Last week we had a primary presidency meeting. We had a lot to discuss with the upcoming year just around the corner. During the meeting, my friend brought up the idea of giving the children their very own Scripture Journal. I LOVED the idea! We discussed it a little bit, but didn’t plan any details.
The other day, I saw that the January 2016 Friend was available online. I decided to take a look. I looked through a few articles, and finally found the article titled, “Nephi Was Obedient”. I was so excited to see a Scripture Hero card with some tasks for the children to do. FUN!
Then I clicked on another article titled, “A Year With the Book of Mormon”. At the bottom of the page was this link: Friend2016BOM.lds.org. When I clicked on the link I was taken to a page that had a chart. Each month was listed with 4 other columns of different tasks for the children to do. After seeing these 2 wonderful ideas…I finally knew what to do with the Scripture Journal idea!
At our meeting we discussed using composition notebooks or small notebooks. I figured we’ll do whatever is the best deal. 🙂
Before anything though…I got to work creating a cute cover for the Scripture Journals. I LOVE Susan Fitch’s scripture clipart (really, all of her clipart is amazing!) so I knew I had to use it. I wanted it simple, but cute. This is what I came up with!
I decided to create a blue and a pink/coral version. I LOVE how they turned out! I even included a little space at the bottom for the children to write their names.
After I finished creating the covers, I got to work re-creating the chart that I saw on LDS.org. I love their chart, but I needed to re-size it to fit smaller notebooks.
I included everything that you will find on LDS.org, but since I din’t have much space, I worded the tasks a little differently. 🙂 Here’s a peek at what the chart looks like.
2016 Scripture Journals
Now that you’ve had a look at the covers and the chart…here’s how we’re planning to use these!
I will be purchasing notebooks for each of the Primary children. I will then glue a cover onto the front of each journal, and a chart onto the inside cover.
At the beginning of the month we will have one of the Bishopric members come in to Primary dressed as that month’s scripture hero. They might share a story or scripture about that Hero. Then they will pass out the scripture hero card for that month.
The children will glue each Hero card into their notebook. We will also have a little pocket on our smaller bulletin board where we will be placing extra copies of the Hero cards for the children that might be gone during that first Sunday.
Once the children have obtained and glued the Hero card into their ‘Scripture Journal’ we will add a check-mark or a sticker to that box on their chart. The next week we will ask them to memorize the scripture…the following week will be the scripture video…and the last week will be the challenge. As the children complete each task on the chart, we will add a check or a sticker.
Since no one will remember to bring their journal each month, we have decided to just keep them in our Primary closet. We might give them a few minutes during opening exercises to glue, write, or draw in their Scripture Journal. When they’re done, the’ll hand the journals back to us.
And then in February we will have another Scripture Hero visitor come in for a visit, and to hand out their card.
By the end of the year, the children will have a notebook full of scripture hero cards, scriptures, thoughts, pictures, etc.
Would you like to give your Primary or even your children their very own Scripture Journal?
I created Scripture Journal covers for 3 different sizes: 4 X 6, 5 X 7, and for composition notebooks. I also created the charts for the same size notebooks. I was going to create some for 3 X 5 journals, but the Scripture Hero cards wouldn’t fit, so I decided not to do that size. Click the link below to choose the size that you need and then download and PRINT!
Or you can download each file individually, here:
Blue Scripture Journal Covers
Pink Scripture Journal Covers
Scripture Journal Chart
We’re still figuring out the details, but that’s the idea we have so far. 🙂 I hope you like my 2016 Scripture Journals, and are able to use them in your Primary or your home.
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