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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 5 - Baby Moses Part 1

FHE Follow the Prophet Verse 5 
Part 1 - Baby Moses

This lesson isn't part of the song, but kids love the story and there are a bunch of ways to teach it.

Make Salt Dough if using
Draw pictures of a baby on small pieces of paper

Play or Salt Dough
A Basket or have the children make salt/play dough baskets
A Doll to fit the basket or tiny baby dolls for salt dough baskets


Tell, watch, read or act out the story of the baby Moses.

You are big.  You have learned to do a lot of things by yourself.  What are some things you can do all by yourself?  (Have the children tell or act out things they do all by themselves such as walk, dress, or play.) Babies need a lot of help.  They cannot do very much for themselves.  What are some things babies can’t do?  (Have the children pretend to care for a baby.)
When Moses was a baby, the Pharaoh (or king) ordered the soldiers to kill the babies.  Moses’ mommy didn’t want her baby killed.  God inspired (told) Moses’ mommy how to save him.  She made a basket for him to sleep in.  (Show a basket or picture of a basket.)  She put baby Moses in the basket.  (Place doll in basket.) She put the basket in the big river.  She couldn’t stay and watch Moses because she had to work so she had Moses’ big sister, Miriam, watch the basket to make sure it was safe.  {(You could relate this to older siblings watching the younger children in your family or how a babysitter watches the children when parents are gone.)(Have the children pretend to watch over the basket. You could discuss all the bad things that could have happened to Moses in a big river in a basket.  But also explain that God helped Miriam watch and keep Moses safe.) (Have the children use the salt dough to make a basket.  If you have tiny dolls put them in the basket, if not, draw pictures of a baby on small pieces of paper to place in the salt dough baskets.)}
One day, the Pharaoh’s daughter (princess) was at the river.  She was taking a bath.  (Have the children pretend to bathe.) She saw the basket in the water and wondered what it was.  When she looked in the basket she found a baby.  She knew babies couldn’t take care of themselves.  She wanted to take care of Moses but she needed some help feeding him.  The Pharaoh’s daughter saw Miriam, Moses’ sister.  The Pharaoh’s daughter asked Miriam if she knew about anyone who could help take care of the baby.  Miriam told her, “Yes!” and ran to get her mother.  Moses’ mommy got to take care of her baby for the Pharaoh’s daughter and Moses did not get killed by the soldiers.  God protected Moses.

There are a lot of resources on line for this story.  Just google it.

Monday, January 27, 2014

No Adults or Toddlers Aloud

Derrick and his family came to visit Saturday evening.  We had a lot of fun and a great talk.  John was really happy to see them, but he decided a little while later that toddlers are “too messy”.  He made a sign that said no adults or toddlers aloud”.  I explained that maybe he would like to say “no adults WITH toddlers aloud”. I am not sure he understood.  Daniel through a fit about the sign.  He was really mad at John because he enjoyed Leah (Derrick’s almost 2 years old) a lot.  They had a bit of a fight, but I got Daniel to calm down and John to go to his room so he wasn’t bothered by Leah so much.

Yesterday, John decided it wasn’t Sunday.  He was adamant about it.  Daniel got really mad again.  He even started hitting John!  It took me a while, but I finally got Daniel to calm down.  I tried to explain that it didn’t really matter that John insisted it wasn’t Sunday, it didn’t change anything and that John would realize it without us forcing the issue. I don’t think I did a very good job.  It is hard to explain the concept to Daniel with his limited ability to understand language.  John mainly just didn’t want to be Sunday because he didn’t want to go to church.  Eventually, John came around (it’s not like he had a choice as to which day it was) and everything worked out as long as I did the John dressing.  I hate that, but I guess it is necessary. 

I think the ADHD medicine I have Daniel trying out may not be the right one for him.  He just doesn’t get angry unless John is trying to make him do stuff.  Being angry because he doesn’t like what John is doing when it doesn’t involve Daniel is really odd and he has NEVER hit except a couple of times when John was hitting him and I hadn't intervened, yet.  I though John needed to know Daniel and other people would hit back. Daniel is becoming a teenager soon, so is it hormones or is it medicine or is it both?  I’ll be talking to the doctor about that.

I So Sick

Daniel is getting sick.  He leaned over to me during the sacrament and said, “I so sick.”  I sent your dad and Daniel home right after that.  I probably should not have sent him to school today, but I so needed an alone day.

John has been quiet and good on the most part.  He has been busy playing his Christmas and Birthday games.  He got a minecraft shirt and Super Mario Galaxy 2 (I think it is Super Mario.)  

I am starting to stress over Daniel’s upcoming MRI.  I always do. Knowing it is growing is less stressful than wondering if it is growing but the decision as to when to do the surgery is approaching.  Do we wait for symptoms or do we have it during the summer when he is out of school?  

It is also ARD time for John and Daniel.  We get to decide what classes they take next year.  Woohoo! Not.  Will the stress ever let up?  It seems like forever since things got crazy.  Actually it is only since John was 3 and we found out about his autism.

A Nickname for Daniel January 7, 2014

I called Daniel “Darling”.  I call him Daniel Darling sometimes.  He got really upset and said, “My name Daniel David Frame!” I said, “Darling is my nickname for you, just like I call Johnny ‘Angel’”.  It means I love you.” He said, “Oh,” And calmed down.   Then mumbled, “No nick (pause for remembering) name, just regular name.”  J I guess I won’t be using that name much or only call him “Daniel Darling” and not just “Darling”. I wonder how things would have gone if I had told him it was a pet name.  Would he think I was calling him a dog or a cat? Probably.  I was thinking pet name would have been a better explanation.  I think now, not.

I took John to his psychiatrist yesterday.  Because of his medicines, he needs to get some blood work done.  I plan on taking him tomorrow morning.  That should be interesting.  

And so it is then end of the Holidays and Birthdays.  Phew! Now we just have to get through Daniel’s MRI at the end of the month and maybe I can calm down a bit.  No wait, it is ARD season and time to choose classes for John and Daniel next year.  I wonder if I should put Daniel in band, orchestra, choir or art. I’ll ask for his opinion but it is really up to me.  

Daniel Gave a Talk - December 30, 2013

Everyone is busy playing on the computers.  John is waiting with baited breath for Kingdom Hearts to arrive, hopefully today. We didn't order it in time for it to arrive for Christmas.  He got a letter saying when it was suppose to arrive. If it doesn't come it is going to be a long evening.  I have to keep reminding him that the mailman doesn’t come until late afternoon.

Daniel gave a talk in Primary yesterday.  He did a great job.  He stumbled over a few large words like eternal and progress even though he practiced a bunch.  Other than that, he did a fabulous job.  Compared to the first time he said his part in the Primary program it was phenomenal.  He has grown so much since then, both physically and in his speech. Christopher introduced him to Treasure Planet and Muppet Treasure Island.  Chris had to work really hard to get him interested in Treasure Planet but after the first few scenes he got into it.  As for Muppet Treasure Island, I am pretty sure we will have it memorized before too much longer. >:b

John is still struggling and Daniel can't wait for Christmas - December 23, 2013

John has been horrible this week.  His teacher called on Tuesday for us to come get him.  I was at the dentist so your dad talked to her.  I didn’t get the message until 2:10. She was going to wait 10 minutes and then call back as to whether we needed to come or not.  Seriously? 2:20?  Both the Junior High and the High School that is right behind it get out at 2:30!  The traffic is horrible then.  Cars are lined up along the street waiting to pick up kids and you have High Schoolers driving! How on earth am I supposed to get to the Junior High at 2:30? Which would be what time it was by the time we got the call and was able to get there.  They would end up having to hold him until 3:00 at least.  Wouldn’t that make the situation worse than putting him on the bus?  And…on top of that, you just taught him if he screamed long enough he gets to come home!  What on earth was she thinking?  It ended up that she didn’t call.  I think she figured out that it would be easier to just put him on the bus because that is what happened.  The bus driver just shook her head when I got him off.  Apparently, he had cried all the way home.  We have no Idea what happened.  He had been taking his medicine so that wasn’t it. I think he might have made it to mid-December to freak out instead of mid-November.  That is progress I guess.

Daniel is incredibly excited about Christmas.  I have been getting a report on how many days are left every day. J I love the way Chris explained Daniel’s way of talking.  He has no speaking cadence.  I have had a horrible time explaining how he talks and that explains it pretty well.

Daniel struggles with language and John is being difficult - December 12, 2013

It has been kind of cold here.  Poor Daniel has to go to school in shorts.  I finally found a place that I might be able to order some pants for him that are the right size.  I’m crossing my fingers and hoping they fit because he really needs some.  It is supposed to get below freezing next week and stay that way for a few days (over Christmas) we really don’t have clothes for that so it is good thing school will be out.  Everyone is preparing for and taking finals this week except for Daniel who doesn’t have them.

Daniel has been his cute, lovable self.  The speakers on the kid’s computer weren’t working for a few days.  Mark and I couldn’t figure out why.  Daniel decided to ask your dad who was busy with SWOTR. When Daniel tried to get his attention he was being short with Daniel thinking it was John once again bugging him.  When he realized it was Daniel, he got to a stopping place and called him in.  He said Daniel was so upset he was crying and all he could say was, “speaker” which doesn’t make a whole lot of since if you don’t know the previous information.  Your dad easily fixed it and now Mark, John and Daniel are all happy.

John has been really hard this last week. He had been doing really well and then, bam! Not so good.  He has been giving his teachers a hard time screaming in class and being rude to other kids. L 

On Thursday, John and Daniel had their 3 month dentist appointment.  I decided to let John sleep in and just take him to school after the appointment.  I called his teacher and she told me that by the time we got back, John would only have 1 class left because he doesn’t go to an elective class. The afternoon is all “advisory”. So he got a day off.  The next day, John was complaining about being sick.  After talking to the nurse and observing him, they decided to send him home, so I went to get him.  On the way home, he told me he was lying about being sick.  Grrr. Then he tried to convince me on Sunday that he was sick.  I had to explain, loudly, that he had lied to me whether he was sick, or not sick, on Friday.  Because he had lied to me,  I couldn’t believe him and that I wouldn’t ever believe him unless he was running a temperature.  I got really angry, which you know is unusual, but oh, well.  He went over the line screaming at me for an hour and a half and then trying to get out of getting dressed by resting and saying he had a sore throat. In the end, we got to church only a few minutes late.  My throat hurt so after the sacrament I went to get a drink and a Kleenex.  In the hall I ran into a lady who is having a lot of trouble with her 5 year old son.  We talked for a long time.  It helped a lot, so I guess God took and bad situation and turned it into a way to help someone who was struggling.

BTW, no cavities for 6 whole months with John and Daniel.  The 3 month schedule is working well for them.  

Christmas is Coming - December 9, 2013

It has been a quiet week even though we are headed toward Christmas.  John and Daniel insisted on sending letters to Santa.  Daniel wants a Wii U game and John a 3DS game.  John is still bugging us about letting him on the internet on his DS.  We continue to refuse.  You would think he would get the, not hint, but absolute refusal by now.

As soon as December started, Daniel started watching all our Christmas videos over, and over, and over…I’m already tired of Caillou! Daniel has also insisted we put up the tree for Family Home Evening last week and bugged his dad into putting the string of lights on the banister. We needed a little push to get going on Christmas.  I think we are avoiding it.

Thanksgiving - December 2, 2013


I cooked dinner all day like I normally do.  The turkey was fabulous if I do say so myself.  I’m getting pretty good at cooking turkey, finally. J Derrick came down to see us.  His wife and kids will be leaving Washington and driving to Louisiana starting tomorrow. It will be nice to have family relatively nearby again.
Poor Daniel and John kept asking when Eric was coming for Thanksgiving and we kept having to tell them, “Not Eric, Derrick.”