Another year, another manual. Are you teaching Primary 4: Book of Mormon this year? It's one of the bests because the Book of Mormon is stock full of goodness and plainness. At Chicken Scratch n Sniff you'll find helps to guide you as you prepare to teach each lesson. Bookmark and pin this page now- you'll want to come back every week. I've also created a Private Facebook Group, LDS Primary Farm, where you can discuss each lesson. Ask your questions, share your object lessons, be a resource for each other!
What Can You Find in These Lesson Helps
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The most important thing you can do as a teacher is to have a solid testimony about what you will be teaching. Edify yourself each week before you begin preparing your lesson so you're testimony will naturally spill out as your put the lesson together. Each week I'll give you at least 2 articles from LDS.org to study. Usually these are General Conference talks but not always. Make these articles apart of your scripture study for the week and if you have time, find more to read so you have a firm grasp of the topic. As you prepare this way each week, not only will you be prepared to go in direction the spirit and your class takes you but you'll find yourself spiritual nourished as well. I also highly recommend reading the Book of Mormon again. You'll find easy to follow schedules to read it in 1, 3, 6 , or 12 months here.
When I can find good videos to go with the lesson, I'll share them with you. This allows you the option of using another medium during your lesson. Find tips to include videos in your lesson here.
Make a playlist out of the suggested songs and have it playing while your class enters. Use a song to introduce or end your lesson. Learn a song as a class. There are so many ways that you can bring music into your classroom. For more ideas, read here.
Since this is Senior Primary, I've included an extra list of scriptures. These are generally ones that aren't in the week's lesson but relate to the topic. Use these to help your class become familiar with the scriptures. Your class needs to know how to use the scriptures! Help them discover them and know of their truthfulness and guidance.
These are handouts that are exclusive to Chicken Scratch n Sniff. You do have to get these approved by your Primary President before you use them. However, I make them based off the suggestions in the Enrichment and Activities sections of the lesson manuals so you can easily implement them into your lesson. Print these out for each child or use a poster as point in your lesson. Have extras after class? Don't throw them away- use one of these ideas instead.
Activity Ideas and Coloring Pages
All the links I share with you are from LDS.org unless otherwise stated. I want to save you time and give you already approved resources for your class. These activities are great as supplement resources and to help you incorporate more variety into your lessons. Use a poster as a visual, use the word searches to introduce the topic, or use coloring pages as a puzzle. These activities allow you to easily implement different methods in your teaching each week while staying on topic. I also recommend choosing one to give out as homework for the week.
Several lessons will require you to use Articles of Faith. You can download free posters of these here. You'll also want to check out the LDS teaching tips available on this site. You'll find ideas on how to use coloring pages, get your class to open their scriptures and more. Each week on Facebook I also share new tips with you, giving you several ideas so you can discover what will work best in your classroom. If you are looking for help in a particular area, ask me live.
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