Why Fathers are Essential
Fathers – pg 209
Father’s Day is a special occasion to acknowledge the important role fathers play in our lives. As we teach children about the gospel, it’s essential to recognize the significance of fathers in the family unit.
Before beginning the lesson, gather the necessary materials:
- Song pages, ties, and word strips
- Scissors to cut out the ties, small pictures, word strips, and word boxes
- Adhesive to attach one set of words to the front of the ties
To introduce the topic, display the first song page on the board. It reads, “The father of our home leads our family.”
- Start a discussion by asking why the father leads the family.
- Illustrate the point using a nature analogy. Mention that two-headed snakes are rare in the wild because they face danger when they try to go in different directions. Similarly, in a family, while everyone discusses issues together, it’s crucial for a father to take the lead to prevent the family from veering in opposite directions. When a father listens to the Lord and follows His guidance, he ensures the family’s safety and well-being.
Now, showcase the next part of the song: “with wisdom’s light, in all that’s right.”
- Emphasize the importance of wisdom by pointing out the owl in the picture. Discuss the symbolism behind the owl, which represents wisdom due to its ability to see in the dark.
- Relate the owl’s role to the moon also depicted in the picture. Ask the children if they have ever been out at night when there is a full moon and mention how its brightness helps navigate in darkness.
- Draw a parallel between the owl, the moon, and a father who seeks and follows the Lord’s wisdom, light, and direction. Explain that a father can guide his family towards righteous paths in this dark world full of temptations.
Continue by displaying the line “My father’s good to me.”
- Direct the children’s attention to the image of a child enjoying a ride on their father’s shoulders.
- Engage the children by asking them to think about all the kind and helpful things their fathers do for them.
- Encourage them to share some of these experiences, fostering appreciation for their fathers’ acts of love and support.
Next, share the line “Fathers are so special. With a very special love.”
- Highlight the unique and vital role fathers play in the family.
- Emphasize that fathers have specific responsibilities that are both important and necessary.
- Proceed to discuss some of these roles mentioned in the following lines of the song.
Display the line “They watch us and protect us.”
- Point out the picture of a father attentively watching his child ride a bike, ensuring the child’s safety.
- Explain that fathers do their best to care for and protect their wives and children, demonstrating their love and concern.
Present the line “They guide us and direct us.”
- Discuss the similar meanings of the words “guide” and “direct.”
- Explain that fathers help show their children the right ways to go and the right things to do, providing guidance and direction.
Conclude with the last line of the song: “Back to our home above.”
- Interpret the verse as conveying that a righteous father can lead the family back to their heavenly home with Heavenly Father.
To reinforce the lesson, have the senior primary sing the song. For the junior primary, encourage them to sing after every couple of pages displayed on the board.
Memorizing the Verse
To help the children memorize the verse, use word strips and ties as visual aids:
- Show the children the word strips and explain that they will be tested on their ability to remember certain words.
- Display the ties with words on them and instruct the children to place the ties where they think they belong.
- Ask them to turn over the word in the slot and see if they matched correctly.
- Read the lines of the song to the junior primary, providing choices to help them remember the words. Use the pictures posted near each word strip as additional cues.
As the children become more proficient, increase the challenge by covering two to three word strips, leaving the tie words as clues to the sentence. Have the children sing the song using these visual prompts. Continue this process until all the word strips are covered and the children have successfully memorized the entire song.