Lehi's Dream! This was a fun one to go through and talk about. My daughter keeps saying how Lehi has so many dreams - I guess he was kind of a visionary man :) Try to do these in consecutive nights if you can (but I know how it goes) makes it easier to remember the whole dream! As per usual printables are
Sorry it has taken a while to get things up, life took an unexpected turn and we are dealing it everything the best we can! I was so excited that I got my printer to scan 1 thing I quickly ran over and got the scripture people out....and....it decided to stop working. So I do have the pictures for these, I'm guessing once things settle down a little I will be able to fix things. Reading scriptures is going great! The activity for this chapter is making soft pretzels and eating them (has to do with prayer!) They are super yummy but look ahead and plan if you need to pick up some of the ingredients before hand. They also can take a while to rise, so I would suggest making them letting them rise and then form and cook them, much faster and funner for the little ones!
Tips from Kim:
Nice short chapter! One night for the chapter and the other for the activity. We are going well even though it is going slower than we would like. She still loves doing scripture time, any night where we don't do it she always asks when we are going to do it next.
Tips from Kim:
There is only 1 page that you need to print off for chapters 5&6 as far as new things you need, but my scanner is choosing not to work at the moment! Will update as soon as I can fix it!
Keep going! It is really starting to get interesting now! Try to find time every night if you can to read, if not - be excited if you can do it twice a week! It is kind of a big ordeal to get everything out and ready each time! PS - good tip I have discovered: once you are finished with the nights reading, look over everything you will need for the next night and get it ready before you put everything away - this helps motivate me to read the next night because everything is already ready for us!
Tips from Kim:
It has been interesting watching it all go down and seeing how well this really works! Obviously we are not perfect and have not been doing this every night, yet she still remembers the stories. She loves moving the people herself, and like I have said before, we usually end the night with her begging us to read more! I also like having break night and doing the activity for the chapter. She has loved all the activities so far!
Tips from Kim:
You will need to print out Laban's house and the Cave for chapter 3 and 4.
The story is really starting to develop which is fun. And I love leaving things on a cliff hanger so she wants to know what is going to happen next! The casting lots activity was fun - we used a coin and some drinking straws to show different ways people can "cast lots". I am amazed how much she can understand and get from reading the scriptures this way! It is taking longer than I would like, but she is learning to love them - so I guess I just need to learn a little patience!
Whew! Cold and flu season is upon us, and the last couple weeks has been rough but we made it through! And finally finished chapter 2!
Tips from Kim:
Even though we didn't read for a couple days she remembered the whole story line! I love it! When we picked it back up again we started doing things a little different and it really seems to be working well
First - Dad reads all the verses that go with the section; mom helps child with the scripture people
Second - we go back and review the story, in words she can understand - child moves the scripture people by themselves
Lastly - we review any of the questions on the study guide.
Doing this we go through the story about 3 times and I think it helps her to remember things better! She still gets super excited when it is time to read scriptures and always asks, "What is going to happen next?!"
This all came from having a desire to teach my daughter the scriptures. I wanted her to know the stories, the people, and the teachings that can be found in the Book of Mormon! Since she was almost 4 when we started doing this I couldn't be too detailed, so this is what I came up with.
First off I created a study guide to use as you are reading the scriptures. In our house daddy reads the scriptures, verse by verse, and mom helps with the study guide and scripture people. Dad just reads one verse at a time and looks to mom to see if there is anything in the study guide to talk about, and so we can recreate what was in the verse with the scripture people.
The Study Guide I created starts off with an introduction. It is a good refresher for you and it really helps get the kids excited about reading the Book of Mormon! Lots of fun activities! Here is a link to the Introduction Packet:
Introduction to the Book of Mormon
After we finished the Intro we read the Summary of First Nephi at the beginning of the book. While reading it we took out the scripture people who are included in it, so she could get excited to use them!
Here is a link to the orginial scripture page:
Scripture People Project ~ If you can help with the project please contact me!
From then on the study guide will be broken down first by chapter and then by section. The first chapter of First Nephi is broken into 3 sections, it also has an activity that goes along with the chapter at the end. Ideally we would read one section a night and then on the next night do the activity. My goal is not so much to get through the Book of Mormon as quick as possible, it is to really learn and talk about it. At the beginning of each study we review what we learned the night(s) before, to help them remember the stories.
The different sections from each chapter will be broken down by verse with a talking point that goes along with it. Not every verse has a talking point, and some have more than one. You don't have to use every talking point I made in your family study and you can use extra ones that you think of!
The Study guide also includes a list of all the Scripture People things you will need for each verse. Personally I printed out the pictures on cardstock, colored with markers and crayons and then laminated them. But you could print them out on regular copy paper, have your kids color them, and not worry about laminating - what ever works best for your family!
Each Chapter will have a blog post with a PDF that has the study guide and the list of scripture people. It will also have a list and links to the scripture people things you will need for each chapter, and some tips from when I went through the study guide with my family.
Here is a link to 1st Nephi Chapter 1 to help get you started! I will put up more, by chapter as I finish them with my family!
1st Nephi Chapter 1
List of Scripture People Things you will need for this chapter:
City 1a (House)
Sky and Ground (For Vision)
Wicked People (Laban, wicked woman, wicked man)
Lehi & Joesph Smith Acitivity:
Tips from Kim:
For the first night we read the First Book of Nephi summary and introduced the characters, it got her super excited. On the next night we only read the first section and she was begging for more. I love that she wanted to read more! Every night we reviewed the "To Sum Up" sections to help remind her what was going on in the story. She even asks to play with the scripture people during the day for fun! Loving it so far! Taking it slow has been a little hard for me - I would love to do it faster but I know the more we review and teach the more she will understand and learn!
I also like kind of making it a cliff hanger for her every night to make her want to find out what is happening next - it keeps her coming back for more every night! Working through 1st Nephi Chapter 2 now, will post it once we finish it up - but it is going well!
This introduction is 7 small lessons I wrote to get my daughter excited about reading The Book of Mormon. Essentially it is a weeks worth of small fun lessons to help teach some of the basics. For me personally it is kind of intimidating to jump right in and start reading. I know how many times I have done that in the past without finishing. But I figured if I had some momentum going and got my daughter excited about it maybe it would last longer. Here are what the lessons are about:
1 - Giving your child their own copy of The Book of Mormon, a Reading Chart (found on foodstorageandbeyond.com) and a Bookmark (found on sugardoodle.net) You will also look at the pictures and talk about your favorite stories!
2 - How did we get The Book of Mormon? There is a Short Video(from lds.org) to watch. Then you will look at Joseph Smiths testimony in the front of The Book of Mormon!
3 - In this lesson you will talk about translating and what that means with a fun little activity to help your child understand.
4 - Discussion about how The Book of Mormon is the "Keystone" of our religion with this printout (from teachingldschildren.com)
5 - This lesson is about the gold plates, including an activity so they understand better what they looked like.
6 - This little lesson is about "Scripture Power"! Here is a link to the song on lds.org
7 - This is the final prep lesson where you talk about how The Book of Mormon is made up of smaller books, you will also look at where you will start reading The Book of Mormon first!
Study Guide PDF
Notes from Kim -
When I did this with my daughter she loved it! The day we gave her a Book of Mormon of her own she sat "reading it" by herself on and off all day! She enjoyed translating and figuring out that it was her name. She also loved making the "gold" plates. By the time we finished this whole introduction she was basically begging to start reading the Book of Mormon!
Now that we have actually started reading the Book of Mormon using the study guide and scripture people she keeps telling us to hurry up and read more! As I finish the Study Guide with her I will put it up here, I just want to work through and make sure there are no issues first!
PS - It also took us about 9 or 10 days to get through this! No family is perfect at reading scriptures. But here is something interesting that I started doing a couple months ago that works great. Before reading the scriptures every night we sing some Articles of Faith. We started off just singing number 1 and now we are up to six - that is right my daughter who is almost 4 has memorized 6 articles of faith! Love it! So on nights where we are short on time or she is a little too cranky we just sing a couple Articles of Faith and then say family prayer, so we can get her to bed!
Completed Study Guides:
(number of lessons included from Introduction through 1st Nephi Chapter 8)
Introduction to Book of Mormon
1st Nephi Chapter 1
1st Nephi Chapter 2
1st Nephi Chapter 3
1st Nephi Chapter 4
1st Nephi Chapter 5
1st Nephi Chapter 6
1st Nephi Chapter 7
1st Nephi Chapter 8
I am uploading more chapters as I finish going through them with my family to work out any bugs! More are added regularly!