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Nursery Lesson #18 “I Will Love Others”

by Heather F.

My first exposure to International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8, was when my roommate from college came home from Russian class with a flower. While not widely celebrated in the United States, International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that occurs yearly and promotes peace and opportunities for women and girls. In Russia, it is common for women and girls to receive flowers on March 8 in celebration for IWD.

Because of this tradition, I thought it would be nice for the Sunday before IWD to talk about peace and make flowers. Lesson #18 in the nursery manual fit this theme very well.

To start the lesson, I will show a picture of Jesus with women. There are a few from the Gospel Art Book: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, Jesus Raising Jairus’s Daughter, Mary and Martha, or Mary and the Resurrected Jesus Christ. I’ll probably say, “Jesus loved everyone and spent time with all kinds of people: men and women. He taught us to love each other.”

I really enjoy the lesson in the manual and using any of the activities or songs from the lessons is great. For our art activity, I am using this egg carton flower craft. We buy our eggs in pallets, so I had these lying around ready to go into the recycle bin.

It did not take long to cut out 20 “flowers.” We normally have about 15 kids in our nursery, so that should be enough.

With out pallets of eggs, I was able to make two different sized flowers and we’ll combine them into one with a dot of glue once the kids are done coloring them.

Because it’s near the beginning of the year, most of our nursery kids are young, so I will just have them color the flowers with crayons, but if you do this lesson later in the year, you might be able to use markers. I’m definitely not using paint! Can you imagine the mess?! If you’d like to go with an International Women’s Day theme, the IWD color is purple. The kids can then give the flowers to their moms, grandmas, aunts, or girl friends.

If you don’t have egg cartons around, use what you have: this is nursery, they won’t even remember it anyway! Tissue paper flowers would work, or even just having them color flowers on a blank paper. Make it easy on yourself!

I also think this activity would be great for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or even Grandparent’s day in the fall.

And Happy International Women’s Day this week!

Nursery Lesson #5 “Jesus Christ Showed Us How to Love Others”

by Heather F.

Link to lesson

I saved this lesson for the Sunday before Valentine’s Day because I wanted the activity to be making Valentines.

I think this lesson does a great job of offering stories directly from the scriptures to choose from. Almost every nursery lesson I give has the same format: show a picture of a story from the scriptures, talk about it, ask some questions, go color!  And that is really easy to do here: Show a picture of the Christ giving the sermon on the mount, talk about what is happening in the story, ask how we can show love, go make Valentines!

The one thing I noted about all the lessons on love is to remember that everyone feels love in different ways. Using the 5 Love Languages as a guide some ways are:

  1. Words of Affirmation
  2. Quality Time
  3. Receiving Gifts
  4. Acts of Service
  5. Physical Touch

So when guiding the conversation, I plan on making sure I give an example of each for the children to do as a way to show love to their families.

  1. Saying “I love you.”
  2. Playing with your family and friends.
  3. Sharing toys, giving gifts
  4. Helping clean up or with other chores
  5. Giving hugs and kisses

I try to do this a lot because I think we have a tendency to downplay the love languages that we don’t speak ourselves: “Actions speak louder than words” except that for some people words are essential for them to feel love. “We’re going to give service for Christmas instead of gifts because it’s more meaningful” except that for some people, gifts are hugely important. It’s good practice to remember that love is felt differently for every person and each child in your class is going to respond to some of these more than others.

I might make a 5-piece puzzle of a heart, with each of the pieces containing a picture of each way to show love, for the kids to put together. Two year olds love puzzles!

And like I said above: end with coloring! I don’t do fancy handouts: I think I’m just going to draw some hearts on red construction paper and let them color them. Easy peasy!