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Want to follow up and get feedback from the children?

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So you give the children a challenge to translate your good lesson into action (be kinder, help more around the house, pray every day, read scriptures, etc.). You wish you knew if they actually did it? Here’s an idea for followup and feedback.

Towards the end of your lesson, pass out a sheet of inexpensive round dot stickers. Ask the children to draw smiley faces on the dots. Then give them a postcard (a simple 4×6 index card will work nicely) or a sheet of paper. Every time the child applies the lesson, they put a sticker on the postcard or paper. Encourage them to briefly write what they did also. Then, the child either brings you or mails you the completed postcard or paper.

Stapling the sheet of stickers to the card or paper, along with brief instructions for the parents, will maximize the chances of all those pieces arriving home together.

Addressing the postcard to yourself and putting a stamp on it will maximize the chances of your receiving the feedback, if you want to make that investment. Older children can be taught to write your address in the correct place on the postcard and put the stamp in the correct corner (a valuable life skill).

Also see Primary Assessment: Children

Here’s to putting those good lessons into action!

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Teaching modesty to children

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In a previous post, we talked about our updated pornography prevention materials, explaining why the concept of modesty was unlinked from the concept of pornography.

While these two concepts both deal with our bodies, they can actually be quite different in intent and motive.

 

For more about teaching modesty, see

Modesty: Including follow-up for families about pornography prevention, sharing time idea

Teaching modesty in Sharing Time or Family Night: clothing as advertising

Kristine Haglund’s insightful post “On Modesty” https://bycommonconsent.com/2019/03/19/modesty/

SELECTED SCRIPTURES FOR FAMILY SCRIPTURE STUDY:

  • Genesis 3: 21 – God showed Adam and Eve the importance of modest clothing to cover bodies.
  • 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
  • Isaiah 52:11 “Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.”
  • Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
  • Romans 12:1 “[P]resent your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.”
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
  • Mormon 9:28 “Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask . . . that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.”
  • 13th Article of Faith “We believe in being . . . chaste. If there is anything virtuous, lovely. . . we seek after these things.”

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Modesty means. . . ” how I act, how I dress, how I speak, how I treat my body, how I treat others. Friend, August 2016
  • Modesty Checklist,” Friend, May 2010
  • My Gospel Standards, published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2003. List of standards for Primary children to maintain personal purity and keep the commandments. Order at store.lds.org or download for free at www.lds.org
  • For the Strength of Youth: Fulfilling Our Duty to God, published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2001. Booklet for youth about standards of dress and behavior. Order at store.lds.org or download for free at www.lds.org

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“Home church” and the book “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids”

Are you getting settled into a rhythm with Come Follow Me and your family and/or yourself? Are you finding what works for you? A child called it “home church” — taking the third hour home.

You may be making more liberal use of the Friend magazine than ever before, with its monthly resources that support the Come Follow Me curriculum. Watch for the diamond that reads “Come Follow Me” on the top corner in certain articles and activities.

Here’s an additional resource to add more fun gospel learning to your sabbath: “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids,” the book that was born on this blog! It’s your favorite Primary in Zion blog posts, plus new voices from other authors, in a volume you can take with you! “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids” is available on Amazon.comDeseretBook.com, or wherever LDS books are sold.

Read how the book came about here. Download the handouts and posters here.

You’ll find

  • A mini pioneer trek, a temple trip, talking about girls’ and women’s roles in the church, and other memorable lessons and activities
  • Pint-sized service projects
  • Clever pictures to memorize the Articles of Faith
  • Creating simple play stations (at nursery and at home!)
  • and more!

 

 

 

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Children leading the way

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“One morning, a family was gathered for scripture study when the phone rang. The mother picked up the phone, and [the caller] spoke frantically on the other end: ‘Hurry! Turn on the news.’ The day was September 11, 2001. The news told of a horrifying terrorist attack in New York City. The children were shaken. Going to school seemed a little scary now. The parents turned off the TV, and the family knelt to pray. After the prayer, the eight-year-old daughter said, ‘It’s going to be alright. I think the terrorists are just like the Gadianton robbers. We don’t need to be afraid of them.’ Peace replaced fear. As the children left for school, the mother and father turned to each other and said, ‘That’s why we do this every morning'” (“Building Spiritual Patterns” by Karmel and Lloyd Newell, Ensign, August 2018, page 68).

These children led the way in applying the scriptures to real life — all too real that day. Read about a child who led a stranger to stop smoking and a child who had his “individual home evening” when his family was “too busy” for family home evening.

Regardless of the past, children can grow to BE the parent they want to be. See “Steven’s First Future Father’s Day” in English and Spanish. This activity on lds.org asks “When you grow up, what kind of parent do you want to be? You can decide now to be a great parent! What can you do to practice these character traits now?”

Thinking of children as leaders sends them the message that you believe in them TODAY — not just believing in the grownups that they will become one day, but their power even as children to be leaders on the way back to our Father in Heaven.

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Jesus’ Baptism, My Baptism – “Come Follow Me”

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Learning about Jesus’ baptism in Come Follow Me (January 28-Feb 3) is a wonderful opportunity for children to think ahead to or reflect back on their own baptism. Being baptized as He was is a tangible, concrete step we take to follow Jesus’ example. Here are a few ideas for you:

If your children have been baptized, you might like to revisit their journal or photo album so they can remember their baptism, their thoughts and feelings. You may want to do the same for your own baptism, and share with your children your own baptism experience.

Planning a ward or stake fireside? Here are “It’s great to be 8” ideas by Jackie!

 

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The FRIEND and Come Follow Me – a treasure trove for parents and leaders!

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The Friend magazine: not just for kids! The January 2019 Friend is full of resources for parents and leaders to implement Come Follow Me at home and in church. Watch for the diamond in the top corner that reads “Come Follow Me.” Here is a selection from the January 2019 Friend in English (see below for Spanish):

Read online at friend.lds.org or subscribe at store.lds.org. You may want to order copies of this special month’s magazine for each of your children, so they will have their own reading chart — or print extra copies online.

Watch for more helps for Come Follow Me in future magazines!

SPANISH SPEAKERS – Notice that the Amigos magazine is separate from the Liahona starting January 2019! Many of the same articles noted above are in the Amigos magazine as well!

-Marci

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Merry CHRISTmas Eve!

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Looking for a ready-to-use idea for your family for today or tomorrow? Here’s our collection of favorites!

Merry, merry CHRISTmas, our readers and friends!

-Marci

PS – Yes, this blog has had a visitor from North Pole, Alaska – as well as the rest of the 50 states in the USA, 9 of 10 Canadian provinces and a total of 181 countries. Read more at What’s Primary like in Nepal or Bahrain?

 

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August 2018 Sharing Time: “Heavenly Father Hears and Answers Prayers”

from “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids,” by Marci McPhee

The August 2018 Sharing Time theme is “Heavenly Father Hears and Answers Prayers.” Your children may enjoy this charming experience from Eva and Michelle: Faith and Miracles: A Child’s prayer can save a (duck’s) life

Your children may be ready for the next step: adding repentance to prayer. Instead of four steps of prayer (address Heavenly Father by name, thank Him, ask Him, and close in Jesus’ name), consider the FIVE steps of prayer (add repentance as a vibrant, daily part of prayer). Here’s a free downloadable handout from the book that was born on this blog, Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids! (See also “Personal Prayer Lesson Plan – with visuals for children, especially those with Special Needs.”)

Prayer – a lifelong habit that starts early.

-Marci

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Join the Journey: Children’s Pioneer Trek

Notice the oxen yoked together and the pioneer children hauling their laundry-basket-handcart.

Teens all over the church re-enact the 1847 pioneer trek. Youth are trekking in Taichung, Taiwan and across the pampas in Argentina. In fact, the Church News reported that “in recent years the two-wheeled wooden vehicles have made a comeback that likely outsizes their original numbers.” That is, more people have pushed a handcart in recent years than ever pushed handcarts across the plains in the 1800s. Youth have life-changing personal experiences, strengthen faith and build testimonies as they learn about these everyday pioneer heroes.

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But why limit this faith-building trek to youth? Children too will be inspired as they understand the Lord’s hand in guiding His people through wildernesses of all kinds, then and now. Click here for a simple “how-to” for a 10-minute pioneer trek for families, nursery, Junior or Senior Primary. You can trek on July 24 (Pioneer Day) or any day. This is a free chapter from the book that was born on this blog, “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids.

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See also Pioneer Experience – Frozen Feet and All and Black Mormon Pioneers.

God bless the pioneers of yesterday and today.

-Marci

 

 

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“All Are Alike Unto God” – a timely Sharing Time or family night lesson at the 40th anniversary of OD 2

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Today we share a family night or Sharing Time lesson outline about unity in the face of prejudice and intolerance. “All Are Alike Unto God” is a valuable lesson for children (and adults) from TimesAndSeasons.org. It’s an easy-to-follow, step-by-step lesson plan for Junior and Senior Primary. Feel free to adapt it to the needs of your children.

This message is particularly timely given the 40th anniversary of Official Declaration 2, extending priesthood and temple blessings to all God’s worthy children. BeOne.lds.org has links to the June 1, 2018 “BeOne” event, an essay on Race and the Priesthood, and links to bios of Black Mormon Pioneers such as Jane Manning James (pictured above), Elijah Abel, and others.

Also see the FRIEND magazine articles about Jane Manning James: “Jane’s Choice” and “Jane’s Journey”

Kids may enjoy singing (and moving their bodies!) along with Sister Gladys Knight’s arrangement of “Come, Come Ye Saints” with a beat.

The June Sharing Time theme is “I Will Follow Heavenly Father’s Plan by Being Baptized and Confirmed.” Each month the Sharing Time manual encourages:”Supplement the ideas provided here with some of your own. Each week, plan ways to (1) identify the doctrine, (2) help the children understand it, and (3) help them apply it in their lives. Ask yourself, “What will the children do to learn, and how can I help them feel the Spirit?”

In your Sharing Time lesson, you may want to teach these principles of unity and love for all God’s children as a way to “follow Jesus Christ by being baptized and confirmed and keeping baptismal covenants.” You may want to teach about Jane Manning James as a faithful woman who did just that, despite tremendous obstacles.

Jesus gets the last word on this one. He said: “all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33) and “I say unto you, be one.” (Doctrine & Covenants 38:27)

-Marci

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