Wednesday, October 22, 2008

November 2008 Primary Sharing Time Helps and Ideas

Worth of a Soul by Liz Lemmon Swindle (for purchase off of
I am thankful to know that we are all children of God.
“Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things”
(D&C 59:7).

Week 1 "I am thankful to be a beloved child of God."

* Make a poster board picture of a well. To be "beloved" is to be deeply loved. Here is my thought and I don't know if I'm explaining it really well. At carnivals they have the go fish game where a child will take a fishing pole and throw it over a wall to get a prize. So if you get a small bucket, attach a string and throw it over the picture of the well then they can get little hearts with various scriptures, songs and questions about gratitude as an activity for sharing time.
John 4:14 "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

* Have about 5 adults come in and say something they are thankful for in a different language and the words I am a child of God. Sing I am a child of God and try to learn it in a different language. Also sing Children All Over the World. Have those 5 adults stay if possible and divide into groups. Rotate to the different adults and have the children say things they are grateful for and the adults teach them how to say it in that different language.
Psalms 19: 3,"There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard."

* 1 John 4:11 "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." Divide the chalkboard into 3 sections with the titles 1.Heavenly Father loves me because: 2.I love Heavenly Father because: 3.So I will do: Brainstorm all the ideas you can think of. Have children help write ideas on the chalkboard, draw pictures for the younger children and then count all the blessings named. Sing count your many blessings. Then challenge the children to go and do good things out of gratitude to their Heavenly Father.

* This idea might be a little off the wall, bear with me. Is there someone in your branch that knows how to knit? Invite them in, with all their knitting tools. Mosiah 18: 21, "And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another." Have the children answer questions on gratitude, read scriptures, say nice things about each other... and as they do so, have the knitter make 2 notches for each answer (or more if it's really a good answer) Have a completed scarf or blanket to show the children. Emphasize again that when we have our hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another, great things will happen and marvelous miracles will occur. Heavenly Father loves us and we show our gratitude to Him by loving others.

Week 2 I am thankful for my body. I know my body is a temple.

* Have a piece of paper with an outline of a body on it for each child. Bring in a sheet of 10 stickers for each child. Put them into small groups of 4 or 5 with a teacher to help guide. They will choose 10 different (appropriate) parts of their body to put stickers on. Then they go around in the circle and take off one sticker at a time saying why they are grateful for that part of the body and match it to the part on the body paper they have. Then have a couple people share their answers with the whole primary. The Family Proclamation states: "All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny."

* Special Witness by Elder David A. Bednar is exceptional!!! Have a picture of a local temple (if possible, or any temple will do) and a handheld mirror. Have 4 word strips with the words:
What We Take into Our Temple
What We Put on Our Temple
What We Do to Our Temple
What We Do with Our Temple
Make small pictures to correspond to the answers given by Elder Bednar. Have the children match and discuss where the pictures belong- under the picture of the temple or by the mirror, which shows our own temple. For senior sharing time have them find scriptures with the Topical Guide to correspond to the lesson.

* My Body is a Temple Friend Magazine May 2002 pg. 18 is FABULOUS!!!! You could even use it as an attention getter (at the start of the lesson to focus everyone on the topic) by making the little body builder and saying things you are thankful for, about or because of your body, while he lifts the weight. Have the children practice flexing their gratitude muscles by saying things they are thankful for also once the little man is made!!

Week 3 Heavenly Father loves all of His children.

*See HERE for a couple reader's theatres.

Week 4 I can show respect and kindness to all of God’s children.

* Invite 2 children up to the front. Blindfold one and ask him to take the hand of the other. Tell the blindfolded child to lead the other one across the room.

D&C 19:40-41 "Or canst thou run about longer as a blind guide? Or canst thou be humble and meek, and conduct thyself wisely before me? Yea, come unto me thy Savior. Amen." What does this scripture mean to the children? Talk about being an "example".

* Have a child come to the front and write with his toes his name on a piece of paper. Have another child come up and try to write their name with a pen in their mouth (please be careful... thank you law suits...) The point: We are grateful for our arms and hands! Every part of our body was carefully designed. Not everyone has a body that works perfectly though. Why? Sing CS 140 I'll Walk With You. We are all children of God. Make a small slide show or power point with different pictures of children to the music of I'm trying to be like Jesus.

* Dramatize the following with the children: ( I would make little signs like "leper" or "palsy" for the diseased, have simple sheets to put on angel and Jesus and a blue blanket for the water) John 5: 4-9, "4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath."
Do we put our needs before others? How can we be like the angel and move the water for others? We can help heal in many different ways by showing respect and kindness.

* Have 3 ziploc bags full of jelly beans or smarties (I personally would do smarties, because you are what you eat!), different amounts in each bag though. Give them to 3 different children (Choose the children wisely). Explain that the children could keep the bags all for themselves or they could share with everyone. Brigham Young and other church leaders helped to establish the "United Order" (See Church History in the Fullness of Times Manuel pg. 402-404) Elder Cannon said this order would bring in a time, "When there shall be no rich and no poor among the Latter-day Saints, when wealth will not be a temptation; when every man will love his neighbor as he does himself; when every man and woman will labor for the good of all as much as for self"" (Church History in the Fullness of Times Manuel pg. 402) We may not be asked to start up the United Order again right now and give everything we have, but we should look for EVERY MOMENT when we can show kindness and respect to all of God's children. (D&C 92, 104)


The Curtis Family said...

Thank you for all your great ideas! I'm new to our presidency and love coming here for sparks of brilliance :).

For our sharing time on "I'm thankful to be a beloved child of God" I'm making a slideshow presentation set to a beautiful version of "I Am a Child of God" that will feature a picture of every child in our ward to let them know they each are beloved children of God. This will just be the intro, but I think the kids will love seeing themselves, their siblings and their friends on the "big screen!" I just might do your fishing idea after the video.

thanks again!

Simone said...

Hi Sofia! I've published these ideas in Portuguese on my blog, if you don't mind. Have a nice day! love, Simone

Tasha said...

Thank you for all these ideas!! I am so excited to find your blog and to get all these great idea. you are wonderful.

Sofia's Primary Ideas said...

Curtis Familia- Heavenly Father is brilliant isn't He!! I wish I could see your slideshow, what a great way to introduce the topic and make it personal. You are absolutely right, the kids will love it! May god bless you in your new calling always!

Sister Simone- I only wish I spoke portugese to save you the work!! Thank you for your diligence, what an example to me you are! Much love to you also!

Sister Tasha- Thank you for your kind words!

Simone said...

Thanks you Sofia. Fortunately my friend Danielle helps me with the translations. Also, many activities that you have in the Friend Magazine are not available in the Portuguese version so that we translate some of them and publish on my blog or on a group. Your blog inspires us. Thank you! Oh, I gave you the duly credits. Love, Simone

summersandco said...

I just want to thank you for your ideas on this theme! My 7 year old son is going to give a talk this Sunday and I LOVE your idea about the knitting. I knit constantly and it is something he can relate to and be comfortable talking about! I am grateful for you! You made writing his talk much less stressful for me!

Cj said...

Sofia, you are so AWESOME!
Thanks to you, for all of your time making this blog to help us fellow Primary leaders! Your blog is great. You are truly a blessing!

Carolee Jensen
Lakeland Florida Primary President

Cam and Sage Shepherd said...

Thank you so much for your inspiring ideas. I'm not a very creative pereson so it's good to know that someone is kind enough to lend their creative ideas to someone like me. I only had one day to figure out what I was going to do for sharing time so thanks for your ideas. :D

Nicole said...

So glad I found your blog! I am using week of November and probably at least one in every month from hear on out!

This is a great blog!!

The Old's said...

Thanks, I'm new to blogging and now I'm glad I've started. What wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing.

MaryLee said...

Thank you for putting together these ideas. I know it must take a tremendous amount of time to do this every month. I used one of your ideas in September and I am using two of your ideas for week 2 this month.

Thank you for coming up with ideas that stick to the outline given to us by our leaders. One more "thank you" for believing that the Junior primary can do much more than they are often given credit for.

Wendi said...

Thanks so much for all your work you do. I do not have a creative bone in my body, so it is nice to be able to use these in Primary. I used week 2 in Nov. The talk by Elder Bednar. It worked wonderful for both Junior and Senior sharing time. Thanks again.

Holly said...

I'm teaching sharing time on Heavenly Father loves all of His children. Your blog didn't have anything listed. :( I was hoping to do a pen-pal thing with another primary in a different country. Does anyone know how I could go about that? I have to teach the 23rd of this month. So I don't have a lot of time. But here's what I want to do: I was thinking of having our primary write letters to your primary kids and possibly exchange a picture of the primary kids.

Sofia's Primary Ideas said...

Sister Simone- I want to fly to Brazil, give you a big kiss and eat some of those yummy cheese balls with you!

Sister Summersandco- I wish I could have heard the talk! I bet he did a great job and could have taught me a thing or two!

Sister Jensen- YOU are awesome and YOU are a blessing! Thank you for your kind words.

Bro. and Sis. Shepherd- I bet you don't give yourself enough credit! I also have had to do sharing times with literally, 5 minutes notice. Bless you for your patience!!

Sister Nicole- Thanks! I agree it's a great blog, but only because it's based on a great auxillary within a great church with great doctrine. Did I mention how great I think you are too? Am I being lame? Yes. Great.

The Old's- Glad you are up and running on the blogging bit! Every time I think of the concept I'm blown away. And people say God no longer is a God of miracles! Psh!

Sister Marylee- Thanks for your kindness. Sometimes people just radiate goodness, you are one of them. I would be completely LOST without our Primary Outlines and without Heavenly Father's help. I can't tell you the number of times He has literally yanked me out of the chair and told me a page # to a book, and voila... there's the idea! Our Father is too good and too merciful.

Sister Wendi- Isn't Elder Bednar fantastic times infinity! I don't know what I'd do without the wisdom of our prophets. And on that note, how often do we use modern revelation within our sharing times? Moment of silence and nodding. Thanks for the reminder Sister Wendi!

Sister Holly- Pen Pals are always a great way to interact children. My apologies also, I did a reader's theatre and didn't link properly. Good luck!!

Whooo!!! What amazing sisters you are!! Thank you for your diligence in making sure our little ones come closer to finding Heavenly Father.

Maranda & Adam Crop said...

My husband are first time Primary workers and your blog has saved us! We are teaching sharing time tomorrow and I'm a little less nervous with all your great ideas.
Thank you so much!!

Sofia's Primary Ideas said...

Sister Maranda- I am so excited for your primary! Couple teachers have so much to offer the children! With God's help you can do all things, you will be great!!

Britty said...

Thank you so much for these great ideas. I was looking and looking for something that was practical and fun, and I can't wait to do these activities in our ward.