Christmas Lesson!!

  • Purpose: “To help the children understand the importance of Jesus Christ’s Birth”
  • Preparation:
    • I will print and prepare the 12 days Nativity Activity listed on this blog. I’ve looked at a few and this was definitely my favorite! https://happyhomefairy.com/the-12-days-of-christmas-a-celebration-of-the-nativity-free-printables/
      • I will be tweaking it slightly to fit the needs of a class lesson instead. We will be doing all 12 at once, during our lesson. I will put a tag of each of 12 bags (class set to share). Inside each bag, I will be putting ONE real Nativity piece other than a few pieces I’ll lack (I will use my awesome Fisher Price Nativity Set). I will also add to each bag, one paper (printed from the blog) or sticker Nativity piece for each child to make their own Nativity picture as we go through class.
      • These are my favorite Nativity stickers if you choose to do stickers instead of the blog printable for each child. Just cut the sticker sheets apart to put pieces in each bag. These pack also includes the paper with a stable to put the stickers on so you are good to go!  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SVEYIH8/ref=ox_sc_sfl_image_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3JKHCAF52NI4R 
      • This is my beloved Fisher Price Nativity, in case you are interested. 🙂 I love it because its durable and my kids can play with it all they want! We keep it out in our living room on our center ottoman all month and talk about the pieces as they play. They get to learn about the story of Christ’s birth all month! It does lack the shepherd and extra sheep for the 12 bags but I figure I just won’t put put a nativity piece in for those bags. https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-DPX53-Little-People-Nativity/dp/B01FG96S0U/ref=sr_1_4?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1511812269&sr=1-4&keywords=fisher+price+nativity+set+little+people
    • Snack! I don’t usually do snacks, but I plan to make this lesson special by bringing popcorn and napkins (and possibly small water cups and a water bottle, since they’ll get thirsty) to snack on as I read them Christmas stories. Double check any possible allergies if you plan to bring a snack or treat!
  • Materials:
    • Christmas books or share the story of Samuel the Lamanite, as shared in the LDS Primary 3 Manual https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-3/lesson-47-jesus-christ-was-born-on-earth-christmas?lang=eng
      • I’ll be taking the following books. We’ll just read whatever we have time for. I’m sure I’m taking far too many… I LOVE children books 🙂
        • The Christmas Train by Thomas S. Monson (or read the awesome story in the manual)
        • The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
        • Beyond Bethlehem: A Book of Mormon Christmas (Inside the Who’s Your Hero: Ultimate Collection Volume 2 book by David Bowman)
        • Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martain Waddell
    • If you choose to do the printable instead of stickers: Glue sticks and Cardstock paper for each child, to attach their nativity pictures to, if you choose to do the printables.
  • Lesson:
    • Each child shares one thing about their week
    • Opening Prayer:
    • Nativity Activity- (Link and supplies needed, listed above in preparation)
      • Let the kids take turns opening one of the prepared bags. First you (or the child, if able), can read the tag. When they open a bag, they will put the physical nativity piece on display on the table by the stable. Then, they can give each child in class one of the Nativity printable pieces or stickers. (So each child will get a sheep when you read about the sheep). They can attach it to their own picture.
      • Repeat until all 12 bags have been opened, making sure each child has at least one turn to open a bag.
    • Read Christmas Stories while the kids snack on popcorn (or treat of choice). 
      • Warning: If you do a salty treat, plan to bring water or take them on drink breaks. It always makes them so thirsty.
    • Invitation:
    • Closing Prayer:

Primary 3 Lesson 42 Tithing

*I thought the church lesson manual had a great lesson plan for this week, so I didn’t change very much. I still typed it up in an outline because that is easiest for me to follow while teaching. I just pull it up on my iphone/ipad. I did add a few additional hand outs and activities I thought were great and might help my very busy class.

Purpose: “To strengthen the children’s desire to pay tithing.”

Preparation: 

  • Gather enough cans or containers for a tithing box for each child. Cover the containers in paper to cover the labels. Make sure to pre-cut a hole for money in the tops of each one. (I plan to use small baby formula containers and small hot cocoa cans). You could also print this paper version if this doesn’t work for you. http://thehometeacher.org/2012/09/tithing-box-printable.html
  • Print the coins and tithing pages ONLY for this quiet book. One for you to demonstrate, or one for each class member to practice. You could choose to laminate it or put it in a page protector to make it more lasting and challenge your kids to teach their families about tithing for FHE this week. You could also choose to skip this and use regular money, 1o dimes. I’m leaning towards using fake money because I think real money would become too distracting for one or two of my kiddos.  https://www.upliftingmayhem.com/free-printable-diy-sunday-quiet-book/
  • I tore this “First Bishop” page out my kid’s copy of the May 2017 Friend Magazine. You could also print it here. I also quickly cut out the pictures on the page so I could use it to tell the story. https://www.lds.org/friend/2017/05/the-first-bishop?lang=eng
  • Print the “Where Does My Tithing Go” page from this awesome blog.  You could print one for each child.  Because they’ll already be taking home their tithing boxes, I plan to only copy one to go over as a class. http://www.ayearoffhe.net/2010/11/week-45-paying-tithing.html
  • Gather a tithing slip and envelope for each child OR go get them as a class for a wiggle break. I will be sending these home with the kids in their Tithing Jar for their first donation. I will print a small (four to a page) copy and cut them beforehand for them to use in class for practice. (less waste of church materials). You may want to print a large page for yourself so it’s easier to show the kids. Both are available on this link. http://www.sugardoodle.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111215

Materials:

  • 10 pieces of the same fruit, or any object. I plan to use oranges, I have them and no knife is needed to cut it later. If you don’t want to take all the fruit or objects with you, this blog did another, similar attention activity, using just 10 dimes. I plan to do the fruit because I think it will really grab my kid’s attention. And although I rarely, almost never, take snacks, they always ask for them. They’ll be excited for a slice of fruit. http://www.ayearoffhe.net/2010/11/week-45-paying-tithing.html
  • Stickers and crayons to decorate tithing boxes with. I will also type up or write with marker on each container “tithing jar”.
  • Small game piece, magnet, etc. to be used with the “Where Does My Tithing Go” page
  • Scriptures to read Malachi 3:10 or on device https://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/mal/3.10

Lesson:

  • Each child shares something about their week.
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Follow-up: Who remembers what we learned about fasting last week? Who taught their parents/family the story of Esther? How did it go?
  • Display the 10 pieces of fruit or 10 items
    • Ask: If I gave you all 10 pieces of fruit to you, and asked for just one back, would you be willing to give it to me?
    • Ask: Who made if possible for the fruit to grow?
    • Explain: This World and everything good in it were given to us to use by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They love use. We can show our appreciation to them by following their commandments and doing our part to help strengthen the Church. This lesson is about one important commandment that we can follow to help the Church grow.
  • We are going to be talking about tithing.
    • What do you know about tithing? (let kids share any responses that they may have. Accept their answers gratefully, but guide them as needed.)
    • Explain: Tithing means to give one-tenth of your income. 
    • Show the children the ten paper or real coins.
      • Ask if there is one child that could come show us what one-tenth looks like. Help as needed.
      • Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have asked church members to give one-tenth of money they have earned. Because Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have given us everything, this is just giving back a little, one-tenth, of what they gave to us first. This money is used to help the Church.
  • “Where Does My Tithing Go” page – I will hang this on the board or on the floor in the middle of all the kids. Then I’ll use a small magnet or game piece. Kids can take turns moving the piece to the next box and reading that “step” in where the tithing goes on the “game board”. (Help readers that may need it. I only have one or two comfortable readers so most of my kids will need help.)
    • Emphasis: What tithing is used for (at the bottom of the board): to build and maintain churches and temples, to help pay for missionary work and materials they need like Book of Mormons, etc.
    • Pause on the second square of the “game board” to show how tithing is paid.
      • Explain that after we have the one-tenth of our money to give as tithing, we get a tithing slip from the church.
      • Hand each child a tithing slip OR take them on a field trip to go get one (usually located in the foyer). Remind the children the importance of reverence in the hall so we don’t disturb other classes. These ones will go in their tithing jar to take home for their first donation.
      • Show the child how to fill out a tithing slip. I will be using a full-page tithing slip copy for myself (link above, in preparation) so the kids can see and copy what I do, as needed. They will use the small printed slips (also available in above link) that I cut out for them. Less waste of church materials.
    • From the manual: Tell the children you are going to show them what our Church leaders do with the tithing money, the Lord’s tenth. Take one of the pieces of fruit, reminding them this is the tenth that given as tithing. Divide/cut the piece of fruit into enough pieces for everyone to get one piece. Let them eat it. Explain that tithing is similar, because that one-tenth is given to bless many people. The tithing given by every person works together to bless many people. Like all the people that use the temple or church, come to activities, read the scriptures, are taught by the missionaries, and more. (some wording changed from manual).
  • Use the First Bishop cut-outs to tell the children about how tithing has been used for a very long time, since the beginning days of the church. Members shared tithing and their extra to bless others. In the early days of the church, that sometimes meant that they gave THINGS like the food they harvested, their animals, and materials instead of money.
  • Share this story about Brother Wilson, telling the kids that this is one way someone’s tithing was used to help the Church.
    • “Brother Wilson was a pioneer. He had a good team of oxen. These animals helped Brother Wilson plow his farm.

      Once when it came time to pay his tithing, Brother Wilson discovered that there was not enough money. He did not want to pay just part of his tithing. He wanted to pay the full amount.

      Finally he decided that he would give his favorite ox for tithing, even though it meant he would have only one ox.

      Brother Wilson gave the ox to the bishop. The bishop gave Brother Wilson a receipt for his tithing. Brother Wilson felt sad to give up his ox. But because he loved Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, he was happy he had given his ox to the Church as tithing.

      Brother Wilson often thought about the ox he had given as tithing. He wondered just how his ox was used to help the Church. Then one day he was in Salt Lake City where the temple was being built. He noticed two fine oxen pulling heavy stone blocks. He was so interested in watching the oxen at work that he moved closer for a better look. To his surprise and delight he recognized that one of them was his favorite old ox. How happy Brother Wilson felt to know that the ox he had given as tithing was helping to build the temple!

      From then on, paying tithing made Brother Wilson even happier. He thought of the many ways his tithing was used to help the Church.

      Explain that although we usually don’t see how our tithing is used, as Brother Wilson did, we know that our tithing is used to help the Church.”  Source: LDS Primary 3 Manual, Lesson 42 https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-3/lesson-42-tithing?lang=eng

  • We Are Blessed When We Pay Our Tithing
    • Tell the children that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have promised to bless us if we pay our tithing.
    • Read Malachi 3:10
    • Ask: What do you think it means when Heavenly Father promises to open the windows of Heaven and bless us? (Blessings come to those who pay their tithing. Sometimes physical blessings, like enough money and food for our needs. Sometimes other gifts like the strength to obey commandments and a stronger testimony. Heavenly Father loves you and will bless you anyways, but when we obey the commandments and pay tithing, he can bless us more and in the best ways for us).
  • Decorate Tithing Jars (or cut-out and assemble paper boxes)
    • I will have paper, stickers, and crayons to let the children decorate their tithing jar. I will add the words “Tithing Jar” on for them.
    • Let the children put their tithing slip and envelope (slightly rolled up) in the jar to save for when they need to make their next/first donation.
  • Invitation: to begin paying tithing when they earn their own money.
  • Closing Prayer:

Primary 3 Lessons 41 Fasting Brings Us Closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ

Purposes:

  • To help the children understand that fasting can bring them closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that they can fast and pray for special blessings.

Preparation:

Materials:

  • Bring an empty plate.
  • Ipad or other device to show movie. Make sure the Esther Bible video will play on your device.
  • If doing optional activity coloring page: crayons, child-safe scissors, ziploc bag for each child to take pieces home in.

Lesson:

  • Each child shares one thing about their week.
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Follow up: How did you feel about the Primary Program last week? What did you learn last week? (They will have a different teacher the previous week).
  • What is fasting?
    • Lay an empty plate on the table. Explain to the kids that we will be talking about fasting this week.
    • Ask: What is fasting? (When you go without food or water for two consecutive meals, while praying, for a righteous purpose).
    • Emphasis: That fasting is much more than just going without food and water. 
    • Explain that today we will be learning more about fasting.
  • Spread the 4 story cards on the ground (picture face down). Let children take a turn choosing a card. Do the activity/story that is shown on the card, as a class.
    • Card activities and stories:
      • Aspects of Fasting puzzle (I’ll hand draw a puzzle with important things for us to know on each piece). Spread pieces around on the floor, let kids work together to assemble the puzzle. OR have children pick a piece off the floor, one at a time, and assemble it on the board using tape.
      • Story of Jesus Illustration (Have children draw this story as you tell it. They could do it on the whiteboard/chalkboard or on a piece of paper).
      • Story of Esther video https://www.lds.org/friend/online-activities/videos/scripture-stories/old-testament/45-esther?&lang=eng
      • Farmers Crop story – Acting out (Have children act out as you go… praying, fingers can mimic snow and rain, plant crops.)
  • Review the lesson: children take turns pulling out a review question from a container. Each paper has an action for them to do and a review question (just for fun, to keep attention, and to get wiggles out). They do the action listed, and then answer the fasting review question. Help struggling readers with reading the question and action. Class can assist with answering as needed.
  • Remaining Time Optional Activity: Esther coloring page. You could choose do it at the end, or whenever you watch the Esther video during your lesson. Let each child color and cut them out. They can practice telling the story to one another. Invite the children to take these pictures home and teach the story to their parents or for FHE.
  • Invitation: To think about fasting as they listen to their next sacrament testimony meeting.
  • Closing Prayer:

 

*I’m not currently able to add attachements to my blog (funny glitch). If you’d like the copy of Cards (made using google graphics) or a scanned copy of my puzzle, please email me at: scrapergirli@gmail.com and I will happily email you a copy. 🙂