Friday, March 22, 2019

Week 12: Spiritual Growth (Parable of the Mustard Seed & Leaven Bread)



Morning Meeting (Parable of the Mustard Seed & Leaven Bread):
  • Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32). Hold up the picture of a mustard seed and a mustard tree. Talk about the picture and read the verses together. Explain how amazing it is that something so little can turn into something so big. Relate to our lives. Just as our bodies grow from eating food, our spirits can also grow. Ask your children: What do you think helps our spirits to grow?
  • Parable of the Leaven Bread (Matthew 13:33). Hold up the picture of yeast and bread. Talk about the picture and read the verse together. Explain how yeast helps bread to rise and grow. Relate to our lives. As we grow, we grow bigger, stronger and wiser. How can we grow spiritually?


Family Home Evening:

1) Teach dad about our morning meeting.

2) Make Bread in a Bag. This recipe is from Your Home Based Mom. We are going to make one mini loaf WITH yeast and one mini loaf WITHOUT yeast. I halved the ingredients and you can find the halved recipe on my PDF (link at the bottom of the page). As you make the bread, talk about how important the yeast is. The mixture with yeast with bubble and rise, while the other loaf will not. Note: Taking the bread mixture out of the bag is sticky and a little messy. I ended up doing this part while my kids were getting ready for bed. You may prefer to make bread in a mixer instead.




4) Bread Puzzle. While the bread is resting, relate the yeast and growing bread to our lives. The yeast is similar to things we can be doing to grow spiritually - such as reading our scriptures and praying. These activities help our spirits to grow, just as the bread grows. Before the lesson, hide the bread puzzle pieces around the room. Have your children find the puzzle pieces (each puzzle piece has a way we grow spiritually - talk about them) and put the pieces together to make a loaf of bread (our spiritual growth). 


5) Bake the Bread and Enjoy! While the bread is baking, we are going to tub and get ready for bed. We added butter and cinnamon sugar to our slices of bread. Yum!



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Week 12: Parable of The Wheat & Tares


Morning Meeting (Matthew 13:25-35, 44-52). Hold up the picture of wheat and tares without telling your children what they are. Ask them to tell you how similar they look. Are there any differences or is it hard to tell? Next, summarize the verses and teach your children about the parable of the wheat and tares. I drew the parable on a piece of paper, so it was easier to understand. Go back to the picture of wheat and tares and explain the picture on the top is wheat. Wheat is healthy and strong - represents people who make righteous choices. The picture on the bottom are tares. A tare is a poisonous and harmful weed - represents those who do not make righteous choices. One day, Heavenly Father will gather the righteous people to live with Him.


Family Home Evening:

1) Teach dad about the parable of the wheat and tares.

2) Wheat or Tare: Choose the Right. Print the game board and choice cards (use double sided printing to print the wheat on the back of the choice cards) to play this game. Players take turns drawing a choice card. If the card has a righteous choice on the back, the player gets to move one space. If the card does NOT have a righteous choice on the back, the player stays in the same spot. Optional: You can separate the discarded choice cards into "wheat piles" (choices the righteous make) and "tare piles" (choices the unrighteous make). The righteous will be gathered to live with Heavenly Father.



3) Other Ideas:
  • Wheat Stalk Fork Painting. I found this idea over at 3Dinosaurs, and am planning on doing this idea with my kids. They love painting and would love using a fork to paint!
  • Tares Tag. Tuck three tares (feathers or pipe cleaners) into the back waist band of each players shorts/pants. One person is "it" and chases the players while trying to grab a tare out of the waistband of their shorts/pants (one tare at a time). The person "it" will gather all the tares and throw them into the fire. The round ends when all the tares of gathered. You can either end the game or have someone else take a turn being "it".

  • Make Wheat Bread Together. There is so much learning involved while cooking with your kids. This bread from Jenny Can Cook looks amazing. 
  • Flour Sensory Bin. Explain that flour comes from wheat and put out some flour and other items (toy cars, plastic animals, etc.) for your kids to play with. Yes, this can be messy and it may not be for you. BUT.. I have to say this flour sensory bin entertained my kids for over an hour and to sweep the mess up took me less than 2 minutes. We put flour, bear counters, scoops and flour sifters into our bin. 



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Parable of The Wheat & Tares PDF

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Week 11: Sabbath Day



Morning Meeting (Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath -Matthew 12: 10-13). Focus on the phrase "It is lawful to do well on the sabbath days." Explain what the sabbath means and ask: What do you think it means to "do well" on the Sabbath? Discuss.


Remind children of the creation and how Heavenly Father rested on the seventh day - He is teaching us that we should also rest on the seventh day or the sabbath. On the sabbath we attend church to worship Heavenly Father and Jesus, but even when we come home from church we still need to think of them and make it a special day. We should not buy anything or spend any money unless it is an emergency. We should attend our church meetings unless we are sick. Our family has rules about the Sabbath day as well. Ask your children: What is your favorite thing to do on Sunday?



Family Night:

1) Teach dad about our morning meeting.

2) Brownie Sundae Object Lesson: This object lesson helps children visualize "doing well" on the Sabbath. You'll need:
  • Two brownies
  • Sundae Toppings (ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, sprinkles, whipped cream, etc.)
  • Other Items Your Children Like... but wouldn't be good on a brownie (ie: mustard, ketchup, salt, parmesan cheese, noodles, bread, etc.)
Cover the brownies and sundae toppings. Place the other items your children like on a table in front of them. Go through each item and ask if they like them. Bring out one of the brownies and actually squeeze and pour the items onto the brownie. As your kids eeeew and awwww, explain "I thought you liked these things!" Yes, we like them, but NOT on a Sundae. Now, bring out the second brownie and add the sundae toppings. Go through the toppings and other items and ask, "Is this good on a Sundae?" Are you sure you don't want mustard on here? You get the gist. 



3) Sabbath Sorting Activity: Go through each of the cards and have your children sort them into things "Not Good on a Sunday" and "Good on a Sunday".


4) Treat: Eat Brownie Sundaes!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Week 10: Miracles of Jesus



Morning Meeting (Miracles of Jesus - Matthew 8-9; Mark 2-5): After Jesus came down from the mount, he began performing many miracles. Go through each of the miracle pictures found in the PDF (this can be in one morning or a series or mornings) and discuss each miracle. Ask your children if miracles still happen in our day. Discuss. I really liked this excerpt from A Year of FHE:

"Do you know what a MIRACLE is?

- a Miracle is an extraordinary event showing Heavenly Father's help in our lives.  

There are things we think are impossible, but the scriptures tell us that for Heavenly Father nothing is impossible.  Heavenly Father can make miracles happen through His faithful servants on earth.  

When Jesus was on the earth he performed a lot of miracles.  He performed miracles to many reasons.

- to prove that he was the Son of God
- to strengthen the faith of those who believed in him
- because he loved those in need
- because of the faith of those who believed

We are going to learn about just a few of the miracles Jesus performed."




Family Home Evening:

1) Have the kids take turns teaching dad about the miracle pictures we discussed this morning.

2) Miracles of Jesus Treasure Map. Take turns as a family rolling a die and moving your marker (we used a hatcnhimal) accordingly. When you land on a box with a scripture, read the verses together and have your children find the picture that matches. Place the picture on the box and continue the game until you reach the treasure. There is also a map with blank boxes in the PDF if you want to write in your own miracles or include additional verses. I only wrote in 2-3 verses in each box to help with toddler attention spans. Optional: Give your children a gold coin or other treat when they reach the treasure box.


3) Miracles in Your Family. Talk about miracles Jesus has performed in your family's lives. It could be as simple as an answer to prayer or a time your felt prompted to do something. My older boys and I have all had experiences where we've been in pain or sick and dad has given us a priesthood blessing. We were all blessed to be healed. I believe they are all considered miracles.

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Week 9: Prayer



Morning Meeting (Matthew 6:9-13 "The Lord's Prayer"). My main focus on today's meeting is reverence in our prayers. Watch The Lord's Prayer on LDS.org. Talk about how the Savior used reverence in His prayer by saying "Hallowed be Thy Name" (explain that hallowed means sacred) and how he looked as he prayed - eyes closed, hands clasped, etc.



Family Home Evening:

1) Teach dad about our morning meeting.

2) Mr. Potato Head - Reverence in Prayers. Tell your family we are going to learn how we can be reverent during our prayers. Show your family the potato head and the bag of body pieces. Tell your family that inside of the bag are the different pieces to the potato head. We are going to take turns picking a piece and discussing how that part of our body can/should be reverent during prayers. 

Eyes: should be closed.
Arms: should be folded or held.
Ears: should be listening to the person saying the prayer
Lips: should be quiet OR if you're saying the prayer - should use reverent (not silly) voices and words.
Feet: should stay still.
Hat/Head: our thoughts should be sincere (not day dreaming about other things).



3) Prayer Punch Game. I thought this would be a fun way for little ones to review reverence and other aspects of prayer. Inside each of the cups is a prayer question. Children will "punch" the cup and answer the question inside the cup. This was a hit with my kids - don't mind their super hero outfits. You'll need:
  • Poster Board (from the Dollar Store)
  • Hot Glue
  • Plastic Cups
  • Tissue Paper
  • Rubber Bands
  • Prayer Questions
Place a prayer question (use some or all of them) inside each plastic cup. Cut tissue paper into squares (larger than the rim of your cup) and wrap a rubber band around the tissue paper to secure it to the top of the cup as shown below. Hot glue the cups onto a poster board. Have your children take turns "punching" a cup and answering the question about prayer. Optional: Write points (we used 100-500) on the tissue paper squares to make this a game where you earn points. 






OTHER IDEAS:

A Prayer Adventure: Elder Eyring teaches us how Heavenly Father answers our prayers.
prayer activity
M&M Gratitude Prayers: Learn about six different ways to show gratitude during prayers.


Prayer Train & Prayer Puppets: Learn the order of prayer with this prayer train and make paper bag prayer puppets to learn about how we should look during prayer.