The Lord needs good readers. Missionaries, genealogists, Primary and Sunday School teachers . . . nearly every calling and activity in the church necessitate the skill of acquiring information from written words. The Lord also needs us to personally and continually fortify our testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ through studying the scriptures. Adults and children are both more likely to be drawn to the scriptures if they’re comfortable with words found in them.
Here are a few Family Home Evening lesson ideas to assist with challenging words:
*For children just learning to read, give them a tactile experience with manipulatives. Food is generally a big hit. Slices or rounds of carrot and cucumber; pretzel sticks; dry or cooked spaghetti; licorice and cookies—these simply begin the endless list of options. Help children form letters and spell names of people and places you’re currently reading about.
*Give children a chalkboard on which to write names or masking tape to form them on a tile floor.
*Use letter stamps or stickers. Cut large, intimidating words into syllables. Artsy and intriguing, easier to see, the words can then be mastered.
Skills of fluent readers can be enhanced also:
*To help them focus on the meaning of what they read, have each person read a verse with the goal of understanding well enough to draw or act it out. Then, let the creativity begin!
And why not have a scripture grammar lesson?
*Readers of many foreign languages are used to seeing several forms of “you” and “your.” Modern English readers aren’t.
In scripture, ye and you refer to more than one person. Ye is employed for the subject, and you for a direct or indirect object.
Thou and thee refer to only one person, with thou for subject and thee for object.
Likewise, your refers to something belonging to more than one person, while thy and thine are for one.
Mine and thine go before a noun beginning with a vowel. When thine isn’t before a noun, it means yours.
See examples of their use: Psalm 121; Luke 22: 32, 42; Helaman 10:4; Doctrine and Covenants 78: 17-18.
After the grammar study, race against the clock to find every thee, thine, etc., in a certain chapter!
Try different things to ignite your family’s interest in these wonderful ancient texts that have been preserved, by human effort and divine assistance, for our benefit.