Primary Stars Review Game!

My kids have been begging for a “Primary Idol” week, and we’ve got a good handle on a few songs! I really want to hear how the primary does without teacher support. So I made a sign for kids sing and everyone sing:20120428-222821.jpg20120428-222926.jpg

Songs to sing:
Mother Tell Me
Happy Family
When He Comes Again
I Feel My Savior’s Love
CTR
As a Child of God
Stand for the Right
Dare to do Right

I have always been uncomfortable with the name of the game: “Primary Idol” so I’m going to change it to “Primary Stars!”

For each song I’ll have five helpers: an announcer to announce the song and the score at the end, a sign holder to have the teachers sing or not sing throughout the song; three judges, volume, word clarity, and participation. The announcer will have a toy microphone, sign holder will hold the “adults sing/don’t sing, and the judges will each have a silly costume to wear. The judges will also have a set of stars printed on paper, 1-3 stars to hold up to let the kids know how they are doing. The stars are printed on front and back so you can see what you’re holding up. I want them to hold a set of stars up throughout the song so the singers get instant feedback.

If the kids get 3 stars in each category then they get to pick a song to sing next. If they get 4 or fewer stars we have to sing the song again to do better. The stars needed for a repeat is variable, the closer we are to the program, the closer to perfect the kids have to be!

Each helper will get a star stamp when they’re done helping.

That’s it for this week! I am very grateful to be able to pull a game out of my hat during a busy week!

April 22: Jesus Taught me the Right way to Live

The Sharing Time Lesson talks about four things Jesus wants us to do: Hunger and Thirst after righteousness, Let your light shine, Love your enemies, and Pray to Heavenly Father.

I think our primary could use some help with “Let your light shine.”

Opening song: 164 I will follow God’s plan for me

Reverence Song: As a Child of God (Sharing time outline)

Objectives:

Explain what it means to have your light shine every day: The light of Christ is in us all and we share that light with others by being happy, being kind, loving everyone, etc, and bearing our testimonies. If we are focused on shining in the world because of selfishness or pride then we will not make other people happy. for example if someone shows off their skill at singing or gymnastics or dancing or karate because they want people to say what a good job they did, that is showing off. If they share their skills to help people or express a message of love or beauty or strength then the Holy Spirit can share that message to the hearts of other people. If our motives are good then the Holy Spirit will help us to do great things and our light will shine to many people.

Help the kids gain confidence to be a shining light in the world.

Practice these songs: When He comes again, Mother, Tell me the Story, Happy Family

Attention Activity:

Show the kids a bright camping light or flashlight, and ask the question: what does it mean to let your light shine? As a hint remind the kids of the similarities between ASL “light” and “inspiration” (the sign for inspiration is the same a light except it is contained within your torso instead of being above your shoulders.)

So, what is the light inside of us? Let’s sing some songs to answer the question!

Here’s what I actually did the Sr Primary version: I walked to the front and without saying a word started shining my bright flashlight at the kids. I had someone turn out the light. I asked the kids what I was doing, they said shining the light in their eyes! The lesson labels were still up on the board so I shone the light on the words “Jesus wants us to let our light shine” And I asked, “what does Jesus want us to do? Then we talked about what the light is–the light of Christ. And the I pulled out a small hand mirror. I turned around the flashlight and used the mirror to reflect the light into the kids eyes. They thought it was cool. I asked them what the mirror was doing, “reflecting the light into our eyes!” then I asked what we are supposed to do with the light that Jesus and the Holy Ghost give us? And the kids said, “reflect it to other people!” then I had the lights turned back on and i explained that there were shining stars hiding around the room. I asked, “are we supposed to hide our light? “no!” so let’s find the stars and help them shine by singing their songs! The I passed out some more small mirrors to the kids and had two helpers take my two flashlights around the room, reflecting the light while we sang the songs on the stars.

Lesson Plan:

Around the room I’ll have stars with the names of songs on them. Also there will be a question or scenario to talk about with the kids before and after each song. Choose songs that are appropriate for your primary, but here’s a list of suggestions. Songs we may sing: (I will choose 3-4 of these songs and add in the two we are working on this month)

160 Choose the Right way (from the lesson outline)
60 Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam (How can we shine for Jesus? We can choose the right, be kind, love one another, etc. The difference between showing off and sharing talents is a matter of attitude. If you are thinking about being better than someone else or how cool you are then you are showing off, if you want to share with someone then you will make them happy).
163 I am like a Star (How does being happy help other people? it lifts them up and makes them happy too!)
168 I want to be a missionary now (Why do we want to share the gospel with our friends? So they can be happy too!) Talking as opposed to telling (listening being the key ingredient).
158 Dare to do right (Is it hard sometimes to do the right? Will the Holy Ghost be with us when we are daring to do right? Yes!)
159 Stand for the Right (How can we stand for the right? ask for examples: Be honest, respectful, be fair, etc)
172 We’ll Bring the world His Truth (How have you been blessed with the gospel? How does it help you to know God’s plan for you? Is it hard for people who don’t know these things?)

Wrapping up:

Testify that the Light of Christ will shine through the kids when they listen for the Holy Ghost and pray (in their hearts) for help. Re-iterate any of the points from the objective section that need repeating. Encourage them to not be worried about what other people think of them, but instead focus on Christ and loving other people.

Closing Song: Choose the Right, remind the kids to think about the words they are singing and listen for the Holy Ghost to confirm that the words are true.

An excellent Ensign article about this topic: http://www.lds.org/ensign/1977/07/singing-hymns-with-new-power?lang=eng

April 15 Jesus, The Perfect Example

Objectives:

  • Continue to teach “When He Comes Again”
  • Introduce the Mother’s Day song, “Mother, Tell me the Story”
  • Talk about what it means to be perfect, and that because of Jesus we are able to try and fail (we are not perfect yet).
Things to bring:
Marble track pieces OR you could make a track out of paper tubes cut in half and taped together.
a marble OR other ball that can be washed clean of goop with water
homemade gack (cornstarch and water cooked until thickened and colored green with food coloring) in a tupperware
clear bowl to fill with water in the kitchen
towels
picture of Jesus to put up on the chalkboard

Attention Activity:
Set up my daughter’s marble course (just the beginning and the end with a gap in between) on the table in the primary room. Put the container of green goop under the break in the marble course so the marble will fall into it. Put the clear bowl of water where the kids can see it. Put the picture near the bowl of water.

Lesson Plan:

While you’re setting up talk: The primary president just taught us about how Jesus was the perfect example for us. What does it mean to be perfect? (1 flawless without defect 2 complete and whole 3 pure) there are many different meanings of perfect. Sometimes we only think of the meaning flawless. Sometimes we are upset with ourselves because we are not flawless. I really like to think about the other meanings of perfect: complete and pure. Elder Russel M Nelson said Perfection can only come “after the Resurrection and only through the Lord.” because then we will be complete and pure.

I have here a marble course. What is supposed to happen when I put the marble up here (the marble is supposed to travel from the top to the bottom without falling down). Is the marble track perfect? (no! it’s not finished!) What will happen when I put the marble in here? (show the kids the marble falling in the goop) This marble is all dirty now. But Jesus can make it clean again! (wash the marble in the bowl of water and dry it off) If we follow Jesus’ example we can be perfect and finished like Him!

Is Heavenly Father perfect? (yes!) Is Jesus perfect? (yes!) Are we perfect? (no!) Why do we want to be perfect? (so we can live with Heavenly Father again) Is it ok for us to not be perfect? (yes! For now, but we need to keep trying to be perfect.) Why is it ok for us to not be perfect? (Because Jesus Atoned for our sins and made it so when we can be clean and perfect again when we repent).

Call up a helper to choose a new piece to add to the course. While your helper is deciding sing: “When I am Baptized.” When you are done singing have a new helper put the marble in the top. Make sure the marble falls in the goop. Then while you rinse it off in the water take the opportunity to bear your testimony of a principle or explain the meaning of the song you sang.

Repeat with other songs:

  1. When I am Baptized testify of Baptism and repentance
  2. When He Comes Again (or your April Song) testify that Jesus loves us
  3. When He Comes Again (or your April Song) explain that we are getting much closer to being perfect or complete
  4. When He Comes Again (or your April Song) is it good to keep trying even when we aren’t perfect?
  5. Have the kids listen to you sing “Mother Tell me The Story” (or your Mother’s Day song) give them a question to answer with the words of the song: whose story does the mother in the song tell? Why is it important to learn about Jesus?
  6. Have the kids hum Mother Tell me The Story (or your Mother’s Day song) while you sing the words again. Testify that Jesus loves us and wants to help us become perfect. He is very patient with us like our mothers and will keep washing off our sins as many times as we repent.

End with Choose the Right and express pride and gratitude that the kids kept learning the song even though there was a lot to learn and it took a long time. Explain that they know this song perfectly (or will before the program) and completely because they kept working on it. Put the marble in the completed course and have it run to the bottom perfectly without landing in goop.

When we do something that we’ve never done before we can’t do it flawlessly. The first time you sing a new song do you do it perfectly? How do you learn a new song? (by doing it over and over again!) I am so proud of you for learning our new songs this year!

 

Some talks I read in preparing for this lesson:

http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1995/10/perfection-pending?lang=eng

http://www.lds.org/ensign/2002/05/pathways-to-perfection?lang=eng

http://www.lds.org/new-era/2006/01/what-does-it-mean-to-be-perfect?lang=eng