Thursday, October 8, 2015

Showing Love for our parents~ lesson 39

I am always looking for a theme to go with my lesson. Sometimes the choice is obvious and other times I have to get creative. This lesson was the creative route.

I went with I "Mustache" how can we show love for our parents.

Before church starts I have the opportunity to go set my classroom up which is a HUGE help for me. So under each chair I put half of a mustache that I cut out of black paper and on the back of that paper were scriptures. They will have to find their other half and then with that person fill out a short questionnaire about what they read.

As class starts I am going to try and be sneaky and put on a fake mustache (which you can find at the Dollar tree) and start the lesson. After the giggles are done I'll have them each put one on as well and we'll proceed with the lesson. If they are irreverent or disrespectful they loose their mustache. (which they will be instructed as I hand them out)

I am altering the lesson a little by adding a sharing time activity idea I found and replacing the part

Moroni Showed Love for His Father. I felt like I needed more activity in my lesson, it felt like a lot of me talking and I wanted to engage the kids more. 

This is the activity I am using:
 Divide the children into small groups. Give each group one of the following scripture references: (1) 1 Nephi 3:heading, 1–9; 4:6–14 [1 Ne. 3:1–9; 1 Ne. 4:6–14]. (2) Jacob 7:27; Enos 1:1–5. (3) Mosiah 27:14, Mosiah 32. (4) Alma 36:heading; Alma 37:1–2, 14; preface to 45–62; Alma 62:45. (5) Alma 38:1–4, 10:preface, heading; Alma 63:1–2. Instruct them to answer the following questions: (1) Who is speaking, or whom is being spoken of? (2) Who are the parents? (3) What is one thing the parents taught? (4) Did the child respect, honor, and love the parents by following their teachings? (5) What happened when this person followed the teachings of the parents? Have one member of each group report the answers to the questions.

These are my words trips for the chalkboard

For the handout I found a mustache chocolate sucker mold at Michaels that I'll make for each of them with this tags attached. 

And of course our newsletter for the week. 

All my printables can be downloaded HERE


Sunday, October 4, 2015

I can be pure and righteous~Lesson 38

Lesson from the manual

So for the last few weeks my kids were having a hard time being reverent during the lessons. And I think they were expecting a super handout every week. So I decided to use this lesson as a teaching opportunity. I didn't bring them a handout this week and I explained to them how I love to make the lessons fun but it's not fun for me when they don't listen during class time and are disrespectful to the other class members. So this week we won't be doing some of the fun things we could have been doing and instead practicing being respectful and reverent. This got their attention and I'm sure my lesson this next week they'll be wonderful.

Any how here's what I did and what I would have done.

I did start with the object lesson with the salt and pepper, it was a great attention getter.

We talked about Mormon and his life.

And then we got into the armor of God. We listed what parts of the armor were and how and what they protected. I asked them why knights wore armor and if they thought it was comfortable.

I would have brought a shield from the $ store and made some arrows so that they could see how the shield works to deflect Satans fiery darts. We talked about what some of those fiery darts could be.

I also showed them parts of the Armor of God video from the church. I would stop and move ahead to just the parts where the warriors are in the woods and skipped the kids at school and at the party. I thought this was a little old for my class. They loved watching to see what happened to the warriors and to those that chose to take off their armor. You can find the video HERE.

While we were watching this video I had them color these pictures and cut out the armor. Which you can find HERE

And of course the newsletter which you can get HERE


I'll serve Jesus Christ by serving others~Lesson 37

Lesson from the manual

Doing two lessons in a row with service as an underlying theme made it a little more difficult to come up with some ideas.

I had made up a wooden spoon attached to a long piece of wood (a yard stick would work great) and asked them each if they could feed themselves with this spoon. They each took a turn to try. I then told them this story:
One day a man said to God, “God, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.

God showed the man two doors. Inside the first one, in the middle of the room, was a large round table with a large pot of stew. It smelled delicious and made the man’s mouth water, but the people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. God said, "You have seen Hell."

Behind the second door, the room appeared exactly the same. There was the large round table with the large pot of wonderful stew that made the man's mouth water. The people had the same long-handled spoons, but they were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The man said, "I don't understand."

God smiled. “It is simple,” He said, “Love only requires one skill. These people learned early to feed one another. Those who are hungry are greedy people, and they think only of themselves.

They then tried to feed each other and saw that it worked much better.

In the lesson it says to hum songs, well I'm not a great singer or hummer so I brought a CD player and we kind of played name that tune with the songs.

For the Good Samaritan story I found this great idea to help the kids remember it. First I told this story that I found HERE using the banana's, apple, and orange. I actually did smash the banana and the kids LOVED it.  I then asked them to tell me the story of the Good Samaritan and how it related to the story I just told them. They did great!

In this lesson it also tells you to find info on your bishop, I actually ran out of time in this lesson to tell about our bishop but we did discuss who serves in our ward and all the work that they do including the bishop. I had made up little thank you cards for them to write him a note of thanks then we placed them in a white paper bag in which I had bought a Buntlet and attached a tag to the top. We then closed up the bag and put a paper tie on the front and one of the kids delivered it to him.

On the bottom of the newsletter I made a service check for each of them to fill out and give to a family member.

For the hand out I made service "CANS"
I filled small fruit cans with candy and on the front of the can I put this poem

Do all the GOOD you can
By all the MEANS you can
In all the WAYS you can
To all the PEOPLE you can
At all the TIMES you can
For as LONG as you can

Helping comes in CANS not in CAN’TS

You can find instructions on how to make the cans HERE

And you can download my printables for this lesson HERE


Showing Love for Jesus Christ ~Lesson 36

Lesson from the manual

Sometimes it's hard to teach these lessons to my 7/8 yr olds. They are still young enough to need these basic principles taught to them but some times they way they are presented in the lesson seem a little young. In this lesson it suggest to hide some clues in the room and have the children find them. Well we all know that class rooms are small and have few to no hiding places. So I decide to make a punch board and to put the clues in there. THIS is a great idea on making one with pictures to show how they did it.  It was HUGE success.

These are my printables for this lesson~

I placed a picture of Christ in the middle of the chalkboard and put the hearts around him. 

As part of the challenge at the end of the lesson I gave each child 3 hearts that I punched out of paper and told them to do a service for someone in their family and then place this heart on their pillow. 

We also played Bingo with jellybeans.  you can download my bingo cards HERE. I have 8 different cards.

For the handout for this lesson I made Dr. bags. I got the idea HERE with also the instructions on what to fill it with

These were my tags for the front of the bags
And these were what I put in the bags 

You can download all the printable for this lesson HERE


Temples and eternal families~Lesson 35

Lesson from the manual

This was a fun lesson to do. I used the idea that our life here on earth is part of the journey to living with Heavenly Father and our families forever. So for our journey we were going to be taking a plane ride. 

I had the room set up with the chairs in two's creating seating on an airplane. This lesson landed on a fast sunday, if it had not I would have had mini water bottles and a small bag of nuts on their chairs as well. On the walls I had placed these pictures of temples. 

 I created these so it looked like you were sitting in a plane looking out the window at the temples. 
They sat like this for the entire class. 

This is the flight plan I had for each of them so they knew where we were going.

I did an object lesson about families being sealed in the temple which I found HERE

When I got to the part of the lesson about how they can prepare to go to the temple I used it like we were going to pack our bags. What were we going to bring with us or how were we going to get ready. 

These were what we packed and the suitcase to pack them in. I printed out the suit case at Costco at 12x18 size and the rest on regular printer paper. 

I also found a great idea of things we can't bring with us or things that will stop us from getting through security. Because we all know you can't bring water bottles through. We wrote what these things were on the water bottles. 

For the handout I made small suitcases out of paper and in them were a "temple recommend" with the words to  "I love to see the temple" on the  back. I also laminated  these. I also put in a small bag of nuts since we didn't have them during class. 

I also included this list

And this was the logo I put on the front of the suitcase

This is where I got the instructions for the suitcase. 

And of course our newsletter for the lesson

You can find all the files for this lesson HERE


We can pray to Heavenly Father~ lesson 34

This is my newsletter for the lesson as well as the paper handouts and words trips I used. Again this lesson was too long ago that I don't remember much of what I did. I know I used cell phones and called on of them and had a member of the class answer. I then proceeded to tell them a few random things that happened that day and some things I needed and then abruptly ended the call. Then I did it again saying the exact same thing. I then likened it to how we speak to Heavenly Father. 

Newsletter HERE

Handout (Cut in half to use) HERE

word strips HERE