To help the children understand how their parents or guardians can help them learn to obey the commandments.
Prepare to sing or say the words to “Teach Me to Walk in the Light” (Children’s Songbook, p. 177). You might ask a child to sing the first verse if appropriate for your class.
Invite a mother to bring her baby to the first part of class. (If this is not possible, you may want to use a picture of a mother and baby.)
Throughout this lesson, be sensitive to those children who might not live with both parents or whose parents do not teach them to obey the commandments.
The standard works.
A beanbag, small ball, or other soft object.
Picture 3-38, Two Thousand Young Warriors (62050; Gospel Art Picture Kit 313); picture 3-5, Adam and Eve Teaching Their Children.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Invite the children to listen when their parents teach them and to obey the commandments. Encourage the children to thank their parents when they teach about the commandments.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for your children. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Have the children think of some things that their parents have taught them to do. Then play the following game with them:
Say, “My (mother, father, or parents) taught me to (example: bake a cake).” Then call a child by name, toss a beanbag to him or her, and ask, “What have your parents taught you to do?”
The child responds by saying, “My (mother, father, or parents) taught me to (example: write my name).” Then the child tosses the beanbag back to you.
Repeat the game until each child has had one or two turns.
Read the following poem to the children. Have the children stand, and then read the poem to them again, having them put their hands on their heads every time they hear the words heaven or home.
I had a home in heaven;
My mother told me so;
I lived with Heavenly Father
Not very long ago.
I used to live in heaven;
My daddy said ‘tis true
That Heavenly Father sent me here
To grow, and learn, and do.
I liked my home in heaven,
But now I’m glad I’m here
To live with my own family,
And friends and neighbors dear.
Sing or say with the children the words to “A Happy Family” (Children’s Songbook, p. 198); the words are included at the back of this manual.
Choose a child to be the mother and one to be the daddy. When you sing or say “mother,” the child representing the mother stands up. When you sing or say “me,” each child points to himself. When you sing or say “daddy,” the child representing the daddy stands up.