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Lesson 29

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I can say I'm sorry!


 Door Signs by Laree Ipson


Natalie's FHE Ideas - I can say I'm sorry


 I can say I'm sorry!


(From Nursery Lesson Manual)

When I do something wrong (shake finger from side to side),
“I am sorry,” I will say.
I feel so unhappy (pull down corners of mouth with fingers, making a frown)
For what I did today.

I will do better (put hands on hips and nod head up and down);
I’ll try with my might.
I will be happy (smile)
If I do what is right (fold arms and nod head).


Forgiving makes me happy - Give each child a copy of this paper along with a crayon or pencil. Have each child draw a smiling face. 
Forgiveness Poem and possible coloring page 
Have the children say a large word, such as hippopotamus. Tell them that it is sometimes hard to say some words. Explain that it may be hard to say “I’m sorry” when we have done something wrong. Explain that even when the words “I’m sorry” are hard to say, they can help turn sad feelings into better feelings.  Make hippo paper sack puppets that says, "If I can say hippopotamus, I can say I'm sorry"  (Head Template) and (Body Template)  Idea by Kathy Ross
I can say I'm sorry medallions
Travis Repents - This is a copy of the story below made into a handout to give to the children.


 Church Babies Blog
For this lesson, photocopy a face that can be a smile face or frowning face (I think there might be one in the manual). I told the story in the manual of the boy who took the toy home from his friends, and we went through each action in the story and how how he felt. (i.e. when he was with friend he was happy, when he took toy, he was sad, when he returned toy, he was happy and friend was happy). Then we went through the same steps on the Alma the Younger story. (Idea by Karrie Sweat)
I have a book my sister bought for my children called "I'm Sorry". Its by Sam McBratney and Jennifer Eachus. It has lovely pictures in and you can see the emotions in their faces. I usually summarize the story as it can be a bit too long for the younger children but get across the point how mad their faces are and and how happy there faces are when they apologize to each other. It worked well with my other class as long as I knew it well enough to retell it briefly and entertainingly (is that a word!)  You can probably find the book at your local library.  I usually emphasize that sorry is something you say to make you and another person feel better. I get them to hug the teddy bears we have in nursery and pretend to say "I'm sorry" so they can get the feeling of it. (Idea by Faye Houser / ga08172007)
LDS Primary Lesson Helps for Lesson 29


I decided to ask them if they knew what repentance was...and they said no.  So I did an object lesson. Put a few drops of food coloring into a clear bottle or bowl of water and watch as it discolors all the liquid, this represents sin; sin discolors our lives. Add a few drops of liquid bleach to the container and gently stir or swirl until the water is clear again.. (You may want to practice this object lesson at home before presenting it in class.)  The clean, clear water represents a person free from sin. The bleach represents repentance and forgiveness.  They seemed to understand that sin was bad and it took something special to get the sin out...They we did the story of Travis Repents (see below) using the roller box and the pictures from the March, 1987 Friend.  The kids had fun helping turn the roller dowels to tell the story and retell it once more. (Idea by Kathy Blose)


 Sunbeam Letter for Lesson 29 by Cynthia Mikesell - The content of this letter comes almost exclusively from the lesson book.  I just changed the language a bit so that it reads as if the child is telling the parent what they have done in class that day.  (Click here to see all letters written by Cynthia)


 Lesson 29 Handout from Jack and Jill of *many* trades


McKay and the Whale - "I am sorry" is not always easy to say.
Travis Repents (Story with clipart)

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