Homemaking and Divine Roles

We are combining lessons 7 and 8 from YW Manual 1. The lessons are about homemaking and the divine roles of women. I wanted to have some fun introducing the topic, by talking about how great it is to be a woman. The last couple lessons have, in fact, led up to this one nicely, so we can pull from recent discussions. I’ve made these purses that I will bring out with a flourish, since my girls do love them some pretty bags.

As the lesson progresses I will give them these shapes with quotes on them (the yellow thing is a broom for housekeeping!), and have them write a few of their own key words on the back. At the end of the lesson we will watch the Parable of the Purse, and talk about how the things they carry with them, the things they are doing now have a great impact on who they will become.

The purse has a quote on the inside flap and opens up revealing an “exploding” pocket.

To make the pocket, fold an 8.25″ square on both diagonals. (I’m using construction paper.)

Flip the square over and fold in half.

Open the square up again, and squash the corners in to make a triangle.

Fold the bottom corners into the middle.

Flip it over and do the same on the other side.

You’ve got an interesting looking shape here.

Pull the flaps open and reverse the creases so they point in.

Before gluing the pocket into the purse, I glued my flap embellishment on, and cut slits for the handle. I then taped the ribbon to the inside of the purse.

After gluing the pocket, I added some self-adhesive velcro as a closure.

You can click to download my lesson plan and purse template.

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16 Responses to Homemaking and Divine Roles

  1. Susan says:

    I reeeaaaaallly want to use this cute purse idea for this lesson, BUT it is not my turn to teach.. Ahhgg! I guess I will have to store this idea away for another time. Soo cute!

  2. Brynn says:

    Dear Inkablinka,
    Thank you for such a great lesson! This week has been crazy as I have devoted all my time to my children, and homemaking/divine role and neglected my YW teacher role. Thanks for saving me and helping me show my girls I love them too with this incredible lesson plan. Thank you for sharing your divine talents as you fulfill your role!

  3. Sally Squire says:

    This was such a great lesson plan. Thank you for all your work in putting it together. I just got done making ten purses. I am excited to teach it tomorrow. Thanks again.

  4. Lindsey says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic lesson plan. I can’t wait to share this message with my girls and I know they will love the darling purses and handouts you designed! I appreciate so much you making this available to others. I know that I would never have the time or creativity to come up with something like this on my own so I thank you for your time and effort it putting it all together. You are awesome!

  5. Kim says:

    These are so cute! Thank you for sharing your talents with us. The girls will love this!

  6. Wendy Wilkinson says:

    I love your ideas and handouts. Sometimes the stories in the lesson manual seem so outdated, but I feel like I should only use church approved material. So to take talks from the Ensign, and make them not boring, is a gift. Thank you for sharing! This purse is THE CUTEST ever!!

  7. Kathleen says:

    Wow, very spiritual and relative. Your lesson will be a great hit with my beehives. Thank you!

  8. Pam says:

    I absolutely love your lesson! Our girls are going to be so pleased that I can share what you have to offer! Thank you!

  9. Kelly says:

    I love this and have all my little purses and contents made. Where does the quote on the inside flap come from? I can’t seem to find a reference.

  10. Mary Elizabeth Hollett says:

    Thank you so very much. This will give the girl’s an understanding that they are worth beauty and the time spent in these lovely handouts.

  11. Irene Daniels says:

    What cute idea!! I am starting my lesson with a chalkboard discussion about what the worls says a woman’s role is, and what she should look and act like.Vs What the Lord tells us what a woman’s role is. How much they love their moms and how she behaves , dresses and runs herhousehold differently from what tv says she should.

  12. I found your awesome lesson through sugardoodle.net! I am amazed on this awesome lesson! I have a sizzix die cut machine and was able to use it for the base of my purses. Then I shrunk down all of your handouts to fit inside. They turned out SO darling and I can’t wait to give them to my girls. Thank you so much for posting your idea. It is just exactly what I was looking for!

  13. DaNae says:

    WOW…you are amazing! I was feeling like I couldn’t fill the time, since I am teaching ALL the girls this week, but now I have plenty to share. Thank you so much!

  14. Patty says:

    This is AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful lesson plan. Here’s what I love: the quotes–it’s so important to stick with messages from church leaders for these lessons; the handouts–clever and appropriate, not making silly puns about serious stuff; the lesson plan–incorporating great questions, quotes and the church video.
    My YW Pres has been scheduling lessons out of order. I’m so glad this one came late enough for me to find this and use it!!

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