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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

{Sharing Time} The Sacrament is a Time to Remember Jesus Christ.


ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (matching scriptures with pictures): Write the following scripture references on the board:
Around the room, place pictures depicting the events described in the scriptures (GAB 30, 47, 56, 57, and 59). Tell the children that the sacrament is a time to remember how much Jesus Christ loves us and all that He did for us. Ask a child to read one of the scriptures. Ask another child to choose a related picture and bring it to the front of the room. Repeat with the other scriptures.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (playing a memory game): Place on a table items such as a picture of Christ in Gethsemane, a picture of the Last Supper, a piece of bread, a sacrament cup, sacrament trays, scriptures, and a hymnbook. Invite the children to briefly look at the items, and then cover them. Ask the children to work in groups to write down the items they remember seeing. Let the children explain how each item can help them remember Jesus Christ during the sacrament.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I love the idea given in the outline. It’s simple, but something the children will enjoy. I’m not going to share anything too fantastic today...just another option for the ‘Encourage Understanding’ and the 'Encourage Application' sections. Enjoy!

Sacrament Punch
In the outline the children will hear different scriptures and then pick which picture belongs to that picture. For this I thought it would be fun to bring in the good ol’ Punch-a-Box!


I have come a long way from the original Punch-A-Box I first created...the Punch-A-Boxes I now use are simple (which is wonderful!).
Using a foam board, hot glue the number of plastic cups needed.
For this idea you will need 5 cups. You could throw in a few extra cups and add some scenarios of different types of behavior during Sacrament. You could have the children do a ‘thumbs up’ for ways we should act during Sacrament or a ‘thumbs down’ for irreverent behavior.
Ex: I was teasing my sister during Sacrament (thumbs down).
I read The Friend during Sacrament (thumbs up).

Now, on pieces of paper type/write the scripture references listed above. If you decide to add some scenarios be sure to type/write those onto pieces of paper as well.

Once your cups are glued to your foam board, place each of your pieces of paper inside of a cup.



Next, get some tissue paper and cut large square pieces (just make sure they’re large enough to fit over the mouth of the cup). Get a rubber-band and place the rubber-band around the tissue paper and the mouth of the cup.

To Play!
Around the room, place pictures depicting the events described in the scriptures (GAB 30, 47, 56, 57, and 59). Tell the children that the sacrament is a time to remember how much Jesus Christ loves us and all that He did for us.
Show the children your Punch-A-Box and explain that today they are going to be playing ‘Sacrament Punch’. Tell the children that inside each of these cups are different scriptures references. Show them the pictures around the room (or you can have them posted on a chalkboard) and explain that each scripture matches one of the pictures.
The children will take turns coming to the front to ‘punch’ & retrieve a scripture. The scripture will be read aloud and then the child will have to decide which picture it belongs to.

I created some little tags that you could have the child place on the picture that they pick after they have read their scripture.
Here is what they look like:



Sacrament I Spy
Here’s another option for the ‘Encourage Application’ idea. It’s very similar but with just a little change. Hope you like it.

Place several different items on a table such as:

a Picture of Christ in Gethsemane
a Picture of the Last Supper
a Piece of Bread
a Sacrament Cup
Sacrament Trays
Scriptures
a Hymnbook

Have the items covered with a towel or small blanket. Explain to the children that underneath the blanket are different items that we might see/use during the Sacrament.
Explain that you are going to invite one child up (you could even invite 2-3) to the front. You will uncover the items on the table for 15-20 seconds and let them look at the items. Then you will cover the items again and remove one item. You will then uncover the items once again for a short amount of time and see if they can guess which item is missing.
Once they have guessed which item is missing show the item to the other Primary children. Then invite the child to explain how that particular item can help them remember Jesus Christ during the Sacrament.

These are simple ideas, but they are fun and will help the children to learn the importance of the Sacrament and hopefully help them to learn that Sacrament is a time to remember Jesus Christ.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my Sharing Time Ideas. I love to hear if you use them and how they went, so leave me a comment and let me know.
Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
sheena
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

{Primary} 2015 Monthly Info Sheets


Today I am sharing my Monthly/Weekly Info sheets for Primary! I have shared these the last few years and I've noticed that y'all seem to like them. :)
Here is what this year's info sheets look like:


These info sheets are great to have in your Presidency folder to help you keep track of each monthly and weekly theme.

The first sheet includes the Monthly theme, Scripture, and Song. For the 'Your Choice' months for the songs I decided to leave it blank so you could write in which song you have chosen.
The second sheet includes each weekly theme. And in the right column is a space for you to write who is teaching and who is conducting. You could also write which week(s) you have to conduct or teach.

Have you used my Info sheets in the past? Do you love them or is there something that you would like to see on my sheets?


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

sheena
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Friday, November 21, 2014

{Sharing Time} Forgiveness Brings Peace


Identify the doctrine (seeing an object lesson): Ask the children how they might feel if someone pushed or hit them. Hold up a big rock and tell the children that it represents those hurt feelings. Place the rock in a long sock. Invite a child to come to the front of the room, and tie the sock to his or her ankle. Ask the child to walk around. Discuss how hanging on to bad feelings will drag us down. Explain that when we forgive people who hurt us, we let those bad feelings go. Let the child untie the sock. Ask the children to say, “Forgiveness brings peace.”

Encourage understanding (hearing scripture stories): Several days in advance, ask leaders or teachers to be prepared to share one of the following scripture stories about forgiveness:

1. Jesus forgives on the cross (see Luke 23:13–34).
2. Nephi forgives his brothers (see 1 Nephi 7:6–21).
3. Joseph forgives his brothers (see Genesis 37; 41–45).
Divide the children into three groups. Send each group to a different part of the room (see “Stations,” TNGC, 179), where a leader or teacher will briefly discuss the scripture story he or she prepared to share. After each group has visited each station, sing the first verse of “Help Me, Dear Father” (CS, 99).


Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
Today I am sharing a Thanksgiving themed idea, hope you don’t mind.


For this sharing time idea you will be using my ‘Tom the Turkey’ printable.
First you will need to Print out a 'Tom' (printable found HERE) and cut out some feathers. I just used some scrapbook paper and cut out some feathers.
On each of Tom's feathers write one of the scripture stories from the scripture references given in the outline. If you have more than 3 feathers you could write down different scripture references that talk about forgiveness and/or scenarios that the children can answer what they would do in that situation:
“Your brother called you a name and it really hurt your feelings.”
“Your friend said that she didn’t like you anymore.”
Something like that.

I LOVE the 'Identify the Doctrine' activity found in the outline, so I would use that as your opening. After you have done the activity and discussed forgiveness...show the children ‘Tom’ and tell them that today Tom is going to help during Sharing Time.
Tell the children that on the back of Tom’s feathers are different scripture stories, scriptures, scenarios, etc. They are going to take turns 'plucking' a feather from Tom and discussing whatever is on the back of each feather.

A Different Way to Play:
Who Am I: For this idea you will need to come up with 3-4 clues for each scripture story. Have the clues written/typed on separate pieces of paper.

 The child that ‘plucks’ a feather will be giving the remaining primary children clues to get them to guess who the person is.

On the back of each feather have one of the names from the scripture stories in the outline (Nephi, Joseph, Jesus Christ). Have the child show you which name they picked and then have them read the clues one at a time. Have the children raise their hand when they think they know who the person is.
After the children have guessed correctly discuss the scripture story.


And that's it! Two easy ideas for you to pick from for your Sharing Time this Sunday.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!


sheena
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

{Sharing Time} Repentance is a Change of Mind & Heart


Sharing Time Idea from the Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (revealing a picture): Prepare word strips with words from the sentence “Repentance is a change of mind and heart” written on each one. Use the word strips to cover a picture of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies burying their weapons. Ask a few children to remove the word strips and place them in the correct order on the board. Ask the children to read the sentence together, using actions to emphasize the words mind and heart.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (listening to a scripture story): Tell the children that there was a group of people in the Book of Mormon who had a change of heart. Tell the following story (see Alma 24): “Ammon taught a group of Lamanites about the gospel. They had been wicked people, but they believed what Ammon taught them and had a change of heart. They wanted to join the Church, so they repented of their sins, promised they would not fight, and buried their weapons of war. They changed their name to the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and became a hardworking, righteous people.”

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (burying “swords” and singing): Give each child a piece of paper. Ask the children to draw a picture of a sword and then write a wrong choice on their swords (such as “fighting with my brother” or “telling a lie”). Ask the children to share ways they can choose the right and then “bury” their swords by crumpling their papers or throwing them away. Sing “Repentance” (CS, 98).


Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
I thought it might be fun to play a matching game for this week's Sharing Time. Keep on reading below for instructions & for free game printables!
Sword Clipart bought from Clipartland on Etsy
Begin your Sharing Time using the ideas from the 'Identify the Doctrine' & the 'Encourage Understanding sections of the Primary Outline.

After you have discussed the story of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies explain to the children that you will be playing 'Will You Bury Your Sword'.

Download and print my 'Will You Bury Your Sword' matching cards (link below) and attach them to a poster-board, bulletin board, or chalkboard.
Show the children the cards and explain that on the back of the cards are different 'wrong choice' phrases. The children will take turns flipping over cards to reveal the wrong choices. Once a match is found invite the child to share ways they can choose the right (right the wrong) and then “bury” their swords by crumpling their papers, throwing them away, or have them place them in a box with a hole in the top.

 After all matches have been found, bear your testimony to the children. Invite them to remember the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and remind them that even though we make mistakes we can choose to 'bury our swords' and repent and promise to not do it again.

I am sharing my 'Will You Bury Your Sword?' cards with all of you.
{There are 5 pages + 1 page of blank cards.} 

I hope you enjoy my matching game this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
sheena
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