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LDS Teaching Resources

We’ve gotten in some fantastic LDS teaching resources lately. “A Children’s Songbook Companion”, “The Big Picture”, and “Teaching to Build Faith and Faithfulness” -to name a few.

Children's Songbook CompanionA Children’s Songbook Companion
By Pat Graham, Mary Gourley, Trudy Shipp & Linda Stewart
(reprinted edition)

The most complete and versatile resource available to help musicians and non-musicians alike teach children the love of the gospel through music and song!  Includes: Complete lesson plans for every song in the Children’s Songbook, hundreds of illustrations to copy and enlarge for teaching, easy instructions regardless of your level of musical experience. The authors have drawn upon years of hands-on musical experience and professional talent to produce this complete one-source guide to help you share the joy of singing with every child in your life.

You’ll be able to: Present and teach songs easily, add fun and variety to your teaching, challenge children of all ages and keep their attention , create new lessons simply and effectively, be well prepared to teach by the Spirit. Perfect for: Family home evening, Primary singing time, family trips and vacations, holidays and gatherings, singing time at school.

Teaching to Build Faith and FaithfulnessTeaching to Build Faith and Faithfulness
By Kathy K. Clayton

Gospel teaching that changes hearts and invites action is the goal of all teachers and parents, but ultimately, only the Spirit can teach in life-changing ways. Our role as parents and teachers is really to engage learners in order to facilitate the teaching of the Spirit. Most traditional teaching situations utilize a teacher-centered approach where little is required of the learner and results in a minimal change of heart. This title offers ten strategies that focus on learner-centered instruction, with stories and examples to illustrate the principles. The ideas will encourage parents and teachers to think of themselves as “guides” to aid and assist the influence of the Spirit and suggests practical ways to till the ground of learning, plant and nurture seeds of faith, direct learners to dependable places to find their own answers to questions, and applaud every worthy effort to grow.

The Big PictureThe Big Picture: 20 Family-Friendly Lessons on God’s Plan for You
By John Hilton III & Anthony Sweat

Joseph Smith said that God’s plan of salvation is “one of heaven’s best gifts to mankind.” But how many of us understand the depth and breadth of it completely? And how many of us feel comfortable teaching those eternal truths and doctrines to our families or our classes?

Authors and gospel teachers John Hilton III and Anthony Sweat have teamed up again to lead teenagers step-by-step through the entire plan of salvation—from our premortal existence to the Final Judgment and our inheritance of glory—by using easy-to-understand language, timely examples, scriptural references, and enlightening quotes from our latter-day prophets and apostles.

In addition to being a book that teens can pick up and read, each chapter contains an easy-to-follow and easy-to-adapt lesson plan that can assist parents and others in teaching youth the truths of the plan of salvation. Chapter also include many frequently asked questions about such topics as:

  • The Premortal Existence
  • The Creation
  • The Fall
  • The Atonement of Jesus Christ
  • The Purpose of Life
  • Making Covenants
  • And more!

 

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Scott Smith’s Beautiful Cache Valley Photos

Scott T. Smith, a Utah native who now resides in Cache Valley, is a talented freelance photographer whose previous published works include Salt Lake City Impressions and Along Wyoming’s Continental Divide.  His latest is the book Cache Valley, full of some wonderful photos. It’s a great gift this Christmas. We’ve had people buy it for loved ones living overseas so they can get a taste of home. Don’t forget his 2012 calendar, as well.

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‘The Mansion’ is a Timeless Classic

A classic story about a mansion that tells of “not of money squandered but of wealth prudently applied,” The Mansion is a great Christmas gift. And now, it’s out in a special 100th anniversary edition.

President Thomas S. Monson said, “My Christmas reading each year helps bring to me the spirit of the season. I always read the same three texts and have done so for more years than I can remember. I read once again a very small volume entitled “The Mansion,” by Henry Van Dyke. Its message always touches my heart.”

Posted in Children's/YA Books, Kids

New ‘American Girl’ Characters!!

The American Girl family now has two new members: Cecile and Marie-Grace, two girls who meet and become friends in New Orleans in 1853. The books take turns describing their fun-filled year together. We’re excited to have the American Girl line in our store for the holiday season. And don’t forget the awesome scrapbooking and craft supplies we have upstairs, too.
Also… we’ve got the miniature American Girl dolls! How fun is that? They’re a less expensive alternative to the original dolls, and still just as high quality and cute.

Posted in Announcements, Books, Children's/YA Books

Read ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ Tomorrow!

Each year, millions of low-income Kindergarten-age children start school academically behind the other children, and their likelihood of catching up is slim. That’s where Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program, in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, comes in.

On October 6, 2011, Jumpstart is hosting an international reading record–by having everyone read Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Red Pajama. Even though it’s a drop in the ocean of America’s early education achievement gap, organizers say this annual program helps.

Plus, who doesn’t love these fun picture books? Just look at the illustrations and your heart will melt.

So tomorrow, pull out that Llama Llama Red Pajama and read it to the kids, and participate in a stand against the growing gap between those kids who can read well, and those who can’t. WeGiveBooks.org has it online for free for the campaign, or you can stop in and buy your own copy.

Posted in General Books

New Arrivals in General Book

New Arrivals in General Book this week!!
“The Help” audio.

By Kathryn Stockett

If you haven’t read it yet, read it. Or, now, listen to it. This inspiring story will have you laughing, then crying, and cheering on the characters one after the other. The movie wasn’t so bad, either.

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In God’s heart you are… Accepted, Wonderfully Made, Forgiven, Loved, Provided For, Enough, Secure, Beautiful, Delightful, Creative, His Friend, His Light, Defended, Guided, His Child, Touched, Never Alone, Desired, His Forever….

“God’s Heart for You”

Holley Gerth writes a sweet inspirational book that teaches women about God’s love for them.

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“Matched” paperback

by Ally Condie

Finally! Paperback is out. We’re still holding our breath and waiting for the sequel, “Crossed,” which so far is due to release November 1 of this year.

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Guinness World Records 2012 edition

“Bursting with amazing new records.”

Guaranteed to entertain anyone with over a million record holders chronicled inside its glossy, photographed pages and beneath a shiny front cover.