Sharing time ideas on “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”

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There are lots of options for teaching about this topic.  See below for music ideas that teach about the Family Proclamation, scripture references that support the Family Proclamation, discussion ideas and questions to help the children apply these principles to their own lives, and an activity to further develop these principles with movement and creativity.  Use any of these ideas to supplement the ideas in the Sharing Time Outline, and to meet the individual needs of the children in your Primary.  Remember, children have different learning styles and having a variety can reach more children and keep things interesting.  For more about teaching to different learning styles check out this post.

Teach through music: Here’s an example: “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” Songs that could be sung that go with that statement are “Love Is Spoken Here,” (CS 190) and “Love at Home,” (Hymns 294).

Another wonderful statement in the Family Proclamation is, “Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.” Songs with this statement include “Families Can Be Together Forever,” (CS 188) and “I Love to See the Temple,” (CS 95)

Scripture application: Here’s a scripture that reinforces the concept that children make their families strong when they listen to their parents and the Lord in following the commandments: “Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them” (Alma 57:21). Ask the children who they think Alma was referring to. Show a picture of the stripling warriors.

Discussion ideas: Families can make us happy. Ask when the children are happy with their families. Give examples with pictures of families such as: working together, playing games, singing together, going to church, praying together, reading scriptures as a family, going on vacation, visiting relatives, helping one another, or serving others together as a family. You can ask a few children to share what they do when they are happiest with their families.

Ask the children how they help at home. Write their responses on the board or have children post word strips written ahead of time when they state that specific answer. Examples of word strips would be: clean the dishes, help with laundry, feed the pet, take out the trash, make my bed or make siblings’ beds for them, help make supper, unload groceries from the car, watch younger child, cut the lawn, weed the garden, water the flowers, etc.

Activity idea: The children need to know that their parents love them and want what is best for them. It is important for the children to listen and learn from what their parents teach them. Here’s an activity that illustrates that principle. Pick a few children to come to the front. Whisper instructions in their ear so only they hear what you are telling them to do. Tell them all the same thing (ie…walk 5 steps leading with your right foot,but step twice in a row with your left foot, then hop on left foot twice and twirl then touch the floor and end standing straight with your arms by your side). Each child would have to perform what was instructed. Make the instructions easier for Junior Primary (ie.. walk 3 steps forward, turn around, sit on the floor and fold your arms). The children watching in the audience can judge if they have all done the same exact thing. It may be hard to follow and let them try again or tell them easier instructions if they make a mistake. Explain repentance is being sorry and trying again. You could also call on older siblings or other Primary children to help them by having them follow them. Families help one another as well and this concept can be demonstrated when they help to achieve this goal of following instructions with exactness.

Families help us in so many ways. We learn love and faith from the beginning in our families here on earth. Tell the children how important they are to their own family and to the Lord’s family. They will feel God’s Spirit witness this to them in their hearts as you teach them these truths.

~Karin

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