Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January Week 2 FHE


Welcome back for week 2 of my Family Home Evenings

For the month of January, our theme is "Agency is the Gift to Choose for Ourselves".
 The song we will be working on is "As a Child of God
The scripture for the month is 2 Nephi 2:27 “Wherefore, men are free … to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men” 
We are working on Article of Faith 1- We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

Week 2 Agency is the gift to choose for ourselves. (Same as last weeks)

Start with a song- choose your own or sing "As a Child of God"
Opening Prayer
Family announcements, read a scripture (2 Nephi 2:27), practice Article of Faith 1

Lesson: Quickly review what was talked about last week about choices and their consequences. 



Print out this No Swimming sign.

What does this sign mean? (No Swimming)
If we were walking on the beach and saw this sign what are some choices we could make? (Obey the sign and not swim, don't obey the sign and go swim in the ocean)

What could the consequence be if we chose to not obey the sign and went swimming? (there could be sharks, get caught in a dangerous undertow or whirlpool and drown)

What are some choices we could make that obeys the sign? (find a part of the beach with a lifeguard to swim, go on the boardwalk, play in the sand...) Obey the sign helps protects us. We still have a lot of safe choices


Print out some of these road signs and ask what the sign means. What could be a consequence of not obeying the sign?














Heavenly Father gives us warnings too to help keep safe, but because He gave us our agency, we can choose to listen to His warnings or not.

Game: Stop and Go
The kids line up at one end of the room. You stand at the other end. Hold up either a stop sign or a go sign. When you hold up the go, kids walk, run, hop one footed... towards you. When you hold up the stop, they have to stop. If they keep going they have to go back to start. Keep switching signs until someone reaches you.




To keep to theme, you can say a good choice for go, and a bad choice for stop. (ex: Go-help mom clean the dishes, Stop- tell a lie)

OR hold up the stop or go and have your child tell you a good choice or a bad choice before they can move

OR give the kids a situation and have them tell you what they would (should) do, hold up the green if it was a good choice.

Treats: Make cute yummy traffic lights. Spread peanut butter on a graham cracker. Put on a Red, Yellow and Green M&M. I got the idea from THIS blog.
For a healthier option you can make a fruit traffic light kabob. Use watermelon or strawberry for red,  pineapple for yellow and honeydew for green. Original idea came from THIS blog

Closing song: Your choice or, As a Child of God
Closing Prayer




Sunday, January 8, 2017

Choose the Right Bulletin Boards Part two

The more I looked at my Wizard of Oz Bulletin Board (see this post about that here), the more I loved it and wanted it on the big board outside of our Primary room. My mom agreed to come help me do it after I wouldn't stop talking about how I wanted to do it. Having already done the little board, it was a lot easier than I thought to do the big board and I was able to transfer a lot from the little to the big.




I printed out a larger temple. I also printed a munchkin land, lollipop guild and Glinda the good witch



I wanted to keep it simple, so I only included the monthly birthdays, theme and scripture. I did a candy theme for the birthdays and hung them by munchkin land. The monthly theme has a yellow brick road theme. The monthly scripture has a blue gingham theme like Dorothy's dress. I just found the borders through a google search.

Now I had an empty small board in the Primary room. I wanted to keep it really simple



The background is just a simple blue plastic table cloth from the dollar store. I made the shield with the website tagxedo.com You can make the list of words to include. I made two shields, one with our Primary children's names and one with Primary related words. I ended up going with the Primary themed one. I saved the file and printed it as an engineer print at Staples. Staples didn't have it ready when I went to pick it up (a full day after I'd requested). Then after waiting for ten minutes, the girl came to me and said that they had a different paper in the machine (a heavier duty paper) and it will take a long time to switch it. She asked if it was ok to print it on that. 15 minutes later, she gave me the print for free :) 

I have one more bulletin board to post about. I have it done, but I forgot to take pictures! I plan to have that post up later this week!


January Week 1 FHE

I love being a part of Primary. Every so often, I like to read the section about Primary in the Church Handbook to refresh myself on my responsibilities as Primary President. I came across this passage which really stood out to me.


"Parents have the first responsibility for the spiritual and physical welfare of their children (see D&C 68:25–28). The bishopric, Primary leaders, and Primary teachers support but do not replace parents in this responsibility." 


I was thinking about how I can better support parents when I had the idea of putting up some family home evening lessons ideas to go along with what we teach each week on Sundays during sharing time.

For the month of January, our theme is "Agency is the Gift to Choose for Ourselves".
 The song we will be working on is "As a Child of God
The scripture for the month is 2 Nephi 2:27 “Wherefore, men are free … to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men” 
We are working on Article of Faith 1- We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.


Week 1: Agency is a gift we choose for ourselves

Start with a song- choose your own or sing "As a Child of God"
Opening Prayer
Family announcements, read a scripture (2 Nephi 2:27), practice Article of Faith 1

Lesson: Part of God's plan for us for when we came to earth was the gift of free agency. This means that we can make choices. We make choices everyday.What are some choices you made today? What to wear? What to eat for breakfast? etc. 
One thing that comes with our choice is a consequence. (In primary we have a sick, one end says choice and the other end says consequence, you can't pick up one end without the other coming too) Consequences can be good or bad. When you do your homework and study, a good consequence is that you get a good grade. When you make the choice to exercise, a good consequence is that your body gets stronger. There are consequences to bad choices too. If you eat too much candy, a consequence is that you get a tummy ache. 
Have the children take turns thinking of choices and consequences.

Game: A great game to play to reinforce choices and consequences is Chutes and Ladders. When they land on a square where a character makes a good choice, they climb a ladder closer to the finish line. When they land on a square where the character makes a bad choice they slide down a ladder farther from the finish. If you don't have the game you can print and use this one from lds.org. Or make your own game board with a poster board. The kids can help by giving ideas for the good and bad choices and their consequences.


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Treat: Give everyone a choice between two different treats
Closing song: Your choice or "As a Child of God"
Closing Prayer

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