#FHE: Bodies

We have been talking about body parts in science. The big kids have funny names for body parts, picked up from all the places they lived, and they need accurate terminology.  The preschoolers are learning more details, besides the basic body part names they already knew.  The baby is developing object relations, so learning “Mama’s nose, baby’s nose” and other body parts that way.

We also talk about body safety a lot, just because of what the kids have endured and witnessed:

We include “For Strength of Youth” sections in our studies, not just for teaching boundaries and limits, but also to teach how special and sacred their bodies are.

We talked about how just because we really love cars, or our uncle has race cars, doesn’t mean we have a license to drive.

In the same way, just because we can touch our own bodies or other people’s bodies, doesn’t mean it is the time or place.
We also talked about how each of us have special gifts, and named some as we passed out jelly beans to each one:

We also how we each have special challenges, and how some challenges are ones you can see and some are invisible.

We watched this video about a guy with scoliosis who loves to dance:

Then our activity was playing the Operation game, because it is a body and a warning light goes off if you touch it wrong, and to talk about what they are going to do with the baby when we go to Ohio.

We had such fun!

Our closing quote was from Elder Bednar:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a single, undeviating standard of sexual morality: intimate relations are proper only between a man and a woman in the marriage relationship prescribed in God’s plan. Such relations are not merely a curiosity to be explored, an appetite to be satisfied, or a type of recreation or entertainment to be pursued selfishly. They are not a conquest to be achieved or simply an act to be performed. Rather, they are in mortality one of the ultimate expressions of our divine nature and potential and a way of strengthening emotional and spiritual bonds between husband and wife. We are agents blessed with moral agency and are defined by our divine heritage as children of God—and not by sexual behaviors, contemporary attitudes, or secular philosophies.

Also, they ate a thousand jelly beans, an entire rainbow we made, because bodies come in all shapes and colors and our family is a rainbow family.

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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