Mission 1st Ward Primary News

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May 2015

Can you show up to your calling, open the manual, teach and forget about it until next Sunday? You could, but what would you be missing?

Click on the video below for some ideas...

How can you prepare to teach? Click on the link below to get some ideas...

Now, a special message from Sister Monica Perez...

June 2015

And now a message from the Primary President, Sister Gutierrez:

Hello Primary Teachers and Leaders!

I hope this message finds you well! I am filled with joy! I love everything I see every Sunday, I LOVE EVERY PART OF PRIMARY. Starting with Music time (Jenn you are amazing and the children love you!) to preparing and giving Sharing time lessons (so far my favorite thing from all my calling duties) to seeing happy children go and come from Primary lessons with such joy and enthusiasm! Thank you soooo much for all your service! I know sometimes Primary (or any other calling) can seem like such a chore. Sundays are crazy busy and everything seems so GO, GO, GO!! But when I come home and slow down and ponder on the things I see, I know we are on the right track. Are we perfect? NO! Far from it. But that is why its so important that we each take a little time to prepare and ponder on the needs of each of your classes and children. Isn't this a wonderful way of communication? (I am still learning how this works but soon I will be a Tackk genius!) Like I said, Sundays are so crazy busy that there literally isn't time for anything else. Life gets so crazy that sometimes adding extra meetings seems totally out of the question so this method if communication is a wonderful way to 1) Be up to date on important Primary info and upcoming events. 2) Inspire and Uplift each other and 3) and most importantly Receive proper Primary Training! Below you will find the Handbook info that talks about the responsibilities of Teachers in the Primary. I encourage you to read and be trained on your callings and apply these things! By doing so, you will be so much more prepared, so much stronger in your calling and I know your love for your primary children and calling will grow! We are here to help you...Please do not hesitate to come to us with anything that you need

With Love,

-Claudia Gutierrez

Click on the image below for helpful hints..

Below you will find some pointers on how to LOVE teaching Primary!!

1. Learn that you are in the right place. Your call came from the Lord; you have been given the responsibility for your own growth and that of those you serve. Go to work and you will learn to love your calling. Pray for the spirit of your calling and a quiet peace and joy for the work will fill your soul.

2. Prepare. Survey your assignment—the lesson you are to give, the activities to plan for, the leadership meetings to attend. Mark your calendar in advance and plan your Primary assignments. Make scripture study a regular part of your preparation. Prepare so well that you can give your lessons without always looking at the lesson manual. This enables you to personalize the lessons and to be more easily led by the Spirit. Stretch yourself into preparing to teach with variety.

3. Get to know the children. Speak and write their names as often as possible. Encourage each child to express himself and participate in the class discussions. Your love for Primary will grow as you learn to love the children you teach. Enjoy the children. Laugh with them, appreciate the qualities of childhood, and learn from them.

4. Be happy in your important service. Blessings will come to you and the children as you engage in the work of the Lord. You will experience joy as you see the children you teach grow and mature and as their testimonies and your own increase.

July 2015

Sometimes teaching is so challenging.  The children can be challenging and choosing how to teach the children can be a challenge too.  Listen to my experience by clicking here...

Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “Clearly, those of us who have been entrusted with precious children have been given a sacred, noble stewardship, for we are the ones God has appointed to encircle today’s children with love and the fire of faith and an understanding of who they are” (“Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children,” Ensign, Apr. 1994, 60). The Savior’s example sets a pattern for us as we teach, care for, and influence children.

It is a sacred responsibility to teach children the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them learn to live it. You should teach them true doctrine, as did the prophet Nephi, who said, “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Nephi 25:26).

As you teach children, you will find that you receive special blessings. Children will bring joy to your soul and prompt you to be a good example. As you come to recognize the faithfulness, love, trust, and hope of children, you will grow closer to the Lord and better understand His commandment to “become as little children” (Matthew 18:3). With the Spirit to guide you, you can love and teach children in a Christlike way. You can help each child find the peace promised to those who follow the Savior: “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (3 Nephi 22:13).

Do your experiences sometimes feel like this?

What are some methods to help me teach my lesson even better?

Click below for some ideas...

Guidelines for Understanding and Teaching Children

The following information can help you better understand the characteristics of the children you teach (see also Age Characteristics of Children,” pages 110–16, and, if you are teaching Primary, the introductory pages of your Primary lesson manual).

Children are believing. They believe what you say. They are receptive to the truth. You have an obligation to teach them correct doctrine simply and clearly, with language and examples that they can understand.

Children can recognize the influence of the Spirit. Teach them that the feelings of peace, love, and warmth they have when they talk or sing of Jesus Christ and His gospel come from the Holy Ghost. Help them understand that these feelings are part of a testimony.

Children take things literally. Everything is real to them. If you use complex metaphors to teach sacred gospel principles, they may become confused. Help children learn the gospel by discussing events and activities familiar to them: home, family, and the world around them. Make certain that they do not misunderstand what you teach.

Children are curious and eager to learn. They enjoy learning through varied and new experiences. They want to move about, use all their senses, explore, and try new things. Older children like the challenge of answering questions and solving problems. The children in your class will be more attentive and excited about learning when you use a variety of teaching methods and activities to teach gospel principles (see “Teaching with Variety,” pages 89–90).

Children are loving and want to be loved and accepted themselves. Look for opportunities to reinforce the kind and loving behavior that comes naturally to children. Because children want to please you and enjoy helping others, give them opportunities to serve. Ask them to carry your books, hold pictures, or answer questions. Encourage them to help one another. Show your love for them. Build their confidence by expressing your appreciation for their efforts whenever possible. Listen attentively to what they say.

Children are beginning to prepare for the future. While adulthood may seem far away for children, they are preparing now for their future responsibilities in their families, the Church, and the workplace. You can help them realize how their current experiences are preparing them. For example, you might say, “Mary, I watched you help Kelly see how to find that scripture. You were so patient and kind. Someday when you’re a mother, I’m sure that you will teach your children many wonderful things.” Or you could say, “Matthew, what a great missionary you will be one day because you have learned to set goals and complete them. I am so proud of you!”

Children will follow your example. You are always teaching, even when you are not aware of it. You often teach more by your attitude and example than by your words. For example, children will notice whether you treat the scriptures respectfully. They will observe how you speak about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They will watch how you live the principles you are teaching. Your righteous example will help them develop greater feelings of love and respect for Heavenly Father and His Son.

Little children have short attention spans, and they cannot sit still very long. Do not expect too much from them. Recognize that inattentive behavior might mean that they are tired or hungry, that they do not understand something you have said, that they need to move, or that they are bored. The best way to keep their attention and help them learn is to encourage them to participate in lessons. Because children have an abundance of energy, plan ways to allow them to move or to see, hear, smell, or touch something as part of each lesson. They enjoy learning through repetition, simple stories, songs, and activities.

Did you know that lds.org even has some additional resources outside of your lesson manual to help you prepare for each lesson?  Check out this site...

Now that you have reviewed some methods you could use, how do you choose which methods and which parts of the lesson you should use for your class?

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Does a calling in Primary mean that you will be missing out on your personal spiritual growth? How can preparing for your lesson and teaching with the Spirit affect your own testimony? Share your thoughts by responding below.

a year ago

I have found that by preparing the lessons and teaching the primary lessons my knowledge and understanding of the doctrines increases. This happens as I study the lesson, bear testimony and hear the sweet responses and questions of the children. It is also a great experience to have guidance from the Holy Ghost to know what may be best or who to help as we spend time with them.

a year ago

What methods have worked for teaching the children in your class?