Quick update- despite having taught for an online school for two years, doing virtual school with my first grader is kinda kicking my butt. I might be (definitely am) going pretty crazy. Please send Dr. Pepper and ice cream, that’s about the only thing standing between me and day drinking right now. So definitely need to keep up with Home Church to keep me away from happy hour…..joking……mostly…..
Aug 31- Sept 6 Glad Tiding of Great Joy
Children’s Scriptures- Book of Mormon for Young Readers Samuel Teaches about Jesus; Book of Mormon Stories Chap 40; My First Scripture Stories Samuel the Lamanite; Heroic Stories from the Book of Mormon Samuel the Lamanite
Materials- Samuel the Lamanite Script
Song- Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus pg 36
Acting out Samuel the Lamanite on the wall getting things thrown at him but missing has always been a favorite activity. And don’t get me wrong, you should definitely get some soft balls, nurf products, etc. to use for this activity. But…I also created a picture script for the kids to give a summary of what Samuel said on the wall before they started trying to kill him.
It’s interesting what sticks out to you when you’re trying to take something down to a kid level. I had never really thought about the verses in Helaman 15 that talk about hiding up treasure and what they actually meant much less how they applied to today. I didn’t have time (see above about virtual schooling) to dive into institute manuals etc. to see if anyone has explained this so if you have the time and want to do that, please point me in the direction of what you find. But, based on what I could glean from it and how it might apply to today I likened it to paying tithing and living on a budget. If you think I’m crazy- you’re probably right- you could totally just skip them or come up with your own interpretation.
Sept 7-13 Lift up Your Head and Be of Good Cheer
Children’s Scriptures: Book of Mormon Stories Chap 41; My First Scripture Stories Jesus is Born
Materials: Christmas Decorations, treats, etc.
Song: Your favorite Christmas Carols
Think Christmas but Palm Trees. Go as crazy or as simple as you want with decorations just mix some of your Christmas traditions with Tropical Ancient America. Tell or read the story about the night without darkness. There’s actually a beautiful children’s book that I love called A Night Without Darkness: A Nephite Christmas Story. Make sure to create a new star!
Sept 14-20 Arise and Come Forth Unto Me
Children’s Scriptures: Book of Mormon Stories Chap 42-43; Book of Mormon for Young Readers Jesus Visits the Americas; My First Scripture Stories Jesus is Crucified, Jesus Visits the Promised Land; Girls Who Choose God Girls and Boys Blessed by Jesus
Materials: Easter stuff you might want to incorporate
I gave links to some beautiful videos that depict the Savior coming to America back in April for Easter. I would suggest watching those again. Maybe include a few Easter traditions as well!
Before you get started turn off the lights and talk about the big storm that happened and ask the kids how it feels to be in the dark during a storm. Then watch one or both f the video and ask them what it would be like to sit on Jesus lap and what they might say to him.
Sept 21-27 I Am the Law and the Light
Children’s Scriptures: Book of Mormon for Young Readers Jesus Visits the Nephites
Materials: Treasures on Earth and Heaven Printable, treasures in Heaven objects
Song: If With All Your Hearts pg 15
Have the kids help decorate boxes to be treasure chests. Put the picture of the Earth from the printable on one and the picture of the Sun to represent the Celestial Kingdom on the other. Cut up the pictures and gather other objects to hide around the room. Have the kids pick them up and then sort them together between the two boxes.
Have the kids do another activity (like watching a church related video or color etc.) for a few minutes while one parent goes and hides the treasure boxes. While hiding them take out all of the papers from the treasures on Earth box and dispose of them- make sure the kids don’t see you! Create a treasure map and have them go find their two treasure chests, open them up and see that the treasures in Heaven are still there but the treasures on Earth disappeared. Emphasize that while the Earthly things aren’t necessarily bad, we just have to remember we can’t take them with us and focus more of our time and energy on the things that we can.
Ideas for items for the Treasures in Heaven box:
I made pictures for some that might be hard to get a tangible item, but if you have one to substitute I think tangible items would be a better example if possible.
- Strong and healthy bodies
- Ordinances (you could do a piece of bread/sacrament cup)
- Missionary work