Day #8 The Good Samaritan

Attention Story:
Read “What are Neighbors For” from the Friend.  Its a silly little story that younger children will think is funny about different animals coming over to your house.  You can download the pictures that go along with the story Here.What is a neighbor?

Scripture Discussion:
Read the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37.  There is a nice video depicting the parable.  Click Here for the video.

Show the children Samaria and Judea on the map, and explain the situation between the Jews and the Samaritans. The Jews felt that they were better than the Samaritans. They disliked the Samaritans so much that when Jews traveled from Jerusalem to Galilee, they would take the longer way through the Jordan Valley rather than travel through Samaria.
  • Why do you think the Jewish priest and Levite did not help the wounded Jewish man?
  • What did the Samaritan do for the wounded Jewish man?
  • Why is it significant that it was a Samaritan who helped the Jewish man? What characteristics of a good neighbor did the Samaritan have? How does this story help us understand who our neighbor is?
  • Who is your neighbor? Do you think Jesus meant only the people who live close to you?  How can we become better neighbors?
  • How can we follow Jesus’ teachings and show love for other people? How should we treat someone who needs our help? someone who is different from us? someone who might have been unkind to us?

If you have time, it would be fun to have everyone act out the story.

Activity:

Have everyone write 5 to 10 names on individual strips of paper of people that could be considered your “neighbor.” This can be people in your family, people on your street, teachers, etc.  Put the names in a bowl.

Take turns drawing the names out of the bowl and read them out loud.  Have everyone give suggestions of service that could be offered to that person.  It’s OK if someones name is in there more than once.  Examples of service can be:
write a note
bake some treats
smile
give someone a compliment
help a family member clean up or do chores
help a teacher with a project
play nicely with a sibling
Call someone on the phone for a nice visit
don’t gossip or argue
be on time

Service:
We are taking this opportunity to visit people as a family and take a plate of baked goods.  Do what you feel is best for your family.

Handout:
Click HERE

Journal:
Write in your journal the names of a few people you want to do something nice for.  Write how you can carry out your idea.  Also write how you feel when someone does something nice for you.   How does Jesus want us to treat our Neighbor?

 
 

Day #7 The Lost Sheep

 Attention Activity:
Show this video from YouTube about sheep herding.  (Click HERE.)  If you are like me, the only knowledge of anything to do with sheep comes from the movie “Babe”!!
A few years ago, Elder Thomas S. Monson contrasted two experiences:
“Have you ever seen a sheepherder in one of our western mountain canyons directing the sheep? He is usually at the rear of the flock, slouched down on his horse, sound asleep. And doing the work are half a dozen small dogs yapping and barking at the heels of the sheep. He is a sheepherder.”
“A few months ago in Munich, Germany, I saw a true shepherd. There he was with staff in hand, singing, walking in front of his flock; and the flock followed behind him. When he turned to the left, the sheep turned to the left; when he went to the right, they went to the right. There were no dogs barking at the heels of his sheep. They indeed knew their shepherd and were following the pathway he took.” (Pathways to Perfection, p. 93.)
Explain that a shepherd takes care of sheep. The sheep know the shepherd’s voice, and they follow where he leads them. Point out that the shepherd does not herd the sheep from behind. He walks in front of them to show them where to go. The shepherd leads his sheep to green pastures where they find good grass to eat. He also leads them to water. At night he leads them back to the sheepfold, which is a walled or fenced area or a cave where the sheep are safe from wild animals and thieves. The shepherd stands guard at the entrance to the sheepfold and protects his sheep. The shepherd counts his sheep to make sure that not one is lost.
There are so many beautiful paintings and prints of Jesus with sheep.  I have one hanging in my dining room.   I didn’t include the pictures in this post for copyright purposes.  I think it would be a good idea to show a few different pictures to your children. 
Scripture Discussion
Have the children tell you how Jesus is the Good Shepard. 
Help the children understand that they are some of the sheep in Jesus’ fold. Explain that the Savior compared himself to a shepherd because he loves and cares for each of us like a shepherd cares for the sheep. He wants each of us to be safe and happy. Just as a shepherd knows each sheep, Jesus knows each one of us. We are all important to him.  How do you feel knowing Jesus left the 99 to find the one lost sheep?
Activity:
Play “Don’t Eat Sheep”This is just like “Don’t Eat Pete” only I made the game board with sheep.  It is my children’s most requested game!!  The instructions are on the sheet if you are not familiar with it.
Click HERE to download the PDF of the game.
Handout:
I discovered that my 5 year old colors all of the handouts whether they need it or not.  Here are 2 different ones in case your children love coloring too!!
Click HERE for the handouts.  (The coloring page is from netmums.)
    

Journal Activity:
How do you feel Jesus looking after you?  What does it mean to you to know how much Jesus cares about all his sheep?  How can we love and care for others in the same way?
 

Forgiveness Day #6

Attention Activity:
Make 2 paper airplanes that are exactly the same.  Ahead of time, tape a penny inside one of the airplanes.  Tell the children you are going to demonstrate how well the airplanes fly.  Fly the first plane (without the penny).  Talk about how far and graceful it flies.  Then fly the second airplane with the penny taped inside of it.  Play it up and act like you don’t know what is wrong.  They both look the same – why aren’t they flying the same?  Have the children examine both of the planes and try flying them until they find the penny.
The airplanes are like us and the penny is when we hold a grudge.  A grudge is when we hold bad feelings inside of us because something someone did or said to us.  These feelings can weigh us down and keep us from flying high.
We must learn to forgive just as Jesus and Heavenly Father forgive us.
“A person’s ability to forgive is in proportion to the greatness of his soul…An unresolved grudge gnaws at our hearts, disturbs our peace, and is a burden we would well be rid of…Forgiving relieves us of a lingering uneasiness inside ourselves. Oh, what easing of our relationships with loved ones, and with others also, with a lightening of our own lives, as we learn to forgive!..How can we expect forgiveness if we don’t forgive?” Richard L. Evans,
Scripture Discussion:
 Colossians 3:13 “Forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matt. 6:14–15.)
The Savior has offered to all of us a precious peace through His Atonement, but this can come only as we are willing to cast out negative feelings of anger, spite, or revenge. For all of us who forgive “those who trespass against us.”
A spirit of forgiveness and an attitude of love and compassion toward those who may have wronged us is of the very essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each of us has need of this spirit…The Lord taught it in the time of his agony on the cross of Calvary, with vile and hateful accusers before him, those who had brought him to this terrible crucifixion, he cried out, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ (Luke 23:34.)’ None of us is called on to forgive so generously, but each of us is under a divinely spoken obligation to reach out with pardon and mercy.” President Gordon B. Hinckley, 
Discussion:
Take turns giving examples of situations of forgiveness.  You may need to come up with some scenarios to help younger children grasp the concept of holding bad feelings in and then forgiving.  My children love charades and pictionary.  You can draw and act out the situations.

Video
There is an amazing 8 minute video about a man who forgives the teenager who killed his wife and two children while driving under the influence.  I cried through the whole thing.  Click HERE to go to the YouTube page to view it.

Handout:
Click HERE

Journal:
Write in your journal a time when it was hard to forgive someone and how you felt after you forgave them.  Is there someone right now you need to forgive?  How can Jesus help us forgive more freely?

Family Fun:
Either before or after the lesson, have everyone make paper airplanes.  Have a contest to see whose plane can fly the farthest.  Try different designs.  Who doesn’t love paper airplanes!!

Day #5 Repentance

Today’s lesson comes from my friend, Brittany.  Brittany is super talented: she has amazing taste, great style, and lots of fun ideas.  She is busy with her four darling children and has deleted her blog….gasp!!  I hope to feature more of Brittany’s creations here at Jedi Craft Girl!!  Here are a few photos I snapped at her house today:
 
Day #5 Repentance
 
Attention Story:
(You may want to hold up a $20 bill and demonstrate as you read the story.)
 
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.
In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”
Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air.
“Well,” he replied, “what if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.
“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God’s eyes.  To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him.
Scripture:
Isaiah 1:18 “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”
Activity:
In this experiment we teach our children how Christ took our sins upon him in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Through this activity, we can teach our children how Jesus can help us each individually become clean from our daily sins.
 Supplies:
Water
Food Coloring
Bleach
Alka-Seltzer
Teach the children that like this glass of water, we come into the world pure, but everyone makes mistakes and everyone sins.  When we sin, we become unclean.  Add a few drops of red food coloring.  (You can use as many colors as you want to create the effect.)  By dropping this into the water it represents our sins.  Talk about actions that might cause us to become unclean; such as being unkind to others, being dishonest, or using bad language.  When we have sinned, it’s hard to feel the spirit.  The world becomes confusing.
What can we do to become clean again?
We can ask the Savior to help us to overcome our mistakes.  During the Atonement, Jesus Christ became the great and eternal sacrifice for our sins.
We can call on Christ to help us and to take away our sins.  Add a cup of bleach representing Christ’s Atonement.  Then add an Alka-Seltzer (repentance) to the water.  Watch the change before your eyes.  Soon the water will be clear and pure once again.  The Atonement really can change us that quickly, but it does take action on our part.  We must act in faith by repenting of our sins in the name of Jesus Christ.
Handout:
Click HERE
Click HERE

 

Journal:
Write in your journal how you feel about the repentance process.  What does it mean to you that, because of Jesus, you can be forgiven of your sins?  

Faith Day #4

Hi! I’m Ginger, & I blog over at Ginger Snap CraftsIt’s a fun place where I share my easy, simple & cute crafty ideas, projects & recipes. I also have an amazing husband & 5 wild & crazy kiddos! I’m always busy making crafts, chasing kiddos, blogging, attending church activities & all that fun stuff! It’s never quiet around our house, and I wouldn’t change a thing. 😉


It is so fun to be over here at Jedi Craft Girl, & I’m so excited to meet all of YOU. I am so happy to be participating in the 14-day Walk with Christ. I think it’s an awesome idea to do with your family! Well, Amanda asked me to take today, and today’s topic is faith! Faith is one the very first things you have to have as you grow your testimony of the Savior!  One of my favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon is Alma 32. In that chapter Alma compares faith to a little seed.  If we plant the seed of faith in our hearts & nurture it with making good choices, attending church, praying, reading our scriptures & so on then it will grow & become stronger.


I found these little Grow Kits in the dollar section at Target! Yay! I knew they would be perfect for this project. They had all different kinds from flowers to sunflowers to strawberries to tomatoes. I bought a different one for each of my kiddos.  Inside it has a little pot, planting medium & of course, seeds. 🙂

First each kiddo decorated their pot with paint markers.

Then we did the fun part! ha! You add warm water to the growing medium, & it gets bigger!  My kiddos thought that was so cool. 

Then we opened the seed packets.  Look how tiny these poppy seeds are!

Then we planted the seeds in the dirt!

Now we have to care for our seed & make sure it can grow! I’ll have to update our seed progress on my blog later! So far the seeds haven’t sprouted….but hopefully soon!
As we planted our seeds & as we care for our seeds & watch them grow we will keep talking about how we have to do the same thing with our faith! If we don’t nourish it, our faith won’t grow!
Here’s a printable to go in your 14-day Walk with Christ journal.  (I love this Primary song!)

Thank you so much for having me over, Amanda!

I’d love to keep in touch with YOU.
You can find me over at my blog or any of these fun places! 🙂

Easter Printable from MMB!!!

We are only a few days into our 14-Day Walk with Christ and it’s going great.  My children are so excited for each lesson.  They are really taking it seriously.  The first night they asked me to read what they wrote in their journals and I started crying while I read each entry.  It’s been really touching.  I hope you are having memorable experiences with your family too!
I am so excited for today!  Elisa and Caroline at Mormon Mommy Blogs have created this amazing Easter printable to participate with our 14-Day Walk with Christ.
Mormon Mommy Blogs was named one of the top 100 Christian Blogs for Women.  Mormon Mommy Blogs is not just for the Mormon woman. It is a gathering place for people with similar values, who can count on each other to share, support, and engage.   I have been a fan of their blog for a long time.  Make sure to check out all their fabulous ideas!
  
 Click HERE to download!

Amanda

Love one Another Day #2

Love One Another Day #2

Part of today’s lesson comes from Jodi at Pleasant Home.com. She writes a darling blog full of fun sewing, quilting, and crafting ideas.  She is very talented and has a fun story why her blog is called Pleasant Home.  Her darling summer quilt will be featured on the cover of “Quilt-It” in the spring.  Check out her blog to find out more about her and her cute projects!

Attention Activity:
Take your family on a walk through your neighborhood or the park.  Have them notice all the trees and how they look.  Here in Southern California, there are trees with blossoms, trees that still look like winter and trees that already have their leaves.  Ask your children lots of questions about trees, leaves, seasons, and fruit.

Story:

The Parable of the Pear Tree
Click HERE to for this printable version of this story:

 

There was a man who had four sons

He wanted his sons to learn a valuable lesson – so he sent them each on a quest.
In turn, to go and observe a single Pear Tree
Each son traveled to the Pear Tree, each son in a different Season…
 
The first son traveled to see the tree in the Winter
The second son in Spring
The third son in Summer
The fourth son in Fall
 
When they had all returned from their travels, he called them together to each describe what they had seen…
 
The first son said the tree was ugly, bent, old and gnarled. Not much use to anyone…
 
The second son said it was covered in green buds and full of promise…
 
The third son disagreed; he said it was full of blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful. The tree was the most graceful thing he’d ever seen….
 

The last son disagreed with all of them. He said it was ripe and dropping with fruit. Full of life and fulfillment…

 
The father then explained to his sons that they were each right, because each had witnessed only one Season in the tree’s life
He told them you cannot judge a tree or a person by only one season…
Not all things are possible in all seasons.  Joy comes from recognizing and appreciating the challenges and opportunities in each Season of Life…

Scripture and Discussion

  • “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7 )
  • “A  new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”  (John 13:34)

Use these two scriptures to discuss how we can apply the Parable of the Pear tree to how Jeasus wants us to treat others.  Look in the scriptures for other examples of how Jesus loved others.

Treat/Activity
I found this recipe for Pear Bread on SmittenKitchn.com. I thought it would be fun to make it with the family.

Handout:

Download this handout HERE.
 
Download this handout HERE.
 Journal Activity:  
Take some time to have everyone write in their journals. Write ways they can show love for others and how to look on the heart and not the outward appearance.

The 14-Day Walk with Christ Begins!

It’s finally here – our 14-Day Walk with Christ.  My family is really excited!  Here are a few notes:
1. I will post each lesson the night before.  If you are anything like me, you have more time at night to be on the computer.  This will let you have more time to gather materials or make changes to the lesson.

2.  The lessons and activities are only the ideas my little brain came up with.  Of course you will think of better ones than I did!!!  I hope you share your ideas with me!! 

3.  To download the printable handouts, open the file and then select the download button from the Dropbox icons at the top.  If you print without downloading, it won’t fit properly on your paper.

 4.  I didn’t include this in each of the lesson plans…At the beginning of each lesson, we will sing a song about Jesus.  We choose to sing, “If the Savior Stood Beside Me.”  

5.  I hope this is a lot of fun and a spiritual experience for your family as well.  If you miss a day because things are too crazy, just pick up the next day and don‘t worry about it! 

Amanda 

Jesus Loves Me – Day #1

Day #1 Jesus Loves Me
Click HERE for today’s Handouts 
Attention Activity:
Tell the children you have a picture of someone Jesus loves very much.  Ask each child one at a time go in another room with you so you can show them the picture.  As each child comes up to you, hold a mirror and let them look at themselves.  When you reassemble together ask the children to tell you who was in the picture.
Lesson
Read Scripture Story Mark 10:13–16.
The disciples were afraid the children would interrupt and disturb Jesus while he was teaching. But Jesus wanted the children to come near him. “Let the little children come unto me.”
What did Jesus do when the children came to him?
Why did Jesus want the children to come to him? (Because he loved them and wanted to bless them.)

 

Even though Jesus was busy teaching the adults, Jesus took time to hold and bless the little children because of his great love for them.
How do we know Jesus loves us? (Answers may include the following: He created the earth for us; he gave us commandments to live by; he gave his life for us; he directs the Church and speaks to us through his prophets; he set a good example for us.)
Activity:
Gather small items that show Jesus loves us.  Here are a few ideas:
a family picture
music CD
Small toy animals
picture of a church or temple
small set of scriptures
house
plant
fruit
(these can be anything you can think of)
Place the items on a tray.  Let the children look at each of the items and tell how it represents Jesus’ love for them.  Take the tray away and remove a few of the items.  Bring the tray back to the children and see if they can name which items are missing.

Handout & Journal Time
 Click HERE to download these two handouts.
There are two handouts for today.  The first one is for the inside title page.  Print and glue a photo of your child in the frame.  (A school wallet size photo will fit perfectly.)

This second handout goes next to the journal page.  Your children can color the picture.

  Make sure to take time at the end of the lesson to write your feelings in your journal.  List ways you know Jesus loves you.  For smaller children, they can draw a picture and you can write something they say.

Oops!

My friend, Judy, from SprizzieIdeas, just pointed out that I had a type-o on the cover for the journal page.  Oops!!!!  I put the date as 2103.  Maybe I should stop blogging after midnight!!!  Anyway, I apologize for the mistake and I have uploaded a new file with the correct date.  Click here to download it.  It’s almost time to begin our 14-Day Walk!!!!!

Amanda