Primary 2 Lesson 5: I Can Make Right Choices

Purpose: “To help each child understand that we can choose the right because Heavenly Father gave us agency.” Source: LDS Primary 2 manual https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-2/lesson-5?lang=eng

Preparation: 

  • Print and copy enough of this color page for each class member. I will be printing page one of the handout from this awesome blog. It is the page that has four squares to draw pictures of ways/times we can choose the right. https://cknscratch.com/primary2/lesson-5-i-can-make-right-choices
  • a bowl of small items of different colors or variety such as small candies or stickers. I have old enough kids that I’m thinking Jolly Ranchers or a page of stickers that are different colors/shapes.
  • Optional: prepared game board

Materials:

  • Crayons
  • Soft object to pass around as they answer questions (such as a soft ball or stuffed animal… i prefer the ball because its washable and I’m a little bit of a germ-a-phobic lol)
  • optional: dice and game piece markers for each child

Lesson:

  • Review Class Expectations (class helped make list made a few 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
    • Show the bowl of small items that you brought. Pass the bowl around and let each child choose one.
    • Explain that they each made a choice. We make choices everyday.
    • Ask: What are choices they’ve made today? (What to wear, what to eat, to come to church or stay home, what to do with their time before church, to be reverent in sacrament meeting/primary, to sing or not sing in primary).
    • Explain that “making choices is a very important part of life on Earth. Some choices are easy and some choices are hard. Our right to choose was given to us when we lived in heaven with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
  • Connect/Reminder of last week’s lesson:
    • Review last week’s lesson. See what the children can re-tell to you, filling in “holes” to the story or telling it yourself as needed. I’d use questions to guide them in teaching… (pass around a soft object as they answer questions. Keeps my kids attention better.
      • Where did we live before this life?
      • Why did we come to Earth?
      • Who were the two people that told Heavenly Father they would come here and help us?
      • What did Jesus Christ offer to do when he came here? (Be an example but let us make our own choices. Give the glory to Heavenly Father).
      • What did Lucifer/Satan offer to do if he came to Earth to help us?
      • What plan did we all choose?
      • What did Jesus want to do to help us choose the right?
    • Explain Heavenly Father knew it would be best for us to choose for ourselves because we could learn to make right choices.
    • “Lucifer/Satan and his followers are still fighting Heavenly Father’s plan.” They use our agency, or ability to choose, to try and get us to choose to follow them instead of Heavenly Father and Jesus.
    • Hold up or draw on the board “CTR”.
    • Ask: What did Jesus want to do to help us choose the right? (Come to Earth to teach us what is right to help us know what choices to make. He lived a perfect example too, and have stories of his life written in the scriptures so we can learn from his example.)
  • We Can ALL choose the Right
    • * If my kids are getting very wiggly at this point (that is a lot of talking, listening, discussion above!) then we will take a small bathroom break here or I will choose to read the following story WHILE they work on the coloring activity. That will hopefully maintain reverence and give them a chance to wiggle!
    • Read the following story from the LDS Primary 2 Manual, lesson 5. It is in the last section of the lesson, just before the summary, about Brittany.
    • https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-2/lesson-5?lang=eng
  • Coloring Activity: 
    • Give each child a copy of the ‘color’ page.
    • Have the children draw/color in the 4 different squares with ways they can choose the right.
  • Scripture Example of how Children Can Choose the Right
    • Explain that some priests did not believe that Jesus Christ was the Savior who Heavenly Father had sent to save them. They tried to find something he did wrong so they could have Him killed. (Matthew 21:14-16)
    • Jesus healed the blind and lame people in the temple and the chief priests became angry. The children praised Jesus and this made them more mad. The chief priests wanted Jesus to stop them from praising. He reminded them that the scriptures say the children will praise Him.
    • Just like the children in the story, children can choose to follow and praise Jesus. We can all choose for ourselves… choose the right… even as children.
  • Optional Activities: Two games to choose from
  • Invitation:
  • Closing Prayer: 

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.

 

Temple “Extra” lesson

We have an extra week this month – one that is unassigned. I decided to talk about the Temples because its an area my kids (or at least some) have had questions about. I’m also keeping it really relaxed because it is our last week. I want to have a chance to just talk and let them ask any questions as well. I will actually get to keep half of my class next year too so I didn’t want to do a big “farewell” style lesson.

Preparation:

  • Cut-out stars (or any shape), attach paper clips, and write on them:
    • Sugar cube temple building
    • Temple card game
    • Sing I love to see the temple
    • Temple video
    • Read a story from my temple book
    • What do we do in the temple? (taught, sealed, ordinances for the dead)
    • Why is the temple important?
    • Who can go to the temple? (everyone – after they have prepared)
  • Print/copy color pages

Materials:

  • sugar cubes
  • Elmer’s glue
  • paper plates
  • magnet fishing pole (I have one from one of kid’s games but you could make one easily out of a wooden stick, string, and magnet)
  • Temple card game from previous lesson
  • Device to show video

Lesson:

  • Each child gets to share something about their week and Christmas
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Lesson:
    • Play “fishing game” (let the kids take turns “fishing for stars” and do the activity on whatever star they “catch”.)
      • Sugar cube temple building while they ask or answer questions about the temple. They can add a cube anytime they ask or answer a question. (Or just let them build one because its fun! Bring paper plates to do it on as it can be a very messy activity!)
      • Temple card game
      • Sing I love to see the temple
      • Temple video https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2009-03-10-the-blessings-of-the-temple?lang=eng
      • Read a story from my temple book: “Holy Places” by Chad Hawkins
      • Ask: What do we do in the temple? (taught, sealed, ordinances for the dead)
      • Ask: Why is the temple important?
      • Ask: Who can go to the temple? (everyone – after they have prepared)
    • Coloring: We’ll use the remaining time to color this awesome Provo temple coloring page (a little more adult-level but I think my kids will like it). As we color, we’ll chat, answer any questions about the gospel and listen to primary songs. https://www.drawingonsymbols.com/free-coloring-book-page/
  • Bear Testimony and Invite:
  • Closing Prayer:

Primary 3 Lesson 43 Honoring the Names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ

  • Purpose: “To help each child honor and respect the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.”
  • Preparation:
    • Print and cut out one copy of the word strip puzzle http://www.sugardoodle.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8331
    • Typed name papers for each child: Type up a paper for each child with their name in large, bold type in the center of the paper (landscape) and at the bottom in a much smaller font size, type the words: “Names are important. My Heavenly Father knows me by name. I can show respect and love to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by using their names reverently and respectfully.”
  • Materials:
    • Toy baby doll OR pictures of your own baby/babies
    • Device to show picture or bring the picture of Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove (link in lesson)
    • “Who’s Your Hero: Ultimate Collection Volume 1” book by David Bowman (or use picture of Abinadi before King Noah and a tell the story yourself, without the book).
    • crayons
    • chalk or whiteboard markers and erasers
  • Lesson:
    • Each child shares something about their week
    • Opening Prayer:
    • Follow-Up:
    • Attention: (as in LDS Primary 3 Manual)
      • Hold the baby or show the baby pictures. And tell the children “When you were a tiny new baby, your parents chose a name for you. It is a name they loved and wanted you to have.”
      • If you brought your own baby pictures, tell them the names of each child and explain why you named them each name that you picked for your kids.
      • Ask the kids if they know why their parents gave them their particular name? (Give each child a chance to answer, try to help each child feel good about their name, whether or not they know a special reason they were given it).
      • How do you feel when people say your name angrily or make fun of it? Or say it incorrectly?
      • Explain: “Names are very important! People recognize us and identify us by our names.”
    • Explain using the story of Joseph Smith: Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know your name and everyone else. They know each us individually, for who we are.
      • Show the picture of Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/the-first-vision-82823?lang=eng
      • Ask the kids if they know if who is in the picture? (Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith)
      • Tell the children that when Heavenly Father appeared to Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove, the first word he said was “Joseph”, He called him by name. ( I plan to tell more of the story as well, with an emphasis on how Heavenly Father knew Joseph specifically and by name).
    • A name identifies a person
      • Explain: “As soon as you hear the name of someone you know, you think of that person. It is an important occasion when a baby is given a name. The baby is surrounded by Melchizedek Priesthood holders and given a name and a blessing”. (Primary 3 Lesson 43 manual)
      • Tell the children I am going to write a very special name.
      • Write: “Jesus Christ” on the board.
      • Ask:  “What kind of person do you think of when you hear or see this name?”
      • Write:  “Heavenly Father” on the board
      • Ask: “What kind of person do you think of when you hear or see this name?”
      • Explain: “Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have done many things for us. We love them. When we hear their names, we often think of the many good things they have done. we feel love and gratitude when we think of them. We honor and respect those we love. We show honor and respect for them by using their names in a kind and loving way.” (LDS Primary 3 Lesson 43 manual)
    • Read the story of Abinadi in the “Who’s Your Hero” book
      • Emphasis while/after telling the story:
        • Abinadi was teaching the people about the ten commandments, which came from God.
        • These Ten Commandments are a guide to help us live the right way.
        • Ask the kids if they know about of the commandments?
        • The third commandment tells us that we should honor and respect the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
    • Have the children help you unscramble the Third Commandment puzzle.
      • Read it as a class.
      • Explain that “”in vain” means to use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in a disrespectful way or when they are not really thinking of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.” (LDS Primary 3 manual, Lesson 43)
      • “What are some other names we use when we mean Heavenly Father or Jesus? (God, Father in Heaven, Jehovah, the Lord, Christ, the Savior)” (LDS Primary 3 manual, Lesson 43)
      • When we use these sacred names, we should do it with respect. That means they should be said with love, reverence and not with anger or in a joking. It is considered swearing when names are used in this way. Correct times and ways to use these sacred names are when we are praying, reading them in the scriptures, talking about them in a respectful way.
    • Stories and questions from LDS Primary 3 manual, Lesson 43)
      • When is it right to use the name of Heavenly Father? (When we speak with reverence and respect, when we pray)
      • Read or tell story 1 in your own words:
        • “‘As a little girl, I walked home from school with my brother. We always took a shortcut past a large black dog that chased us as we ran by his house. If we ran at just the right time, we could make it to a fence and to safety. My brother would tell me when to run.

          “‘One day I was alone and didn’t run at the right time. The dog threatened me, and I froze on the sidewalk in terror. As he lunged toward me, [in fear] I cried out as loud as I could: “Heavenly Father, help me!”’”

          Her son reports: “Suddenly, my mother recalled, the dog was halted as if his way had been barred, and she crawled through the fence to safety. She knew her prayer had been answered” (S. Michael Wilcox, “No Other Gods before Me,” Ensign, Jan. 1994, pp. 22–23).”

        • Emphasize the importance that we only use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when we are praying or speaking reverently.

      • Read of tell story 2 in your own words:
        • “One day after an operation, President Kimball was being wheeled out of the hospital operating room when the attendant tripped and stumbled. The attendant started swearing and using the Lord’s name in vain. Even though President Kimball was ill, he pleaded with the attendant, “Please! Please! That is my Lord whose names you [use in a bad way].”

          The attendant was silent. Then he whispered, “I am sorry” (see “President Kimball Speaks Out on Profanity,” Ensign, Feb. 1981, p. 3).”

        • Why didn’t President Kimball like to hear this?
        • What could you do if at school or in neighborhood you heard people using the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus in vain? (Remind the children that we love the person, even if we don’t love their choices)
    • Extra Activity: Decorate Names 
      • This would be done well while doing stories (after you explain how and get them started), at the end of the lesson, or just before the story of Abinadi, after talking about the importance of names.
      • “If the children can write their own names, have them print their first names in the middle of a blank sheet of paper, then trace around it with one color, then again with another color, and another, until they have made a circular “rainbow” around the names. If the children cannot print their own first names, you could print their names in the center of the papers and let them decorate the names with the rainbow outlines or in other ways.” (LDS Primary 3 manual, lesson 43)
    • Invitation:
    • Closing Prayer:

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: