Sorry this is coming out a little late again. The plague came through our house, ok, that’s a little dramatic, but that’s what it felt like. We all took turns being sick and being sick while being pregnant meant I basically stayed in bed for a whole week. Add on top of that the kids have not been sleeping well…and you get the picture. I might also just be hitting that point in pregnancy where naps become a necessity rather than a luxury. But I swear, January was longer than November and December COMBINED!!!!!!
Luckily this month is pretty simple on the Family Home Evening front. If you have followed my blog for a while most of these activities are going to be repeats of old ones, but kids thrive on repetition, it’s a big part of how they learn.
I’m continuing to include coordinating children’s scriptures, however, unfortunately the resources for 2 Nephi are limited. It’s less story and we don’t meet a lot of new characters. For a list of the books I’m using this year see last month’s post. Also, the Friend for January has a reading chart with selected verses that is really helpful. There’s also this page in the February Friend for even more simplified reading selections.
February 3-9 We Lived After the Manner of Happiness
Children’s Scriptures: Book of Mormon Stories Chap 9
Song: Happy Song pg 264
Materials: Construction paper or poster, Manner of Happiness Printable and/or pictures of things that make your family members happy
Explain that when they got to the Promised Land, Nephi said that his family lived “after the manner of happiness.” Add the things that Nephi said made them happy to a poster then add some extras that make your family happy. I have created a printable with Nephi’s suggestions as well as a few of my own, but you may want to find your own pictures (especially your own family photo) or have the kids help cut them out of advertisements, newspapers, or magazines or draw their own*.
Eating healthy foods
Listening to mom and dad and teachers
*Here’s an idea on how to differentiate for different age groups and ability levels. Really little ones will need to just have the pictures available, slightly older ones may be able to help cut things out, and then if you have a few that are school age and/or very interested in coloring they can draw their own. That way you can do the same activity but the different age groups can benefit, if you’ve got some that are extra older, have them help the younger ones. So like mom and dad are helping the 3 and unders, 8 or 9 year old is helping the 4 year old select and cut and draws a few of their own, and the 6 year old is cutting and/or coloring more independently.
February 10-16 O How Great the Plan of Our God
Song: I Feel My Savior’s Love pg. 74
Materials: construction paper hearts, Blessing from Jesus from The Friend, Valentines for Jesus Printable
So perfect that this falls the same week as Valentines!!!! This section is all about the Plan of Happiness and Christ’s sacrifice for us.
Use the Printable from the Friend to talk about the ways Jesus shows his love for us. Glue the pictures on paper hearts and explain that these are like his Valentines to us.
Then using the Valentines for Jesus printable (or printing/coloring their own ideas) have the kids select ways they can show love to Jesus and make a Valentine for Him.
Take it a step further and have the kids make Valentines for people in your ward and or neighborhood who are struggling and could use some extra love. Deliver them with treats or flowers.
*Last year I bought one small daisy bouquet from the grocery store and then some plastic cocktail glasses (they were like extra tall shot glasses) from the dollar store and just cut off 3 flowers to put in each little glass and delivered them to the sisters I minister to and some homebound/widowed sisters. They LOVED them- it was super cheap, went a long way, and nobody had to feel guilty throwing them out after a few days, but it was just enough to help them feel loved in the mean time.
February 17-23 We Rejoice in Christ
Song: I Love to See the Temple pg. 95
Materials: Pictures of Temples
Explain that in Second Nephi we learn that before Christ returns there will be many temples. Show pictures of temples around the world, maybe highlight some that are special to your family. Explain that in the temple Heavenly Father teaches us His ways so we can walk in His path. If you live close enough, go to the temple grounds, if not just keep looking at pictures of the temples. There’s a fun temple matching game on the church website.
February 24- March 1 A Marvelous Work and a Wonder
Song: We Are Different pg. 263
Materials: Eggs in a variety of colors, clear cups, optional supplies to make a treat
I’ve done this activity every year with my kids for the last several years. They really enjoy it and I feel like it works well to teach the concept.
Get eggs in various colors. At the grocery store you can typically at least get brown and white, but if you happen to know someone with backyard chickens (I am quite lucky to have a few suppliers!) then they typically will have several different colors including light green, various shades of brown, speckled, etc. Also you could color eggs with Easter Egg dye if you want to have even more colors.
Read/ summarize 2 Nephi 26:33 with the kids. He invites everyone to come unto Him, no matter what they look like or their back ground.
Show the kids the eggs and ask them if they all look the same or different. Then crack each egg individually into its own clear cup. Point out that even though they looked very different on the outside, on the inside they were the same. Heavenly Father said that all are alike unto Him.
Then if you want to take it a step further, explain that when we listen to each other and all work together we can do great things then use the eggs to make a yummy treat!
*Funny story- A couple years ago after doing this activity with my son we were playing at a park and there was an African American girl playing there as well. My son got my attention and said, “mom- she has dark skin!” I responded, “You’re right, she’s very beautiful, isn’t that cool that we all have different colors of skin.” He thought for a second then continued, “Yeah, like how the eggs were different on the outside but the same on the inside.” Me, feeling proud that I had taught and he had listened, patting myself on the back, and then he asked, “Can we make cookies with her?”
Consolidated materials list:
Construction paper or poster
Manner of Happiness Printable and/or pictures of things that make your family members happy
construction paper hearts
Blessing from Jesus from The Friend
Valentines for Jesus Printable
Pictures of Temples
Eggs in a variety of colors
optional supplies to make a treat