Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I love the Faith in God program!! It's nothing crazy. There are great ideas, yet room for creativity. Everything about it is inspired.
I've thought very carefully about how to track progress. In the book there are small boxes to check, but those boxes don't tell us what the children did, how the children felt and when they accomplished their activity.
Is tracking that important? I don't know. But I do know that we underestimate the power of reflection. It could be just a few sentences, "I taught a family home evening on prayer. It was fun because we posed my dad in a way NOT to pray and he fell over. It felt nice." Having that record is precious.
I started off with a generic letter. In the book it says to make sure the children understand the greatest reward for the program is joy in spiritual growth.
The Articles of Faith are meant to be understood. If children take the time to write on Sunday and discuss with family vocabulary, then they are going to get it. Writing is that extra step in confirming what they know. In this program children aren't just supposed to memorize!
I also like a bigger space to write testimony. Usually children's handwriting isn't the neatest and at least with more space it won't be as hard.
So here's my two-cents. Get some of the 10 cent folders at Wal-Mart, use the church copier (I know 20 pages is a lot) and staple in groups of age. 3 pages for age 8. 3 pages for age 9. 3 pages for age 10.
Put everything in the folder and check in with families once in a while. Hopefully, the things the children write will inspire and help them in the years to come.
Faith in God Keeping Track of What Primary Friends Have Done by chulbakera