Tonight, Tiger prepared an “animation” for us to watch for Family Home Evening. The girls have been studying the Book of Mormon and very recently read the account where Nephi Breaks his bow. Here is her interpretation of the event.
She created the entire video herself! She wrote a script, drew the pictures, took pictures with the camera, edited the movie, added the narration, added music, and voila…a video. Of course, I spent a lot of time helping her with the activity. Not only was this an accomplishment for her – but an accomplishment for me to let her do everything! 😉
Because there was so much work to do, Tiger had to begin making the video earlier in the day – when everyone else was playing wii. She had a hard time with that. She didn’t want to make the video. Even though she was initially really excited about making an animation, her desire to play – to experience immediate satisfaction/entertainment – was beginning to eclipse any excitement she had for the project earlier.
I didn’t want to be controlling, but I stood firm – reminding her that she was in charge of FHE, she had already done so much planning, and – above all – that she would be so proud of the good work she has done when she finished it. It’s funny, even though I don’t always have an eye of faith, I was teaching her to have one. FHE gives us so many opportunities to teach our families – I often teach more to my children when they prepare FHE than I do during the actual activity.
It was nice to work together. I hope that this is something she remembers. As we finished the project, Tiger could see that she had done good work. She was so excited for Family Home Evening.
At FHE, we watched the video. Sasquatch (our three year old) shouted, “Let’s watch it again! AGAIN!” We all agreed and decided to watch it again. Tiger was able to feel the pride and happiness that comes from a job well done.
What did you do for FHE? Do you let your kids plan? How do you help them? Please share! Also – check out Jocelyn’s FHE experience.