Sunday, June 26, 2016

I Love to See the Temple

To teach this month's song, I've created two activities from which you can choose. 
The first option is a simple flipchart.  You can print the flip chart from the link at the bottom of the page.
The second option is a game to create a graphic of the Salt Lake Temple.  The link to print this game is also at the bottom of the page.
To play the game:
1. Print the entire document and cut out the pieces.
2.  Before primary, assemble the frame of the temple on the blackboard at the front of the room.  It should look like this: 
3.  Hide the remaining pictures by taping them gently under some of the children's chairs.  To avoid confusion, hide verse one on the right side of the room and verse two on the left.  Ask the children to look under their chairs to see if they have a picture.
4.    Ask the children to listen as you sing the song and stand up if they believe they are holding the picture which corresponds with the first line.  When you have decided on the correct picture, add it to the temple frame at the front of the room.
5.  Continue singing the song and adding pictures until the temple is complete.  Tell the children that they should sing along with you if they know the words. 
I love to see the temple.
I'm going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I'll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.
I love to see the temple.
I'll go inside someday.

I'll cov'nant with my Father;

I'll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place

Where we are sealed together.

As a child of God, I've learned this truth:
A fam'ly is forever.
For the flip chart:
For the temple project:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Lesson Plans: June 2016

You are free to choose July's program song.  My suggestions are:

For Father's Day

Week 1:  Faith in Jesus Christ leads us to love Him, trust Him, and keep His commandments.

Week 2:  Repentance brings forgiveness.

Week 3:  When I am baptized, I make a covenant with God.

Week 4:  The Holy Ghost comforts and guides me.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Scripture Power

"Scripture Power" is my all time favorite primary song!  It isn't in the Children's Songbook, but it was published in "The Friend" and was one of the Sharing Time songs about ten years ago, so it's approved for us to use.  You can find the sheet music here. 
My flip chart uses a lightening bolt as a symbol for the word "power."  Before you begin teaching the song, I recommend you spend a week on the activity "The Power of Scriptures."  This will help the children understand what kind of power the song is describing.
Ask the children to watch the flip chart as they listen to the song and count the number of times they hear the word "power."  (There are six in the first verse and five in the second). Have them listen again and stand/sit whenever they hear it.  Once they are familiar with the music, go on to teach the song.
Because I want to be like the Savior, and I can,

I'm reading His instructions, I'm following His plan.

Because I want the power His words will give to me,

I'm changing how I live, I'm changing what I'll be.

Scripture power keeps me safe from sin.

Scripture power is the power to win.

Scripture power!  Every day I need

The power that I get each time I read.

The second verse talks about the armor of God.  Help the children to understand by first doing the "Armor of God" song-choosing activity and/or coloring page.
I'll find the sword of truth in each scripture that I learn.

I'll take the shield of faith from these pages that I turn.

I'll wear each vital part of the armor of the Lord,
And fight my daily battles, and win a great reward.
Tip:  Put the flip chart into a binder (or plastic folder with brads) and plastic sheet protectors.  Each sheet protector after the first will have two pages inside- a picture on the front and the lyrics to the next picture on the back.  Then when you open the flip chart, it will look like this:
When the children have learned the song pretty well, you can start turning the pages backward on each other so that just the picture is showing.
If you like, you can sing the three verses from "Heroes of the Scriptures" to the tune of "Scripture Power!"  I don't have a flip chart for the extra verses, but I do have some lip-sync puppets.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Power of the Scriptures

I created this activity to introduce the song Scripture Power, but it could be used any time the subject is scripture related. 
Begin by showing the children a small lamp.  Ask one of the children to switch it on.  The bulb won't light because the lamp is not plugged in-it has no power.  Explain that electricity is a kind of energy or power.  When we plug a device into a power outlet, power flows to the device and it works.  Plug the lamp into an outlet and ask the child to try to switch it on again.
Ask what kind of power we get from the scriptures.  Some possible answers are listed in the activity.  Tell the children that reading the scriptures is like plugging into an outlet- we can't benefit from the power unless we "plug in," or read.
Print the document linked below.  Display the first page at the front of the room.  Then cut out the lightning bolts on the following pages.  On the back, write a type of power, and the title and page number of  a song that works with the theme.  Have one of the children find a lightning bolt and move it to the page at the front of the room.  Briefly discuss the power and sing the song.  Remember, Singing Time is not Sharing Time- be sure not to spend too much time talking.

Possible Powers and my song suggestions:
Power to make good choices
Choose the Right (Hymns 239)
Dare to Do Right (#158)
Stand for the Right (#159)
Power to be happy
A Smile is like the Sunshine (#267)
Fun to Do (#253)
Power to endure
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man (#281)
Power of the Atonement
He Sent His Son (#34)
To Think About Jesus (#71)
Power of baptism
Baptism (#100)
When I am Baptized (#103)
Power of charity
"Give," Said the Little Stream (#236)
Power of peace
Keep the Commandments (#146)
Power of courage
Dare to do Right (#158)
Stand for the Right (#159)
Power of faith
Faith (#96)
Power of family
Families Can Be Together Forever (#188)
Power of Missionary Work
I Want to be a Missionary Now (#168)