shall I choose?
(Denise in AZ)
Show the apple and the lemon, and talk about how they smell and taste.
Cut one of each in half and walk around and let a few smell them.
What are some words that describe the taste of an apple/lemon?
The decisions we make have consequences that either taste like an apple
(sweet) or a lemon (bitter). Heavenly Father has given us standards to
live by and if we make our decisions following these standards we will
always taste apples.
We are doing a mini sharing time on Sunday, because we need extra time
to work on our music. CSMP coming up, ya know. Juniors, especially, still
struggle. Anyway, here is what we will be doing...
First, I will talk about the Gospel Standards a bit (Jr.'s aren't as
familiar with them as the Sr.'s are).
I will have a picture of a tree on the board (big) with 10 apples on
it. A child will choose an apple and I'll read what's on the back.
I made 2 little signs for each child -- an apple with a happy face,
and a lemon with a frowny face. These are on popsicle sticks. For each
situation, they will hold up the apple or the lemon. Then they will have
to guess which Gospel Standard it is referring to (I chose 5 our kids seem
to need, a good and bad example for each one). Then we put the apple into
a basket for the keepers and the "trash" for the others. Get it?
Here are the questions (real life examples I've observed in our primary)
One of my school assignments is to read from a book for 20 minutes every
night. It is time for my favorite TV show to come on, but I have read for
only 5 minutes. When my mom asked me if I was done with my reading, I said
"yes" so I could watch my favorite TV show.
I went to 7-11 to buy some bubble gum, some chips and a slur pee. The clerk
only charged me for the slur pee and the chips, but not the bubble gum.
She put the gum in my bag anyway. I told her that she forgot to charge
me for the gum. She thanked me for being honest, especially when I could
have gotten away without paying.
I beg my mom every day if I could wear a belly show shirt so that I could
look just like Brittany Spears.
When my friend gave me a 2-peice bathing suit for my birthday, me and my
mom took it back to the store and traded it for a 1-peice bathing suit.
I really wanted to be friends with the most popular boy in my school class.
He wore cool clothes and I knew he had all the coolest toys and Nintendo
games. He always made fun of any kid that was smarter, shorter, poorer,
or different from him in any way. But it would be okay if I hung around
him anyway, as long as I didn't do those things.
A new girl moved into my neighborhood and I could tell she was lonely.
I decided to invite her to my birthday party so I could get to know her
better and help her meet some new friends.
When I was at my friends house we got to watch a PG-13 movie because my
friend's mom said it was OK.
I was at my friends house and we were on the internet. We started seeing
some things that made me have an uncomfortable feeling, even though they
were cartoons. I felt like we shouldn't be looking at that stuff, so I
encouraged my friend to turn off the computer and come with me outside
to jump on the trampoline instead.
I got mad at my mom and threw a temper tantrum when she told me I had to
quit playing my computer game and do my daily chores. I felt horrible when
I saw how sad that made her. Later, I told her I was sorry and gave her
a big hug. She told me she forgave me and that she sure does love me! Now
I feel good inside.
My little sister spilled milk on my favorite sports magazine, so I yelled
at her and hit her on the arm. She started to cry, but I am NOT saying
I'm sorry -- after all, it was all her fault!