Monday, June 27, 2016

July Editable Newsletter

A little late! Sorry about that!

{Valiant} Primary 4, Lesson 25

I received a comment that I'm a little behind on the lessons so I've skipped ahead and I will work my way back if I have the time.

To add a little bit of fun, go snag these ADORABLE paper dolls for the armor of God and use them to coordinate with the lesson. All the pieces are separated so you can go through each piece. Perfect for the Enrichment activities for this lesson.

You can easily print enough for your class with each of the pieces to create their own armor of God.

Or you can blow the pieces up and play a game up on the board and let the kids follow the scriptures and see what each piece represents.

The orange analogy I think really brings the armor to life in that even if just a little water gets in the orange will sink. We must have a full armor on to withstand Satan.

I've also created these posters (download includes 2-4x6) to share with your class.

Here's a fun little page from the Friend that you can use for this lesson too!
* the pdf to download is on 2 printer pages that you'll need to glue together for the full poster

You'll find this analogy with the orange in lots of places but I just love it so much that I wanted to share with you the one in the New Era. It also has some awesome references to refer to for your lesson.

Included in the download:
- Boy/girl Posters about the armor of God
- Journal Page
- wordstrips for the different "parts" of the armor

Monday, June 13, 2016

{CTR} Primary 2, Lesson 21

For this week, I thought it would be fun to have two very different extremes in pictures and have the kids point out the differences. I've used a playground and a congregation during sacrament (printouts available in the download)

Ask questions to get them talking about the pictures.
What can we do when we are at the park? How can we act at the park?
What happens at church? How should we act at church?
What differences do you see in these pictures?

Possible comparisons:

-dressed in play clothes
-talking loud

dressed in Sunday clothes
- use our quiet voices

If/when a child mentions at Sacrament we try to be reverent. Ask what that means.

Here's another idea from the Friend!
Bring in a hand puppet and begin doing some things with the puppet that might not be very reverent.
I really love this article and do this when my own boys need a little reminder.

Included in the download:
-The Playground/Sacrament illustrations
- Reverence handout

Here's a fun, large maze to teach about Reverence

I really enjoyed these talks/articles about reverence:
Children Can Learn Reverence
Primary Manners

Sunday, June 12, 2016

{CTR) Primary 2, Lesson 20

For this lesson I've taken the summary out of the lesson and created printouts and a large treasure chest.

The teachings "choose the right" and "prayer" I've chosen two stories but you can easily choose stories that you feel are better suited for your own class. You can download the stories at the bottom of this post.

I also just loved the scripture in D&C so I made up a poster you can use with an illustration from the Friend. 
(sized at 8x10)

Put up the treasure chest onto the board. Go through the lesson and discuss each of the treasures of Jesus Christ letting the kids put them up onto the board. Cut out extra circles (using a dinner plate and a poster you could make large enough) let the kids draw their own "treasure" and put up on the board.

Included in the download:
-6 circles with the teachings of Jesus Christ from the lesson summary
-large treasure chest
-D&C Scripture Poster

*print the Chihuahuas story on legal paper-8.5x14

Saturday, June 11, 2016

{Sharing Time} When I am baptized, I make a covenant with God.

Encourage understanding: Ask a child to come to the front of the room and hold his or her arms out. Then place a book in each hand. Read Mosiah 18:7–11. Explain that one of the covenants we make when we are baptized is to “bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light.” Ask the child holding the books if his or her arms are getting tired. Have two other children help hold up his or her arms. Discuss some burdens children might have, such as being teased, being sick, feeling alone, or struggling in school. Ask the children how they can help make each other’s burdens lighter.
Using children in visual demonstrations will get their attention and prepare them to learn. For example, this activity shows children demonstrating the concept of bearing one another’s burdens.
Encourage application: Tell the children that baptism is the gate that leads to the path to eternal life (see2 Nephi 31:17). On one side of the room place a picture of a child being baptized. On the other side of the room place a picture of the Savior, and explain that in this activity this picture represents eternal life. Tell the children that we stay on the path to eternal life when we keep our baptismal covenants. Briefly review these covenants (remembering Jesus Christ, obeying the commandments, and helping others). Give each child a paper with a CTR shield drawn on it. Have the children write on their paper a commandment that will help them keep their baptismal covenants (they may draw pictures to represent the commandment they choose). Invite a child to place his or her paper on the floor between the two pictures. If possible, help the children find the commandment in their scriptures and read it together. Repeat until the children have made a path between the pictures.
I really love what the outline suggests and just have a couple things to spice it up a bit! Here's a printout for the scripture in Mosiah.
Here's a fun game you can add to your lesson this week! 
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

{Sharing Time} Repentance brings Forgiveness

Introduce the doctrine: Invite the children to open their scriptures and read Doctrine and Covenants 58:42–43. Ask them to identify what happens when we repent of our sins. (If possible, invite the children to mark these verses in their scriptures.) Briefly tell the children about Enos (see Enos 1:1–4), and have a child read Enos 1:5–8. Testify that the Atonement of Christ makes it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins.

Encourage understanding: Explain that people who have repented and have been forgiven of their sins have a desire to serve God. Divide the children into three groups, and give each group one of the following pictures and scripture references: Alma baptizing in the Waters of Mormon (Mosiah 17:2–4; 18:1–17); Jonah (Jonah 1–3); the Anti-Nephi-Lehies burying their swords (Alma 23:4–18; 24:6–19). Explain that these stories tell about people who repented of their sins and served the Lord. Ask each group to review the scriptures and prepare and present a role play showing how these people repented and then served the Lord (by teaching the gospel, serving a mission, and refusing to fight).

I really love this visual that my husband did for a FHE just a couple weeks ago on repentance and I'd like to share with you!

It's time to raid your kitchen!

First you'll need 4 separate bowls (nothing fancy). I would also like recommend a cookie sheet to minimize the accidental mess that may happen.

In 2 of these bowls you will need "sticky items". My husband used food colored yogurt and caramel syrup.
In 1 bowl put crushed cereal or crackers. My husband used rice.
In the last bowl put in plain water.

Begin the lesson with a story about a sin. Here's what my husband did:

Sammy and his mom were at the store and he saw a candy that was one of his favorites. He asked his mom if he could have it, she said "not this time, Sammy". Sammy wanted it so bad so he grabbed it and put it into his pocket when his mom wasn't looking. (Dip your hand into one of your sticky items) On the way home, Sammy was sitting in his seat and couldn't wait to eat his candy. As soon as he gets home he runs to his room and starts eating the candy. His mom knocks on his door and comes in to ask for his help unloading the car. Mom sees the candy on Sammy's bed and asks where he got it from. Sammy says that he got it from school. (Dip your hand in the other sticky item)
*You can mention how after you've put your hand into your 2nd item that the first sticky is still there and now in the second one.
After mom left Sammy grinned to himself  "I got away with it!" The next time Sammy and his mom went to the store he stole two candy bars. (Dip hand into the dry item)
* How would you feel after not making these choices like Sammy? How can Sammy become clean again after making these mistakes?

It is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the repentance process that Sammy and us are able to be forgiven of our mistakes.  (Wash off hand in the water)

Sticky Ideas:
-chocolate syrup
- bbq sauce

Dry Ideas:
- crackers
- crushed cereal
- bread crumbs


Here's the Jumbo Cut-outs for the 3 scripture stories in the encourage portion of the outline: Alma & the Waters, Jonah, and the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and I've made them into a bundle for a great price!
Glue/tape the pieces on sticks for a fun way to retell the story. When you divide the Primary give an envelope with the scripture references and the story pieces. When the kids present the stories let them use the pieces to share the stories with the rest of the Primary.

{Sunbeams} Primary 1, Lesson 20

Make some Scratch n' Sniff Paint and create a masterpiece!

Create some Scent Jars and bring in to share smells!

Raid your spice cupboard and bring in different spices to smell.


Double check with parents for any allergies!

Make edible playdough (cake mix playdough, marshmallow playdough, peanut butter playdough) -Preview source-

Make a fun snack
   *ants on a log (raisins, peanut butter/cheez whiz, celery)
   * cereal necklaces

Bring in a hand puppet and pictures of different foods and play a game of what the puppet is hungry for and let the kids "feed" your puppet. You could also make a friend with a large box and cut a hole for the mouth and use the pictures and let the kids "feed" your friend that way.

Bring in the 4 "types" of taste. Sweet, Salty, Sour, Bitter

SWEET: Strawberries, SALTY: Pretzels, SOUR: Lemons, BITTER: Dark Chocolate

And since this is the last week about the senses I wanted to share a fun game to play about all of the senses together using your favorite Mr. Potato Head. (You can easily bring in your own Mr. P and then share the printables with your class.

* Includes pieces for both a Mr. & Mrs Potato Head

Sunday, June 5, 2016

{Sunbeams} Primary 1, Lesson 19

Bring in some pieces of thick cloth, enough to blindfold a few of the children. Ask them to draw something (themselves, an animal, etc). After they've done it blindfolded, take off the blindfold and draw what you asked them to again.

Create an I Spy bottle (Voss water is awesome for this because they are a perfectly round bottle can be found for about $1 at Winco Grocery Stores)

Bring in some magnifying glasses and objects to look at.

Make fun binoculars out of toilet paper or paper towel tubes.

Create a fun color wheel on a large poster or create individual ones on paper plates. Bring in a bunch of different items that match the colors on the color wheel. (Preview Source)

Play a game of Hide and Seek with a favorite stuffed toy. (Preview Source)

Bring in random objects from home and place on the table. Take turns finding, fork, crayon, etc

Play Follow the Leader. Leader does an action (jumping, patting tummy, make a monkey face, etc) then all the kids do that same action.

Blow bubbles and watch where they go.

Watch your animals grow

Bring in colored cellophane and different pictures. Put the cellophane over the pictures to see them in a different color.

Create a pattern using Legos, wood blocks etc.  (red, red, blue, green, red, etc) then have the kids copy your pattern.

(photo source)

Create rubbings using your hot glue gun! Create smiley faces, animals, letters etc on sheets of paper using your glue gun. Let dry completely. Using regular printer paper let the kids put their papers over the rubbings to "transfer" the images.

{Valiant} Primary 4, Lesson 20

During this time, the Nephites were at peace and were righteous. A man named Korihor came to the land of Zarahemla. He was an  Anti-Christ. He began preaching to the people but everything he said was false and many people believed him.

Put the phrases onto the board, give out assignments of the scriptures once the kids know what their scripture goes to have them come up and write their scripture by the correct phrase.

False Teachings of Korihor (SOURCE):
1) Alma 30:13-14
2) Alma 30:15
3) Alma 30:16
4) Alma 30:17 ("every man fared...")
5) Alma 30:17 ("whatsoever a man did")
6) Alma 30:18

Korihor traveled to the land of Jershon to the people of Ammon but they did not believe what Korihor said and bound him and took him to Ammon. Ammon kicked him out of Jershon where Korihor went to Gideon. Here again he didn't have a lot of success and was taken to their chief judge, Giddonah. Giddonah had Korihor bound and delivered to Alma the high priest. 
Korihor accused Alma and the other high priests that they were trying to get more power and authority and that was why they taught of Christ. Alma told Korihor that none of the high priests were paid for their service.
Alma asked Korihor if he believed if there was a God. Korihor said that he didn't believe. Alma asked if he had any evidence that there was no God.
Korihor taught that we can't know of things that we haven't seen. He argued that a person who hadn't seen God couldn't know His existence.
Korihor asked Alma for a sign of God's power if Alma showed him then he would believe. Alma told Korihor that there are many signs in the scriptures, the testimonies of others, the prophets, the creation of the Earth, and the movement of the planets, all of which are signs of God's existence.
Alma was sad to know that Korihor's heart was so wicked and he knew that he would be destroyed but Alma knew that is was better than have many more people deceived by Korihor. Alma told Korihor that if he denied that there was a God again that God would smite him and he would become dumb, unable to speak.
Korihor denied again, and through the power of God he was struck dumb. Alma wrote down, "Are you now convinced of the power of God?" Korihor wrote back that only through the power of God could he have been struck dumb and that he always believed there was a God. He said that Satan had deceived him and had appeared as an angel telling him to reclaim the heart of the people. Korihor begged Alma to pray to have the curse be lifted but Alma knew if it it were lifted Korihor would continue teaching false doctrines.
 The people that believed Korihor's teaching were quick to repent. Korihor was cast out and was forced to go house to house and beg for food. When he went among the Zoramites to beg for food, he was trampled to death.

I LOVE this video of the account of Alma and Korihor! Goosebumps all over! I just keep watching it over and over.

Bring in a fake flower and a real flower. On the board, create two columns, one side label real flower and the other fake flower. In each column have the kids write down things about each that they notice. Remind them to use the five senses -- how does it feel? What do they look like? What does it smell like? etc (You could also write some questions about the flowers on the board)

How do you know which is fake and which is real?

Read Moroni 7:15-17

Just as there are ways to tell the difference between a real/fake flower, Korihor's teachings were also fake.
Go through each of the false teaching of Korihor and explain each truth. How can we tell when something is true instead of false?
The more that we learn about something, we become an expert at it and can easily tell what is real/true instead of fake/false.

Now that we know that we can learn how to tell what is true and what is false but where can we learn?
The Scriptures, the Holy Ghost can testify of the truthfulness, and the prophet will tell us the truth as well.

I really love this artist's interpretation of the power of studying the scriptures and I think you could easily incorporate it when you talk about ways that we can thwart the temptations of Satan .

*Print Korihor's Teaching pages on legal paper-8.5x14


Download journal and scripture by clicking on the "download here" button


Friday, June 3, 2016

{CTR} Primary 2, Lesson 19

Begin with the large heart (or draw one) on the board. Ask each child to A) come up to the board and around the heart draw or write how they know that Jesus Christ loves them. B) Using strips of paper have the children write how they know that Jesus Christ loves them.

Read the stories of Jesus Christ found in Mark 10 and 3 Nephi 17. If you would like to summarize I've included printouts for the scriptures talking about Him blessing the children.

I loved the little activity so I've put the questions on little hearts that you can have the kids choose from or just do them in order.


And I found this cute little poem and wanted to share! You can download the poem from the Friend below.

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