over yet.   The next part of the story is about Jacob and the bad choices he makes.   

Isaac was getting old and he wasn't able to see anymore.   (blindfold the children to show what it is like to be blind.) He wanted to give his oldest and favorite son Esau his blessing before he died.   This blessing was the special promise that God promised to his grandfather Abraham, and then to his father Isaac.

Isaac loved the food that Esau hunted.   So he told Esau to go hunt and prepare a special meal for him and then he would give him the blessing.

Rebekah overheard Isaac talking to Esau and rushed to tell her favorite son Jacob.   She said to Jacob, "Your father is about to give Esau his blessing and I want you to have it instead.   You need to go get two of our goats ( show a picture of goats) and bring them to me, I will prepare them just the way Isaac likes it.   Then you can take it to him and he will give you the blessing instead."

Jacob replied, "But mom, Esau is a hairy man.   What if dad touches me and realizes that I'm tricking him?"

His mother said to him, "Don't worry you can wear Esau's clothes and we'll put the goat hair on your hands and neck so he'll never know." 

So they did just that and Jacob went to see his father pretending to be Esau.
"Hello father," Jacob said.

"Hello, and who is this?"   His father asked. 

"It is me, Esau.   I have brought you the food you wanted so that you can give me my blessing." Jacob lied.

"Come closer so I can touch you and know that you are really my oldest son Esau, said his father.

So Jacob went to Isaac and he felt his hands and said, "You sound just like Jacob but your hands are just like Esau.   Are you really Esau?" 

And Jacob chose to lie again, "I am."

So Isaac ate and when he was finished he asked, "Come and kiss me."   When Jacob went to kiss him, Isaac smelled the clothes he was wearing just to make sure it smelled like Esau.   Since Jacob was wearing Esau's clothes his father believed that he was with Esau and he gave the blessing to Jacob.

Just as Jacob finished getting the blessing he thought he heard Esau coming so he quickly snuck out the back of the tent.   Just as he was walking away Esau entered the tent with the food he had prepared for his father.

His father asked, "Who are you?"

"It's me, your son Esau.   I'm hear to get my blessing,"   said Esau confused.
"I just gave you your blessing."   And Isaac realized he had been tricked.   He and Esau were very angry.   Jacob ran away.   

Swimming Camp, Wicked People and Bullies

John and Daniel have been going to Camp Journey with Suzette for the last couple of weeks.  It is a swimming camp.  My kids don't know how to swim but both are very close to learning.  Daniel can float on his back and John did learn to be able to get to the side of the pool a couple of years ago. I am hoping a lot of time in the water will help them learn.  It is how I learned.

I asked Daniel if he could swim yet after about a week and a half.  He said, "I swim backstroke."  I don't know if he actually can, but he was really cute saying it.

I ask every now and then how they are doing at the pool.  I loved Suzette's answer.  She said, "Daniel is great, easy. But that one..." she pointed to John and grimaced.  John can be a stinker sometimes.  Both literally and figuratively. When John isn't in school he tends to poop his pants.  When will it ever end?  The annoying part is he know how!!! He just refuses.  If actually couldn't do it, it wouldn't be nearly so annoying.

Moving on...
We had a lesson on wicked people hurting Joseph Smith and throwing him in jail by lying.  John's answer to the problem, "if wicked people do that to me, I would tell them to please stop".  Please?

John, yesterday said his solution to bullies was to, "if you can't go to an adult or teacher, you can say, 'that doesn't make sense.  Come back when you can say something that makes sense."

I wish the world actually worked like that.  People would stop when you ask them.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 4-Abraham and his Family Part 2

Follow the Prophet Verse 4 Part 2
Abraham and his Family
Rebekah at the Well

Get Pictures

The Scripture Readers do not include the story of Rebekah at the Well.

Rebekah at the Well
By Mariam Joyce Grisham

Mariam Joyce Grisham, “Rebekah at the Well,” Friend, May 2002, 36

Allow the Children to color the picture as you tell the story.

Abraham wanted his son Isaac to have a good wife. He sent a servant to find one for Isaac. (Pretend to search for something or you could hide an object for them to find, or play a short game of hide and seek.)

In the city of Nahor, the servant stopped by a well and prayed that Isaac’s future wife would agree to give him water to drink and offer to draw water for his camels, as well. (Pretend to kneel and pray.) This prayer was answered, and Rebekah became Isaac’s wife. (Pretend to draw water from a well. You could also ladel water from a bucket or tub into a glass.) (See Gen. 24.)

(To help Rebekah do her kind deed, color the picture on this page. Then remove it from the magazine and mount it on heavy paper. Cut out piece A, line up the two Xs with piece A on top, and put a brass fastener through them. The arm can now move to lift the jug.)

Rebekah's Betrothal (A Longer Version of the Story)

Daniel's Writing - The Best Year Ever

The best year Ever

The best time I had was in Ms. Wilkinson's Class.  We went to downtown Houston to see a play called "A day in a life of a Spider, Worm, and Fly." At recess the Ms. Wilkinson would play red light and green light with me.

She would teach us a new games to help us learn math skills.  Ms. Wilkinson would teach us a song to learn the order of the planets.  I can still sing the song.

When it was the last day of school, I felt down and sad, because I knew I had to Leave Ms. Wilkinson and 3rd grade.  I was going to have to go to 4th grade, but I still get to see Ms. Wilkinson in the 3rd grade Hall.  I really liked spending time with Ms. Wilkinson.  I was the best time I ever had in school.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Daniel's Writing-Making a Lego Bird

I am making a bird out of legos.  It can fly high, it can fly low, it can fly backward and forward.

To make a bird here are the 3 items you will need.

You need a red Lego thats made out of 12 prongs

Next you need a black Lego that has made out of 48 prongs

Last you need a black wing Lego that has 54 prongs.

Now I going to tell you how to make a bird out of Lego step by step.

first Put the red lego in the middle.  Next put the black rectangular 48 prongs Lego on the left.  Last Put the black wing 54 p rongs Lego on the right. Finaly you conect all the peces together.  There you have a Lego bird.

I hope you injoy the Lego bird.

(Spelling and punctuation errors are the ones Daniel made.)

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 4-Abraham and his Family

Follow the Prophet Verse 4
Abraham and  his Family

Follow the Prophet Text

Follow the Prophet Music

Scripture Reader Story-Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac Video

Scripture Reader Story-Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac PDF

This is a difficult lesson to teach to very young children.   As I recall, it did not go over well with my small children when we tried to explain the family associations.   I've attached a few pictures that might help.   You might want to teach this one over 3 or 4 weeks.   I will present it in 4 sections with the same name with cont in the title so it will make more sense.

To present it all in one lessons use a large sheet of paper, poster board, chalkboard or whatever.   Draw stick figures to represent Abraham a Sarah at the top of the page.   Say, Abraham and Sarah had a son.   Draw a short vertical line under them and draw a stick figures to represent Isaac.   He got married, (draw Rebekah) and had two sons. (Draw a short vertical line and a long horizontal line.)   They were twins named Esau (draw stick figure Esau at one end of horizontal line) and Jacob (draw stick figure Jacob at the other end of horizontal line.   Make sure Jacob is kind of in the middle so you have plenty of room to draw his family.   Esau can be off to one side.)   Jacob got married 4 times (draw 4 stick women).   They had 12 sons.   (draw short vertical line down and long horizontal line.   Add 12 stick figures.   You may label with the names of everyone if you wish.)

You could use pictures of grandparents and parents of your own family to show the relationships of the family.

To make this even shorter, draw the stick figures on strips or pieces of paper before hand.   Or you could have the children place the figures on the board and you label them.

To present in more then one lesson with more detail start with the following.

Modified from Abraham Covenants with the Lord,” Friend, Aug 1998, 34

Color the flannel-board figures, then mount them on heavy paper (if you want). Cut them out and use them and the attached picture to retell the story of Abraham. 

Abraham Covenants with The Lord-Friend, Aug 1998

Abraham was a man who tried to do all that the Lord asked of him. When he and Sarah, his wife, were quite old, they had a son, Isaac. He was very dear to them. One day the Lord told Abraham build an altar, and sacrifice his son.   (Pretend to build an alter or use blocks to build an alter.)

Though Abraham loved his son very much, he had great faith in the Lord so he built an altar and laid his son on it. He raised his knife and was just about to slay his son, when the angel of the Lord called to him out of heaven.   (Have the child pretend to be an angel and say “STOP!”)

(Place a toy animal on the alter.)   God Provided an animal for Abraham to sacrifice instead of his son.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Story by Daniel-Voting is Important

I finally looked through Daniel's school stuff. They sent home a ton of stories he wrote.  I think I will add them because he is really cute and it is really difficult for him to write. Spelling and punctuation errors are his ( unless I make a typo).  It is also difficult to tell when he is using a capital letters.

Voting is import.  It is a privladge to vote.  When I am 18 years old I am going to vote.  Since I am 10 I can' so I support Barack Obama for president Here are some reasons why.

Barack Obama was born on August 4th, 1961 in Hawiai.  He went to colladge in California.  He got his degree in law and he was a rights lawyer.  He then became an Illinois Senator.  He made histlry by becoming the first African American president.

Barack Obama's political stance on Ealucation is to improve early education and to help students pay back loans after 10 years of service.  This is one reason I support him.

Another reason is because he gives great speeches.  His speeches are clear and with a lot of enery.

Monday, June 10, 2013

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 3-Noah

Follow the Prophet Verse 3

Noah is a fun story to teach and there are many object and pantomimes that can help teach the story.   
You could use:
flannel board story 
A toy Noah's Ark (they are everywhere
A clothes basket, stuffed animals, dolls or allow the kids to be the people
Plastic animals and dolls (barbie?) with a box

Noah Flannel Board Pictures

Scripture Reader Video-Noah

Scripture Reader PDF Noah

Sing Verse 3 of Follow the Prophet.

Follow the Prophet Text

Follow the Prophet Music

Retell the story of Noah in your own words. Use any or all of the following ideas. 

Have the children name animals as you put them in the "Ark" or play a game of animal charades. 
Float the ark. (If it is water tight in a tub or bathtub, if not, in the air or across the floor depending on the size) 
Count forty days on a calendar or 120(if your children are old enough and depending on how high they can count.   If they only know to 10 do it for times.)   
If you have little army dolls or cowboys and Indians or you could even use game pieces (for example, risk pieces), pieces of paper with stick people on them to represent the people who are "swept of the earth" when the rain comes.   
Have the children pantomime caring for the animals on the ark. 
When the "Ark" comes to a rest, remove the animals.   Have the children pretend to offer sacrifice (as long as they won't try sacrificing stuff on their own).   
Draw or show a picture of a rainbow or use a prism to make a rainbow.

Catching Up

I looked back over my posts and realized I need to write an update.  A lot has happened that didn't get written.  Daniel had his MRI in January.  It showed that the tumor is growing and changing shape.  If you compare the January 2013 MRI with the June 2012 MRI you can't tell the difference but if you go back to the MRI taken right after Daniel's surgery and compare it to the January 2013 MRI there is definitely a change.  I was pretty upset about that at first.  I was hoping to go the MRIs once a year instead of every 6 months.  Instead I get to anticipate MRIs getting closer together and more often. I've pretty much come to terms with it now.  The only problem is I feel this looming weight that is going to be dropped on me sometime in the future.  I am trying to ignore it as much as possible but it isn't completely possible.

We also get to go twice a year to a Texas Children's opthamologist.  The tumor is a hair's breadth from his optic nerves, so we have to keep an eye on his vision.  I am not really worried about it because the tumor has never grown that direction.  It is just more doctors appointments.  I hate doctor's appointments.

On to another friend Jana came up with a great lesson for autistic people.  One of the deficits people with autism have is the ability to see things from another persons point of view.  They cannot get outside themselves and understand other people's feelings or that other people experience things differently. So what Jana did was make labels, one with John's name, and one with Joseph Smith's name, any other person's name would work like mom or dad.  Then she asked John what his "work" is.  He has been wanting to make a lemonade stand, so they drew one with John working at it.  They put that picture under John's name.  Then she took out a picture of Joseph Smith farming and put it under Joseph Smith's name.  The she switched the pictures.  She said at first John freaked out, yelling and climbing under the table because he wanted to do the lemonade stand and not be a farmer.  She explained that being able to pretend to switch points of view with someone else is something people without autism do all the time.  So John gave it a try and they had a little fun pretending to farm.  The next week she did the same thing and John got right into it and enjoyed it.  One of the things I've noticed about John and Daniel and that Jana has mentioned about other children with autism that she has worked with is that it takes time for autistic children to process what is being taught.  It might take a day or a week or sometime longer.  Sometimes it has to be retaught several times and allow time in between for the ideas or actions to ferment.  With John it usually takes about a day but sometimes a week.  So the week between lessons allowed John to think about what they did.  I do not know if this is conscious or unconscious. I thought taking the pictures and switching them was a great way to teach John how to put himself in another persons shoes.

Funny Daniel Story-

During STAAR testing, parents were asked to send lunches to school.  The school would provide sack lunches if the parents didn't send a lunch.  I have no idea why the kids couldn't go to the cafeteria, but whatever.  After school, Daniel came running off the bus yelling "MILK!"  I started laughing.  Normally when I make his lunch, I put water in an opaque bottle.  This time, I put milk in it.  I keep giggling every time I think of Daniel taking a sip from his water bottle and getting milk.  In order for him to remember until he got home it must of made quite an impression.

Speaking (or is it writing) of STAAR testing...Daniel passed though about half of it was modified.  He got a 2 out of 10 on writing.  The statement on that was "extremely limited". Duh.

John on the other hand, didn't pass in science and math.  Funny thing is he did in language.  John is really good at math and science so I have no idea why he didn't pass.  He took the test again at the end of the school year.  I haven't got the results of that.  I asked what would happen if he didn't pass that one.  They said he would have to go to summer school, which he is already doing the extended year program for autism so it doesn't change anything for us.  If he doesn't pass after summer school we get to have another ARD and decide what to do with him.  At least no child left behind has now taken into account that not all children are capable of not being left behind and allowed the ARD team or IEP team in other places decide what to do with the child.  We really don't want 18 year old in preschool just because they are disabled and can't learn more than a 2 year old can.

Monday, June 3, 2013

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 2-Enoch

Follow the Prophet Verse 2

Preparations:   Prepare flannel board story-print out pictures.   You can make it durable and pretty by using card-stock and coloring or using paint to fill in colors before printing.   Laminate and if you want add flannel or felt to the back.   For quick and easy, print out in black and white, cut out and use tape on the back.   We tape the pictures to our entertainment center as we tell the story.   Use any combination of the easiest and the durable that you have time for such as color, print and use paper and tape.

Gather some Blocks to build the city of Zion

Scripture Reader Story - PDF
Sing Follow the Prophet verse 2

Follow the Prophet Music
Modified from “Follow the Prophet,” Friend, May 2001, 42

I will …  open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it (3 Ne. 24:10).   (Memorize if children are old enough.)

Enoch was the great-great-great-great-grandson of Adam, and the great-grandfather of Noah. (Place picture of Enoch and Adam on the flannel board)

The Lord came to Enoch and told him warn the people to repent. (Place the picture or Enoch warning the people on the flannel board.   Have the children practice saying "repent" or "repent and be baptized".)

The people who believed the prophet Enoch and followed him were blessed. (You could play Follow the Leader to teach what follow means.) When their enemies came to fight them, he “spake the word of the Lord, and the earth trembled, and the mountains fled, even according to his command; and the rivers of water were turned out of their course; and the roar of the lions was heard out of the wilderness. …(use flannel board pictures.)

The people built a city named Zion. (Build some buildings with the blocks on something you can lift like a tray or cardboard.)   They became so righteous the Lord took them to live with him.   (Lift up the city and take it to another room.   Place picture of city in clouds on board.)

The people who followed the prophet Enoch, and had faith in Jesus Christ, and kept His commandments were blessed to live with Him in Zion forever.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 1-Adam and Eve

Follow the Prophet Verse 1
Adam And Eve

Get a Pictures of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (or just the garden of Eden), Adam and Eve leaving the garden, Adam and Eve teaching their children
Prepare some type of fruit to eat.
Optional-prepare a garden to plant or a seed cup to plant

Sing the first verse of Follow the Prophet

Follow the Prophet Text

Follow the Prophet Music

Scripture Reader Story-Adam and Eve Chapter 3 PDF

Scripture Reader Story - Adam and Eve Video

Adam and Eve Teaching Their Children (Gospel Art Book [2009], no

Adam and Eve Kneeling at an Altar (Gospel Art Book [2009], no. 4)

Tell the Children that Adam was the 1st man (you may need to teach daddy=man, mommy=woman) and Eve was the first woman.

(Show a picture of Adam and Eve)   "God made a beautiful garden for them.   He told them to eat everything except the fruit of one tree.   If they ate that fruit, they would have to leave the Garden."

God also told Adam Eve to have children, but they could not as long as they stayed in the Garden of Eden. One day Adam and Eve decided to eat the fruit. ( Have everyone that is able eat a piece of fruit.)   God told them they must leave the Garden because they ate of the fruit.   (Show picture of Adam and Eve leaving the garden.)   Adam and Eve had many children.   Because they had children, you are here.   They taught their children about God.   (Show a picture of Adam teaching his children.)   He was a prophet."

You may also want to talk about how in the garden they did not have to work to make the garden grow or to have food.   Now we have to work very hard to make a garden grow and to have food.   (Have the children pantamime working in a garden and/or plant a garden now or during the week or plant a seed cup and watch it grow.)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

FHE Book of Mormon Stories Verse 8-Christ in America

Book of Mormon Stories Verse 8
Jesus Christ Visits the Americas

  Sing Book of Mormon Stories verse 8 from the Children's Songbook page 119

Materials: Flashlight

Book of Mormon Stories Link

Book of Mormon Stories Music

Have a flashlight.   Go into a dark room (we use the bathroom).   Ask the kids if they can see.   Explain that it was very dark for the people.   There was no sun, moon or stars just like here.   Then the people heard a voice.   (If one of you speaks a foreign language have them say something 2 times.)   Then turn on the light.   The sun, moon and stars were back. (Move into your FHE room.)

Later the people saw a light and in the light they saw a person.   It was Jesus.   God said, "This is my Beloved son.   Hear Him."   Turn on the lights.   The dark was gone. Jesus taught the people many good things.   He taught them about the sacrament.   He healed the sick people.   Then he blessed the children. (Have Dad lay his hands on each child and show how Jesus would bless the children.)   It was a very special time for the people.

Here is the flannel board story from The Friend, October 1992, page 46.

Book of Mormon Stories Flannel Board

Book of Mormon Stories Video

This lesson should be much more reverent then the other ones.   Good luck with that.   Bear your testimony of Christ.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Suzette Won!!!

The title says it all.  John told me she won a new car.  He was right.  She deserves everything.  No other teacher has been able to John nearly as much as she did.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top 5 Teacher in America, John's YCAP Teacher

John's YCAP, (Young Children's Autism Program)Suzette, is a finalist for America's top teacher on Live with Kelly and Michael. I am so excited for her. She took John in when he was spending his time running up and down the halls of his former school. He did absolutely no work while in his first year of first grade. He was held back because he didn't do anything for the entire year. Not only that, but he would not talk to anyone outside of our immediate family. She got him to whisper and then talk out loud to other people. At John's ARD (individual education plan meeting) the other day, the people all laughed at the thought of John not speaking to anyone. He is the complete opposite now. She even had him in the general education classroom for most of the day. He was only in YCAP for the last half hour or so of the day to do the work he still refused to do in class. She is a wonderful teacher who pulls the best out of these special needs children. She moved to the Junior High to open a much needed Junior High CAP program when John entered third grade. When sent back to our neighborhood school where he was before he once again had the teachers wrapped around his little finger. He would sit and do nothing all day. There were times, they told me, that he had four teachers around him trying to get him to do work or calm down. A four to one ratio is unsustainable when it is four teachers to one student. John was moved to another YCAP program half way through the year. His teacher now is also wonderful, but John still only spends a little time now and then, when he is behaving, in the science and math general education classroom. This link is a local news story on her. She will be appearing on Live with Kelly and Michael in May 2nd and the winner will be announced on May 6th. I'm sure all top 5 deserve to be the winner but I really hope Suzette wins. She definately has worked hard for it. Oh, and I forgot, John attended summer camp one year and she got him to swim enough to get to the side of the pool. This is a huge feat considering that John is terrified of water. When we turn on the sink in the kitchen he runs away with his ears covered. Bath's are impossible and showers are difficult. The funny thing is John will take a shower even though it is running water (which is the worst for him), get in a pool although he clings to the side, but he refuses to sit in a bathtub.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Another Trip to the Emergency Room

Last week was really crazy.  It started a week ago Friday. I got a call from the school in the morning saying that Daniel said his tummy hurt so the nurse had him lay down and he slept for a little while.  Later, on that afternoon Daniel threw up during STAAR testing.  I asked him where he threw up, he said, "trash".  I answered, "Oh, the trash can.  That is good."  I talked to his language teacher later and she told me he threw up twice.  Once all over her desk and once in the trash can. So the virus begins.

Saturday he was fine, and then the next day he got the runs.  I did really well.

Monday I started not feeling so great but didn't say anything about it, just rested.  That evening John threw up in a corner of the hall upstairs.  Ew...Of course I got the joy of taking care of the big stuff.  Rob cleaned the rest up with the carpet cleaner.  I couldn't do very much because the smell made my not quite right stomach want to empty itself as well.  There isn't anything worse then having to clean up regurgitation while your own stomach is churning already.

Tuesday, John, Derrick (my nephew who was staying with us for a little while) and I kind of moped around.  I thought John was doing fine and was looking forward to sending him back to school.  Wednesday morning at 3 a.m. John started complaining his heart hurt.  He rubbed his chest and whine about every 15 minutes.  When the doctor's office opened I called for an appointment, but it wouldn't be until 4:20 in the afternoon. 

After another hour of John's whining I decided to cancel the appointment and take him to the urgent care center.  John was telling me I needed to call 911.  I was pretty sure it wasn't a heart attack.  I gave him tums because I thought it was heartburn.  They didn't work.

Anyway, I took him to urgent care.  There wasn't anyone in the waiting room.  I talked to the lady at the window but she said that they couldn't take care of it and told me to go to Texas Children's West Campus emergency room.  So we went, and signed in, and saw the nurse.  I told her that I wasn't terribly worried but I wasn't waiting all day with him complaining at me.  John can be really annoying when he wants something.

About three and half hours later, after John was more then ready to leave and begging me to just go home, we were called back.  They did a chest x-ray and an EKG.  The EKG came back as something wrong.  The doctor and I were like,"Who knew?"  She told me to make an appointment with the cardiologist for Friday.  So we went home and I made the appointment for 9 am on Friday.

John went to school on Thursday feeling great. Also, the cardiology people wanted John to come in a 7:30 am for an echo cardiogram.

 Friday morning, John got the runs.  I figure it must be part of whatever virus we had because it cleared up really fast.  I didn't really know what to do because I didn't think they would answer the phone at 6:30 in the morning.  We ended up being a little late because I had to clean up the bathroom and John had to take a shower.

The echo cardiogram looks a lot like an ultrasound.  It was really cool to watch but John was grossed out.  We were almost done when I got a panicked call from Rob.  He had turned off the alarm and slept through everything Daniel needed to do to go to school and Daniel was gone!  He begged me to call the school and asked if I needed the number.  I have it memorized.  I've had kids in that elementary since we moved here 15 years ago.  I called and Daniel was fine in class.  Go Daniel!  He got himself up, fed, dressed and went to the bus when it came to the door without any help.  I did put out his bowl, spoon, medicine, and clothes, so it was the normal routine for him.  He told me he didn't even try to wake up his dad.  My kids are terrified of waking up their dad. problem.  I get awoken for the minorist of things, but not dad for the major.

Back to the cardiologist.  Somehow Rob was able to make it to the appointment just as the doctor was arriving.  All the tests were normal.  Nothing is wrong with John's heart.  The cardiologist chalked it up to an electrode being placed incorrectly or the virus causing a little problem.  Whew!  All that trouble for a virus!

Oh, and just to make our morning more interesting,  Rob turned on the alarm as he left with the motion detector.  He had forgotten Derrick was there and didn't know the code or the password.  When Rob rushed back and turned off the alarm, it actually went off for a few seconds.  Rob didn't stick around for the alarm company to call.  So for a few minutes we had to worry of some police officer was going to show up and drag Derrick off to jail.  Rob called the alarm company on his cell phone and everything worked out.

Like I said, a crazy week.

FHE Book of Mormon Stories Verse Seven-Samuel the Lamanite

Family Home Evening

Book of Mormon Stories Verse Seven

Materials: Paper wads or sock balls, something for arrows (one time I cut them out of paper), Something high to stand on (we had a fireplace hearth but the couch or a chair would do).  Flannel board pictures. Or you could use building blocks and little people for the characters.

Over the years I have created or picked up different ways to tell Samuel the Lamanite.   (It is part of our Christmas traditions to tell the Book of Mormon part of the nativity two Mondays before Christmas and then tell the Bible part on the Monday before Christmas.)

One is with the flannel board pictures from The Friend December 1995.  I added a "Nephite" city that I drew (It was very all drawn with a ruler) and a picture of Mary with her baby.

We act it out sometimes in family home evening or use some stick puppets that were in The Friend several years ago. 

While I was Primary President I drew poster board size settings for the story. (Every now and then things I draw come out pretty good.  The talent comes and goes. It is kind of strange.)  I cut out the picture of Samuel and had him jump off the wall and run away.  I cut out a sun and a moon, put a paperclip on the back and then used a huge magnet to make them go across the sky for the day a night and a day.

And then there is always the Scripture Reader and its video.


Sing and teach the seventh verse of Book of Mormon Stories.

Read the story of Samuel the Lamanite from the Scripture Reader, watch the video or read Helaman 13-15.

Samuel the Lamanite was a Righteous man. He went to Zarahemla to teach the Nephites. He told them to repent. The Nephites would not listen to Samuel. They made him leave. God told him to go back and teach them. The Nephites would not let him in their city. He stood on the wall.

Samuel told the Nephites God had sent him. He told them to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. If they would not repent, God would punish them. He said Jesus Christ would be born in five years. The people in America would know when Jesus Christ was born near Jerusalem. On the night before he was born it would not get dark. It would be light for a day. a night, and a day. The people would also see a new star. Then they would know that Jesus Christ was born.

Samuel also said Jesus Christ would die. He told the people it would be dark for three days in America. The sun, moon, and stars would not shine. There would be bad storms. The earth would shake. Mountains would fall down. Cities would be destroyed. Many people would die.

Many Nephites did not believe Samuel. They threw rocks and shot arrows at him. God Would not let them hit him. The people tried to catch Samuel. He ran away to his own land. He never came back to the Nephites.

Some Nephites believed Samuel. They repented and were baptized. Some of the Nephites and Lamanites stayed righteous. But most were wicked. They would not believe in Jesus Christ. The wicked people said Samuel was wrong. The five years had almost ended. Jesus Christ had not been born.

Nephi was a Nephite. He was a leader of the Church. (Explain that he was not the first Nephi.)

The wicked people said they would kill the righteous people when the five years had ended. Nephi prayed for the people who believed in Jesus Christ. He did not want them to die.

God told Nephi not to worry. That night it would not get dark. Jesus Christ would be born to the next day.

That night the sun went down. But it did not get dark. It was light all night. The next day Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is near Jerusalem. The people in America saw a new star. Samuel's words had come true.

For acting out, make sure no one actually hits Samuel with the socks or arrows.  Sometimes siblings just don't work for that.  It depends on how old they are and how mischievous.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Daniel's Writing

I just got a pile of Daniel's work from school. In it were some of the writing he has been doing at school. They have been practicing narratives. His prompts are: Where were you? Who were you with? First, Next, Finally, I learned... These are in no particular order because there were no dates.

#1 Do you remember something special about kindergarten? I do, let me tell you about it.

First, my teacher was Ms. Flamm. I like Miss Flamm because she is nice and she taught me nice things.

Next, my friends were Zachary S. and Zachary P.

Finally, I remember playing game.

These are the special things that I remember about kindergarten.

#2 Do you have a favorite activity that you do at home? I do. Let me tell you about my favorite activity I do at home. My favorite activity I do at home and why it is my favorite. My favorite activity is playing outside.

#3 If I could go on a trip, I would like to visit...(Why would I like to go to the place?) Have you ever wanted to go somewhere? I have. I want to go to the Houston Rodeo.

I would like to go to the Houston Rodeo because it has horses, hogs, and cowboys.

I like to see horses because the horses are fast. I would also like to see the hogs because hogs are dangerous. Finally, I would like to see cowboys twirl their ropes.

The Houston Rodeo is where I would like to go.

#4 Sometimes I feel frustrated when... Have you ever felt frustrated? I have. Let me tell you about it. Sometimes I feel frustrated when my mind gose blank. When this happen I slam my head with my hand. I want to yell. I want to scream. All of these thing help my frustration.

#5 The subject I most like at school is... (Why do I like this subject?) Have you ever had a favorite subject at school? I have. Let me tell you about it.

My favorite subject is reading. I like reading because I can read a book and do an activity that deals with the book. One of my favorite books to read is Lightning Thief, because it has exciting parts that are filled with action.

This is why reading is my favorite subject.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

John's Talk

John gave a talk in primary today. He did a great job except when a stack of chairs tipped over and he said, "What was that?" The kids all laughed at that and he felt a little silly. The following is the text of the talk. Hi my name is John Frame. I will have by birthday this week. I will turn twelve years old. This is my last week in Primary, so I want to give a talk. I was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. I know that the Holy Ghost is real and that he teaches us what is true. One day in my primary class I watched a Mormon message on the internet. People were singing the song, "I am a Child of God". After I watched it, my teacher (he whispered Sister McClain) asked me how I felt. I told her that I was tearing up. I said that they were happy tears. She said that it was the Holy Ghost telling me that God loved me. Then Sister McClain said that she had happy tears too. she said that I was very special that that we had just had a special experience and that we should never forget. I said that it was a miracle. Last week Sister McClain said that if I worked really hard to receive the Priesthood my parents would be very happy. When she said that, I said, "I feel the Holy Spirit." I had happy tears again. Siter McClain noticed that I had goose-bumps on my arms and she told me that when we feel the Holy Ghost sometimes we have happy tears, sometimes we feel happy in our hearts, and sometimes we have goose-bumps. (The chairs fell over at this point) I am so glad that I got baptized even though I was scared of the water because now I have the gift of the Holy Ghost. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Sister McClain said that she had been working with him for 6 weeks on giving that talk and because today was his very last chance to do it in primary he agreed. Andy McClain was called today on special assignment to be John's helper in priesthood. Sister McClain said he is really excited about it. I've been praying about John his whole life. They are an answer to many prayers on what to do with John when he turned twelve.