Here are some scriptures that tell us to teach our children:
14 And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.
15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
3rd Nephi 22:13
25 And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.
28 And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.
All family home evenings on this page are geared towards children over 7, but can easily be changed to use for small children. Small children need to be talked to not read to. They also like doing projects with their hands. It is easy to get the idea of a family home evening, and after prayer be guided in what activities should be included. Some of my family home evenings have an insert at the end for children. Just remember as you teach them gospel principles, that children like hunting for things, like clues and acting things out, like the scriptures. They like quick lessons that have small messages that they can understand. Just have one message, like honesty, or prayer, or what ever you feel they need. Have a prayer, tell a story that would catch their attention on the subject, there are alot of stories that you can get access to from the online Children's Friend magazines. You just put the title in and it comes up with all the articles that they have on, say, honesty. Don't read it to them but tell it to them in your own words, after you have studied it yourself. A story often is well recieved with flannel characters that the kids make themselves. Then after the story they could read a scripture or two on the subject, and talk about it after you read it so they can understand it. Then have an activity (made up, or traditional) that has to do with (honesty) or what ever the subject is. They like to put what they learn into pictures so incourage them to draw a picture on what they learned in family home evening. If you save these over the years you can make really cute books out of there illustrations. Have songs on the subject, like honesty. Then end with a prayer and blessing on the food. Here is how family home evenings went when I had small children.
1. Song and Prayer
2. Scripture on a particular subject. Learn the scripture together.
3. Story with pictures or flannel story
4. Activity (game or activity emphasising the lesson)
5. Song & Prayer and blessing on food.
Kids like these family nights if they are done in a loving way, the family not only learns together but they also have fun together.
Ask for Heavenly Fathers help and use an outline similar to this, and you will have successful family home evenings! Remember, children have poor attention spans, keep each activity no longer than 10-15 minutes and only give one idea in the family home evening with activities that support the main idea. If you need to get further ideas for small children for any of the following family home evenings, you can contact me at this email addy... Lissa's E-mail
(I have worked ten years with small preschool children at a college child development center. I have taken 50 credits in child development. I also have taught every age group in Primary and Sunday school and have been the Primary President in one of my wards. I also taught music as the Primary music leader. I have been a substitute teacher, and have worked with handicapped people with Easter Seals. I have worked with the small children in the nursery. I attended Weber State University majoring in English and minoring in art teaching.)
Family home evenings for small children
1. LOVE AT HOME
Family Home Evening ideas for Feb ***
includes: Love One Another,
Scriptures on Love,
3 ideas for service projects for your family
Family Home Evening ideas for March ** includes: Fitting the Gospel into Your Lives,
Family Home Evening ideas for APRIL ** includes: Easter scavenger hunt,(can be done a week before),
Easter Egg Hunt, and picnic,
Crusifixion (and glove lesson)Simplified Lesson for young children
Family Home Evening ideas for MAY *** includes: Hold to the Rod,
Baptism or, Steps to Joy
Family Home Evening ideas for June ***
includes: Fathers day,
Family Home Evening ideas for July ***
includes: Fourth of July,
A Pioneer Family Camp
Family Home Evening ideas for August ***
When the Lord Says No
Family Home Evening ideas for Sep ***
Feed My Sheep(on Helping the Poor and Needy Without Judgement
Family Home Evening ideas for Oct ***
Celebrating Our Differences (Self Esteem)
Family Home Evening ideas for Nov ***
An Autumn Activity
A Thankful Heart
Family Home Evening ideas for DEC ***
Learning to Love our Savior
Getting ready For Christmas Activity
Blessing Someone Else at Christmas
The Christmas Story, Acted Out
Family Home Evening ideas for Jan ***
A Winter Activity
Paying Tithings and Offerings
Why we go to The Temple
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