I Am Thankful for My Ears
To help each child appreciate his or her ears and what they can do.
- Copy of “Ears” for each child
- Picture 1-41, Child with a Hearing Aid
- Picture of the living prophet
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Do the following in a whisper:
Greet each child. Direct the children to do several things, such as sit down, raise their hands, lower their hands, and hold up two fingers.
In your normal voice, ask the children how they knew what to do while you were whispering.
What part of your body helped you to know what I said?
Have the children place the ears on the boy.
Our ears are a blessing to us
With the children, sing or say the words to verses 1 and 2 of “Thanks to Our Father” (Children’s Songbook, p. 20).
Thanks to our Father we will bring,
For he gives us everything.
Eyes and ears and hands and feet,
Clothes to wear, and food to eat.
What does this song say Heavenly Father has given us?
Which of these things help us to hear? (Our ears.)
Carefully feel your ears. The part of our ears on the outside of our heads is not what we hear with. This part helps the sound go into the ear to the eardrum and other parts of the ear that help them hear.
How can we be careful with our ears?
We should protect our ears from loud noises and from objects that could damage them.
For various reasons, some people’s ears do not work well, so they cannot hear all the sounds most people can hear. If there is someone the children know who has a hearing impairment, you might explain about that person’s hearing aid. Show picture 1-41, Child with a Hearing Aid, as you explain. Often people who cannot hear well cannot speak well either, because people learn to speak by copying the sounds they hear.
Make the sign language signs for “I love you” .
Do you remember what this means?
Have the children make these signs.
Last week we discussed how hands can talk through sign language. People who cannot hear can communicate in other ways, such as with sign language, by writing, and by reading lips.
A long time ago, (hold up the Bible) back when Jesus was on earth, some people brought a man to Jesus
. The man was deaf and could not talk well. The people wanted the Savior to heal him.
Jesus led the man away from the others. He put His fingers in the man’s ears
(have a child put the finger in the ear). He touched the man’s tongue
(have a child put the tongue in the mouth) and blessed him.
Now the man could hear and talk. The people could understand him. Jesus asked the people not to tell anyone what had happened, but they told everyone
How do you think the deaf man felt when he realized he could hear?
It is a blessing it is to be able to hear.
We can hear sounds with our ears
We are going to practice using our ears.
Have each child take a turn coming to the front of the room and picking an animal card.
Have the child make the sound for the class, and have the other children guess what animal makes that sound.
Discuss with the children some of the important sounds they might hear with their ears, such as their parents calling and sounds that warn them that they could get hurt.
What are your favorite sounds to hear?
We can listen to the teachings of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
Have the children sit quietly and listen.
What do you hear?
Discuss the different sounds they can hear, such as doors opening and closing, people talking in the hall, organ music, or the wind.
What other sounds do we hear at church?
Explain that we hear our teachers, parents, Primary leaders, bishop, and other leaders at church.
Why is it important for us to listen to these people?
Explain that these people help us learn what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do.
What do you remember about the picture? Open the scriptures to the Pearl of Great Price and read aloud what Heavenly Father said to Joseph Smith in Joseph Smith—History 1:17: “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”
Have the children repeat this statement with you a few times. Explain that Heavenly Father wants us to listen to what he and Jesus say. Help the children understand that Heavenly Father and Jesus may not talk to everyone directly, but we can listen to our parents, teachers, and Church leaders. They can tell us what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to know. The Holy Ghost can also help us know what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do.
Show the picture of the living prophet.
Who is this?
Heavenly Father and Jesus talk to us through our Church leaders, especially our prophet and our bishop. These leaders will tell us what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do. We should listen to them carefully.
Have the children close their eyes and cover them with their hands. Touch one child on the head. That child should say, “I am thankful for my ears.” Have the other children guess whose voice they heard. Continue until every child has had a turn to speak.
I am Thankful for my Ears
Give each child a copy of the head band and the ears. Staple the head band to the size of the children’s head.
Express your gratitude for your ears and for the gift of hearing.
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