Can you believe it is already time to start preparing for February?!? How are you adapting to the new schedule and new curriculum? I’m still kind of weirded out by the short schedule, granted I’ve still been at church at least 4 hours between choir practice and conducting Ministering Interviews, but at least it’s not 5! At home the kids are doing pretty well with Family Home Evening, but admittedly our plant that we planted for the Sower lesson is already dead… I’m not sure what happened, plenty of water, plenty of sun, maybe too much sun? maybe it froze over night? I don’t know, luckily keeping plants alive is not a pre-requisite to Salvation because I would be burning in the bad place!
Thank you so much for the overwhelming response to last month’s post, and if you’re new this month then welcome. I was shocked, amazed, humbled, over-joyed (basically had all the feels) when January’s FHE post hit 1,000 views in the first 24 hours, and about 3,500 views total. So thanks for reading and sharing, but even more I’m so grateful and glad to know that we are in this together to help teach and inspire our kids.
If you’re looking for more ways to make February meaningful with your kids check out my Family-centered Valentine’s Activities.
But on to Family Home Evening!
Feb. 4-10 For the Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me
Prep Materials: masking tape, preferred toys and treats, picture of Christ, picture of Sun, big prize or treat
Song: Choose The Right Way pg. 160
Create a path through your house- masking tape on the floor works well. Review the story of Christ being tempted. Tell the kids they need to stay on the path to get to the special prize at the end. Place some of their favorite items or small treats just out of reach from the path. Have one parent be the “Holy Ghost” reminding them to stay on the path and the other one try to get them to step off. Have a picture of Jesus and a picture of the sun to represent the Celestial Kingdom at the end. Explain that returning to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is the best gift we can receive, and then give them a prize or favorite treat.
Feb. 11-17 Ye Must Be Born Again
Prep Materials: pre-made Valentine with picture of Jesus, supplies to make Valentines (construction paper, glue, markers, etc.)
Song: As I Have Loved You pg. 136 or God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son Hymn #187
Make a big Valentine card for your kids from Heavenly Father with a picture of Jesus in the middle. Read John 3:16 together and explain to the kids that Heavenly Father showed his love to us by giving us Jesus. Now have the kids make Valentines for Heavenly Father and Jesus. I’ve made a simple printable with pictures they can glue on to Valentines, you could also encourage them to draw some of their own ideas.
Valentines for Heavenly Father
Feb. 18-24 Blessed Are Ye
Prep Materials: flashlights, candlestick (an actual one or made out of a paper towel roll or pvc pipe to fit the flashlights you will use), bushel (either a basket or a small box will work), pictures or objects to find
Song: I Am Like a Star Shining Brightly pg. 163
Pull out those flashlights from last month again! Hide a few objects or pictures for them to find. Read/ summarize Matthew 5:14-16. Take the kids outside in the evening or in a dark room in the house. Mom or dad should go first with the flashlight, turn it on and look around for a second and then place it under your “bushel” and keep trying to guide them. Take turns being the light, give them the option to use a “candle stick” or a “bushel” as they guide the family to find things like a picture of Jesus, scriptures, a picture of Pres. Nelson, the temple, etc.
Feb 25-March 3 He Taught Them As One Having Authority
Prep Materials: containers (tupperware or casserole dishes), large rock, sand, small houses (you could just draw or print them on paper or make them out of legos), pitcher of water
Song: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man pg. 281
Using two large containers place a large rock in one and a pile of sand in the other. Make two small houses. Sing the song together and place the house on the rock, when you get to “the rains came down….” pour water around it. Repeat for the sand. Discuss what happened to the houses. Read Helaman 5:12 together and talk about how you can build your house on the Rock of our Redeemer.
Combined Materials List:
preferred toys and treats
picture of Christ
picture of Sun
big prize or treat
Valentine with picture of Jesus
supplies to make Valentines (construction paper, glue, markers, etc.)
candlestick (paper towel roll/pvc pipe)
bushel (basket or a small box)
pictures or objects to find
containers (tupperware or casserole dishes)
pitcher of water