Today is my kids first day of school! It's Back To School frenzy around here!
I've been thinking a lot...I really wanted a way to drive home the idea of keeping Christ with my kids throughout the school day. The school halls can be scary! Our kids have to be prepared for the moral challenges that will certainly come. I decided to come up with a Back To School activity idea that incorporates the 2014 Youth theme "Come Unto Christ."
I started thinking about common questions the kids ask each other at the beginning of a new school year and played off those with answers that center around Christ. I have 3 questions. For each question there is an activity and a spiritual mini-lesson. The details are attached in a PDF (download above) but here is the basic idea:
"Who Is Your Locker Partner?"
Activity: Magnet Picture of Jesus Christ for their lockers
Spiritual Thought: Talk about how keeping a picture of Christ in the YW's lockers can keep their thoughts and actions focused on the Savior and His Teachings. (full mini lesson in PDF above)
This is the easiest craft on the planet! Buy some pass along cards here ($2 for 100!) Buy some magnetic tape at WalMart or an office supply store. Cut two strips for each girl. She can place them on the back of the pass along card and "voila!" She has a magnet for her locker!
"What teachers do you have?" (that question is not grammatically correct but lets go with it :)
Activity: Prayer Rock
Spiritual Thought: Talk about how Jesus Christ is our true teacher and this life is our greatest test. We can use prayer to receive personal revelation from our Savior (full mini lesson in PDF above)
I turned to Pinterest for ideas. Click on the link below to find instructions for these prayer rocks or design your own!
"Mormon Mommy Blogs"
"Will You Eat With Me At Lunch?"
Activity: Scripture Bookmarks
Spiritual Thought: "Feast" on the words of Christ. (full mini lesson in PDF above)
Again...thank you Pinterest :)
Both are easy and super cute. Bring a glue gun and make your life easier. On the second bookmark from Crafty Endeavors I think I would have the girls hand sew the button to the ribbon (that passes off Personal Progress anyway ;) and glue gun the rest. I'm not sure the glued on button would hold!?!?
A Little Crafting Crafty Endeavors
I hope this activity will center your YW on Christ as they start this new school year. :)
Have Fun! Jen
**Please Note: Due to different versions of power point the slides may need to be adjusted after you download them. Please go through the power point before your lesson to make sure the pictures and the text are formatted correctly! I just opened a file I made using my laptop with my iPad and the font was different, colors were different and some of the pictures were in the wrong place. It may take a little tweeking! :)**
I'm a 36 year old Mom of 4 kiddos, 3 boys (12, 4 & 2 years old) and one little princess (9). I have an awesome hubby who puts up with my craziness...He supports me when I spend way too much time on my YW lessons. I started this blog for fun and have been so excited to watch it grow and watch others being able to use the Power Point lessons, handouts and other ideas I have posted. Thank you for stopping by!
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