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November Sharing Time – Gratitude

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The November 2018 Sharing Time is the next-to-last month before the big changes in 2019! The theme is thanking God in all things. Week 1 has this theme: “I am thankful for my body, and I know that it is a temple.” For a game to apply this idea, try our #1 Most Viewed Post of All Time (with five times as many views as any other post!): Word of Wisdom: sharing time lesson and family night idea

For Weeks 2,3 and 4 (gratitude for temporal, spiritual and all blessings), consider the classic blessings tree. Here is a lesson plan with scriptures and songs, and downloadable patterns for leaves and tree: Thank God in All Things: November Sharing Time or Family Night with visuals

Listing blessings is one way to think of gratitude. Another is the reverse: “Imagine a world without _____.” Make a blessing tree with leaves listing blessings such as bodies, homes, food, water, clothing, health, the sun, the moon, stars, the earth, animals, plants, family, friends, toys, and books (list from the Sharing Time lesson). As a child pulls out each blessing, help the children imagine a world without that blessing, to consider how much we appreciate God giving us that blessing.

Of course, it’s more than just gratitude for having those things that we like. It’s looking up — thanking God for giving us that blessing. It’s also thinking of ways we can show our gratitude through the things we do.

If you feel inclined to put all that gratitude into action, try making cards to show gratitude to firefighers and police officers, hospital or nursing home staff, or any other organization in your community. Here are more pint-sized service project ideas.

And I can’t resist saying that I am grateful for YOU, dear reader! I’m grateful to be on this covenant path with you and the children we all love.

-Marci

 

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Teaching children about womenpower – the updated Relief Society Purpose

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In his marvelous address at the general women’s session last week (October 6, 2018), Pres. Russell M. Nelson encouraged Primary girls and women to study the purpose of Relief Society. Girls AND boys can benefit from learning the inspiring Relief Society purpose. We make it easy for you with this lesson plan! Just print and go – including visualsWomen and Service in the Kingdom: A Sharing Time or family night lesson for girls AND boys

In March of 2017 while we weren’t looking, slight modifications were made to the wording of the Relief Society Purposewhich is this: Relief Society helps prepare women for the blessings of eternal life as they:

  • Increase faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement;
  • Strengthen individuals, families, and homes through ordinances and covenants; and
  • Work in unity to help those in need.

Or the short version: “Family, Faith, Relief.” Have the children repeat it with you, and talk about each word.  You can also teach the Relief Society motto: “Charity Never Faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:8). Explain what “charity” and “faileth” mean.

Also consider these ideas:

Here’s to the women!

-Marci

 

 

 

 

 

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“The Priesthood and Me” – two ready-to-use Sharing Time lesson plans

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September 2018 – bring on that 5th Sunday! How to use it to best meet the needs of YOUR Primary children? Here’s one idea:

President Dallin H. Oaks rocked my world when he said, “We are not accustomed to speaking of women having the authority of the priesthood in their Church callings, but what other authority can it be?” (April 2014)

Learning this essential principle helps girls AND boys understand priesthood power. Here are two ready-to-use Sharing Time lesson plans with a different spin on the topic:

I was thrilled to see this same idea in the April 2018 Friend magazine: “The Priesthood and Me,” about a girl wondering the same thing, and learning of Pres. Oaks’ thrilling quote, and “What’s on Your Mind?” asking “is the priesthood just for men and boys?

The Ensign that same month reminds us, “To avoid confusion, be sure to use the word priesthood to refer to priesthood power, not to those who hold it” (page 72).

Here are more ideas for 5th Sundays: 5th Sunday favorite ideas

Enjoy this bonus Sunday!

-Marci

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October: novel missionary ideas

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The October 2018 Sharing Time theme is “I Will Share the Gospel with All of God’s Children.” Consider these interesting ideas:

And of course, this is the month to sing Army of Helaman (CS 172), ending strong with “to bring the world His truth.”

Enjoy this terrific theme this month, of helping children see themselves as ambassadors of Jesus Christ in all the world!

-Marci

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Sept. 2018 Sharing Time – Never too young to serve!

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The September 2018 Sharing Time theme is “I Will Serve God with All My Heart, Might, Mind, and Strength.” In addition to the ideas for teaching service, help children to actually DO service with a service project during Sharing Time!

Think about someone in need in your ward or community: perhaps a homebound ward member, a sick child, local nursing home residents, hospitalized children, missionaries serving in your ward, missionaries serving elsewhere who grew up in your ward, firefighters or police officers who work around the clock every day of the year, etc.

Children can draw them a picture or make a card to cheer them up. Older children can write letters about what they’re learning in Primary about service. This can be simple (paper and crayons/pens) or elaborate (stickers, markers, buttons, lace).

Children can create holiday cards for upcoming regular holidays or for unusual holidays held throughout the year. For example, DaysOfTheYear.com says that April 15 was Microvolunteering Day! Even micro-people can help in micro-ways. There’s an occasion to celebrate for every month and every day of the year.

Here’s more ideas for service projects with kids, including great resources to share with Primary families as well: Pint-sized Service Projects and Creating a Culture of Service.

Never too young to serve!

-Marci

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Chalk talk – inside and outside!

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Looking for interesting ideas for using a simple piece of chalk? Try these:

INSIDE:

  • Black construction paper makes a simple “chalkboard.” You can make visual aids ahead of time and post the construction paper chalkboards around the room, or one-by-one as your lesson unfolds. (Remember you can’t erase on black construction paper.)
  • Hand the chalk to the children! They can each have their own black construction paper chalkboard to draw a picture of what they learned. Or a child can draw on the classroom chalkboard what they learned, or write the answer to a question. Usually you can get at least 2 children at the chalkboard at the same time. The more children are involved in the lesson, the more they learn. Also see Singing Time – Art Class!
  • Colored chalk adds interest.

OUTSIDE:

  • With the permission of the Primary presidency and bishopric, and with plenty of adult helpers, bring the children outside to draw on the church sidewalk what they have learned. This is a good conversation starter on the way home for children to share gospel concepts they are discussing in Primary with their families. Be sure to have a backup rain plan!

Don’t forget the hand wipes for chalky fingers.

For more ideas for interesting lessons, see Potatoes every night: Variety in Teaching and 14 Bean Bag Ideas – Easy Kid Involvers!

-Marci

 

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August 2018 Sharing Time: “Heavenly Father Hears and Answers Prayers”

from “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids,” by Marci McPhee

The August 2018 Sharing Time theme is “Heavenly Father Hears and Answers Prayers.” Your children may enjoy this charming experience from Eva and Michelle: Faith and Miracles: A Child’s prayer can save a (duck’s) life

Your children may be ready for the next step: adding repentance to prayer. Instead of four steps of prayer (address Heavenly Father by name, thank Him, ask Him, and close in Jesus’ name), consider the FIVE steps of prayer (add repentance as a vibrant, daily part of prayer). Here’s a free downloadable handout from the book that was born on this blog, Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids! (See also “Personal Prayer Lesson Plan – with visuals for children, especially those with Special Needs.”)

Prayer – a lifelong habit that starts early.

-Marci

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5th Sunday favorite ideas

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July and September 2018 have five Sundays — but just four lessons in the Sharing Time manual. Here are my favorite ideas for the 5th Sunday:

Any other favorite ways to fill 5th Sundays?

-Marci

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All Kinds of Families are Part of Heavenly Father’s plan – and other topics

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The July 2018 Sharing Time theme is “Families Are Part of Heavenly Father’s Plan.” The Sharing Time outline contains this wise advice:  “As you teach about eternal families, be sensitive to children who do not have both a mother and a father in their home. Also be sensitive to children who have parents or siblings who are less active or who are not members of the Church. Encourage all the children to live worthily and prepare so they can have eternal families of their own someday.”

Here are some ideas to prayerfully consider, in order to meet the needs of Primary children in all kinds of families.

For Week 1 “Heavenly Father planned for me to come to a family”: Try Nontraditional families (Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s message is timeless, even if Mother’s Day and Father’s Day may be over for this year.)

For Week 2 “Family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening can strengthen my family”: Even if parents don’t hold these family activities, children can lead the way! See “And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

For Week 3 “The priesthood can bless and strengthen my family:” You might be looking for a way to answer girls’ question “Why don’t I get the priesthood too?” See ““The Priesthood and Me”,  Friend magazine, April 2018. Also see “Restoration of Priesthood AND Relief Society.”

For Week 4 “Heavenly Father wants me to marry in the temple and have an eternal family”: See “Primary Children Looking Toward the Temple.”

God bless the children – in all kinds of families.

-Marci

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Repentance for kids

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Even kids can learn the joy of repentance (and many parents and leaders sure wish they would!). Week 4 Sharing Time theme is “When I repent, I can be forgiven,” part of the June theme “I will follow Heavenly Father’s plan by being baptized and confirmed.”

Leaders can take this foundational gospel principle of repentance and put it in kids’ terms, teaching them that repentance is a positive, joyful principle of change and turning to the Lord. See these ideas:

For other ideas for June Sharing Time, see “All Are Alike Unto God” – a timely Sharing Time or family night lesson at the 40th anniversary of 40th anniversary of OD 2.

 

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