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Thursday, May 28, 2015

{Primary} June 2015 Monthly Theme Poster

Can you believe it’s almost June!?! This year is flying by and I’m wanting it to slow down a little.

Today I am sharing the monthly theme poster for June.
June's theme is: The Holy Ghost Testifies of the Truth of All Things.
I decided to use some clip art from the LDS Children's Songbook. You can find a bunch of great clip art to use on, HERE.
Here's what this month's poster looks like:

Just click the link below to print the poster out. I hope you enjoy this month's poster.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!
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Friday, May 15, 2015

{Primary} May 2015 Monthly Theme Poster

It's a little late, but here is the Monthly Theme Poster for May!
The wonderful baptism image came from Susan Fitch Designs.
I hope you enjoy this month's poster. I am working on June's poster, so I will be sure to post it soon.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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{Sharing Time} I Can Repent

Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline
Encourage Understanding and Application: Explain that because of Jesus Christ, when we do something wrong we can repent, which means we stop sinning and turn to God. Explain that repentance includes feeling sorry, asking for forgiveness, righting the wrong, and not repeating the wrong. Briefly discuss these steps, emphasizing how the Savior can help us. Divide the children into groups and give each group a case study. Have them read the case study and discuss what they would do to repent. For example, someone gets angry and hits his brother or sister. What should he do? Express gratitude for the opportunity Jesus Christ has given us to repent.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
Back in 2010 I saw the idea (below) posted as a comment on the Sharing Time page on Sugardoodle. I thought it was such a cute idea.

Here is the comment that I read on Sugardoodle:

Scripture: D&C 59:9 – ‘And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shat go to the house of prayer and offer up they sacraments upon my holy day.

"In primary, I had to try to teach the kids this scripture and the meaning of it during sharing time. Here’s how I did it and yes, it was a HUGE success in both Junior and Senior sharing time.  First at home, I cut out about 30 circles good sized but not too big. (maybe 4 x size of quarter)  Then I wrote things on them that would be considered a ‘spot’ or a ‘sin’ as the scripture refers to.  
 Some of them included: stole money from mom’s purse, told a lie to my teacher, cheated on a test at school, hit my brother, etc.  That Sunday morning, before church, I put on a long skirt and top.  I then proceeded to pin each of these circles to my skirt, shirt, hair, shoes etc.  For the ones in my hair I had pulled my hair into a ponytail and wedged one or two in my hair.  Then I went to church with all these spots on me.  Make sure that the blank side is what everyone sees, not the written side)  I got quite a few looks from others as I walked around but pretended to not see. This of course piqued all of the kid’s curiosity all through sacrament.  If any of them asked what the circles were, I pretended not to see them and told them they were crazy!  This of course would get giggles.  By the time sharing time came around I read the scripture to them and we discussed what the scripture means when it talks about ‘spots’ and how they are really talking about our sins.  Then the kids started to raise their hands and say that I had spots all over me and since I couldn’t see them I had them point one out and suddenly I could see that one (but only that one).  So I removed the pin and read silently what it said.  Acted surprised and horrified and said lets move on. The kids would never let me move on because they would HAVE TO KNOW what was on the other side of that spot and so after some reluctance I would read it out loud.  All the kids were shocked that I had lied to my parents or stole money from my mom’s purse etc.  Then someone else would point out another spot and another spot until slowly we read them all.  Then we finished by discussing the scripture one more time and talking about repentance and how we can be forgiven of our sins and our spots can be removed if we repent.  It was a BIG HIT.  Then between the sharing times I would re pin all of them back to me to do it again with the next group. It was a memorable sharing time that really drove the message home."

I thought that this idea would be great for this week's Sharing Time. I'm not going to wear my spots to church, but I am planning on going down to the primary room about 10-15 minutes before Primary and begin pinning all of my 'spots' on me. As the children come in I will be sure to stand by the door to welcome them to Primary, hoping that they'll notice the dots and question what they are. I will do as the sister did in the idea above.

To begin the Sharing Time you could read a scripture or discuss sin and compare it to spots. 
Just like the idea above, discuss each of your 'sin spots'. Explain that because of Jesus Christ, when we do something wrong we can repent, which means we stop sinning and turn to God. Explain that repentance includes feeling sorry, asking for forgiveness, righting the wrong, and not repeating the wrong. Briefly discuss these steps, emphasizing how the Savior can help us. 

Since you will have spots all over, I thought this Mormonad would be great to show the primary children as you discuss the steps of repentance:

Find the image HERE!

 I also created a little handout to help the children remember the steps of repentance. They aren't worded exactly like the steps in the outline, but the same idea. My husband actually used these steps while on his mission.
Just click the link below to print yours out.
Here is what they look like:

Need some other ideas? Here are some of my previous Sharing Time Ideas on repentance:
We Come Unto Christ by Repenting When We Make a Mistake. 
Because of Christ's Atonement I can Repent. 
Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I Can Repent & Be Forgiven.
As I Repent, I Can be Forgiven.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day Questionnaire & Gift Idea

Today I wanted to share a fun little Mother’s Day treat & gift idea that we have decided to do for Primary this week.

We had decided that we were going to use ‘Riesens’ as the treat and that we would have a little tag or something that said:
“A few riesens why I love you.”

I had been thinking about what to do and thought about a questionnaire. I LOVE the questionnaires that have been floating around the internet. They are always so cute and funny.
I decided I wanted to do the same thing, so I looked online and found a

I used the idea, but made just a few minor changes.
Here is what they look like:
{There's 2 to a page}

 I decided to ask my ‘soon-to-be’ 4 year old the questions. As always, they were so cute and funny.

Some of her answers:
I know my Mom cares because she...gets mad sometimes & happy sometimes. {guilty}
I love my Mom because she helps me...cut my hair when I get gum in my hair. {sigh...yes, yes I do}
I love my Mom when she makes me laugh by...acting like a chicken {not sure about this one} haha

I am sharing my questionnaires as a free printable! Just keep on reading and click the link at the bottom of this post to print yours out. If you don't want to print in color just select on your printer options to print in Black and White. I tried it and it still prints out great.

Treat Idea
I happened to have some French fry boxes that I picked up from Pick Your Plum. I thought it would be really cute for the treat.

I got some clear treat baggies (leftover from birthday bags) and put a few Riesens, Hershey Hugs and Kisses inside. I decided to throw in some Hugs & Kisses...thought that would be cute.
Then I folded the bag and placed it inside the fry box upside down.

Next, I created and printed out some Happy Mother’s Day tags. I got some twine and wrapped it around the box a few times and then attached the tag.

On Sunday we'll have the children fill out their questionnaire. They can fold it and place it inside the box or just hand it to their Mom when they give her the box of treats.

10 'Riesens' I Love My Mom plus chocolate...I couldn't ask for a better gift.
If you don't have a box to put the candy in, no worries. Just get some clear plastic baggies and tie it off with some twine or curly ribbon. Then attach the tag and you're good to go!

If you would like to print out your own questionnaire and tag click the links below.

 Thanks so much for stopping by. I would love to hear if you use my idea this week and how it goes.
Have a wonderful day & a fabulous Mother's Day!

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