Title: Include the following: Age group (Nursery, Sunbeam, CTR 4-7, or Valiant 8-11), the Lesson #, and the Title of the lesson. If it is a sharing time lesson, title it accordingly, and indicate the month, lesson #, and title of the lesson.
At the top of your post: Include your name and a link to the original lesson outline in the manual at lds.org.
Body of the post: The post should be organized and easy to follow. You may wish to incorporate the subheadings from the manual, or follow the formatting style used in the manuals (bold subheadings, bullets for questions to ask or things to say, etc), but these specific things are not necessary. After the opening paragraph(s), press the “more” button (it looks like a rectangle, then a dotted line, then a rectangle). This will mean that on the main page, the words “continue reading” will appear and readers will need to click on those words to read the full post. This will keep our main page from getting too long and allow readers to find what they need faster.
Categories: Use the categories provided to file your post. The categories thus far are Nursery, Sunbeam, CTR 4-7, Valiant 8-11, and Sharing Time.
Tags: Use the tags to explain the topic(s) of your posts. When possible, use the tags already provided (as you type, the tags starting with those letters will appear. Keep the same wording that has already been used where possible). Please also use a tag for which manual your lesson is from (“I am a Child of God,” “Behold Your Little Ones,” “2012 Sharing Time Outline” etc)
Most posts will be directed at a specific lesson in a manual. Posts can also discuss the topic more generally, especially using the scriptures and conference talks, in order to help teachers increase their understanding of the doctrines behind a particular lesson. We also welcome occasional posts on concerns/behaviors of a specific age group.
The content should remain consistent with the aims of the blog, which are:
- Keep Christ as the focus of our lessons
- Invite and incorporate the Spirit
- Be scripture-based
- Teach solid principles without relying on ‘cute’ or ‘fluff’
- Promote active rather than passive learning
- Adapt lessons according to the children we teach, realizing that there is not one “right” way to teach a lesson
- Reflect the varied personal experiences of children around the world