This year I want the boys to learn the Articles of Faith (the basic beliefs of our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). January is all about AofF 1: "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in his son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost". It was a lot of fun!
The first week we talked about Heavenly father. I didn't get a whole lot in pictures of week 1.
Week 2 was all about Jesus Christ. We made fun books about Christ and the boys colored them. They're still floating around the house too.
The 3rd week was all about the Holy Ghost. I have made several attempts to teach the boys about the Holy Ghost, but it's a very hard concept to understand. We made paper bag puppets and we used a flashlight/flashing ring to light up our puppets to try to explain that the Holy Ghost lives within our bodies. I think this actually came the closest to helping the boys understand. Here's a little video of them practicing this little object lesson-
They kept making up scenarios (both good and bad) and the Holy Ghost would whisper and light up and tell them whether their choice was good or bad.
For the last week, this week's FHE, we discussed the Godhead and the boys took turns choosing characteristics of all 3 members and deciding which characteristic belongs to which member. They did really well with this activity! Austin needed a little help trying to decide between Heavenly Father and Christ, but I was still really impressed!
We then talked about how to serve like Christ. How can we be "His hands"-
Jackson's says, he can be Christ's hands "by hugging people when they're hurt".
Austin said he could "be Christ's hands by helping others clean their room".
I also found a card that they can mark off as they memorize each AofF.
They memorized #1 within days. Pretty impressive for Austin!
Jackson's a goofball. all. the. time. :)
I'm hoping to get both AofF 2 and 3 done in February. Wish us luck!