Literacy

Ideas for miniclass subjects include gospel literacy; written histories and testimonies; and early childhood education and children's literature. Miniclasses that help develop skills in parenting and family relations should also be included.

2002 Meeting

For our invitation, we made bookmarks.

2003 Meeting

For our invitations, we made bookmarks with the following poem: "You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of [chocolates] and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be-- I had a mother who read to me." And we attached shiny chocolates to the top of the bookmarks! (See invitation below).

Sample Miniclasses

Journals and Personal Histories — A journal is a continuing record of meaningful experiences that affect our lives. Through latter-day prophets, the Lord has commanded each of us to keep a journal. As we record our activities and feelings, we can more clearly see the Lord’s influence in our lives. But we may still have questions: How do I start a journal? How do I re-start (or re-restart) a journal? What should I write? Heather will answer all of your questions, focusing on the comfort in President Kimball’s direction that “Every person should keep a journal and every person can keep a journal.”

Helping Our Children Love to Read — “You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be—I had a mother who read to me” (Strickland Gillilan). The best way to turn your child into a reader is the old-fashioned way: reading aloud to her or him. And it is never too early to begin! The read-aloud times you enjoy now will strengthen your parent-child bonds for years to come. Plus, reading is the heart of education. The school curriculum is based on it. Better readers get better grades. Reading enriches the imagination and makes students better spellers and writers. Reading will give your children years of pleasure. So the groundwork you lay now is critical. Join Liz as she shares a variety of anecdotes and ideas designed to help you take the lead in teaching your child to love to read.

Visual Histories and Family Photo Albums — “It looked like another long, depressing weekend,” wrote one sister. “My husband was working out of state. We all missed him, and as the night progressed, I found myself getting more grouchy. Later that evening, I noticed one of our family scrapbooks lying open nearby. I halfheartedly began flipping through it. When I came upon a photo of Jill at two years old, doing her “famous” hop, I giggled. Other photographs brought back pleasant memories as well. In a matter of minutes, I was completely absorbed, reading and remembering. Before long my children were seated beside me, chuckling and enjoying the memories. My mood had completely changed, and the atmosphere in our home had gone from sullen and edgy to tender and happy—all because we’d taken time to record our family history in a colorful, entertaining way. That night reinforced my belief in the importance of keeping photos and other family memorabilia organized and available for family viewing.” Let Kemy teach you her tricks for compiling visual histories with relative ease and efficiency.

Gospel Literacy for Our Children — We can all benefit from positive encouragement and practical tips when it comes to fulfilling the sacred trust that has been placed in us to care for children. As we read in The Family: A Proclamation to the World, “Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held account able before God for the discharge of these obligations.” Sarah will lead us in this discussion about specific ways we can teach the restored gospel to our children, whether they be by example, by taking advantage of unplanned teaching moments that arise in the course of everyday living, or by weaving the gospel into every part of children’s daily living through regular occasions for teaching in the home.

Learning to Delight in the Scriptures — Nephi of old was both a learner and writer of gospel truths: “I, Nephi, … was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and … had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God. … Yea, I make a record … with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.” Because Nephi was well educated, he could read from sacred records and pass on to us the account of God’s dealings with his people. Like Nephi, we, too, need to develop our own literacy-our ability to read and write-so we can have personal access to the scriptures. Unfortunately, not every Church member fully uses the vital skills of reading and writing. For this reason the Relief Society general presidency has set a goal to have Relief Society sisters throughout the world encourage literacy among members of the Church. Come join this discussion of how we can develop our skills to study the scriptures more faithfully and gain greater gospel literacy.

Helping Your Child Begin School Ready to Learn — Every child deserves to begin school ready to learn. The question is how parents and other family members can help! Join first-grade teacher Megan in discussing: characteristics of young children and their developmental milestones; things that you can do at home to contribute to your child's school success; activities that you can use to help your child acquire the skills to succeed in school; and answers to often-asked questions about how to work with teachers and schools.

Children’s Literature — Surely one of the sweetest joys of motherhood is taking our little ones on our laps and sharing good books and stories together. As we read out loud to our small children, we not only teach them about sound and language and the world around them, but we nurture bonds and sweet associations that will last eternally. This miniclass will focus on why and how to read aloud to babies and toddlers, and include recommendations for great books to read aloud.

What’s Your Journal? — What’s your journal? Keeping a journal may not be what you think. Come and discover journal writing in the multimedia age. There's a way to make keeping a journal fun for you!

Using Photography to Tell Your Family Stories — Learn great tips on taking, preserving, and displaying you’re your photographs. And be inspired with pointers on (and examples of) how you can use pictures in putting together your family history!

Music in Your Child’s Life — Every child should experience the joy, fun, and learning which music brings to life. Tracy will lead this fast-paced, hands-on miniclass packed with practical ideas on how you can add music to your child’s life.

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