Happy June! Sorry this is late but…. I had a baby last month! She sleeps really well at night- but not so much during the day. Which obviously if she’s going to have a hard time sleeping I would rather it be during the day, but it makes it hard to get much done.
June 1-7 Have Ye Experienced this Mighty Change in Your Hearts?
Children’s Scriptures: sorry I got nothing
Song: Family History pg 94
Materials: Pictures of Ancestors
Get together pictures of Ancestors. I made flash cards with names and pictures going back to our great grand-parents (great great for the kids). Have the kids pick out pictures and talk about that ancestor and share stories of faith, courage, etc. If you feel up to making them into flash cards, I made two copies so we can play an ancestor matching game.
June 8-14 Jesus Christ will Come to Redeem His People
Children’s Scriptures: Book of Mormon Stories chap 22; My First Scripture Stories– Zeezrom
Song: I will Follow God’s Plan for Me pg. 164
Materials:Plan of Salvation Printable
Review the Plan of Salvation. I paste my kids’ faces on the blank “gingerbread” man to be their physical bodies
June 15-21 Enter Into the Rest of the Lord
Children’s Scriptures: Book of Mormon Stories chap 22; My Book of Mormon Friends- Alma and Amulek; My First Scripture Stories– Alma and Amulek in Prison
Song: Faith pg 96
Materials: Showing and Strengthening Faith
Tell the story of Alma and Amulek in prison. Emphasize that they were strengthened to break out because of their faith. Make a prison out of couch cushions or boxes, etc. Use the printable above to discuss ways we show and strengthen our faith. Have the kids pick out some of the pictures then when they are “strong enough” let them break out of their prison.
June 22-28 I will Make an Instrument of Thee
Children’s Scriptures: Book of Mormon Stories chap 23-25; Book of Mormon for Young Readers Ammon’s Good Example, Abish Shared the Gospel; Girls Who Choose God– A Lamanite Queen of Great Faith, Abish the Daring Missionary; My Book of Mormon Friends– Ammon, Abish; My First Scripture Stories– Ammon and King Lamoni, King Lamoni’s Father, Lamoni’s Father’s Conversion; Heroic Stories from the Book of Mormon– Ammon, Abish
Song: I Want to Be a Missionary Now pg 168
Read/watch/tell the stories of Ammon and Abish. Then cut out the sequencing pages and have the kids put the stories together and tell them in their own words.
This is not so much for the kids, but the woman who plays Abish in the new Book of Mormon videos made a video about the thoughts and insights she gained as she prepared for the role. I have always loved Abish, but after watching this, I love her even more!
June 29-July 5 They Never Did Fall Away
Children’s Scriptures: Book of Mormon Stories chap 26, Girls Who Choose God– Mothers of the Stripling Warriors; My Book of Mormon Friends– A Lamanite Mother; My First Scripture Stories– The People of Ammon
Song: I’m Trying to be Like Jesus pg. 78
Materials: Bury Swords
Read/watch/tell the story of the People of Ammon burying their swords. Using the bury swords printable discuss ways that we might hurt other people. Talk about ways to stop doing those things, model and talk through good behaviors. Then go outside, dig a hole, and bury the swords. I left one page with blank swords so you can add more that you think about, or adults and older kids can think of their own things to bury.
I included a sword specifically for racism besides exclusion and mocking (which certainly go hand and hand with racism.) This is a difficult topic to discuss with young kids, and typically I try to just focus on positives, but I feel like that just isn’t enough. We need to be having deeper talks. I found three books read on Youtube that work well for younger kids:
We’re Different, We’re the Same (best for toddlers)