Saturday, June 24, 2017

My Country

Regardless of the country that you live in, patriotism is important.  The Primary Songbook  has 2 great songs about showing patriotism - p. 224 and 225.  Once the children know these, they will become favorites.

"My Country" p. 224

  • Sing the song for the children
  • Tell them that countries all over the world have different landscapes:
    • mountains
    • deserts
    • icebergs
  • Sing the first verse then ask them to sing with you.
    • Ask: What kind of landscape do we have here where we live?
    • What other landscapes does this song mention?
    • Did you hear any rhyming words? pride - wide, bound - found
  • Sing the second verse
    • Ask the children to share what this verse talks about.
    • Can it apply to any country? Why?
    • Sing it with the children.  Listen for rhymes.
  • Sing the whole song a few times

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Father's Day Fun

Choose some favorite Father's songs from the Primary Songbook - p. 201, 209 - 2011, 188, 191, 192, 193 are all great family songs that appropriate for Father's Day.

Depending on time and how many songs you choose to sing, ask 1 or more children to tell something about their father.  Then sing one of the songs.  things they can tell about their father could be:

  • Favorite: food, game, color, scripture story, etc
  • What does he do when he goes to work?
  • What do you like to do with him?
  • What does he like to do for fun?
  • What's your favorite family activity?
*There are several activities in past posts.  Check them out!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Father's Day

Father's Day is two weeks away and there are several songs that celebrate fatherhood and grandpas.  One of my favorites is Fathers, p. 209.  I like the message and the importance of those who "father" each of us.

Begin with the chorus.

  • phrase 1: We sing "special" twice: father's are so special with a very special love.
  • phrase 2: they watch and protect - they guide and direct
    • You may want to make word strips of these two sets of words so the children keep them together.
  • phrase 3: Ask the children where the home above is. This phrase will have more meaning if they know that it's talking about heaven.
Verses:
  • As you teach each verse, make sure the children know what father we are singing about.
  • Use the rhyming words to help keep the words in order.
  • Be sure to sing each verse separately several times so the children know the melody and words.
  • This may take more than one week to teach.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Choose to Live the Gospel

Making the choice to live the gospel is important.  Sometimes we do it without thinking and other times we forget to think about living the gospel.  When the Lord commanded Nephi to return to Jerusalem to get the records, Nephi had no idea what kind of choices he would have to make to get them.

Ask the children what choices he had to make in order to bring the plates back to his father.  You might what to tell the story, read it or ask questions to help the children tell the story.   ( 1 Nephi 3:1-10, 18:4)

  • What happened when they asked Laban for the plates?
  • What did they decide to do?
  • What happened when they offered Laban money?
  • What choices did Nephi have to make after?
When the Lord asked Nephi to build a boat, what choices did he have to make as he did his best to do what the Lord asked him to do?

What are we asked to do?  How do we make choices to do what the Lord asks us to do?
  • What do we do to prepare for Sunday so we can go to church?
  • What choices to we make to honor our parents?
  • What choices to we make to serve?
Sing each verse of Nephi's Courage, p. 120 after the discussion for each verse. You may have other questions that will help the children see that they make choices all the time.  Are they making good choices?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Baptism Sharing

We can't teach enough about baptism, confirmation and the 4th article of faith.  Choose songs from the Primary Songbook including p. 105, 100 and 103.

Use pictures from your ward library of people - children and adults, being baptized and/or confirmed.  Ask a child to pick a picture and tell something about baptism.  If they have been baptized, they could tell one thing that they remember about it.  If they haven't, they could tell something that they are looking forward to being baptized.

Sing one of the baptism songs then ask another child to share their thoughts. continue singing a song after each child.  You might want to ask one of the adults to share also.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Baptism

Baptism is a very important ordinance.  Whether we've been baptized or preparing to be, reminders of what it is and about is always helpful.

Begin with Baptism, p. 100, that tells about Christ's baptism and why we should be baptized.  Use a picture of Christ being baptized by John the Baptist.

When I Am Baptized, p. 103, tells about "being made clean."  Use a picture of a rainbow and/or a child being baptized.

The Holy Ghost, p.105, tells about the gift of the Holy Ghost and His purpose.  Share the fact that the Holy Ghost whispers, or a feeling and that we must listen carefully.  We must live so we can be close to our Heavenly Father and hear the promptings of the Holy Ghost.  Use a picture of a child being confirmed.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Appreciating Women

Mother's Day is a great time to be thankful for all the women in our lives. Choose several songs to review including some family songs.

Ask the children to think about all the women/girls in their lives.  You may have to give them an example or two to get them thinking.

  • mother
  • grandmother
  • great grandmother
  • aunts
  • sister
  • neighbor
  • teacher - primary, school, music, coach, dance, doctor, dentist, etc.
Have one or two children tell something about a special girl in their lives, then sing one of the songs.  Continue this activity.