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Thursday, July 24, 2014

{Sharing Time} I Can Know the Truth Through the Power of the Holy Ghost


Sharing Time Ideas from 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (distinguishing truth from error): Write, on separate pieces of paper, some statements that are clearly true and others that are obviously false (such as “The sun is warm,” “Ice is hot,” “Stars shine at night,” and “Fire is cold”).  Invite a child to choose one to read aloud, and ask the children to stand if the statement is true and sit if it is not. Ask, “How do you know?” Repeat with each paper. Explain that another way we can know something is true is through the power of the Holy Ghost. Read Moroni 10:5.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Explain that through the power of the Holy Ghost we can know the truth; we may hear the Spirit’s voice or we may feel Him speak in our minds or hearts. Display pictures of a head (mind), a heart, and an ear (click here for sample drawings available from lds.org). Divide the children into four groups, and invite each group to read one of the following scriptures aloud as a group (see “Choral Readings,” TNGC, 163): D&C 11:13, Helaman 5:45, D&C 8:2, Helaman 5:46–47. As each group reads their scripture, ask everyone to show which pictures go with the scripture by placing their hands on their head, heart, or ears.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I really like the idea given in the outline, but here are a few ideas that you could use as well. I shared these a few years ago and thought they would work great for this week.

Here's an idea you could use to begin your Sharing Time:
For this Sharing Time you will need:
-5 chairs: set up in the front of the Primary Room
-A whistle, bell, something that makes a noise
-Sandpaper, soap, stuffed animal, etc
-Lemon, orange, soap, something that smells
-Popcorn, chocolate, something that they can taste
-Blindfold

What do you know? Do you know your name and where you live? Do you know colors and shapes? Do you know how to count, read, and spell? Do you know how to write,cook or drive?
Knowing things/knowledge is very important.
Today I am going to test your knowledge. I need 5 helpers. Choose 5 children to come up to the front of the room and sit in a chair.

Child #1: Ask the child, “How many children are in the class on the first row?” (or another question related to something he can see).
Child #2: Stand behind the second child and blow a whistle or ring a bell without letting him/her see. Ask her what she heard and why she thinks that’s what it is.
Child #3: Blindfold the third child and ask him/her to touch a piece of sandpaper or soap. Ask what he felt.
Child #4: Have the fourth close his/her eyes tightly and smell a lemon or other recognizable smell. Ask her to identify it.
Child #5: Have the fifth child close his eyes and taste a chocolate chip or salty popcorn. Ask what it was.

Explain that our senses are important tools that help us learn/know things. There are other important ways we can know things.
Ask if any of the children believe that their families love them. How do we know this? (by the things they do, by the feelings we have).
Ask if any of the children have a good feeling about reading the Book of Mormon by themselves or with their families. Ask how they feel when they help or are nice to others. Explain that those good feelings are the Holy Ghost. Another way we can know something is through the power of the Holy Ghost. (This idea came from a past issue of The Friend.)


Learning a scripture
In the outline it encourages you to read Moroni 10:5. Here are 2 ideas that you could use to help the children memorize the scripture:

-Split the scripture up into small phrases: 
‘By the power’ below this phrase have a picture of some muscular arms.
‘of the Holy Ghost’ have a picture of the Holy Ghost/Godhead.
‘ye may know,’ show a picture of a head with an arrow pointing at your brain.
the truth of all things.’ You could have True or False boxes at the bottom, with the True box checked.

-Split the scriptures into small phrases: Have each phrase typed onto a piece of paper and have each phrase a different color. ‘By the power’, have a child wearing green come up and hold the sign. ‘of the Holy Ghost’, a child wearing Red. ‘ye may know’, a child wearing purple. ‘the truth of all things’, a child wearing blue. Say it 2 or 3 times picking new children to help hold the signs each time.

Encourage Understanding Activity
Here are some ideas that you could use for the final activity that go along with the outline:

Jr Primary Idea: For Jr. Primary you could hand each child a picture of a head, heart, and ears. Have an adult or child stand up and reach one of the scriptures:
D&C 11:13
Helaman 5:45
D&C 8:2
Helaman 5:46–47
 As the person reads the scripture have the other children decide which picture goes with that scripture and have them hold the appropriate picture in the air. Discuss the scripture with the children to help them understand what it means.

Another Idea: Have an outline of a boy/girl on a poster-board or on a piece of paper attached to a chalkboard. Beside the outline have the picture of the head, heart, and ears.
Have your scripture references typed onto pieces of paper and hide them under some of the Primary chairs.
Invite the children to look under their seats to see if they have a scripture reference. Invite one of the children with a scripture to come up and read it aloud. Then choose another child to come up and pick a 'body part' picture that goes with that scripture and have them place it where it goes on the outline of the boy/girl.
{You could also do this without the outline of the boy/girl and just have them pick the matching body part}


And that’s all I’ve got for this week!
I hope you enjoy my ideas I've shared today. I would love to hear if you used them and how they went.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day and a wonderful Sharing Time!

sheena
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

{Sharing Time} I Become a Member of the Church Through Baptism and Comfirmation

Sharing Time Ideas from 2014 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing pictures): Pretend to be a reporter. Tell the children, “Welcome to the Good News Network! Today I have the greatest news to report to you—each one of you can become a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ! This is one of the most important things you can do in your life. You become a member of the Church through baptism (show a picture of a child being baptized) and confirmation (show a picture of a child being confirmed).”

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures):  Divide the children into groups and give each group one or more of the following questions and corresponding scripture references. Invite them to imagine what they would say if a reporter asked them these questions. Ask them to find the answers in their scriptures.

1. Why must I be baptized? (See John 3:5; Acts 2:38.)
2. When am I old enough to be baptized? (See D&C 68:27.)
3. Who can baptize me? (See D&C 20:73.)
4. How should I be baptized? (See D&C 20:74.)
5. What does baptism symbolize? (See Romans 6:3–5.)
6. How do I prepare for baptism? (See Alma 7:15–16; 19:35.)
7. What do I promise at baptism? (See Mosiah 18:10.)
8. What do I promise every Sunday when I take the sacrament and renew my baptismal covenants? (See D&C 20:77.)

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (answering questions): Pretend to interview some of the children. Ask them to report what they learned about how you become a member of the Church.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week’s Sharing Time I am going to use an FHE idea that I shared a couple months ago. Enjoy!

For this Sharing Time you will be creating a 'Punch Board'. 
You will Need:
 Foam board
Plastic cups
Glue (Hot glue works great)
Blue tissue paper
Questions (I am sharing some below)

 Since this week is talking about baptism I thought an '8' punch board would be great.
Get your board and place your cups into the shape of a figure eight. Then, one by one, glue the cups to the foam board.

Next, you will be placing questions into each cup.
 The Sharing Time Outline had some great questions, so I used those and created some cute little cards that you could use for your punch board. Here is what they look like:

After all of the questions are inside of a cup cover up the cups with blue tissue paper. 
For this just cut square pieces of tissue paper {make sure they're larger than the mouth of the cup}.
Place a piece of tissue paper over a cup and then place a rubber band around it.
I had a little helper which made it so much easier. I held the tissue paper around the cup and she put the rubber band on.

To Play:
 Invite a child up to the front and have them punch into one of the cups. Have them retrieve the question and read it aloud. Have the children look it up as a Primary and read the scripture together. Discuss the answer with the whole primary.

Another way to Play: You could Split the Primary into groups and have each group punch one or more of the cups. Have them read the question(s) and Scripture(s) as a group. After everyone has read and answered their question have them share it with the rest of the children.

More Cups than Questions!
If you notice...my '8' had alot more than 8 cups (that's how many questions were provided in the outline). You can try to make a smaller figure eight OR have the top 8 cups the questions given in the outline.
Have the bottom portion of the '8' other types of questions. You could have scenarios, or charades, drawing (pictionary), etc. You could even do command type questions: "Stand up if you have been baptized."
You could even have some questions that ask the children to share a special memory from their baptism. 
Whatever you do...will be great!


I hope you like my Baptism Punch idea for this week's Sharing Time. I'd love to hear if you use it.  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

sheena
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Friday, June 27, 2014

{Sharing Time} Priesthood Spin: 5th Sunday Review Game


Sunday is a 5th Sunday. In our ward the YM/YW usually teach Sharing Time, so that the primary workers can go to the 5th Sunday lesson. This time the YM are in charge, and since my husband happens to be the YM’s President, guess who gets to prepare the Sharing Time lesson....ME!

I decided to keep it simple and do a review of this month’s Sharing Time lessons, but add a fun twist.
Today I am sharing a game I’m calling ‘Priesthood Spin’.

I decided to re-use an idea that I shared a few weeks ago. For this Sharing Time we are going to be using the ‘human spinner’ idea for our review game. Here’s more details:

At the front of the Primary room you will have a spinning office chair (either from home or from the church if you can borrow one).
Just like a game spinner, you will need to mark off sections for your human spinner.
For my idea you will have 3 different sections for the spinner. I created signs for each of the 3 sections, here they are:

Clipart from Melonheadz LDS Illustrations
Priesthood Power
This section is a review from week 1. For this section you will be giving clues to the children for different Priesthood Ordinances. The children will try to guess which ordinance it is by the clues/pictures you give.
You could also have several objects pictures in different bags for each ordinance. When the children land on this space hand them a bag and have them pull out the objects and have them try to guess which ordinance it is.


Clipart from Melonheadz LDS Illustrations
Temple ?'s
This section is a review for week 2. For this section the children will be answering different questions about the temple.
I also included a cute object lesson that I found on Latter-Day Chatter that you could share with the children once they have answered all the questions from this section.


Clipart from Melonheadz LDS Illustrations
I’m Going There Someday
This section is a review for week 3. For this section the children will be picking body parts from a bag (mouth, hands, feet, ears, etc.). They will be sharing one thing they can do with that body part to prepare to go to the temple.


{clipart from LDS.org}

How To Play:
Set up your chair and tape off the 3 different sections needed for the game. Place the section signs on the floor inside the appropriate section.
To get started...invite a child up to the front and have them take a seat in the chair. Have the child stick their legs out straight in front of them (that will be the pointer/arrow). Next is the fun part...SPIN!
Where the child's legs are pointing will be the section that they land on and will be quizzed from that section.
Have the child answer the question from that section and then discuss it with all the primary children. Then pick a new child to come up and 'Spin'.

You could do this as a whole primary or split them into teams and award points. You could also do Teachers Vs. Children. You could come up with some more challenging questions for the teachers if you want to.

Continue playing until all the questions have been answered or until time runs out.

Today I am sharing everything (except the chair) you will need for this Sharing Time! YAY!
Just click the links above & below for the section signs, the body part clipart, and an outline of the questions for each section. 


And that's it!
I hope you enjoy my Priesthood Spin review game.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
sheena
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

{Personal Progress} YW Value Hair Ties with Free Printable!


Today I wanted to share a great Personal Progress gift that I recently gave to the YW in my ward.

I first saw these adorable Value Hair ties on Pinterest, but when I clicked on the link it only had a picture. I searched and searched, but couldn’t find the source of the picture. So I decided to create my own. :)

For the elastics, I found a great little Etsy shop that had all the colors I needed at a great price. After looking at a few places I found WW Supplies and was able to buy 5 yards of each value color...I wanted each one different, so it took a little time looking through all of the great elastics, but I finally settled on 8 different kinds. What do you think? I am loving the yellow with the little ruffle down the middle!

Creating My Hair Ties
I looked at several different tutorials for creating your own hair ties and tested a few out. I finally decided on a good length to cut the elastics and got to work.

I cut the elastics about 8 inches in length. Then, using a match, burnt the ends to prevent fraying. After I cut several pieces I tied a knot at the end of each piece. I decided to leave a shorter 'tail' at the end of my elastics. If you want a longer piece at the end then you may want to make yours a little longer. 
I also found that the glitter elastic needs to be a little longer due to its thickness. 

Elastic Headbands
If you happen to have a YW with short hair that wouldn't use hair ties...no worries...make her some headbands using the elastics!
I created a few for my daughters and they were great. Just measure your head and decide on a comfortable length for the elastics then cut and knot. :) Easy Peasy.

After I had them cut and tied I made a card to place the elastics on.
I created one card without a border and rounded the corners.

The other one I added a border to give it a little something. I also added 'XOXO, your YW Leaders' which I ended putting on both cards in the end.

These would make great birthday presents for the girls, prizes for Personal Progress, gift for the girls coming in to YW, craft for Girls Camp...Whatever the reason....these are cute and the girls will love them.

Today I am sharing my cards that I created for my hair ties! YAY!
Just click on the link below and print them out. Just print them on cardstock and then add your adorable little hair ties.



If you have any questions feel free to ask...and hopefully I'll have an answer for you. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.

sheena
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