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QUESTION - Cory writes, "I was wondering what other wards do to help their Primary children with reverence?"  To answer this week's question, leave a comment using the form below.  THANKS!

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  • Cindy Daniel White

    We have a large poster with a picture of a big crown on top and "The King of Me" poem on the bottom. ("I say to my feet "keep still". I say to my hands "just stay". I say to my all-over-everywhere self "I'm in charge of you today!" I'm the ruler of myself and I'm the King of Me. And when I tell me "It's reverence time!" I'm as quiet as can be... See More". We stop and say the poem when things are particularly noisy, or when it just needs a little settling down, whoever is conducting puts on a crown and stands with folded arms until the kids settle down and fold theirs. At the end of Sharing Time, each class's teacher chooses a child who was particularly reverent that day and that child gets a sticker. For the "most reverent of all" (we cycle through these by class so everyone gets a chance, but the kids don't realize it", the reverence child for that class gets to put a jewel on our poster crown. It's worked very well so fa...

  • Lorraine Booth-Howard

    Any of the kids that are being rowdy have to come up and sing the song great when they don't know the song because they start to pay attention really well... Haven't tried it too many times yet though...

  • Anonymous

    I do not agree with this idea. It gives attention to the ones acting out and even seems to encourage it, especially when the irreverent ones are the older kids who actually enjoy the attention of being in front of everyone and be goofy and rude.

  • Amy Lee Gove

    We have used a wind chime to help get their attention and prepare to listen. We have also tried walking through the room and putting a hand on the shoulder of a child that is having trouble kicking or poking and conversely, on the shoulder of those who are being very reverent.

  • Karrie Denna Eaquinto

    We play reverence tag at the beginning of sharing time while we are waiting for all the classes to filter in. A reverent child stands in front of the group with arms folded and watches for someone being reverent. That child tags the reverent person and then he/she goes in front of the group to do the same thing and so works great. When I first became pres I took a story from your site about butterflies. It's about two girls who were always rowdy so the primary pres took them to a butterfly garden. The girls ran around trying to catch a butterfly with no success. She showed them that if you put some water in your hands and stayed very still, and quiet, the butterfly would land and take a drink. She explained that this is how the spirit works. They were mesmerized. I used a butterfly from the craft store to illustrate the story.... and then I gave it to one reverent person to take home. Every week after, one reverent child took a butterfly home with a note. It worked wonders!!!

  • Amanda Blackburn Thomsen

    We have the quiet coyote. So, instead of all of the "shh's", which can often be louder than the kids, we do the coyote. You pinch your thumb, and middle and ring fingers together, while having your pointer finger and pinky sticking up. You have the pinching fingers slightly open and you ask, "Quiet coyote says, what?" Then, you close it and say... See More softly, "Shh". So, that taught them what it was and now, I just hold up the quiet coyote symbol with the "mouth" closed and the kids instantly respond by putting up their coyotes. It's worked on 2 primary's so far! Also, when they aren't reverent, I hold up the coyote until they are.

  • Joleen Doucet Curran

    I am not in the primary, but I have children there and they have a program called CBR (Caught Being Reverent). They pass out a few shields with the CBR on it each week. Then they keep track of who gets it so they ca nspread it around so no one is being left out. For every 3 CBR's they are allowed to choose from the "Treasure Box" which is comprised of little toys and fun stuff from Oriental Trading and the dollar stores.

  • Darcell Dick Estes

    In a Ward I was in they had 1 boy and 1 girl stand up front with their arms folded (before the meeting started). Another idea is to have them stand up there with a picture of children folding their arms. The first one was also done in Sacrament before the meeting started.

  • Kathryn Hunt Kindall

    We do reverence R's. You make the sign for R and hold it up. When kids see other kids do it, they start doing it too. And when your R's go up, your mouth goes shut. Once everyone is quiet we tuck our R's in by folding our arms. Works fairly well.

  • Deon Murphy

    I try to praise the ones that are being the most reverent and call them by name so the ones that are not being reverent will look at them and see how they are acting!!!

  • Melissa Bingham

    When we notice our the kids getting rowdy and not paying attention we say "If you can hear me then..." and we start at normal volume and get quieter and quieter and quieter... and we always end with something like "if you can hear me fold your arms" or "if you can hear me sit down quietly"... i actually used it twice today. It helps the kids refocus.

  • Heather Babcock Messinger

    It's really important for the adults to have a plan and no down time. The kids get so restless when they are waiting. I think that is when they start to not be reverent.

  • Shanae Jackson

    We've done Reverance Bingo where each class has a board and when your class get's a blackout they get a prize. We also did "Alfred the Angelic Amphibian". He is a little frog that jumps a long a path of lilly pads. When he reaches the end we have a party. Little do the kids know, it is a primary activity that we would have done anyways...but it works. We find changing it up keeps reverance on all of our minds.

  • Krysta Lynn Newman

    The primary president sometimes has a white handkerchief and tells the kids they need to be quiet so they can hear it when it drops. (She'll accomplish this by progressively lowering her voice so they have to be quiet to hear her.) Once its suitably quiet she has them anticipating and when it does drop she asks who was able to hear it by raise of hands. Unless they are really wiggly, it usually settles them down for some time and then the leader can launch into sharing time.

  • Brenda Kapelos Petith

    I am no longer in the primary but we had a large container and a few bags of cotton balls. As primary progressed we as a presidency and even the teachers would watch the children and who ever was being reverent would get a couple of cotton balls. After primary was over they could come and put their cotton balls in the jar and when the jar was ... See Morefull we would have a party (of course this also coordinated with a primary activity that we were going to have anyway but the kids don't need to know that). It actually worked very well. You could use anything in the jar.

  • Jaylynn Parker Laub

    We have a "reverence sign" that is just our 2 fingers crossed which is a "r" is sign language that we hold up until all the children see and do it themselves. It works pretty well, We have been doing it for 6 months or so. We were trying to steer away from rewarding them for reverence because they should learn to do it themselves just for respect, And that in itself is a chore =) Kids love Sugar =) As do I.

  • Lauren A. Barnes

    I am Primary President in my ward and I have made a reverence meter and move it up if the kids are quiet. I have told them if we can have it move all the way to the top quite a few times then we will do something. Most weeks it seems to work.

  • Annie Payne

    I have used the butterfly successfully for five years. We hide the reverence butterfly at the beginning of Primary. As the children come in and sit down, they look for it from their seat. When they have found it they fold their arms. After most of the chidren have their arms folded, I pick one child to go get the butterfly and put it on their ... See Morefinger (it's a finger puppet) and fly it around the room to all the children. They each make a cup with their hands for the butterfly to "drink" out of. They have to remain reverent or the butterfly gets scared and "flies" away. After this short exercize the children are settled and ready to listen. It's wonderful.

  • Amanda Harris Knight

    I taught "To think about Jesus" in the CSB on page 71...if they hear the song it has become a reverence cue for them :)

  • Debbie Peterson Huber

    I think sometimes we have expectations that haven't been fully explained or understood by our junior primary. I actually say what actions I am looking for to remind them: "I'm looking for those who have their arms folded, If a friend is talking to you, let them know that you can talk to them later because you want to listen. I can see whose eyes are looking at me...etc."

  • Elisabeth Sullivan Woznia

    It is so simple, but it is amazing that just by quietly standing at the front of the room holding a picture of the Savior will quiet the children very quickly and allow the Spirit to be felt so strong.

  • Melanie Day

    This story goes along with the story mentioned in comment #15. The story, "To catch a butterfly" is found here: Hope it helps!

  • Carla Barnum

    A couple of years ago, our ward had a 'CHEER' theme which stood for Christ & Heavenly Father Encourage and Expect Reverence, and each of the teachers were given a plaque with the word 'C-H-E-E-R' written on it in nice letters to display in our classroom (if desired). The kids knew what it meant so when they were noisy, the leaders just pointed to ... See Morethe sign. It was a nice idea and was first presented as a Sharing Time on Reverence. (It almost seems like the Presidency gave it to us at Inservice before they did the Sharing Time.)

  • Roxanne Winder

    I have observed teachers when helping in my children's classes at school and also Primary teachers and Counselors who have been or are school teachers and they all do the same thing when trying to quiet noisy children. The secret seems to be "positive affirmation". Just noticing and thanking the children who are sitting quietly or have a beautiful smile on their face, etc. anything that recognizes good behavior quickly changes the mood of the other children, then they try to be noticed also. It works every time! (For Jr. and Sr. Primary as well.) I also have a personal prayer before Primary each week and ask the Lord to help our children be reverent.

  • Joy Wheeler

    I am the music leader in our ward. When we need some extra help with reverence I have our great pianist play a reverent song of her choice and with hand signals (my hand forming an "O" for oohing or all fingers together for humming) I have the children follow my lead in oohing or humming, changing the signal as we go. I ask them to think about the Savior as we are doing this so that they are able to feel the spirit.

  • Tina

    This year we started a fuzzy jar. When we catch the children being reverant and singing during singing time we give them a fuzzy. At the end of sharing time they put them a jar. Once the jar is full they get a treat. This is working better in junior primary than in senior primary. We also can remove fuzzies from jar if they are not being reverant. Our junior primary just earned their treat last Sunday.

  • Heather Rowley

    In order to help the teachers in their classes - we created Reverence Jars. We gave each teacher a bag of beans and labeled the jars "We are "bean" Reverent". Each class set a goal and marked it on the jar. During class, they received beans for reverence and put them in the jar. When the beans reached their goal, the Primary Presidency would bring the class a special treat. They would then set a higher goal and try again.

  • Liz Packard
    Any of the kids that are being rowdy have to come up and sing the song great when they don't know the song because they start to pay attention really well... Haven't tried it too many times yet though...

    Be careful with calling children up to do solos. You can easily hurt their feelings or upset them, which may lead to them not attending primary. I know I would be upset if my child was called up to sing a solo, even if he was being disruptive.

  • Ann Andrews

    I think we have to be very careful where we draw the line between trying to teach a principle and humiliating children - these are tender souls whatever the behaviour :-)

  • Laura

    In our ward, when the kids start getting irreverent, I whisper and tell them things like "Put your fingers on your ears. Put your fingers on your nose. When you are ready to be reverent and listen I will know because your arms are folded." It works well, even on adults.

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