Welcome to another year of teaching Primary! Please don't underestimate the importance of your calling. The children in your class need your help in becoming familiar with the gospel and scriptures. You play a vital role. At Chicken Scratch n Sniff, I strive to make your job as easy as possible! There is also a Private Facebook Group, LDS Primary Farm, for discussing all things Primary! Come share your ideas each week as well as learn from others teaching the same lesson.
What Can You Find in These Lesson Helps
Each lesson help contains several different sections to to help you teach.
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 your 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. Make these articles apart of your scripture study for the week. As you prepare this way each week, not only will you be prepared to go in any direction the spirit or your class takes you but you'll find yourself spiritual nourished.
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.
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 in these sections 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 or use coloring pages as a puzzle. These activities allow you to easily choose a variety of methods in your teaching each week while staying on topic.
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. I also try to include a couple of tips with each specific lesson.