Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Reverence Idea for Primary Class
That is how I maintain reverence in my classroom.
I have a large jar for the Primary children and a small jar for me.
At the beginning of each class, each child can earn 3 warm fuzzies.
1 - if they brought their journal
2- if they brought their scriptures
3 - if they wrote in their journal
As I proceed with the lesson I will add more warm fuzzies if they are reverent and listening.
If they don't follow the class rules, they lose warm fuzzies out of their jar into mine. I also do this in sharing time. It's much easier to put my hand in the jar and see reverence return then scold them.
When the jar is full, we have a class party. If my jar is full then there won't be a class party. After we have a class party, the jar is emptied again and we start over.
The rules in our class are:
1 - if you want to talk, you must raise your hand.
2 - We are ladies and gentlemen and must sit in our chairs like one. We are not animals.
3 - Stay in your own bubble. Do not touch others outside your bubble.
This year my class is unique with 2 children who's parents have recently been baptized. They are new to the gospel at 7 years old.
This means they don't understand simple concepts, like Heavenly Father has a body and is the Father of our spirits. Jesus Christ is our older brother, has a body and is Heavenly Fathers son of his spirit and his body. The Holy Ghost is spirit who can dwell within us and help us choose the right.
They don't know the songs.
They don't understand that they need to sit and listen to the lesson. It is a huge learning curve for them to understand what is going on. It is my hope that I will make enough of an impact on them to help the learn the gospel and prepare for their own baptism and be ready to move into the young women and young men's program with a big enough testimony of the gospel that they will remain strong.
I love primary. For me it is serious business and a huge responsibility. I wish every teacher would take responsibility for their class. Be a good teacher. Love each child. Visit and seek out those who do not come. Don't rely on the Primary Presidency to do your stewardship. You are the Primary President over your own class and your children. You are in a position to teach the gospel and help them develop their testimony, love church and prepare to be a teenager.
Do your best!
Make it fun!
Change their lives.