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 Reverence is love by Tiffany Purnell - Poem to help children get out their wiggles and reminds them what reverence is all about

 Giving children a chance to serve by Marla Crestani 

 Picturing Christ by Heather

 Reverence Tag by Wendy Beus

 Reverence Pencil Flowers by Keri Romeril

 The spotlight stops here by Amy Gomez

 Officer Reverence by Melissa Wadsworth

 Think Five by Yolanda and Linda Campbell

 What do you do to help your Primary with reverence?

Warm Fuzzy Jar with printables from Oopsey Daisy

We have also been working on reverence in our primary. The junior primary has taken a lot of work because of how many sunbeams we have. I have started using a puppet to help me in my lessons and I have had amazing results. I let my puppet help me pick quiet volunteers. The children enjoy puppets and especially in the nursery. For some people, puppets may be a little intimidating. You do not need to be good at it at all. Just open and shut the puppets mouth while you are talking and the children think it is great! (Idea by Alicia / ga04222008)

 Primary Reverence Challenge by Pauline Alger

 Ticket Keeper by Katie Salter 

 Quiet as a church mouse by Sarah Hyatt

 I have a CTR-aged child who is a distraction to everyone else in class. He would go in and out of the class at will. I figured the best way to keep him quiet was to assign him a task that made him feel very important. I asked to put his chair right by the door and make sure that nobody went out. He does it perfectly every Sunday and everybody sits quietly in class. -- Millicent Haizel, Accra - Ghana Lartebiokoshie Stake, West Africa

 "Reverence Pennies" - I have a big bag of "gold coins" that we write the childrens names on anytime we see them being reverent.  Then we have at the front of the room a big jar titled "The Reverent Bank".  We put the pennies in the bank each week.  Then for each Quarterly Activity, we will have a Primary General Store where they can use their pennies to buy fun items.  It has been working pretty well.  I use the pennies as reminders to be reverent, telling them I am looking for reverent people to give pennies too.  Or if they are all being good, I will give them all pennies (and then if they turn bad, I tell them, they will get pennies taken away).   It usually does the trick to straighten them up again.   You can tell the children start behaving a bit better when they see me writing names on the pennies (hoping they are getting them).  We also have a reverent example stand at the front of the room at the opening of each sharing time and we tell them to look for one person that is being reverent and then they both get pennies. (Credit Unknown) 

 We were having some reverence problems.  So we decided that no matter how long it took we were going to do all of sharing time and closing exercises. We will sit and wait until everyone is quiet then go on. We had to stop constantly last week and we were 10 minutes late getting out, but it made the kids realize that it was their time they were wasting. We also took the opportunity to let them know that when you are quiet you can hear what is going on and can feel of the spirit. This week we only had to stop 2 or 3 times. They learned very quickly that they needed to have respect for their leaders and the building they were in. I am sure some Sunday's will be better than others, but I was amazed at how quickly it worked. (Credit Unknown)

 CBR Badges by Heather H. Shepherd

 I believe there is a direct correlation between the reverence of the leaders at the beginning of Primary and the reverence of the children.  The leaders set the tone.

 As a presidency stood by the two doors entering into the primary room. We greeted each child with a handshake as they entered. We quietly said hello and said things like, "You look so handsome today, I know Heavenly Father is glad you are folding your arms." or "Look how reverently you are coming to primary, Thank you." or "I know your teacher is going to be so happy to see how reverent you can be today." or "I appreciate how quietly you are walking this morning." or "Hi ____, I'm so glad you are coming to primary so reverently today...."  This way you can target the troublesome ones and give them a booster shot of reverence before they walk in.  Another thing we noticed was that if we as a primary presidency were prepared, sitting at the front and folding our arms when it was time to start - or had one of us up front smiling and standing in front of the pulpit with our arms folded and MINIMIZED the franticness of the beginning - things went much smoother. We noticed that the children really feed off the energy, whether good or bad, that we are exhibiting.  As the music leader, I stand at the front of the room. Lately I have used Silent Simon Says.  I try to have the children hum or whisper sing reverently when the transitions are happening.  A member of our presidency sometimes sings in a quiet voice - stop - look and listen - and puts her hands on her head. When the children hear this they are to copy her - put their hands on their heads and sing quietly back - stop - look and listen. Then she sings - I can be reverent - and folds her arms. The children echo and copy her back.  (JoAnn Mortensen)

 Helping the new Sunbeams to be reverent in Primary

 Color Paddles by Heather Loverde

 I saw a great reverence "trick" while visiting another ward yesterday.  The teacher had a "CTR Reverence Handkerchief" (a handkerchief with a CTR ring tied on the corner).  She asked for reverence and said she would know it was reverent when we could hear the handkerchief hit the ground.  She dropped it once and the children immediately became quiet then she did it again and sure enough, they could hear it hit.  - Idea by Shauna 

 Divide the group into three groups. Have one group count 1-10 as fast as they can when you raise your hand. Have the second group make the sound of doves coo-ing while they pat their laps with their hands. The third group is to make the sounds of sheep and cattle. Then read the scripture about when Christ entered the temple and cast out the money changers etc. Raise your hand and have all 3 groups make their assigned sounds. Stop the group and ask them how Jesus must have felt when he saw this and explain that he cast them out. Then ask the group what sounds they think they would hear in our temples today. Have group 1 to show you how to sit when you pray. Group 2 to show quiet foot steps, group 3 hum a hymn quietly. Explain that the church is also a house of God and we need to be reverent.  (Credit: Notes from a training meting in Rapid City by Sister Matsumori of the Primary General Board.)

 I first saw this at my childs' school during their weekly assembly and it quickly got 600 K-6 kids quiet so I tried it the next Sunday and it's awesome!  Whenever the kids get too loud, or aren't focusing, I just start waving my hands in the air (ASL clapping) or start a clapping rhythm.   I usually start with something like one clap on my legs and two hand claps. The kids immediately turn to me and start to join me. Then I add to or change it, like a snap in the middle. Then I end it by folding my arms.  It works so quickly and they really focus! It works for all 160 of our kids from Sunbeam to the 11 year old BOYS. Amazing, fast, and super easy.  (Idea by Kristal Coles)

 My son was one of those antsy kiddos who couldn't sit still. His Sunbeam teacher gave him a heavy set of scriptures to hold. I'm not sure why, but it worked most Sundays at keeping him in his seat. The other children all wanted a turn to hold the scriptures but it was his important job...and his alone. She made a big deal about the "hand-off" if he was getting up to participate in Primary, and then asked if he would please hold the scriptures again when he was done. It made him feel special and helped him to be reverent. (Idea by Amber Pace)

 Reverence Jar by Marjorie Legare

 New Online Training - Lessons provide suggestions for overcoming common behavior concerns many Primary teachers face.  Each interactive lesson (6 total) can be viewed online and lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. 

 Primary 5 by Kristen Hathaway

 Reverence Game - You just have someone come up to the front of the group. You have them fold their arms and look for someone else that is being very reverent with their arms folded. They go to that person and tap them on the shoulder. Then they take their seat and the new person comes to the front, folds their arms and looks for someone reverent. You just do that back and forth. We did about 10 kids but those that didn't get picked weren't upset. It was great. After, the Primary President asked "did anyone hear anything during our quiet game?" (of course one sunbeam said 'I heard the chairs') but other kids said they didn't hear anything. (Perfect answer) So then the Primary President said "that is right, and that is how it is when we are reverent, we don't make any sounds so we don't hear any sounds." (Idea by Jessica Skinner)

 Reverence in Training Sign shared by Heather Matthews

 Reverence Reminder Sign from www.eprimary.dk

 When I became Primary President we had a reverence problem with 100+ children. We have a combined closing exercise in the chapel the last 15 minutes of Primary. I decided that instead of calling out the classes to dismiss them after Sharing time and after closing exercises - I made up signs from the computer with pictures of our prophets, the name of the teacher and the name of the class. Then when the music plays reverently the classes sit quietly and wait and watch for their sign to be held. The difference is amazing.  I have had numerous parents and teachers comment on the difference. It has really increased the presence of the Spirit.  (Credit Unknown)

 Reverence Reporter - Choose a man and a woman from your ward and ask them to be this month's reverence reporter.   Give them little slips of paper that say, "It has been reported that...."  They are to watch very carefully during church and write down a specific moment a child was reverent.  For example, if your reverence reporter notes that Megan was especially quite during the Sacrament, she writes it up.  Your reverence reporter could stand in the doorway of Primary in the middle of sharing time and watch for reverent children.  They could be watching the children as they come into Primary, go to class, etc.  The only catch is that the children are not to know who the Reverence Reporter is.  Let them know that it is important to be reverent all the time, not just in Primary.  As part of closing exercises, you could let them know that "Reverence has been reported today..." and give them specific examples of when they were reverent.  You can rotate your Reverence Reporters monthly or as often as needed.  (If a child is really striving to be reverent and wasn't noticed by your reverent reporters, write it up yourself and include them).

 Silent Simon Says by Bethany Adams

 I grew up in the Western United States.  There, the primary presidency always sat up front with the children giving the talks and scriptures and with the music leader.  When I moved out East, I realized not everyone does this.  We started doing it in our Primary this year.  It has improved the reverence, but I think the most marked difference is that the children sing better during opening exercises because they have their leaders in front of them setting an example. (Credit Unknown)

 "Simple Steps to Reverence" taken from the Ensign, January 1997, p. 73

 I was a teacher for a rowdy group of Valiant boys. I also had a child with ADHD. I tried to get them to settle down but nothing worked. They informed me they were just biding their time until they got into priesthood. I cleared with my presidency and Bishop that they each have a calling of something they were assigned to do each week. This did WONDERS for these boys. They felt responsible and enjoyed coming, plus they helped each other quiet down. - by P. Munton - Laguna Niguel 4th Ward

 Something I've done to quiet things down was to turn out the lights and have a rainstorm.  First have everyone rub their hands together, click fingers softly, clap your hands together softly a few times (for light rain), pat legs with hands, then stomp feet softly.  Then you do everything listed in the reverse order (until the storm has ended).  

 We are having a member of the bishopric come in and participate during opening exercises each week.  This really helps with the reverence problems and also helps them bishopric know what's going on. 

 I had a problem settling down my Primary class which consisted of the older Primary children.  They were also always reluctant to open and close with prayer.  I decided to choose a class president, changing the person each month who made the prayer assignments.  The children were much more responsive and willing to say prayers.  They are also much more reverent during my lessons. (Credit Unknown)

 We had 12 topics about reverence and the presidency message covered them during the closing exercises for the month.  One of the most memorable stories I remember would work well for this topic. I would perhaps suggest that you do a combined sharing/singing time with it. The story is in the June 1991, Children's Friend. It is called - Primary Angel. (JoAnn Mortensen)

 We've been trying to come up with something to help the kids a) maintain reverence and b) refocus or redirect their attention.  Two weeks ago, the Primary President asked if I would teach the children "The Chapel Doors" and combine it with a reverence message she was giving.  As I thought about how to do this, I had what I hope was a burst of inspiration!  At any rate, it is working for us, so I thought I would pass along the idea.  I used the idea from www.christysclipart.com to teach "The Chapel Doors". We also took the picture of the chapel from the cut outs that are available from the Dist. center and laminated it and put it on a popsicle stick.  The PP talked to the children about reverence, and then I taught the song.  First thing, I taught them that whenever I held up the chapel that was their cue to say the .following words with actions:   SHH...finger on lips and a very quiet "shhh";  BE: right hand held in front with palm facing forward as in "stop";  STILL:  Arms folded reverently.  We practiced that first, then added it into the song.  It went really well and the children loved it.  Then I told them that whenever someone held up the chapel picture, not just for the song, but anytime~ they should quietly say "Shhhh, be still" and do the actions.  This has helped so much!  We keep the chapel picture up front all the time, so if any of us need help with crowd control we just hold it up and the children respond!  It's awesome how something so simple can really make such a huge difference!  ~Valerie, Gilbert, AZ approx 60 Primary children
 
Comments (2)
  • SH

    Valerie of AZ, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your shh be still idea! We have a very large primary meeting in a very tiny room and are desperate for ways to help the children learn the importance of reverence and then have a visual cue to remind them as often as needed. This is perfect! You're a lifesaver, thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous

    loved it :kiss: :cheer: B) ;)

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