Building our Felt House

Every Monday night in our house is Family Home Evening, or FHE.  When we were sealed in the Temple, (married) the man performing the ceremony counseled us to follow the counsel of our Church leaders, and have FHE every week, and told us that as long as it ended with a treat, it counted.  While there are some weeks that we have just had a treat together and called it FHE, we normally try to have a lesson, and an activity that bring us closer as a family, and closer to the Lord. 

So, last week I decided to focus our Family Home Evening on a part of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."  It says:
"Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities."

As I was pondering how to teach this to our children, I had the idea to "build" a house based on these principles.  The little ones loved having the hands on lesson, and it was great at reinforcing things they already understood, and helping them to understand why we do some of the things we do.
 
 The structure of our house is faith, with prayer to cover and protect us as the roof.  Repentance is like windows, and allows us to see clearly again, while forgiveness opens the door into our hearts for Jesus to enter.  Respect grows like grass, but can also be killed if it isn't nurtured.  Love also belongs on the door of our hearts.  Compassion makes things beautiful, like flowers, and also gives us a desire to make others lives nicer through service.  The broom represents family work, and the ball represents the fun times we have in wholesome recreational activities.
 I cut all of the felt pieces out in about ten minutes the night before.  The little ones really loved building the house, and the lesson really stuck.  Bitsy said the next night as we all set the table, "Look Daddy, we're all working, just like it says in the Proclamation."  Oh, it made mommy's heart happy!

JRoberts  – (September 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM)  

LOVE! I totally love this idea. Thank you for sharing.

Becky  – (September 19, 2011 at 5:11 PM)  

What a wonderful way to help your young children understand these principles! Thanks for sharing.

Kristin  – (September 19, 2011 at 11:03 PM)  

I love it! Thanks so much for sharing it!!

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