Monday, December 28, 2009

Setting Goals FHE Lesson

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This lesson on goal setting is one we use every year to remind the kids about the importance of setting goals and working hard to reach them.   One of my goals recently has been to post a new lesson each and every Monday, but with the hubbub of Christmas and my visiting family members, I was worried that I wouldn't have time to post my lesson today.   I was so worried about missing out on my goal that I woke up before the crack of dawn, an entire 2 hours BEFORE the kids got up, so I could put this together for you. ( I am nice like that you know). I hope you enjoy it! 

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Setting Goals FHE Lesson                                                                                                                                                



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Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Eve Family Devotional Booklet

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 This booklet is designed to be an outline for a Christmas Eve devotional for your family.  It is filled with scriptures, songs, and lovely pictures and makes for a wonderful Christmas Eve tradition.

For our family I printed off enough copies that there would be one copy for every two people.  It's a tradition that my family looks forward to each Christmas Eve and I feel really helps invite the spirit of Christ into our home.   It takes about 30-45 minutes in its entirety (singing first verses only).  Sometimes we skip songs if the kids are getting restless. 

I cannot take credit for the design of these booklets as I merely copied them from my friend.  I do ask that these only be copied for personal use.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we have.    Click here to check out more ready-to-print FHE lessons.

Christmas Eve Devotional Book                                                                                                                                                


This booklet is exactly the same as the one above, except this version contains fun child friendly pictures. 

Christmas Eve Devotional Book for Kids                                                                                                                                            



MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Symbols of Christmas FHE Lesson

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Hope you enjoy this family home evening lesson dedicated to teaching children about the true meaning of Christmas and how to see reminders of Christ's birth and life in the traditional Christmas symbols all around them.  Click here for my other Christmas related ideas and posts. 
 True Meaning of Christmas FHE Lesson                                                                                                                                            



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Monday, December 7, 2009

Love Thy Neighbor FHE Lesson

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I've had a lot of people comment to me over the years that family home evenings don't work so well in their house.   They say their kids are too young, or too hyper, or too old, or too busy, or whatever, so they just stop trying.   Everytime I hear this I am saddened to think of the joy that they are missing out on.

While a perfectionist by nature, I learned a long time ago that perfection in this effort isn't really attainable.  As much as I would like to have 30-minute-long lessons with my perfectly attentive children actively participating in engaging discussions, it's just never happened.  Instead, my children squirm, try to do their homework, or even worse, fight, during the lessons.  Sometimes we barely get five minutes in before we have a quick closing prayer and send them to bed in frustration, but despite our frustrations week after week we keep on trying hoping that something important will sink in here or there eventually.

Fatigue and busyness are hurdles that we all face, but like Elder Bednar taught us at our last conference it's  "the consistency of our intent and work [that is]perhaps the greatest lesson...."

Whew!  Consistency seems so much more attainable than perfection!

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If you haven't been able to tell by now all my lessons have some similarities.  I like to start off with something fun or memorable, then relate an applicable scripture story, then engage them in some other enrichment ideas to really illustrate the topic in action.    My kids absolutely love the silly, "What are Neighbors For?" story in this lesson and I feel like it gets the lesson off on a fun foot leading into a very important topic about loving your neighbors.

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Love Thy Neighbor FHE Lesson