I'm so excited for this years primary theme. The 2015 primary theme is I know my savoir lives. I've made up these binder covers with class schedules, lesson schedule, and theme scripture. There are three pages. he back is the same for everyone. The fronts are for the presidency and then the teachers.
It is an editable PDF so you'll just need to download adobe reader and you can edit your info in and then print.
September Sharing Time Week 1: I show my gratitude by offering thanks for all my blessings
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (listening to a story and reading a scripture): Briefly tell the story of the ten lepers (see Luke 17:11–19). Ask the children who in the story showed gratitude. Read Doctrine and Covenants 59:7, and ask the children who we should show gratitude to and what we should thank Him for.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (playing a game): Display pictures of blessings such as family, friends, food, home, the earth, animals, and temples. Ask the children to close their eyes and sing “Thanks to Our Father” (CS, 20) as you remove one of the pictures. When they finish the song, ask them to open their eyes and see if they can discover which picture is missing. Toss a beanbag to a child and ask him or her to share how they can show gratitude for that blessing. Repeat as time allows.
Play the "What would you feel without it" Game: Ask how they would feel without certain things. Electricity, A warm house, A soft bed, shoes. Give them a chance to express how they would feel. Maybe for senior primary, explain how some people do live without these things.
Make a list about family Members: Hand out a paper to each child and have them draw a picture of how they are grateful for each member of their family. For senior Primary have them list three things about each family member that they are grateful for.
Have them make a collage: Bring a bunch of magazines, scissors, glue, and a poster board. Have them go through the magazines and find things they are grateful for and glue it to the poster board. You can also print some pictures from the lds media library.
Write Thank you notes: Have them think of someone they are grateful for and hand out a paper for them to write a cute note to them.
Instead of Telling the story show them this video of the Ten Lepers:
PDF:Contains Thank you notes, D&C scripture, and What would it feel like without cards. Download here
Or click on the pictures below to download
September Sharing Time Week 2: By Giving Service to Others I give service to God.
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (reading a scripture): Write the following phrase on the board: By giving _________ to others, I give _________ to God. Read Mosiah 2:17together, and ask the children what word goes in the blanks (service). Invite the children to repeat the phrase together.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (listening to a story): Share the following story: “President Heber J. Grant’s father died when he was just nine days old. His mother was very poor and earned money by sewing for other people. Sometimes she sewed for so many hours without resting that she could hardly push the pedal of her sewing machine. Heber would often crawl under the sewing machine and push the pedal for her. The winters were very cold, and Heber had only a thin, worn coat to keep him warm. He longed to have a warm coat but knew that they barely had enough money for food. He was delighted on his birthday when his mother gave him a warm coat that she had sewn. It was his most prized possession. A few weeks later, Heber saw a boy shivering with cold and he remembered how it felt. He took off his new coat and gave it to the boy.” You may also want to consider showing the video “The Coat.” Discuss how Heber served others, and invite a few children and teachers to share experiences they have had with service. Discuss that when we serve others we are serving God. (See TNGC, 68–70 for ideas on how to ask questions that will facilitate good discussions.
Puppets: Check out this FHE we did with our toddler. Use the scenarios to have them act out the different ways we can serve. You could make sock puppets or paper bag puppets like we did
Matching Game: Use pictures of people that need service. Place on board and have children try to find the matches. When a match is found have them explain how they could serve that person... and how that would be a service to god as well. (images from lds.org on service)
Memorization: Help the kids memorize Mosiah 2:17 by writing it on the board and erasing a word or letter then repeating it. Or use a sign for each word and have one child hold each sign. As they repeat the scripture have the kids hold up their signs. After each repeat have one child sit down or hide their sign. (Printable Pdf Here)
Secret Service: This is a great idea from the friend. Brainstorm service ideas in class. Leave them with a secret service planning sheet. Have them write on the planning sheet people they would like to serve and one way they could serve them. Challenge them to serve these people during the week without them knowing. Have them mark it off when they have completed their service. Hand out "you've been served" notes that they can leave when they perform a service.
Printables: Memorization printables or print off the pdf here
September Sharing Time Week 3: We Believe in Being Honest
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (hearing a story and reciting a scripture): Tell a story about a child who tells another child about his fishing trip and greatly exaggerates the size of the fish he caught. Ask the children what the child did wrong and what he should have done. Invite the children to think of one of the Articles of Faith that would help them remember to tell the truth. Repeat together the beginning of the thirteenth article of faith (“We believe in being honest”).
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (responding to situations): Present a situation in which the children may be tempted to be dishonest, such as when a parent asks who left toys on the floor. Invite the children to stand when they know what they could do to be honest. Have a few children share their answers. Repeat with different situations as time allows. Encourage the children to think, “We believe in being honest” when they are tempted to do otherwise.
Play the telephone game (where you whisper in one persons ear and you pass it around the room and see if it ends up the same at the end) and either tell one or two of the teachers to be dishonest (change the story) during the game. Afterward discuss why that was a problem and how it applies to being honest.
Salt on ice cream: Dish up some ice cream. explain that sometimes we make mistakes. Sprinkle some salt on the ice cream. (this can be like lying). explain that after we make a mistake sometimes we try to cover it up. Add some chocolate syrup to the ice cream. Ask if they can smell or see the salt. Can they tell it's there? have a couple of children taste the ice cream. (just skim some off the top so it tastes really salty). Explain that even though we can't see the salt (the lie) it still there. even though we try to cover up our mistakes they are still there. Get another bowl of ice cream. Explain that sometimes we can make it right when we make a mistake. Add some salt to the ice cream and have one of the children wipe it off. (this is like telling the truth after we have lied and making it better).
Pennies making ripples: object lesson. I found this one here. Basically you get a bowl of water, a quarter, and some pennies. Drop the quarter into the water (that is the lie) observe what it does to the water and compare with what a lie can do. (make ripples, sink, maybe rust) talk about how we sometimes try to cover up lies. Have the kids each drop a penny from above into the water to try to cover the quarter. (discuss how it can be difficult and that even if we cover it the lie/quarter is still there.
September Sharing Time Week 4: By Living the Gospel I set a good Example for others to follow.
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (acting out a story): Tell the following story, and invite the children to act it out with you: “You were camping in the mountains with your family when a huge snowstorm hit (shiver). You couldn’t see the trail back to your campsite (hold hand over eyes, searching). Then your father came, wearing big, heavy boots (walk in place). He said, ‘I know the way! Follow me!’ Father made big footprints in the snow for you to follow.” Explain that just as we could follow the father’s footprints, others can see and follow the good example we set when we live the gospel. Ask the children to repeat after you, “By living the gospel I set a good example for others to follow.”
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (reading a scripture and discussing standards): Have the children read 1 Timothy 4:12. Write some statements from For the Strength of Youth that you feel are appropriate for the children on separate pieces of paper, and put them in a container. Invite a child to pick one statement and share a personal experience with that standard or tell how living that standard sets a good example for others to follow. Repeat with the other statements. Sing “I Want to Live the Gospel” (CS, 148).
Play a copy game: Instruct the children to do as you say...not necessarily what you do. Hold your hands out in front of you and tell then when you say go to clap their hands together....say one...two....three... then clap your hands together first...and then say go. (many kids will clap when you clap and not wait till you say go). Explain how this can relate to us needing to be a good example. People are more likely to follow what we do than what we say. That is one reason it is important to do good things and be the example.
Put on a puppet show!!!
Get some paper bags or some socks, sticky eyes, glue and each of you make your puppet. Song: When we're helping Prayer Scripture
Help children to memorize or repeat the scripture after you. Spiritual Thought
Read this story from the friend or watch this video called "the Coat"
Briefly discuss how service was provided and how when we serve others we are serving god.
We started the activity by getting brown paper sacks and drawing our puppets on them. They were nothing special just quick and easy and something our little guy could help with. We just did markers but you could get the googly eyes and pipe cleaners to really make your puppets stand out.:)
Act out with your puppets different service scenarios:
Jane dropped her books in the hallway at school. Joey helped her pick them up.
Olivia is sad in nursery because she can't find her toy. Luca helps her find it.
Grandma can't take care of her lawn and garden. Lisa and Tommy help her weed and mow the lawn.
Stephanie has been feeling lonely. Ben and Kasey make her cookies to cheer her up.
Mom is tired from cleaning all day. Mikey helps her by cleaning up his toys.
Come up with your own service activites.
Our little guy loved the puppets. It was fun to see him acting out different services. At one point his puppet didn't want to share his toy with another puppet and we had to settle for hugs and kisses... :)
We ended the FHE by discussing how we are already serving others and how we could do better. One thing I felt was fairly important is that sometimes we feel like we don't give very much service but we can't forget the ways we serve each other. We took some time to recognize the wonderful service my husband provides to the family by fulfilling his role as a provider and priesthood leader. and how as I fulfill my role as a mother I also am providing a service that no one else can give. As I magnify my calling as a mother I know that I am blessing the lives of my children and husband. I think as we each do the best we can within our homes we will be more prepared to serve outside of our homes.
We also discussed how the best service you can provide is sometimes the hardest. It takes work to recognize someones real needs.
We then discussed ways we could serve those outside of our home more, Many ideas included the normal ones you may think of: feeding the missionaries, making cookies or food for someone, helping someone with their yard, and helping someone move. Ideas included:
Being emotionally available to those that are struggling.
Seeking to know what problems and concerns others have.
Being genuinely interested in others.
Helping out at ward activities and in callings.
Reaching out to others and making new friends.
Bearing testimony in church or with friends.
Sharing the gospel with others
Treat: DIY Peanut Butter Cups
End with Prayer
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We should teach our children starting at a young age. In the family is the ideal place to teach our children. I believe we should make a great effort to help our children learn and grow in the gospel. However it is pretty interesting as a new parent trying to get creative and think of ways to include and help educate your toddler during scripture study. How do we keep their attention and teach them the gospel...specifically the scripture stories. Here are a couple of ideas:
Living Scriptures free downloads: Wow, when I discovered this I was so excited. Living Scripture offers free downloads that you can print from home and use as coloring books. Choose the scripture story that you want to teach and let your child go through their animated pictures.
The Friend: The friend scripture site has cute animated videos of scripture stories. Also so great. They also have audio stories of Jesus Christ.
Who doesn't learn best by re-enacting a scripture story or re-creating the wise man and the foolish man in actual sand. Coming up with activities to teach the scriptures definitely takes more work but I love using it for an occasional scripture study when I'm feeling ambitious. The friend has a lot of activity ideas. Here is one resource from the friend. You can also go here and type "for little friends (and then your topic)" This helps to quickly and easily find activities to fit your topic of study that night.
Read The Scriptures To your Child
Although all these resources are fabulous, I think it is important for my toddler to hear the actual stories from the scriptures. Some ideas for this are to get a large copy of the scriptures and highlight the main stories. Then instead of reading straight through read the stories and talk about them or act them out. You can also use the gospel art kit as a supplement while reading to be able to show your child pictures. Online gospel art kit. Another idea with this is to use "The Book of Mormon for Latter Day Saint Families". It breaks it up for you with pictures and everything. They also have ones for The New Testament and The Old Testament.
I don't know about your toddler but mine loves repeating words I say. Start by reading 3-5 verses. Pick a verse and have them repeat the words.
Include Related Primary Songs
Singing is a great way to get the attention of a little toddler and get them interested in what the scriptures say. You could try to match up songs with the scriptures you are reading or go through the primary songbook and read the accompanying scriptures at the bottom.
The Book of Mormon Stories Reader
This is a great resource because the pictures are in order and go along with the scriptures. Again I think it is important that children get to hear the actual words of the scriptures. This would work well with them following along with the pictures while someone reads the story from the scriptures.
Get them a set of their own scriptures
This is great. Our little toddler just wants what we have. He wants to flip through our scriptures...(not a good idea by the way). So we wanted to create some ownership. We got him a Book of Mormon that was more sturdy and cheaper. (the giveaway ones) When we pull out our scriptures he also has a similar book that he can "read". When they have their own scriptures they can be included in things like highlighting verses as well. For one scripture study you could just memorize a scripture mastery and help them highlight it in their book.
Other Great Resources
Head Start with the Book of Mormon: This is a great resource if you want to kill two birds with one stone. It helps you teach your child to read using the book of mormon.
Book of Mormon Discovery: This is an LDS workbook. Although not specifically designed for toddlers it can be used as a supplement to teach children the gospel.
Picture Pages: Over 14 years this mom wrote over 2,000 narrations for her kids to color. You can print these pages out and let them color them.
July's Visiting teaching message is wonderful. You can find it here. It discusses how our savior Jesus Christ is our advocate to the father. How grateful I am that we have a savior who has atoned for our individual sins that is there to plead our cause to the father.
I chose this quote from the visiting teaching because it is very humbling to me to be reminded of what I truly am doing during my prayers to the Father and how very grateful I am to be able to approach him because of our loving savoir Jesus Christ.
This is designed to be a 4x6. Print it off on normal paper or on a 4x6 photo card.