[An updated version of this is now (April 2016) found here – it even has additional items!]
Well, so much for “I’ll post those tomorrow” about my additional General Conference train cars! Sometimes, tomorrow really means, um, “someday maybe if I get around to that.” Well, thanks to my on-top-of-it friend, I realized tonight that I STILL have not posted my other train pages for note taking at General Conference. Ugh. Oh well, I suppose better now than never! At least it will be before Conference has come and gone!
So I made these trains up as a way for my boys to take “notes” about General Conference. I decided it was time for them to start taking notes. I figured we can still play games to keep them engaged in Conference, but if I want them to want to take notes when they are older, it might be easier if I start helping them to do it now. I did not want to have to site there and transcribe notes for them the whole time or I would have a hard time listening to the Spirit to teach ME what I need to know, so I thought of these as a way they can do it for themselves. I was AMAZED at how well it went for THREE, my SUPER active 5-year-old, and FOUR, my just barely 4-year-old, this Spring. I had a deal with them, if they took notes on a certain number of talks per session, then they earned a prize at the end of each session. They are only on the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, but I am considering making a caboose that can be used for any other speakers that may speak, but that is for another day I am afraid.
These pages work by allowing the kids to color the tie on each train car to match the tie of the speaker as they talk. Then I have sticker pages that I made up that include pictures of each Apostle as well as lots of standard Conference topic images. They look for the sticker that matches the apostle speaking and puts in on their train car. They also add stickers that are about things they hear that speaker talk about. If they are a bit older, they can also draw/color pictures about the talk as well. Each session, we pin up the engine car that matches the session we are starting on a big pin board (the fridge with magnets could work or tape on the wall even). Then, after they have taken their notes on any given talk, they take their train car and add it to the whole train. We take pictures after the session and then the cars come back off and put into sheet protectors in their conference notebooks so they can review their notes over the next 6 months (a random Sunday afternoon activity they like sometimes).
Anyway, that is the idea, and here are the train cars…
As always, the materials posted here are for only personal or church use – no commercial use is OK. The images used to make the sticker sheets reference and for the Apostles on the train cars came from various parts of the lds.org website. I am not publishing these here for my benefit, but to hopefully save someone else time in not needing to again go through the effort to pull them all off their site and drop them in an image manipulation program. I hope you enjoy! 🙂
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