Primary 2 Lesson 4 I Chose to Follow Jesus Christ

Purpose: “To help each child understand that in the pre-earth life we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and chose to follow them.

Preparation:

  • Bring real, play, or pictures of food. If bringing real food, check first for allergies. You may want them to be prepared so the kids can snack on some. Bring one “less desirable” food choice (I’m bringing broccoli because some of my kids have said they don’t like it). And a variety of more desirable options… nuts, fruits, other vegetables, etc.
  • Optional Activity: Print and cut out two copies of this page on cardstock, if possible. You will be using this as a matching game and to line up to tell the plan of happiness.
  •  https://www.lds.org/liahona/2005/01/sharing-time-the-plan-of-happiness?lang=eng
  • optional activity: Print/copy a color page for each child. I chose the main printable page offered from this awesome blog! https://cknscratch.com/primary2/lesson-4-i-chose-to-follow-jesus-christ

Materials:

  • Picture of Jesus Christ
  • Soft object to pass around as they answer questions (such as a soft ball)
  • Book: The Great Plan of Happiness by David Bowman
  • optional: bring a blindfold
  • optional activity: crayons

Lesson:

  • Review Class Expectations (made list 2 weeks ago)
  • Optional, as needed: Behavior… start start chart or tic tac toe (stickers for reward – I just tell them its a surprise)
  • Let each child share one thing about their week
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Attention Activity: “Play the following action memory game. Have everyone stand up. Explain that you will do several actions such as clapping, shaking your head, touching your elbow, and so on. The children must watch carefully. They are to repeat your actions in the same order. Begin with only one action, and add an action each time. Challenge them to see how many actions they can follow. Encourage them to help each other too.  Praise them for watching, remembering, and following so carefully. Liken this to remembering Jesus and following his example. (From sugardoodle.com) I’d add that it may be hard to remember all we are supposed to do, like trying to remember the actions in the correct order for our game. That is why we read scriptures, go to church, have general conference, and use the Spirit to remind and guide us what we should be doing.”
    • We’ve been talking about Following Christ, like by Choosing the Right. You can also Follow Christ by following his plan to live with Him.
    • Did you know that you’ve already made an important choice to Follow His Plan? Before you were even born?
  • Introduction to Pre-Mortal Life
    • Pass around a soft object to kids as they answer questions, as desired.
    • We actually lived with Heavenly Father before we came to Earth! We were all spirits and walked and talked with Heavenly Father.
    • Heavenly Father called a big meeting. All of Heavenly Father’s children were there. In the meeting, Heavenly Father told us we needed to go away from him for a little while so we could gain bodies and learn to choose the right.
    • Ask: Where did he send us to do this? (Earth)
    • Heavenly Father told us that when we came to Earth, we would not remember that we had lived with Him before.
    • Visual: Have a child stand on one side of the room. Have them close their eyes or be blindfolded. Even better if there are obstacles like a table or other children that they’ll have to navigate around. Talk about how difficult it is to navigate where to go when we don’t know the path and don’t have help.
    • He told us we would need someone to help us return to live with him. He promised to send someone to help.
    • Visual Continued: Have a child stand on one side of the room with closed eyes or a blindfold. Let the child cross again, but have one children guide them across this time. Compare this to how Heavenly Father promised to give us someone to help us.
    • Ask: How does it make you feel that Heavenly Father loved you enough to send someone to help you get back to heaven to live with him again?
    • We shouted with joy when Heavenly Father told us that he was going to send someone to help us.
    • Show a picture of Jesus Christ. Ask: Who is this?
    • Explain: its Jesus Christ. He lived with us in Heaven. He is the firstborn of Heavenly Father’s spirit children.
    • When Heavenly Father asked who He should send to help us on our Earth journey, Jesus Christ volunteered. Jesus Christ said he’d do whatever Heavenly Father asked Him to do and would give Heavenly Father all the glory.
    • Ask: How can you tell Jesus Christ loved Heavenly Father?  (He was willing to do what Heavenly Father wanted Him to do).
    • There was another spirit son named Lucifer who also wanted to be sent to Earth to help us. Lucifer’s plan was to force us do what he told us, we would have no opportunity to make choices. And he wanted all the honor and glory for himself. Heavenly Father chose Jesus Christ to help us instead of Lucifer.
  • Pre-Mortal Life Activity 
    • To help the children understand the difference between Heavenly Father’s plan and Satan’s plan I am going to have an object lesson. Put your “less desirable” food (for me, broccoli) on the table and tell them all that they have to eat it (no other choice).  Then explain to them that that is like Satan.  He wouldn’t let us have any other choice.  Then I will put out the other foods (apples, carrots, nuts, etc.) and tell them they may choose what you want to eat.  Explain that is like Heavenly Father’s plan.  Satan wasn’t going to allow us any choices, like with the broccoli, But Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ offered us the opportunity to choose for ourselves.  (Idea by MaryBeth Buffington  on sugardoodle.com)
    • If you choose to use real food, please check with parents for any food allergies!
  • Conclusion to Pre-Mortal Life
    • Ask: How do you think Lucifer reacted or felt about not being chosen?
    • Explain: Lucifer was very angry. He refused to follow Heavenly Father’s plan and caused a big war in Heaven. It wasn’t a war with guns and weapons, but of trying to get people to choose him over Heavenly Father and his plan. Lucifer was able to convince 1/3 of the people to follow him instead of Heavenly Father.
    • Stand:  Have the children stand if they think they choose to follow Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ instead of Lucifer.
    • We know that we all chose to follow Heavenly Father because we are on Earth. Those that followed Lucifer didn’t come to Earth to get bodies and follow this plan.
  • Choice
    • We were not forced to follow Jesus and Heavenly Father, it is and was our choice. It is still our choice. Satan/Lucifer will try to tempt us to make wrong choices. But we can choose to choose the right and follow Jesus Christ.
  • Read and Discuss:
    • The Great Plan of Happiness by David Bowman
    • Built-in questions and discussion in the book
  • Optional Alternative/Extra Activity: 
    • Coloring page: link listed as optional activity in preparation section, above
    • Matching Game, then put cards in order as a class  
      • https://www.lds.org/liahona/2005/01/sharing-time-the-plan-of-happiness?lang=eng
      • Flip the cards over so the pictures can’t be seen.
      • Let children take turns flipping 2 cards over, trying to make a match. Continue, letting all the children take a turn until all the cards have been matched. (If you have a large class, remind them that not everyone may have a chance to make a match).
      • Take one card of each match, so you have one of every picture,
      • As a class, read each card and put them in the order that events happen.
      • Explain that this is the Plan of Happiness or Plan of Salvation. This is the plan we chose. The plan Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ made for us so we could learn, gain bodies, and return to live with Them and our families for Eternity.
  • Invitation: Invite children to go home and tell their parents one thing they learned.
  • Closing Prayer

Primary 2 Lesson 3

Just a heads up… I won’t be posting an outline plan for this lesson as I’ll be gone and not teaching this lesson.

See ya next week!

Primary 2 Lesson 2 I Can Choose the Right

Last week didn’t go quite as I planned, so some things I plan for this week will be repeats of last week that we didn’t accomplish.

My main goals will be setting expectations as a class, focusing on developing a positive environment, and practicing talking on our turns (I realized I have a very busy and talkative group!) I feel that if I can establish a strong, positive class environment, we’ll be better able to focus on learning the gospel and feeling the spirit the rest of the year.

We will also be doing a slight combo of this week’s lesson and last week’s. After this, we’ll hopefully be getting more into routine and I’ll be able to stick a little more with the typical lesson schedule.

 

 

Purpose: “To help each child understand that he or she can choose the right by asking ‘what would Jesus want me to do?'”

Review of last week’s purpose: “To help each child understand that happiness comes from choosing the right.”

Preparation:

  • Primary 2 CTR shield or copy of CTR symbol (or draw it on the white board)
  • Prepare bingo board, drawing pieces cut-up, and magnet – if you’d like to do this for behavior
  • Bring your Primary 2 Lesson 2 manual or make a copy of the questions on the “we can do what Jesus Christ Wants us to Do” section

Materials:

  • chalk/whiteboard markers to write class expectations down
  • Get to Know You board game from last week
  • Game pieces for each child
  • Dice

Lesson:

  • Opening Prayer:
  • Let them know we will begin the behavior star incentive chart we discussed in a couple weeks. I won’t be there next week and want to start it after that week. So we can begin it and keep consistency with it right after. For more info, read my incentive/behavior ideas post. I will do class Bingo or tic tac toe, if needed. (also on previous post)
  • Each child shares on thing about their week
  • Briefly discuss expectations for primary class and sharing time (write them down, I’ll print them on a small poster or paper later so we can we review them). Let the kids help “decide” (with guidance) what these expectations are (taking turns to talk, participating in sharing time and singing time, etc).
  • Get to Know You Game (from last week, didn’t get a chance last week). Take notes to learn about and remember things about each child.
  • Jesus Christ wants us to follow Him.
    • Have the children play Follow the Leader, each taking a turn to lead the other children.
    • What were we doing? (Following the leader)
    • Read 2 Nephi 31:10 Jesus said these words. He wants us to follow him. He will help lead us to happiness.
  • Introduce CTR (this section may go quickly with older children)
    • Write each child’s initials on the board and ask what they are? Discuss/explain initials
    • Hold up the CTR shield/symbol (in front of LDS Primary 2 Manual)
    • These letters are initials.
    • Ask: What do they stand for (acronym) for? (Choose The Right)
    • Remind class that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love each of us and want us to be happy.
    • Jesus has told use that we be happy when we choose the right.
    • 3 Nephi 12:6 – explain scripture meaning.
    • Pass around a soft object
    • Choosing the Right is doing what Jesus would want us to do. It is following the commandments. Choosing the Right is a way we can follow Him.
  • Practicing Choosing The Right:
    • Pass around a soft object. Read a question from the LDS Primary 2 Lesson 2 manual “We Can Do what Jesus Christ Wants Us to Do” section. Have the child holding the object answer what choice they could make to choose the right and follow Christ (they can get classmate help, as needed). Make up more questions if needed, so everyone gets a turn.
  • Invitation: Will you try to choose the right this week?
  • Bear your Testimony of choosing the right and following the commandments
  • Closing Prayer:

Primary Reverence/Behavior Plan

Hi All!

I had my first week with my new awesome Primary class. I’m excited to work with them! But I also realized I underestimated what a busy and talkative group they will be. Its a pretty big class and I am quickly seeing they like to feed off each other. As a previous school teacher, I have sometimes found it hard to transition from teaching and enforcing behavior in a school setting to a Primary setting. I feel it needs to be different! So I’ve avoided any “incentive” or “behavior” program. I want them to learn and gain testimony of WHY we are reverent, not just doing it because they want a reward. However I’ve decided to try one this year for a few reasons: I would rather have parent’s in class than babysitting their child, if possible. Many recommend this, but I don’t want a parent, especially one who has to really fight to get to church, to get discouraged by a child’s behavior and decide not to come. I don’t want to nag the children, I want as positive of an environment as possible. I want there to be enough listening in class (I could literally hardly get in a sentence last week) that we can actually learn the gospel!

Also, remember that kids are kids. And they will act like it. They need to wiggle and move. They have limited attention spans. Find ways to let them be kids and be realistic with your expectations for their age. Also, look for possible causes to WHY they may be irreverent or “acting out”. Do they just need attention? Maybe they don’t get enough at home for whatever reason so you could seek a positive way to give that attention. Are they hungry? Are they having special issues at home? Try to be understanding, seeking Christlike love for these precious kids, and  looking for how to help the root of the issue.

Ideas to try:

  • Class Bingo: (This works great for a single week, like when substituting!)
    • Print copies of a church bingo board here. Make sure you get a copy to cut-up for “drawing” from as well as 1 copy for a class game or a copy for each child (different boards) if playing as individuals: https://ldslessonideas.wordpress.com/tag/conference-bingo/
    • Make sure class expectations have already been shared and review them.
    •  Hang a Bingo board on the chalk board. Play as a class, randomly letting a child pick out a bingo piece when you catch them following expectations (not calling out or talking over the teacher, helping classmates, participating, etc.) Mark the piece they pull out on the board (maybe using magnets?). If the class gets 5 in a row, share a simple prize or reward (bring stickers; play a favorite class game; small candy or treat, if appropriate (I prefer to avoid candy and treats).
  • Class Tic Tac Toe:
    • Draw a tic tac toe board.
    • You pick one symbol, class picks another. When the class is participating/following expectations, select one child to choose a spot for the class symbol on the game board. If they are not listening/following expectations or you are having to remind the kids how to behave, quietly put YOUR symbol on the board.
    • This game could be played once (potentially with a small prize if they win). Or more than once, throughout the class as they strive to stump the teacher.
  • Star Chart for a small prize (as individuals):
    • I choose this star chart because it went with our class discussion/theme of “sharing the light of Christ”. We will take about expectations and what it looks like to Share Their Light during Primary. Print the following for the class: http://speakfromtheheartup.blogspot.com/2012/06/free-printable-rewards-charts.html
    • I’ll have the kids help me decide on expectations. Each child will get a row on this star chart. They can earn the chance to get TWO stars each week. One for following expectations during sharing time, a second star for doing the same during class time. As the end of each meeting, let the kids quickly turning in a star if they earned out (try to work with those, rewarding where possible, individuals that may struggle the most).
    • Bring a small “treasure box” or bag with inexpensive “treasures” they can choose from when they have earned enough stars to fill their column. I’m thinking I’ll do stickers, small candy like dum dums, maybe some special prizes like the 3 packs of Bible card games at Dollar Tree, 3 packs of crayons at Dollar Tree, or maybe the cheap packs of party prizes at Walmart.

Good Luck! What are you awesome ideas for managing a busy primary class and keeping a positive environment.

Primary 2 Lesson 1 Happiness Comes from Choosing the Right and Introduction Lesson!

EDIT: Instead of a poster, I’ll be using this page for my “let your light shine” star page. I decided carrying or storing a poster board at church could be a pain. Instead, we will just color in a star for each child that shares. I may make it double sided to last as a longer, more stars to fill. This link takes you to the page I plan to use.  http://www.preschoollearningonline.com/Coloringpages/Coloringpages2/pattern.gif?x47832

 

*This year I’ll be teaching CTR 6/7 so my lessons will be geared towards this age. I actually get to keep part of my class from last year. Yay!

Because several of the children will be new to me and new to each other, I plan on focusing on some get to know you activities! I do this to help them feel welcomed, loved, and to give me a better idea of how I can best teach and show Heavenly Father’s love to these cute kiddos! Because the first two lessons are both focused on Choosing the Right, I still feel we’ll have adequate time to cover the topic, if mostly next year.

  • Purpose
  • Preparation
    • I’m using a “get to know you” board game I made last year out of a blank printed board game, coloring, and writing some random fun get to know you questions on it.
    • Make and copy “About Myself” paper for each child
    • Cut-out stars and posterboard
  • Materials
    • Dice and place markers (I use different color buttons) for board game
    • Crayons
    • January 2018 “Let Your Light Shine” article
    • Soft ball or object
  • Lesson
    • One thing about their week:
    • Opening prayer:
    • “About Myself” poster
      • First, I will have one child read the words in the middle box. Tell them that we will be learning about our Savior, Jesus Christ this year. I will remind the children that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love each of them. This is one of the most important things they’ll learn this year.
      • I will pass around the soft object to each child, one by one, saying “Heavenly Father and Jesus love ___ (the child will say their name as they catch the soft item). Repeat until every child has had a chance. *This is a new class! Remember to go over rules like how we act when we pass around the item (not throwing too hard or at heads and lights, gentle throws, following teacher directions, etc).
      • Give each child a paper with four boxes and one box in the middle that says “I am a Child of God. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me” and a place for their name. They can use crayons or pencils to fill in their name and draw one thing about themselves in each of the four boxes. (It would also be a lot of fun to let them do a collage with kid/church-appropriate magazines to cut pictures from about themselves… I just don’t have enough magazines). Then I’ll let each child (as they feel comfortable) to present the poster to the class. I expect I may have one child who may not be comfortable talking in front of others and I will not push it. I’ll talk about it for her or she can skip, depending on what seems best/she feels most comfortable with.
    • Introduce Weekly Activity: How did you let your light shine this week?
      • I’m trying something new this year. In addition to sharing something about their week, they will have a chance to share something they did that week to “let their light shine”.  I’ll bring a poster and then can put a paper star on it when they do and share something they did to let their light shine. I may even plan for a “reward” of sorts when we’ve filled the whole poster. I plan to bring it every week. I think I’ll let them pick the “reward” with me – Saturday breakfast at my house, snack in class (not a usual thing for me), special class service project, etc.
      • Explain that because Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love us, they want us to be happy. Times that I have felt really happy in my life are ____ (my baptism, watching people I taught be baptized when I served my mission, being married in the temple, taking care of my little girls, memories with my family, spending time on talents I’ve been blessed with, etc).
      • What are times you have felt happy? Give children a chance to answer, pass around the object or use prompts as needed:
        • Does serving others make you happy?
        • Does it make you happy when you listen to what your mom and dad ask you to do?
        • Are you happy when you spend time with your brother/sister?
        • Are you happy when you go to church?
      • I’ll read this awesome article from the January 2018 friend to kick-off the activity. https://www.lds.org/friend/2018/01/let-your-light-shine?lang=eng
      • We can choose to do things that make Jesus and ourselves happy. They are also things that allow our light to shine, like in the article.
      • Next, we’ll discuss examples of ways we could let our light shine, things we could share in class.
      • If anyone has something they happened to do this week that let their light shine, they may put a star on now. Or we can wait until next week and ask them to focus on it this week and share next week.
    • Get to Know You board game
      • Play as a class. Each classmate answers the questions they land on as they roll the dice and move around the board game. Play until everyone reaches the end (or class is over, whichever comes first). I use this as a chance to write down anything useful that I might want to remember – favorite colors, treats, etc..
      • There’s a couple questions I like to ask each child after the game, if I don’t already hear their answer. What is their favorite treat? Is there anything they really want to learn about in class this year or big questions they have? What are their favorite things they’ve done in primary?
    • Optional: Extra time
      • If time remains, I will hold up the CTR shield in the LDS Primary 2 manual or write CTR on the board.
      • Ask what they letters stand for? If you wrote CTR on the board, write down the full phrase now “Choose the Right”.
      • Ask what this means to them (passing around the soft object as they answer, if you’d  like).
      • Sing “Choose the Right Way”  (I like to use the LDS mucic app).
      • With any remaining time, pose situations (or use those in the manual) that they children might actually face and might have a chance to choose the right.
        • Example: You accidentally break a family picture frame in your living room. What should you do? OR You could hide it and hope mom doesn’t notice. Or you could tell her what happened and ask how you could help fix your mistake… what should you do to choose the right?
      • Invitation: Look for ways to share your light this week. Be prepared to share it next week.
    • Closing Prayer:

*We aren’t discussing CTR as in-depth today, as the manual teaches because I’d like to focus on getting to know each other and becoming comfortable with one another (I know I have some more shy kiddos coming in). But I know that with my older group, we can cover the topic more thoroughly next week and that they will already have some understanding of the topic.