(Friend Aug 2004, suggestion # 4)
To reinforce the principles and songs taught during the year and to prepare the children for the children's sacrament meeting presentation, place a copy of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" in the center of the board.
On the left side, write Proclamation Principles,and underneath place pictures from the GAK or the Primary Visual Aids Cutouts that remind us of principles found in the proclamation ~ for example:
Family with a Baby (Primary 1-5),
Heavenly Father Gave Us His Plan (Primary 3-2),
The Nativity (GAK 201),
The Resurrected Christ (GAK 239),
Pre-earth Life (Primary 3-3),
Young Boy Praying (GAK 605),
Young Couple Going to the Temple (GAK 609),
Family Home Evening (Primary 1-6).
On the right side, write Primary Songs and list the songs from the Outline for Sharing Time and the Children's Sacrament Meeting Presentation that your Primary has been learning.
On a copy of the proclamation, underline specific principles and make a copy for each child. Ssuggested principles:
"Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents,"
"Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness,"
"In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan,"
"Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ,"
"Successful . . . families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, [and] forgiveness,"
"The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave"
Prepare a cube with one of the following pictures on each side:
a large question mark.
Use drawings made by the children or from the Primary Visual Aids Cutouts.
Divide the children into groups, and give each child a copy of the proclamation.
Assign each group a specific underlined principle.
Ask them to be prepared to recite their principle to the Primary, choose a picture from the board that goes with their principle and tell why, and decide on a song to sing that reinforces the principle.
Give the children an opportunity to report.
(Note: The pictures and songs can support more than one of the principles in the proclamation.)
Show the cube, and tell the children that when you hold it up during the song, they are to sing either:
asstrong as a lion,
soft as a lamb,
slow as a turtle,
quick as a rabbit,
or to hum like a hummingbird.
If the question mark is showing, choose a helper to decide whether the children should sit or stand, or whether only girls or only boys should sing.
Roll the cube and sing.
Bear testimony of the principles taught in the songs and that our families are strengthened when we live the gospel.