Something’s Gotta Give

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how women often compare themselves to other women. I myself have struggled with this and it has caused me to make some changes in my life, some good and some bad.

When I see what other women/moms are doing, I sometimes try to do whatever it is they do. (Hello, Pinterest!) I don’t do it because I am self-conscious, I do it because I see all the cool things everyone else is doing and think that my children/family must be deprived because I don’t always do what others do.

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Toddler-Friendly Scripture Study: Chapter 13

Chapters 13: Zeniff
If you haven’t read my initial post, read it here. It explains the scripture study plan in a little more detail and gives more information for how to teach it. 
Oh, how praying rests the weary. (lay head on hands like you are sleeping)
Prayer will change the night to day. (fold arms for “prayer”, then sign “day”)
So, when life gets dark and dreary, (make a sad face)
Don’t forget to pray (shake head “no”, fold arms)

Activities:

1. Letter Match-Up (using vocabulary from the story)
For this activity, we just use our magnetic ABC letters.

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Easter Week: A Walk with Christ

This year I would like to start a new Christ-centered tradition for Easter. We really really enjoyed the 25 Days of Christ that we did for Christmas, so I compiled a bunch of ideas I found online to follow a similar format.

Day 1: Triumphal Entry (Sunday)

Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Activity: Make a Hosanna Palm – write ways you will welcome Jesus into your life on your palm leaf

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Toddler-Friendly Scripture Study: Chapter 12

Chapters 12: King Benjamin
If you haven’t read my initial post, read it here. It explains the scripture study plan in a little more detail and gives more information for how to teach it. 
Song: Love One Another, p. 136 (ASL adapted from Children’s Songbook)
As I have loved you,
Love one another.
This new commandment:
Love one another.
By this shall men know
Ye are my disciples,
If ye have love
One to another.
 
 

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The Sabbath Is a Delight – Primary Activity

A few months ago we did an activity for the children in our primary that was not only fun but had an important spiritual lesson behind it too. I figured I could share for any who are interested! At the time, the leadership in our ward/stake wanted each auxiliary to focus our teachings on keeping the Sabbath day holy. Often times it’s hard to think how you can incorporate things into primary when you have manuals to follow and not a lot of time in between sharing time, singing time, etc. I think I found this idea somewhere online but adapted it a bit to make it more centered around Elder Nelson’s talk, “The Sabbath Is a Delight”.

As I thought about what we could do to focus on this important commandment in primary, I reflected on my own personal testimony and how it has changed from when I was a child. Growing up, I sometimes felt like Sunday was just a day full of “no’s”.

“No, you can’t play with your friend.”

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Toddler-Friendly Scripture Study: Chapter 11

Chapter 11 – Enos

If you haven’t read my initial post, read it here. It explains the scripture study plan in a little more detail and gives more information for how to teach it. 

Song: There are two song options for this lesson. One is a lesser-known song from the Children’s Songbook, but is perfect for teaching the parts of prayer. It’s basic and obviously toddler-friendly. The other is a well-known hymn that I love. While it isn’t as simple and clear as the first song, I think it’s important to teach children hymns as well. Whatever your choice is, you can’t really go wrong!

A Prayer Song (CS p. 22a)

(To make this song interactive, just follow the words to the song! The only thing I would as is to end by kneeling during the fourth line so you look ready to pray by the end of the song.)

We bow our heads in prayer today,

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Toddler-Friendly Scripture Study: Chapter 10

Chapter 10: Jacob and Sherem

If you haven’t read my initial post, read it here. It explains the scripture study plan in a little more detail and gives more information for how to teach it. 

I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (march in place with the beat)
I know who I am. (point to self)
I know God’s plan. (point to head)
I’ll follow Him in faith. (hold both index fingers up; move one and have the other follow)
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Toddler-Friendly Scripture Study: Chapter 9

Chapter 9: A New Home in the Promised Land
If you haven’t read my initial post, read it here. It explains the scripture study plan in a little more detail and gives more information for how to teach it. 
 
Song: Book of Mormon Stories, p. 118
Book of Mormon stories that my teacher tells to me (hold hands open like a book)
Are about the Lamanites in ancient history. (index and tall finger held up and placed behind head, like feathers)
Long ago their fathers came from far across the sea, (swerve hand up and down like waves of the ocean)

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Toddler-Friendly Scripture Study: Chapter 8

Chapter 8: Crossing the Sea
If you haven’t read my initial post, read it here. It explains the scripture study plan in a little more detail and gives more information for how to teach it. 
 
Song: Keep the Commandments, p. 146
 
Idea for teaching the song found here.
 
Activity Verse: (I know the last two lines don’t actually rhyme, but it was the best I could come up with! Haha. If you have any suggestions, let me know!)
 

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