Thoughts: I wanted to focus on the doctrine of having a body. I wanted to take a different view on modesty other than dress and appearance. Based off the idea- that When I act modestly ….
Identify the doctrine (seeing a picture and reading scriptures): Write the following on the board: “My _ is a _ .” Show a picture of a temple. Ask, “Why are temples so special?” Have the children turn to 1 Corinthians 6:19. Ask them to look for what it says about their bodies as they read the scripture out loud with you. Ask the children what words will complete the sentence on the board (body, temple ). Invite the children to stand and say the sentence together. (sharing time outline)
Encourage Understanding: I looked up Modesty in the dictionary and the second group of definitions that really stood out to me were:
- motivation for self improvement,
- and tolerance of others
I wanted to teach the children the concept that our bodies are gifts from God, but that sometimes a person’s body does not work like a lot of people. Sometimes our bodies and born with legs that do not work, or arms that cannot grab or hold things, faces that look different, people who speak slower or faster than other kids they play with at school or at the park. We do not know why this happens to some children. Why some kids have one kind of body and some kids have other kind of bodies. And sometimes different can be scary until we realize that they are people just like us.
Share personal story or have a parent of sibling of someone with a disability come and talk to the class about their experiences with their loved one.
I want to show the kids pictures of children with disabilities and talk about how some disabilities we cannot see with our eyes, so we need to be patient of all people we meet and try to love them as Jesus would love them.
Activity: Pass out one picture to each class with a short story about the child who is in the picture. Things the child likes, and does not like (to make the child real) have the class talk for a few minutes about how they could be like Jesus be a friend to this child.
Have the classes present their ideas for being more tolerant of all children.
This conversation is from the 2007 Worldwide Broadcast on Teaching, and I liked what it had to say about teaching, children, and questions. What are your thoughts?
Sister Beck: Sometimes I work on crafting my questions. But I think this seems to be what we are saying: the more questions we can get from the learners about something, the more they are engaged in the learning.
And the thought that came to mind was that when Joseph Smith read a verse of scripture in James, it created questions in his mind, and he said, “How am I going to know? And will I ever know? And if I don’t figure this out, I’ll never know.” And he was in a learner mode when he asked God. But that to me is a challenge as a teacher—not so much the questions I am asking but what is happening that is helping other people to ask questions so the Holy Ghost can teach them….
Sister Naomi Wada: Sometimes children have so many, many questions, and I have prepared so many examples or experiences or visual aids, and I can’t utilize all of them. I’m sometimes busy answering questions. Is it all right? I have tried to simplify the lesson, and if there is just at least one topic I can focus on and just be able to teach them, at least they feel comfortable.
Elder Holland: Good. You said that better than I said it at the start. Don’t try to do too much. With a Primary child—well, maybe with any child, maybe with any of us—if we can get one thing across, one idea, one principle, something sterling and significant that Brother Wada still feels a week later, that is probably worth any good classroom experience. So be reassured. Don’t be reluctant about that.
Elder Kerr: What she just said has opened my eyes. What more exciting environment in the classroom is there than the fact that the children or the adults in the class are asking questions?
Elder Holland: Somebody is responding.
Elder Kerr: They’re thinking.
Thoughts: I try really hard to help children see how what they do has the potential to effect other people for good.
Identify Doctrine: I wanted to take the tithing slip and break it up and explain what each donation means and who it can bless that person. Show the children a toting slip and write on the board the names of the categories.
Ward Missionary Fund
General Missionary Fund
Book of Mormon
Perpetual Education Fund
Other (ideas of what would go in Other)
Activity: Pass out pictures and have the classes discuss what category that might go under. Give a few minutes and have the children come up and place the picture under the category that is on the tithing slip.
Encourage Understanding: a short discussion about how it would be a blessing to share and to not become too attached to material things.