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by Chauntel Wirrick / ga07032009

In our Primary, we had grown a little tired of giving the children a reward for every little thing they did. I often felt that the focus was on the reward rather than on the good behavior, so we decided to find another way to recognize the children for bringing their scriptures. Each Sunday in Opening Exercises we ask all of the children, "Who has scripture power today?"

All of the children who have brought their scriptures hold them up at once (so as not to draw attention to those who forgot). We have a little sheet at the front where we mark off the classes where ALL of the children have brought their scriptures to Primary. These classes get a special door-hanger hung on their doorknob during class time in recognition of their efforts.

We explained to the children that this is a team effort, which has really helped them to remind and encourage each other to bring their scriptures or borrow a set from the library. There is one stipulation, which is that they have to have their scriptures before coming into the Primary room (that way we don't have herds of children coming and going to get scriptures from the library). Another thing that has helped is when we have a member of the presidency standing by the door holding a set of scriptures as she greets the children...  And simply saying "Thank you for bringing your scriptures today," to the who have brought their scriptures goes a long way as well. Smile
Comments (4)
  • michelle

    what does the door sign look like? i would love to use this idea, but am not really creative so am wondering what you use

  • Ellin Jaquez

    In our ward we were havign the same problem with the rewards, so for the new year my first counselar came up with "I covenant". Instead of rewarding good behavior and those who are already bringing in the scripture we decided to challenge them by making a covenant that they would bring, love, respect, and ponder upon the scriptures. That way it would become a habit for them and not a task. We have decided that the reward would be given ewhen ten "I covenant's" has been received and after that 20,30,40 and so on. so they are not looking foward the reward every sunday but they are focusing in the importance of keeping covenants.

  • Amy

    I love this idea! Thank you for sharing.

  • Mikaila

    Hi, We have been passing out small scripture bags with children's name on them to be helpful for them to remember to bring their scriptures to church this year. We have been counting scriptures and then will add a gold coin into our treasure box. Once we will the treasure box which is rather big we will share a Book Of Mormon with someone who needs one. We will also do a fun popcorn/magic show activity for their efforts.

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