“February 25–March 3. Matthew 6–7: ‘He Taught Them as One Having Authority’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2019 (2019)
“February 25–March 3. Matthew 6–7,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2019
Record Your Impressions
Ask the children to share what they did during the past week to be a light or example for someone.
Children can learn to pray by listening to others’ prayers. How can you help them learn from Jesus Christ’s prayer in these verses?
Use this week’s activity page to help the children remember the different parts of prayer.
Trace each child’s hand on a piece of paper. Talk about what we should do with our hands and arms while we pray. On each tracing, write something we do to show reverence when we pray (for example, bowing our heads, closing our eyes, and so on).
Help the children make a poster or chart that will help them remember to pray morning and night, and invite them to share it with their families.
Sing a song about prayer with the children (such as “We Bow Our Heads,” Children’s Songbook, 25), and bear your testimony of the power of prayer. You could also invite the children to share their experiences with prayer.
Jesus’s teaching in Matthew 7:12—also known as the Golden Rule—provides a simple guide for how to treat others. What will help the children you teach live by this principle?
Read Matthew 7:12, and paraphrase it in simple words that the children can understand. Help the children think of several ways to complete a sentence like the following: “I like it when others for me.” After each sentence, invite them to repeat with you, “So I should for others.”
Sing with the children “Jesus Said Love Everyone,” Children’s Songbook, 61, and make up simple actions to accompany the song. Ask the children what they learn about how we should treat others from the Savior’s example.
Invite the children to list kind things their parents or other family members do for them. Read Matthew 7:12, and invite the children to make a list of kind things they can do for their families.
Using the Savior’s parable about building a house on sand or on a rock can be a memorable way to teach children about the importance of acting on what we learn.
Sing with the children “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man,” Children’s Songbook, 281, and use actions to go along with the words.
Use Matthew 7:24 to teach about the differences between the wise man and the foolish man. Invite the children to pretend they are building a house. How can we be like the wise man?
Let the children draw pictures of the parable of the wise man and the foolish man.
These chapters have many messages that could apply to the children you teach. Read them with the children in mind. What stands out to you?
Remind the children that they have been learning about what Jesus taught during the Sermon on the Mount. What truths can they remember learning about last week?
Write on the board some phrases from the Sermon on the Mount and some other phrases that are not from the scriptures. Invite the children to identify which phrases come from the Sermon on the Mount and share what they learn from them.
Select several verses from Matthew 6–7 that you feel will be meaningful to the children. Write the scripture references on cards, and hide them throughout the room. Let the children find them, read the verses, and explain why these teachings are important to them.
Share a favorite passage from Matthew 6–7, and explain why you like it. If the children have a passage they like, invite them to share why they like it and what they learn from it.
Sing “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus,” Children’s Songbook, 78–79, with the children and stop the song when you come to a phrase that relates to a principle taught in Matthew 6–7 (such as “learning to serve my friends”). Help the children make connections to things they are learning from these chapters.
Invite the children to read Matthew 6:9–13 out loud and then list things the Savior said in His prayer. How can we follow His example when we pray?
Sing a song about prayer with the children, such as “Did You Think to Pray?” Hymns, no. 140. Help the children search the lyrics to find reasons we pray and blessings that come from prayer.
Help the children memorize Matthew 7:7 by playing a game like the following: One child recites the first word or phrase from the verse and then tosses a ball to another child, who then recites the next word or phrase.
Act out Matthew 7:9–10 with the children using simple props. Ask the children to share what this teaches them about prayer.
Share an experience in which your prayers were answered.
How will you help the children you teach place greater value on eternal things than on worldly things?
Bring a “treasure” box filled with objects or pictures that represent things the world values—for example, money or toys. Read Matthew 6:19–21 together, and then ask the children to help you think of heavenly treasures that could replace the worldly items in the box.
Invite the children to name or draw some things they could do to “lay up … treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20).
Invite the children to share with their families their favorite teaching from the Sermon on the Mount.