Saturday, May 12, 2007

FHE Lesson- I Can Use My Manners

Family Home Evening Lesson
I Can Use My Manners

Opening Song: “Kindness Begins with Me” (Children’s Song Book # 145)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

I Can Use My Manners:
Talk about what manners are. Explain that using manners helps us be kind and thankful. I shows others around us that we can be Christ like. It helps us feel closer to our Father in Heaven and keeps the spirit in our home and with us all day long. But, when we don’t use our manners and we are rude and selfish the spirit cannot abide with us and leaves our side. It is very important for us to remember to use our manners each and every day.

Activity: Manners Super Hero’s
Don't you just love super heroes? Wouldn't it be a great world if every one would act like a super hero? It would be easy to love one another if everyone acted like one. Well, we can't control the world but we can control ourselves.Now, a super hero doesn't have to be large and strong. He doesn't have to know how to fly or shoot webs from his hands, He only needs to treat others like Jesus would treat them. Having good manners shows others that we love them and that we believe they are special. There are six special rules we can learn to help us have good manners. These rules are like super heroes too. So, meet the GREATEST Super Heroes of ALL TIME!(Hold up each super hero and read the back)

Sing: “Smiles” and “A Smile Is Like the Sunshine” (Children’s Song Book # 267a) and (Children’s Song Book # 267b)

Closing Song: “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus” (Children’s Song Book # 78)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Treat: Chocolate Crinkles
Given by: Mom

½ cup shortening
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
2 1-oz squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
powdered sugar

Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs, then melted chocolate. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Chill 3 hours. Form into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheet 2 to 3 inches apart. Bake at 350º for 15 minutes.

(If you like them soft and chewy, bake them for around 12 minutes at the most.)

Monday, April 23, 2007

FHE Lesson- I Can Be Reverent

Family Home Evening Lesson
I Can Be Reverent

Opening Song: “Reverently, Quietly” (Children’s Song Book # 26)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

Reverence Is Love:

Read the words to the song Reverence Is Love

Reverence is more than just quietly sitting:
It’s thinking of Father above,
A feeling I get when I think of His blessings.
I’m rev’rent, for rev’rence is love.
When I’m rev’rent, it shows in my words and my deeds.
The pathway to follow is clear.
And when I am rev’rent, I know in my heart
Heav’nly Father and Jesus are near.

Talk about what the words of this song are saying.

Sing: “Reverence Is Love” (Children’s Song Book # 31)

How can we show our reverence to our Heavenly Father? (Refer to the words of the song and add any other things you can think of and that your child will understand.)
Sitting Quietly
Thinking of Heavenly Father
Thinking of our blessings
Folding our arms
Bowing our heads
Using a quiet voice
Reading books about Jesus
Coloring pictures of Jesus

Activity: Put a “Reverence Packet” together for your child. Gather pictures of Jesus for them to look at, books about Jesus that they can read, and objects that will remind them to be reverent. Print Pictures of Jesus, prayer and reverent things from (Here) or take them from your home Gospel Art Kit. Print coloring pages of Jesus, a child in prayer, the Temple, or other pictures that promote reverent thinking (I like to use Jenny Smith). Or use Jenny Smith’s “Reverence Book” pattern and put this together for your child.

Closing Song: “Reverence” (Children’s Song Book # 27)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Treat: Pineapple Cookies
(Given by: Nicole Johnson)

1 c. soft shortening
1 ½ c. sugar
1 egg
9 oz. can crushed pineapple w/juice
3 ½ c. flour
1 tsp. soda
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp nutmeg

Mix shortening, sugar, egg and pineapple thoroughly. Sift together the flour, soda, salt and nutmeg and stir into the batter.

Chill at least 1 hour. Drop onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Monday, April 16, 2007

FHE Lesson- I Can Learn to Listen and Obey

Family Home Evening Lesson
I Can Learn to Listen and Obey

Opening Song: “Listen, Listen” (Children’s Song Book # 107)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

I Can Learn to Listen and Obey

Scripture: Ephesians 6:1
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Story: Use the story of the “2000 Young Warriors” or your gospel art kit picture 313 and read the story on the back.

Activity: Play a game that require the children to listen and obey directions from the leader like “Simon Says”, or sing “Do as I’m Doing” (Children’s Song Book # 278) or some other following game. Discuss the difference between following these kinds of directions and following the directions of your parents, prophets or leaders.

Closing Song: “Quickly I’ll Obey” (Children’s Song Book # 197)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Treat: Wacky Cake
Given by: Mom

Sift together in a 9x13 baking pan:
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
4 Tbs. cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

Make three holes in the dry ingredient mixture and add:
1st hole- ¾ cup oil
2nd hole- 2 Tbs. vinegar
3rd hole- 2 tsp. vanilla

Pour 2 cups cold water over the whole thing and mix well with a fork until well mixed.

Bake at 350º for 40 minutes.

Monday, April 9, 2007

FHE Lesson- We Love Our Prophet

Family Home Evening Lesson
We Love Our Prophet

Opening Song: “Stand for the Right” (Children’s Song Book # 159)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

We Love Our Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley
Show Picture of President Hinckley
Ask: “Who is this?” Talk about what our Prophet means to you.

Coloring Page: Color Picture of Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley

President Hinckley teaches us. He as given us 6 “B’s” he wants us to follow.
Be grateful. Say thank you when people are nice and help you. Also remember to thank Heavenly Father every day.
Be smart. Keep learning. Try to learn new things each day.
Be clean. Keep our minds and bodies clean.
Be true. Follow what our Church leaders teach us always be a good example.
Be humble. Being meek and humble keeps us teachable.
Be prayerful. Go to your Father In Heaven for guidance and help.

Sing: “Latter-day Prophets” (Children’s Song Book # 134)

Activity: Color and Hang the “6 Be’s Poster”

Closing Song: “Seek the Lord Early” (Children’s Song Book # 108)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Treat: Fruit Crisp
(Better Homes and Gardens)

5 cups sliced, peeled apples, pears, peaches, or apricots; or frozen unsweetened peach slices.
2 to 4 Tbs. sugar
½ cup regular rolled oats
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup flour
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup margarine or butter
¼ cup chopped nuts or coconut

Preheat oven at 375º.

For filling, thaw fruit, if frozen. Do not drain. Place fruit in an 8x1½-inch round baking dish. Stir in sugar.

For topping, in a mixing bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Cut in margarine or butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts or coconut. Sprinkle topping over filling.

Bake at 375º for 30 to 35 minutes (40 minutes for thawed fruit) or till fruit is tender and topping is golden. Serve warm with ice cream or light cream.

***Blueberry Crisp: Prepare as above, except, for the filling, combine 4 Tbs. sugar and 3 Tbs. flour. Toss with 5 cups fresh or frozen (thawed but not drained) blueberries.
***Cherry Crisp: Prepare as above, except, for the filling, combine ½ cup sugar and 3 Tbs. flour. Toss with 5 cups fresh or frozen (thawed but not drained) unsweetened pitted tart red cherries.
***Rhubarb Crisp: Prepare as above, except, for the filling, combine 1 cup sugar and 3 Tbs. flour. Toss with 5 cups fresh or frozen (thawed but not drained) unsweetened sliced rhubarb.

Monday, March 19, 2007

FHE Lesson-I Can Be a Helper

Family Home Evening Lesson
“I Can Be a Helper”

Opening Song: “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus” (Children’s Song Book # 78)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

“I Can Be a Helper”

Story: The Little Red Hen

Activity: Color the “Helping Hands Badge” or make them into stickers.

Song: “When We’re Helping” (Children’s Song Book # 198b)

Activity: Making place mats for each member of the Family and showing how we can help Mom by setting the table for dinner.
To make placemats have a large sheet of paper for each member of your family (I used 12 x 18) and have each member make there own placemat. You can trace around a fork, knife, spoon, plate, cup, and napkin to help the children know how to set the table. You can even put each members picture on their own placemat if you would like. Decorate and laminate with clear contact paper or take it to a copy shop to be laminated.

Closing Song: “A Happy Helper” (Children’s Song Book # 197a)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Treat: Busy-Day Cake
(Better Homes and Gardens)

1 1/3 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking power
2/3 cup milk
¼ cup margarine or butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
Broiled Coconut Topping

In a bowl combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add milk, margarine or butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed till combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Pour batter into a greased and floured 8x1½-inch round baking pan.

Bake in a 350º oven for 25 to 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Frost warm cake with Broiled Coconut Topping, if desired. Or, cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove cake from pan. Cool thoroughly.

Broiled Coconut Topping:

¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbs. margarine or butter, softened
1 Tbs. milk
½ cup flaked coconut
¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)

In a bowl beat sugar and margarine till combined. Stir in milk. Stir in coconut and, if desired, nuts. Spread over warm cake in pan. Broil about 4 inches from heat for 3 to 4 minutes or till golden. Serve warm.

Friday, January 19, 2007

FHE Lesson- I Can Say I'm Sorry

Family Home Evening Lesson
“I Can Say I’m Sorry” (adapted from the primary 1 manual)

Opening Song: “Jesus Said Love Everyone” (Children’s Song Book # 61)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

I Can Say I’m Sorry:

Tell the following story in your own words, use illustrations to tell it:

Travis and Matt were having fun playing at Matt’s house. Travis liked Matt’s toys and wished they were his own. Travis decided to borrow some of the toys, and he put them into his pocket without asking Matt.

When Travis played with the toys at home, it wasn’t much fun. His mother asked why he was unhappy. Travis told his mother that he had borrowed Matt’s toys without asking and that now he felt bad about it.

Travis’s mother told him that it is wrong to take something that belongs to someone else. She asked Travis what he should do to correct his wrong choice. Travis wanted to take the toys back, but he was afraid Matt might be angry with him. Travis’s mother said that even though Matt might be angry, returning the toys was the right thing to do. She also told Travis that telling Matt he was sorry would help take away the bad feelings he had for doing something wrong.

Travis took the toys back to Matt. He said he was sorry for taking the toys without asking and promised never to do it again. Matt was happy that Travis brought the toys back. Travis was glad that he told the truth and made things right (adapted from Pat Graham, “Travis Repents,” Friend, Mar. 1987, pp. 40–41).

Talk about the story and what Matt did wrong? Talk about what we need to do when we do something wrong.

Activity: Color the stories illustrations and practice saying “I’m Sorry”. As each family member says “I’m Sorry” give them an I can say “I’m Sorry” medallion on a string or ribbon. Practice using these for the week as a reward for saying Sorry.

Tell the story of Alma the Younger and how he wouldn’t listen to his Father Alma or to Heavenly Father and Jesus. And how he told the people lies about the Church. Found in (Mosiah 27:8-37).

Closing Song: “I Want to Live the Gospel” (Children’s Song Book # 148)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Treat: Brownie Pudding Cake

Brownie Pudding Cake
(Better Homes and Gardens)

½ cup flour
¼ cup sugar
3 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ tsp. baking powder
¼ cup milk
1 Tbs. cooking oil
½ tsp. vanilla
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup sugar
¾ cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350º. Stir together flour, the ¼ cup sugar, 1 Tbs. of the cocoa powder, and the baking powder. Add milk, oil and vanilla. Stir till smooth. Stir in nuts. Transfer batter to a 1-quart casserole. Combine the 1/3 cup sugar and remaining cocoa powder. Gradually stir in boiling water. Pour evenly over batter. Bake in a 350º oven about 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Serve warm.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

FHE Lesson- Love at Home

Family Home Evening Lesson
"Love at Home"

Opening Song: “Love Is Spoken Here” (Children’s Song Book # 190)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

Love at Home:
Read 1 John 4:7-12, 16-21 and talk about these scriptures.

Explain that without love our home is just black and white. There is no color. If we love each other we love God and that brings light and color into our home. Color the “Love at Home” coloring page.

Song: “Love at Home” (Hymn # 194)

Activity: “My Family Loves Me” mirror coloring page. Color and cut out heart and place it on a mirror.

Make a list of 5-10 things you can do as a family to show each other how much you love each other and post it in a place that the whole family can see it and remember to make home a more loving environment.

Closing Song: “Where Is Love” (Children’s Song Book # 138)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Treat: Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry Buckle Recipe

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup butter
1 egg
½ cup milk
2 cups blueberries
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ cup butter

Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 9x9x2 inch baking pan; set aside.

Stir together 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine ¾ cup sugar and ¼ cup butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add egg; beat until fluffy. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to egg mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined (batter will be slightly thick). Gently fold in blueberries. Spread batter in prepared pan.

For topping: In a small bowl combine- ½ cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, and cinnamon. Cut in ¼ cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over batter; sprinkle with additional sugar.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until topping is golden and toothpick inserted in center come out clean. Serve warm. If desired, serve with whipped cream.

FHE Lesson- I Can Be a Friend

Family Home Evening Lesson
“I Can Be a Friend” (adapted from the primary 1 manual)

Opening Song: “Kindness Begins with Me” (Children’s Song Book # 145b)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

I Can Be a Friend
Who are your friends? Get pictures of some of your child’s best friends (and family). And ask them who the pictures are. Display the pictures of their friends and talk about why they are your friends.

Jesus is Our Friend- Show picture of Jesus (Gospel Art Picture 240). Tell why Jesus is a very good friend to us.

Story: Tell about Jesus raising Lazarus for the dead. (John 11:1-7, 17-44) Talk about how Jesus was friends with Lazarus and his sisters Mary and their home and have dinner with them.

How Can We Be Good Friends?
Be Nice: Don’t hit! Don’t bite! Don’t pinch! Don’t fight!
Love: Give hugs! Give kisses! Take turns playing and play together.
Sharing: How do we share? What can we share? It is nice to share.

Story: Tell about Jesus feeding 5,000. (John 6:1-13) Talk about how the little boy shared his food and Jesus was able to make it feed 5,000 people.

Song: “Fun to Do” (Children’s Song Book # 253b)

Share: Treat/Activity: Chocolate Clay

Friendship Wheel: Pick an activity on the friendship wheel that will help us be good friends. Each day for a week pick something we can do to be a better friend.

Closing Song: “Jesus Is Our Loving Friend” (Children’s Song Book # 58b)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Chocolate "Clay" Recipe

10 ounces of chocolate (chopped chunks or chips)
1/3 cup light corn syrup

Note: the chocolate can be substituted with almond bark, or colored candy disks to create different colors.

Melt the chocolate in a microwave for 1 minute. Stir. If chocolate is not completely melted, return to the microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stir until smooth. If you don't have a microwave, place the chocolate in the top of a double broiler over hot water and stir until melted.

When the chocolate is melted, add the corn syrup and blend. Pour the mixture onto a waxed paper sheet.

Spread the chocolate with your fingers until it's about 1/2-inch thick. Cover loosely with waxed paper and let it stiffen for at least a couple hours or overnight. The chocolate will become very pliable.

FHE Lesson- Learning to Pray

Family Home Evening Lesson
"Learning to Pray"

Opening Song: “I Have Two Little Hands” (Children’s Song Book # 272)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

Learning to Pray
We Fold Our Arms- ask everyone in the room to show you how they fold their arms. (Coloring Page “We Fold Our Arms-Girls” or “We Fold Our Arms-Boys” - color and hang on the wall in bed room as a reminder)

We Close Our Eyes- ask everyone in the room to show you how they close their eyes. (Coloring Page “We Close Our Eyes-Girls” or “We Close Our Eyes-Boys”- color and hang on the wall in bed room as a reminder)

We Bow Our Head- ask everyone in the room to show you how they bow their head. (Coloring Page “We Bow Our Head-Girls” or “We Bow Our Head-Boys”- color and hang on the wall in bed room as a reminder)

Talk about being reverent and the importance of being reverent during prayers. Ask everyone how they can be more reverent and to promise to be more reverent especially during prayers. Coloring Page "I Can Be Reverent" - color and hang on the wall in bed room as a reminder)

Talk about the parts of prayer and display a "Prayer Train” to hang on the wall to help them learn how to pray. (I used this train and saved it into draw and edited it to have each phrase listed below in the cars. You could also just print the page and glue the phrases on.
“Dear Father in Heaven…”
“We thank thee…”
“We ask thee…”
“In the name of Jesus Christ”

Closing Song: “A Prayer Song” (Children’s Song Book # 22)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Treat: Microwave Chocolate Pudding

Microwave Chocolate Pudding Recipe

1/3 Cup Sugar
2 Tbs. Cocoa
3 Tbs. Corn Starch
¼ tsp. Salt
2 ¼ Cups Milk

Mix all ingredients well in a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes, stirring only once. Take pudding out of microwave and stir again. Microwave 1-2 minutes more, just until thick. Then stir in 1 tsp. Vanilla. Refrigerate until time to serve.