Sunday, October 18, 2009

Primary Idol Review 19/10/09

This week I taught both the junior and senior primary "Seek the Lord Early" using the visual helps from Shari's singing time [].
 I laminated them, and they really helped the children to learn the words very quickly.

Then afterwards I had an activity similar to Australian Idol, to see where we're at with our songs for the primary presentation. I made three laminated flip charts with the numbers 1-5 and they were for three judges. I chose two leaders, and one of the children that were singing well when I did it with the seniors, and three leaders for the Juniors. This worked well. Then I got the children to tell me what songs we needed to know for our program and I wrote them on the blackboard. Then in order we sang each of our songs and the judges gave a score and feedback for each song we sang. This gave me a good idea as to which songs the children needed to work on, and it was a bit of fun. And now when we do that activity again, the children can try and beat their scores.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

General Conference- 11/10/09

It was Conference this week, so of course no primary. It was such an uplifting conference. There was one talk that really got me thinking about Primary and the impact that my teaching can have on the lives of children. It was a talk given by Russell T. Osguthorpe in the Saturday morning session. Some things to think about:

1. As a teacher, do I view myself as a messenger from God?
2. Do I prepare and then teach in ways that can help save lives?
3. Do I focus on a key doctrine of the Restoration?
4. Can those I teach feel the love I have for them and for my Heavenly Father and the Savior?
5. When inspiration comes, do I close the manual and open their eyes and their ears and their hearts to the glory of God?
6. Do I invite them to do the work that God has for them to do?
7. Do I express so much confidence in them that they find the invitation hard to refuse?
8. Do I help them recognize promised blessings that come from living the doctrine I am teaching?