by Jenni (with combined input from my mom and sister, who are both in primary presidencies also, and who taught the lessons first)
On the wall in the primary room for easy reference
Objective: to help the children understand the plan of salvation in a meaningful way
In an area training last year, Sister Jean Stevens counseled primary leaders in that region to focus on the plan of salvation. Cheryl’s ward did a 5th Sunday about the plan of salvation and put these large visual aids on the wall in their primary room, and now refer to them during most other sharing time lessons. They based their lesson on a simplified version the Plan of Salvation lesson from Preach my Gospel (leaving out references to paradise/spirit prison and judgment). My sister recently taught a similar lesson in her ward.
Link to Sharing Time Outline
As I studied this lesson I was impressed by the importance in the act of creation. Here is the Mormon Message from Elder Uchtdorf, about the human desire and need to create. I wanted to allow the children to have the opportunity to create something with their hands and have it be apart of a larger project to see that they can work together as a primary class to create something of importance.
Identify the Doctrine
Review the how important the gift of Agency is in our lives. That it is an essential part of the plan of happiness.
As part of the plan of happiness we chose to use our agency by choosing to come to Earth and receive a body. And that the earth is very special place because Jesus Christ made the Earth for us to live and to learn about the gospel.
Jesus Christ made wonderful and amazing things on the earth. Ask the children for ideas of what parts of the earth Jesus made. (Waterfalls, rivers, mountains, the ocean, etc.)
Ask them how they feel about the wonderful things that has been created? Or about spending time in nature.
Activity: Making a Clay Model of the Earth
Make dough or some already made. I like salt dough (instructions at the end) because it is easy. If possible make a few earth colors like blue, green, yellows, browns. And a flat box or piece of cardboard, for the display.
If you worry about the possibility of things getting out of control with the younger children have them do it as a class. Continue reading