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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I ordered this felt book from Time4felt.com It gives him something to play with while I read. Though some days he isn't too into it, other days he is. It just depends on his mood.
I use the storied scriptures reading schedule from the school of abraham I like doing it this way because it really takes the meat out of the scriptures, and for a 3 year old, attention span is lacking some. This way we get to the heart of the stories.
I also print of coloring pages from The Living Scriptures coloring books that go with the story we are reading...or I do google searches or search lds.org to find pictures that go with the stories if LSI does not have matching ones. Each day after we read the excerpt, he colors a page (some days he doesn't want to, some days he scribbles it, and some days he asks me to color it). Then we put them together to form a book about that story. Each time we reveiw what we have talked about already. Our Nephi books goes from Lehi preaching to them reaching the promised land.
I also use some supplemental books occasionaly, like the Who's Your Hero books, My Frist Scripture Board Books, Turn your little ones into Book of Mormon Whiz Kids, and Scripture Study for Latter Day Saint Families (Book of Mormon Edition). I also own the Book of Mormon DVD's from The Living Scriptures, so after we finish an entire story, we watch the DVD...usually we do it for FHE after the main lesson. I find that this helps him visualize the stories a lot better. I grew up on these scripture cartoons and they helped me remember the stories as well. We also have scripture stickers that we put in the scriptures when we read the stories as well.
It works well for us and most days he asks to do scriptures.
Family Home Evening is another constant. My oldest is a Sunbeam, so we just use the SunBeam manual and repeat the lesson he had the previous Sunday. I have 2 supplement books Primary Partners vol 1 & 2 that I use to add something to the lesson. I usually keep the lesson short though, like 5 mins. For example last night I cut out a moon, a sun, some stars and a cloud. I took a 12x12 navy blue peice of paper, and glued a sky blue piece over half of it. While I talked about day and night, he glued the pieces on. Then I read the story blue train, green train...which talks about how Thomas works during the day and Percy works at night. IT has little poems about the sun and moon in it. We talked about things we do during the day and things we do at night. The whole thing lasted maybe 10mins.