Saturday, October 28, 2017

Easy sew nativity costumes for Primary

I made some nativity costumes in 2013 that I have pretty much used every year since I made them. They were super easy to make, for someone with limited sewing skills.

I always get a ton of traffic to this blog post every year so I wanted to share it with my LDS primary leaders audience!

On a personal note, for those of you that don't know me, I wrote a Christmas children's book! I'm a published, professional writer but this is the first time I've tried to get a children's book published so it's been an exciting process for me. I just found out my book, "My Nativity ABCs" is at Deseret Book today. I received a Deseret Book catalog in the mail and there was my book, smack in the middle of the "bedtime stories" page. You can also find my book at Seagull Book, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Walmart, Target, and other bookstores!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Fun Primary Program Day Lesson: Articles of Faith

Our Primary Program was on Sunday.

To make the day special, but not detract from the purpose of Sharing Time and Singing Time, we spent the day on a combined Singing Time/Sharing Time focused on the Articles of Faith.

Our Primary works on one of the Articles of Faith every month by singing them (from the Children's Songbook) during opening exercises. We don't spend any real time on it - we just have a child recite it, then everyone sings it for four weeks before we move onto the next one. (Since there are 13 Articles of Faith, we combine 1 and 2 in January). They know the article and song pretty well by the end of each month though!

So, for this lesson, we reminded the children that they probably know the Articles of Faith better than they realize.

Our first counselor put together these two activities. For Junior Primary, she pulled a name out of the Helping Hands jar, and that child was invited to find puzzle pieces hidden around the room. The puzzle pieces went to different articles. When one was completed, she talked about them about the Article of Faith and what it meant, and then our chorister led them in singing the song version. Our counselor also gave children the opportunity to recite the article.


In Senior Primary, our counselor put together a Jeopardy board with section for Key Words, General Trivia, Fill in the Words, Name the Article of Faith, and Match the Picture. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Combining Singing Time and Sharing Time in a General Conference and Pre-Program Song Review

I just posted a combined singing time/sharing time to prep for the Primary Program but with the dual purpose of reviewing General Conference here.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

General Conference Activity Packs

I have a two-part, free General Conference activity packet for Primary kids here.

It's a combination of Singing Time and Sharing Time topics that are appropriate for General Conference. For example:

Monday, August 14, 2017

Emailing Primary Parents

We occasionally send emails to our Primary Parents to let them know about some resources that could help enhance a lesson that we taught in Primary, or whatever other bit of inspiration comes to us. I would say this happens on average once a month or a bit less. We don't want to inundate folks with emails, but it's nice to share a gem of inspiration once in a while, or just give the parents an idea of what is happening during Primary.

This is an email that we sent out today after Stake Conference this past weekend:

Hello Primary Parents,

Don't forget that the Primary Program this year is on October 15 at 1 p.m. Practice will be held on the Saturday prior, at 9 a.m.! 

We hope you were able to enjoy Stake Conference this past weekend. We enjoyed some great, inspiring talks, particularly some guidance that we can follow for our Primary children. 

1. We love the challenge from President Corbridge to take the next 19 days and spend 5-10 minutes per day on our knees in sincere prayer with our Father in Heaven. This is such a great challenge for the Primary children because even the little ones can do this on their own! On Sundays, we will be reminding the children that they can participate in this challenge - and even invite their families to participate in this challenge. 

2. Sister Arnold also encouraged us to take advantage of the resources found on to participate in activities that help our children fight against the influence of pornography. You can find a link to some of the resources (including a fun activity) here:

Sunday, April 30, 2017

General Conference Cards

I have been working on making General Conference cards for all of the children in our Primary. Each card is laminated, and has the title, speaker, a quote that represents a key learning from their talk, and an illustration.

I had such a hard time leaving out the beautiful words of the talks that this is more geared to Senior Primary and those who have learned to read. So, I'm debating on how and who to share them with because they were a fairly incredible amount of work - but well worth it. I have learned so much from these sessions of General Conference by studying each talk intensely. I'm so grateful for the leaders in our church that dedicate their time to serving others, drawing closer to God, and helping us learn how to do the same.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Jesus Christ is the perfect example for me

This was such a fun sharing time! Our first counselor put different pictures of the Savior on magnets and made sure there was one picture for every child in both Junior and Senior primary. Children looked up scriptures describing four ways that Jesus Christ is a perfect example, then matched those examples to the scriptures on the board. Then, each child was given an opportunity to come to the front of the room to match their picture with one of the four examples.

I love that we were able to:
1. Encourage the children to learn directly from the scriptures
2. Use a lot of visuals
3. Have every child participate
4. Focus our lesson on the Savior