How to teach Nursery
by Jennifer Turnbull
I have taught 18 month olds out of the manual. It may
seem like a daunting task at first but it has become my favorite calling in
the church. Those young spirits are so sweet. Pure gospel teaching :-)
Here are some
suggestions for you:
*Use the suggestions for teachers in the front of the
book. There is lots of great information there: There’s a whole section on
adapting the manual for use in the nursery. A Sample Schedule and a few
Sample Suggested Lessons.
*PRAY!! That’s your biggest help. As you pray about the
lesson you will have a confirmation of what little bits to include from the
*Keep the actual lesson short. (not the10 min suggested
if the kids are young…3-5 min…maybe shorter if the kids are wiggly that day)
*Focus your lesson around the picture. What I would do is
put the picture in one of those plastic page protectors and let the kids see
up close and touch the picture.
*Music and Fingerplays… They love ‘em!!
*If you still have problems I would ask the member of
your presidency over nursery for some suggestions. Possibly as a primary you
could ask for some orientation training from your Stake Nursery Leader.