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FREE Printables for the 2018 LDS Primary Theme, “I am a child of God.”

FREE 2018 LDS Primary Printables

Hi friends,
It’s that time of year again, and I have some AWESOME printables to share with you for this year’s primary theme, “I am a child of God.”

I designed these printables with a colorful moon and stars theme. The inspiration came from my 5 year old son. This summer my hubby and I took our family on a late night venture to the mountains. My 5 year old was absolutely blown away by the moon and all of the stars. He kept saying how the moon and stars just made him feel so special, and that Heavenly Father had to have made them just for him. As I was trying to figure out what design to do for this year’s theme of I am a child of God, his words just kept coming back to me, and I knew that I needed to incorporate the moon and stars into the design.

I have some FREE printables available for you to use as needed in your primaries this year. First is this Main Theme Poster. It comes in 7 different sizes, with JPG and PDF files (PDF for printing at home or a printing center, JPG for printing at a photo center. Sizes include 3×5, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, 16×20 and 20×30.

Click here for the PDF Main Theme Posters
Click here for the JPG Main Theme Posters

These Binder Covers are just what you need to help emphasize the theme this year! These Binder Covers come with all Presidency and class names with A and B options included. Need to combine classes? No problem! Just use the EDITABLE Binder Cover and edit the class name using Adobe Reader (or you can write it in).

Click here for Binder Covers
Click here for Editable Binder Covers
(Only class name is editable)
Click here for Binder Spine
Click here for Sharing Time Schedule

These cute bookmarks are PERFECT to give to the children as a birthday gift

FREE 2018 LDS Primary BookmarksClick here for Bookmarks

I also have LOADS of additional printables  to help you in Primary this year. These are available in the Sugardoodle Etsy shop.
Here is the BUNDLED PACKAGE! This package includes most of the printables that are available and is  the best value! Items in this package include a Bulletin Board Package, Birthday and Gift Package, Classroom Door Signs, Classroom Door Hangers, Monthly Theme Posters, and Sharing Time Assignment Wristbands and Cards.

LDS Primary 2018 Printables

Click here for more details on the BUNDLED PACKAGE

Here is a closer look at some of the items available!

How fun is this Bulletin Board Pack? SO many options for you to decorate your primary room!

Click here for more details on the Bulletin Board Package

Want more ideas for Birthday Gifts to help instill the theme this year? Then you will want this Birthday and Gift pack! Perfect to use with ANY gift for Birthdays, Thank you, or just because!
Click here for more details about the Birthday and Gift Pack

One of my favorite items are these Sharing Time Assignment Wristbands! When I was primary secretary, one thing that was SUPER time consuming was filling in the Weekly Theme for talks and such. So I decided to help make life easier for you by having the Weekly Theme already filled out for you! We also have Sharing Time Assignment Cards available as well.

Click here for more details about the Sharing Time Assignment Wristbands

I also have created TWO more designs to go along with the “I am a child of God” theme. I decided to stick with the nature theme. I designed another “Moon and Stars” theme, as well as a “Sun” inspired theme. Both of these designs can be found in the Sugardoodle Shop.

Click here for details on this Basics Package

Click here for details on this Bundled Pack

I hope you find these printables helpful for you to use in Primary this year!
Heart,
Melanie

The New FREE Video Family History Service In Utah!

Hey Wonderful SugarDoodlers!

My name’s Alex Balinski. Melanie’s been super nice to provide me this opportunity to tell you a little bit about a free family history service I recently started called Lifey.

Here’s a run down of everything you should know about Lifey.

What Is A “Lifey”?

So, to start off, let me define what a Lifey is. A Lifey is like a selfie about your life. It’s your life story in video format. It’s like a browsable, shareable video journal that you can embed anywhere online. I personally believe Lifeys are the best way to share your life story.

Currently there are two types of Lifeys we can create for you (they’re both free): Individual Lifeys and Family Lifeys.

Individual Lifey Example

Below is one of the dozens of free individual Lifeys we’ve created. You can see Clint’s Lifey is broken up into seven sections: Childhood, Aviation, Mission, UVU, Career, Family and Other. Under each section there are specific stories/insights that Clint decided to share from his life.

Individual Lifeys are easy to prepare for and to record. They usually take 1-3 hours to record, though we’ve had some individuals create Lifeys that are 4+ hours long. The beauty of creating a Lifey, is that it’s free (it’d normally cost hundreds to thousands of dollars to pay someone to create a similar video autobiography), it’s long form (1-7 hours long) and it’s browsable (viewers can jump to whichever story/topic interests them).

Family Lifey Example

Below is an example of a family Lifey. Family Lifeys only take about an hour to record (depending on how many people are in your family).

Instead of a one-time comprehensive Lifey about someone’s life, a family Lifey is more like an ongoing family video journal where once a year you can take your family on a date to the studio and each take 5-10 minutes in front of the camera to share highlights from the previous year.

How Lifey Got Started

The story of how Lifey started goes back to the summer of 2006. I was attending my first term at Brigham Young University and I felt strongly like I should look into Broadcast Journalism. I attended BYU for two years, served a two-year mission in Argentina, and then finished my Bachelor’s degree at BYU. While studying journalism I felt impressed to create the Prepare to Serve project where we video interview returned missionaries about their missions, etc.

Then about one year ago I felt inspired to shift my focus to working on Lifey.

Why Record A Lifey?

I believe there is huge value in opening up, and sharing our ideas with each other. I believe every person has experiences and insights that they can share, that can be helpful to others.

Hands down the most prized family history possession I have is my Mother’s Lifey. I’m so grateful that we took a few hours to record my Mom’s Lifey. For many years to come my Mother will still be able to influence, and teach my children values, principles and testimony from her life experiences, because we recorded her Lifey. While reading a journal is good, nothing quite beats hearing and seeing my Mother share her stories in her own words. When I watch my Mom’s Lifey, it feels like she’s having a heart-to-heart conversation with me.

More Info About Lifey

  • We currently offer free video life histories at our office in Provo, Utah (if you live outside of Utah, and would like me to consider traveling to your state to offer free Lifeys in your state for a few days, please email me at alexbalinski@gmail.com).
  • Our service is completely free (you can leave a donation if you’d like).
  • A Lifey typically takes 2-4 hours to record, though we’ve had some Lifeys last longer.
  • Lifeys are recorded in front of a green screen (which works great, as long as you don’t wear a green top).
  • Lifeys are self-directed. When you come in, I’ll welcome you to the studio and get the camera, microphone and lights all working, and then I’ll press record, shut the door, and let you share however much you’d like to share from your life.
  • We encourage people to let their Lifeys be public, so their stories and insights are easily accessible for family and friends.
  • Lifeys are recorded in 4K.
  • Lifeys can be organized into however many stories/topics as you’d like (we once had an older gentleman come in and share 99 different stories/insights from his life).
  • Lifeys can also be used to organize any other YouTube videos (home videos, etc.)

If You’re Interested…

If you’d like me to create a Lifey for you or a loved one, feel free to email me at alexbalinski@gmail.com. If you’d like to learn more about the Lifey project, you might enjoy watching the videos on the Lifey About page.

I hope you have a wonderful summer! The Gospel’s true!

Sincerely,

Alex Balinski

January Come Follow Me – Why is Jesus Christ important in my life? – FREE printable

Hi friends,
I wanted to share with you this BEAUTIFUL printable that I have created for the January Come Follow Me lesson, “Why is Jesus Christ important in my life?”. I made this printable last year, but decided to update it will the testimonies from 2016 October General Conference.  And decided to give it to all of you for FREE! Download it here.
Out of all of the printables that I have created for the Come Follow Me curriculum, this printable had the strongest spiritual impact on me personally.  It has been so humbling to read the simple but profound testimonies of the leaders of His church.  It has brought a sense of purpose, direction and peace in my life as I have read and re-read these testimonies, and I hope you and the young women you teach can have a similar experience.

January Come Follow Me - FREE printableDownload this 8×10 printable here
Also, make sure to check out the coordinating printables here.

Heart,
Melanie B.SageWood Ave. Designs

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#LIGHTtheWORLD: Dinner on Your Doorstep Free Printable Kit from Pink Cake Plate

We hope by now you’ve heard about the mormon.org #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas campaign and are finding ways to help others.   Sugardoodle has partnered with some creative bloggers to bring you free printable kits to aid you in your service.  Each blogger has created their own free kit of printable supplies for you.

Laura at Pink Cake Plate has designed a Dinner on Your Doorstep free printable kit to make taking dinner to someone else easy and cute.  You could take a whole meal or just a sweet treat to someone in need.  Get the whole family involved in this service activity!

All of the instructions and printables are completely FREE to use, however you will not find them here on Sugardoodle.  Instead we have shared them with some fabulous LDS bloggers and site owners who have each taken these printables and used them in their own way.  You can find them by visiting the #LIGHTtheWORLD main page and clicking on one of the supporting site links.  This list is growing daily, so check back often!

free printable service kit
We hope these free printables will inspire you to find ways to serve your neighbors, friends, and family.  The #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign is all about spreading kindness in whatever way you can.  It starts December 1, 2016 with a Worldwide Service Day.  Taking dinner to someone would be a wonderful way to share the love of our Savior.

Please help us spread the word about these printable kits on your social media.  Also, don’t forget to use the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD and share the mormon.org video.  Tweet, pin, and post about the goodness to help inspire others.  Let kindness light the world this Christmas season!

A big thank you to Laura at Pink Cake Plate for taking the time to create this fun dinner kit!

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LDS Primary Teaching Helps – FREE Lesson Review Worksheet

2017 LDS Primary - Lesoon ReviewHi friends,
I have been fortunate to be called into primary for the last several years, (presidency & teaching) and I have LOVED it!  There are several things that I have loved about working in primary, but one of the things that has been the BEST is being able to be in primary with my oldest son.  I love being able to see first hand what he is learning.  It is also great to be able to come home and talk about what we learned together.
We moved into a new ward this past summer, so I was out of primary for a short while.  During that time, I would ask my son how primary was and what he learned, and I’d get crickets.  Or one word answers.  I knew he was enjoying primary. I knew he was learning.  But I couldn’t seem to get him to talk about it…unless he brought home a handout or coloring page that showed what his lesson was about.  Then I could ask him SPECIFIC questions about what his lesson was about. For example, he would bring home a paper that he colored that said, “I am happy when I serve others.” From this, I could ask, “I see that you talked about serving others. What are some ways you can serve others?”  And what do you know, he would open up and tell me all about what he learned about serving others, along with lots of other little details about primary.
Shortly after moving into the new ward, I was called to teach the best 6 year-olds ever! When I began teaching, I wanted to be able to send home a handout or coloring page or something so that parents could use as a conversation starter with their children.  But I found that not every lesson lend itself to handouts, and often times, the coloring pages would be left in primary.  So I decided to create this printable LESSON REVIEW to email to parents each week after church. It has been a great resource for our class, so I thought I would share it with all of you!

Primary2017-LessonReviewListing-02This worksheet can be filled out a few different ways.  You can hand write the information in.  But if that doesn’t sound so enticing, I have made these worksheets editable!  If you have adobe reader, just open the files, click in the boxes to add text and type away!  If that seems to intimidating, you can also upload the file to www.pdfescape.com and add text there.  Then, save and email to the parents.  Or, print and take to each home.  If you had a child not attend that day, you could print and take to the home to let them know they were missed.

The worksheet has 5 components1- Fill in class name (ex. CTR 5, Valiant 11, etc.)
2- Fill out the date, lesson name and things your class is working on (ex. Articles of Faith, reverence, kindness in class, etc.)
3- Use this area to summarize your lesson and share activities or games you played.
4- Use this area to share what you challenged the children to do during the week.
5- This area can be used to give parents some talking points to use with their children. Or if you want to make a sheet for each child, you could write something that the child said or did during class.  As a parent, I love hearing what my kid talks about when I’m not around:)  You could also use this area to share a simple testimony.

I have created 3 different sheets.  1 for CTR classes, 1 for Valiant classes, and 1 for Sharing Time.  I hope you find these Lesson Review Worksheets helpful for you in your classes.
Heart,Melanie B.
SageWood Ave. Designs

Click here to download the CTR class Lesson Review
Click here to download the Valiant class Lesson Review
Click here to download the Sharing Time Lesson Review

I designed these worksheets to coordinate with my 2017 LDS Primary Theme Printables that are available in my shop.  Click here for more information on these coordinating printables.

2017 LDS Primary Theme

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