Thursday, April 28, 2016

"This is My Beloved Son" Rock-Paper-Scissors

1.  Display the pictures below on the chalkboard.  Label each one with the number of the verse it represents.
2.  Ask the children one of the questions at the bottom of the page. 
3.  Tell the children to hit their fists on their palms three times while they say "rock, paper, scissors."  On the forth time, they hold up the number of fingers that represents the verse that answers your question. 
4.  Briefly discuss how the verse answers your question.  Sing the verse. 
John Baptizing Jesus (GAK 208)
Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephites (GAK 315)
The First Vision (GAK 403)
Q:  Where was Jesus baptized? 
A:  v1, in the River Jordan
Q:  How did Joseph Smith know which church he should join?
A:  v3, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him
Q:  How should baptism be performed?
A:  v1, by immersion
Q:  When should I read my scriptures?
A:  v4, daily
Q:  Does Heavenly Father look like a person?
A:  v3, yes!
Q:  How can I hear the words of Christ?
A:  v4, read the scriptures
Q:  How did Christ visit the Nephites?
A:  v2, he came down from the heavens
Q:  How did the Nephites know they were seeing  Christ?
A:  v2, they heard the voice of God witness
Q:  How can I know that the scriptures are true?
A:  v4, you will feel the Spirit in your heart

This is My Beloved Son

My ward chose "This is My Beloved Son" for our monthly song in April of 2016.  Here is how I taught it:

  1. Sing the children the first verse of the song.  Ask them to listen closely and determine what gospel story the verse is about.
  2. Display the matching picture.  I've listed my suggestions from below
  3. Quickly teach the verse.  Sing each line to the children and have them repeat it.  Include a simple hand gesture.  Then have them sing the whole verse back to you.  At this point, they'll still be struggling.  Don't worry- they'll catch on quickly during the game.  Do tell the children to sing "la, la, la" if they can't remember the words. 
  4. Teach the second verse in the same way.  I taught verses one and two in the first week and verses three and four in the second week.
  5. Ask for two volunteers.  The first volunteer will stand out side for a moment.  The second volunteer will choose a picture and hide it somewhere in the room.  Tell the children that the picture can't be completely hidden- at least part of it must be showing. 
  6. Invite the first volunteer back into the room.  Sing the verse, getting louder as the child moves nearer the picture and softer as the child moves futher away.  Repeat until the picture has been found. 
  7. Repeat!
John Baptizing Jesus (GAK 208)
Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephites (GAK 315)
The First Vision (GAK 403)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Lesson Plans: December 2015

1.  Jesus Christ came to earth, as promised by the prophets

2.  Jesus Christ is the savior of the world.
3.  Jesus Christ will return to the earth some day.
4.  I can live with Jesus Christ Again.

Any time this month:

Friday, November 13, 2015

2015 Primary Song Snowflakes

Back by popular demand!  Print out the document linked at the bottom of the page, fold, and cut out the patterns.  Glue snowflakes to heavy paper or card stock to reinforce and show contrast.  Use in one of the following ways... or find your own.

-Display the snowflakes on the blackboard.  Write the names of the songs on the board.  Ask the children to match the flake with the title, then sing the song.
-Have Junior Primary choose a flake.  Tell them the name of the song that it represents.  Ask them to tell you how the shapes symbolize the themes in the song.  Sing.
-Display the flakes around the room.  Have the children choose one at a time and think of a song which corresponds to the shapes in the flake.

For the previous two years' flakes, click here and here or download the document with all three years' flakes at the bottom of the page. Keep in mind, I've suggested songs that I think will work well, but since I've used very basic symbols, there could be many options that will fit.  

Chapel and "I"
"I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ"

Arrows with two sets of footprints
"Come, Follow Me"

Mangers and star

"The Holy Ghost"


Christ and Hearts
"I Know That My Savior Loves Me."

For this year's snowflakes:
For all three years:
(Coming Soon)