I know what you’re thinking. “As we move towards home-centered, church-supported curriculum, what about those children who don’t have families who are active in the church? How can we make sure they are not left behind?”
Good question. As always, we follow Pres. Thomas S. Monson’s counsel, “Never let a problem to be solved [or, I might add, a program to be implemented] become more important than a person to be loved” (from “Finding Joy in the Journey,” Oct 2008). This curriculum change lovingly embraces children without gospel instruction in the home as well.
The video above, “Introduction to Come Follow Me for Primary,” addresses this question head-on.
Minute 3:36: a Primary teacher says, “We obviously want the children to be reading every week with their family, but the reality is that not everyone is going to get that. So it is still our job as teachers to teach them that: to introduce that topic, to introduce the scripture, to share our own personal testimony. Then we open it up to the children, and they go off of what you taught and shared initially.”
Minute 4:30: another Primary teacher says, “We can’t underestimate the power of children to be a positive force for change in their own homes. So even if your parents aren’t the ones leading out in scripture study, children can be the one to lead out in scripture study. I think we need to be particularly sensitive and show them some of the resources and the ways that they could do that.”
Personally, I think it is no accident that we begin our study together this year in the New Testament, learning about Jesus’ life so we can follow Him better.