Month: January 2016

Dives and Dads

Dives and Dads

  Last January, I was playing volleyball in the Richards Building. I leaped to block a player with a particularly pernicious swing, but as I came down (with not even a touch of the ball, darn it!), I landed, not on the hard wooden court,…

Help Kids Build Faith through Journal Writing

Help Kids Build Faith through Journal Writing

In my last post, I wrote about how teachers can help students get excited about practicing writing in personal journals. Parents of young children can do the same, but for a different purpose—writing in their journals can help kids increase in faith and gratitude. Check…

Provo City Center Temple

Provo City Center Temple

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If you’re in the Provo area, the place to see these days seems to be the new Provo City Center temple.

Constructed from the structure of the old tabernacle, the City Center temple holds an incredible wealth of history and seems to have the prospect of an incredible future ahead of it. A future that includes at least a million tickets sold for the Open House being held now until March 5, 2016.

0 (1)The Open House allows for the general public to enter the temple and have a look around of its gorgeous interior. It is also an opportunity to gain insight into the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (better known as Mormons). People of all faiths are invited and welcome to attend. Once the Open House is over, the building will only be open to those within the church who have received special permission through an interview process.

0 (2)I had the opportunity last week to take a special tour of the temple that allowed me to see one of the sealing rooms (where marriages take place) as well as the bridal room (where brides get ready for the marriage ceremony). While it was an incredible experience, my view of the rest of the temple was limited as we walked to these two rooms. I had an itch to see more.

The Open House not only allows for you to see the gorgeous inside of the temple before it is closed to the general public, but there is also a section of the tour that gives special insight into the incredible history of the tabernacle/temple.
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The temple’s Open House started on January 15, 2016 and will end March 5, 2016. Tickets are going fast, so make your reservations here today.

—Jazmin Cybulski, Stance

Labor and Delivery Hospital Tour

Labor and Delivery Hospital Tour

“Visiting the place where you’re planning to give birth well before you deliver can help relieve some pre-birth anxiety and make your birthing more enjoyable.” —What to Expect I have to agree with the above quote. My husband and I finally took our hospital tour…

Making Friends with Stress

Making Friends with Stress

Are you stressed yet this semester? Are you stressed because you think you will be stressed this semester? Am I stressing you out? Whether or not you’re experiencing it at this moment, stress is something we’ll all have to face over and over again in our…

Riting is Grate—Kids Test Out Writing through Journals

Riting is Grate—Kids Test Out Writing through Journals

Do you enjoy deciphering kids’ writing as much as I do? This was a note from a student I taught during my teaching practicum in Fall 2015. Kids can grow leaps and bounds in writing as they practice journal writing each day.
Do you enjoy deciphering kids’ writing as much as I do? Kids can grow leaps and bounds in writing as they practice journal writing each day.

Kids in the early grades are learning to express themselves in a foreign language—writing. One way to help kids get better at writing—whether you’re a teacher or a parent—is by helping them keep a journal. Not only will students love writing about their favorite subject—themselves—they just may choose writing as their favorite subject in school.

 

Did you know that frequent journal writing

Teachers may face some push-back when trying to implement a daily journal writing time. It’s a foreign language, remember—we weren’t born knowing how to write, and it’s tricky for kids to think of ideas and spell words in our crazy language of English.

Good news for teachers: Beyond reading popular books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dear Dumb Diary to inspire students, here are some tips to help students succeed in journal writing.

6 Tips for Journals in a K–6 Classroom

  1. Choose a daily journal time: Prioritize journal time in your schedule. Help kids know that when they enter the classroom at the beginning of the day, after recess, after lunch, etc., they’re expected to get writing right away.
  2. Build stamina: Some kids may not be used to long periods of writing. Set a timer and help them increase writing stamina by a minute or two each day.
  3. Make it free-style: Let kids write about whatever they want—don’t give a prompt. Younger kids might start with drawing a picture and labeling it. That’s just fine—their writing will improve if they are writing daily!
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Sharing experiences from your own journal can inspire kids to choose topics for their daily journals.

4. Help inspire new topics: Inevitably, there will be students who can’t think of what to write or who always write about the same topic—sports, video games, etc. Read from your own journal to give them ideas and help them get out of a rut!

5. Respond to entries: Did you ever get a note from a teacher? Likewise, kids will love reading your comments on their writing. Keep it content-related; red marks for punctuation and spelling are off-limits for journals.

6. Let kids share their journals! Kids love an audience. Choose just a couple kids a day to read in the author’s chair. Invite other classes or parents to listen. Make it a reward to share or an incentive for kids to get writing if they’re slacking off. Help kids publish their writing using online tools. Check out my how-to videos on ReadWriteThink.org’s Stapleless Book and Printing Press.

—Leah Davis Christopher, Stance

Thanks to literacy professor Brad Wilcox of the BYU Education Department for many of these journal-writing ideas.

Next week’s post: Public school teachers may not be able to explain to kids 
the spiritual benefits of keeping a journal, but parents can. What are some of 
those benefits?

 

All About Family

All About Family

  Gordon B. Hinckley presented The Family: A Proclamation to the World over twenty years ago. While members of the Church thought it was an inspired document then it has only become more needed to guide to the members of The Church of Jesus Christ…

13 Organizing Ideas

13 Organizing Ideas

Are you in the process of planning your child’s nursery? Maybe you are just trying to figure out the final details? Or maybe you don’t know what to do with the awkward closet or some bookcases you love? Either way, here are some helpful organizing…