Sunday, February 7, 2010

FHE Resources: Education

Two weeks ago, we started basing our Family Home Evening lessons on the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.  This week, we will learn about education.  As I've done some searching for information to share with our family, I've run across some really wonderful resources.  Just in case anyone else might be interested in using them, I thought I'd share them with you here.

The Church has a new website intended for the young men and young women
There is a link at the very top dedicated to For the Strength of Youth.  On each page, the pamplet information is written, and in many, there is a video link at the bottom.  I wish we had used this resources the past two weeks in our efforts to teach our kids; this week we will definitely spend the eight minutes required to watch the video on education.

Another great Family Home Evening resource I ran across a number of years ago is linked to the Deseret Book website.  Here is their lesson on education.  From what I understand, if you go into Deseret Book on a Monday, they have these lessons there available for anyone who asks for free.  Again, this is rumor I've heard; I've never taken advantage of this myself to tell you if it's really true.  As you can see, their lessons come complete with treat recipes. 

I think for the lesson I will be teaching, we're going to have an ice cream sundae bar, building on the analogy offered by Elle in the video.  I may even tag each topping with some facet of education or experience the kids might have some time in life.

A couple of the facets of this topic I want to cover with my kids are the importance of building good habits now and becoming self-motivated (setting goals, etc.).  I also want to talk about the fact that getting a good education is a commandment.  It being such, Heavenly Father will help us to attain it (3 Ne. 3:7), but we must do our part and exercise faith by saving money for this purpose.  This will become a topic for a Family Council discussion and an opportunity for goal setting.

The most important thing I want my kids to leave this lesson with is an understanding of what they each need to do to improve their education right now.  For each child, it's different.  I think we'll end with each writing down a goal for this coming week, and I will follow up with each as he/she gets home from school each day.

So, there it is.  I also wanted to mention that I ran across a blog that's great when you're in a time crunch.  There are quite a few out there based on Family Home Evening, but you might want to check out  It didn't have this particular topic, but there are many, and it seems that they are made with small children in mind.  Then, of course, there is the king daddy of them all.

Have a great Family Home Evening!


vaxhacker said...

Sweet, thanks!

Tonya said...

Cool stuff! Thanks for sharing it. Usually we resort to a story from the Friend and have a treat. Last week we did a lesson on Baptism to help Eli get prepared for his baptism and remind the rest of us of the covenants we have made with our Heavenly Father. I will check these resources out for sure:0)

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