There have been a few Sundays in the last few months where we haven’t been able to go to church due to sickness. Between stomach flus, never ending rounds of colds and the flu, as well as hand foot and mouth disease, it has added up to many missed Sunday Services. And it stinks. Especially since I’m usually the healthy one around this house, but the nurse of everyone else. While we probably could have gone to church some of these Sundays, we try to keep our germs to our home, even though it seems every other church attendance brings with it a new illness in our home. We hope we are stopping that cycle!
In the March 2012 Ensign there was an article titled: More Than a Nursery Manual by Janice Lefevre. And I loved the idea of using the Nursery manual to teach my children! We have used the Nursery manual every Sunday we didn’t go to church to teach our children about Jesus Christ. It has been very fun and super easy since all the lessons are really short (full manual HERE).
We have even used it for Family Home Evening lessons too, which is good because it involves the girls more. Either way we try to sing a lot of songs because we all love music and singing (our girls know what music look likes and will “sing” when they see some!). Ideally I think I would use the manual every day or at least every week to help me teach the Gospel to my children, because I want to raise children unto the Lord.
Honestly, though, I am looking for some great books and movies that I can watch/read/do with my children that will be easy for them to understand and learn about Jesus Christ and gospel principles. My girls can identify Jesus Christ in a picture, and know what the scriptures are, but I don’t know how much more they really know. I’ve been trying to share the stories I have been reading in the New Testament each morning with them. It’s something at least, even if I don’t know if they understand any of it. I don’t think I’m a huge fan of just reading scripture verses to them. They are too young to understand what it is saying, let alone sit long enough to listen.