Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Matthew 5 Sketchnotes/Traceable Doodles

Scripture sketchnotes or doodles for Matthew 5, The Beatitudes. Hand-drawn and hand-lettered highlights from this chapter of scripture, goes along with the Latter-Day Saint Come Follow Me curriculum for February 18-24th.

There are a lot of amazing resources available to enhance your study of Come Follow Me, whether it's full lessons or additional printables and ideas for helping to incorporate the lessons with your family.

I firmly believe that we do not need to make this curriculum more intense or more involved than it is.  It is intended to be simple, and to inspire meaningful discussions of gospel truths.  Don't overlook that as you sort through so many beautiful and creative options for additional resources online.

My original plan was to share scripture cards monthly, which could then be used in your scripture journal, or as a mini coloring book for kids.  But recently I was impressed to do that differently.

Instead of creating monthly cards, I will be making a weekly sketchnotes page.  It will feature doodles and hand-lettered scriptures from the lesson that week, along with a peek at how I'm using them in my own scriptures.

I have been hesitant to do a weekly post following the Come Follow Me curriculum because there are so many other fantastic resources available.  But I feel called to share my simple doodles and the additional talks, etc. that I'll be studying each week.

I genuinely hope these posts are useful to you and not an additional stress as we are all implementing this new program and figuring out how best to use it in our individual lives and families.

Ideas for using weekly Come Follow Me Sketchnotes pages:

COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time.  Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you've discussed together.

STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures.  (This year, I am using this free wide-margin New Testament PDF that I had printed and spiral bound at a local copy shop.  But there are many wide-margin options available.)

Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them.  I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper.  Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.

They blend beautifully and add a very vibrant color.  I did not have much luck with watercolor pencils, though.  They just did not show up well on the sticker paper. I haven't tried all the brands available, though. So definitely give your favorites a try before you rush out and buy something new.

Each month I will share one post for the Come Follow Me sketchnotes, and each week I will add to that post.  So come back here next week to find the base post for March lessons.

(I'd love to hear what version of this project would be most helpful to you.  Do you prefer the monthly card version or the full page each week version?)


Friends, my sister has felt a firm and unrelenting impression to start a podcast based on the Come Follow Me lessons.  I have been so inspired to watch her dive right in and follow the Spirit.  She is new to podcasting, but I am already so impressed with the content she's created.  Look for Stumbling As I Follow in your podcast app and listen to her meaningful insights that make the stories of Christ come alive.

I LOVE my friend Montserrat's weekly list of activities, videos, and talks that are available on for free that go along with the current Come Follow Me lesson.

My friend Emily at is doing an awesome and simple interactive journal printable for kids each week.  She has such creative ideas that do not require a lot of time/effort to implement with your kids.


I'd love to see how you use these sketchnotes! Take a photo and tag me on Instagram.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Come Follow Me Copywork

Hello! I'm happy to be back today with the next installment in my Come Follow Me copywork series.  We use copywork in our homeschool to help the kids practice their handwriting and to fill their minds with beautiful and uplifting words.  Grab your free copywork printable below!

I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but I just discovered I didn't post this weeks ago like I thought I did...

Today I'm sharing the copywork I made to go along with the February 2019 Come Follow Me curriculum.  All of the verses were taken directly from the lessons.  This free copywork packet includes 15 scripture verses in different styles, 45 pages in total.

Younger children can trace the words in a larger font, helping them to practice letter formation.  Older children have the option of a guided wordstrip to help them form letters correctly or a plain line for those who are more comfortable writing.

One of the main reasons I love copywork for my kids is how well it helps them to sit still and focus for just a minute.  I have two very active boys (and I mean VERY active) and something about copywork helps them calm down, even just for a short time.

So if my just-barely five year old is running around the house, pestering siblings and destroying our possessions and just generally disturbing the peace while I'm trying to finish up our school day with the big kids, I'll often pull out a copywork page for him to work on.

(By the way, please tell me I'm not the only one who has an extremely energetic, lovely and smart, adorable five year old who seems to be bent on destroying the house and everything in it.)

He can't read yet, but he does know the letters. It doesn't seem to bother him at all that he doesn't actually know what he's writing. He enjoys tracing each letter while he sits next to us at the giant kitchen table.  I think it helps him to feel grown up and included to be writing while the bigger kids do their schoolwork.

After he's done tracing the words, I read them to him and we talk about what the verse means, just for a minute.  It's nothing formal at his age.  Just a quick explanation, a tiny testimony of the truthfulness of the words he's written, and then he's on his way.

The more we incorporate copywork in to our daily homeschool schedule, the more benefits I see.
I'd love to know how you're using these copywork pages! Share a photo and tag me on Instagram!


If you like this free copywork post, you may also enjoy:

January 2019 Come Follow Me copywork
Gratitude Copywork
Scripture verse Coloring Pages
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Picture Books for February

These beautiful picture books, both fiction and non-fiction, are perfect winter time reads.  Full of snow and hibernating animals, these books all have gorgeous illustrations and are not at all annoying to read aloud over and over and over again. And your kids will definitely want to read these multiple times.

Each month I like to restock our living room bookshelves with seasonally appropriate picture books.  Our shelves are currently bursting with awesome winter books.  Keep reading to find my list of picture books, both fiction and non-fiction, that are great to read aloud to all ages.

Now that Christmas and Valentine's Day are over, we find ourselves facing the hardest part of winter (at least for me). The last few weeks before spring are often slushy and dreary and super cold.  There is no better way to brighten my days than with a great big pile of books.

As I was taking photos for this post, I had the books all scattered out on our living room rug and my two year old kept swooping in to steal a book or two.  She kept asking me to read her a "stack of books", which is one of my all time favorite ways to spend time with my kiddos.

You'll find that these books included a good mix of fiction and non-fiction titles.  We read a LOT of picture books around here.  And I especially love using a beautiful picture books as an introduction to a scientific topic or a noteworthy person or event from history. 

I find that picture books usually give us a great overview of the topic and often all of our questions are answered in that one book.  But sometimes we want to learn more about a person or an event and so we delve deeper, either with other picture books or more in-depth chapter books.

Fiction Picture Books for Winter:

The Snow Tree by Caroline Repchuk

This is unfortunately out of print, but if you can find it at your library, it's a sweet little board book.  Ours has delightfully embossed pages and beautiful illustrations.

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

The Hat by Jan Brett

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Basically anything by Jan Brett is my favorite.  The illustrations are intricate and absolutely beautiful.  My kids and I all want to pore over the books, taking in all the details. The stories are sweet and fun and they all involve animals, which my kids adore.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

This is a lovely book about a father/daughter adventure through the snowy nighttime woods.  The words are poetic, the illustrations gorgeous.

Terrible Storm by Carol Otis Hurst

A cute story about an introvert and an extrovert and their worst storm ever. The introvert is trapped in a house with lots of people, the extrovert takes cover in a barn and they have to stay their for multiple days.  Fun illustrations, too!

Snow by Uri Shulevitz

I could read this book with my eyes closed, it's been requested so often by our littles.  But I don't mind. :)

Big Snow by Jonathan Bean

A cute imaginative book that reminded me a little of my life.  There's a certain someone around here who is always making messes and leaving them so he/she can start another mess.

Brave Irene by William Steig

We love books about brave women and girls around here.  Brave Irene does not disappoint!

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

One of our all-time favorites. This book is a modern classic for a reason.  My son Elijah even had a red hat like Peter's, made by a sweet friend of ours.  He was obsessed with the book as a two year old and she made the hat as a gift.  He still wears it.

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda

This delightful book has a similar feel to Press Here.  Both my 2.5 year old and my 5 year old LOVE it.

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

This one is a classic for a reason. My kids love to look at the intricate maps and find each new building around the town. Edith begs for it over and over.

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Love this illustrations in this wordless picture book. If your child is sensitive, you may want to glance through this one first before sharing it with them.  I was a little bit worried about how my little ones would take it, but they were totally fine with it.

Once There Was a Tree by Natalia Romanova

Beautifully illustrated and fun to read.  We read this book most in Autumn and Winter. It seems to be out of print, so it might be a good one to find at your library.

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barabara M. Joosse

A sweet and beautifully illustrated book about unconditional love.

Non-Fiction Books for Winter:

Follow a darling little dormouse as she tries to find a safe bed for the winter.  My little ones love to repeat the common phrases in this book.  The photographs are fun to look at and this is one of the books we read over and over.

Basically anything by Gail Gibbons.  We love all of her non-fiction works.  Very informative, without being dry; wonderfully illustrated and charming. 

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

I absolutely adore the look of this book.  The illustrations are lovely and it's full of interesting facts about animals in the winter.  My little ones love to see the animals in their dens and burrows under the snow.

Love this book about the first man to photograph snowflakes. 

I'm always looking for more diversity in our picture books.  If you have any suggestions to add to this list, I'd love to hear them!

I share our favorite book recommendations on Instagram, so make sure you're following along there!

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