Year 01 / Lesson 34 : We Can Learn at School

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 520/GAB 136: Gordon B. Hinckley, printed and cut-out word strips, cereal boxes for each child, art supplies, glue, Goals sheet, pen/pencil.

Scripture: D&C 93:36 - The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.

Opening Song: Teach Me To Walk in the Light (PCS #146 )


(Display picture of Gordon B. Hinckley)

A great Prophet of the church gave some advice to church members during his life.  President Gordon B. Hinckley encouraged us to, "[The Lord] wants you to train your minds and hands to become an influence for good as you go forward with your lives. And as you do so and as you perform honorably and with excellence, you will bring honor to the Church, for you will be regarded as a man or woman of integrity and ability and conscientious workmanship. Be smart!" 

President Hinckley encouraged everyone to be good in school and try their best. Sometimes going to school is easier for some of us than for others. Heavenly Father has taught us how to use our faith to help us learn.

The scriptures tell us to Seek learning, even by study and also by faith. (D&C 88:118). School is a fun place where we can play, learn and grow. But there are times when we may feel challenged and that is when we can use our faith and turn to the Lord for help. We can pray for his help in studying, reading and getting along with others while at school.

As a school year is about to begin we want to remind you about the decisions you can make while at school. (As you discuss each topic start by displaying the word strip that goes with it.)

Honesty - We must choose to be honest in our studies. Sometimes we may be tempted to cheat or to let others cheat. Let me tell you a story about a girl named Sarah.
Sarah was excited for her first day of 1st Grade. She loved going to
school and learning. But what made her even more excited was that this
year she got to sit by her best friend, Emily.

During math time the students were working in their math work books. While Sarah was working, Emily leaned close to her and whispered into her ear, "Let me copy off your book or I won't be your friend anymore."

Sarah didn't know what to do. Emily was her best friend, but Sarah had worked hard on learning math and knew it wasn't right to cheat. Her stomach started to hurt and she didn't know which choice to make.
- What do you think Sarah should do?
- What if Emily won't be her friend anymore?

Kindness - At school we meet people who are very different. We may see kids who are all different shapes and sizes than we are. We have different color hair, eyes, skin and families. Some kids at school will have disabilities or other differences. Heavenly Father wants us to be kind to all of His children and to remember that we are all brothers and sisters, even if we seem very different.

- How can we show love for everyone at school?
- What can we do if someone is being bullied or left out of activities?

Manners - It is important to have good manners while at school. That can mean not speaking while the teacher is trying to teach the class, sharing with others and waiting patiently to take turns. You should not call anyone names, even if you are really mad at them.

Obedience - When you are at school, the teacher is in charge of the classroom. You must listen to your teacher and follow what they say as best as you can. When you don't follow the teacher's rules you may get hurt, disrupt the class or cause other problems. Your teacher works very hard to teach you every day and you must show him/her respect by listening to their words, obeying their instructions and trying your best.

Work Hard - It is important to always try your best in school.  Sometimes we won't always get a perfect score, but you must always work hard and try.  School is fun and creative, but part of going to school is working.  We go to school to learn and grow and learning and growing means we have to do school work and homework that is not always fun.

Our family is excited for a new school year to start. If you do your very best in your classes we will always be proud of you. Mommy and Daddy are here to help you and make sure your time at school is great! We want to hear about your classes, your friends and your teacher. We also want to know when things aren't going very well so we can help you. We know you will do a great job this year!

Bear your testimony about the importance of an education and of lifelong learning. Each spouse could share a special/funny memory of a great day they had while they were in school.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)


FOR YOUNG KIDS // School Year Memory Capsules

You'll need...
- a cereal box for each child.
- colored paper, stickers, markers and other art supplies.

1. Cut of top flaps of box. Turn each box inside out and glue securely to form a blank canvas.

2. Have each child decorate their cereal box with various art supplies. Make sure they include their name on the outside of the box.

3. Put these boxes in a special place where each child can access their box when they return from school. (You can store these in a kitchen cupboard just like you would regular cereal with the child's name written on the spine).

At the end of each school day, children can put special art projects, well graded papers, written stories and/or poems and other praise from school in their special memory box. Have the children be selective, so the box does not get too full.

Then, at the end of the school year you can pull out the work and review your child's accomplishments with them. Then papers can be stored in archival boxes, making sure they are labeled with the year/grade number and child's name on each piece of work.

Note: We have a toddler who is not old enough to attend school. She will also make a box and put her artwork from home, library story times and church into her box.

FOR OLDER KIDS & TEENS // School Year Goals

A Year of FHE // CHeck out this FREE goal sheet for older kids/teens to fill out at the beginning of each school year!

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10 Way Righteous Comments:

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Jeanne said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I've been wanting to do a school theme FHE and this is perfect!

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Rucker Family said...

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Ramona said...

I have older kids, (21,21,19,19,17,11)Yes, two sets of twins. I wish I had this when they were little. I love the cereal box idea. I am going to do this family home evening about school and fit it to the age of kids still home. I might just do it at our family get together and have all the little cousins make a box!!! Their moms will love it!!! Thank you for sharing!!

Andria Sommers said...

we start school tomorrow and this will be a great way to start it off right, thanks!

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