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Thursday, December 18, 2014

{Sharing Time} December 2014: The Son of God was Born on Earth

Sharing Time Idea from 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE: Ask the children: “Have you ever waited for something special to happen? Did it seem like a long time to wait? How did you feel when it finally happened?” Give the children an opportunity to share the feelings they had. Explain that since the time of Adam and Eve, our Father in Heaven promised that a very important event would take place. Righteous people looked forward anxiously to this event. Softly whisper to a small group of children, “The Son of God was born on earth.” Have them whisper the sentence to the other children, and then ask all of the children to whisper it together.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (sharing a story and singing a song): Ask the children to share what they know about Jesus’s birth (see Luke 2:1–20). Fill in the story with details the children don’t mention. Sing “Stars Were Gleaming” (CS, 37), and invite the children to imagine what the shepherds felt when they heard the angels sing. Encourage application (making a Christmas card): Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil or crayons. Help them fold the paper like a greeting card. Invite them to make a Christmas card for their family by drawing pictures of the birth of Jesus Christ. On the front, have them write “The Son of God Was Born on Earth.”

Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
I have used this idea for Sharing Time, FHE, Christmas Eve lesson...and the children always enjoy it.


You will need a nativity set (the Fisher Price ones are great for this) or use a ‘build your own’ picture of a nativity. You can find a great one on Green Jell-o with Carrots, found HERE (they have a few different ones, so look around).

Begin by doing the Identify Doctrine activity.
Ask the children: “Have you ever waited for something special to happen? Did it seem like a long time to wait? How did you feel when it finally happened?” Give the children an opportunity to share the feelings they had. Explain that since the time of Adam and Eve, our Father in Heaven promised that a very important event would take place. Righteous people looked forward anxiously to this event. Softly whisper to a small group of children, “The Son of God was born on earth.” Have them whisper the sentence to the other children, and then ask all of the children to whisper it together.
During this time of year we give and receive gifts, hear wonderful music, see a man in a big red suit with his little reindeer, etc., etc.....but Christmas is actually a very special time. Tell them that we were given a great gift and that is why we celebrate Christmas.
Show the children the stable, and tell them that today they are going to learn about the Birth of Jesus Christ. Have the children repeat:
“The Son of God Was Born on Earth.”

There are different ways you can do this activity.

1.    Have the stable on a table at the front of the room, and the remaining pieces in a bag or another container, to the side. As you read the story from Luke, invite a child up to find the piece that was read in that verse.
At the end you will have every piece of your nativity set up.

2.    Place each piece of the nativity inside of a box and tie a bow around the box. Then add a number to each box. Just make sure you number the boxes correctly. You will want them numbered in the order they appear in the scripture. Begin reading verse by verse. When you are about to read about box #1 invite the child who has #1 to open the box. As you read the scripture (or another child read) invite the child to come to the front and have them add their piece to the nativity.

3.    You could also have the scripture reference along with the piece wrapped inside of a box. Number the boxes. Begin by choosing a child to come to the front and pick box #1. Have them open the box and find the scripture reference. Have them read it aloud, and then show the piece to everyone. Have them add the piece to the nativity.

4.    You could combine Singing Time & Sharing Time by doing the activity this way: Have your nativity set wrapped into individual boxes. Begin with box #1 (have the nativity piece and the scripture inside the box). Tell the children that they will sing the song and pass the gift around. When the music stops they must stop passing the gift. Whoever is holding the gift when the music stops, will get to open the gift.
Invite the child to the front of the room to open the gift. Have them read the scripture and then show the piece to everyone. Then have them add it to the nativity.

5.    Baby Jesus: You could leave Jesus for the very last. Have the last child open the gift with baby Jesus inside. You could then explain WHY Jesus is our greatest gift. Using the pictures from the Gospel Art Kit you could quickly go through some of the major events during Christ’s life. Explain to the children that Jesus was sent to Earth and that He was sent here for us.

And that's it! I hope you enjoy the ideas I have shared for this week.
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
Thanks for stopping by!
sheena
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

{Sharing Time} Remembering Jesus Christ Helps Me Choose the Right

Sharing Time Idea from the 2014 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (listening to scriptures): Invite the children to close their eyes and imagine what life would be like if everyone made right choices. Ask a few of them to share what they imagined. Tell them that there was a time in the Book of Mormon when this happened, and ask them to listen for how this time is described as a child reads 4 Nephi 1:15, 17. Explain that the people were able to choose the right because they remembered something very special. Retell the events from 3 Nephi 17:20–25. Invite the children to say together, “Remembering Jesus Christ helps me choose the right.”

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (singing songs): Cover a picture of Christ blessing the Nephite children with some blank pieces of paper. Invite the children to think of songs that help them remember Jesus Christ. Sing a few of these songs together. Following each song, have a child remove a piece of paper from the picture. Repeat until all the pieces are removed. Discuss how the children in the picture may have made right choices following their experience with Jesus. Remind the children that when they remember Jesus they will want to choose the right. Ask them to name some things they can do to remember Jesus in their daily activities.


Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
To begin use the Identify the Doctrine idea from the outline.
Have the children close their eyes and imagine what life would be like if everyone made right choices. Ask a few of them to share what they imagined. Tell them that there was a time in the Book of Mormon when this happened, and ask them to listen for how this time is described as a child reads 4 Nephi 1:15, 17. Explain that the people were able to choose the right because they remembered something very special.
Have a small box wrapped like a gift. Explain to the children that the people in the scriptures remembered something very special. That very special something isn’t something that you can buy at a store. The special something is a gift from our Heavenly Father and He gave this special gift to the whole world. The gift was His own Son, Jesus Christ, who came to the earth to be our Savior.
Jesus showed us the way to live so that we can return to our Heavenly Father.
Invite the children to say together, 
“Remembering Jesus Christ helps me choose the right.

Before Primary get some other small boxes that you can use as gifts.
You will also need to make a copy or print out a picture of Christ blessing the Nephite children. Cut the picture into several puzzle pieces.

 In each of the small gifts place a puzzle piece. You could also include a piece of paper with a question. Some of the pieces of paper could say:
“Pick a song that reminds you of Jesus Christ.”
or
“What can you do to remember Jesus Christ daily?”
or
Come up with some scenarios

Place the items in each of the boxes and wrap them like a gift.
For your Sharing Time, place each of the gifts on a table at the front of the room. Invite a child up to the front and have them pick a gift. Have the child unwrap the gift to reveal the puzzle piece. Have them place the puzzle piece where they think it goes (you could have them do this on a chalkboard or bulletin board). Then ask them the question that is in the box. If it’s a song have the children sing the song, if it’s a question have them answer the question. Then continue with the next gift.

After all the gifts have been opened and the puzzle is all put together discuss how the children in the picture may have made right choices following their experience with Jesus.
Remind the children that when they remember Jesus they will want to choose the right. Ask a few children to name some things they can do to remember Jesus in their daily activities.

Encourage the children to think of Jesus often throughout their daily activities. You could even ask them to think of something that they will do. Have them write it down and tell them that that can be their gift to Jesus Christ.

This month's Friend has a great little 'gift' picture that you could use for the children to write what they will do. Just click HERE to view the printable.

 I hope you enjoy this week's Sharing Time. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!


sheena
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

{Primary} 2015 Primary Presidency Planner Sheets


I am so excited to share my latest printable with all of you.
If you read my post from Thursday you will know that I am now serving in my ward’s Primary Presidency.
With any calling I have I like to have a binder that has all the information I might need. I like the binder to be organized, so I can find things quickly.

I decided to create some sheets to go into my Primary Binder. Since they took some time I decided to list them in my Etsy Shop.
There are 29 pages which include:
-Monthly Calendar Sheets with space for notes
-Month at a Glance Sheets {for each month}
- -Sharing Time Agenda {Opening Exercises}
-Primary Budget Sheet
-Primary Budget Tracker Sheet
-Goals
-Teacher Interview

About the Pages
Calendar Sheets
I always have to have a calendar in my binder. I love having a calendar because I can write down upcoming events, birthdays, etc. And they’re also nice to have during Presidency meetings.
I decided to create a ‘Month at a Glance’ sheets, something I’ve never had in my Binder. Here is what this sheet looks like:
 
I wanted a sheet that I could just ‘glance’ at and know when I’m conducting or in charge of Sharing Time. I also wanted all the birthdays, talks, prayers, etc. for that particular month in one place, so when I am conducting I can glance at my sheet and write down all the needed info onto my ‘Sharing Time/Opening Exercises’ sheet.

Budget Sheets
The next thing I wanted to include in my binder were some budget sheets. I am not the greatest at turning in my receipts...it’s usually at the end of the year that I think “Oh, I’ve got a few receipts to turn in.”
Now, if you don’t have a budget the president of the particular organization might have seen a lot of money left in their budget and decided to go out and use that money. Then....here I come with my stack of receipts to turn in, but there’s no more money or not enough money in the budget.
Here is what one of the Budget Sheets looks like. There is also a Budget Tracker sheet included.
This is where a budget comes in handy. The Primary is responsible for quite a few different things...Activity Days, Scouts, Nursery, etc. If the Activity Day Leader knows her limit then she will try her best to stay in that budget and you (the President) won’t have to worry about not having enough money or the stack of receipts at the end of the year. By using the budget sheets in my Planner Pages you will be organized and everyone will know how much they can spend for their organization.

Goals Sheet
President Monson said, “Without a goal, there can be no real success.”

The last time I served in the Primary Presidency the President always had a yearly goal and monthly goals. I loved that idea!

M Russell Ballard said this about goals, “Often the lack of clear direction and goals can waste our time and energy and contribute to imbalance in our lives....much like a care tire that is out of balance. It will make the operation of the car rough and unsafe. Tires in perfect balance can give a smooth and comfortable ride. So it is with life. The ride through mortality can be smoother for us when we strive to stay in balance.”

I think it is very important for us to set goals. But we can set many goals, but we must work on them and try to achieve it.
On the ‘Goals’ sheet I have a space to write a Yearly Goal as well as sections for monthly goals and to-do lists.

Teacher Interview Sheet
Lastly, I included a sheet of questions for teacher interviews. I think it’s important to meet with the Primary teachers to see how they are doing and to find out if they have any questions or concerns.
I wasn’t the best at this the last time I served in the Primary, but I am going to try harder to be better at teacher interviews. I want each teacher to know how much they are appreciated and how important they are to the children they teach.
“No greater responsibility can rest upon any man [or woman] than to be a teacher of God’s children.”
-David O. McKay

If you would like to use my Primary Presidency Planner Sheets then visit my Etsy shop HERE. You can purchase all 29 sheets for $2.00. It's an immediate download, so as soon as you purchase them you can download and print. Feel free to print as many as needed, I just ask that you not share the files with others and use them for Personal/Church Use only.
If you would like to print for your whole Primary Presidency that is fine...go ahead and print away. :)

Coupon Code!
I promised a special Flash Sale on my Planner Sheets. Here are the details!
Until 11:59pm (MST) tonight you can purchase my Planner Sheets for $1.00 {50%off}! Just use the coupon code 2015PRIMARYLITTLELDS to get your discount.
To use the coupon code visit my Etsy shop {HERE}. Add my Planner Sheets to your cart. Once the item is in your cart click on 'Apply Coupon Code' and enter in the coupon code!

This is my first attempt at creating Primary Presidency Planner Sheets. I hope you like them and that they are helpful to you. I would love to hear any comments that you might have or any other sheets that you would like to see included, so let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend.

sheena
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

{Primary} 2015 Primary Presidency Binder Covers


About 2 weeks ago I was called into the Primary Presidency in my Ward. I am so excited to be back in Primary. Three of my 4 kiddos will be in Primary this year, so it will be fun to be in there with them.

I have been working on my presidency binder and trying to get that organized. Last week I shared my 2015 Monthly & Weekly Info Sheets that will be going into my binder, and I’ve typed up our class lists and birthday lists for our Primary....but I decided to create my very first Binder cover that I can use for my binder.

Today I am sharing the 2 different Binder Covers that I created. I have created one for each of the presidency members in the Primary: President, 1st Counselor, 2nd Counselor, and Secretary.
Here’s what they look like:

 
I printed out the mint chevron one for myself, but I love the blue polka dots as well.
I am sharing these as a free printable, so be sure to print out one for yourself or for your whole Primary Presidency.



I've also been working on some other sheets for inside my binder {month at a glance sheets, budget sheets, goal sheets, etc.}.
I am planning on sharing those tomorrow, but they have taken quite a bit of time, so I will be selling the sheets as a packet in my Etsy shop. I promise they will be super cheap...and I might have a 50% off flash sale for my Presidency Sheets, so keep an eye out.

I hope you enjoy my Binder Covers.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

sheena
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