Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Toddler FHE Week 1: Service


Put on a puppet show!!!
Get some paper bags or some socks, sticky eyes, glue and each of you make your puppet.
Song: When we're helping
Prayer
Scripture
Mosiah 2:17
Help children to memorize or repeat the scripture after you.
Spiritual Thought
Read this story from the friend or watch this video called "the Coat"
Briefly discuss how service was provided and how when we serve others we are serving god.

Activity
We started the activity by getting brown paper sacks and drawing our puppets on them. They were nothing special just quick and easy and something our little guy could help with. We just did markers but you could get the googly eyes and pipe cleaners to really make your puppets stand out.:)

Act out with your puppets different service scenarios:
  • Jane dropped her books in the hallway at school. Joey helped her pick them up.
  • Olivia is sad in nursery because she can't find her toy. Luca helps her find it.
  • Grandma can't take care of her lawn and garden. Lisa and Tommy help her weed and mow the lawn.
  • Stephanie has been feeling lonely. Ben and Kasey make her cookies to cheer her up.
  • Mom is tired from cleaning all day. Mikey helps her by cleaning up his toys.
  • Come up with your own service activites.
Our little guy loved the puppets. It was fun to see him acting out different services. At one point his puppet didn't want to share his toy with another puppet and we had to settle for hugs and kisses... :)

We ended the FHE by discussing how we are already serving others and how we could do better. One thing I felt was fairly important is that sometimes we feel like we don't give very much service but we can't forget the ways we serve each other. We took some time to recognize the wonderful service my husband provides to the family by fulfilling his role as a provider and priesthood leader. and how as I fulfill my role as a mother I also am providing a service that no one else can give. As I magnify my calling as a mother I know that I am blessing the lives of my children and husband. I think as we each do the best we can within our homes we will be more prepared to serve outside of our homes. 
We also discussed how the best service you can provide is sometimes the hardest. It takes work to recognize someones real needs.
We then discussed ways we could serve those outside of our home more, Many ideas included the normal ones you may think of: feeding the missionaries, making cookies or food for someone, helping someone with their yard, and helping someone move. Ideas included:
  • Being emotionally available to those that are struggling.
  • Seeking to know what problems and concerns others have.
  • Being genuinely interested in others.
  • Helping out at ward activities and in callings.
  • Reaching out to others and making new friends.
  • Bearing testimony in church or with friends.
  • Sharing the gospel with others
Treat: DIY Peanut Butter Cups

End with Prayer


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Holding Scripture Study with your Toddler

LDS Toddler Scripture Study

We should teach our children starting at a young age. In the family is the ideal place to teach our children. I believe we should make a great effort to help our children learn and grow in the gospel. However it is pretty interesting as a new parent trying to get creative and think of ways to include and help educate your toddler during scripture study. How do we keep their attention and teach them the gospel...specifically the scripture stories. Here are a couple of ideas:

Use your resources:

  • LDS Free Clipart: This has a lot of scripture pictures and coloring pages.
  • Living Scriptures free downloads: Wow, when I discovered this I was so excited. Living Scripture offers free downloads that you can print from home and use as coloring books. Choose the scripture story that you want to teach and let your child go through their animated pictures. 
  • The Friend: The friend scripture site has cute animated videos of scripture stories. Also so great. They also have audio stories of Jesus Christ.
  • The Mormon Channel Audio Scripture Stories: This is a weekly broadcast that features songs, children testifying, and audio scripture stories.
Activities
Who doesn't learn best by re-enacting a scripture story or re-creating the wise man and the foolish man in actual sand. Coming up with activities to teach the scriptures definitely takes more work but I love using it for an occasional scripture study when I'm feeling ambitious. The friend has a lot of activity ideas. Here is one resource from the friend. You can also go here and type "for little friends (and then your topic)" This helps to quickly and easily find activities to fit your topic of study that night.

Read The Scriptures To your Child
Although all these resources are fabulous, I think it is important for my toddler to hear the actual stories from the scriptures. Some ideas for this are to get a large copy of the scriptures and highlight the main stories. Then instead of reading straight through read the stories and talk about them or act them out. You can also use the gospel art kit as a supplement while reading to be able to show your child pictures. Online gospel art kit. Another idea with this is to use "The Book of Mormon for Latter Day Saint Families". It breaks it up for you with pictures and everything. They also have ones for The New Testament and The Old Testament.

Repetition
I don't know about your toddler but mine loves repeating words I say. Start by reading 3-5 verses. Pick a verse and have them repeat the words. 

Include Related Primary Songs
Singing is a great way to get the attention of a little toddler and get them interested in what the scriptures say. You could try to match up songs with the scriptures you are reading or go through the primary songbook and read the accompanying scriptures at the bottom.

The Book of Mormon Stories Reader
This is a great resource because the pictures are in order and go along with the scriptures. Again I think it is important that children get to hear the actual words of the scriptures. This would work well with them following along with the pictures while someone reads the story from the scriptures.

Get them a set of their own scriptures
This is great. Our little toddler just wants what we have. He wants to flip through our scriptures...(not a good idea by the way). So we wanted to create some ownership. We got him a Book of Mormon that was more sturdy and cheaper. (the giveaway ones) When we pull out our scriptures he also has a similar book that he can "read". When they have their own scriptures they can be included in things like highlighting verses as well. For one scripture study you could just memorize a scripture mastery and help them highlight it in their book.

Other Great Resources
  • Head Start with the Book of Mormon: This is a great resource if you want to kill two birds with one stone. It helps you teach your child to read using the book of mormon.
  • Book of Mormon Discovery:  This is an LDS workbook. Although not specifically designed for toddlers it can be used as a supplement to teach children the gospel.
  • Picture Pages: Over 14 years this mom wrote over 2,000 narrations for her kids to color. You can print these pages out and let them color them.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

July 2014 Visiting Teaching Printout

July's Visiting teaching message is wonderful. You can find it here. It discusses how our savior Jesus Christ is our advocate to the father. How grateful I am that we have a savior who has atoned for our individual sins that is there to plead our cause to the father. 

I chose this quote from the visiting teaching because it is very humbling to me to be reminded of what I truly am doing during my prayers to the Father and how very grateful I am to be able to approach him because of our loving savoir Jesus Christ.

This is designed to be a 4x6. Print it off on normal paper or on a 4x6 photo card.



July 2014 Week 4 Sharing Time: I can know the Truth through the Power of the Holy Ghost

July 2014 Week 4: I can know the truth through the Power of the Holy Ghost
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(distinguishing truth from error): Write, on separate pieces of paper, some statements that are clearly true and others that are obviously false (such as “The sun is warm,” “Ice is hot,” “Stars shine at night,” and “Fire is cold”).  Invite a child to choose one to read aloud, and ask the children to stand if the statement is true and sit if it is not. Ask, “How do you know?” Repeat with each paper. Explain that another way we can know something is true is through the power of the Holy Ghost. Read Moroni 10:5

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING(reading scriptures): Explain that through the power of the Holy Ghost we can know the truth; we may hear the Spirit’s voice or we may feel Him speak in our minds or hearts. Display pictures of a head (mind), a heart, and an ear. Divide the children into four groups, and invite each group to read one of the following scriptures aloud as a group (see “Choral Readings,” TNGC, 163): D&C 11:13, Helaman 5:45, D&C 8:2, Helaman 5:46–47. As each group reads their scripture, ask everyone to show which pictures go with the scripture by placing their hands on their head, heart, or ears.

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Links to Printables for mind, heart, and ears.

Ideas:

  • Share the poem "Help from the Holy Ghost" from the friend.
  • Sorting Truth Rocks from Error Rocks. Write on the rocks the truths and the false statements from above.  Store the false rocks in a normal bag. Keep the truth rocks in something warm. You could wrap them in a hot rice bag or something similar. Have a volunteer come up and blindfold them. Then have them sort the rocks giving a rock to them one by one. Whisper to the volunteer that the ones with truth on them are warm. After they are done sorting them read what is written on each pile of rocks. Ask how the child knew where to put each of the rocks. Explain that the holy ghost teaches us what is true in a similar way.  We may feel warm in our heart. We may hear the spirit whisper to us like the teacher did to the volunteer, or he may also speak to our minds. Continue on with the second part of the activity listed above under Encourage understanding. 
    • You could also adapt this so that one volunteer is in charge of telling the sorter which is true and not and the other children are in charge of distraction.

Printables
Printables for mindheart, and ears.






Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July Sharing Time 2014 Week 3: The Holy Ghost comforts and guides me

Week 3: The Holy Ghost Comforts and Guides me

IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE & ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (hearing testimonies): Ask the children to whisper, “The Holy Ghost comforts and guides me.” Ask a teacher to briefly share a time when the Holy Ghost comforted and guided him or her.  

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (singing a song): Give each child a piece of paper, and ask the children to write a few words that come to mind when they think about how the Holy Ghost comforts and guides us. Invite the children to listen for the words they wrote as they sing one or both of the following songs: “The Holy Ghost” (CS, 105) and “Let the Holy Spirit Guide” (Hymns, no. 143). Ask them to circle the words when they sing them. Invite the children to share the words they circled, and discuss what each word means. You may also invite children to share words that were not circled. Ask a few children to tell about times when the Holy Ghost has brought them comfort or guidance.

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Ideas:

  • Compare the Holy Ghost to a traffic light in how it guides you. Here is a cute printable and talk on the holy ghost that could easily be adapted. 
  • Read and discuss the book "The holy Ghost is like a blanket"
  • Share this poem called "Help from the Holy Ghost"
  • Play the listen game: 
    • Before sharing time hide a small object or candy around the room. Choose a volunteer. Tell the children they can talk or converse one with another, or turn on some music, or a video. Begin whispering instructions to the volunteer on how to get to the object. Slowly get rid of the distractions. Turn the music off, or the video, or ask the children to get quieter. Continue to whisper clues to the object until your volunteer finds it. 
    • Discuss how when we listen to the holy ghost despite distractions we will be guided to where we need to go.
  • The Holy Ghost is like... Activity:
    • You will need to bring: Something that is comforting (blanket), Something that provides direction (stoplight or street signs, compass), Something that provides knowledge (dictionary, encyclopedia)
    • At the beginning of sharing time pull out each item individually and discuss what their purpose is. What we use them for. After each item has been discussed, explain that there is something all three items have in common.  Tell them it is a gift our heavenly father gives us after we are baptized. Let them try to guess what it is. (provide more clues if necessary)
    • Pull out each item again and discuss how the holy ghost provides us comfort (blanket), Knowledge (dictionary), and Guidance (stoplight). End by sharing testimony of the holy ghost.
  • Stop light Activity:
    • Print off the Stoplight Printables
      • Discuss what each light on a traffic light means and compare that to the holy ghost.
        • Red means stop: Explain that sometimes the holy ghost gives us a stop signal. This is usually when we are doing something wrong. Talk about some instances when we may get a stop signal from the holy ghost. (watching a bad show, snitching candy, fighting with siblings.)
        • Yellow means slow down or have caution: Explain that we may get a yellow light. The holy ghost will sometimes warn us of danger. You can share a personal experience of a time when you had the holy ghost warn you of danger or discuss when we might get this signal. (playing in the road, traffic accidents, etc.)
        • Green Means Go: Many times we get a green light. It is the holy ghosts job to guide us to truth. When we are doing something right we get good feelings. The Holy Ghost helps us to understand when something is true. We gain a testimony through the feelings we get from the holy ghost. (share a time when you felt the promptings of the holy ghost giving you a go) or discuss when we might feel this. (times when we are doing something right. (reading our scriptures, going to church..etc)
      • Finish by having them color the stop lights.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 2014 Sharing Time: Week 2

July Sharing time, Week 2: I become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Through baptism and confirmation

IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing pictures): Pretend to be a reporter. Tell the children, “Welcome to the Good News Network! Today I have the greatest news to report to you—each one of you can become a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ! This is one of the most important things you can do in your life. You become a member of the Church through baptism (show a picture of a child being baptized) and confirmation (show a picture of a child being confirmed).”

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures):  Divide the children into groups and give each group one or more of the following questions and corresponding scripture references. Invite them to imagine what they would say if a reporter asked them these questions. Ask them to find the answers in their scriptures. 

1. Why must I be baptized? (See John 3:5; Acts 2:38.)
2. When am I old enough to be baptized? (See D&C 68:27.)
3. Who can baptize me? (See D&C 20:73.)
4. How should I be baptized? (See D&C 20:74.)
5. What does baptism symbolize? (See Romans 6:3–5.)
6. How do I prepare for baptism? (See Alma 7:15–16; 19:35.)
7. What do I promise at baptism? (See Mosiah 18:10.)
8. What do I promise every Sunday when I take the sacrament and renew my baptismal covenants? (See D&C 20:77.)

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (answering questions): Pretend to interview some of the children. Ask them to report what they learned about how you become a member of the Church.

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Ideas: 

  • invite the missionaries to talk about baptism and confirmation
  • Show pictures from your baptism and explain what it means
  • Ask the children that were baptized in primary recently to show pictures and talk about their special day...continue on to ask the questions above to help every one understand about baptism.
  • Follow the outline and use props! Get a microphone and a reporter costume. 
Printables for this Week:
You can access theme below by clicking on each individual picture or you can click here to download the pdf file.

Printables include a news reporting sign for the board and questions to hand out to the groups.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Welcome to Primary Cards

For those of you who want an easy way welcome your new kids to primary and get their information, here are some cards you can use. Attach to a treat or just hand them out as is.

Access the pdf file here or download by clicking and saving each picture below.



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