Our Come Follow Me curriculum is continually changing as we work to finding what’s best for our little family. I want to keep it engaging yet relevant to the gospel centered topics. I had the idea to put together a little box that gave us a little preview of the month. As a family we will sit down together and go through the box, brainstorming what each object might be teaching us.
Here is what we have in our March Preview Box:
March 4-10: bandaids- to show that Christ can heal us
March 11-17: backpack- when filled with heavy things that represent our struggles, we can discuss how Christ can help us carry our burdens
March 18-24: flower kit, seeds, or flower pot- to review the parable of the Sower and talk about making our homes have “good ground”.
March 25-31: Swedish fish- talk about the miracle of Christ feeding 5,000 with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish
I know this will be a fun, inexpensive way to get our families excited about March’s Come Follow Me curriculum. It will also get their brains thinking about our Savior and all the ways He demonstrates His love for us.
With the new How to Train Your Dragon 3 movie coming out tomorrow, I thought I would share my daughter’s Halloween costume from last year. We saw the movie preview and she decided that she wanted to be a light fury for Halloween. Of course they weren’t available in stores yet. So going on just the clips of the movie trailer we came up with this costume:
We custom ordered the light fury hat from The Crotchet Display on Etsy. She is wonderful to work with and we couldn’t love the hat any more!
I took a pair of wings and traced a template for the light fury wings. The added sparkle on the wings was just glitter hair spray. Super simple! We also used some white tulle on the wings to give it some extra dimension.
We couldn’t resist dressing up our dog as Toothless. Every light fury needs their night fury!
When the dog got tired of the costume we put it on our favorite stuffed cheetah. 🙂
My daughter has been a dragon the past 4 years for Halloween- needless to say we are big fans at our house.
Ivory Bloom has her amazing journaling pages and interview pages up and ready to go! I am in LOVE with the interview pages- I send out a monthly email to relatives with some of the questions and enjoy reading their responses.
Click on the image below to download this amazing printable pack.
Let me know if there is anything you would like to see added to our curriculum plans! Are you looking for more young children, teen, or multifamily activities?
Can you believe it’s already February? We are excited to share with you our free printables for this month. I know our family has really enjoyed the family history questions that Anna at IvoryBloom has created, so if you haven’t had a chance to use them I strongly recommend it!
I will be completely honest- our Come Follow Me has NOT gone as planned. Like at all. We missed two whole weeks due to sickness, soccer, an over abundance of missing schoolwork that we needed to catch up on, and to be honest a little discouragement. I was feeling pretty overwhelmed that I had to do everything, so like any productive person I ended up doing nothing. (insert face palm)
I have learned to let go of all the good materials and tidbits of bible information and lay hold of what’s best for my family. So are we going to memorize the map of Joseph’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem? We didn’t even look at the map! But that’s OK, because we are focusing on what our family NEEDS. Our current plan is to do the scripture reading, look for similarities with Buddhism (we are a mixed faith family), draw family history stories, and take advantage of Anna‘s fun activities that she plans. That’s all we can handle right now, but it is what our family needs.
My daughter has decided that she wants to get her personal progress award by the end of the year (she is a beehive and they are doing away with the program in 2020) and we have some executive functioning skills that are important for our family right now. Moral of this long winded story- PLEASE do not think you have to do it all. Acknowledge what your family needs and follow that path. Is it more important for your family to know the political history of the bible or the parables of Jesus or simply how to serve others? It is not for any of us outsiders to decide what your family needs, only you. If you are doing what your family needs then pat yourself on the back because you are implementing this program as it is intended. 🙂
On that note, I created a little dice game that would be a good review for January lessons. Or if you skipped a week or two, you can quickly learn about the scriptures that you missed. Click here to download.
I used these dice on Amazon, but you could assign each question a number and then roll regular dice to see what question to answer.
Sometimes a product comes around that is an answer to prayers, and this Study and Activity Guide just happens to be that for me. As a creative person I find myself with ideas swirling around in my head constantly and I was having a heck of a time organizing them all.
And I am fortunate enough to have received this product free to review for you guys. And oh my goodness… I am in bible planning HEAVEN. So much so that I wanted to share 10 reasons why I highly recommend purchasing this manual!
There are TONS of places to take notes. This is important, because the Come Follow Me program will work best as you personalize it to your family’s needs. I know as I was studying week 1, impressions would come to mind on how to teach my little family in a way that would be meaningful to them. If I didn’t have the space to jot those ideas down, they would be forever lost on a sticky note or list somewhere.
2. I LOVE the family home evening planning spaces each week. As you study the scriptures for the week ideas will come to you. Once you have some ideas written down in your notes in your Come Follow Me Study/ Activity Guide you can easily put those together to create a family home evening plan.
I am going to use little sticky notes to add in our Ancestor of the Week. I feel like connections to Family History are important for our family and this is a simple way to make this happen.
3. The dates are on the pages! So you don’t have to wonder when you are supposed to be teaching this with your family.
4. I love the FEEL of the guide. The cover and pages are a nice quality. And the binding is great because you can fold it in half as you are taking notes… making it easier to write.
5. There are some great additional ideas listed for you to use during your family home evening lessons or daily scripture study. They would also work well during morning devotional time!
6. The Study/Activity Guide works great with our existing materials and activities in our blog. The scripture passports can easily be added with the library pouch in the front of the manual, and all the calendars and organizational ideas work seamlessly as well.
7. I love the uniformity of the planning pages. You know exactly what to expect- 4 pages a week, family home evening planning guide, and places to take notes as you study the scriptures.
8. Because it’s an Activity Guide for the entire year, you can go ahead and jot notes down that you don’t want to forget in advance! For example. I have an inspirational easter egg hunt that I want to do with my family. I wrote it on a sticky note and placed it on the Easter Week FHE planning page. Easy Peasy and now I know I won’t forget!
9. The Study/Activity Guide is a great size. Easy to stick into your church bag so you can take notes while you are waiting for Sacrament Meeting to start. I love the idea of reading through previous weeks during Sacrament Meeting as well- what better way to ponder the importance of the sacrament then rereading your notes on His Life.
10. There are going to be additional resources you can purchase that will go with the Red Headed Hostess’s study/activity guide ! Of course you don’t need the guide to use these resources, but it’s a cool extension option that will soon be available.
I wouldn’t wait any longer if you are on the fence on purchasing one of these books… they would make a great Christmas gift for family members and you can start the New Year off with an organized plan on how using the new Come Follow Me curriculum.
Check out the Red Headed Hostess for more amazing products, too! I will be blogging about her darling lesson journal for kids VERY soon!!
With the holidays coming up what better way to share your excitement of the new Come Follow Me curriculum than with a journal gift! It doesn’t have to be expensive and yet it will help your family and friends chronicle their learning of the New Testament as they draw closer to Christ.
This can be anything from a ruled notebook, sketch book, bullet journal, or binder.
Find a pouch and add journaling supplies like pens, markers, stickers, glue sticks, and scissors.
Don’t forget to print off some journaling pages and scripture passports to get them started on their journey!
I am typing this post because this very topic hits close to home for me. Anna at IvoryBloom and I are hoping that we can share some ideas with you if your family’s religious beliefs are not all the same. I think the key things to remember is RESPECT and LOVE. And building your family foundation on common ground.
Maybe your spouse belongs to another religion or a sibling has chosen not to be a Christian. You can still use the program in your home. Do what works best for you. We can follow the Savior on different levels- even if it’s just pulling out the moral of the story and applying that into our lives.
Click on the images below to download some ideas to help your family navigate the new Come Follow Me curriculum for your mixed faith family.
Some ideas for families with young children:
Remember that Christ loves all members of your family. He will help you as you prepare these lessons to meet the needs of the family that He loves deeply and unconditionally.
The new Come Follow Me curriculum is meant for everyone! Sometimes we come across ideas online that would work great for families with young children. We wanted to share with you some ways that you can make the Come Follow Me curriculum work for your older children and help them to develop a closer relationship with our Savior.
Click on the image below to download an idea sheet from IvoryBloom to help you navigate this curriculum with your teen. There is a great interest survey on the bottom of this printable to help you understand how to better teach your teen.
As always, listen to the Spirit while planning your lessons. Not every child, no matter the age, will learn the same way. God will help guide you as you prepare to teach your family.
Themes can be a great way to make your bible lessons more engaging and fun. “Traveling through the New Testament” would be a great theme that would work for families of all ages. Check out some ideas from our blog and IvoryBloom!
Make sure to chronicle your adventure in your travel journal! This will be your personal guidebook of your journey throughout the New Testament.
Pack your bags! Pack special travel bags with journals/ journal supplies and bibles. Don’t forget some travel treats for your journey. 🙂
Use maps! Print out maps of different New Testament locations. Use google earth to zoom in on what these locations look like today. Click on the image below to visit lds.org where you can download this New Testament map.
Here is a planning sheet that you can print to help you plan your travels through the New Testament.