Friday, July 20, 2018

Abraham and Isaac Free Printable Paper Dolls

Abraham and Isaac Printable Play Set.  This hand-painted play set is perfect for Primary lessons, Family Home Evening or family gospel discussions!

As a family who has also faced infertility and loss, Abraham and Sarah's story is so powerful to me. We felt like it took us a long time to be able to add children to our family, but Sarah was nearly 100 years old when she gave birth to Isaac!  Can you imagine how beloved little Isaac was? How sure he felt of his parents' love?  How heartbreaking it must have been for Abraham to follow Heavenly Father's command, especially given his childhood experiences. I imagine their hike up Mount Moriah was slow and painful.

This story is such a powerful way to teach our kids about obedience and faith in Heavenly Father's plan.  I choose to focus on the more positive aspect of this story (Abraham obeyed and God sent an angel and a ram to save the day!) and emphasize that Heavenly Father would never ask us to sacrifice our children, this was a very special trial meant just for Abraham. I just don't want them to worry every time we go on a hike ;)

How to Use This Free Printable:

Read or tell the story of Abraham and Isaac (there are some great re-tellings below) and use the paper doll figures to keep little hands busy and help them further understand the story. You can also read directly from the scriptures in Genesis Chapter 22, which is my preferred method with kids ages 8 and up. We pause after every verse or two to answer questions and clarify language.

If your children are older, you could also discuss how this story is a type (or example) of Jesus Christ.  Point out how many similarities you can find between the story of Abraham and Isaac and that of Jesus. For example:
  • Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac
  • Heavenly Father willingly sacrificed his Only Begotten Son
  • Isaac carried the wood for the fire at the altar
  • Jesus carried his own cross

Additional Resources for studying Abraham and Issac:

Supplies to make paper dolls:

Print play set (Download below)
Laminator, if desired
Popsicle sticks, if desired
Velcro or pieces of flannel, if desired

How to make paper doll play set:

Print out the paper dolls and background.
Cut out the figures.
Laminate, if desired. This step is optional, but will help the play set last longer.
You could attach the popsicle sticks as a handle onto the puppets, but we like them better without.
You could also use velcro or a piece of flannel glued to the back of the puppets to use them on a flannel board, if desired.

If you'd like to download this Abraham and Isaac Paper Play Set, click the link below:

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Other Paper Doll Sets in this series:

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Monday, July 16, 2018

What I've Been Reading Lately: July 2018

This has been a pretty great reading month for me! Seven books finished and partway through a few more.  What have you been reading lately?

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I have been hearing about this book for a while and finally got my hands (or, rather, my ears) on it.  It was different than I was expecting.  In my mind it was going to be more like Roots (which I loved):an epic, multi-generational story. It wasn't like that at all, really, but I still enjoyed it.  It is about a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu, and her experience immigrating to America.  It covers a lot of racial issues and gave me so much to think about.  One of my favorite excerpts is a list near the end of the book of ways you might know that you've have racial privilege.  Several of the items from that list gave me pause and I've found myself thinking about them long after finishing the book.

To be honest, I'm struggling with the ending.  I don't want to include any spoilers here, but I'm dying to talk to someone else who has read this book so I can hear your thoughts about how it ended.  Are you satisfied? Do you wish it had been different?

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

How did I go this long without realizing that The Giver is a four book series?  My 13 year old daughter has read all the books, and she recommended that I start Gathering Blue when I was in a bit of a reading slump a couple weeks ago.  When I think of this book, I literally have the urge to place a hand over my heart and sigh.  Love.  Sweet, heroic characters, a simply told story that draws you in immediately.  It's just so good. Plus, as an embroidery pattern designer, I love the embroidery element :)

While this seems like a completely different world, I've been told that the story of Jonas comes into play in the later books and that the Fourth book, Son, makes clear how all the stories are intertwined.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Continuing on with my Alaska obsession...The Great Alone was absolutely enthralling.  It's a pretty hefty book, but I felt like it moved quickly. I don't want to give away too much, but if domestic violence is a trigger for you, you may want to steer clear. I loved the characters, loved the descriptions of living in Alaska, the writing is delightful. I was sad when it ended.

Messenger by Lois Lowry

I typically try to space out books in a series that I'm enjoying. So I wasn't planning to read Messenger so soon after Gathering Blue, but I couldn't help it. ( I learned on my Instagram stories that most people do not agree with this.  Generally everyone polled reads straight through a good series.  What about you?)

I read this book in just one day.  It's short, so that may not seem like much of an accomplishment to many of you, but my reading time is pretty minimal these days so I'm pretty happy with that. This is the continuation of The Giver series and while it may seem like the books are unrelated, we do catch a glimpse of other characters from the first two books.  I loved it.

Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller

I come from a family of readers.  Often when we get together we talk about books.  Every once in a while one of my sisters or a parent will text out a "you have to read this!" message in our family group text.  It's very rare that we boss each other around when it comes to books, but one day my sister texted me "I'm partway through a book that you need to move to the top of your list."  With a recommendation like that I knew it had to be fantastic.  And it was.  

Caroline is a retelling of the Little House on the Prairie book from Ma's perspective.  It's sweet and inspiring and romantic.  I loved the little peek behind the curtain we receive into Ma's never-ending patience.  It's like the moment in Little Women when we learn that Marmie has a temper. Also, there are some scenes that are much steamier than we read in Little House. ;)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

I read this aloud to my older kiddos.  Guys, I've said it before (and I got in trouble for it) but I just don't love this book.  I am a Madeline L'Engle fan.  I love her memoirs and the Meet the Austins series.  But  A Wrinkle in Time is just not my favorite. We read it because the rule in our house is "book before movie" and the kids enjoyed it and they are looking forward to seeing the movie now.  I was hoping that as I re-read this book that I would love it.  But nope.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This book broke my heart. It's told by four narrators which took me a little while to get used to, but as I got to know the characters it wasn't an issue. Based on an actual event that took place during WWII, which I had never even heard of, but with fictional characters.  I'm struggling to know what to say about this book. I only finished it yesterday, so I still don't quite have the words to describe how powerful it was. Loved it.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Doctrine and Covenants Doctrinal Mastery Memorization Cards (free printable!)

Doctrine and Covenants doctrinal mastery scripture cards. Free printable 3x5 cards to help you memorize all of the Doctrine and Covenants doctrinal mastery scriptures; perfect for LDS Seminary Students and homeschool families!

I find such comfort and guidance from the scriptures.  Over the years, I have built a habit of studying them daily.  It's rare that I miss a day, and when I do I really feel it.  This year I'm studying the Old Testament and gaining so much insight (learn more about how I'm studying this year here).  I just finished the book of Joshua, and I'm still loving it!  (I will admit that I've struggle through certain sections ;) )

I want to have the powerful words of scripture cemented in my mind.  I want to draw on them in moments of frustration, or sorrow or impatience,

and I hope to help my children do the same. The best way to make that happen is to memorize them.  So we set aside time from our school days to work on memorizing scripture.  

I created these cards to help us do that.

The cards are 3x5" in size in order to fit into an index card storage box.  Introduce one new verse each week and review the other verses often, and before long you will have many verses committed to memory! Read more about how we've done this here.

This works well for us because we're a homeschool family, but if you're not you could also easily apply this method during your family scripture study or during breakfast or dinner.  It really just takes a matter of minutes each day!

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