Monday, September 21, 2009

Scripture of the Week: James 5:16

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed.”
James 5:16

Our Family Home Evening lesson tonight was on the theme of "I Will Say I'm Sorry". The lesson I used was a compilation from the following three sources:

Behold Your Little Ones, Lesson 16
Primary 1, Lesson 29
LDS Nursery Color Pages

Make mistakes—say I’m sorry
-drop something
-hold picture upside down
-call child the wrong name
-spill crayons/paper

Explain that as we are growing up and learning to choose the right, sometimes we make wrong choices. These are not just mistakes like putting a picture upside down; these are times when we do something that is wrong, something that Heavenly Father and Jesus and our parents do not want us to do. By making wrong choices, we may make ourselves and other people unhappy.

Show a picture of Jesus Christ (Nursery manual p.106). Jesus taught us how to be happy. Saying kind words can make us happy and it can make others happy; when we make a mistake or do something that isn’t nice, we need to use these kind words: “I’m sorry”. Invite the children to say “I’m sorry”.

Sometimes we make mistakes. Saying “I’m sorry” makes you feel better and makes the bad feeling go away.

Sometimes we do things that make other people feel sad. Saying “I’m sorry” makes them feel better.

Introduce scripture of the week (James 5:16).

Show the picture of Nephi building a ship (Nursery manual p. 70). Tell story of Nephi and his brothers building a ship.

Remind the children that when we say “I’m sorry”, we can be happy and help others be happy. Invite the children to say “I’m sorry.”

Use a smiley/frowny face puppet.
-You push somebody (frown). How do we make him smile? Say “I’m sorry” (smile)
-you take a toy away
-you hit your sister
-you spill your water
-you break a toy
-you won’t share

Have the kids color and then decorate the bear with “I’m sorry” band aids.