Magnify Your Calling in Primary by “Discovering”
the Approved Resources Available to You!(Resource Room at the SLC Open House, Sept. 2005 )
Encourage the children to bring their scriptures to Primary, and then provide many opportunities for them to use them as you teach gospel principles.
The Friend contains articles, features, the sharing time page, sharing time ideas, things to make and do, music, and many more age-appropriate activities to help children apply gospel principles in their lives. Find the Friend on the Church website or in your mailbox!
The monthly theme and scripture, weekly gospel principles, music, and sharing time ideas can assist you in planning meaningful learning activities for children. It is also the outline for your sacrament meeting presentation.
Primary manuals provide an excellent resource for teachers and leaders. The section at the beginning of each manual entitled “Helps for the Teacher” will help you know how to engage children in learning. Discover sharing time ideas in the other manuals and picture packets.
The activity sections in the Faith in God guidebooks are “Learning and Living the Gospel,” “Serving Others,” “Developing Talents,” “Preparing for Young Women,” and “Preparing for the Priesthood.” What part of the guidebooks would you use to teach baptism or to teach prayer? Discover other ideas that are available.
The categories of pictures found in the Gospel Art Picture Kit are “Old Testament,” “New Testament,” “Book of Mormon,” “Church History,” “General” (Temples, Presidents of the Church, and so forth_, and “Gospel in Action.”
Videos are a wonderful resource in teaching gospel principles to children in sharing times. You should be able to locate these videos or DVDs in your ward or branch libraries. Some examples of these Church videos and DVDs that can be used in your sharing time are: January – “Using the Scriptures,” Family Home Evening Video Supplement (53276); February – Chapter 1, Bible Stories for Children, vol. 1 (53023); May – “Jesus Teaches the Nephites,” Chapter 6, Book of Mormon Stories, (53556); June – “Ten Commandments,” Bible Stories for Children, vol. 1 (53023).
Go to www.lds.org, click “Serving in the Church,” and click “Primary.” WOW! It’s the wonderful world of Primary, right there on the screen in front of you. What a discovery!
Scripture stories are an excellent resource that teachers can apply to every lesson. Children will grow spiritually as they bring exciting personages to life from Old Testament Stories (31118), New Testament Stories (31119), Book of Mormon Stories (35666), and Doctrine and Covenant Stories (31122).
As you follow the way and example of our Savior and teacher Jesus Christ, you will teach with the power of the word and will nourish their souls. You will also find many different methods to teach the gospel in Part F, entitled “Methods of Teaching.”
Discover fun ideas for gospel-centered activities of different age groups. Also, discover the blessings in your life and the lives of those you teach for being obedient to the counsel from the leaders of the Church by using Church-produced resources.
Occasionally, take time to read the section “Using the Songbook,” found on page 300 of the Children’s Songbook. This section can provide great help for music leaders, as well as parents, in teaching children the gospel of Jesus Christ through music. Remember that our sacred hymns can also be used in Primary to teach gospel principles.